So we are in the home stretch, I think. That ground hog evidently saw his shadow and is giving us 6 more weeks of winter. Although, here in MN, it will most likely be 100 more weeks of winter. In either case, at least we have something to look forward to. SPRING!!!!!!!!!
In celebration of this tiny light that is Spring at the end of this GIANT tunnel which is Winter, I am sharing some photos of the potting party Scoops and I had last May.
Here we are, the HENHOUSE team with all of our potting gear. I can already feel that warm Spring sun!
Pretty Potted Plantings.
Scoops, tending to her newly potted impatiens. Perfect for any front stoop!
Gerbera Daisies. I love these because they are so hearty. I get a lot of sun in my back yard and these stand up real well. Even when I skip a watering every now and again.
This upcoming Spring will entail putting together a couple of special pots for some Friends. Scoops will be moving into a new house, as will our Friends James and Jules. They will surely need a pot of flowers for their new front stoops or back yard patios and porches. I’ll keep you posted as to what I put together. In the mean time, THINK SPRING! I am convinced that it makes the snow melt faster.
Guess What? This weekend the super bowl is happening, did you know that?
Well, my friends Beak and Cam are hosting the millionth annual Super Bowl party, and this year we are having a Chili Cook-Off. I want to win, so I am bringing the heat with my “Super Spicy Delicious Chili”, and I’m sharing the recipie with you, just in case you might have any friendly Super Bowl Chili competitions that you might want to win.
Here are the tasty details:
“Super Spicy Delicious Chili“
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Large Yellow ONions
1/4 Cup Minced Garlic
3 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 Tbsp Paprkia
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 tsp Dried Oregano
1 lb Ground Beef
1 lb Ground Hot Italian Sausage (No Casings)
2 tsp Kosher Salt
2-28oz Cans Crushed Tomatoes
2-15oz Cans Kidney Beans
2-15oz Cans Chili Beans
2 Tbsps Canned Diced Jalapeno Peppers
The Good Stuff:
Greated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Green Onions
Heat the Oil in the pan and add your onions and garlic, be careful not to cry over it, cause that’s a lot of onions. Cook onions and garlic until tender. Add Chili Powder, Paprkia, Cumin, and Oregano. Add the meats and a little salt and cook until browned. Add all the canned stuff. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for at least an hour. Then if you are really serious, you’ll let the Chili sit in the refrigerator over night so that it can get extra delicious.
***Tip: If it’s too thick upon reheating add some tomato juice.
We’re down to 30 days and counting now before the big move. Between Jeff finishing his last semester of grad school, both of us working full time, and taking care of Finn (aka “Finn Bear”) there isn’t much room left for packing. Monday’s are designated as packing day. Here are the current standings: 12 boxes down and a whole house to go. Yikes!
Wish me luck, and if you don’t see me around the internet much over the next month, you’ll know why.
So. Here is the deal. My living room has been looking, well, let’s say, not lived in, for I don’t know how long….like probably forever. Mostly in the way of curtains. I have lived in my house for 5 years now and for 5 years it has looked like we could be packing up and moving out at any moment. When you don’t have drapes, this is what people think. I FINALLY got off my arse and whipped up some simple panels to spruce things up.
I haven’t mentioned this to you yet but I carved out a place in the basement for me to sew and make things . It’s nothing glamorous but it is a great place for me to set up my sewing machine. Part of my curtain procrastination has had to do with the fact that the basement is not finished nor is it heated. We here in MN have been experiencing what we like to call a “cold snap” and that don’t make for good sewin’ when your sewin’ spot gots no heat.
After hitting up my favorite shop, Crafty Planet, for 11 yards of Columbine Azure fabric, designed by Joel Dewberry, I was off and running. I didn’t follow any sort of pattern with these and decided to go the freestyle route. My major concern while constructing these was to get all of the panels the same length and to be as square as possible.
Much to my delight, all of the panels ended up being the same size and I couldn’t be happier with the end result.
With new curtains you will most likely need to pick up some curtain rods. I chose the DAMPA rods from IKEA.
So here we are. All finished up. I feel settled in now.