A couple of months ago my son accidental dropped my blender, and it shattered. It was a normal, decent blender. It did an ok job, but I wasn’t willing to just get ride of it to get a new one. But when it shattered, I had the opportunity to get a high-powered blender.
I decided on a Ninja that also has individual cups to make one smoothie at a time. JV loves smoothies and he has been using it a lot.
I have started making Green Smoothies, and it has worked well. I know a Vitamix might do a better job at making a smoothie out of spinach or kale but it works, and cost less.
Well, today I decided to make my Homemade Cranberries for Thanksgiving. I decided to try the Ninja. My old blender never would have been able to grind these fruits. I just threw in one pound of cranberries, three oranges and three apples.
I turned it on, and it started working.
It started grinding the fruit from the bottom. I left it on for probably 1.5 minutes, then added sugar to taste. Blended a little longer, and I got this…
A nice, smooth cranberry sauce for our Thanksgiving table. I am now thankful that JV dropped my old blender. I am thankful for my Ninja.
Do you have a high-powered, commercial blender? Which one? What do you use it for?
JFK was assassinated 50 years ago today. It was a few years before I was born, but I still have a sadness for the fact that someone killed this beloved President. I remember when President Ronald Reagan was shot. I remember the yucky feelings, and he survived. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be a witness to this man’s death.
Are we any closer to a peace-filled world? I don’t think so, but I do know that today, I recommit to being kind and bring peace to my little space on the earth.
If you are read my blog for the past couple of years, you know that I watched the tv series Dallas when I was young. I was excited when it returned in 2012 on TNT. So even though my blog is mostly about thrifting, scrapping and photographs, I had to tell you about it here.
I just found out the 3rd season will start in February. I admit, the series pulled me back into it. It was different; faster-paced than I remember, but Bobby Ewing pulled me right back into the family. I was sad when Larry Hagman died in 2012. It will be interesting to see how they can build a character that we all love to hate. I will be watching, will you?
Last Wednesday evening my son, Z, was coming home from swim practice. He was driving the Mercury Milan. He was in the left hand lane. A vehicle beside him decided she wanted the lane he was in. He hit the brakes, but couldn’t stop in order to avoid the girl who didn’t look to see if anyone was beside her. It definitely shook Z up, but no one was hurt. The vehicle has $5500 damage. Still waiting for her insurance to let us know if it should be fixed or if it is totaled. Big M has been dealing with all the details.
Overall it could have been so much worse. Everyone is fine. Makes us all be a little more cautious. Also makes me realize how much faith we put in other people to follow the rules of the road and drive carefully. We are one vehicle short right now, so it makes for some juggling of use of vehicles or me dropping off one son and going to take the other son somewhere.
So today, I am reminding myself how thankful I am that life is so good. Everyone is fine. This too shall pass.
I had my current side tables since the early 1990s when we purchased our first home. I wanted round tables instead of rectangle tables. I also wanted them to be painted to match or coordinate with my painted wall.
I had been looking for a while, not finding anything finished that I liked. Last spring I found a set of unfinished side tables online that I really liked. I paint found items, so I could do it right?
When I opened the box, I became intimidated. It seemed overwhelming, plus I wanted to do them right. They weren’t something I was going to sell, but actually be in my own living room. So they sat in my garage all summer. As a matter of fact I painted nothing the entire summer. I just couldn’t get past my intimidation.
Finally in September I knew that the weather was going to start getting cold. I do not have heat in my garage. I need to get them done. One Saturday while my husband and boys were gone I pulled them out and started painting.
I used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, Louis Blue. It was a close match to my wall. I loved that I didn’t have to sand or use a primer. I also knew I wanted dark table tops, so I stained them. Then I got intimidated again. I wasn’t sure how to finish them. A new business in town, Eco Chic Boutique, was holding their first chalk paint class in town. I jumped on the chance to learn some new ideas about painting. I learned about their clear Soft Wax. I grabbed some and came home to finish my tables. Big M helped me put the tables together.
I am really happy with how they turned out. They are little taller than I would prefer but after enjoying them in our living room for a couple of weeks, we have adjusted to their height. It feels great to know I finished this project, and we all love it. Now I am trying to figure out what else I can paint.
Have you used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint?
I rarely talk about homeschooling on this blog, but it is a major part of my life. It’s one of my top priorities, so it takes a lot of my time. I now have a senior and a freshman. Gone are the elementary and junior high days. We do trigonometry, computer science, American history, and the like. My aging brain finds it harder and harder to learn.
However, I am glad I homeschool my kids. There are tough days, but overall I love being with my boys and watching them grow and learn. I do know that over the years I have made some mistakes. Some that I continue to rectify, and others that we are just dealing with; can’t change them. I remember when I started, I thought someone doing it for 10 years was a veteran. I am on my 13th year, and I still don’t feel like a veteran because each year is so different.
I ran across this article, 25 Homeschooling Truths I Wish I Had Known on Homeschool Diaries. I do wish I knew them when I started. Maybe if I had known them, I wouldn’t have made some of my mistakes.
BUT mistakes or not, my boys have turned out to be quite the young men. They are respectful, kind, generous and, oh yeah, quite smart. I am proud of them, and I kinda like ‘em.
I know I haven’t posted anything lately about books I have been reading. The last couple of times I have tried, half way through writing a post, I lose it. It is frustrating kind of on a scale of trying to sweep cooked rice.
However, I just finished reading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I had my son read it for school since he is studying about the early 1800s in history right now. So of course, I read it, so we could discuss it.
I really wasn’t sure. A book written by a slave couldn’t be written that well. I was wrong. He kept me reading. It is a hard book to read in that Mr. Douglass describes some brutal beatings and torture of some of his fellow slaves. If you are squeamish it might be hard to read, however, I think everyone should read this book. It focuses on the dehumanizing of one race of people by the other. That is so dangerous. We can never ever let ourselves think of any human being as non-human. Anything can be done to the other without the least bit of bothering to the conscience if we think that way. Isn’t that how the Holocaust happened? Isn’t it how we can justify abortion…it is my body, the fetus (not the baby) isn’t human?
Actually it is happening now less than 100 miles from where I live. A white supremacist group is trying to take over a small town. People are trying to stop it. There was a rally this weekend to show support of all people. The interesting thing was the newspaper then stated that one of the white supremacists members said none of it bothered him because to him those people weren’t human. Oh, such dangerous words. So dangerous of a way to think.
I do not remember who said it, but when you don’t know your history you are doomed to repeat it. We need to know our history, the good and the bad. Let’s not repeat the bad things.
A scrapbook page. I actually completed a page. However, I have to admit I didn’t do it from scratch.
You see, this weekend Z is at a retreat and Big M and JV are hunting. It is opening deer season for youth. I stayed home to clean my den. I am going to my sisters’ annual scrapping weekend in Maplelag, MN next weekend, so I need to organize my room before I could even begin to thing about packing. The den was a disaster. I worked from 3:30 until 12:30 on my room on Friday. I already have 3 large bags of scrapping accessories I am going to share and donate.
Then I got up this morning and started again. I came across a couple of things to list online to sell. I stopped cleaning and listed several items either on Ebay or on our local sales site. It include a couple of carts that I had in my room that just weren’t working for me anymore. Also listed some large items that were in the garage. Have to make room for a snowblower. It is going to snow, even though I am trying to deny it.
In the process of cleaning, I found this snowman layout kit I had completed probably back in 2003 when I took a class. I set it aside. Then I came across these photos of the boys building a snowman in 2005 back when we lived in Boise. I decided to just stop and put the layout together. It felt so good to put it together and scrap. Now I am really excited about next weekend with my sisters and my niece.
It definitely is a dated layout. Rarely do you see paper piecing on layouts any more. I don’t care. I think it is cute. I have finally used a started layout, and I have rescued some photos from a pile of stuff.
Yep, I love productive weekends like this. Now back to my den. I have a lot more work to do.
I just started a photography class at Big Picture Classes called, Picture Everyday. n the class, we will be taking photos of everyday things and happenings for a few weeks. It has been 2 or 3 years since I have taken a photography class, so I decided to join this one. Tracey Clark is the teacher. I have taken classes from her before. I always love her prompts. I think you can still join if you are interested in improving your photography.
Today was Wake. So I took a self-portrait of me at my computer. I always wake and reconnect with the world. See what is happening, news, Facebook, and check my Etsy Shop to see if I had any sales. It is the way I start my day, right after a morning hug for Big M. Then after Big M leaves for work, I do my prayer and devotion time. Then I am ready to wake up JV at 7:00 to get school going.
So what do you do when you Wake?
Every year we seem to have one thing or another do well while other garden items flounder. This year we have beautiful tomatoes. Not a spot on them. They have been slowly ripening, so have been enjoying them.
The other night we dug a couple of potato plants. Were we surprised? Yes, most of the potatoes were ginormous. The potatoes in this box were from two plants. Normally we get mostly medium to small potatoes. Not this year. Look at the one that is larger than Big M’s fist.
I think we will be enjoying potatoes for a while this year. What grew well in your garden?