Here's a peek at what I've been up to...Friday the girls and I went to the craft store and picked up stack of eco-felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) and few fat round-tip needles. We made a list of recipients and their interests and started snipping. We used little bits of cotton (collected from the top of our freshly opened, enormous bottle of vitamin C) to stuff the insides. Then Rylee and I stitched them up. Viola! Homemade ornaments to adorn all our packages :)
My big girl will turn 5 on Thanksgiving Day! We will be with family in Chicago for Thanksgiving...then Friday her Grandparents are suprising her with a night's stay at a crazy insane fun indoor waterpark resort outside the city! The husband and I are really looking forward to it too... :)
Going through my archives...starting in 2006...I believe I have deleted most of the things I did between 2004-2005...or rather they were lost when our last computer died...before I knew that smart girls back-up their files :)
4 mashed bananas 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup butter 1 1/3 cups natural cane sugar 2 eggs 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans. Combine banana and sour cream. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and banana mixture. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; stir into the banana mixture. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan or pans. Mix all topping ingredients and crumble across the top of the batter. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
Really trying to psych myself out for season upon us ...This will be my 7th Michigan winter, and I'm still not quite the snow bunny I'd like to be...more of a house mouse, sipping hot chocolate, baking bread, laying on the couch covered in blankets, running up a heating bill. This year could be different, right? I think I can , I think I can...
I am in a huge creative funk. It's happened before. Twice, actually. Not just a "I don't know what to draw today" funk...more of a "it's time for a new style to blossom" funk. Do you know what I mean. I have ideas, new things I want to try, but it just isn't coming out. I get bored easily and I feel it's time I take my art in a new direction to challenge myself. It's incredibly frustrating...my husband keeps reminding me that "the funk" will work itself out, and that afterwards, something new and fresh will come of it. I hope so. We watched the first snow flakes of the season fall a few days ago. The temperature has dropped into the forties. The kids have fevers and runny noses. A little painting sure would go a long way....