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StorybookWoods
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Interests: travel, knitting, calligraphy, classical music, wine, homemaking, history, parties, tea, homeschooling, brewing, nature walks, charlotte mason, chocolate., england, old children’s books, susan branch, making bread, entomology, cooking, drawing, sewing, baking, france, decorating, crafting, cozy mysteries, cottages, old building
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I have to say out of all the projects we did for this years theme,Churchmouse Yarn & Tea, this is my favorite. I guess because it came out just as I pictured in my head. I wanted to do a table-top village bit something with real plants and moss. Plus remember no glitter, fake trees or plastic building. This is what I did. I took a large, very heavy silver tray and lined it with heavy plastic. Then I dug up some dirt from my raised beds (I had to watch for earth worms. I did NOT want them on my village :-O) I collected from my garden lots of moss and small plant starts. I found laurel, holly and wild violet. I mound the dirt up around the plants. Also more dirt in the back, so those buildings would be higher than the ones in the front. I covered everything in fresh moss (again watching for bugs and worms as I pulled off sheets of moss from my old stone walls). I borrowed my mothers charming little houses and all the sheep from our 2 nativity sets. Poor baby Jesus does not have any sheep this year. Evey day... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Storybook Woods
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Since our Christmas theme has a Scottish feel, I used that to inspire our Christmas dinner. This is a great menu too because many of the dish (or part of the dish) can be made ahead of time. I will be poaching the salmon ahead, making the custard and herb cheese, as well at the dill sauce a day or two before. For Christmas morning I am planning on making scotch eggs, fruit and cheese platter, scrambled eggs (we like our pastured eggs), whiskey bacon, sour cherry/lemon zest scones. And who knows what else. For Christmas Eve, we are going a totally different direction. Tamales, taco salad, beer/bacon drunk beans, cabbage salad w/ lime/cream dressing. All the cookies and candies we have made or have been given. Plus Christmas sangria!! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Storybook Woods
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Last year Churchmouse yarn shop had wonderful paper and tartan plaid cones filled with balls of yarn. We wanted to recreate these. Normally we make a wreath for this mirror but a garland worked better. First we made cones from roofing paper (I LOVE this stuff. Everyone should own a roll of it). Then covered it with plaid fabric, velvet ribbon and old mother-of-pearl buttons. The only change we made was to added pine and holly from our garden. I actually pinned each cone to the ribbon with a straight pin. I found it easiest to arrange the cones on the ribbon and you cannot see the pins. I am really happy how this garland turned out!! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Storybook Woods
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Remember this, have faith, do not rely only on what you can see. Beliving is so important! 1.Village 2.Snowflake 3.Baby Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Storybook Woods
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As we made a list of what we wanted make for our Churchmouse theme, we had to make felted gingermen (here is the ravelry page for the pattern). You knit a round, then felt it and creat a fabric of sorts that you use to make you gingermen/woman! These were fun to make. Cutting them out I would say was the hardest part. We also hung tea bags, which I have to say look really cool at night with the twinkle lights making them glow. We tore tartan plaid fabric into strips and ties them on for bows. Lastly we used left over cones (which I will share about next) as tree toppers. These trees turned out really sweet! Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Our theme this year is ... TaaaDaaa, A Churchmouse Christmas! Which will probably does not mean much to many of you ;-) On Bainbridge Island is the most charming yarn and tea shop ever. This is the kind of store you walk in and all cares fall off of you. The kind of store you wish would rent you a cot in the corner for the weekend. Full of beautiful wool yarns, Emma Bridgewater ceramics, French linen for embroidery and needlepoint, Smith tea, transferware, English antiques and much more. We are forever inspired by Churchmouse and decided to make it our Christmas theme this year. We assembled a list of what we thought encompassed the shop. Along with past years ideas from the shops Christmas decor this is what we came up with. Tartan plaid, in soft muted shades of brown, moss green, red, blue and black Velvet trim whiskey/port station antique silver and chrystal deer antlers, transferware, English china live greenery, plants and white flowers wool and knitted items (we threw in antique crochet too, as in trying to use what we already had). sheep (no glitter, bright colors, plastic, wire rimmed ribbon. Only real stuff) Today I am... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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1.lake 2.cookies 3.baby Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I confess I am a Christmas girl. I love everything about it, the good and the bad. I hear all about the commercialization and pressure of Christmas. And it is true but I think it is about what one focuses on, where we put our eyes. I encourage all of us to focus on the joy, the love, the little things that makes Christmas so special: candy canes, a child's excitement, fresh holly, twinkle lights, the birth of Christ. It is time to put your Jolly on!!! 1.Elf 2.Gingerbread House 3.Candy Cane Tree ps. I will be taking a week off while I get my house ready for Christmas but I will be back. I cannot wait to share this years theme! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours xox Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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It is just a little thing. But it changes everything. Happy Thanksgiving xox 1.Pumpkins 2.Tea 3.Girl Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Our Thanksgiving menu this year. We love the technique of spatchcock chicken, so we are trying it with turkey. We will see how it goes. Are you trying anything new for Thanksgiving? Spatchcock Turkey Baguette, Smoked Oyster, Pancetta stuffing New York Style Pumpkin Cheesecake Sour Cream Apple Pie ps. I forgot to put Spiced Port Cranberry Sauce and I may add this Roasted Oersimmon and Ginger Custard to my menu too!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Ones health is very important. Having goals and keeping them is crucial but there are days when ones need to just let go and splurge a bit. Have that slice of cake (or pizza). Really, truly, enjoy it. And if you truly for your health cannot have a slice of cake, then redefine what cake is to you. The point is take a day off now and then, just enjoy. Even if it is not good for your health because it will be good for your soul and that is still a good thing l! 1.Jane Austen Cake 2.cupcakes 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Every Thanksgiving I make a small gift for each of my guess, as a reminder of that year. This years gift is wood spoons. I have painted them red and stamped them with the saying "stir up thankfulness". In the past I have made acorn cross, bronzed pine cones, paper feather, book apple and cups. I think I will add a tag so each person can write what they are thankful for this year. You will need wooden or bamboo spoons with a flat handle. Acrylic paint, painter tape, alphabet stamps and a stamp pad. You could paint over the stamped side of the spoon with some kind of sealer, I did not. Start by taping off the spoon, so you can paint the back and sides of the spoon. I found I only needed one coat of paint and then just a touch up in spots. Also I filled the hole with a little ball of painters tape. Tip, if you get paint on areas of the spoon you do not want, I found it easy to sand off with fine grit sandpaper. Finally stamp out your saying. I suggest you practice a few times on paper first but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Judgment, both giving and receiving, is not good for our soul. It impedes our growth and blessings. 1.berries 2.thread 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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LOL, well can you tell I am loving my roasted winter squash? I have been putting it in everything, even soup. Even though I am not suppose to be eating bread, we do have pizza night once (or twice) a month. I have tried some alternative pizza crust but really did not like them. So how I handle pizza crust is first to not have it a lot, duh ;-) Second to make myself a small pizza, like the size of a dessert plate. Lastly, I eat all the topping and about half of the crust. My family is thrilled to finish off my homemade crust for me. This seems to be the best solution for me. Luckly I can have small bits of bread and it does not send me into a bread craze. Actually I think small bits now and then keeps me from feeling deprived. There are foods that if I get a taste of (like TJ mango gummys) I cannot stop. I crave them so bad, so I just do not eat them but bread is different for me. This low carb thing, is such a day to day walk. When we do pizza night, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Storybook Woods
Love this and a really brilliant idea. Clarice
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2014 on Tabletop Fix - A Tutorial at Shabby Cottage Studio
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I love this quote because I think it speaks to the kind of beauty that is not obvious. You know how you look at something and then keep thinking about it? it slowly reveals itself to you. The longer you look at it the more beautiful it becomes, until you think how did I not see that in the first place? That is because true beauty lies within our hearts and it takes time to see that kind of beauty! 1.pitcher 2.ribbon 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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This salad was born out of me trying to like cauliflower. It is such a healthy and cheap veggie. I really wanted to embrace it. I LOVE roasted veggies, so I started there. I roasted both cauliflower and delicata squash (which I love because you do not have to peel it). I really like how the sweetness from the squash rounds out the salad. Then I made a yummy vinaigrette with kalamata olives. My thinking was their strong flavor would basically cover up the cauliflower flavor I was trying to get use to. I served the veggies on a bed of fresh spinach. This is now my favorite fall salad. A dinner all on it's own or a great side dish to a grilled steak. I have to say after enjoying this salad I now love roasted cauliflower and eat it plain as a side dish or snack. Next is to get used to mashed cauliflower with cheese ;-) Roasted Veggie Salad w/ Kalamata Olive Vinaigrette Serves 2 or 4 small dishes 2 cups cauliflower, broken into very small pieces 2 cups delicata squash, cut into cleaned ½“cubes (I do not peel it becuase the peel is edible) 3 TBL... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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1.plate 2.chair 3.dress Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I have not written much lately about my pre-diabetes. I am doing good. It has been 7 months or so. No symptoms, I am working out and doing pretty good on my diet. Which to reiterate is a low carb diet, lots of veggies and some protein. I am not eating quite as low carb as I was. I am adding small amount of beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa , etc. You cannot not eat super low carb long term. If I eat a really bad, carby meal I try to eat real low carb the next day to balance myself out. I find now if I eat too much of something like bread I get a terrible stomach ache, so I satisfy myself with a small slice now and then. It if funny the some of the carbs I thought I would miss I do not like pasta and other surprises me like I really crave corn tortillas. It is a constant balancing act. Plus I have my family (if it was only me to feed, it would so much easier ;-) This dessert came out of trying to make something for my family but also for me. They have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I am so glad I learned this in my childhood!! 1.vignette 2.autumn hays 3.girl Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I am having fun with instagram. Here are some fall corners of my home. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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Beautiful quote and so wise! 1.girl 2.photo by me 3.wreath Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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This is a recipe from lasts fall issue of Gatherings, Rustic Romance (the digatal version is free by the way). It is a simple soup recipe I wanted to share! Carrots are an ubiquitous vegetable and one that I always keep on hand. This soup is straight forward. Carrots are cooked in broth and pureed with a touch of cream. What gives the soup its depth of flavor is the hazelnuts and the parmesan rind. I got the idea from light summer minestrone I make, full of vegetables and herbs. I try to keep the leftover rinds from my wedges of parmesan cheese and throw them in soups. After the soup is cooked, I toss the rind away. It is like getting one last squeeze of flavor from the cheese. Simply garnish your soup with some toasted hazelnuts and hazelnut oil. You have a clean but richly flavored soup! PS all photos are taken by Annetta Bosakova Carrot Soup Garnished with Hazelnuts 6 small servings 2 shallots, peeled and minced 2 TBL olive oil 5 cups carrots, trimmed, peeled and sliced into ¼ “slices 4 cups of chicken broth or water Heal of parmesan cheese (the thick end of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Storybook Woods
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I confess I give up easy but this is something I want to change about myself. 1.little girl 2.leaves 3.acorns Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Storybook Woods