Hey everyone! These past couple of weeks have been super busy for me. I am working hard trying to get some stock built up for the grand opening of our Etsy Shop. In addition to that we're hosting a give-away on our Facebook page The Scissor Sisters. All you have to do to enter is head over there and become a fan. If we can reach 80 fans by 1/1/13 we'll be giving away one prize. If we can reach 100 fans by 1/1/13 then we'll be giving away 3 prizes. Here is a picture of the prizes being given away.
Hope you guys like what you see and head over to sign up! We sure love give-aways, don't you??
Well it's FINALLY here. My Husqvarna Viking Tribute 140C. Isn't she a beauty!?!
I have wanted a new machine for years, and found a screaming deal on this one, so I went for it. So far I am more than satisfied! She drives so smoothly, like a Lincoln Town Car as my mom would say. So I put her to work right away and made up some rice pack shells. What do you think??
Can't wait to hop back on tonight. Feels good to look forward to creating!
My cousin asked me what I was going to name her. After I pondered for a bit I decided to name her Astrid which is of Scandinavian origin meaning divine strength, beautiful goddess, and/or fair.
On and off for quite a few months, maybe even a year, now I have been thinking about starting up my own Etsy shop. I just wasn't sure I would be able to keep enough items in stock to be able to justify having my own shop. I was talking to my cousin the other day and she said, well just start making stuff and when you get a stock pile then think about it again. Minutes after that conversation took place I logged onto my facebook and was delighted to see I had a message from a friend of mine. She was asking if I had ever thought about starting my own Esty shop. Whoaaaaa! I responded and told her I had but was worried about keeping the shelves stocked and then I, somewhat jokingly, said maybe we could open one together?? She came back with, well that's kind of where I was going with that question.... Here we are a few weeks later and we're creating goodies for our grand opening, which at this point is set for the first of 2013! We've decided on a name, which will be disclosed at a later date, so make sure to stay tuned!
I spent a good portion of today sewing. It was wonderful! I haven't been able to do that for a really long time. The best thing about sewing today was that I got many items completed! Ahhh what a good feeling. Here are some pictures of the items I created...
Horses?? No way, not me! Sewing of course! Yesterday I was in the middle of a project - Sewing, ironing, sewing, ironing and so on - when the inexplicable happened. I went to sew a strip of fabric and the darn thing was going in reverse. I thought I was crazy at first, so I tried again, and then again, but it was still sewing in reverse (whew, not crazy!). So I held down the reverse lever to see if it had mysteriously switched placed with forward, still sewed in reverse!?! After many Google searches and a tear down, E. and I were staring, yes blankly, at the guts of my machine. We fiddled and poked for awhile, okay I was the one fiddling and poking, he was analyzing and inspecting. After a couple hours I was chomping at the bit to buy a new machine and it was late so we threw in the towel for the night. Zzzzzzzz The next morning I reassembled the machine, mostly so I could get the mess out of my kitchen. Then E. came over pushed a button or a lever or whatever miracle was performed, and poof the feed dogs were moving in the right direction. There was a small celebration which included jumping up and down excitedly, and then back to work. But before I put my project in the machine I thought I should experiment with a test piece, and boy am I glad I did! The stitches seemed to have a mind of their own. The regular old stitch was sewing a stretch stitch. Strange you say? Not really, remember I said I was the one that reassembled it?? I installed the stitch selector knob upside down! Ohh well for now, it's back up and running! Thank you dear Hub-E.!! So, here is what I was able to finish:
This apron is for my niece, she turns eight today! Happy Birthday Megan!!
Hub-E. and I go to bed relatively early, say between 8:30-9:00 PM. The reason for that is, well, let's just say that 3:30 AM comes quickly! Last night I shut the light off around 8:45 PM, and bam, I was out like a light. The alarm goes off, so I roll over and hit snooze...yes maybe a few times. Then the third time I unwillingly turn it off and flip on the light. I glance at the clock and see that it reads 9:15! OMGosh, I am late for work. I run out to the kitchen to look at that clock, yep 9:15. I stumble back into the bedroom, still in shock and delusional mind you, and tell E. IT'S "9:15!!". I stand there looking at E. for a good thirty seconds and then I'm like "IT'S 9:15, we're late for work!?!" He doesn't reply much other than with a wrinkled up squinty face. Then all of a sudden it dawns on me. Is it 9:15 PM?? I look at the clock again, and low and behold, 9:15 PM! In a matter of thirty minutes I had fallen asleep and had been dreaming about my alarm clock going off, not once, not twice, but three times. (So what if I like to hit the snooze??) I guess the fact that it was still dark out should have given me a clue, but obviously I was not in a problem solving state of mind. Hope your shut eye went better than mine! Has this ever happened to you before?? Holly.Rae.
Since December is just a stone's throw away, and since the "white-ness" of winter will soon be overtaking us; I wanted to share this picture. It may possibly be the last rainbow of the year, and it just so happens to be placed right over my favorite peak. I think I may have to periodically look at this picture to remind myself that winter doesn't last all year.
I've been wanting to sew an apron for, geeze, forever now. So, I decided since it's a long weekend, I was going to get it done. I wanted to make it completely out of left over scraps from previous projects. I found a stash of partially pieced fabric from a quilt I had made for my mother-in-law. Perfect! Love the colors, and I am super excited with how it turned out. This was my first experience with sewing pleats, love them!
I think I will make some matching potholders to go with it. Let me know if you sew one up for yourself, and make sure to post pics!
One would probably assume that with the excessive amounts of food, that we have on our Thanksgiving Day Lineup, we'd be feeding a large family or group of people. Wrong. It's just E. and I. Since we don't splurge a whole heck of a lot, we like to go all out on Thanksgiving. What's wrong with variety, right!?!
So, the other day I was telling E. that I wanted to figure out a fun way to introduce our Nigerian Dwarf Goats. He pipes up with "What about a Dwarf Dossier?". "That's a great Idea! Wait, what's a Dossier?" I ask. So, for those of you that haven't encountered the French originating word: Dossier (dos-ee-ey): A collection or file of documents on the same subject, especially a complete file containing detailed information about a person or a topic. French origin: 1875-1880. (Information taken from dictionary.com) So without further ado, here is Dwarf Dossier #1:
For quite sometime Hub-E. and I discussed getting goats, mainly for milking purposes, but for butchering too if need be. By the end of 2011 we had made up our minds that we were going to get three to start. Only a few short months later we had made arrangements to get our first three Nigerian Dwarf Goats, two of which were pregnant! Talk about nervous! Unlike E., I didn't grow up around livestock, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't sure I was even going to like them. Quite the commitment for someone who is so unsure, huh!?! When we went to pick them up, they were just as nervous as I was. I wanted to pet them and get to know them, but we had to make the four hour trek home, bonding would have to wait. Thank goodness we had already set up their pen, had food and water waiting for them when they got there; it made the transition that much easier for them. Finally, I got to get a good look at them, and yes, some petting in too. Quickly we learned who was boss, who loved attention and who didn't. They instantaneously held a place in my heart; I knew it was going to be a great adventure! Since then, the girls had their ADORABLE babies, and we've gotten four more goats. Our mini-herd is up to ten crazy, wonderful, sometimes obnoxious, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, all does. Wow. I couldn't imagine life without them! A little note about the milk they produce: Yum, incredible yum! Creamy and extremely nutritious. For those of you who have tried goats milk and thought it tasted "goaty", I can give you two explanations for that. Either the does were kept too close to a billy goat and his smell (ewww), rubbed off onto them and penetrated the milk. Or, the milk was not cooled fast enough/was not handled properly. Goat milk from the grocery store just doesn't compare; I wouldn't even waste my money on it. For those of you who haven't tried it, you should. Stay tuned for our Dwarf Dossier series. Holly.Rae.
Nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains lies this fascinating peak, that I like to refer to as "The Face", as I think it looks like a woman lying face up. She is almost always picture worthy, and i enjoy taking pictures of her ever changing back drop. Hope you enjoy her beauty as much as I do.
This past summer the backside (and later in the summer, the front side) of the mountain to the right of "The Face" was on fire, which is the cause of the very red sun and sky. The picture really doesn't do it justice. Holly.Rae.
2 cups shredded Monterrey
Jack cheese 1.5 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar & Pepper Jack
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth Low Sodium
1 cup sour cream
1 (4 oz) can diced green
Salt to Taste
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Grease a 9x13 pan
2. Mix chicken and 1 cup of cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan. (Mix cheeses
together. Put desired amount of chicken
and cheese in each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in prepared
3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour
and cook 1 minute. Add broth and whisk
until smooth. Heat over medium heat
until thick and bubbly.
4. Stir in sour cream and chiles. Do not bring to a boil, you don’t want curdled
sour cream. (Taste
test the sauce, add salt or other spices if desired.)
5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining
6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3
minutes to brown cheese (peek in every once in a while, you don’t want to burn
Tortillas (adapted from The Border Cookbook by Cheryl Alters
Jamison and Bill Jamison)
Two cups of all-purpose
flour (can make them whole wheat by
substituting one cup of whole wheat flour for one cup white flour.)
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of vegetable
oil 2 Tbsp. Butter,
¾ cup of warm milk
Mix together the flour,
baking powder, salt and oil (or mix together the dry ingredients and cut the butter
in with a pastry blender).
Slowly add the warm milk (a little at a time.
You do not want the dough to be overly sticky.). Stir until a loose, (slightly) sticky ball is
formed. Knead on a floured surface for
two minutes. Dough should be firm and
soft. Place dough in a bowl and cover
with a damp towel or plastic wrap for 20 minutes. After dough has rested break off eight
6” tortillas or 6 sections for 8” tortillas.), roll them into balls
in your hands, place them on a plate (or parchment paper) (make sure they aren’t
touching) and then cover balls with damp cloth or plastic wrap for 10
minutes. (It’s very important to let the
dough rest, otherwise it will be like elastic and won’t roll out to a proper
thickness and shape.) After the dough
has rested, one at a time place a dough ball on a floured surface, pat it out
into a four-inch circle, and then roll with a rolling pin from the center until
it’s thin and about (six) to eight inches in diameter. (If you roll out pie crusts you’ll have no
problem with this.) Don’t overwork the
dough, or it’ll be stiff. Keep
rolled-out tortillas covered until ready to cook (or you can roll one out and cook it while
rolling out the next, just be sure not to forget about it!). In a dry iron skillet or a comal heated on
high (or a
stainless steel frying pan heated on medium to medium-high) cook the
tortilla about thirty seconds on each side.
It should start to puff a bit when it’s done. (Adjust the temperature as necessary. You want your tortillas to have nice brown
spots, not black.) Keep
cooked tortillas covered wrapped in a napkin until ready to eat. Can be reheated in a dry iron skillet, over
your gas-burner flame, or in the oven wrapped in foil. While you probably won’t have any left overs,
you can store in the fridge tightly wrapped in foil or plastic for a day or
Okay, so for us the title may be a little bit of a stretch. We were chubby, uncomfortable and achy.
A few years ago E. and I had committed to completing a 20
day juice fast.Our main reason was to
shed some pounds and inches; cleansing our bodies was just an added bonus.I had read The Juice Fasting Bible, by Dr. Sandra
plus I had searched around on the net for some quick info.Looking back, I can admit that I wasn’t quite
prepared.I’m not going to sugar coat it; it was
hard.Temptation lies everywhere, but
you yourself are your own worst enemy, ohhhh the thoughts!I like to cook and we both like to eat.We love rich, hearty meals and decadent
desserts, unfortunately our waistlines don’t. It was time to do something.Those 20 days seemed like an eternity, but we
completed it.We felt good about what we
had accomplished, and were ready for the next step in the adventure, but our taste
buds got the better of us.Not too long
after that we started gaining the weight back.Once you start eating it’s like you’re tasting everything for the first
time…again.So down the rabbit hole we
Today my husband E. and I are spending the day celebrating
my 29th birthday. My actual
birthday is on October 11th, but due to certain circumstances (of
which I will explain in a later post) we were forced to put off celebrating it
until today. 29?!? Eeeek! How in the world did this happen? It seems like only yesterday I was graduating
from high school and hitting the pavement with intentions of never looking back! Ohh how time changes people, or is it how
people find their true selves as time goes on?
Either way, here I am; there’s no turning back, no re-do’s, no
CTRL-Z. Onward march.
We don’t shower each other with gifts, but we do like to
give gifts that are meaningful, important, and/or useful. This year E. took me to buy some new clothes. I picked out a new shirt and vest.
E. and his parents put together a special jewelry box for me. It’s a puzzle box. He clocked me in at thirteen minutes; not too
bad if I do say so myself.
Puzzle Box. Painted and Assembled by E.
that we spent the day together mostly just relaxing, and when I cooked, he
cleaned up after me. Awesomeness! Plus
my mom surprised me with a old wagon wheel that I had eyed up at a garage sale
but didn’t buy. It’s been a great
birthday party day, thanks to all of my loved ones. 29 doesn’t look so bad afterall.