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Tackle It Tuesday

I like little projects with big visible results.  This was a big project with little visible results, but it's a huge relief to have it done!
 For Christmas this year, I made Dan a pretty cool, if I do say so myself, Steelers quilt, with photos on it from all the years we took the kids out to training camp, games, etc.  

After I completed this, I started a pair of pajama pants for me to wear Christmas day (I'm 6ft tall.  Pajama pants seems to all be made for women 5'7" and under) , but I barely got them started and my sewing machine just stopped working.  It will not pick up the bobbin thread.  No matter what I did.  No matter how many new needles I tried.
When I mentioned this to my husband, and told him what a pain it will be to have this machine fixed, he told me to go ahead and buy a new (but not fancy) machine.  Ok.  Then a week later he went to the attic to put some Christmas decorations away, and came down with my old machine, which I forgot I had.  He showed it t…

Menu Planning - Winter Themes

Mondays - Breakfast for Dinner This week: Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Baked French Toast (recipe also at the bottom of this post)
Tuesdays - Calzone Night I make calzones, or sometimes homemade pizza or stromboli, every Tuesday night.  They are a favorite here, and SO easy!  
For the dough: 5 cups flour 2T oil 2 cups warm water 2 1/4 t yeast 1t salt
Mix the yeast & water together, then add the other ingredients.  I use the dough hook in my KA to knead it.
That makes two large calzones.  I split the dough in half, then roll it into a rectangle.  Layer ham, pepperoni, provolone cheese, and mozarella cheese.  Do not be stingy with the cheese - use lots of provolone.  Sprinkle with italian seasoning, salt, and garlic, then fold in half and seal the edges (I use the point of a large knife).  Slice slits into the top to let the steam out, sprinkle sea salt and italian seasoning on the outside.
  Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes - watch for the crust to start to brown.
I heat up spaghetti sauce and s…

The Ox Makes The Crib Dirty, But it's Worth It.

Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox .~ Proverbs 14:4, KJV

I downloaded this book (booklet?)  this while it was free this month: 

Do The Funky Kitchen 

 It's short, and VERY basic.  I think it would be a great read for a new, or struggling homemaker..  but for someone who menu plans, cleans her fridge, pantry  & freezer (as well as runs vinegar through the coffee pot and cleans the oven, and under the stove top, & straightens each cabinet) each week already..  nothing really new here.   

The most thought provoking part of it for me was when I asked on my fb page how often everyone typically cleans their fridge, and found that I was pretty much alone in emptying it and cleaning it out every single week.   Every.  Single. Week.  

 I started wondering if I just make myself work (back to the stay at home mom guilt trip..  should I get a "real" job?  Am I just making busy work for myself here at home to justify being home?) bu…

Books To Read In 2013

My Favorite Reads of 2012

See All Of My Book Themed Posts Here:
Overall I feel like the books I read in 2012 were just not that memorable. That is why one of my resolutions for 2013 is not to read more books, but to read better books.

Gripping, Hard to Put Down

Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archery I did not know this was a series when I started it..  and I was NOT happy that I did not have the sequel!  I am looking forward to reading the next two in this series in 2013.

Just Fun To Read
A year on ladybug farm is the first of three books, and they are all charming, fun, reads.  Great summer reading!
I don't know what made me choose this one, and I know I didn't expect to like it nearly as much as I did. Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Free At Amazon, and it is really a fun read!
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes Another of my absolute favorites from…