Subscription Boxes

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I’m checking out subscription boxes.  I’ve signed up for FabFitFun and StitchFix.  Any recommendations for other subscription boxes?  Let me know if you’ve tried one and liked it.  I was working as a nurse until a few months ago and my closet was half filled with scrubs.   Now that I no longer wear scrubs, my wardrobe needs some attention.  Not to mention, I still have clothes that I had 15 years ago.   I’ve done a huge closet purge.  I can’t help myself.  I still kept a few things that are over a decade old.  You never know when you might need that sheer cheetah print blouse!

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We nurses often work three 12-hour shifts, especially in the hospital.  Some work 9-5 Monday thru Friday.  Nurses wait on people, hand and foot, all day long.  We do things to people, you would never imagine.  It’s constant serving people.  Not to mention, the stress of preventing people from dying or even reversing it when people are actively trying to follow that darn light.

When I got home from work, I didn’t want to do anything.  I didn’t even want to talk to my family.  I wanted to zone out and be quiet.  After 3 -12 hour shifts in a row, you are a zombie the next day and don’t want any stimulation!  You wouldn’t believe the weird family dynamics you have to deal with as a nurse.  You are a teacher, a counselor, a security guard, a diplomat, a housekeeper,  a mental health professional,  a biohazard specialist, etc etc. (many similarities to a mother)  It’s exhausting.  It’s also amazing, and I don’t regret a minute of it.  ( Maybe the day I was spat on my face I could forget! Getting that loogie dangling from my bangs and smeared across my cheek was gross.)  (Is that a TMI for my blog?)  My closet was the least important aspect of my life.  So, now that I have tons of time on my hands, I’m paying some attention to myself.

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Nursing graduation photo 1996

I signed up for FabFitFun because it often has something from Tarte Cosmetics in it.  It’s worth the price for the Tarte items alone!    Actually, Tarte is having a great Memorial Day Sale at their website.   I’ve discovered from Rodan and Fields (which is amazing skin care!) that I’m allergic to gluten.  They have certain products that would literally paint my face red when I applied the product.  After some research, I discovered the products that were turning my face red had gluten in it.  Tarte cosmetics are gluten free so I’m going to dive in and try the Tarte skin care regimen.  I’ve got a skin care travel pack in the mail.

If you want to try FabFitFun use this link: FabFitFun Discount to get $10 off your first box.  I will get $15 off my next box if you order.  You can get the same discount too if you refer a friend.

Let me know if you have a subscription to a box club that you like.   My dad even has a box subscription membership!  He gets a box of fishing stuff once a month.  It could be my son, John, that has that subscription, maybe both of them do!  I’ve had a YarnBox subscription myself.  It’s wonderful getting a surprise in the mail every so often.  Especially YARN!

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Jourdyn, playing dress up.

It’s Memorial Day and I’m hanging out with Jourdyn.  I’ve been working on a perpetual yarn purge and will work on it again today.  I’m going to have a yarn give-a-way soon! Yep!  A free to you yarn give-a-way.  I’ll tell you all about it in my next post!

Happy Knitting

 

Tammy

 

Estes Park, CO

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I’m going on a road trip!  My husband told me to find us a little vacation and look what I found!  We’re going to Estes Park, Colorado.    It’s a wool festival.  I’ve done a yarn inventory and have a list of what I can buy.  I’m hoping not to be impulsive and just buy all the pretty yarn, just because, it’s all the pretty yarn!  I will take pictures and tell you all about it.

Bailey is coming to town and we get to cuddle and play with Henry!  We’re so excited.  We can’t wait to get the babies together for play time.  Babies LOVE other babies.  We have multiple walkers and jumpers so they can play together.

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Bailey and Henry

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Bailey made Henry’s belt.

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Bailey has her own blog.  It’s Chipperwithchickens. She is her father’s daughter!  She has a charming personality!  She is a tomboy that loves bling and has her father’s sense of humor!  She’s a beautiful goof ball.  She’s creative and crafty.   She made Henry’s belt all by herself.  See how she did it on her blog.  We can’t wait to see her and Henry!

I’m still plugging away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I intend to wear it as a poncho with jeans in the Fall.  I need to finish it pronto so I can start a new project for the road trip!

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I want to share a great product I found recently.    They are exfoliation gloves that you use in the shower.  I got mine at TJMaxx.  When I opened mine, I was a little afraid they would be too rough for me. (Kinda like those horrible torture devices women use called Epilators.). These feel like steel wool when you open them out of the package.  They are WONDERFUL!  My skin has never been so soft and shiny!   Once they are wet and you have your body wash on, it’s not rough at all.  I feel like my skin looks years younger myself.  My husband has certainly been more attentive to my skin lately!

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I read several knitting blogs and I’m often amazed at how often people can put out project after project so quickly.  I admire it!  I myself have this beautiful distraction.  He is so cute!  He is happy all the time.  He’s like any baby and gives cues as to what he needs, but, if you address his cues, this boy is never sad or unhappy.  He sleeps well.  He eats well.  He is always happy and bouncy.  He ADORES his Papa.  I come a close second behind Papa.

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Luke helping me water the flowers. (No babies were harmed or splashed in the face while taking this photo ;-).

Oh my gosh!  I just want to kiss his cute face and squish him!

I’m off to work on my shawl.

Happy knitting friends and try those exfoliation gloves.

Tammy

Smothered Pork Chops

 

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Smothered pork chops, french green beans, and macaroni and cheese.

I’ve been working on the cookbook.  I have another recipe to share.  It’s super easy.  I have no idea where I got this recipe from.  I’m sure it’s something like my mother used to cook for me when I was growing up.   This recipe is well liked at my house.  Leftovers are great too.  This is another simple recipe with few ingredients, but it is super good.  I’ll be real here and tell you the night I made this dinner, I was tired, and not in the mood to cook.  My tummy and my husband needed sustenance, so this is what I came up with for dinner.  This was a thrown together, I’m tired, kinda meal.  Looks pretty good though, huh.

You can make this with whatever sides you want.  Roasted potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, sweet corn…..it’s all good!

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I’m so proud of my daughter.  She left the nest and is flying!  She cooks all the time.  Look what she made for lunch the other day.  She doesn’t need any cookbook.  She is doing great by herself.IMG_4880

Check out her seasoning; a prepared Grilling and Roasting Mix, coarse salt and coarse pepper! Just like her momma!  I’m so happy for her.

I’m still working away at my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  She is so stinking cute!  What a creative and pretty woman.  I was pretty happy to come up with some yarn from my own stash for this project. IMG_5223

Happy knitting!

 

Tammy

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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I hope all the Mother’s out there had a great day.  Whether spending time with your family, or just having a quiet day off, I hope your day was great.

We had a crab/shrimp boil and all my kids came over along with my mom and dad.  We all had an amazing meal and had a great time.

Now that the house is clean again, the kitchen quiet, and we are back to our “normal”. I’m going to work on my Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry. It’s a good day to catch up on the “Outlander” marathon that I recorded on DVD to binge watch!   Knitting…Outlander…a beautiful spring day…….

Happy Knititng

 

Tammy

 

She did learn something!

I’m a pretty proud Momma right now.  Pardon me while I pat Lindy and myself on our backs.

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My baby girl has moved out on her own into her first place.  She shares a house with 2 of her friends.  As you know, I’m working on a family cookbook for her.  She was like, “Mom!  I don’t know how to cook.  I need those recipes.”   I felt a little shame, actually, as I was writing that post about the cookbook.  I thought that I had failed her as a mother a little bit, because I wasn’t more firm in teaching her how to cook.  I thought maybe I made a mistake and should have made her help me cook more.  I enjoyed cooking for my family, so I did, I cooked.   She helped me when she wanted to help me.  She cut up some things, and stirred some things, and helped me put groceries away.  She occasionally came with me when I grocery shopped.  She often just sat and chatted with me while I cooked.

She made her first grocery store run to stock her new refrigerator at her new place.

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Lindy’s kitchen

She actually made spaghetti for herself and her roommates.  One roommate, opened the refrigerator, took a good look, and said she wouldn’t eat any of that stuff.  She also turned her nose up at Lindy’s spaghetti (it had onions in it).     She tells me that this roommate went to the grocery store to get her own things, and came back with Pop Tarts, crackers, and cereal.     Lindy had loaded up the refigerator with milk, eggs, OJ, fresh produce, fruit, etc.  All the things you need to cook with.

Did ya’ll catch that?  Lindy made spaghetti!  She did it all by herself!  No recipe.  Nothing.    She made it from memory of watching me make it and helping cut things up and stir.  She does know how to cook!  It’s in her!  She may not think she knows, but she knows!

Lindy tells me her roommates love her because she is the only one that knows how to cook!    She learned!   She learned just from hanging out with me.  I LOVE IT!  I didn’t fail!  I did good!

Look what her and her friend, Hannah made!  Banana Bread minus the nuts!

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Lindy and Hannah’s Banana Bread (minus the nuts)

I don’t like nuts, and apparently, my daughter doesn’t either.   Hence “minus the nuts”.

I had to share!

 

Tammy

 

 

 

 

Baked White Fish

I want to thank those that gave me some feedback on my recipes!  Thank you for taking the time.  I have another recipe to share.

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This recipe is really simple.  Just because there are not a ton of ingredients, doesn’t mean it’s not good.

I’ve been watching some cooking shows recently.  There is no way, I’m going to take all those steps and get ingredients I’ve never heard of before.  Food can be good with just a little seasoning.   I feel people have tried to come up with the newest and greatest, and they have lost the pleasures of the plain and simple.  (It could also be from watching too much Iron Chef.)

I’ve had some people turn their nose up at fish before.  They politely try my fish and end up eating it all and telling me this is a great fish recipe.  Even if  you have picky eaters, they should like this.

I grew up at the lake because my step-dad, Jerry, is a fisherman.  I’ve eaten a lot of fish in my lifetime!  I prefer the baked fish over the fried fish.    I’m also trying to do more meal planning.  I would like to incorporate fish in our diet at least twice a week.  My go-to’s are baked white fish, salmon, shrimp, or crab legs.    Orange Roughy is an excellent fillet to make like this.

Just some fun lake pictures.  I have to laugh.  I just noticed my mom is wearing a polka dot bikini in both pictures.  One, when she just met Jerry, probably 45 years ago, and another one, when Jake was little.  That’s 20 years later!  lol.  I guess our basic tastes always stay the same.

Briochealicious

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Wrong Side

I did it!   I finished my first Brioche project!  It’s really not that hard to learn.  I went back to my KnitStars classes, from the first season, and watched Stephen West show me how to Brioche knit.  Since I was “learning”, I used up some of my stash for the project. The pattern is Briouchealicious by Andrea Mowry.   I used Valley Yarns Charlemont yarn (Webs online store brand).

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Right Side

I like the wrong side better than the right side.  Both are really cute.  When it’s on, both sides show.  I can see why it’s such a popular pattern.

I’m currently working on the Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry.  I’ve just cast on!

Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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Happy Knitting!

Tammy

 

 

Family Cooking

I’m making a family cookbook!  I’m retired now folks.  I have tons of time on my hands and honestly, I can’t stay in my chair knitting ALL the time.  My daughter, Lindy, has often told me to write my recipes down for her.   My new daughters have also mentioned a recipe or two that they would like to learn to make.   So, I thought I’d make a cookbook.

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I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite recipes and hopefully get some constructive criticism.

I was a fortunate kid in the fact that my mother made a home cooked meal every night.  Almost every night, we did eat out occasionally.   I usually helped my mom cook.  I was responsible for the salad.  Yes. We had a salad with every meal.  A meat, a veggie, a carb, and a salad/fruit.

I remember when I moved out and had my first box of Hamburger Helper.  I thought it was terrible!  It tasted like cardboard to me.  I was not used to processed food.  I learned to like it.  Hamburger Helper is great on some nights.

I enjoy cooking for my family.  My daughter didn’t seem interested in learning much and I enjoyed cooking, so my daughter doesn’t know how to cook much.  She’s watched me and helped me cut up ingredients and did a bit of stirring for me, but other than that, she doesn’t know much else.   So my cookbook is directed at her and teaching her how to cook.

My mother follows directions rigidly.  (Other than when a recipe calls for soy sauce.  My mom is like an alcoholic with the soy sauce and requires direct observation.)  I follow directions more as a guideline and/or suggestions.  I eyeball almost everything.  Rarely do I measure anything out.  While creating my cookbook, I’ve been trying my best to pay attention to ingredient portions.

 

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Let me know what you think about the recipe.  If you make this (which I highly recommend), please tell me what you think.  I love honesty.     Let me know if my “Notes” helped.   I’m working on cooking up all the meals and taking pictures for the girls.    My daughters are helping some too!  Lauren made the Chicken Salad the other night and took pictures for me for the cookbook.

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I’m collecting recipes from all my family to add to the cookbook.  We all get to participate.  It will be a fun project and will make lots of memories.  I think it’s a great idea.

Any tips to add to my cookbook?  Has your family done anything like this?    I think I’ll add some pictures of all of us, old and new, with the recipes.  That will be fun too.