Monday, December 8, 2008


I just saw this posted on Craft via Apartment Therapy. I like the really organic, relaxed, easy look. I think it would look great over a dining room table, or a coffee table. It can be a holiday decoration or something long term. Or maybe it would compliment a summery porch or yard setting.

What do you think? Is it pretty or am I just way to fascinated by twigs and x-mas lights!...? Where would you hang it?

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Yes, this post is late, forgive me, I'm in the midst of finals.

I didn't take any pictures of my soup partly because I forgot until it was done, and partly because I didn't think it looked very pretty, although it taste great!

Here's the recipe, it's vegan, and good for South Beach Diet phase 1.

2 cups dry italian white beans
~8 cups water or veggie stock (I usually eyeball this)
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 medium onion
6 or more garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil

In a large pot heat the olive oil. Cut up the onion and garlic and saute until golden. Add the bay leaves, the rosemary and a little salt and pepper, and saute for about 1-2 minutes more. Then add the water or stock, and the beans. Stir around and bring to a low boil. Let it continue to simmer for about an hour or an hour and a half, until the beans are soft. Remove from heat and you can either mash the beans with a potato masher or you can remove about half the beans, puree them in a food processor then return them to the soup. I like the food processor option best, but I don't have one right now.
To serve drizzle the top of the soup with a little olive oil. Serve with a piece of crusty italian or rustic artisan bread.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Plans...a taste of what's to come

This weekend, I am going to a potluck for Thanksgiving. I am going to make my Italian Bean soup, recipe to follow. It's cheap, easy, makes a lot, and most importantly tastes great. It's the perfect winter soup, hearty and soulful!
Other than eating, drinking, and being ridiculous, I am planning on doing some major cleaning and organizing in my little MouseHouse. One of the things on my list includes going paperless. I have a scanner that I have yet to use and a stack of magazines, random inspirations, old stories I've written..etc. That I would love to digitally archive and get rid of the clutter of the original.

Here's a mini to-do list:
  • Scan pictures
  • Organize bookmarks on computer
  • Organize craft closet
  • Put pictures up/decorate the walls, possibly using the flag design.
  • Knitting: Work on SKB, & cast on hooded scarf


Thumbtacks take over. Organic forms out of utilitarian I tried to go to her website but it appears the bandwidth is overloaded! I can't wait to see the rest of her amazing work!

Via Craft

A Cute Sweater

Look at this beautiful sweater. I love how casual it looks, I love the flowing drapey sleeves. I may have to make this!

Plus the pattern is available as a free PDF.

via Lime & Violet
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