Thursday, June 7, 2007

To Do List

Amanda over at everylittlething tagged me to share my to-do list. That was awhile ago, but I just remembered. And since then my to-do list has gotten quite long.

  1. Make some strawberry jam. Yesterday Jeff and I went driving over the mountain to find a u-pick stand. We got there just at closing, but they were nice enough to give us 45 minutes of picking time. We ended up with a flat. When it was all said and done each pint cost a little over $1. Very nice compared to the $4 pints they already had picked. So they are sitting on my stove waiting to be processed. I may go back tomorrow and pick some more just to freeze so we can enjoy strawberry smoothies all summer long.
  2. Yesterday I cut out 8 bags to sew. I'll get to this project sometime.
  3. Repaint my old frames. I had found these old frames in my mommom's attic. I love the color red, so I got some mistint paint from Lowes ($5!). I painted them all up. Hung them on the wall and now I don't like them. Even though it is the yummiest color red, the hue is not what the room needs. Maybe a spring green grass would be better. All the light maple wood in the room was crying out in angst at the red.

4. I want to start compiling some recipes that highlight the flavor of my favorite fresh herbs- basil, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. So if you got a good one and want to share, send me an email. It's a summer of cooking exploration!

That's all I want to right down at the momment. I don't want to scare myself with the long list. But I will encourage Christina, Katie (who just posted a new fabric challenge), and Dinah to share their lists.

I have to say something about my new Etsy shop now. I am completely speachless at all the postive responses I have received since it has opened. From family and friends, to all you online crafty friends, to complete strangers that have found my site and expressed their satisfaction through kind notes and sales. Thank you so much! It really is satisfying for me.

Inventory was getting low so I added a couple of zipper pouches this morning made from some vintage fabrics and thrifted sheets. I don't even look at new fabric in the store when I go in for supplies. The thrill of the hunt is really what I crave!


  1. Congrats on your etsy shop! At this point, I'm afraid to make a to-do list because I'll stress myself out.

  2. Oooh, basil. This is the completely obvious recipe for basil, but you just can't go wrong with it. We eat it all summer long:

    Fill your food processor with basil. Push the basil down a little bit when filling it. You want a lot of basil. Pour maybe half a cup of good olive oil over it, and a cup of walnuts. Process it up good, then add a healthy amount of Parmesan cheese (depending on the strength of your cheese -- a quarter cup on up). If it's too thick, add more olive oil.

    Alter proportion of ingredients on the fly, to taste.

    Serve over hot pasta (add some cooking water to help mix it in), toasted bread, crackers, or your fingers (don't eat your fingers).

  3. I really want to go strawberry picking. I'll get around to that sometime!

    As for herb recipes, I have a few, so I'll have to compile and email them to you. I agree with Norma though, Pesto is one of my all time favs. We freeze it and then have it all winter too!

  4. I just made this tonight, it's simple and very nice:
    Combine 1T olive oil, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 3T chopped cilantro, 2T soy sauce, 1T minced ginger. Marinate some chicken cutlets in this for 20m to 1 h, then toss them under the broiler or on the grill for a few minutes per side. You can garnish them with more fresh cilantro and lime wedges if you want, it's very light and healthy and yummy!

  5. oh, that was me, Kim

  6. I love the frame in the photo! That is just my kind of thing. How cool that they were in your mom's attic!

    I received the package yesterday. I got home late from the bead show, so I haven't had a chance to open it yet. It's such a pretty package I almost hate to open it!

    I have a long to do list. I'll have to think about my top priorities. :)

  7. Seriously gorgeous frame - I hope you find the perfect color for it. And congratulations on the esty shop - you deserve all of its success!

  8. so glad to hear that your etsy shop is going so well. good for you!


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