Monday, February 20, 2017

Motivational Monday - Just "Keep Swiming"

Finding Nemo, is one of my favorite movies.  Dory and her "just keep swimming...just keep swimming..."  I can relate to that especially this past two weeks.  As I have shared with you on my What I'm Working on Wednesday's posts, I've been busy getting ready for a sale and restocking my booths.  Well, you know how things go, it just seemed that all that effort didn't equal the bottom line...not that I didn't do well...just, I had higher hopes.  

I didn't get down about it, I just kept saying..."just keep swimming..."  Without missing a beat, I kept marking and loading; driving here and there restocking and switching inventory from one booth/shop to really is a job.  I do all of this by myself.  This past week, rolling a huge galvanized water/feeding trough from my van, around the corner, down the sidewalk to the shop, through the front door, squeezing down the isles, pushing it upright on it's end into the elevator door, squeezing myself in, once to second floor without a dolly, pushing it on the carpet all the way to my booth....ya, this is work!  That was just one load. I did several at that shop and many others to another.   However, I had a great weekend of sales!  Yay!  So, last week's work, paid off.

There has been some changes with how I have been trying to operate my little business (s - I'm involved in a few...)...."just keep swimming..."  Even if you are a tiny fish in a big ocean, "just keep swimming."  


Just when you think you might be swimming in a shallow get fills up your "pool" and you can face a new week with a new desire to swim.  

In fact, today, I will be "swimming" at a farm/barn pick from a country neighbor who happen to call yesterday and say..."Jacky, we want to sell!"  Yay!   "I'll just keep my own pond....and not worry about other fish or where they are swimming" and I will EMBRACE it.    

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

My refrigerator was beginning to stink...something was rotten.  As I dug to find it, I started to fill my stock pot with the not so fresh vegetables I found.  The rubbery mushrooms, the 1/2 of a red pepper, some bendable get the picture.  I found the was a piece of ginger I forgot about in the back of the crisper...not so crispy now.  

The pot wasn't full yet, so I added some wrinkly potatoes, 1/2 of a container of dried tomatoes, bay leaves and some spices and then filled the pot with water.  

Once it reached boil, I turned it way down to simmer for about an hour.  After the vegetables where nice and mushy, I strained them off (that I fed to the chickens).  The stock was a rich, dark color (was the mushroom and red onions).  

I took that beautiful stock and added some fresh veggies, a jar of my garden canned tomatoes and beans.  It was so good!

For me, one of the most rewarding things to do is take something that normally would be tossed or deemed "not worth the effort" and turn it into something great!   Trust me, cooking this way IS worth the effort.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Scones

I wanted to make something special today for our ladies bible study today, I was thinking scones.  Then I remembered I had this antique heart pan/mold - I've always wanted to use it.  So, heart shaped orange, craisin scones it is.

Orange, Craisin Scones

2 C flour
2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/3 C sugar
Mix together

1 egg
1/2 C heavy cream
1 t almond extract
zest of 1 orange
Whisk together in separate bowl
Add to dry mix

1/2 C cold butter cut into very small pieces
mix/blend with the mixture
beat in
1/2 C craisins

Bake 425 for 10-12 min.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread Cupcakes:

1/2 C soft butter
1/2 C brown sugar
1 large egg
1 C heavy cream
1/2 C molasses
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 t ginger
1/2 t nutmeg
1/4 t allspice

Cream butter, sugar and egg together.  Add heavy cream, molasses and vanilla.  Mix together with flour, baking soda, powder, salt, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.  Line muffin tin, fill 3/4 full.  Bake 350 for 30-35 min.  Makes 12 muffins.

Frost with ginger butter cream - beat heavy cream, powder sugar, butter together with 1 t ginger - beat until light and fluffy.  I didn't measure...sorry, but just like a normal frosting.  I did grate some fresh nutmeg on top.

Tomorrow is our ladies bible study.  I am talking about "God's Conversation Hearts" to us.  I am making another batch of these cupcakes for tomorrow.  Al really liked them - they are good without frosting as well!

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.   

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What I'm Working on Wednesday

Yesterday I shared a post about a dresser I am painting.  You can read about it here:

Here is the finished dresser.  If you have been following along for very long, you know that I enjoy painting and repurposing antique furniture.  I like to take an otherwise over looked piece and try to bring some new life to it.  I don't like my pieces to look too perfect or, some of you might not "get" my look....but, that's o.k.  I have customers that do...LOL....and the world would be boring if we all liked the same style.  

Here is the finished dresser.  The Pepto Bismol pink is toned down a bit....  

I paint the back too...thanks Vikki for that tip and advice.  

This dresser will be in my booth at Jackie's Antique Mall on Brown today.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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Hodge Podge Wednesday Q&A

Thank you From This Side of the Pond for the blog hop and interesting questions this week.  Linked to the hop here:

1. What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super? 

I made an angel food cake with vanilla and caramel frosting on Sunday for lunch - the family said it super.

2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb? 

I went to lunch with my friends Renee and Stacy last Friday.  We ate at Sconni's in Schofield:  I had one of their daily specials, Smoked White Fish Risotto.  Delish!  The white fish was from Sturgeon Bay, WI.

3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. 

I better go this I could go's been a "week" - it's tempting, but if I did, I wouldn't be showing my answer to question 8.  I would say superambitious - my friend, Lisa and I have decided to join our booths at 2 of the shops we sell at to save on rent - this savings quickly went into 2 new booths we will be sharing....we must be crazy!!

4. Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is. 

Let's say, I LIKE easily - my stoic Native American and hard headed German genes, sometimes get in the way.  

5. Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? 

Al and I just talked about this last night, we probably will go out to eat on Monday or Wednesday night to miss the crowds...we don't like crowds....

6. What's something you are loving right now? 

My bible reading and daily devotions each morning.  Each day as I read I think....well, this was for me today. 

7 Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  

Just Because

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

It is easy to know what love is...but scripture also tells us what love is not....boastful, proud, envious, dishonors others, self-seeking, not easily angered and keeps no records of wrongs;  I Corinthians 13:4-5.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.