Cooking!

Lately I have felt like cooking – A LOT!  Maybe because it feels like fall and I feel more like hunkering down at home.  Maybe it’s because we have had a lot of late afternoon and evening recitals and concerts to attend which means that using the crockpot or the delay timer on the oven necessary if we want to eat dinner at a respectable hour.  It also could be because of this book:IMG_3420

I found this book at Costco and thought, “WOW!  Make-Ahead dinner ideas – just prepare the night before and put into the oven the next evening”.  That thought made the book jump into my cart!

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Yogurt Sauce.

Indian-Spiced Chicken with Yogurt Sauce.

This is the first recipe I tried.  Everyone in the family LOVED it!!  That is very much an accomplishment with five kids.  A couple of nights later, I tried this recipe:

Slow-Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup.

Slow-Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup.

My husband and I really liked this recipe.

Yummy Soup.

Yummy Soup.

My 16yo daughter also really liked this soup, but the rest of them, not so much.  I have to say, I really like soup – all kinds.  Especially during the colder months.  I love smelling soup cooking over a long period of time, I love the warm kitchen and I love a good bowl of soup with a slice of bread for lunch or dinner.  You will be seeing lots more soup as the months go by!

The Cosy CAL Craze

I really, really, really don’t need another project!!  However, I keep hopping over to Attic24 and keep seeing all the wonderful Cosy Blankets in progress and they are all so lovely, I just couldn’t help myself!

The start of the Attic24 Cosy Blanket CAL.

The start of the Attic24 Cosy Blanket CAL.

These are my chose colors – I’m going to try to do a stripe a day – we’ll see how long I keep with that!!!

 

Giraffe Graphghan

Slow and steady has become my mantra for this afghan.IMG_3394  Someone a long time ago told me that if I stuck to one project at a time, I would finish each project more quickly.  I must disagree.  I agree that if I worked on one project and one project only consistently, yes I would finish more quickly.  However, it just doesn’t turn out that way for me.  I have tried to put that limitation on myself and what generally tends to happen is that I get tired of the same project and then just don’t craft at all.  Since I love to craft and it’s my way of chillin’ out, I become anxious and depressed when I don’t craft.  So…many projects for me it is!

Inspiration

Crafts that use recycled good always sing to me.  I love to see how different “trash” items can be repurposed.  At the noon art program that I run, most of the art projects are created using some sort of recycled items (toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, tin cans, etc.).  Recently I was in a small little shop and saw these:

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Trivet

Coasters

Coasters

All of these are made out of newspaper and I think they look totally awesome!  I have also seen similar items made from magazines as well.  I would really like to learn how to make these for family and friends.