Still In A Drought

Wow! We’re getting enough rain to last us for a while. We’ve been in a drought for so long I forgot what it’s like. The bad thing is all the flooding and damage that’s occurring. CA even lost the cabin tree in the redwoods (you could drive your car thru it. It was over 1,000 years old. Such a loss…. I remember as a small child thinking you could walk thru ANY tree. Well, of course I tried and landed back on my fanny in tears. Lol We did drive thru the “right tree” though. Lol
The bad part about the last storm that came thru the rain was very high up on the mountain. So it melted a lot of snow, which created havoc with the flood. The rivers and streams all over are cresting, and just as they begin to slow down, it starts again. The one plus is,it will be snowing up the hill again so that will help everyone up there, including the ski lodges.
The storms do help quite a bit, but the snow PAC we depend on is the main thing. Right now all the water is going down river and let out of the dams, to head out to sea. Without it the water from the ocean pushes the freshwater back, in the Delta and the whole ecosystem is in trouble.
Tonight though, we go to sleep with rain pounding down and on the positive side, I love that:) Have a good evening, night, day, morning, wherever you are:)

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Organizing Continued Muahaha

Well, sometimes it is a mystery to me when I can’t find something, or it just disappears from it’s home spot. There are times when I’d swear I had a poltergeist in this house. lol if so, he/she’s a little stinker. Lol

Got a couple of ideas from people on organizing. Susan, over at
DesertSky Quilting had some good ideas. She suggested I take one thing, ie: living room, and tackle that one day and when done do some sewing or whatever I enjoy. It’s very much like an idea I had written down ( great minds think alike of course. Lol) only on mine I had sew for an hour first. So think I’ll try both ways and see which fits the best lol

DRAWING FROM GENERATION Q MAGAZINE

Oh, a year ago this past October, 15 months, I had won a subscription of Generation Q magazine and 15 FQ’s of Michael Millers Berry Shades. Well, I got the subscription, but due to some kind of blunder, I never received the FQ’s. I’d been in touch with Melissa there, but in between we couldn’t connect. Tonight, I txt’d on messenger with Teri and, Bless her heart, she jumped right in and is taking care of it.

The following is a bleep from Melissa’s letter about a year ago.

Here’s what it was: a fat quarter bundle of 14 Berry shades from Michael Miller Fabrics Cotton Couture line and a year’s subscription to Generation Q Magazine. The prize is valued at $100.

Melissa was always just a sweetheart and nice as could be, and I know it was one of those things that happens to us all at least once,:). I’ll post pictures when they arrive. Stuff happens to all of us.

So Teri, thank you ever so much, I really do appreciate you! I’ll write more about this when the FQ’s get here. Hugz:) to all. Be safe in this crazy weather wherever you are, it’s pretty scary in a lot of places.

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Blogging/Sewing/Organize/Bake Etc

I tend to be an all or nothing individual, and although I never make New Years resolutions, I have set a few goals for myself. My first short term ( to turn into long term ) goal is, to use the time when I get up in the A.M. doing my blogging and emails. Get soooo terribly far behind in my blogging, to read it is erratic. Lol my mails?? I can’t tell you how far behind I am in responding. So my goal is while I have my coffee in the morning and just watching the news, I can play on the computer as well. Lol Oh yes, I can also use that time to get in some sewing for the groups I’m in. 🦄

Organize around here. Arrrrrrrgh, the hardest thing to do. We don’t have much storage space, so organizing is difficult. I am , at this point making some desiccant bags for containers I can put in the garage. I have one cabinet with most of my kitchen appliances in it. ( each one is in a plastic bag to protect them, from dust, etc) I have a second one that is narrower, but taller and really need to add some shelves in it. Those work out real well. 🐼

I have my fabric in Sterilite containers, as well as on racks in the bedroom. You see, one of the problems is I have my short arm, with a ten foot table in one spare bedroom, with racks filled with fabric. I use half the closet for fabric and the other half for clothes. Thats one spare bedroom. The second spare bedroom is my sewing room. I have shelves along two walls, one with fabric in containers on two large racks( that’s two racks) The third rack is filled with Freeze dried foods, in #10 cans. That’s part of my food storage.The third wall has boxes stored all along it. Now the last wall has three of the storage containers with drawers (can’t remember what they’re called. Lol). Guess where my sewing machine is?? Behind the loveseat in the living room . Lolol That’s a good thing tho because I like sewing out here while hubby watches tv. 🐡

Last but not least, I like to bake, and need to get into a routine with that as well. One day a week is a good amount of time to spend on this. I bake for us, as well as my daughter and grandkids. Also large quantities of spaghetti sauce etc. The one thing I need time for, and should probably work it into my baking day, is Meals In A Jar. Or I should say Mylar bags mostly now. ( they won’t break if I forget to put a sock around them if we have an earthquake.🐹

Anybody have any suggestions? 🐰🐰🐰 I welcome them.

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Our Shoebox Group

I had a request about exactly how our Shoebox group works. (If I leave anything out or give wrong direction, Susan will correct me.) My dear friend Susan is the one that started the group, and she’s been in quite a variety of groups and she’s the one who makes sure everything is in the works all year.

After we sign up for the Shoebox Swap, Susan sends us a form to fill out, to help us know a little about each other. It’s comprised of questions starting with name, and goes on with things like what kind of fabric you like, consisting of two colors or themes. Say black and white, or fall colors and spring ones, or Christmas or maybe Sunflowers, etc.

You buy two FQ’s each month, one of each color or theme, then by the end of the year you’ll have 12 of each color, a total of 24 FQ’s. The fabric must be good quality quilting fabric.

Edi asked for Civil War:

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Norece asked for light and dark novelty fabrics:

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Other questions include:

What type of fabric do you like, Michael Miller, etc. or your favorite designer

Any particular dislikes:

Any favorite authors, music, colors etc.

Favorite quilt block:

One thing you really dislike:

Select two out of the following group. Then your partner can choose one of those to make. Pincushion, Christmas ornament, mug rug/snack mat, or needlebook (Is there a particular theme or season or color you’d prefer?)

Norece received these two things, though only one was required. She had said, “Surprise me!”

Paper on pincushion reads: A fat quarter is not a body part.
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Chocolate: dark, milk chocolate, white or none?

Favorite drinks: Coffee, tea, herbal tea or other?

Modern or traditional quilting or both?

Favorite fabric designers or likes: Amy Butler,Tula pink kona solids etc.

Other crafts you enjoy?

Any food or scent allergies?

Other things your Swap partner should know about you:

We collect all year, tease a little on the list, report in monthly about how it’s going, etc. If we have a question, we send it to Susan and she finds out and sends back an answer.

Then, between Thanksgiving and Dec. 7, we mail our boxes. It’s fun to see them as people open them. We post pictures. Some people wait until Christmas Day and some of us rip right into them. Our chocolate is a memory by then. LOL

The only requirements we have are the 24 FQs in the requested categories, the hand made gift, and chocolate, unless otherwise requesting none. All of us toss in other fun things, like embroidery scissors or little tins or quilt items – nothing expensive.

Edi got these extras:

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The original idea came from a quilter in a Phoenix, AZ, quilt store. Her guild had done it within the guild. Susan thought it would be a great substitute for Secret Sister programs and this was the 16th year some of us have done it. It was the first year for others. Susan usually invites a few people she knows, usually through blogging, to take the place of those who drop out and there are 12-15 people each year.

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Great Week!!

It’s been a fair to middlin’ week. My pain level has decreased for the most, provided I don’t try do something stupid. (Like thinking I can reach up in the cabinet get something. (Not good, not good at all lol) Aside from that, I’ve increased my exercise and traction time. So I’m gettin’ there:)

I belong to a group of ladies that do a Shoebox Swap once a year. We fill out a form to share our likes and dislikes, like two colors of fabric you like, a little of everything. At the end of the year you end up with 24 FQ’s of you
Partners favorite colors. Anyway, I got my Shoebox the other day and wow! So many goodies! 😁 I’m going to try and post some pic’s now, so keep your fingers crossed.

These are the goodies in my box! I left out the candle and something else. ( it’s getting late for me, so my brain has all ready begun to shut down. Lolol

Here goes:

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Wow – What A Couple of months!!

Do you ever have things all planned out to, but then you get in your own way? My friend Susan is one of those anazingpeople that sets daily goals, weekly goals and monthly goals. What a trooper, she usually manages to get the better part of them completed. Me? Well I won’t go there today, in fact I only go see the doctors etc. lately. Lol
Several weeks ago (about 3 months) I was pushed out of our bed by my Dachshund Taz😵 In the process of rolling out, I managed to hit the corner of the nightstand, then proceed to slam my side and then my chest on the hard edge of the nightstand. That kept me pretty much down for the next two days. Oh yes, on that third night I was reaching across the nightstand and as I reached a tad bit too far, I kept on rolling! I automatically had a death grip on the edge of the nightstand as I was going down. Even though it’s instinctive not to let go, hoping you’ll break the fall, the consequences were worse. I tore the muscles and ligaments in my shoulder down my arm, my back,as well as crunching up my neck and spine. Tada!!!😖 All in one swoop. Lol

That was the beginning of some of the worst pain I’ve ever had. lol I knew there was nothing they could do for the ribs, but after ten days and no relief in sight, hubby took me to the ER. Didn’t have to wait too long, but one minute felt like an hour. So getting on the gurney, off the wheel chair, then back in the wheel chair back on the gurney, then back to the wheel chair and again on the gurney again, my body felt like I’d just slid down a big hill with all sizes of rocks and boulders. My body was screaming in pain. Argh, so then the doc looks at the X-rays to say nothing was broken (I knew that much, lol), and I had a little tendinitis in my shoulder. Well yeah, I’ve had that for about 40 or more years! LolDon’t get me wrong, the doctor and staff were all sooo very nice, I was just in so much pain an army of cute babies could have come through the ER and I’d still have been grumpy.

So what happened after that? I was given Norco and one of my pills for nausea and sent home. Whooppie. I still couldn’t breathe right, every single move I made I yelled, it hurt so bad. I began to think I was going crazy, how is anyone expected to just “live” with that pain, I mean I know I’m not “The Rock”
( he is a cutie tho lol) but I have always had a pretty high tolerance for pain. Right then I was really doubting myself, when just getting out of bed caused mr to holler. Then the next week I saw my doctor, I got a couple of cortisone. Shots, set up with the physical therapist.

Now mind you, I wear braces, I have a Walker, then went to one with brakes, seat etc. I can’t use those with one arm. Sigh, even attempting it caused pain. Sooooo, I now have a wheel chair so I can get outside and truly know there’s a world out there.lol When I asked my PT how long it was going to take to get back on my feet, he just kind of turned his head sideways a bit, said you can’t move your head to the left at all, nor bend your head in any direction, and your neck and spinal column are scrunched together…….so it’s going to be a while. I really really love that about him, he tells it likes it is. No himhawing around, lots of support and always there.

So now that I’ve whined all night , the crackers and cheese were great thanks lol,I have to tell you I’m fighting this all the way. I do as many of the exercises I can tolerate a a day, trying to eat better (I’m a terrible eater)
And trying not to push myself too hard, that just sets me back a day or two when I do that.

I must be feeling better though because I pylled out some of my Fall and Halloween fabrics to play with. Lol

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Alzheimer’s Donations

Thank you all for helping me reach my first goal. We’re not done:) Even tho it says reached my goal on my page, don’t stop donating. $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can afford will help sooooo much. There is so much to be done. Thanks all, I appreciate your help and friendship beyond words. HUGZ:)
Candi

Don’t forget, click on the Alzheimer’s button on the side of my page:)

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Alzheimer’s

Want to let everyone know, on the side of my page there’s a button for the Alzheimer’s Walkathon this year. It will be held October 1st in Sacramento this year, but I’m unable to walk the distance so I’m able to have a donation page. That button will take you to my page, and no matter how much or how little, please make a donation. My mother and Uncle died of Alzheimer’s, as well as a few of their cousins. None of us know who among us will be it’s next victim, but please help fight it! They’re making progress in a cure and that’s what we’re fighting for💜 Thank you

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Candi in CA

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Angie’s Southern Kitchen

I stopped by Yummly’s to find a good focaccia bread that I could make sandwiches with. ( hard crust isn’t Bert’s or my favorite). Anyway the directions lead me to Angie’s Southern Kitchen (I’m still learning how to do a link, so humor me. Lol) 
and I have to tell you I was delighted. I didn’t use my bread machine, normally I use my Bosch, but this was a smaller recipe so I used my Kitchen Aid

Focaccia Bread

JANUARY 20, 2012 BY ANGIE

This is a wonderful bread and yes you can make this one in the bread machine. The boys love, love this one and I use it for many things. Their favorite is for sandwiches. This takes a sandwich over to a new level. I will make it to serve with pasta as well…hope you enjoy it as much as we do. You can change up the topping to suit your taste this is one we have been working on a while with and love this combo…hope you will too.

Focaccia

3 cups of bread flour ~ I use King Arthur
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Toppings

Maldon Salt
Fresh cracked pepper
fresh chopped rosemary
pizza seasons from Williams and Sonoma
2 tablespoons olive oil

I like to use only one type of yeast and yes it does make a huge difference in your bread and the out come of your bread. It is a commercial yeast. I order this from King Arthur and it does take a while for most to use this amount of yeast but this is a product you can place in the freezer and it will last for ever or close to it. This you can also get in small little packets from Trader Joe’s this time of the year..but, after Easter they take it off the shelves…Why, who the world knows?

I place all the wet ingredients in the machine first, this is what this machine requires. Water and oil in 1st then the dry ingredients.

I do my best to mix the salt in the flour some what and not let it get right on the yeast. Why you ask well, yeast does not like salt.

After getting all your ingredients into the machine turn on the dough setting. Once the dough cycle is complete I do let the dough sit in the machine and rest for about 45 minutes. Take out and put in a prepared pan. I use a 1/4 sheet pan for this recipe. I butter and put a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, place the dough in the pan spreading out evenly with my hands. Then I rub it with olive oil and let it rise until it is more than doubled. Once doubled I make indentations with my fingers of the risen dough. Then I top with the remaining oil and spices.

I let rise it a little longer until it is large and fluffy about 30 minutes. Then I bake it at 400 for about 20 -25 minutes bake it until it is golden brown on the top and bottom.

The sandwich above is made with the bread, crack pepper corn turkey, dry salami, arugula, avocado, cheese, mayo and crispy bacon. This is a great sandwich. You can just make the bread it is truly a great bread for pasta or soup. I hope you

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Thrive Breakfast Frittata

This recipe came from Susan

Thrive: Breakfast Frittata

Posted on July 8, 2015 by dezertsuz
It’s another Wednesday and that means a new Thrive Recipe! This week, I was thinking about things that are easy, which is most of the Thrive meals I make, and something I could eat for any meal, but especially for breakfast. I really like eggs, and I really like Frittatas, so I knew this idea was perfect for today! You could prepare this the night before, since it does take time to ready the potatoes and to bake the Frittata.

Paul used to make a meal I loved. It was sliced up hot dogs (across for little round pieces), potato chunks and eggs. He cooked the potatoes and then added the hot dogs to heat through. Finally, he scrambled in the eggs, and I was in Heaven. Of course, there were onions and celery bits, too. Sadly, Thrive doesn’t freeze dry hot dogs yet. LOL However, it gave me the idea for this variation on a Thrive meal.

Bacon, Egg and Potato Frittata

Ingredients:

scrameggs1 c. Thrive Scrambled Egg Mix (8 eggs)
1.5 c. water
1 t. dried or 1 T. fresh basil (I like lime basil from the back deck!)
2 T. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (try Gouda if you like it)
salt and pepper to taste

PotatoChunks1/2 – 3/4 c. Potato Chunks (still on sale!)
2-3 c. water, boiling (one cup per 1/4 c. potato chunks)
1/4 c. Thrive FD1 green onion
1/2 c. Thrive
1/4 c. Thrive FD mixed red and green bell peppers
2 c. water

bacontvp_11.25 c. Bacon TVP2
3/4 c. Thrive FD Chopped Spinach4
1 c. Thrive FD Shredded Monterey Jack 3

Directions:

Pour boiling water over potato chunks and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Drain when reconstituted.
Combine the bacon and the other vegetables, as well as the spices with the cool water. Stir well to mix and get everything wet, then set aside.
Mix the scrambled egg mix and Parmesan cheese with the cup and a half of water until the mixture is smooth. The cheese may not dissolve completely, but the egg mix should.
Without draining the vegetable and bacon mix, add the drained potatoes and the egg mixture. Stir together well so ingredients are completely mixed.
Pour into a 9 x 9 Pyrex dish or glass deep pie pan. (It should be just enough to fill. If there is extra, don’t overfill the pan.)
Crumble the cheese over the top. Cover if you prefer your eggs light and fluffy. I like mine nice and toasty, so cook it uncovered.
Bake at 350 for about half an hour, but start checking at 20 minutes. I don’t know your oven! The eggs should be set all the way through when the Frittata is finished.
Enjoy!

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2 You could substitute sausage crumbles if you like that flavor better, but the bacon tvp is cheaper and tastes great! The same proportion of sausage crumbles and water will yield 1/2 lb of sausage instead of bacon.

3You could use one of the other varieties, but I like this one, and it’s a little less than cheddar or colby. Mozzarella is even less, if you prefer that.

4Vegetables that could be added include tomato dices and mushrooms, as well as other favorites you have. The vegetables in this kind of dish are always negotiable. If you have half a cup of something left in the fridge, toss it in!

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