Creative Challenge Week 7: Dreams or as I call them Goals

“To dream the impossible dream”

Your dreams and goals are what makes you  you. Who you are and what you do with your life is complex and ever changing and that is completely awesome and OK. Because I grasp the fact that life throws curve balls and bumps in the road I make sure that my goal and dreams are ever changing too.

Every fall Etsy has a seminar called Etsy Boot Camp, which is a 6 – 8 week long course to get your shop ready for the Christmas rush. Last year I wrote out my goals for the next 9 months, the dates of my goals have changed however my goals have not because they are something I still want to achieve. Please excuse the bad handwriting, I know I have horrible handwriting thus is why I like to type everything out instead.

My Goal Board

My Goal Board

As you can see the dates have changed on my dry erase board and dry erase crayons which I love. Some things have become a bust while others have been achieved while even more are not yet completed.  I added a few motivational sayings to remind me that I can do anything I put my mind too. Selling on Etsy is something I love right now and if the time comes that I no longer love it then it is time for me try something else.

Go Big or Go Home!

Summer Scarves

Once there was a time when scarves were traditionally worn in the winter or on your head if you were going out joy riding with your beau in his hot rod convertible. Now scarves are being worn as an accessory like a necklace would be.

 

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How do you wear your scarf?

Memorial Day a day of remembrance

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In 2002 I signed my name to the dotted line, that line said I was to serve my country in the United States Air Force for the next 6 years. I went on to serve a total of 8, 2 years of active duty and 6 years in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard as a Command Post Controller a 1C3 if you will. A tradition in my family, My Grandfather James Davis served in the Korean war in the Marine Corps and my uncle Mike Davis as an officer in the USAF.

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So thank you to all who have served past and present, without your serves and sacrifice our country wouldn’t be where it is today.

 

Scalloped Potatoes

 

In an effort to eat healthier and make more of our food from scratch rather than a box, I tried my hand at scalloped potatoes. Which was much easier than I thought it would be. I again used the Dining on a Dime Cookbook, you can find it on Amazon here.

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Of course I had to use my food processor again to slice these potatoes.

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This may not seem like a lot of potatoes but for my family of 5 it was more than enough with leftovers.

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I let it cook in my crockpot for 4 hours or so, I did stir them a few times throughout the day. I started them at 1:30 pm and I served them at 6 pm. I cooked on high for the first couple of hours then turned down to low.

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Scalloped Potatoes are a great potluck food or addition to any dinner.

Enjoy.

Creative Challenge Week 6: Self Portrait

As I have mentioned in the past I am not an artist in the formal sense of the word, so I have modified my self portrait to selfies and one really cool x-ray of my mouth. It’s been a slow week in my house, which I have loved. Played with my kids, worked in my shop and now to start figuring out what to make for Memorial Day picnics.

IMAG2099  My son Zane and I

IMAG2120a Who doesn’t love red lipstick?

IMAG2163 Mouth x-ray while at the dentist, oh yea.

 

Homemade Applesauce

Saturday I realized I had a large fruit basket full of apples that were on their way to being bad, soft and bit wrinkly these apples were not going to be eaten by anyone in my house, instead of throwing them out I decided to turn them into a large batch of applesauce for my family instead. I didn’t think to take a photograph of the apples before hand not that they were very pretty anyways.

I first cut each apple into 4ths, peeled and cored. I then decided instead of chopping all of these quarter pieces into chunks I would just use my food processor to do that for me, it made lovely sliced pieces of apples and it took a fraction of the time. As a mother of 3 I can use all the time saving tricks I possibly can.

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After adding all of my apple slices to my large pot, I then added 2 cups of water, I didn’t add any sugar or spices to my sauce. Basically I loosely followed this recipe from “Dining on a Dime” Cookbook,  you can find it on Amazon here. It has recently become one of my favorite cookbooks to use for my family.

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It took almost an hour for this huge mass of apples to turn into chunky applesauce, my children are not a fan of chunky anything. So I again used my food processor and smoothed it out.

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This is 2 quarts of applesauce ready to be eaten by the masses once it cooled down a bit.

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Add a little bit of cinnamon and you are ready to go.

Enjoy.