What’s for Dinner?

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! The response to my tutorial and swage block has been FANTASTIC! Thank you all so much for your purchases. It makes both me and my wonderfully talented Father-in-law very happy. It is always so rewarding to hear the feedback from people who have purchased the blocks.

I have been trying so hard to get on here and make a post for over a week. I swear, I have never been so busy before and there are so many days that I wonder if I actually got anything done. My house certainly isn’t cleaned, I still haven’t finished unpacking my items from my trip to Canada (yes, really.) However, the laundry is done, I have seen Portland a couple of times, including the zoo with my girls. So there were some really good things.

Last week was spring break for the girls. We had all sorts of good plans, but nothing set in stone. We just kind of relaxes and didn’t get to many of our plans. LOL. Go figure. Instead, we spent time doing make up homework for assignments that were missing (UGH! Don’t even get me started on this one) looking for a lawnmower and my favorite part, HOUSE HUNTING. I forgot to mention in my last blog post, WE SOLD OUR HOUSE IN OHIO!!!!! YAY! I am so happy and sad all at the same time. It is the true closing of a chapter in my life. It was a huge chapter when it comes to terms of my jewelry as that is where most all of it happened. I started working on stuff in Virginia, but the true development of where I am now, happened there in Ohio. Not to mention, I had the greatest studio ever, at least to this point, haha. One really sad part of the sale is that we took such a huge hit on the sale. We put so much work, love and money into that house to make it as nice as it was. We are trying to look at it like, expensive rent. LOL. But really, I know the house was the right one to buy. Had we not done it, I wouldn’t be where I am with my jewelry. I probably wouldn’t be here with my blog doing what I am doing. I know it was right. We have always been blessed to be where we needed to be, when we needed to be, even if it did cost us some money.

My rewards from that though, is that I have wonderful friends and friendships that I know will last a life time. I was able to make a difference in the lives of a few people in starting the guild there in Ohio. I was able to develop my talents and more. You just can’t put a price on that type of thing. So it was right, and I know it was.

Adjusting to life here in Washington is still progressing. I am getting to know my way around little by little. I am starting to meet a person here and there, but for the most part right now, it is still pretty lonely. I just feel like we are stuck in this state of flux. Do I make the effort to get to know people really well where I am right now, knowing that I will most likely not buy a home in this area? How do I get to know others in the area that are into the metal arts? Do I get my girls involved with dance and other things, again, knowing that we are not really looking for a home here where we are currently renting? So why did we rent here? Well, the rent was more affordable. We could afford the higher rent in the areas where we want to settle, but we decided to go for cheaper rent and save the money for a down payment. So like I said, I just feel like I am in the state of flux.

Guild Meeting in Portland

One great thing that I did this week (Tuesday night, in fact) is that I went to the Creative Metals Art Guild in Portland. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! I got to meet a few new people and I am excited to get involved with their organization. It is a much more mature organization than the one that I started in Ohio, meaning that they are out of their infancy. They have the established programs, location and even hold an art show every spring (Next month, in fact.) It is everything already, that I dreamed for the guild in Ohio to be.

At the end of the meeting one gentleman approached me and said that I had done a blog post on him a while back. I asked his name and it was LYLE POULIN!!!! Featured Artist Friday – Lyle Poulin I was so excited to finally meet him. I hadn’t remembered that he was here in this area, so I was really happy he introduced himself. I am really looking forward to seeing some of his work up close. I love his stuff.

Today’s Goals

Okay, so today my goal is to get back into the studio. The baby will be going to the sitter today and tomorrow. I have a few more blocks to get mailed out today. I have to get my taxes finished up, yup, nothing like waiting for the last minute. I have a few videos to make (pray for some sunshine so I have some light in the studio) and then I have a few featured artist posts to finalize and will hopefully be back up and running.

What’s For Dinner?

So, the title of the post is What’s for Dinner? Currently, I don’t know. But I did want to share something that I made a few weeks back. I posted it on my Facebook page and SOOOOO many people asked for the recipe, because all I had posted was a lousy picture taken with my iphone. Thanks to Pinterest, I have learned the art of using a crock pot. In fact, that is kind of funny. When we were first married (over 15 years ago) we were given a crock pot. Well, I never use it. I can count on two hands the number of times it got used. So when we thought we were moving last June, I gave it to someone in my church that uses them all the time. Fast forward to November. I got onto Pinterest and started to see all these recipes using a crock pot. I thought, hey, that looks good and I could probably do that. Well, I have gone wild with that thing. One of the best things I learned about…. LINERS!!!! I will never cook in that thing again without them. They are totally worth every penny. So I will end with a yummy looking picture and my recipe. Enjoy! See you all tomorrow with a featured artist post and hopefully a video or two.



Here is my Crock pot Lasagna recipe:

Okay, so it isn’t any real recipe as I don’t measure anything out.

For the 6 1/2 qt crock this is what I use:
2 lbs ground beef
1/4 onion
1/2 small container of sliced mushrooms
1/2 can sliced black olives
2 lb jar spaghetti sauce (any kind you want)
1 container of ricotta cheese
1 lg container of cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozz Cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg lasagna noodles

brown the beef with the onions. Add the mushrooms, Olives and spaghetti
sauce. Put a small amount of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock
and place the first layer of noodles, breaking them as needed to fit.
Add a layer of meat sauce, ricotta or cottage cheese, some of each of
the shredded cheese and repeat until you run out of ingredients. Cook in
the crock pot for 4-5 hours on low or until noodles are soft.

Sometimes i don’t use the ricotta.

But that is it in a nutshell.

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