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My latest

Since I have been between jobs, training for a new one to do at home, still interviewing for something more permanent. I finally got an interview for a great job as well as an awesome one that has to use my degree background. The great job, I got… the awesome one, still no word. ๐Ÿค”

So while I wait on the start date of the great job, and waiting on some word as promised by the awesome one, I have been crocheting ๐Ÿงถ.

The 1st one was coming out so beautiful I had to make one for myself in colors I love. I followed a YouTube video to make… Grandmaโ€™s German Shells Blanket

My husband kept telling me I needed to make his mom a headband thingy to keep her ears warm, especially at work, since she gets cold easily. So I whipped this one out, one of the stitches was a real pain for me since my hook kept getting snagged on the yarn. But all in all it came out very pretty.

Thanks to my daughter who brought such a delightful sickness into our lives, of course she had it during her spring break and incubated it and then gave it to me and the hubby at the end of that week and all of last week, and we are still sick now. ๐Ÿ˜ง. We have been trying to keep out of public and such.

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Disease maintenance with food.

I went for a surgical consult last week about removing the part of intestine that is infected by the diverticulitis. The surgeon ๐Ÿ˜ท didn’t seem like he was too willing for doing the procedure, reason being I have only had 2 flares in 2 months….granted all doctors I have previously seen (GI and all the ones in the ER) all agree surgery would be a great idea so I don’t suffer all the symptoms I do. He also was not happy about the fact I had been on antibiotics a week prior and was still having tenderness. He decided to put me back on antibiotics and put me on the surgery schedule tentatively in March. So I have decided to do more homemade dinners especially.

Friday I made a very mild red beans and rice, hubby added salsa chips. I made this from dried beans in my multi pot, adding in sautรฉed onions, carrots, bell pepper, celery and mushrooms, along with ham hocks, spice mix we like and water to cover.

Saturday I then made pork tacos. I took a picnic pork roast and put it in my multi pot to make it shredable. It was falling apart by the time I was done. Adding in the onion, carrot, celery and our goto spices and of course some water.

Sunday I made spaghetti ๐Ÿ and meatballs, homemade meatballs. These meatballs were very tender and moist. I chopped up 2 pieces of white bread and added milk to moisten. I then added 2 eggs, chopped onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms. Then of course added hamburger meat and lastly 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Mixed the mixture and made into balls and then cooked in the oven. I removed them from the grease that was left over and cooled completely. Then while the pasta was cooking I made the sauce and warmed the meatballs in it. Adding the pasta to complete and a side of garlic bread.

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Soup….homemade….

Homemade soup is always best. With my bout or flare up of diverticulitis I have to go back to clear liquid diet and work back to solid food. All last week I was eating or rather drinking my meals, pre-made soups and broths. Then I worked up to these….

In this flavor and creamy tomato ๐Ÿ… as well. They are really good.

Then to work up some more… so I decided to make my own chicken and veggie soup.

I sautรฉed celery, onions, carrots, bell pepper, and mushrooms with olive oil in my multipot and some spices. Then added chicken broth and a whole chicken, put it in pressure cook for 40 minutes and let it release for 30 minutes. I added 2 cans of navy beans and pressure cooked for another 10 minutes, quick release and ate.

It was delicious!

I am eating, slowly on solid foods but I couldn’t turn down a chance for a good tomato soup. So I am making my own tomato ๐Ÿ… soup.

Starting out with 2 types of tomatoes, onions and bell pepper with olive oil and my goto spices. Roasting at 350 degrees at 15 minute intervals, turning each time. When the skins of the tomatoes ๐Ÿ… are ready to come off I peel them off.

I decided, after talking to my sis-in-law and she mentioned tomato ๐Ÿ… bisque, to look at recipes for it. It had an addition of bacon, carrots and celery and they even used canned tomatoes, I feel if you’re going to make it homemade you have to have fresh tomatoes ๐Ÿ…! So in addition I put in a batch of bacon, celery and carrots in the oven with olive oil and my spices to roast.

After blending the tomato ๐Ÿ… pan and putting it in my multipot to simmer, I blended the carrot pan and some tomato blend until smooth. Once that all was combined and heated thru I added 2 cups of heavy cream.

I snuck a taste, since I had just eaten lunch, and….WOW the flavor!! The bacon was the first thing I tasted, right after the tomatoes, then a smidge of everything else. It is good! Will have to remember all that I included!! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Margarita soap

My Margarita soap. I messed up when measuring, luckily I double checked and ‘fixed’ it. I had no idea if it was going to correct my mistake. Also mixing 2 micas together looked like a mess when still in liquid state, but came out so beautiful when dried! This the lard/olive oil mixture and again did beautifully!

Still has to cure a good 4-6 weeks, will have to see what it will look like after curing.

But so far, a wonderful soap!!

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Iโ€™m here again.

Well again I have just been not in the mood or forgetting things. So Im here again!

So here are my soaps I made, all wrapped up ready to be sold! Kiwi ๐Ÿฅ Swirl, Mocha Coffee โ˜•๏ธ and Pink ๐Ÿ‹ Lemonade.

I have samples of the Ocean ๐ŸŒŠ Swirl, Oatmeal, Milk ๐Ÿฅ› & Honey ๐Ÿฏ and Pink ๐Ÿ‹ Lemonade as well!

I am going to make another batch of soap today or tomorrow. I have been busy with working and trying to find a better job.

I finally got this done! All of it made with yarn I got off wish…not doing that again. Granted it came out looking beautiful, but scratchy.

This is my current project. Asymmetrical Shawl by Red Heart. Got alot of mistakes but it still looks good.

More to come, later.

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Ocean Swirl

I can’t believe I have been out of my mind and forgotten to write here.

I made more soap about a week after my first one, it was kinda a mess. I learned a valuable lesson, don’t buy my scents from the local stores, buy it online… but I also learned to look online about my scents because they are not all created equal.

I wanted to make an Ocean Swirl for the next soap. To which I sort of did.

The scent or fragrance should I say, that I used accelerated the soaponification that it got so stiff so quickly that I couldn’t see that there were holes as I was trying to swirl and no matter how much tamping down I did. This fragrance was from an online source.

Then I made another soap, I call Kiwi Swirl, fragrance from a local store and it accelerated the soaping process even more that it was like oatmeal…. then while trying to smooth out the top it started to already gel.

Then after the next day, unmolded and cut, it was seeping oil. I thought I was going to lose my mind. After curing for awhile, it has a few more weeks, but its not oily anymore!

So, because my 1st 2 batches were alittle wonky, I made samples out of them.

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Soap making

Well, I purchased everything to get atleast one batch if not two different batches of soap done. Unfortunately it is going take awhile to get the supplies to me tho, I thought it would take a few days not over a week.

๐Ÿ˜”, I guess I have to relearn patience…especially since the setting time for the soap is going to be a month as well.

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Busy or Productive, which are you?

Have you ever considered when you talk to someone about what you say and what you actually mean?ย  For example when you say that you are or have been busy and what you actually mean is you have been productive?

When talking to someone, and when asked ‘how have you been?’ or ‘what have you been up to?’ and you respond with ‘busy’, do you consider what that actually means?ย  I know in my generation (and I have no idea what generation I am in or what my kids are in now, but I digress) we were taught to think more about how we say things before we say them.

Busy

Ok, here is what I mean, do you know what the definition of busy actually is, compared to the word productive?

Definition of busy is having a great deal to do or keeping occupied, according to google.

Definition of productive is yielding results, benefits or profits, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Having Time

So, with that being said, are you busy all the time or are you productive, or to think about it, maybe a mix of both?ย  In today’s society we use some words interchangeably and sometimes too much.

Here’s another question….when one is being productive are they also busy; which is to say, when one is busy are they being productive s well?ย  Yea I know, makes you actually think!ย  There are plenty of times I am busy and not being productive but times I am being productive and am busy!

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Been busy….

I’ve been busy since I last posted. Here are some things that I have done while away.

Here is something I love to make but my stomach hates me for eating too much of when I do. This is what I call barley risotto, it has onions, mushrooms, butter, chicken broth, leftover roasted chicken and yes barley.

Unfortunately my daughters kitty, Bruce, got down and sick, come to find out he has some chronic illness that if stressed enough will bring it on. Poor thing was sick for about a week and really loved medicine time…we mixed it with wet food. He is such a character.

We adopted this cutie, the stressor to kitty :(. Ended up being too much for our whole family, other critters included so we had to give him back. ;(.

Our sweet momma dog, Cleo, left us a few weeks after we got crazy dog. It was very hard for my hubby and I, especially my hubby since he had had her since a pup.

Our sweetie, Dexter, passed away a few weeks ago. Come to find out since ferrets have so much inbreeding they don’t live very long due to tumors or other illnesses. We think he had a tumor on his pancreas.

We got this cutie, Nutmeg, seeing that our other ferret baby seemed to be lonely and depressed due to his brother passing. She is alot of fun and crazy in a very little package. Lol

WIPS and projects is progress…

Will explain them more later! Bye for now!

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KnitFlixing Anyone?

To knitflix

I personally knit-crochet and fix (Netflix) or watch tv (Hulu, regular tv, etc.). Its nice to hear that the craft of knitting/crochet is growing with the younger crowds.

I can hardly do anything else nowadays but crochet/knit, Im obsessed. I really am obsessed, I think about it all the time. I want to do it all the time. Sitting still without yarn and a hook or needles in hand is very difficult to even stand anymore. I know that this is almost sad or maybe a problem but I try to keep it appropriate. Lol. There are days that I fo put off my chores for it too, like today. I am starting to get some done, but another reason is the weather is crappy and I do have a migraine as well. It is hard to even concentrate with that going on.

As my pics show, I am knitting or crocheting and flixing sometimes with the love of a furry. I do miss them, we only have the small white/orange one left….my daughters kitty.