Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017, here we come!

Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 books and holiday reading

I must have a thing for "B's" because two of my very favorite things start with that letter: beads and books. And when it comes to books, I really enjoy the Goodreads web site. It allows me to see what my friends are reading and more importantly, allows me to record books I have read so I don't buy them all over again. Yes, I have done that! And one of the best things is seeing my year in review which Goodreads publishes each year.

And to close out the year, I made a trip to the library yesterday to pick up some holiday reading. As I was checking out, our librarian told me about a book she had just finished and said it was one of the best books she read this year. "Would you like me to get it for you?" And that's how "The Secret Keeper" came to be in this stack. My motto is never turn down a recommendation by a librarian!

Actually the bottom book is mine as you can tell by its well-worn appearance. The cover was lost years ago and I chuckle at the sub-title, "Living the High-Carbohydrate Way." This was actually a considered a good thing back when the book was published in 1980. I should probably buy a book cover for it so I don't lose any more pages.

Carbs aside, this cookbook contains one of my all-time favorite recipes for turkey chowder and I plan to make some for our household as well as for friends who have been spending time at the hospital. I don't think Jane will mind if I offer you a glimpse of that terrific recipe.

My favorite Turkey Chowder Recipe from Jane Brody's "Good Food Book"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful for family moments

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to blog at least once each week. I was right on track until mid-October when many family activities replaced my creative time. But it was worth every minute and I'm thankful to have that time since it passes in the blink of an eye. A few of our activities caught the spirit and colors of Thanksgiving as we see in the photo below of my niece and her cousin beside a gigunda pumpkin.

Since we are moving right into the December holiday season, I thought I would share some polymer clay ornament experiments.

Polymer Clay Ornament Experiments
For both, I copied images on Artist Transfer Paper and transferred the images to the clay using the instructions that came with the paper. It worked like a dream - even copied on my laser jet printer. For the one on the right, I cut out the image with this State of AZ cookie cutter I found on Etsy.

So now, I am officially gearing up for the next round of holiday celebrations!

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