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Leap Year...

Would you believe that the last day in February it snowed.  How not nice is that, but Spring will be here soon, and I can't wait.  Seems like all the blogs are getting tired of winter, and are anxiously waiting for spring.  I know I am.

Last night I made a pork roast, boiled potatoes and vegetables.  Only 3 people were home for dinner.  The boys came home from work late, but we had saved a plate in the warming oven for them.  They were both pretty hungry.  Jim relayed a story that Dan had told him the other day.  When Dan was young he said that he used to eat his meal so fast, just so he could have seconds.  He was afraid that if he didn't, he wouldn't get seconds.  Now, I know that we had lots of children to feed, but we have always had plenty to eat, and sometimes there would be leftovers.  It's funny what goes through kids minds when they are young.  It makes me sad to think that he worried about not being able to have seconds.

I have a really busy day up in the office, so I will leave you with my favorite flowers.


Show & Tell Friday


Welcome to Show & Tell Friday here at Mid-Life Bliss.  If you would like to see more Show & Tell's click on Kelli's name to see them all.

Today I am going to show you a few pieces of my Blue Dishes.  Not all of them are matches.  If you don't know by now, I love Antiques, and my parents collected Antiques and Antique Toys.  They actually bought and sold them throughout the years.  The dinner plates were given to me a few years back.  I use them on holidays and special dinners we have.  I used to be afraid to use them, until we were eating in a restaurant, and the plates we ate off of were the exact same plates.  So, I have started to use them more often now.

Please bear with me as I have a few pictures.

"Liberty Blue" series.

Here is a dinner plate in the Liberty Blue. 



I have about 17 or 18 of the dinner plates.  My mother collected them over the years.  Mainly because she loved these blue plates.  So being the person I am who loves Antique things, I did not turn them down when they were offered to me. 

This is a small plate from the Liberty Blue series.


Here is a "Romantic England" dinner plate.



I only have one plate of the Romantic England series.

This is a small plate from the Romantic England series.


This series is called "Lochs of Scotland".



The bottom picture is a bit blurry, sorry.  This plate is the Lochs of Scotland.  I also only have one plate in this series, and no smaller plates.

My mother also gave me some tea/coffee cups.  I don't think the small plates go with the cups.




This bowl I use at holiday times.  It's perfect for cranberry sauce.

When my parents moved back to my area from Upper Michigan, they had a garage sale, and of course I had to browse through it.  I couldn't let these pieces go, even tho they are not a match they are blue and white.



There were a few cups and saucers that I snagged from the garage sale.

I sure hope you enjoyed my Show & Tell today about my "Blue" dishes.  Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stop over at Kelli's blog for more Show & Tells.

The Coat is done...

Finally, it's finished...after only having the pattern and the fabric for a year.  Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim and I took Sadie for a mile walk this morning, and that tuckered her out.  So, I was able to get some sewing done.

I don't know what my problem was.  I think cutting out the fabric just about killed me.  I was so scared that I would screw it up, and this fabric was not in the clearance section of the web-store.  I even had my mother look at the pattern to make sure I was laying it out right.

Well now that is one thing I can cross off my list of "procrastinating projects" that needed to get sewn.


This coat is more for early Spring and Fall weather.


I left the length just a bit longer than the pattern, and I don't know what I want to do with the sleeve cuffs.  Right now they are rolled, and I'm not sure if that is what I want or hem them like I did the rest of the coat.

This fabric sheds a bit when cut, but I really like working with Sherpa Suede.  One of the worries I had was making sure the nap was all going in the right direction when I laid out the pattern pieces.  I would hate to have one sleeve nap going one way, and the other sleeve going the other way.  That would not look too good.

So good bad or ugly, there it is.

eta: I forgot to mention that the button is from the tin of buttons that my mother gave me, which was my grandmothers tin.

Happy Thursday...

I have been starting to love Thursdays. 

Why?  Because....

1.  The week is almost over.

2.  The weekend is almost here.


3.  The weekend is not over yet.

Does that make any sense to you?


We have icicles hanging on our house, and when I bring Sadie out to do her duty, I've been noticing how the icicles are forming.  I don't think I ever really paid much attention to an icicle, other than eating them when I was a kid.


A couple of towels that I got from my mother.  I want to do something with them, but I am not sure what.  I had been at a cousins house for a funeral and his wife had tea towels or some kind of towels (my memory slips me sometimes) for curtains.  I thought that was such a cute idea.


Not much going on today....Hey, I started sewing my coat and I'm almost done with it.  I should finish it up today.  If I can deal with a chewing, biting, nipping, puppy.  How in the world do you stop them from trying to get your feet?  Dan can't even walk in the room without Sadie attacking his feet.  If he has sweats on he'll tuck the bottom of the pants over his feet, just so she doesn't try to get them.  Looks rather funny.

Okay enough chit-chat.  I am off to start my day.

You all have a wonderful day.

The years just flew by.

A few weeks ago I was digging looking around in my closet and came across one of the folders that I had when we built our house.  This folder was used after we moved into our house.  I kept all kinds of things in this folder, like our house plans, pamphlets from the place where we got our wood stove, kitchen cabinet pamphlets, that I would look through to decided which cabinets I wanted and where, and oodles of other things. 

This morning I started to look for another folder that I kept all of my clippings from magazines that I had cut out.  That folder I used when we were building our house.  Things that I saw and would like to put in the house, or have done to our house, I kept in that folder.



Here is the list of projects that needed to be done when we moved in.  The list was pretty long.  I could cross off more things from that list now.  Jennifer really got me thinking about when we were building our house, and when I've been reading her blog, I thought about the folder I had come upon a few weeks ago.


A couple of magazines I found that I obviously bought when we were slowly finishing off our house.


Note the years on these magazines, 1989 & 1990.  We moved in our house in June of 1986.  I guess you could say that I'm a bit of a pack rat.  Who saves magazines this long?  Me that's who.  I so have a hard time throwing things away.

Wow, I even made lists back then.  I guess I made lists for everything.

So Jennifer, if you can read my list of projects we didn't have a whole lot done when we moved into our house.

"Think Spring"


We had a bit more snow last night, but thankfully not enough to call off school.  A lot of schools are having late starts though.

The recipe below is great, and so easy to make.  It was from a Taste of Home magazine "New Family Favorite Recipes".

You all have a great day today.

This is why plastic bags are bad.

Birds will make their nest with them.


I never noticed this nest in the tree in our front yard until yesterday when I was taking Sadie out.  I was totally amazed that the bird that occupied this nest last summer made it's nest with a plastic bag from the grocery store.  This really made me sick, and from now on, the next time I go shopping I am going to ask for them to use paper bags only. 

Four-Cheese Bow Ties


Four-Cheese Bow Ties

2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes

1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta

1/4 cup butter, cubed

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-1/2 cups milk

1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1-1/3 cups grated Romano cheese

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

*1. Drain tomatoes, reserving 1-1/4 cups juice; set aside.  Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

*2.In a sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth;  gradually add milk and reserved tomato juice.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from heat.

*3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, sauce and reserved tomatoes.  Stir in the cheeses and parsley; toss gently.

Place in a greased 3-1/3 qt. baking dish.  Bake uncovered, at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

note:  I didn't use parsley and I baked it in a 350° oven.


I got the coat cut out.


The coat will be made out of a Sherpa Fleece fabric, that I got at Fabric Depot, last year.  So, I guess you could say this coat needs to get sewn.


The bottom left coat is the one I am going to make.  Wish me luck...cause it took me a year to cut it out, and it may take me another year to sew it.  At least I hope not.