Thursday, October 20, 2016

Crafting Inspirations - Post #2

Just some of the things that inspired me at The Vintage Industry in Eugene, OR.  You can see more of those pictures HERE.
 Don't ask why I was so fascinated with these mushrooms (I've got more pictures to come).  Maybe because our friend is looking for wood crafts to sell and this made me think of him.
 I love this blue with a hint of the old red underneath! 

 I NEED at least one of these potting benches around, don't you?
 A twist on the test tubes - a mop hang up was used to hang the tube this time!
 Why not use old kitchen tools for a floral display?
 Always love me a linen pillow.
 Banners and Pennants always have a special place in my heart!
 There was nothing really special about this little table, except that knob sure makes a huge impact!
 I spotted one of these on Amy Roloff's front door one day on the "Little People, Big World" episode.  I even backed up and had to watch it again to really get a glimpse of this!  Then, here they were - not too far from where the Roloff Farm is located!
This candy corn string, I want to make in the worst way!  Probably won't make it for this fall, BUT someday...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mint Chocolate? Yes Please!

 Well, you don't have to ask me twice!  It might be right up there with Spice for me!!!  One of the things I love about losing weight with healthy meal replacement shakes is that this company literally shakes it up in flavors.  Each season, there's a new one added for a limited time!

If that's not enough reason to join me in losing weight without exercise, then check out the breakdown!  It's not a comparison for me -  I actually crave the Complete meal on the right myself AND can make it in the comfort of my own home!  Love that!  Which do you choose?

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Egg Surplus = Frozen Meals

My chickens have been laying a ton of eggs lately.  We raised 11 new chicks this spring to add to our hens and they've begun to lay.  In addition to that, we gained 9 new to us hens, because someone realized they aren't farmers after getting them.  Added to our 28 hens already we have an Egg Surplus!
I've tried to find a few more customers for eggs, but right now, I'm just not finding them.  So, I've been coming up with creative ways to save them for the future.  The first thing I made were breakfast sandwiches for the freezer. 
For this recipe, you will need:
  • eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • butter
  • sliced cheese
  • deli ham
  • English muffins and/or bagels
  • saran wrap

First, spread butter on the inside of each muffin or bagel.  I think you could leave this out, but I wanted them to taste really good.  Sprayed muffin tins with butter spray and cracked an egg in each tin.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  Bake the eggs at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Let cool on a cooling rack.
 Stack sliced cheese, deli ham and an egg on each sandwich.  For the bagels, I put a slice of ham on each side of the bagel to keep the rest from falling through the bagel hole.

Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap if you are planning on using a microwave to eat it.  You could wrap them in foil if you plan to bake them in the oven.

I put the sandwiches into the bags from the bread and ziplock bags to store in the freezer.

To eat: cook in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.  This is such and easy way to have breakfast ready to go in two minutes!  Our family enjoys them for lunch or dinner, too!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Crafting Inspirations - Post #1

Last weekend, I visited my daughter at college in Eugene, Oregon for my birthday. Her college roommate knew the owner of a Shabby Chic store that she thought we would enjoy.  Well, I went pretty crazy with the pictures!  I feel so inspired by all that I saw, that of course, my craft closet is going to get back into the swing of things!
 For whatever reason, I have hung up my crafting cap lately, but there's nothing like a visit to a wonderful shop to inspire you!  I will be having multiple posts to share just some of the things that inspired me.  If you are in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area, I highly recommend a visit with a very large wallet, because it was so much fun!
 My favorite season is fall, and my favorite thing in fall are the pumpkins!  So I will begin with all of the pumpkins I found that I love!  Of course, what really surprised me was that all of the shabby chic pumpkins that I've been making for years, are still in style!  Can't wait to get some more made!
 Nothing like a little Vintage Chenille pumpkins!  Love! Love!
 These little cuties are crocheted, I think.  Definitely something that I'm not talented enough to make, but I sure do appreciate the work that goes into them!
 Wonderful velvet!
 I totally love a little sweater upcycle! 
 Every pumpkin collector needs a stacked, squatty one for their patch. 
As you can see, I found a ton of little fall treasures in the pumpkins at The Vintage Industry!  I could've spent days there browsing and taking pictures.  Stay tuned for more posts with more of the goodies I found.