Just a suggestion

But for those who do not grow their own vegetables I highly recommend you join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which is an amazing way to make sure you are supporting local farmers AND providing organic, nutritious, local produce for your family.

To find one near you check this out

http://www.localharvest.org

A great site I just discovered!

I also highly recommend the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver…life changing and enlightening!

The lu$ty ladies and I started a supper club. A brilliant concept where we meet at my house and make several meals for the week and then divide them up for each family. A great way to have fun cooking (even though cooking by oneself is also fun) save money and ensure that your family eats healthy and delicious meals even when you are super busy.

Also we can sneak healthy ingredients such as veggies, grains and beans in to standard dishes and trick out hubbys into consuming them none the wiser.

We made Swiss Potato Kugel (a lovely Jewish casserole to which we added bacon) country style Salisbury steaks, bacon wrapped chopped steak, turkey sausage jambalaya and chicken enchiladas.

We should make a cookbook. The Lu$ty Ladies Guide to Domesticity.

Had a freakin’ blast

and seriously regret that I don’t have pictures….

Tonight was a meeting of our book club. We met over at Tweet’s to discuss the Poisonwood Bible which I loved. (Babs did not) Tweet made a great dinner of turkey sausage and pepper hoogies and stuffed mushrooms. I brought along a flour less chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and real whipped cream. We over indulged food wise. I highly regret NOT getting a picture of Babs licking her plate….oh the memories

During our conversation, sometime after we finished discussing the differences in European toilets, Christin mentioned that her brother in law is a rapper and had a gig in town tonight. She proceed to elaborate on that fun fact by mentioning that he is a white boy rapper with an afro who brought his dad to his gig. She didn’t really want to go but we saw potential in that little tidbit of ridiculousness. So off to local dive bar we go to see “Def Crew” who we feel pretty certain will provide more laughs then a barrel of monkeys.

Now hip hop is a genre of music I think most of the other ladies can live with out. I on the other hand must confess that I LOVE booty shakin’ hip hop, rap, R&B and funk. However I cannot stomach most modern versions of the music as the lyrics I find offensive and raunchy and certainly not in line with my convictions. So I listen to Christian rap….which most of my friends find hilarious… I also listen to other artists whose message is more positive and socially conscience.

We get to said local dive bar and first off notice that the audience is old  does not appear to be of the variety that like rap/hip hop. We were wrong, just goes to show you can’t judge an audience by its geriatric age a book by its cover. We at least thought that we would have a good laugh at the band that by Christin’s own description was hilarious. However what we encountered was a group of white boys from rural Wisconsin passionate about what they do and possessing of talent. They also invited their parents to their show, which I found adorable. And whilst I would not be able to rap about my nut$ack with my dad in the room they were quite comfortable with their lyrical prowess. I did enjoy it (perhaps not ALL of the lyrics) but I thought their enthusiasm was contagious. That and they would totally get beat up in Detroit.

 

Good Times

What’s going on….

I know, I‘ve kind of been a boring blogger lately…mostly I have just been entertaining you with things I have made or received in the mail. I am no longer allowed to blog from work and as that was primarily where I blogged from it has been a challenge to set time apart to chronicle my adventures.

 

I have been sewing fun things. I am currently challenging myself to complete all my half finished/unfinished/forgotten projects. I am calling it UFO Smack down. I am looking forward to that amazing sense of accomplishment I will experience once I reach my goal. Also the joy and fun of making more UFOs….ones I am not yet sick of looking at or feeling guilty over.

 

Sewing night is still going strong. Several Reengage sewers are working on a group projects. First they made an apron and now they are working on a clutch. I decided to work on my own projects but am available to help and answer questions when needed. Plus if you were to look into my closet you would know that I need another purse like I need a hole in my head. Before I spent all my extra money on fabric and yarn I was racking up quite the purse and shoe collection. Yes, I am properly ashamed of myself.

 

The Lu$ty Ladies will be meeting on Saturday at Tweet’s for book club. We had a bit of a hiatus since sometimes it is difficult to coordinate all of our lives for a get together. We will finally be discussing the Poisonwood Bible which I loved. I am eager to find out what the next book will be. Hopefully we will get this back in regular rotation. It is such a stimulating and enjoyable activity.

 

The horrible, wretched snow is finally starting to melt and I am anxiously waiting the planting season. My fingers are aching to work in the dirt. Gardening and creating in general brings me closer to God. Can you only imagine what the Master of Creations must have felt as He created us and our world? Pretty intense to say the least. I love the solitude and the ability to commune with the earth. Watching plants sprout from the dirt I till and the seeds I planted is so rewarding. Harvesting, cooking and preserving your own harvest is something I would encourage everyone to experience. It makes you feel so empowered and independent. And then you know where your food comes from and how it was treated. A deeper connection is formed with the earth as we learn to respect it for the role it plays in our survival and sustenance. I must get my starts ordered and my seeds sorted. Sowing time is right around the corner.

 

Last night we had our Fireproof your Marriage study that we host at our home. We also had a small party for Mr. Michael. He was spoiled silly. He wanted to have “taco bar” which is where you just put out all the fixings for everyone to make their own tacos. We had beef and shrimp tacos. If Michael had his way we would have taco bar at least once a week. He simply loves it. The Thompson’s got him started making “double decked” tacos with both a hard and soft shell. Michele also made a Ho Ho cake like only she can. It is a yummy cake but I refuse to use a box cake mix and Michele will so she was in charge of the cake. How crazy is it that I love to bake so very much and my husband’s favorite baked goods come from a box? Funfetti cake anyone? He also doesn’t always approve of me sneaking in whole wheat and herbal sugar substitutes in.

 

As most people know Michael has been asking for (actually he has been begging anyone who would listen) for a Nintendo DS after Becca and Bryce got one for Christmas and he discovered he likes playing it. For those of you who may not know I am Anti-Video game (hard core). I think they are bad for kids and families. It is my opinion that they often encourage violence and ADD tendencies and discourage reading and playing outside. I realize that I am in the minority on this topic as video games are only getting more popular. We also spent several years with out a TV until the Olympic games came on and I drug it out of the closet. I am considering getting rid of it again. Michael has never expressed interested in having a video game player until now. When he first mentioned it I blew it off thinking he would forget about it after a week. For those who know Michael this was an epic fail on my part. He talks about wanting one everyday. Anyone who comes over he will mention it to. One night Emily was visiting and Michael was stating his case for why a Nintendo DS will make his life better. I kid you not that man said this little hand held device would make him a better father (he will be able to relate to children) a better preacher (it will help him memorize scriptures) and prevent him from getting Alzheimer’s. Emily will back me up we let him know he was stretching a bit and he was delusional but it did show me how much he really wants one. So alas, I alas a decision to make and after thinking about it I realized that Michael is not one (usually) to ask for frivolous things (ridiculous certainly, anyone have a spare chicken coop? Want to borrow our film strip projector?) Michael usually asks for books, Christian tracts to pass out and socks for his birthday. And this is the husband who graciously allowed me to blow the stimulus check on Bernie, bought me another machine 6 months later for Christmas (Sergio) and got me the green sewing chair and an ipod for my birthday. I am always asking for frivolous things. Also, he doesn’t complain too much about our little stock pile of fabric and such. So while I don’t like video games and I know he will barely play with it after the novelty wears off I know he deserves it for being an amazing, adorable and understanding husband. Plus look how excited he was

 

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Michele wrote “DS” on the cake and Becca made a fake “DS” that she put in her case to fake him out. We made him wait until last to open the real “DS” it was pretty funny.

 

This week’ goals and things to day:

 

Monday: I work a split shift and I plan to go to knitting with Michael. I also have to swing by the post office

Tuesday: I work 7-5 and then have sewing night. Babs is pretty freakin’ excited to start a tote bag so I am willing to bet I will be helping her with that.

Wednesday: I am off. I am planning to get my housework done so I don’t have to worry about it this weekend. I also plan to go to the Gym and bible study.

Thursday and Friday: I work split shifts both days (we are so short staffed at the moment). During my break I will be working on my UFOs. I have 5 hours off during the day. I also NEED to finish my living room drapes and hang them up.

Saturday: I was going to work in the yard but it looks like it is going to snow again….I will tackle the laundry, cook for potluck at church on Sunday (Our theme is Jewish food) sew and have book club in the evening.

Sunday: Church, Sewing and relaxing!

Monday: I will be doing Tweet’s hair and hopefully finish my little dress UFOs.

 

What’s going on with you guys?

 

Ultimate UFO Smackdown 2009!

Since the UFOs (Unfinished Fabric Objects) are piling up around here I have decided to get the beasts under control!

So this week I plan on finishing up something each day.

First up is a “Vida” dress by Fabernmix which sat unfinished for over a year since I don’t think I had the skills or patience to finish it when I first started it. I have learned a lot since then and feel very empowered since I conquered this beast. Oh and it is really cute and springy.

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I think it was the elastic under the arms that threw me since I feel pretty confident that I would have no problems making this dress again. I love improving on my skills. Which is why I make so many random dresses and such as I have no kiddos of my own yet.

 

This pile of unfinished dress should keep me faily busy for the next few nights.

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I am also finishing up my quilt squares for a swap I am in. They have to be post marked by Monday which is also Michael’s Birthday. He  really wants a Nintendo DS but I am torn as to wether I should cave and get it for him or not. I am really opposed to video games….. Still I have a couple days to decide. I will probably cave since he is such a sweet  guy and he did let me spend a lot of money on Bernie. He also asked for his own knitting needles and a “manly case” to carry them around in.