Winter in Maine

I was going through my pics from the last couple of weeks. My!  What an assortment of days we have had!

From the beginning of a thaw, no coats required....
 To so frigid and windy, but hardly any snow...

 To a fresh few inches...
 To another foot and a half....
 To the calm between the storms...and a little snowshoeing in between....
 To adding so much more snow that our snowbanks are ginormous.
And now we're getting more of a thaw and my littles reportedly had a great time snowshoeing with their dad while I was at work today.

This winter certainly has had it all!

Bag Challenge: #4


My reusable bags are a mismatch medley, which I'm working on replacing with ones that "spark joy". Inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and how she talks about keeping things that spark joy.

My goal before the baby is born is to replace as many random reusable bags as possible with some handmade ones. The baby is due April 7th and I'm hoping to make a bag a week.  Perhaps by the time my little ones is born, I can pass on my random re-usable bags and have quite a collection of handmade re-usable bags.   

Bag 1 here.


Bag 4:
(And who is with me this week?  Make a bag along with me! Post yours and I'll share.)

Nothing to eat ---> Yum

I'm queen of playing the 'pantry/freezer game'.  You know, the bare bones, nothing to eat, must get to the grocery store, but (insert whine) "I don't want to go" game.  The game that sounds more fun than it is. 

While I never approach these challenges with enthusiasm, sometimes the results are better than expected!  I frequently will make dry beans or pasta in bulk and then toss the cooked versions in the freezer for times like these (white beans and elbows this time).  I almost always have an onion, stalk of celery, and a carrot or two in the fridge. I have a never ending stash of kale and herbs that I dried.  I have an equally never ending stash of green beans that I froze, plus lots of homemade broth.  Plus I found a package of bacon buried in the freezer.

And with that, I made a soup that my kids claim is the "Best Soup Ever". 

 In my freezer digging, I also found some Maine cranberries I froze and frozen homemade butter. Plus we always have eggs.  Cranberry bread to go with the soup.  It felt like feasting. And to think, I thought there was 'Nothing to eat'.
    Who else plays games like these? I can't be alone! 

(More) Snow

These pics are from the last storm, but they weren't posted yesterday as planned because the storm wiped out our internet.  We didn't lose power though, so all is well. We got something like 3-4 feet of snow in 9 days... or something crazy like that. It's mighty beautiful out there.






 Country roads...


Mama Made: Oven Mitts

When you have oven mitts that are ready to be retired and you strike out when looking for ones that "spark joy", you make a set.

I know, I've been posting a TON of sewing lately, trying to squeeze in as much sewing as possible before the baby!

A bit of thrifted vintage fabric, cost is next to nothing, the project hardly took anytime at all and I'm *much* happier with these than any I saw at the stores.  Win!




Bag Challenge #3

My reusable bags are a mismatch medley, which I'm working on replacing with ones that "spark joy". Inspired by The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and how she talks about keeping things that spark joy.

My goal before the baby is born is to replace as many random reusable bags as possible with some handmade ones. The baby is due April 7th and I'm hoping to make a bag a week.  Perhaps by the time my little ones is born, I can pass on my random re-usable bags and have quite a collection of handmade re-usable bags.   

Bag 1 here.

And here is Bag #3

Vintage thrifted fabric. The hand stitched piece I bought for next to nothing at the thrift store a while back. I bought two, so another bag with a little girl will be coming up.  I'm loving this project and having reusable bags that are more "me". 

Blizzard

I spent waaaay too much of my energy shoveling this morning, I just didn't have the umph to go out there and take more pictures. But we have a lot of snow. Feet of snow. Over 3 feet total probably, with drifts taller than me. 

 I can usually walk out and see our swingset. Or I can see it from my kitchen window.  Not anymore. Can you spy it below?
 My kids have been enjoying saucering down the snowbanks...and waving at the plow guy....who beeps his horn back.
 A bit more than a dusting, more snow predicted to come this week.  Fine time for the snowblower to be broken. Oh well, we manage (thanks for shoveling Justin!).
 Next up, Valentine's day.  My tradition: a book or two, a chocolate and a love note are all waiting at the table for my crew. Happy Valentines to you too, friends!

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