Einkorn Bread

In our quest  for better health, DH and I have drastically altered our way of eating.  After reading the book Wheat Belly by William Davis, we decided to try a lifestyle without wheat.  I thought DH would have some difficulty with it since he grew up in Europe, on bread, pasta, whole milk, and real butter.  But, he’s managed much better than yours truly, and is back to the weight when we first met. Me, my cholesterol is great, but the weight has been slow to come off…  Anyway, in lieu of traditional bread, I bake an einkorn bread.  You can find the flour on numerous sites.  Einkorn is supposedly a much healthier alternative to the wheat we consume now.  Here is the recipe that I use: Hubpages.  It doesn’t rise as much, and isn’t as fluffy as regular bread, but all in all, a good substitute:

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Show And Tell

Thought I’d share a couple of things my daughter made during break (anything to put off doing her homework and last few college apps!).  Here is an adorable retro looking pink kitty with daisy cheeks – I think it is a gift for her grandmother:

ShowAndTell_2She’s also very much into everything Disney.  We found a really cute Disney beading book at a Japanese bookstore, and she made these earrings:

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I’m glad she is artsy/crafty.  It’s just another thing we have in common and can spend time doing together.

Official Start Of New Year!

Things have been so hectic around here to say the least.  I am finally ready to kick off the new year… Just to wrap up the season:

My younger two have had a tradition of making a ginger bread house.  With all their activities, they just managed to make it before younger son returned to college. This year, the “kit” got even easier I am told.  One day, I will challenge them by having them make it from scratch:

OfficialStart2013_1And here he is getting ready to head back.  He attends university by the beach, and for whatever reason wears sandals – even with sweaters! This, to the dismay of his younger sister’s fashion sensibilities.

OfficialStart2013_2And the movers have finally arrived this morning to take away the rest of oldest sons belongings.  Of course, what young upcoming professional can’t do without: huge flat screen TV, snowboard, ice hockey equipment, skydiving helmet, game console, sound system, exercising equipment, collection of beer glasses, and a hand me down vacuum cleaner from his parents 🙂 Also very efficient at putting his clothes in garden trash bags…

OfficialStart2013_3 OfficialStart2013_4Which just leaves me with our daughter, soon to graduate HS and suffering from a chronic case of senioritis (since her junior year).  And of course, our dogs: Happy and Grumpy – just kidding, Hiro and Koko.

OfficialStart2013_5And… I have no more excuses, time to put away the seasonal decorations and clean the house – yippie!!! 😉

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Kid #1 Launched…

I knew this day would come. I think every parent anticipates this day with mixed emotions.  I am very sad but happy for him, at the same time.  Sad because I will miss seeing him on a regular basis, and happy that he is finally going to start his adult life…  My oldest son left the other day for a new “real” job which takes him to another State.  Hopefully, he will turn on his Skype now, and we will be able to video chat weekly… If you’re reading this, and you know who you are – turn on your Skype! 🙂

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Thumpers?

I must admit, I am getting to the age where I will soon be joining the ranks of the AARP. This being said, I had never heard of a “Thumper” (except for that cute little bunny), until my recently graduated oldest son decided to have a go at making them.  What does one do after 4+ years of private university education and a BSEE ?…  You make an upcycled vintage suitcase boombox! 🙂 Here are the finished products; one for himself and his brother. And the  small  vintage train case will be made into a boombox for his younger sister – hopefully before she goes off to college.

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The finished system is really quite amazing.  They just hook up their smartphones, and the sound is awesome! I can’t wait to see what older son will be able to accomplish after earning his Masters 😉

New Lampwork Beads!

My interest in lampworking kicked in recently, so I have been spending some more time behind the torch.  Here are some beads that I made and listed in my Etsy shop.  I’ve also amassed an enormous amount of digital scrapbooking kits, and since I really haven’t had the opportunity to use them, I have incorporated them here:

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Please stop by my shop and have a look!

On Making Petal/Aloha Beads

I have finally figured out how to make the elusive petal/aloha beads… with the help of a couple of tutorials.  Of course, when I found the tutorials, I had to get both; Petal Bead tutorial and the Aloha Bead tutorial.  I had been muddling through on my own, wasting glass in the process and getting a bit frustrated and discouraged.  It’s a good thing the lampworking community is so generous in sharing their knowledge.  Usually, I can figure it out, but this bead has eluded me for some time.  As it usually is, I was on the right track, but omitted one crucial process. And now, it’s my favorite bead to make.  Here are some beads that I made a few days ago.  It does take a bit of patience and time, but the resulting beads are worth it!

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Paint By Numbers Fun

Two years ago, I bought my daughter a paint by numbers kit.  She really enjoyed it then, so this Christmas I bought one for her again, and one for myself.  This is an activity I have not done since I was a little girl – a bit nostalgic.  I found it to be no stress, non-demanding, and almost therapeutic in process.  And I love that deliberate, paint by numbers look.  Better still, it was a parallel activity we did together while sipping our favorite teas, and talking about almost everything.

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Happy New Year!!! 2013

Wishing you and yours a Wonderful New Year! May 2013 bring you good health, happiness, prosperity, harmony, & peace!

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