Monday, October 28, 2013

A Flurry of Food

Did a lot of cooking this week-end, which means it was a great week-end for me.  Best of all, got to spend Sunday making the all of these goodies while watching the Lions pull it out in the last minutes of the game.  It was a good day.

First there was some Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale:

Then I made the Clarkston Union's version of Mac & Cheese.  If you are from the area, you know about the Clarkston Union and Union Woodshop's Mac & Cheese.  If not from the area, you may have seen it featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dive (of which neither of these restaurants belong).

Turned out awesome if I do say so myself.

And finished off with BW's favorite cookie. Good old Oatmeal and Raisin.

After two recent batches of Chocolate Chip, it was his turn.

I'm going to tweak the Mac & Cheese recipe and I'll hopefully get it posted in a few days.

Hope your week-ends was fun.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Traverse City Visit

We just got back from a short trip up north.  To really appreciate Michigan, you have to go up north in the fall.  Hopefully, you can get a small sense of the beauty from my photos.

I love the spooky covered grape vines.  Perfect for this time of year.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Card of the Week

Here is my card for this week:

And here was my inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch:

Not sure that I'm loving my interpretation, but it's where my supplies took me.

Happy Carding.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hard Wood Floors

Don't you just love hard wood floors?  They look so beautiful.


Now that I have them through the main section of the house I realize they are the ultimate dust collector and when the sun is setting and shining through the dining room window....whew boy.  It can be very scary.  I'm sure living on a dirt road doesn't help either.

Here is the a view from the side door.  The floors go from the back hall, through to the kitchen and dining room.  I don't know if this photo really shows the amount of hard wood properly.  Just know, it's a lot.

After a few weeks of sweeping, vaccuming with the hand vac and washing...I found the new way to clean my floors.

This is the Dyson Hard Floor cleaner.  It sweeps, vacuums and washes in one movement.  It's brilliant and as you can see from the above photo of my floors, it does a great job.  It is basically a Swifter on steroids.  Awesome.

Not that it doesn't have a few drawbacks.  Like any Dyson product, it's not cheap (order from Bed Bath & Beyond in the store and you can use a 20% coupon).

It also does collect dust bunnies in the corners of the vacuum sections.  Not a huge problem as you can easily pull them out and throw them away.

The first time I used it, I did not realize that I had the power boost setting on.  This caused the unit to  last for about 6 minutes only.  Not enough time to even finish the main floors.  But once I figured out the error of my ways, I now use the normal power setting which lasts for about 15 minutes.  Plenty of   time for me to do the floors in the kitchen, dining room, back hall, 3 baths and the front hallway.  (On advice from Caity...make sure you fully de-charge each time before plugging it back in.  Batteries can learn to charge less if you continually recharge before it is fully emptied.  This is easy to do with this unit.  If I have charge left when I'm done, I just put it on power boost and it empties very quickly.)

Hard wood floor owners...I really think you are going to love this.  It's a great gift as well (thank you Mom).

(I was just labeling this post and had to make a new label called "cleaning".  I wonder the likelihood of me ever writing a cleaning post ever again.)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Card of the Week and World Card Day

I just finished making a card today and I also found out that today is World Card Making Day.  Who would have thought!  Also very convenient that I actually made a card today since this only the second card I've made since being moved out to the farm.

Here is my inspiration from CAS(E) this Sketch:

And here is my version:

Glad I got this made and just in time to take part in World Card Day.  Happy carding.