Say Hello to My Little Friend!

Today, my husband surprised me with a new kitchen tool, and I love it so much, I had to share.  I am not being paid or reimbursed in any way, I am just excited that this is so wonderful!

Since we have changed our diet, two of our regular dishes include using fresh lemon or lime juice.   This requires buying large quantities of fresh limes and lemons, and juicing them yourself, then freezing the juice to be used later when making the recipes.  We are also working on a recipe for an orange marinated chicken, so there will be even more citrus in the future.

While not an everyday chore, (the cubes usually last a few months before needing to be refilled), it was a dreaded chore for many reasons (not the least of which was the inadequate juicer we had).  In fact, we have had a bag of limes sitting in the fridge for like 3 weeks now because nobody could get up the motivation to juice them. Continue reading

Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts with Rosemary and Thyme

Back in May, my husband and I started changing our diet in an attempt to lose some weight.  We also started working out, bought some exercise equipment, and have been more mindful about moving more and eating less.

Fast forward 7 months to December, and we are really doing great.    We are not done yet, but we both agree that even when (and if) we get to our ultimate goal weight, we cannot go back to the way we were eating previously. Continue reading

More Christmas Gift Sewing

It’s almost Christmas.  The time flies so fast!

Last year, I made the ladies on my list an iPhone wristlet.   Not all of them have iPhones, but they work just as well for other types of phones.

These were requested again this year.  We all just love these little purses.  They are the perfect size for taking shopping, or just about anywhere.  They are just big enough to carry your phone, a few cards, a little cash, and a couple of miscellaneous sundries like a lip balm or car keys.

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A little Christmas sewing

Several years ago, I made some crazy quilted stockings for my sister’s grandchildren.    This last year, she had another grandchild, so she asked me to make one for the new baby. I had long lost the pattern, so I had to “wing it”.

To attempt to recreate it, I used the shape of this pattern from “sewlikemymom” and I altered the shape of the bottom of the foot to give it a little more curve.  I also, of course, modified the toe shape to make the point toe.   I just printed out the above linked pattern, and then with a pencil drew the shape for the toe until I was happy with it.

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Men’s Bracelet

My husband, Len, has been delving into a new hobby lately.   He is doing leather work, but also incorporating some beading and making himself some bracelets and necklaces.

Yesterday we were at Michaels and they had their beads strands on sale.  They were 3 for the price of 1!  (67% off!).  So he stocked up on some beads (therefore I am expecting to see more bracelets from him soon!).

The bracelet he made tonight is particularly good, and since he is not a blogger, I said “I’m blogging that!”.    Continue reading

Where Did the Soap Go?

Those of you who were following my blog to see the soap recipes might be wondering where the heck I have gone lately and what happened to all the soap recipes.

I decided to separate my soap to another blog since some people watch this blog for food or sewing, and frankly, soap was taking over the real estate.  At the same time, I decided to write a couple of e-books about soap making and soap recipes, so I removed all the soap recipes from this site.   I am in the process of putting some of the free recipes back on the other site, but it will take a little bit of time to get them uploaded.

My new site is:  Please visit me there!

I have one ebook done and published to   You can find it HERE.

I have 2 more books in process and hope to have at least one of them published by Christmas.   You can follow my progress on the other blog linked above or on my Amazon Authors Pagesimple-small-batch-cold-process-soap