Sunday, February 28, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies

I am cleaning a shelf in the pantry and there are recipe books there, and a few loose recipes torn out of magazines. This must have come from the orthodontist office or some place like that because I didn't buy "Parenting" magazine in 2003. Do you ever sneak/tear a page out of a magazine in an office, silently ripping an inch at a time, and then folding it to fit in your purse? Or am I bad. ??
This recipe is much like a favorite one we have made for ages, but you don't grease the pan and you don't have to flatten the cookies so when finding it tonight, I figured it's time to make it or throw the page away.
So glad I made them! They are great. chewy too.
Don't be alarmed if you make them and when you take them out of the oven they have spread out flat and you can't get them off the pan because they are so fragile. Let them sit for about 5 minutes and then remove them from the pan.

Easy Oatmeal Cookies
1 c brown sugar
1 c white sugar
2 sticks butter or margarine ( butter really makes a cookie keep it's shape better)
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
1 t baking soda
2 c oatmeal
2 c flour

cream together butter and sugars
add vanilla and eggs
add dry ingredients
place the dough by teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets (I put 8 on a pan since they spread out a lot)
bake untill light brown around edges. 350 degrees about 12 minutes.

cool slightly before removing from pan

Friday, February 26, 2010

Faeries, chakra, and feeling centered

I'm thinking about my friend Sharon Berkan Dent today.Because I am wearing a beautiful dragonfly pendant she made using the lost wax casting process. It has stones down the center of it's body in the order of Chakra. Maybe it will help me be more centered today. ( right..........) In the meantime, it's the kind of pendant people ooooh and ahhhh over since it's so intricately made and beautiful. I am so lucky to have it.

Isn't her work gorgeous? A faerie like the one pictured on the right is also in my collection of her work. Her work is magical, and her skill with wax and casting is so 'there'. How anyone can get that kind of detail by carving wax is beyond me. Way beyond me actually since I have done some casting guided by Sharon and although my skills have improved much with her tutelage, I do know my limits!

Wearing the pendant makes me think of the people that were in the metals lab/class in Midland Michigan, and how much fun we had. It was my job to tell new people in the class that we took turns bringing homemade cookies and the new people had to bring them first. (no one believed me!) Over the 5 years of traveling to the metals studio weekly, we became a close group, sharing ideas, skills, gem stones, stories, and other fun stuff, like recipes and how to make scented lotion. (thanks Linda!) We even had a puppy shower one night. :-)

An inanimate object, in theory, has no 'powers' but is a reminder of times and places, souveniers of times in our lives. An engagement ring's meaning, the heirloom earrings from Grandma, a macrame necklace with a Lake Superior agate. These have those memories attached to them, as does my dragonfly and faerie. A centering of memories of very special people and special times. So my day may not feel 'centered' but it's all that much better to carry thoughts of loved ones.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

are you a tea drinker? I found this gem yesterday at Teavana.
The store itself is hard to find, but in Charlotte there is one at the South Park Mall. In Chicago, there are several, I think. My son got me hooked when for Christmas one year, he bought several types of tea there for me. The Yerba Mate is wonderful. Drinking tea everyday is great for you. Tea is filled with anti-oxidants which are healthy especially for hopefully keeping those mutating cells in your body at bay. (in other words, in theory, preventing cancer)
So I shop at Teavana, which is a great experience, sample their teas, and pick some up to be able to enjoy that daily 'cuppa' .
This infuser has a strainer in the top to put your loose tea, pour that correct temp of water over it, and as a general rule, I use water that has been boiled. Steep your tea, pull out the metal strainer basket and this stays hot for hours. Two glass walls (borosilicate) keep the water hot, and if you know me, you know I am into glass and not plastic for several reasons. One being, the flavor stays nice, two being you aren't drinking plastic and this is so much more environmental conscious, let alone nice looking.
You can put the tea leaves into the glass, but that could make your tea bitter since it will steep all the time it is in the hot water.
I am enjoying my tea from this, and tomorrow, taking the infuser/glass in my school bag to keep at work.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

fun in the neighborhood

Well -- fun in the next neigborhood actually. Lucky me! I was invited to play Bunco with a group of 7 other women. Being rather new to the area, it was great to meet some new people around my age, with similar interests. An evening was spent with good conversation, snacks, wine, and some dice. We will play again next month.
It's not easy to leave an area that we lived in for 30 years, and move away from long term friendships. One has to know, you have to socialize, and get out and meet people. Like after college but with a lot less energy. LOL By 11 or 12 oclock at night after a work day, I am fizzling out, unlike those days 20 or 30 years ago when we would stay out until 2 or 3 am. We have been so incredibly blessed to meet people and make some new friendships. Last night was a good example of a blessing. There are times that people don't 'need' a new friend, don't have time to make a new friend, and don't care to. They can be super nice people, but they have obligations and family. So to meet people who are ready to have some fun, and nurture a friendship is 'lucky' for me. Hooray for BUNCO!!

Monday, February 15, 2010

new toy

Here's a picture of what I got for Christmas. I can't wait until there is that 'free day' to make some jumprings and test it out. Chain maille is great fun to make and this should make getting rings the size I want a whole lot easier. Then the plan is to put jumprings in my Etsy shop. I imagine that isn't going to happen if I don't hook this up and play! First step will be to cut some 16 g copper rings for a byzantine chain. It's fun and easy to do byzantine in this size. A well cut jumpring should close with a 'snap' sound and the seam be barely visible. I have wanted to do Jenn's Pind also and that is a real challenge. But with two colors of jumprings, it could possibly be easier to understand.
It can be relaxing to make chain or it can make your eyes cross!
I'll let you know when I try out the jumpringer. My husband is such a nice guy..... he buys me tools for gifts. Hmmmm my kids do too. To know me is to know tools are a favorite gift.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February where has the time gone?

It's been a while! Blogging hasn't been the top on my list since Christmas. I've been lucky enough to travel to Tucson and wedding dress shop with my daughter. Her wedding is in April. Right now my job is addressing invitations which is way fun. The wedding itself will be in Arizona and we will enjoy a lovely spring break in a warm place. :-) What a great way to spend vacation, being able to see all of our kids.
It's weird to have a child marry, even though we certainly have anticipated this with happiness too since we so love our future son-in-law, it still is a new concept to me, having a married child.
Life is such a journey. It seems like yesterday I was in college with that long hair and denim bell bottom jeans, taking my art classes toward a degree in teaching art.
There have been so many joys and looking forward to this wedding just adds to the joy.

A heart bead that isn't in my Etsy shop, but maybe it will show up there!
Have a lovely day and to my Northern friends, a wish for warmth for you all and some sunshine too!