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Super Supper Soups

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Tis the season for soup!!! I found the basic recipe for this soup online and tinkered with it a bit. It's delish!

Steak Supper Soup

3 C chopped  potatoes (I used fingerlings and pretty much just halved them. I left the skins on. You could use any potatoes.)1.5 # good quality stew meat (not too fatty) chopped bite sized1 sm. onion chopped1 sm bag of frozen corn (not in original recipe-I added it.  It would be good with beans , peas or one of those bags of all three. Fresh chopped carrots would also work-I'm trying that next time.)3 sm cans of beef broth1 c thick brown steak sauce (not BBQ or Worcestershire sauce)1 TBS chili powder1 tsp cumin. 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper if desired (I didn't)Dry parsley if desired (I didn't) Throw 'er all in the crock pot and let 'er rip for 8-10 hours on low. Doesn't get easier than that and Oh-My-Yum! Plus I forgot I made it so when I came home and smelled supper ready it was a pleasant surprise. I sprinkled a bit of shredded ched…

Not So Artsy Lately

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With the busy holidays and the inevitable crash after, I've not felt very 'arty' lately. While Mum was here, I framed up some completed pieces that I had done for the art show at my company.

Green Mandala


Orange Mandala
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                               Weird Science

Mostly I've been knitting. Mum and I both knit up a storm while she was here. The frigid weather just called for it! My new year's resolution was to completely use up the skein of sock yarn when I make a pair, so the first skein of the season yielded a pair of women's medium socks, a pair of toddler socks (given to the toddler next door) and three pairs of mitten ornaments (the two not pictured were given to friends before I could take the picture). There is a small ball left over that will go with the socks for darning if needed. Actually I knit another pair of toddler socks but didn't have enough to complete the second p…

The Holidays

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Haven't posted in a while. Mum was out visiting us over the holidays so we were busy having a good time, although my butt is still sore from having in consistently handed to me playing Phase Ten!
She got here on the 19th and Kevin came up from Paris,IL to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. It's the first time we've been together for the actual day in 20 years or more. Mum was surprised and we had a great time with Bubber Kev. We ate good food, watched movies, played games and laughed a lot. We just enjoyed one another's company-very low key.

Nice memories were made. 
While she was here, we went to see the play Guys On Ice and got to visit with the cast. We went to see three movies: Father Figures, Downsized and All The Money In The World. Enjoyed them all. Shopped, went out to eat,  played eat the Casino (went in with $40 each and came out with almost $600 between us) and drove to Sauk Prairie to see the bald eagles.  Only saw one but saw lots of Bufflehead…

Guys On Ice 2018

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Mum and I went to see Guys On Ice last Saturday at The Barrymore in Madison and had a ball! I try to go see the play at least once a year when it's in Milwaukee or Madison. It's part of my Christmas tradition. 
This year I made Packer Fish hats for each of the guys; Doug Mancheski, Dan Klarer and Steve Koehler. They (the hats) were goofy looking but I had so much fun making them, and the play gives me SO MUCH joy, I always want to give something in return. It never fails to bring me back to the ice shack on Pleasant Pond in Island Falls, Maine. Lloyd and Marvin become Daddy and Poppy sitting around shooting the breeze and telling jokes. Love it! Love it! Love it!
Here are the hats.
Here's Dan wearing his hat with the tail flipped rakishly forward.
Steve is looking none to happy in this pic, but dapper none-the-less! You wouldn't be happy if a fish has biting your head either! 
And here is Doug in his hat. I think his hat is a flounder since the eyes are kind of on the…

Christmas Cookie Central

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So the Christmas treats hit the fan this week at work. There is a gentleman in the company who makes huge bowls and platters for all of the buildings. I think I heard that at last count he and his wife bake 4,000+  of  all different kinds of cookies between Thanksgiving and Christmas! He arrived yesterday with two, huge bowls and a platter for our merry, little band here in the outlying building on Nobel Dr. (our new home). Sean's wife likes to bake so he brought some in too. The Sales folks have been sending generous gift baskets and boxes of sweets galore. It's been Sugarpalooza around here for over a week!

We apparently hit max capacity yesterday.  By 2 PM, most of the pounds and pounds of treats were gone (within 5 hours), the sugar buzz had been enjoyed, and  by then everyone was walking around in a sugar-crash daze, rubbing their swollen tummies and moaning. Since my tummy hasn't been 'quite right' since I was so sick a couple of weeks ago, I have been stayi…

Decking Them Halls, Y'Alls!

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My holiday spirit, which heretofore has been AWOL, showed up in full force last weekend, thus proving that each and every last, little piece of me is a just a wee bit slow on the uptake.  But when it kicked in.  Woo Doggies!!!! Better late than never I guess.

I kicked off the season by putting up the Skeletree and lighting the outdoor lights. I put candles in all of my windows except for one.  There was one candle that I impaled my hand on and broke the bulb so I need to replace it. Lemme tell ya, that temporarily puts a twist in your tinsel! Those flickery-flame candle bulbs are made of the very, thinnest glass on the planet as it turns out.  It's very sharp. And makes you say very bad, and very un-Christmasy words. But I digress...

I finished making presents, and made Christmas treats. I wrapped gifts and packed boxes to mail to friends and family far away. I stuck a bow to the dog's head and the cat's tail and then sat back and giggled while they struggled to free them…

The Legend of the Skeletree

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In 2008, I had just moved out of an 18 year marriage. I was holed up in a one-bedroom apartment licking my wounds and feeling abandoned, abused, rejected, deceived, betrayed, lied to, cheated on and depressed.  I had only been in the apartment for about 4 months and had absolutely no interest in decorating for the holidays. It would be the first Christmas in 43 years that I wouldn't be celebrating with family; my first one all alone.

Friends told me that I should at least decorate ...that it would cheer me up... that I should make new holiday traditions.  The absolute last thing I wanted was to buy a tree and haul it home. That was not going to happen, but for some unknown reason, while I sold the rest of my life in a yard sale, I did bring an outdoor Christmas tree decoration with me when I moved. Half as a joke to appease my friends and half seriously, I dug it out of my storage bin and installed it in my living room.



The tree comes in three parts that hook together and all of t…