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Groundhog Dessert Recipe

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*Snort!*  That got your attention didn't it!  My department is having a Super Bowl Fun Day Soup Potluck tomorrow. I made a taco soup and then whipped up these Groundhog's Day inspired treats for dessert. I found the idea on Pinterest. The ones on there are infinitely cuter but it was fun to play with anyway.

You need Pepperidge Farm Milanos or Nutter Butters or something similar in shape, slivered almonds, butterscotch chips and chocolate frosting to glue all of the parts on. It's pretty futzy to trim the almonds for ears and teeth and to cut the tops of the chips...but..... Ta Da! A Groundhog
 Then you stick them in a chocolate pudding cup and surround them with crumbled up Oreos for 'dirt'.

Horrors! A legion of Groundhogs!


We'll be eating them in a room at the office. I will be sure and turn the lights out so they don't see their shadows. I'm not a math whiz but if I don't it'll be somewhere around 120 more months of winter!  
Happy Groundho…

Diva Challenge and Birthday Business

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I haven't participated in the Diva Challenge for a while for reasons that will soon become clear.  This week's challenge was to use a specific string from zentanglepatterns.com.


 Since I am working from home today, I took 30 minutes at lunchtime and tangled. When I took Diane Knauff's class in October she told us that we didn't have to stay in the (string) lines. That concept blew my mind since I am a color-in-the-lines kind of girl  but I took it to heart and played really fast and loose with the string on this one. It was so much fun!


And here is the reason I haven't done the challenge for the past few weeks.


When I went home for Christmas, Mum had cleaned out her hobby closet and boxed up a bunch of skeins of yarn that I had sent to her over the years so she could knit her own socks . She doesn't enjoy knitting as much as I do and though she has knit a few pairs for herself, there was no way she was going to knit up all the yarn I sent, so she sent it back …

The Great Mini Piggy Caper: A Veggie Tale

We haven't had a good barn story for a while....

This weekend we got a TON of veggies donated from the local market, Millers in Verona. G*d Bless Millers! Their outdated produce goes a long way to keeping our animals fat and happy.  And none of them is quite so fat and happy as Mini-Pig-Diva, Miss Lola.  We have to keep Miss Lola on a diet of her pellet food and green leafy veggies only.  No sugary fruits or starchy veggies to pudge up her svelte, Miss Piggy figure. Even on her 'diet' though, she still finds enough crumbs of other animals'  foods lying around to keep her pretty voluptuous.

So this weekend, when I put the big, plastic, veggie bin on the barn floor so that I could sort through and put some in the fridge to keep it from freezing, I carefully checked around for Miss Lola, knowing she was doodling around loose in the barn. I finally spotted her waaaay down at the other end of the barn, 'helping' the kids muck out the goat stall. It's a big job.…

New Kid On The Block: Pay Pal Wing Wings

There's a kid and his mom that I run into quite often while walking Ben.  One day this late fall, she asked if her son, who's about 1 and a handful of change, could pat the dog. I said "Sure" and walked over. The kid immediately goes behind his mother's legs and peers out anxiously at Ben. Ben can be a scary looking dude in anyone's estimation. I can't imagine what it's like when you're only two feet tall!  Ben seemed to sense the kid's trepidation He stopped his normal beans-for-brains antics for once and quietly sat down and looked back at him. The kid thought about it a couple of minutes and then comes bailing out from around his mum runs to Ben and throws his arms around him in a brotherly hug. No timid 'touch and run' for this guy. Ben gives him is patented slurp up side the head and they've been best buds since.

His mom says Torry is painfully shy and retiring with strangers, but for whatever reason, I am his go-to girl for …

NyQuil, Assault Rifles and Common Sense

I just had to pitch the business end of a hissy in my local department store. Again.  That's twice in as many weeks. Today I went in to get dog food and saw that they have NyQuil and Musinex on sale so I picked them up as well. I've been flirting with a cold that's been coming and going for days.

(Aside) And this turns out to be important: I have a department store credit card (you could guess which one and you'd probably be right on target) that I charge everything to because I get a whopping 5% off, then pay it off at the end of each month. Most times, like today, when I go in the store, I only have the card, not my whole purse with me.

I get to the counter and the clerk says, "I'll need to see your ID for the NyQuil."*

As I am saying, "I don't have it with me...", and the clerk is beginning to look panicked,  a lot of thoughts run through my head:

1.  It's freakin' NyQuil for Gosh Sakes and only one bottle at that!  Not nearly e…

Happy Friday Eve!

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This is a tangle I did before Christmas to try out some new patterns.  The light to dark ratio is off, the composition sucks (what is that big blog in the middle!?), but I am posting it because I love the new patterns I tried out.

I wish I was better at remembering names and creators of tangles.  I print stuff off and cram it in a folder and then when the mood strikes, I pull out a handful to practice. By that time, where I found it and who created it is long gone.  The only  ones I remember is 'Knyt' in the upper left, 'Fife' in the lower left, and 'Ramparts' at the bottom right.  So if you created any of the patterns on here, THANK YOU! I had a wonderful, relaxing evening getting to know them!