I confess, I needed a wonderful weekend. A mellow one, with few obligations and much creativity and fun.
I decided to take cue from Beth L. at Gathering Dust and "make time!"
First, time in the art room -- here are a few projects I completed...
The "Cloth Paper Scissors" snowmen -- if you get the magazine, you may recall seeing snowfolk on the cover an issue or two ago.
I did two as prototypes. (I did three, till I broke the head...)
I'm rather fond of them, and I'm quite sure I'll do many more over the upcoming months.
I also spent time finishing up tags for Karla's "Puppy Love" tag book swap.
I'm looking forward to seeing the terrific tags others will do!
And to top it off, I had a great deal at Kroger with fabulous prices on fresh blueberries! It had been so many months...! I enjoyed making a blueberry pie! (Along with quite a wild and zesty pasta!)
In the evening we enjoyed the musical version of "Goodbye Mr. Chips" with Peter O'Toole and Petula Clark. No, it wasn't as divine as the original, but captivating and delightful in its own way. I remembered it when first released, and so did rick. It was fun to see it with more adult eyes.
Sunday Kate and I did a road trip to Trader Joe's in Ann Arbor. The flowers simply dazzled me.
As always I found lots of tasty things but my favorite purchase was a bouquet of beautiful roses!
Then it was off to Hollanders, a fabulous art/paper and stationer's store. It was hard to choose from all the beautiful papers for Rick's Valentine gift.
And then there were plenty of other lovely things to enjoy. Walls of boxed notes, racks of cards, books and magazines galore.
I didn't get one of these erasers, but I LOVED them!
Even the storyteller was captivating! How many art stores have a storyteller?
While in the area, we stopped at a new spice store and a place that had so many cool things for collage (game pieces, old photos, etc.) I simply couldn't start to buy things because I knew I wouldn't stop!
All in all, a splendid time, capped by dinner at Rick's (yummy Japanese food)!
And now, back to the regular world!
Jeanie's VERY Unmeasured Pasta Sauce
There's nothing special about this sauce and probably quite like the ones you make -- highly flavorful, though. Enjoy!
Brown about one pound of sweet Italian sausage with a small onion, several cloves of garlic and 4-6 large mushrooms, sliced.
Add about 10-12 diced (and pitted, obviously) Kalamata olives
Add 2 T. capers
Add 1 large can crushed tomatoes
Add about 1/2-3/4 c. red wine (I just wing it)
Add about 3 T vinegar
Spices -- 1 T or so of basil, oregano, thyme, whatever you enjoy
Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
Serve over mini-penne or other pasta.
(This really is probably almost everyone's pasta sauce!)
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