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Gifts of Yummy Goodness

Everybody loves gifts, but one thing I would like to extol is what I consider one of the best gifts, the gift of food. Any kind of food. Homemade, store bought, but all of us need to be mindful of the vegetarians/vegans/Diabetics/Celiac disease, etc. No one wants to get steak when they are vegan or loaves of bread that is not gluten free. I know it seems like a real hassle, but try to approach it as a unique way to show you care. Think of the fun you can have as you make a neat gift basket or a little gift bag of goodies that will be appreciated by the recipient. I have added some recipes that adhere to certain dietary issues. Most are homemade, so maybe my next post will be gifts to purchase :) Enjoy!

Fig & Olive Tapenade.  Yes please!



I would love to get fudge as a gift as it is something I would never make myself.

Apricot Rosemary Jam just sounds pretty and would be nice packaged with some muffins or scones.

Tea is always a welcome gift.

Rose Petal Granola sounds elegant and presen…

Google Drive

I am now the owner of one of these new fangled Chromebooks and would like to share my experience with it so far.

My little netbook was on her last legs and so my hubby excitedly suggested I look into the Chromebook. So I did. I read all the reviews I could find about the pros and cons of the machine. Most people's issues were pretty low key and everyone praised how fast it powered up and how the keyboard is a regular keyboard size and the beauty of the Cloud, etc.

I must've missed the reviews that said if you are a writer stay away from this laptop because it will give you nothing but grief. Now, just to prepare you, what I find annoying you may see as minimal, but I figured it is important to point out the quirks anyway. What is going on is that instead of getting work done, I am constantly fighting with a system to work or recognize my work and not lose anything I have typed.

The computer itself works lovely and is lightweight. Yes it moves fast and the speakers work well. J…

Yes it is Tuesday

And I am a tad overwhelmed. My son keeps climbing the stairs which I think is great, but he does need to learn to get down as well and there are 13 of them. At the top of the stairs, to the right in a cover, there is the cats litter box and littler tray. Needless to say the child wants to put his hand on the tray. When Mommy says "No" she is mean and unfair. So, we need to put the gate up at the top of the stairs. I would rather prevent a litter box mishap for now and let him keep learning to climb the stairs with me in tow. I also see it as a good work out for me so it is sort of a win-win here.

Middle east still fighting. I feel like that will go on for centuries and I want no part in it because quite frankly, who the hell am I to comment on an issue that has nothing to do with me let alone, I do not fully understand. I could say split Israel in two ad let the Israelis have their area and the Palestinians theirs, but that makes no one happy. Good thing I never pursued that…

Wood Stove

Not much to say on the topic except that I really, really want to have one of these in my home. Oil is obnoxiously expensive and we do not have natural gas lines in our neighborhood. We have propane, which is HALF the price of oil, but it is only for our generator. The next logical step is then to go the wood stove route. Pellet stoves sound solid as well, but I have not researched them enough to compare and decide which one is better than the other. This company, Rais, make some pretty cool looking wood stoves.





A neighbor has a Jotul stove and adores it so that is also a possibility. They have the old school square looking ones as well as this sleek modern looking one.



Cheers!
MissFifi

Lovely Ribbed Cowl

Things are busy with my ten month old getting into many things. One of those being the cat food bowl when I do not place it up high quick enough. There is nothing like pulling kibble out of a baby's mouth. I freaked a little because she is on prednisone and we mash the pill up in her bowl with her wet food. All I need is him getting a small chunk of that in his system. Ahhhhhhh the joys of parenting.

Once again I turn to Purl Soho for a gorgeous Ribbed Cowl


The one thing I hate is having to cast on 156stitches. Yeah, yeah, use stitch markers, but still, I will lose count. Especially if I am digging cat food out of my kids mouth. Forgetfulness is a big thing that happens when one has a kid. I used to think that was hogwash when I heard about it, but have found it to be true. Where the hell my short term memory has gone who knows? Alright, back to the pattern. It is gorgeous and I might make it for myself or a gift or file it away for a later date. But if you are not into merino woo…

Hello Again

I live in New Jersey. A rural/suburban area better known as Horse Country to some folks and I just got my internet connection back yesterday. We got power back on Saturday. Luckily we have a Generac generator that is hooked up to our electric panel and has a transfer switch and also runs on propane. I am beyond expression with just how grateful I am that we made that purchase.
Trees came down around our neighborhood, but no one got hit or hurt. We were very fortunate, but some people we know were not so lucky. A friend in Rockland County, NY had a tree go through their roof and destroy the guest room. They are all fine, but being displaced with three kids (who are all 2 years old) has been trying to say the least. Also dealing with insurance, tree removal and contractors has been no picnic.
Being without the Internet I had no idea just how awful the destruction was to the New Jersey and New York coasts. I had only seen the aftermath in my area and it looked like Armageddon with all th…