Winter Weather Blues- Now with a Festive Recipe!

Well, winter is here. Hopefully not to stay long. Today as I type this we are dealing with a warm, balmy -7¬ļ. And I live here why? I look out my window and feel a little sinking in my heart, the squirrels won’t even come out today. On the plus side it is sunny out, and I love the sun. A day off doesn’t hurt either. The kitties are enjoying a day with me, lots of snuggles, it can be pretty hard to type with 3 laying on your legs. They are also not enjoying the cold, I am often seeing them piled up by the heat registers. One of the more popular hangouts is by the water dish, so it almost looks like they are hanging out by the water cooler. Girl has taken over post as I type this, and as uncomfortable as I actually am, it becomes harder and harder to move her, especially when she looks like this.

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I am continuing on my holiday gift making journey. I just finished a really fun netted infinity cowl last night. Its HUGE! I never thought I would be able to finish it. I really need to take some last minute pictures and get them up in my shop. I don’t want anyone to miss out on the pretty things for holiday and for themselves. I can’t wait to gift these to their owners. Making things for people that makes them happy makes me happy! THIS is why I do art.

My worklife is proving to be a challenge to my business this year. Since we have such a short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, all my weekends are at the store. And asking for it off seems silly and rude. I usually can get a show in or two during this season, and this year, none have worked out. That is how I was able to afford Opal last year. This year I have a few new goals, one being a new computer, I love Frank (he’s my frankenstein, I built him and he’s kinda big) but for some reason he’s struggling to play videos, he likes to freeze up when I work on etsy, or my blog (one of the reasons I have been so quiet… along with work), he’s just not doing what he needs to do for me. So I have a computer on top of my must buy list. Computers are not cheap. Ugh. Not cheap at all. We have a bunch of other “fun” home improvements on our list as well, new carpet is one of them and will be here in a couple weeks. Lots to get done before the summer. It will all be beautiful in the end. ūüôā

B. and I saw Catching Fire on Wednesday. Our Hoop group¬†canceled for the night on account of terrible weather, and we had some time to kill because traffic was so bad. I won’t go into my thoughts on the movie aside from that I liked it a lot, but my big thing was OMG those knits! I love the fact I crochet, I really do. I hate the fact that every yarn shop has a bajillion knit projects out on display and no crochet. If I ever learn how to properly knit (as in knit better than what I do now) I will learn specifically for her outfits. Goal for next year! Woo!

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A bit of a reminder post about my holiday specials at my shop!

On¬†my etsy shop– enter ‚ÄúGIFTGIVING‚ÄĚ at checkout to receive 20% off!

Note this discount does not apply to my handspun yarn. The time that it takes for me to spin, ply, set, and tag is more a labor of love than a major money maker. (I spend at least 4 hours with each skein, many on the upwards of 6-8 hours. If we do the math, how much I sell my yarn for, and minus the roving cost, my wage can sometimes be as low as $2- $3/ hour)
Due to those circumstances, I am doing a different offer for all handspun yarn purchases! At checkout, in notes to buyer- enter ‚Äúholidaylove‚ÄĚ and I will send you a special thank you- a pair of Sterling Silver and stone earrings (normally $15-20) for free. My way of thanking you for buying my handspun and your support.

Please let me know if you need help with etsy- I am happy to help!

Last but not least, I have a new recipe- I have seen versions around but this way I have it in one place. My favorites.

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INGREDIENTS!
3 Tbsp.  butter
1 pkg.  (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows (I tend to go a bit more on the  marshmellowy side)
5 cups  Rice Krispie cereal (I love the generic cereal for these)
16 OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped, divided (I put mine in a ziploc and smashed away)
3- 1 oz. squares of Bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate (The next time I do this I might use one less Chocolate square, its really pretty that way.Your own mini Pollack painting!)
Confetti Sprinkles for Sundaes

 

MICROWAVE butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec.

ADD cereal and 1 cup chopped cookies; mix well.

PRESS¬†onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining chopped cookies; press lightly into cereal mixture to secure. Cool completely before cutting into squares.MICROWAVE Chocolate squares for 30 seconds until melted, stirring between each 30 second session.

Drizzle with spoon over Krispie Treats.

SPRINKLE those sprinkles!

ALLOW chocolate to set up by cooling

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Yes kids this is one of my silicone pans. There are certain things that I only want to use silicone for, one of which is Rice Krispie treats!!! (another one is for my caramels. I cant believe I used anything else ever, but that is another blog post)

ENJOY!

xoxo

NaNoBloMo Day one- ish and a recipe!

Ok, so its November. Happy November. I had an unfortunately lame halloween but on the good side…we still don’t have snow. So that is a happy moment. Ben is getting busy for a November challenge for writing music and I am super excited for him to work on his goal He is very goal oriented, and when he has one, he always seems to succeed at it. Me, I get close, real close but many times I get distracted by other things. (That “I have A.D.D joke – ooh shiny!” was truly written about me.) But I will try this one. Apparently not only is it a music writers month, but also a national writers month as well. Along with those, I was also notified it was a blogging month. One blog a day for November. Can I do this? I think I can. Since I didn’t know about it until now, I don’t want to fully disqualify myself from it so I will make 2 blogs on two different days to cover from me starting on November 3rd. Maybe a few followers will help. I found one of my blogs was reblogged on Tumblr and I got super excited! People do read these things!

A quick recap. On Friday, I worked, and made some cards with some nice ladies, we pushed past our comfortability zone and I had them try some new techniques and played a bit. I felt everyone enjoyed their card making experiences. I went with a Dia de Los Muertos theme- I don’t know how much people give cards for that celebration, but I liked what I worked on.

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Saturday I had off but came into work for a demo on Inktense. It went great! I had at least 20 people watch, and learn and remind me I am doing what I am meant to do. I just have to figure out how to do it. A gentleman was turning 77 next week and he told me I have inspired him to do art. THAT is WHAT I WANT TO HEAR! I welled up from his praise- I want people to be inspired. The demo taught me a few things as well that the internet world is lacking… A proper demo of the amazingness of these pencils. In the near future, once I am done with my trunk show, and possibly my other holiday gifts, I want to sit down with Imovie, and start making time-lapse paintings of how amazing inktense can be. Two hours can be really intense to sit and work and chat thru the whole time but a video would be so amazing. So that is another goal of mine.
Ran home for crocktoberfest- what a fun night! delicious foods, friends and games. We tried Ladies and Gentleman for the first time. It was a fun game and I think with the right crowd it would be really fun, but the startup is slow and the rules feel long. so only about half of the table as into that one, we will play it again and it will be amazing. We got to make my favorite crockpot sandwich stuff Sweet chili Chicken!
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Sweet Chili Chicken

1 1/2 frozen chicken Breasts
1 bottle of Franks Red Hot – Sweet Chili Sauce
1 dry packet of Hidden Valley Ranch

Put the frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, cover with sweet chili sauce. Cook on Low for 6 hours. Pull out the chicken, shred with two forks, put back in crockpot. Add dry Ranch packet and cook for another hour or so. This can cook for longer, but the sauce will reduce more, and could potentially burn on the sides.

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Serve on toasted buns- I prefer Kaiser Rolls and some shredded cheese. The extra ranch or buffalo sauce is optional depending on your tastes.

Another variation- the pinterest recipe we originally pulled it from had Franks Hot Sauce instead of the Sweet Chili. As someone who doesn’t care for the hot part, this was far too hot for my tastes. And I also felt it was more hot than flavorful, and the sweet chili is perfect. Bit please try your own and see what works best for you.

Oh yes, and I am one who does not like leftovers, I LOVE THESE AS LEFTOVERS. I call this a win! Its SOOOOOO GOOD!
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I did do some super productive things this weekend though that made me feel pretty good.
I woke up with a crazy idea to move furniture around, to help organize my spinning area. It can get a bit out of sorts and I need as much organization in it as possible. I woke up, dwelled on it all day, came home and BAM! Took care of it myself, no shopping trip to ikea or target for me! Yeah! Hind sight would tell me to measure first. I just lucked out enough with it fitting in the closet perfectly.

I nailed another shopping day out of the park. Last week I figured I would have to go to 4 different stores to get what I wanted. I got everything in one store. Today was the same. Found exactly what I was looking for, it fit, I felt amazing in it. Ring me up lady, I am outta here! Next is shoe shopping!

After the first of the year I also will be working on a new facet of my shop. Bridal fascinators. I just like fascinators in general, and I am thinking, put a pretty russian tulle with some handspun handmade flowers, and a little bling? OOOH that just sounds delicious.

Until next time!
xo