|Enjoying road trip to Dunkin' Donuts in the Jeep|
|Breakfast with Foghorn Leghorn|
|Preparing a meal|
We started the new year with our friend Stan visiting us for several days. Stan joined us for a great New Year's Eve party with our friends Brian and Stacy.
We cooked meals together, watched a lot of football, and Stan and Mike completed a few chores around the house.
I may have a slight case of cabin fever as I continue to fight this crud(cold? pneumonia? sinus infection?). I decided to tackle a few projects that have been waiting for me.
I added rug binding to a latch hook my mom made for me.
|Cutting mesh to 1 inch wide|
|Folding mesh over and using iron on rug binding to secure|
|Finished latch hook rug ready for hanging|
I also pulled out a needlepoint project that I'm sure I haven't touched for at least 20 years. I've been working on it at night while watching television. Somehow that makes me feel productive and less of a couch potato!
I asked Mike to make me a wooden box for the mantle. I saw this idea on the Thrifty Decor Chick blog, and I thought it would be fun.
Mike used leftover pieces of red cedar from our screen porch to build a 37 inch long box.
I found these silver balls on sale at Pier One, and they add some great texture to the mantle.
And I've been in a cooking frenzy this week. Chili, barbeque pork chops in the crock pot and banana bread to name a few. And this morning we had steel cut oats in the crock pot, a recipe from the Nita Dances blog. Yum! Here's the easy recipe if you want to try it.
Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
3.5 cups of water
1/2 cup milk
1 cup steel cut oats
Put in small crock pot (at least 6 cup) overnight on low heat.
In the morning stir the oats and serve.
We added brown sugar, cinnamon, dried cranberries and pecans.
I've also been enjoying reading more this month. I finished the book "Trident" by Jason Redman. He was a Navy Seal in Afghanistan and Iraq, this is his story. I would highly recommend this book for an inside glimpse of a true American hero.
|Winter sunsets are amazing!|
So, here we are. Half way through January. And a few projects await. I'm getting ready to start sewing some valences for my mom. I purchased the fabric this week, and it's been pre-washed and is ready to go. And then there's a book in progress and my 20 year old needlework project. Hopefully that will get me through this longest month of winter...
Have a great week!