Discovering Marie

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Posted on: 2015/05/01

SO I am finally coming to join the world a bit more these days. It is very difficult to find the right words lately. I usually am full of them. Since Mom passed away I got mainly nothing. My Love, Crocheting and a great support team is helping through my grief.

Seeing that I am basically wordless I will let you see that my April was full of yarny goodness

Cord Pouch

Cord Pouch

Hook Necklace

Mango Charity Scarf

Key Puch Cell Phone Case and Sunglass Case

Hook Rollup Case

Square no. 10

Opened Hook Roll Up Case

Jewelry Pouch

Surprise Charity Scarf

Cloudy Seas Charity Scarf

Cleaning Cloth

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I have really become very lax in blogging the past 6 months or so. I feel terrible about this. I really want to be a “blogger” but my life has been full. I am struggling with the decision on to stop my blog or not. I will continue to think on this as I do not want to make a hasty decision. Perhaps I will only blog monthly. I am looking forward to any feedback you may have for me.

Last night I added a new page to my blog. Why don’t you go check it out!

Tonight is the beginning of a busy weekend for me. I have errands to do tonite : ie grocery shopping and also in need of a new outfit for Sunday! Tomorrow is cleaning day and hoping to make a few more Comfort Pillows. Sunday early afternoon I have having my hair colored and highlighted. Sunday evening I am meeting with the Author Heather Wardell….btw if you do not already knows she is my FAVORITE author. This is so exciting as I get two hours with her at a local Starbucks. As far as I know it will be just the 2 of us!!!! Monday I go to obtain my enhanced drivers license…which will allow me to go to Ikea in Canada next Saturday!!!
I plan on posting pictures of my time with Heather next week. I don’t have any recent photos of myself in clothes that actually fit…so this is a great opportunity.

I had a very productive evening. I recut and actually completed this Wolf Blanket for my husband. Just in time too as it is suppose to get colder….again.

I made Garbanzo Bean  soup this evening. It taste just like hummus. I am completely hooked. This could possibly bee my go to meal for when My Love is not home on Fridays. I had this made in just a half hour.
I also started a comfort pillow to give as a gift. Now I just need to give flaxseed to fill it so I can finish it up. I opted for flax seed as it holds heat longer than grain and will not give off a cooked grain odor after multiple uses.
Be good to yourself and enjoy life!

Last week I was Googling  and came across

https://www.google.com/search?q=Super+Secret+Cookie+Dough&rlz=1C1EODB_enUS532US532&oq=Super+Secret+Cookie+Dough&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i60j69i61.6905j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

Wow was I surprised on how much I liked it…in fact I made it twice.

Today I decided to create my own and here is the result of that fun time in the kitchen today:

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1 can Garbanzo beans

2 packets of Justin’s Almond Butter

1/8 teaspoon  Sea Salt

3 Tablespoons Agave

1/2 teaspoon Pure Almond Extract         * Next time I would reduce to 1/4 teaspoon

1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla                             * Next time I would increase to 1 3/4 teaspoon

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Almond Milk

1/3 Cup Chocolate Chunks

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Remove skins from the beans

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Put them in food processor and pulse until fine in texture

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add all remaining ingredients  minus the chocolate chunks into food processor

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Pulse until well blended

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Transfer to a bowl and mix in the chocolate chunks (more or less to taste)

After I put this in the fridge to chill for an hour I made a cup of tea. In fact it is the tea that helped inspire this recipe. It is one of my top favorite teas. I got the remainder of my  inspiration from a friend that thought almond butter would be a great addition.

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Almond Ode To Joy Tea

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Nothing left to do but pour a spot of tea and try my cookie dough…….I was pleasantly happy as it is reminiscent of an Almond Danish Ring. I will certainly make this again!!!

I have been quiet for a bit…never fail I am back! Life has been crazy lately and that nuttiness is finally dying down. This past week I made a quilted apron (picture will be posted as soon as I remember where the cable is for my camera…lol), lilac solid perfume, 2 kinds of cookies and have started brainstorming fundraising ideas.

More on the fundraising: My charity of choice is JDRF . My best friend,s youngest daughter was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 5 she is now 17. She asked us last spring if we could do the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes. Of course we all said yes. So we all scrambled to raise money in 6 weeks

. Well this year I am trying to get an early start however I am in a quandary: I am  not very comfortable hounding people to donate but it is such a good cause. Last year I made Toddler Pillows and donated all the money I made toward the walk. This year I decided again that making something to sell would be the best option for me. Here is where I am stuck…I am thinking of such things as Potholders, Sunglasses case, Pattern Weights (which could double as bean bag toys for toddlers), Stethoscope covers. I thought that something unisex would be best but the question is what? I am open to suggestions.

My next sewing projects include  coupon organizer, infinity scarf for my nephew’s fiancée, fleece pants for My Love. I am trying to teach myself to crochet, tatting, perfect the solid perfume making and recently joined my favorite author’s Street Team. Which reminds me that I plan on including book reviews/thoughts into my blog. Oops almost forgot I will be meeting my favorite author Heather Wardell this spring to say I am excited is putting it mildly. I will be posting my New Years Resolutions soon. Stay tuned to see what fun things I have planned for 2014.

One more thing before I go. Today the mailman arrived with an unexpected package inside was a beautiful diamond ring I will also be picking up the Anniversary Band that My Love purchased for me in a  matter of a few days. If there is interest I would be more than happy to share pictures of these gorgeous rings with you…just let me know!

 

Celebration of 20 years

Celebration of 20 years

I am currently creating in the kitchen. It is snowy, windy and cold today. Looking for some comfort food but want it to be healthy. I am experimenting with a corn and black bean salsa, chicken and brown rice. Will know in an hour if it is something that could be deemed eatable.

Just made an Iced Moroccan Mint Tea sweetened with Honey Beads. anxiously awaiting it to cool.

Update: My dinner last night turned out amazing. I followed Alton Brown’s Baked Brown Rice Recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/baked-brown-rice-recipe/index.html I LOVE this rice. As soon as My Love saw the final dish he asked me if I thought I was Chipotle. This made me laugh as I do love their rice bowls and I always get their brown rice , black beans and pork but this was a close 2nd. I will definitely  make this in the future. I would at a bit more of the salsa next time. I will post the recipe soon as I enjoyed it so much that I want to share.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

On 8/30/2013 I went to see Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Buffalo Place Rocks Canalside.
The venue was great. Neil sure knows how to play the shit out of a guitar. Pat and Neil were amazing. So much fun. Took me right back to the 80’s.
Thought I would post this awesome picture that was taken that night. Kathryn is in the Cocoa Cola shirt, I am in the middle and Gina is wearing the sunglasses.

How awesome I have followers already and am still clueless. Guess I will have to spend some quality time learning about blogging now that I have an audience.


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