February 23, 2011

Thyme Spent In The Garden - Winsome Wednesday

I was busy working on the community garden newsletter/informative flier for a good portion of yesterday. The above is the masthead that I designed for that very newsletter. I suppose this graphic could pass for both of my daily blog themes. Today will be a short post I've got some more design projects to tend to.

Awww..... I decided to go ahead and share the whole flier with all of you.
Thank you for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 21, 2011

Chest-of-Drawers In The Raw

Dear Miss Monday I didn't want to greet you today. I almost never do. I wanted one more day to square things away before I hit the ground running. I know I'm feeling better but now my little guy is under the weather. What are the chances this virus leaves without affecting the other three in this nest?

I woke up thinking about my list of design jobs, my list of household chores, this dresser I bought off of the side of the road yesterday and my blog. With my mind so full already what kind of week will this be? Will I have anything to post this week? My focus must be on my client work and making it the best it can be. Knowing that would consume the time I'm not tending to the children, fixing meals and doing the household chores my blog may have to be put on hold. If I can pull it all off I'll be surprised.

I'm making the effort to blog tonight. I hope I can continue to post throughout the week but more importantly I hope I'm able to work on and finish up some projects.

On my drive up to the 'burg yesterday to purchase my oldest daughter a highlighting kit to give her locks a sun-kissed look I spotted this lovely piece of furniture. She was sitting on the pavement next to another chest-of-drawers. Definitely the prettier of the two with her curved lines and fancy pulls that caught my eye. So I asked my daughter to take a photo of "curvaceous" with her cell phone and send it to daddy. (that doesn't sound good, does it?) I decided if it was still there on our way back my handsome, hubby could go check it out to see if it was worth the $95.00. Well low and behold she was still sitting on the pavement, the mister took a look at her and thought she would work. I tried to wheel and deal with little success. We got $5 shaved off. I'm new to bargaining but I'll get better. I don't normally do this sort of thing so I guess I was feeling a bit gutsy. I have an entire master bedroom to decorate on a shoestring budget so I suppose that brings out the moxie in every woman.

Bottom line is this, I wanted a chest-of-drawers with these proportions. I knew I wanted a painted piece to fit the design aesthetics in the master so shape and build were my main concern. This piece is built solid all it needs is the paint. Not to mention it's about $1,200.00 less than what I have been pricing and that leaves me more money to work with in the rest of the room. Cha.... ching.....!

The hubster said he would clean it up and run some sand paper over her and that leaves me to pick out the right shade and paint. Do I go bold and bright or subtle and subdued? This is the room she will be resting in so subtle and subdued will probably be best.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 18, 2011

Sundried Tomato & Cheese Bread

Friday Food Bites to Wet Your Appetite

I'm still feeling under the weather but we ran out of bread and my kids like their bread. It's a definite staple in this house. So what else was I to do... I went ahead and made another of my favorites. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed! I love this with homemade, chicken salad and a big slice of cheddar cheese, topped with arugula. Mmmmm... Mmmmmmm....

Here's the recipe and it's from my Kitchenaid® Instructional & Recipe Booklet:

2 packages of active dry yeast
1 c warm water
2 c whole wheat flour
3-3 1/2 c all purpose flour (I always sift my flour)
2 tbls sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tbls butter softened
1 c warm milk (105° - 115°)
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
1 tsp instant minced onion (I didn't have minced onion so I added a 1/4 tsp of onion powder)
2 tsp dried parsley leaves
1/2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of warm water in small bowl, soften butter in microwave, warm milk to 110° and add the flour to the mixing bowl.

Combine whole wheat flour 2 cups all purpose flour, sugar and salt in mixer bowl. Fit mixer with Dough Hook and mix about 30 seconds.

Once you notice the yeast mixture foaming go ahead and add it, the milk and the butter to the flour mixture. Turn mixer on speed 2 and combine ingredients. When combined, stop mixer and add the cheese, sundried tomatoes, parsley and minced onion.

Turn mixer on speed 2 and when everything is combined add an additional cup of all-purpose flour a half cup at a time. If dough pulls away nicely from the sides of the mixing bowl you know it's ready to pull out. If it's still sticking to the bowl add another half cup of flour. You don't want the dough to get to heavy so be mindful with that last half cup. Shape the dough into a nice ball and put into a well greased bowl, cover with saran wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft free, area. When the dough has more than doubled in size dump it out onto a well floured surface.

Cut the dough in half and roll the first half out into a rectangle shown in the upper right hand corner of the photo's below. Make sure you don't roll it out wider than your bread pan. Then begin to tightly roll towards you and then seal the bottom and the ends by pinching the dough. Do the same with the second half of the dough.

Put both loaves into well-greased bread pans, cover with cheesecloth or a light weight, cotton dish towel and let rise until doubled in size. (about 1" above bread pans) Bake at 375° for 40 minutes. Remove immediately from pans and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Slice and serve with your favorite sandwich fixings or your favorite goat cheese spread.

I love trying new bread recipes. If you've got a tried and true recipe I'd love to give it a whirl.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 17, 2011

Robin Egg Blue For The Baby

The Thursday Thread

I have read that the repetitive nature of crocheting can relax a person. I believe that to be true. I often fall asleep on the sofa after completing one or two rows of this little blanket. I'm using a gorgeous, bamboo, yarn in a pale shade of blue to crochet a blanket for my wee one. Once I get the dimension that I'm wanting I will trim it out with a scalloped edge in a bright raspberry. Yummy! It will match her bedroom perfectly. I can't wait to finish. I better get moving. It was 69° today and it's supposed to be 74° tomorrow. Definitely not weather for heavy blankets or clothing.

Sorry I missed yesterdays "Winsome Wednesday" post. I have a winsome, project that's just about complete to share. I'll save that for next Wednesday and chalk yesterday up as a sick day. I've been under the weather. Some sort of stomach bug with body aches and chills. Still not feeling great today but my handsome hubby stayed home to take care of the kids for me so I could get some rest. I didn't rest much though. I've been designing some business card options for a Realtor friend of mine. I love print work! Have I mentioned that before? Well I do and now you know.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 15, 2011

Daffodils Pushing Their Way Into The Sunshine

Thyme Spent in The Garden

I spotted these just the other day in my backyard. It's only February but maybe these, soon to be, happy, yellow, blooms know something we don't. Maybe just maybe we're in for an early and extended spring.

Remember this list? I posted it a couple weeks back.

  1. Take down rusting window boxes, sand and spray paint
  2. Repairs to outdoor rocking chairs and fresh coat of paint
  3. Cut back all the ornamental grasses and any other landscaping clean-up
  4. Prune rose bushes
  5. Move some of the rose bushes that have gotten really large
  6. Prune Japanese Maple
  7. Prep for decorative pathway
  8. Lay decorative pathway
  9. Find and order Arbor for the start of the pathway
  10. Possibly plant some more summer blooming bulbs
  11. Sew up some new pillow covers for the front porch
  12. Order and spread a fresh layer of mulch (just added)
  13. Clean & seal deck (just added)
  14. Start seeds (just added)
Well it's growing and seeing these daffodils popping up really makes me anxious. I need to start checking items off and very quickly. My hubby says wait until March but I don't think I can. The weather this week is going to be unseasonably warm and it will be beckoning me to get moving on all the yard work.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 14, 2011

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Valentine's

Dear Miss Monday you had me scurrying this morning after I slept longer than I had planned. I awoke with the sun shining brightly which could only mean one thing. I overslept. I needed to be up earlier than normal I had places to go and people to see and before I left I was going to get dinner in the crock pot, do my blog entry, toss together a fruit salad, complete my usual morning routine of unloading the dishwasher, starting laundry, making beds, picking up kids rooms etc... etc... etc... Let's just say I got the fruit salad made, and was able to get the kids ready and that's that. All the other items on my to do list had to wait until my return home. Let me just say throwing my normal morning routine to the wind was well worth it! Continue reading to find out why. :~)

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out in the blogosphere!

Today I'm going to share with you a simple recipe for homemade, peanut butter cups. Yum! Yum! I typically use dark chocolate for these but because kids were on the receiving end of these tiny delights I stuck to milk chocolate from Ghiradelli.

1 2.5 lb block of melting chocolate (milk or dark) whatever your preference
1 1/4 c peanut butter
1 c confectioners sugar
1 c finely crushed graham crackers

This quantity of ingredients made 57 small peanut butter cups.

I use a double boiler to melt my chocolate. I've tried the microwave in the past and have never had success so I stick with this option.

Once the chocolate has a nice smooth consistency using a pastry brush coat each paper liner. I found these cute little valentine papers at my local craft supply store. Once you've got all of them coated you need to pop them in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes.

While they set mix up the filling, making sure to blend well.

 Now put a small spoonful in each chocolate cup.

Once you've got all 57 filled, "wink, wink" spoon the remaining chocolate over the top of each one smoothing it out with the spoon and pop them back in the freezer for another 15 minutes.

Since these were for Valentine's Day I took the sharp end of a knife and drew hearts in the tops of each one and it stayed. I was thrilled!

Enjoy a few with a big glass of milk. They're quite simple and absolutely divine made with dark chocolate. Give them a try!

My handsome hubby got to eat the first one.

Then I packaged up the majority in cellophane bags and made these little Valentine wrappers, attached them with ribbon and brought them to the Valentine Party/Brunch my little ones and I were invited to.

The brunch for momma's and preschoolers was hosted by a blogger friend of mine. She dressed her home in reds and pinks, made homemade donuts, puff pastry topped with scrambled eggs and gruyere, yogurt parfaits, fruit smoothies and so much more. She is the queen of entertaining. Check out her blog for creative, crafty projects, menu ideas and entertaining! You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 12, 2011

savory puffs

Friday Food Bites To Wet Your Appetite
I'm sorry I'm late with this post. I was busy at the Apple Genius Bar yesterday. Mac and I had to make a third trip down because of an awful buzzing sound. It actually sounded like a big bee in my ear. Don't get me wrong. I love bees. They do wonders for our crops, they make sweet honey, they have great yellow stripes and they fly against all odds. However, I wouldn't want a bee to be flying around my head all day long... buzz... buzz... buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Hopefully I won't have to make another trip for a while. It's a huge time zapper and I'm not a fan of wasting time.

So I made these little numbers last night. Mostly because I had some gruyere cheese that I wanted to use up and secondly I've been wanting to try this recipe. They remind me of a cream puff except a savory version. They have a very airy center which would allow space for a yummy, savory, filling. Serve these as an appetizer filled with a spinach dip or any spread or dip of choice.

A treat with very few ingredients, simple to whip up and I think they'd make really great bite size party pleaser's.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 10, 2011

Hand Sewn Tool Belt

The Thursday Thread - Linked this project up here. And I am so excited to say it was one of the Smile Monsters picks of the week!!! thank you!!!


I've got a little boy that has been watching me make things for his sisters and others and each time I do he asks, "Is that for me?" When I tell him "no, it's for your sister" or "it's a decoration" he then asks, "Can you make me one, Mom?" To which I have responded, "I'll make you something honey."

Today was the day. I had some cotton duck that I saved from a basket that had been destroyed by none other than the kids. They liked to sit in it and turn it over and use it as a step stool. The basket was pulverized but the liner was still good.

I used that and some left over navy, striped, fabric from years and years ago. I considered his narrow hips and based the size of the belt on that. I'm not going to post step-by-step photo's because there are a couple things I'd do differently. I'll be making some more of these and when I do I'll post the tutorial. They are quite simple and you could probably figure it out all on your own.

Here's my handsome, little, guy modeling his gift made by his mom. He was so excited I took the time to make this for him. He's been wearing it most of the day today. Watch out Ty Pennington. I've got a little carpenter getting ready to take your place.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny  K.

February 9, 2011

Winsome Wednesday

I've been working on a little project and I thought I'd share a few elements with my readers.
Mr. & Mrs. K and their three little eggs.

Created using:
The ribbon comes in a little later. I used some of the twigs pictured below to construct the little nest. I also used twine and moss.

The bird families last initial.You know it's all the rage now to customize things using initials even in the aviary world.
I purchased a large, three dimensional, cardboard letter from the craft store and then proceeded to wrap every inch of it with jute with the help of hot glue. I love the texture that is created by using the jute in this manner.

I think it's lovely all by itself.

Now as sweet as my little clay birds may be with Mr. K. in his handsome tie and Mrs. K. with her fancy lashes I thought they might be a little to flashy for the finished product. So that has put the entire project on hold until I buy some more clay and fashion a new Mr. K and Mrs. K. Stay tuned for the completed project.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 8, 2011

Ruffle & Lace Kinda Gal? You'll Love Gladiolus!

Thyme Spent in The Garden

I could hear spring yesterday. Do you know what I'm talking about? The birds seem to sing a different tune when spring is just around the corner.

Have you started seeing spring planting bulbs for sale at your local home improvement stores? Now is the time to begin considering whether or not you'd like to add some of these spectacular, ruffled beauties to your landscape. I planted 48 bulbs last spring along one side of my house mixed in with my limelight hydrangeas. Just about every one of theses lovely specimens impressed me with their showy, ruffly petals. I have to wonder if they got their name because they look so happy or because they make the gardener glad?

I purchased my bulbs from a local home improvement store. They had four color varieties to choose from but you can order from a gardening catalog and get a much better selection. When selecting your Gladiolus consider where you will plant them. It is recommended that they be alongside a structure because the stalks do get tall and when they bloom the weight of the flower and a windy day can make them topple. I staked mine with simple green garden poles and twine. Large groupings of one variety of bloom always look best in my opinion. Onsies and twosies won't get the same impact as a large flush of lemon yellow, bright pink or whatever color you choose.

Right now I'm looking at a garden catalog that has 14 different shades to choose from. When selecting the color think about what you've already got growing in your yard. Then decide to either do complimentary colors or opposites on the color wheel. I also take into consideration the color of my house and the outdoor decor.

Planting instructions will be on the package. The best part about them is they come back year after year. You can't beat that! Give these bulbs a try. They are reasonably priced and easy to grow. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 7, 2011

Dear Miss Monday

...you're here once again. I knew you were coming but for some reason you took me by surprise. I suppose it could be the Super Bowl and the Packer win that kept me up late and caused me to feel much more tired than usual. Maybe it's the fact that I was up at 4:00 am when my biggest Packer fan had to leave for work. Maybe it's because I was up again at 5:20 am with the littlest Packer fan, fetching her a milk bottle or could it be the 6:00 am hour when the tween Packer fan had to leave for school. For whatever reason I'm a bit out of sorts today and when I put the wee one down for her nap I wanted to nap with her.

I tried my best to get a good photo of the pigtails on the one that's wearing a little cheer leading outfit but she didn't want anything to do with the camera. Big sis put the pigtails in and then put a couple little curls in them. She looked ever so adorable. Grandma & Grandpa sent the wee ones their Packer gear at Christmas time. Don't they look cute?

I must say the kids were thrilled to have friends over for the big game and so were we! We need to entertain more often. There are so many friends I'd love to spend more time with. I suppose you just need to make it a point rather than to just think about it.

Now on to the topic of this blog. I'm still mulling over the Monday blog theme. I've got a couple of thoughts and you'll know if they materialize. Dear Miss Monday may stick.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 6, 2011

Packer Love

What are you doing this Super Bowl Sunday?

We'll be watching the big game from the comfort of our home but I have to say I would love to be in TX to see it live. You see in our home the Packers are a very close second to God. Sometimes I think my husband would change the term "The Lord's Day" when referring to Sunday's to, "The Packers Day". At least during football season. I'm not as die-hard a fan as he is but I have my loyalties to the Green & Gold. When you grow up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan you have no other choice but to L-O-V-E the Packers and to marry into the family that I did well, I'm sure they would say it was a sin if I was to say otherwise.

I'll be setting up a taco/nacho bar and making homemade, salsa and guacamole. YUM! We've got some friends coming by to watch the game and enjoy the munchies. I sure hope they like the Packers. LOL

Now for the feature item of this post. Drum roll please........

Packer Jerseys, Footballs and Green & Gold hearts. A thought entered my head, I couldn't get it out and so I made some sweet treats featuring our team. If I did this again I would find a darker green, food coloring and I would purchase some food doodling pens from here. Royal Icing is not meant for writing at least not as small as I was trying.

Now I have to say I love making my husband smile as big as the kids smile when I make them special treats and that's exactly what he did when he saw my effort. He was rattling off players names and numbers. I think he wanted me to make a cookie jersey for each player. I would have had to triple my cookie dough recipe and seriously I didn't have enough time.

Because we'll be eating Tex-Mex fare and Packer colors are green & gold I used lemon zest in the cookie dough and freshly squeezed lemon juice in the royal icing. I did not have enough time to find and purchase this kind of cookie cutter so I drew the shapes out in my illustrating program, printed them out on card stock, cut the paper shapes out and then used a paring knife to cut out each cookie using the paper template as my guide.

I figure mom's with children in sports could use these jersey shapes and make cookies for the team. If you're one of those over-achiever mom's you can download the free template here.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

oh... and GO PACKERS, GO!!!!

Jenny K.

February 4, 2011

Friday Food Bites to Wet Your Appetite

Thank goodness it's Friday, really Friday here on.... WIKB!

That's a little jingle from the radio station in the town I grew up in. It's a catchy tune and if you had heard it most days of your childhood upbringing you'd be singing it too.

Okay, so sometimes I feel like all I ever do is cook and clean and clean and clean and then I can get really down on myself and consider myself less of a person because I'm at home all day with my children. I do work from home on a project by project basis but who see's that? Mom's don't go down in the hall of fame or get awards, bonuses or paychecks for consistently providing great meals and a clean home for their families. All I can hope and pray for is that my children will one day remember all the effort and time I put into doing things to show them that they are loved. I hope they remember how the house smelled each time that homemade bread was pulled from the oven. I hope they remember the soup simmering on the stove or the roast in the crock pot. The specialty sweets made from scratch and the handmade items personalized just for them. I hope they remember that I was here for them each and every day, watching over them and loving them the way I know how. The way that comes naturally to me.

Okay so I'm tearing up. That's a sign that I need to move onto the subject at hand.

I create recipes on occasion out of necessity when I don't feel like running to the grocery store and decide to use what I've got in the pantry and fridge but other than that I don't claim to be a recipe creator. I however, will post links to great finds that I come across on occasion along with some pictures of what we will be eating.

So today I started a big pot of chicken noodle soup and it simmered on the stove top all afternoon for this evenings fare. The recipe is quite simple and you can find it here. I've got a couple babies that recently have come down with a cold and I thought a hearty soup was in order for tonight.

The recipe calls for a 1/2 lb. of cooked chicken and most packs have a full pound so I doubled the entire recipe. I also added chicken stock, chicken broth as well as some vegetable broth. It can't hurt, right? My stock was in a box but a good friend of mine gives instructions at her blog on how to make your own stock.

Added to the line-up are these fabulous, soft, bread sticks. I season half of them with salt, basil, oregano & parmesan cheese. The other half I sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mixture over. Let's just say these divine, carb loaded, twists of buttery heaven don't last long.

I also made this bread today. I make it at least once a week if not twice but tonight I'm attending a community garden meeting and we were asked to bring a dish to pass. I spotted this recipe here and thought it looked yummy! I substituted the monterey jack with fontina because that's what I had in my fridge. Don't ever let a good cheese go to waste! This recipe is definitely not figure friendly but a small slice won't kill you!

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 3, 2011

Simple Fabric Rosette & Hairband

The Thursday Thread

I had a long piece of red ribbon that came off of a package or gift that we received. I saved the ribbon because I thought I could use it for something down the road. Well here I am down the road. I've been seeing fabric rosettes everywhere and thought I'd give it shot. I first folded the ribbon in half taking it from a 2 1/2" ribbon down to a 1 1/4" ribbon then I pinned it to the ironing board and twisted the full length. Once that step was complete I went ahead and started winding it as tight as I possibly could. Then I popped a safety pin in it to hold it in place while I decided what to do with it.

I ended up hot gluing it to a piece of felt and then attaching a broach pin to the back of it. My oldest wants to be able to pin it to the hairband I made for her, attach it to a silver chain to be worn as a necklace or just pin it to a shirt. So there you have it, a piece of ribbon that's been upcycled. I bet you've got some ribbon or fabric stashed somewhere that could be rolled into a little rosette.

Now onto the simple fabric hairband... based on a tutorial from this book.

The finished hairband is on the right. For that rosette I took some denim, folded it in half and stitched down one side. I then pulled the threads on that side to give it a frayed edge. Then I rolled it up the same way I did the red ribbon rosette. I think I'll do a couple more just like it and group them together. Don't you think they would make an adorable necklace too!

What you will need:

* 16 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of fabric
* 11" x 2 3/8" piece of fabric
* 6" piece of elastic
* thread
* additional fabric or ribbon if you choose to make rosettes

1. Fold large piece of fabric in half and sew with a 3/8" inseam all the way down the raw edge. Then turn it right side out and iron with the seam going down the middle. Do the same with the 2nd piece of fabric. This will be the piece that holds the elastic.

Once you've turned the 2nd piece of fabric right side out, feed the elastic through by attaching a safety pin. I like this shot so I used it all by itself. You will need to sew the elastic to the fabric so it stays in place. Once that's complete line up both pieces seam side down, wrap the large piece around the elastic piece as seen in the photo below and then sew with a 3/8" inseam.

You'll want to repeat this on the 2nd side and then turn the hairband right side out.

Once you get the hang of these they can be done really quickly. The thing that takes the most time is turning the fabric right side out after the raw edges have been sewn up on both pieces of fabric. I made a couple today.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 2, 2011

Creating a Beautiful, Restful Bedroom

Winsome Wednesday

We are in the beginning stages of establishing a restful, master bedroom. Almost fifteen years of marriage and we're just now doing this. In the past we either have not had the resources or other rooms took priority. I am here to tell you that our space is finally getting some much needed TLC.

This beauty of a bed arrived just before Christmas. The Mister gave the go ahead to place the order and I did not hesitate. My choices had been narrowed down to the bed you see here and a fabric, tufted head board. Both beautiful but in the end we felt this was much more practical and would stand the test of time. I think the fabric headboards will be a thing of the past in a few years as lovely as they may be. My hubby also brought up the fact that the kids would probably soil it and possibly even tear the upholstery and honestly they are quite expensive to take that kind of chance.

Okay so enough explaining the decision. Our goal for the overall look and feel of this space is relaxed, coastal cottage. I'm going to do my best to achieve that by using soft, sea, colors, weathered woods, painted furniture and simple accents. I scored the first few pieces of bedding at some pretty good prices. I'm looking for a large, bolster pillow that I can make seasonal, fabric, slip covers for and some really great sheets. Over time there will be some accent chairs, a small desk, an oversized, floor mirror and more. I will be sharing our progress right here on Blue Sky Confections. It may take me a year or two so please be patient.

I do love the colors of the two larger cans of paint and would like to use something very similar in our space. Stay tuned for a possible decorative paint treatment somewhere in the space.

It's getting quite late and I need to head to bed so I can get up and face another day with my long list of to do's and the kidlets that NEVER RUN OUT OF ENERGY!

I'll leave you with a few photo's I captured today with my new camera. I finally got a chance to test it out a bit.

It was a balmy 68° today. Just a little taste of warm weather to come. Back down into the 40's tomorrow. Mother Nature is such a tease! Taking advantage of this great weather the kidlet's and I went outside for the afternoon spending upwards of 3 hours at the playground and walking trail.

My son came out of the womb smiling. His joy is so contagious!

He was making "dinner" using mulch. He always asks me if I want some coffee and then heads underneath the largest piece of playground equipment to his make believe kitchen to brew a pot for me. So sweet!

Ah... the scrappy, wee one. She's quite the handful - but oh so kissable. She likes to climb up and down and up and down making me work really hard chasing her around to ensure she doesn't topple off any of the equipment.

Oh... I love my kids SO MUCH!

My oldest was in school today so she wasn't able to enjoy the outdoors with us this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.

February 1, 2011

Thyme Spent In The Garden

The good thing about setting a blog schedule for myself is that it's keeping me on task with the things I really enjoy. I must carve out a bit of time that day to either consider, ponder or work on something in that specific category.

So obviously I wasn't in my yard today gardening but what I did do was sit down and leaf through my gardening catalogs and choose the seeds I'm going to order for this coming growing season. I picked up my phone this evening, dialed the number and got an answering machine that said, "Our offices are closed, consult our catalog for office hours." I guess plant and seed catalogs aren't staffed up for evening orders.

I have decided to start my very own tomato plants this year as well as other plants. I'll post about that another time. We will be attempting Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Pineapple, Mortgage Lifter, Aunt Ruby's German Green and Chocolate Cherry. Of course, I stress about the decision to start my own and when I tell the Mister my fears, he says, "well we'll try and if they don't take we'll just buy the plants." Either way we'll be enjoying fresh garden tomatoes, peppers, herbs and so much more so what is there to worry about? Right?

The fear of failure can paralyze you even in the smallest of tasks. Fear BE GONE!

I will also be ordering a very small greenhouse. Now I'm not sure when exactly I need to start my little tomato seeds so they'll be ready for spring planting. I'm flying by the seat of my pants. Wish me luck.

 I've also been thinking about all the yardwork that needs to take place as soon as the weather warms up a bit.

Here's my list:
  1. Take down rusting window boxes, sand and spray paint
  2. Repairs to outdoor rocking chairs and fresh coat of paint
  3. Cut back all the ornamental grasses and any other landscaping clean-up
  4. Prune rose bushes
  5. Move some of the rose bushes that have gotten really large
  6. Prune Japanese Maple
  7. Prep for decorative pathway
  8. Lay decorative pathway
  9. Find and order Arbor for the start of the pathway
  10. Possibly plant some more summer blooming bulbs
  11. Sew up some new pillow covers for the front porch
How about you? Are you making a mental list of all the outdoor projects that need tending to once the weather cooperates?

I'm really looking forward to spring.

Thanks for stopping by Blue Sky Confections!

Jenny K.
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