Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Making Gnocchi.....

When my girls were wee, I taught them how to make home made gnocchi. Maggie couldn't say it so we all still pronounce it "yucky". I haven't made it for years and forgot how much fun it is to make.....

We decided that it was time for Beastie to learn how to make her own Yucky. She made a few with me. Rolling a one inch hunk of potato dough up the back of a fork to make channels for the sauce to grab onto.

She was soon distracted by the making of potato dough hedgehogs that were dunked into the soapy dishwater...

Here she is laughing hysterically at her dunked hedgehogs..... Oh, the mind of a toddler. 

Our recipe is easy peasy!

One cup of mashed potato
Two cups of flour
One largish egg (or two small ones)
Cold water to make everything a dough

Mix it all together and add just enough cold water to make a dough.
Don't overwork the dough. If you do, let it rest before you try to roll it out.
Cut the dough into palm sized hunks and roll them into worm shapes.
Sprinkle flour over your counter and hands so the dough doesn't stick.
Cut all the worms into one inch hunks and roll them up the back of a fork.
Let them dry out a bit on a flour sprinkled bit of parchment.
Simmer them until they float
Slather in your favorite sauce.
We had pea, bacon and butter.

Little pillows of potato-ey joy.

Om nom nom.....
Betcha can't have just one!

First Day Of "Retirement".

I'm studying full time now. Getting ready to open the Salon and finishing my certification. There is more time now to enjoy the little things and breathe. 

Taught Beastie the importance of getting your lippy on in the morning.

Mercy sent us a parcel! She's working with The Mysterious Package Company now. It's such a great company! We'll be exploring the contents of this box for ages! It includes such oddities as a cookbook of gruel recipes from around the world, and a pin from Bedlam. It also has many puzzles and mysteries to solve. We highly recommend giving them a try. They come in many sizes and themes and make the perfect gift for that person who has everything.

Moving at this guys pace lately and loving it....

Spent 5 bucks on carnations and raided the garden for this lot. They're really really gorgeous! And the smell is wonderful! I think that's going to be one of my secrets for keeping the Salon attractive and helping me stay enthusiastic about going in there every day. Burn out is a real thing and I'm going to try my darnedest to keep things fresh and interesting.

My first day of real courses and this is the result! I love that you can almost see through the translucent natural gel on the tip of my nail. I learned HEAPS of new things and was reminded about some things I knew and forgot. Bad habits are not so hard to break...

Loving my experiences with the Nail Nerdz and Nail Innovationz! They are a fantastic company! Incredible product and phenomenal support! 
Can't wait to share more!!!
So glad you're here with me.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Good morning!
I think it's about time to announce things publicly. 
After many years of shinanigans and hard slugging with some very wonderful humans,
I find that it's time to leave my post at our local Independant grocer. 
It's a decision that was made with mixed emotions and my leaving has been rushed on by a recurring injury that I have been assured will heal if I stop and rest.
It means leaving many wonderful friends who have been working extra hard to cover for shortcomings due to my injury. 
I will miss you all so very much and plan on listening to Tenacious D's "Dude I totally miss you" Many times over the next few months.
Please stay in touch! 
There will be cookies and tea or a good stiff drink for any of you needing a friend fix. 
Drop in!! 

I am also ready to announce that our new adventure involves not only my staying home to play with the Beastie and make bread, 
but also my new carreer as a nail technician.
will be taking appointments VERY SOON!!!
Stay tuned to the facebook page for the unveiling.

Here are some pics of  my life as a grocery store clerk.
These pics are and will always be a treasure, .

Much Love!

Monday, May 1, 2017

All Work and No Play......

Busy, busy, busy..... But there's time to breathe and watch the pomp poms erupt on the trees. They look Seussian...

It's SPRING!!!! That means we can go to the park!

The Tickle Trunk has been located...

This happened...
Don't judge me...

Spring time Fimo Nail Canes have been applied...

Beastie is WAY more interested in digging rocks than picking pretty flowers...

I'm a Ghostie!

Thunder and lightening...

A joyful roll in the long grass...

Teensy one stroke roses for Nammy.

Hope you're all hanging in there. Spring has hit our neck of the woods. I am officially a student again and it feels wonderful! Changes are still in the works. We're getting closer everyday to announcing them formally. Please do stay around to share the happy!