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22 October 2012

...A Special Tatting Shuttle For Giveaway!

Hey There Readers!

A mutual tatter friend who blogs at Tatting Tales ~ All things Tatting (It's an obsession) is having her Mondo Monday Giveaway!

Click this link to take you to her blog for the details!
---> Mondo Monday!

Good Luck!!

05 October 2012

...A Tatter Requested

Hi There!

I am still around! Life just keeps on rolling along and I am trying to keep up with it!

I had a request from a Tatter who shops at my Etsy for Halloween theme "ONS". This was a bit of a challenge for me... BUT I made a few. They turned out so cute, if I do say so for myself!

If you are looking for some, just take a trip to my Etsy Shop, " Yesterday's Scraps, Tomorrow's Treasures "

Here is an example of one!

Thank you for looking and I hope all are doing well!

25 August 2012

...Hurdles Got In The Way!

Funny how you cruise along life and basically life goes along okay even with some of the minor bumps that life offers. I would manage to get over those bumps pretty good and if I fell, I'd just dust the dirt off my knees. Since I last made the previous post, I ran into many hard hurdles! Many of them really hurt me emotionally! Ouch! Without going into details of those hurdles, I have been falling flat on my face and bruising my knees with scrapes of tough changes in life.

I have become a care-giver for someone who I love dearly.

So frustrating!
...for her

So over whelmed!
...for me

So full of uncertainties!
...for her
...for me

I went back to church last Sunday. It had been too long and it was time to come "home" again. I am reminded that my life matters too and I can "do" this.

Slowly, I am regaining myself back.
...for me
...for her

Slowly, I am getting back to joy.
...for me
...for her

A nudge sent me into the kitchen. No excuses, all the ingredients were there. It was time again. Bake something!

I measured. 

I mixed. 

I added. 

I whisked. 

I stirred. 

I rolled. 

I flattened. 

I baked. 

I waited. 

I rolled, flattened, baked and waited again. 

One more time.

Peanut-butter cookies! Therapeutic! Yumminess! (I know that is not a word but it should be!)

Then I strolled. 

I watched. 

I gazed. 

I clicked. 

I clicked. 

I awed. 

I clicked. 

I breathed.


Then I remembered.

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints.
Other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, "You promised me, Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There have only been one set of prints in the sand.
Why, When I have needed you most, you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints
Is when I carried you."

25 May 2012

...Going to Be Away, Also An Update on Dr. V's Travel Fund

Hey There Readers!

I will be heading West soon, to visit family and help my Mom with her life changing plans. My laptop is staying home.

Krystledawne a.k.a. Dr. Von Threadmore (on right) and myself at Shuttlebirds Tat Days 2011
Dr. V was the teacher and I was her Teach's Pet.

Dr. Von Threadmore's plans to attend the Palmetto Tatter's Guild's Tat Day 2012 have been postponed to 2013. This is mostly my mishap, I neglected to inform the good ole Dr about the dates and other important information for applying to teaching. 

I really appreciate the generosity of the contributors thus far. I am going to keep going with the fund raiser for Dr. Von Threadmore and hope that it will be successful for her to attend the PTG's Tat Days 2013. Then purchasing the airfare early will be less costly! If any of you have any blog(s) and desire to blog about this cause, please email me to discuss this. I will toss in either a skein of HDT  or one of my "ONS" as my thank you.

"ONS" (Once Nekkid Shuttles)

I shall be back home sometime in June or so.

Take Y'all,

18 May 2012

... Trimming Down My Usage on Facebook!

It is amazing of how much time passes you by when you are not paying attention. It seems that two years have basically flew by me without much thought. For the past month or so, I finally took a serious look at my home with open eyes. It is disorderly...pretty bad. It got that way because I allowed Facebook's games to take over and monopolize my time.

It was time to say for me to say to self, "Enough IS ENOUGH!" It was time for me to get back to the things that I love doing, to stop using things that sucked away my time, to manage my time better... for my self and for my health. I guess it is possible to say that I have been in state of denial... not of drugs or anything like that but of life itself.

So, before this blog post I deleted all of the Facebook games that I was addicted to and is deleting "friends" that are not friends, just people who also play the same games as I did to have more "neighbors". I had 649 friends! Yikes! That list is being trimmed down to family and friends, friends who are truly friends, along with other people who are like minded such as Beagle & Basset Hounds / Dog lovers, Tatters, and some who crossed my path for special reasons. I am down to 514... still long ways to go!

Tomorrow will bring a entirely new day! I will check on friends and family on FB but that is all I will use FB for... to keep updated with those who mean a lot to me!

Now onto my latest tatting project!

I am not sure what I think of it, because of the thread. It is tiny but I won this, so I'll make use of it.

I am looking forward to tomorrow morning! I'll be making another trip to the local Farmer's Markket and pick up our 1/2 Share of the Taylor Creek Farm's fresh produce! What will I be getting? Hm?

Take care of yourself for you are the most important person in YOUR life!

13 May 2012

...Another Trip To The Farm, Oops I Meant The Market

Hey There Readers!

Yep! It was Saturday yesterday, which meant another trip to pick up my share of the harvest for the week! This week's list of yummy and healthy food included Tuscan Kale, Zucchini, Fennel, Swiss Chard, Broccoli and Kohlrabi.
Fresh Broccoli
 Heh? What the heck is that, you ask? 

Well, Kohlrabi is a member of the brassica family, whose nutrient-dense cabbages (as well kales, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower) are highly regarded for their antioxidants properties. You can eat them raw, just peeled, sliced and added to a salad, but they are also delicious cooked and are often used in stir fry (info provided by Taylor Creek Farm).

I also googled Kohlrabi to find the pronunciation of it. "cole-rah-bee" I also learned that it is a german turnip!

This is a Kohlrabi

 Sooooo ...what did I do with my German sputnik looking turnip a.k.a. Kohlrabi? I stripped off the leaves and cut it in half. I also used my veggie peeler and peeled the outer thick skin.

 Then I sliced up the leaves and julienned the Kohlrabi.

 And stir fried it with some kale, broccoli, scallions then added sweet Teriyaki beef. Once all thoroughly stirred, I placed them onto the Pad Thai noodles. 

A funny thing happens when you try to photograph over the steamy dish of food! It fogs up your lens and make the picture look blurry and out of focus!

You should have seen me photograph my plate of dinner! **Picture it** Toccoa 2012, I was standing up on my toes, holding the camera over the top of the plate... and blowing the steam away while trying to click away! The meal was really delicious and I learned something new! Michelle, the farmgal told me that when cooking the  Kohlrabi, to cook it longer than you would think. I did and while this was really good, I still needed to cook it a wee bit longer yet! So, I'd say over cook that thing! *hahahahaaahaa*

Here is the recipe provided by Taylor Creek Farm for this week!


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4 (smallish servings since roasted vegetables shrink so much)

1 fresh kohlrabi, ends trimmed, thick green skin sliced off with a knife, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic (garlic is optional, to my taste)
Good vinegar

Set oven to 450F. Toss the diced kohlrabi with olive oil, garlic and
salt in a bowl. (The kohlrabi can be tossed with oil and seasonings
right on the pan but uses more oil.) Spread evenly on a rimmed baking
sheet and put into oven (it needn't be fully preheated) and roast for
30 - 35 minutes, stirring every five minutes after about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with a good vinegar (probably at the table so the kohlrabi
doesn't get squishy).

When we joined up the CSA, I really thought that the half shares was not going to be enough. The past week with all the fresh produce, we practically had salads every night of the week and still had some left from last week... which will be eaten up before the week is over! So, I am convinced that half shares is plenty for Hubby and I to survive on for the week! Although, when the tomatoes season hits... it will never be enough for me! I do eat them like apples and cherries!

Catch you later and have a great week!

07 May 2012

...Fresh Goodness For Last Night's Dinner

Sure, I have eaten many salads in my life time and loved most of them. The difference in local farm freshness and produce shipped from who knows where is amazing. As I was preparing last night dinner, I tasted each item before using them in the salad. I was tasting new flavors like the kale, the fennel, the greens from the beets. Even the lettuce had a burst of flavor! Lets not forget the aroma! My nose was smelling the perfume of the fennel and radishes. I added the tomatoes which did come from my grocer and made sure it was "Product of USA". These were fine but when it is the season for local tomatoes, I'll be on cloud 9! If there was only one vegetable that I had to choose from to live on the rest of my life, it would be the tomatoes! Yes, I am aware that they are actually "fruit" but I don't care!

A Picture
worth many descriptions!
farm fresh: lettuce, kale (two kind), fennel, zucchini, radishes, beet greens... store bought: scallions, tomatoes, feta, and topped with red wine vinaigrette 

My mouth was in a state of euphoria last night!  

...remember these?

This is what I did to them!
...boiled till fork can slide in with ease (on a bit of firm side that you would for potatoes) cool slightly, so you can handle them ...peel them with a spoon (like you would on a hard boiled egg) the skins pretty much slide of with ease. 
 This is their true color! I did not edit their colors. Why would you anyways for the color is gorgeous on their own! easy to slice them up that you could even use a butter knife!

...all diced up and marinating, since yesterday, with red wine vinaigrette.
 I will use these tonight, as a topping for tonight's salad!

05 May 2012

...We Went to The Farm!

That is right! To the farm we went. Taylor Creek Farm that is! It was a beautiful morning to go the farm. The sky blue. The sun shining. What more could I want? Well, I want fresh grown produce to take home. I want to eat locally grown, healthy food! I want to do my part to improve the local economy by supporting the local businesses like Taylor Creek Farm.

 Speaking of Taylor Creek Farm, Please meet Michelle and Chuck! They are some of the wonderful people in my community. I had the pleasure of meeting them last year. They grow everything on their farm naturally. I managed to buy and eat some of their produce. I was not disappointed in anything that was purchased ...but, (yep a but!) when I arrived last year, they were mostly sold out. That is very exciting for Michelle and Chuck.

Michelle & Chuck

Here on their table is a sampling of what they had ready for harvest this week.

Cherry Radishes

Free Range Eggs

Red Russian Kale

Okay! Okay! We did go to the farm but not the farm! Huh? We went to our local Farmer's Market!
It was opening day today.

About Taylor Creek Farm, this is their second year for doing CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and this is my first year as a share holder of their farm! WOW, we are share holders! How cool is that?

My husband and I have chosen 1/2 shares for that is sufficient for our needs. Each Saturday we take a very short drive to meet Chuck and Michelle at the market. We claim our share of the week's harvest. We are provided with our (reusable) bag(s) of our share(s). With it is a list of the delicious food and since we will be encountering some produce that are not common for instant Fennel. A sheet with brief description of the product (in this case, Fennel) and recipe ideas for you to enjoy!

This weeks list of goodies; Red Russian Kale, Tuscan Kale,
Beets, Cherry Radishes, Zucchini, Fennel & Lettuce

The recipe provided:

Grilled Fennel with Balsamic

1 fennel bulb
2 teaspoons olive oil, separated
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Trim the fennel stalks and fronds away, you can use them for something else. Cut the bulb in four and gently trim away the core. You want to leave just enough core to hold the section together. If you have a larger bulb, feel free to slice these 4 sections in half again. Rub the fennel with 1 teaspoon of the oil and add a generous helping of salt and pepper.

Heat your grill to medium and make sure it is cleaned & oiled. Put the fennel on the grill, cover, and turn down to medium low. Check on the fennel in 5 minutes, if it is young and tender, it is probably ready to be turned; otherwise it may need another few minutes. Baste with olive oil as needed. Grill 5-8 minutes per side and then drizzle with balsamic when hot. it should still have a good crispness to it, but not raw either. Serve hot or at room temperature.

 The picture below is of our loot! Everything that is pictured here is our this week's goodies! The eggs does not come with the shares. You can buy them whether you have share(s) or not! We did! I love natural Easter eggs anytime of the year! Each week, we go back to the market with our empty "Go Green" bag(s) and empty egg cartons (to be reused). Then we leave the market with the following week's harvest of more yummy fresh grown produce!
This is our take home for the week!)

My Hubby testing one of the fresh radish! I had one too. They're tasty!

...Yep, the kids want some veggies too! Seriously, they like them!

Stay tuned this week to see what I end up doing with these produce!

28 March 2012

...A Shameless Plug for Dr. VonThreadmore's Tat Days Airfare Fund.

<~~~ As you can see. I am begging and shamelessly too!

Thank You so far, to the contributors!


The Full Story About Dr. Von Threadmore's Travel Fund  (a.k.a. Kyrstledawne)

With that note, I would like to share something that would be 
totally wonderful for the coming year. Many of my readers know 
that I LOVE to attend the Palmetto Tatters' Guild 's Tat Day and 
any other Tat Days! I hope to teach a class or two. I also dream of 
my daughter Kyrstledawne from Kyrstledawne ~ Fine Lace 
Jewelry, to come to Palmetto's Tat Days held in Toccoa, GA.
(Sept 7 & 8, 2012) I have lived here since 2004 and she has yet to 
see my home or the "South"! Wouldn't you Tatters also like to 
see and meet Krystle too? *gasps* Even Dr. Von Threadmore? 
Maybe she.. err they would teach a class or two at Tat Days? 
Wouldn't you like that too? Well, I know for fact that she would 
like to come and be at Tat Days with us too but as many of you 
know, she is a busy stay-at-home mom of two cutie pie girls with 
limited funds. (Who isn't these days!) She will try to apply for 
teaching at Tat Days and maybe the Scholarship Fund too. The 
Scholarship Fund if granted would cover her room & 
board but NOT the travel fees. She said would come if there is a 
way! I am hoping that maybe my friends, readers and tatters would 
like help and contribute to the Dr. VonThreadmore's Traveling 
Fund! I have set up a "Fund Raiser" widget at the upper left hand 
corner for anyone... anyone and everyone who would like to 
partake in helping Krystle to make it to the Tat Days sponsored by 
the Palmetto Tatters Guild! 

The donations will be going to my paypal account and I will 
purchase her plane tickets as soon as the funds are available for it  
I promise to keep a record for in case this plan does not workout 
for unseen reason and refund back. Thank you in advance for 
your generosity!.I will create a list the gracious contributors by 
first names only, unless anonymity is requested. 

15 March 2012

...They Hatched!

What hatched, you ask?

These beautiful "ONS"!

Click to Enlarge

 I needed to add more "ONS" to my Etsy Shop, Yesterday's Scraps, Tomorrow's treasures. I had so much fun in decorating these new order of "nekkid" Clover shuttles. It amazes me that as I use up my scraps of fabrics that it appears... it doesn't even put a dent to my collection of scraps! I wonder... if they just keep multiplying when I am not looking?

I am looking forward for March 17th.. to celebrate one of my heritage. Happy St. Patrick's Day to Y'all. Please be safe.

Catch You Later,

08 February 2012

...February is My Favorite Month (part 2 of 2)

In the previous post I mentioned that Grandpa and I shared this month celebrating our birthdays. It has been really rough on me, missing him.  In spite of the grief, I still celebrate Grandpa's life for he is an amazing man! You noticed that I use present verb tense regarding Grandpa? I refuse to put him in the past because I am part of him... living!

A while back I saw a cake on Pinterest and said to myself "I am going to make THAT cake for Grandpa and I.

LOOK! Isn't that divine?
Chocolate Christmas Cake

I checked out the recipe and decided to do it my way with the short cuts! After all, I wasn't really in the mood to all the extra work. I'd rather enjoy the cake than labor over it. I used these items below for my version! Much easier, don't you think? Also, since this was to be the special birthday cake... all the diets were off!

I think that I did a pretty darn good job of this cake! No, I don't think... I KNOW I did!

Happy Birthday Grandpa, I love you always!

Heavenly! Yummy! Scrumptious! Chocolaty! MMMMmmmm! Lip-smackin' good! Want some?

I dug up some wonderful pictures of Grandpa and Grandma. I smile. I laugh. I cried. I close my eyes and remember the love, the fun, the caring, the honesty, the love, the life, the love, the joy, the love.

Grandpa & Grandma
in love

Grandpa and Grandma
still in love to eternity

Something yummy arrived in the mail today...I was expecting it! I am in love with that creamy pale lemon yellow and those comforting blues! These are recycled Sari Silk Ribbons, from Napal and other places which it supports the women in those areas. For more information, go to this link Darn Good Yarn. I got these from an Etsy Shop of linniedarling.

I have two skeins of the yellow and the blues. They came in the twist form and I already wind them into yarn balls. This process gave me the opportunity to feel the silks with my hands as I wound them into the balls. I love them! Now I am waiting on another order to come in but I will leave that to your imagination of what it could be! Any ideas to what these will become? Hum? I know... I know and I'm not tellin' until I create the masterpiece! Muwaaahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

P.S. Thank you to those who have contributed to my daughter Krystle a.k.a. Dr. Von Threadmore's travel fund so far! (upper left side) Thank You! No pressure...the fund raiser is on going and the funds will go toward the airfare for Kyrstle to attend and teach at the Palmetto Tatters Guild's 2012 Tat Days

04 February 2012

...February is My Favorite Month (part 1 of 2)

February is one of the many months that I enjoy tremendously.
There many special occasions within this month.

In the years past, My Grandpa and I had fantastic way of celebrating our birthdays.
We perfected it (celebrations) to fine art! He and I would begin few days before my day by take me to the local deli store owned by my Great Uncle Ken and get some penny candy. Yes, those existed in my youth! Then we would drag in the rest of the family to celebrate with us. Many birthday wishes before, during and after! Then my day would officially arrive on the 3rd and have the official cake and party. I had many wonderful party and most of them were at my Grandparents' home at the lake.

Now, picture this... the location of this home at the lake is located at one of the minor Finger Lakes in New York. This is February, remember! That lake typically freeze every year but do not know about it these days with Mother Nature being temper-mental these years! I have had party on the frozen lake with friends and ice skates, also a bonfire with s'mors & hot cocoa! 

Okay, back to Grandpa and I, we would have special treats for my birthday for few days to hold us over! On the 5th, we would begin again with celebrating in full force because it was Grandpa's birthday. Yes, we would have another cake and special dinners, another party! This does not end until few days later because there are left overs to finish up! 

For 50 years, Grandpa and I had this private bond because our birthdays fell closely together. I am thankful for these memories of my Grandpa because they help me get through these empty times without him. I miss him dearly.

My Husband, last night treated me to my birthday dinner at Natalie Jane's Tavern in a nearby town.
It was our first visit there. The picture below will show you of our wonderful time. I still enjoyed my birthday because it is MY special day, I was wonderfully made!

(click to enlarge)

Hubby had the shrimp and I had the eggplant fries

I enjoyed the spaghetti and all that was missing from Hubby's choice was the newspaper

...wonderful Server, wonderful Owner, wonderful time

Oh! Ooooh My! So heavenly! Grandpa would have liked this too!

Hubby's Cake

Us! Enjoying my special day and good food!

A wonderful ending to my day!

...thinking of another special day or excuse to go again!

Catch you next time,