This is my 2nd year donating a necklace to the newly crowned Mrs. Alaska. Their pageant director is a fantastic customer of mine and I just can’t turn down the opportunity to create a simple, everyday piece for their new winner. Hope she loves it!!
I’ve always wanted to start offering more seasonal items in my shop. Items that could be worn with the seasons or any time of the year as well. This year, I finally got around to making some simple, cute St. Paddy’s day items, which are now featured in my shop.
Here are some of my new items available.
I saw this on Pinterest today and wanted to share it. As my business grows and life gets busier with the family, I need to remind myself of these important to-dos. What’s one of your important daily to-dos?
The weekend before last we went camping. Weather was perfect, lake was warm, fish were non-existent. My cell phone didn’t work either…which ended up being a little blessing. No outside contact for 4 days. Yippee! No offense to anyone but … Continue reading
A certain 6 year old turned 7 last week.
He wanted to have a Despicable Me birthday party…so we did.
We made minions. Lots of minions.
This was our ‘pin-the-banana-on-the-minion’ game.
All the kids got yellow t-shirts in their goodie bags so they could run around as minions.
You seriously have to love Pinterest and the amazing ideas on how to make minion cupcakes!
What a bunch of crazy little minions!
I just logged onto my blog and realized it’s been 3 months since I last blogged. 3 MONTHS??!! I knew it had been awhile but how can 3 months go so quickly? Oh, I know, it goes quick when you have 2 young kids finishing school and t-ball, you sell a house, buy a house, and go through a couple busy seasons with you business. Whew!
Since my last post, we obviously moved, but we’ve also had the school year end and summer fun begin. It’s taking us a little while to get into the swing of summer but I think we are getting our groove on and figuring out this living in the country thing.
The new house fits our needs completely. We get to relax so much out here with the million frogs and birds. We’ve spotted a few deer and our neighbors saw a bear walking around a couple weeks ago. I wish I would have seen good ‘ol Smokey. Maybe next time.
Like most people, our summers seem to fill up so quickly with activities, family get togethers, vacations, and yard work. Between working on work and working on the yard, we’ve been trying to find time for play. This past weekend, I found myself filling 150 water balloons for the boys to throw at their dad while he was talking to neighbors. It was quite the surprise when they realized daddy could catch them and throw them back at them.
Our fourth was one of the most relaxing fourths we’ve ever had. No party. No huge fireworks. Just us. Just us and the birds and the frogs and a couple boxes of snap-its and smoke bombs. Our evening ended with watching the New York firework show and calling it a night. Perfect.
While we were in the middle of our little family fourth, I snagged the tripod and told the boys (yes, all 3 of them) to go stand on the driveway for a family photo. It was impromptu and perfect. Jack said, ‘But mom? How are you going to be in the picture?’ I think the boys were amazed at the little thing called self-timer.
Besides all that, we’ve been pretty good. We’ve been enjoying the quietness of the woods behind our house, celebrating anniversaries, Father’s day, and birthdays. And speaking of birthdays, a certain 6 year old turns 7 in a few days and you can imagine the excitement level in our house these days. So fun!
So, I’m not making promises but maybe I’ll get on here more than once every 3 months for updates on the Farmers.
How has your summer been so far?
I have news. No, I’m not pregnant.
We are moving!
Things are moving along to the status of ‘official’ and I thought now would be a good time to tell everyone that we have sold our house. I’ll be taking some time off at the end of this month for the move, so if you’re wanting to order for Mother’s day, please do so as soon as possible.
Our little story:
Less than 2 weeks ago, we got the phone call that an offer we had made on a new home was accepted. We had made an offer with a 10 day contingency to sell our house. 10 days! Freak out mode began for me just 12 days ago. If you would have been around me the Friday before last, you would have seen a frazzled, excited, hyper, stressed woman. We ‘staged’ our house in less than 12 hours, listed the house within 24 hours, had 7 people want to see it the first day, a ‘For Sale’ sign and 2 offers by the 2nd day. We accepted the best offer the next day and just finished up the inspection last week and the appraisal yesterday. Whew! That’s a lot of information in once sentence, isn’t it?
We had been semi-looking for a new home for a little while but really thought we would do this within a year or two. But, after seeing our future home, we thought, ‘Hey, why not make an offer and try?’. And now we are looking at closing dates and moving boxes. It’s all happening so fast and part of me is excited I haven’t had too much time to think about this move. We are thrilled to be going where we are going yet sad to leave our neighbors and friends. This house was our first house, the only house our babies know. The memories here are wonderful. The work we’ve put into the house has been a very rewarding experience and we are sad to leave, but excited for change.
I have two really busy seasons with my work. One’s at Christmas and the other is happening right now. Not sure what I was thinking moving during this time of year but we believe this was all meant to be. I will be putting my shop on vacation for the move and plan on re-opening shop once I have internet and have unpacked my work boxes. Our new house will have a proper office for me, which I couldn’t be more excited about! No more working under the stairs! Yippee!
So, if you’re wanting to order for Mother’s day, I highly encourage you to do so now. This week or next week at the latest. After that, I’m not sure I can guarantee you’ll see your gifts arrive before Mother’s day. You can stay up to date on our move on my Facebook page if you would like and I’ll try to update my last day to accept Mother’s day orders on there.
Happy ‘late’ Easter!
Easter Egg hunting was fun. Picture taking/posing for little ones…not as much. Hank wasn’t a fan of me telling him to say ‘cheese’ over and over again.
And as for the whippet…she was busy working on her tan. Warm, sunny days are her favorite.
It’s that time of the year. The most wonderful time of the year. Time for some of our favorite foods. I made Irish beef stew with Guiness broth last night and it was delish. I’ve only been making it a couple months but have made it at least 5 times this year already. Apparently we don’t need it to be St. Patty’s day around here to eat Irish. So, if you’re looking for a new recipe to try this week, give this a whirl. Your man will thank
Irish Beef Stew with Guiness Broth
1-2 lbs. beef (cut in larger chunks)
4-6 carrots – cut in 1″ slices
1 large onion – diced largely
1 bottle/can Guiness stout
2 cups beef broth
Rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, oregano…whatever you have that’s ‘stewy’ in your cabinet
Potatoes (any mashed recipe will do)
How to make
Here’s the thing, I don’t have an exact recipe and it comes out a little different every time…but equally as good. We bought part of a cow last year, so the meat I use is usually just what’s on hand in the freezer. Sometimes it’s beef stew meat, sometimes it’s a rump roast, and like last night, it’s a juicy steak.
1. After you cut the meat in medium to large chunks, season it with salt and pepper.
2. Heat the bottom of a stock pot with oil and sear the beef chunks. Make sure they get brown on each side. After they are brown (they don’t need to be cooked through…just the outside), transfer them to a bowl and do the rest of them. I can fit about 7-8 pieces in the pan at once, so this part usually take about 3-4 batches.
3. After all your meat is browned and sitting nicely in a bowl off to the side, dump in your carrots and onions. Brown these as well.
4. Once your veggies are browned, add some garlic. Brown that a bit…but don’t burn it.
5. Next, add your meat back to the pot.
6. Pour the entire contents of Guiness bottle or can into the pot. If you’re omitting the Guiness, shame on you. I mean…oh…ok. Just substitute more beef broth.
7. Pour in enough beef broth to cover the contents by about an inch or so. This usually takes about 1-2 cups.
8. Next add your rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper. You can add more S & P later, so don’t overdo at the beginning.
9. Cover and let simmer for as long as possible. I only did an hour and half last night but prefer to go longer. The meat will just be more tender the longer you let it simmer.
10. When you’re ready to eat this, add about 1/2 – 1 cup of frozen peas to the pot.
11. Last, add a thickener. You can do flour and water, cornstarch and water, or flour mixed in melted butter. I prefer the last part.
12. Finally, scoop out some mashed potatoes (that you whipped up while the stew/soup was simmering) and then dump you stew on top.
For the potatoes, I just skinned 5 Yukon golds, cut them in large pieces, boiled until soft, drained, mashed, added butter and cream cheese and half & half, and Johnny’s seasoning salt. Whew! That was a lot in one sentence. Really, this dish is more about the stew. Or as my husband likes to call it…Stewp. It’s a mix between both and we like it that way.