MAFG: June 27, 2016

Where the heck did last week go!? The past little bit has zipped by me, and July is happening NEXT WEEKEND! Why? Why did June disappear so fast? Here are some things I am grateful for this week!

My slow cooker  /  Google  /  Being able to combine those two, and a bunch of pig fat, and turn it into lard  /  My friends Liz and Matt  /  Our garden doing REALLY well  /  Getting tea from Joseph Wesley Tea  /  Signing up for a CSA  /  Bob making some of the best food he's ever made  /  Finding some blogs to learn a few skills from

What are you grateful for this week?

MAFG: June 20, 2016

Happy Monday! Happy Summer Solstice! It's a warm one today. I'm sitting in the cool air of the office, with the air conditioner blowing right on me. Here are some things I am grateful for this week!

Orange Is The New Black  /  Bob being home /  Thursday Night Markets  /  The farmers market  /  Our garden doing really well  /  The cat being a goof  /  Bob making some delicious food  /  Finding some really good beers  /  Having access to an awesome lake to swim in  /  Seeing both big and little fishies in the lake while we were swimming  /  Rain storms

What are you grateful for this week?

Knitted Cacti!

For the last week or so, I've been working on some new items. Well, new versions of some older items. You might remember the cactuses I knit a while back, but if not, here are the updated models! I am using tiny crocheted flowers on top that I got from this Etsy shop instead of pompoms on top. I think these look WAY better! I'm working on a few more, and I'll be bringing them to the Thursday night Arts n Crafts at the Park events all summer!

I had all these grand plans of taking nice photos of these guys all lined up, and individually. But, this is on my deck, and there is a wasp building a nest RIGHT UNDER where I had them sitting! As soon as I saw her move, I noped the heck outta there and ran back inside. I'll have to get rid of the nest somehow. I swear, since we planted our patio garden, the bugs must have read it as a Welcome sign. There have been SO MANY bugs building homes around the deck! It's just something we'lll have to deal with for right now, I guess.

 

Mondays are for Gratitude: June 13, 2016

It's Monday! I am trying to be grateful for the things happening in my life, but everywhere I look is tragedy. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub has left me speechless. There are many ways to donate to the victims and their families, and I encourage you to donate if you can. I am waiting for some money to clear from my Fiverr gigs, and I will be donating as soon as I can.

Here are some things I am grateful for this week:

Having my parents in town for a Dark Horse event  /  Making new friends at the event  /  Great weather  /  Signing up for the rest of the season of Arts N Crafts at the Park  /  Helping at the farmers market  /  Signing up to help with a farmers market event  /  Getting to spend a day relaxing with Bob, instead of cleaning

What are you grateful for this week?

A New Event! Arts N Crafts At The Park

Tonight is the night! I will be participating in my first Arts N Crafts At The Park in Marshall, Michigan. It's a cute little weekly event that happens every Thursday from June till September, from 5:00-8:00. I have offered my assistance to the organizer to help with promotions. If all goes well, I will be vending at the event every week, except three or so. I'm looking forward to it!

It's located at Carver Park, in Marshall. Which is at the corner of Exchange St. and Michigan Ave.

Recipe: Bacon and Mushroom Omelette Muffins

Now for something completely different! I mentioned recently that Bob and I are starting a new project, Frontière Farm House. With that, I'm planning on posting a few recipes. Since we only have a Facebook page right now, this is where they will be stored.

I woke up this morning determined to make something tasty to eat. I thought about doing just a frittata or something of the sort, and then decided to change the shape, and made omelette muffins. I asked a couple friends their thoughts on what to put in them, and the following is what we came up with.

Bacon and Mushroom Omelette Muffins
Ingredients:

  • 3-5 slices bacon
  • 8 oz mushrooms, stems removed
  • 2 small onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 9 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt, pepper, cayenne, chilli powder to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • butter or non-stick spray
  1. Chop bacon, and cook until almost crispy. Set aside on paper towel to drain. Drain most of bacon fat.
  2. Chop onions. Add to pan on medium heat. Cook until translucent. Chop mushrooms, and add to pan. Cook until most of the moisture has evaporated. Crush and chop garlic, and add to pan. Add 1/2 tsp thyme, and add salt, pepper, cayenne, chilli powder to taste. Once cooked through, just a couple more minutes, add bacon back in, and remove from heat.
  3. Grease 12 cups in a standard muffin pan. Divide filling mixture evenly into cups, and top with shredded cheese. I like a medium or sharp cheddar, or a Mexican mix.
  4. Beat 9 eggs in a container with a pour spout. I like using my large measuring cup.
  5. Pour eggs into each cup, until mostly full. Don't go right to the top, because they will puff up. If you are a little bit short, crack another egg. Depending on how much filling you have, it may be a little more or less than what fits nicely.
  6. Bake 350 for 17-22 minutes. They will puff up. Once the tops no longer look glossy, and they are firm, they're finished! Remove from oven, let cool for a couple minutes, and remove from pan using silicone spatula. Serve immediately with toast, and and extra sprinkle of cheese on top, or refrigerate to have before school or work. We're going to reheat them in the toaster oven. You can try freezing them, but in my house, they won't last that long!
Ignore the messy stove. This is what they look like right out of the oven.

Ignore the messy stove. This is what they look like right out of the oven.

MAFG: May 30, 2016

It's Monday! It's nearing the end of Monday for me, and I'm finally getting a chance to sit down. Here are some things I am grateful for from the past week!

Detroit City Football Club  /  The Northern Guard  /  Seeing Jodi, Peter, Monica and the kids  /  Having Bob home for an extra day this weekend  /  Getting one of the last steps done for immigration  /  Getting some new yarn  /  Reddit Gift Exchanges  /  Ordering a Shinola planner  /  Getting some Etsy work done  /  Signing up with Fiverr  /  Prepping for the community wide yard sales  /  Seeing some of my friends I haven't seen in a bit

What are you grateful for?

Water Drops for Fort McMurray

For nearly a month, For McMurray, Alberta has been burning. A wildfire has taken hold of the city, and spread far beyond those borders, burning nearly 1.25 million acres in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

I feel compelled to help, once again. I've decided to take a break from donating to the United Way of Genesee County, and am now donating to a to-be-determined charity helping in that area. I will donate to help the people affected, and I hope to write a pattern to donate the funds to replant the forest that was lost.

You can find the drops in my Etsy shop. Please share with anyone who would appreciate these!

Frontière Farm House: Our New Project

A few days ago, I mentioned that Bob and I are working on a new project. This project is Frontière Farm House. So far, it's just an Instagram account and a Facebook page. The eventual plan is to turn it into a little side business that will encompass our vegetable growing as well as future baking and preserving. We're really enjoying everything we're doing so far, and have received some great feedback from friends and family members. I would love if you'd give the project a peek, and let me know what you think!