Saturday, October 31, 2009

Imitation is NOT the sincerest form of flattery.

Created with inkscape; Recreated in IllustratorImage via Wikipedia

And you'll understand the irony of that statement when you read about John T. Unger's plight. Can you imagine - having to pay thousands of dollars to defend your copyright against the imitator? And the imitator could win, simply because he has more money? Make sure to read his story and pass it along, in blog world, FB and twitter.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Handmade Challenge!

Make sure to check out the new link button to the left - THE HANDMADE CHALLENGE! April has a really awesome idea here so make sure to read all about it. The theme will change from month to month, and while October is almost over next month will see another challenge.

handmade challenge

April says - "Use any media you desire. Each person may submit one item. This is a fun opportunity to connect with people all over the world—tell your friends and your fellow makers so they can join in too."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Once a Month Cooking 2!

The roasting spit in this European medieval ki...Image via Wikipedia

So Once a Month Cooking day is done, what fun we had! We'll see how this works out for giving both of us more time to do what we love - family and creating. We did all the cooking at my sister's house because she has the perfect set up for this style of cooking. It took us about 8 hours to make this list of meals and have approximately two meals for each family based on family size. It works out for us as 2/3 of each recipe for my sister and 1/3 for me. That's how we split the cost of food supplies also. Here's the list of recipes:

Slow Cooker Fajitas
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Mom's Favorite Meatloaf
Beefy Enchiladas
Chicken Sante Fe Soup
Chicken Potato Pie
Chicken Tucson (and no, I didn't misspell it haha)
Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Beans
Chicken Potato Skillet

As you see, we didn't actually cook enough for 30 days. We decided on 20 meals. We took in to account that my sister and her husband like to go out once a week, that we both have a few family favorite recipes we just HAVE to make at least once a month and Thanksgiving coming up. AND, because it's our first time trying this out - we wanted to make certain we liked the recipes and had the right set up to make this really work for us. We also looked through all the available recipes to have a variety of types of meats and also cooking methods - stove top, oven, and slow cooker. We also wanted to choose recipes were you had to add only simple quick sides (like vegetables and salads) to round it out so we didn't have to spend more than 30 minutes getting supper on the table. I think we made some fabulous choices! Zoe and I have already had two meals from our stash - Slow Cooker Fajitas and Chicken Potato Pie - mmgood!

We had a blast cooking all day, I won't lie - we did get tired the last half hour. LOL But the time together was awesome, and we work well together. I am excited to see how the month goes and am looking forward to finding next months recipes! We'll probably do the same amount because of Holiday happenings. We also think we might even have some family favorite recipes we can work into this cooking style.

Have you ever thought about trying this kind of cooking for your family? Most of the available recipes can be made for as little as 4 servings and as many as 12. There is a lot of information out here on the Internet, check it out and see if it might work for you! I think it will also save money too, so we'll keep track of that and I'll report back later.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Once a Month Cooking

Kitchen SymphonyImage by puck90 via Flickr

Thank heavens for sisters. As you can tell by my absence, I've been super busy with special orders and new projects - some don't even have zippers. Thank heavens.

My sister Mary had this brilliant idea to save time and money, once a month cooking! So we spent a few hours together looking through the cookbook to come up with a recipe plan. I'm pretty excited. This week we're doing price checks at the stores we usually shop at and then we'll get together again to finalize the shopping list and where to purchase all the ingredients at the best price. We'll gather all the ingredients and have an all day preparathon the first week of November. We're thinking with Thanksgiving in November too that our planned recipes will last the full month. And what better time of the year - this way we'll be able to have time to get our handmade gifts done for Christmas presents, work our job/business and maybe even have some free time to relax. How cool is that?!

We're hoping it works out well, saves us money and time - AND we can keep doing it and getting better at it. I'll make sure to update here and let you know the recipes we made, the cost per meal/serving and hopefully post some pictures.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Beauty of Fall

Leaves in The Poconos. Photo: Mark F.Image via Wikipedia

Fall is hands down my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the smell, temps and colors of it. And it's such inspiration for me and of course out comes the yarn and hooks and needles. I wish there was a place on earth that was fall all YEAR!

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