Well, I noticed that we haven’t done much here in the way of updates, and for that I apologize. Things have been a little hectic with the wedding, post-wedding aftermath, winterizing, Samhain, and everything else that tends to crop up during this time of year. Not to mention that just yesterday we had to have roughly $600.00 worth of work done to the furnace. Not sure how we’ll pay that yet, but we’ll get there.

In more personal news, I have decided to go back to school this spring for my Master’s. I love that Joe is behind me 100% on this. I can’t help but feel from trepidation over it all, since it ment leaving my steady and predictable job of Title I ed. tech. to become a substitute teacher for two districts (and I might have to pick up a third if I can’t get the ball rolling on freelance writing).

However, I do have to say that it’s been nice being able to get stuff done around the house and to be able to cook again, meaning less money spent on food. Now, with the holidays of Yule and Christmas coming up, it’ll be even nicer that I can put time into making gifts this year. I think I might even throw caution to the wind and make something for Mom, Dad, and Peter. (There’s a personal paranoia there that they won’t appreciate the homemade gifts.)

In the animal kingdom, Belle (border collie) and Ashes (Maine coon cat) are starting to get along very well. Belle’s even tried to initiate playtime with Ashes, who in turn just looks at her as if she’s lost her marbles. Unfortunately, Ashes has gained a lot of weight since going to the all-natural food, so we’ve had to swap him back to the IAMS Weight Loss formula. Hopefully that and more exercise can trim him back down. Given the heart problems that Maine coon cats are susceptible to, carrying extra weight isn’t really a good thing for him.

5 responses to “Updates

  1. Good luck on the homemade gifts thing. We’re going heavy on those this year and there are some people who we fear might not appreciate them as well. It’s always boggled my mind though, I LOVE homemade gifts because they show such warmth, thought, and love. Here’s hoping everyone loves them. PS- what kind of jam did you end up making this year???

  2. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up making any jam. 😦 We were really in a pickle financially, and I didn’t get the chance to go blueberry picking. However, I do have some strawberries and rhubarb frozen. Granted, I think the rhubarb will end up being rhubarb chocolate chip squares really soon. πŸ™‚

    • Ooooh rhubarb chocolate chip squares??? If those come out awesome, I want the recipe! πŸ™‚ Well then, if you didn’t get a chance to make any, I’ll be sure to share. Want to do a similar Christmas meet up again this year? You’ll get jam…. πŸ˜‰

  3. I would love to do a similar meet up! πŸ™‚

    As far as the recipe goes, it’s always good! It’s actually a family one that’s “supposed” to be for rhubarb raisin squares.

    Rhubarb Raisin Bars
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/2 c. butter
    1/3 c. milk
    2 eggs
    2 c. flour
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 c. rhubarb
    1 c. raisins or chocolate chips

    11X13 pan — 350F — 35 to 40 minutes

    * I’ve used wheat flour, raw sugar, and whole butter with delicious success in this!

    • *Drool* You know when a recipe starts out with sugar and butter, it’s gonna be good! RAISINS?!?! RAISINS?!?! BLAH! I have kind of a raisin hatred, I’ll eat them, but not plain, and darn it, STAY OUTTA MY COOKIES, RAISINS!!! Hehehehe!

      As we get through the first mad rush of family outtings (Thanksgiving) and get closer to X-Day, we’ll figure something out. πŸ™‚

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