Tilapia on a Nest of Vegetables

We went on a low carb diet in our home last year. It made a world of difference in the way we both feel and, in the case of D—, look. One of our repeat recipes is this tilapia. It takes longer to prep than it does to cook, and it really tastes fabulous.

If you have trouble finding xanthan gum, look in the baking aisle near the specialty flours. For the amount you will use in this recipe, it may seem expensive, but believe me, you will find a lot of other recipes to toss it in. Your gravies and sauces with never be the same.

Sautéed Veggies

Sautéed Veggies

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End of the Year Musings – 2015

So how was my year?

I didn’t finish the guest room yet. I still have to put the closet door on. I promise that’s at the top of my list for 2016. And my lovely dining room – which was done before the start of the blog – has a wall-to-wall that has GOT TO GO! So I feel the need to tackle those UFOs (unfinished objects) soon. Those are the first two. The rest of them aren’t really unfinished, because they haven’t been started. But they have been started inside my head. And that’s almost as bad. Continue reading…

Glass Tile Table – part 3 and Done

Here we are at the end of another UFO (unfinished object). I love the feeling, because it has me looking around for the next new thing. It’s more fun to start a new project than to finish something that’s been hanging around for a year. Ah, the possibilities.

On the other hand, there is something satisfying about sitting back and breathing a sigh of relief that I accomplished something all the way to the end.

Here are the plans I drew up to finish the glass tile table.

Debby's scribbles

Debby’s scribbles

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Glass Tile Table – part 2

The beginning of this story is that I was able to get a plethora (that’s a fun word, say it again) of glass tile samples from a friend. I spent months soaking them off the carrier cards and cleaning of the excess paper. When we last left off, it was the middle of winter, and I had arranged them on some graph paper.

I couldn’t leave them there indefinitely. I had moved my design board out to the back porch when it was too cold to spend any time out there, but the weather was warming up, and I was forced into action. This meant building the table top and sticking all those tiles down.

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Trip Around the World – One Year Later

I began a pretty green quilt for myself about a year ago. It was something I was doing in-between other projects. As a result, it took waaaaaay longer to finish than many of my other quilts. But finished it is.

I pinned all the layers together at the beginning of April and here it is June. Felt like longer!

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I should have taken a picture with all the safety pins in it. They always look so punk that way.

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You’re Never Too Old

The other day, I went to bed with a raging headache. My usual remedy is to put ice on my head, and I did that too. But D— thought I needed a little more. He brought me my oldest friend in the world. The only person who has known me longer is my mother.

Meet Aloysius P. Monahan.

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Back to the Half-Bath

You know how when you look at a project that you’ve finished and you breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all done? Well, maybe you don’t. I do. But then I generally find something else to pick at. This time I am sure I’m done.

Last May I remodeled our half-bath. Down to the walls. I think the only thing we kept was the mirror – which we had cut down and put a new frame on – and the medicine cabinet.

mirror cut and framed

mirror cut and framed

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Not Cooking or Decorating…

Okay. You got me. When I’m not cooking, decorating, sewing, or whatever else I’ve been showing you here on these pages for the last couple of years, I make soap. A lot of it. Especially at the beginning of the year. The rest of the year I sell it.

At the Honeyfest, September 2014.

At the Honeyfest, September 2014. See D’s cool pumpkin?

Because if I didn’t, we’d have enough to last us well into retirement. And I like making soap. It feels good. It smells good. And I can play with color on a consumable. Quilts are great and all, but they don’t get used up. Unless you leave them out on the bright sunlight, wash them with rocks, or give them to a dog. Even small babies can’t really do any damage to them. No teeth.

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Colleen’s Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Here’s an easy treat for all you chocoholics out there. I got this from a good friend who added them to a platter of goodies one Christmas. I had to have the recipe. It really is crazy simple to make. You need to allow time for the mixture to chill. And I strongly recommend wearing a pair of vinyl gloves for rolling, so you don’t waste any of the chocolate by having it stick to your hands. Then again, if that’s your thing, don’t let me stop you! Continue reading…

Glass Tile Table

Early last year a good friend was giving away a bucketload of tile samples she got from a specialty store. I didn’t want everything, but I did want the glass tiles. I have wanted to try another table project ever since the back porch coffee table project. And now I want a bench/table on the front porch.

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