Just like home.

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Seattle is starting to look like Tahoe (where I spent my childhood) with its 6-12 inches of snow over the last two days.
In other news- I made nuts instead of going to work today. I made a sweet batch and a savory batch.

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Sweet batch:
6 cup raw nut mix (I used three pecan and three almond)
3 egg whites
2 T. water
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. ginger
1 T. all spice
2 t. clove
2 t. salt

Preheat oven to 300. Whisk egg white and water in large bowl, add nuts and mix to coat. In medium bowl mix well sugar and all the spices. Gently stir in to nut mixture. Grease two rimmed cookie sheets (I used spay olive oil).  Divide nuts evenly on the two cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minute stirring every eight to ten minutes. Remove from oven and store in air tight container for up to two weeks.

Savory Batch (kinda from a Martha Stewart Magazine):
3 cups capers (this gets expensive if you cannot buy in bulk)
6 cups assorted raw nuts (I used cashews and almonds)
1 quart canola oil
one medium lemon
2 t. black pepper

Drain and completely dry capers on paper towels patting occasionally (about one hr.) Heat oil in a wok to approx. 350 degrees.  Add capers to oil 1/4 cup at a time and fry until golden brown (approx. three minutes)- just like Martha to fry capers. Retrieve with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel. Reserve 3 T. oil. Discard oil (or use for salad dressing and other such things). Zest entire lemon (roughly 2T.) and juice entire lemon (3 T).   In a large bowl combined nuts, oil, 2 T lemon juice, and pepper. Divide between two rimmed cookie sheets. Bake for 20- 25 stirring every 8-10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes then add the fryed capers, the zest and the rest of the lemon juice. Toss and store in air tight container.  

Both recipes are D-BOMB!! The savory recipe is a great mix of flavors but I got to eat it with a spoon.  The sweet recipe is what I call a popper- you pop pieces in your mouth until all the sudden its gone.

 

CHEERS!!!

Christmas Craft Craziness

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I have been uber (sp?) productive in the last week- week and a half.  Pretty much since I went to the Urban Craft Uprising here in Seattle.  I went with a friend / amazing artist extraordinary who submitted her super creative and realistic animal puppets as a both at UCU.  She did not get excepted… but there were two (maybe more) booths selling nipple pasties! 

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Sorry, I’ll be positive now.  I did get some quick christmas inspirations that lead to this crazy idea where I shadow layer organza to get certain effects.  Next I am going to do a skull and cross bones.

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We are “snowed in” in Seattle, which means anything more then two inches that sticks.  Since I walk to work (have NOT driven in ten years and proud), I sadly had no excuss.  So I made these while I was at work, with very few shoppers and not a lot to do:

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And last but definately not least is a sneak peak at the quilt I am making for my anut, whose name I drew in the name swap.  I have never quilted before, I have to say may never quilt again, I am having trouble with the binding.

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I got all of my package to my mom in the mail today and they said that it will make it to Nevada by the 23rd- yipee, I thought that it would be late.

Oh F%#K…. thank god for auto shut off!

deposit nulling carpet burn

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So apparently I tried to burn down our house.  Well actually I set it up and started it and the cats (sweet little innocent lovers) made sure it burned.   This is an example of what NOT to do with your iron.  Don’t think that irons are safe while you eat dinner, you might come back to this lovely carpet design.

November’s Coastal Adventures

So we actually did a lot of traveling in November!  This is an exciting thing.  I think that Mr. Kurt Vanagon (the ’84 Westfallia Camper we bought in August) is really going to help fulfill goals of travel and adventure…. YIPEEE!  So here are some galleries of our adventures.  The first is from the Golds Beach, OR and the other is from Westport and Ocean Shores, WA.   My husband, Dave, is a night owl and he also loves photography so he has been experimenting with middle-of-the-night, long exposure shots and they are really awesome if you ask my HUMBLE opinion.

 

****UPDATE****

Candace Kling, teacher extraordinaire, will be back at Nancy’s in May.  I will post the class schedule or a link the second I get posted the the Nancy’s site.   We also have a schedule for basic sewing classes as well so that will be forthcoming.  OH YEAH… which brings me to exciting news… I will be teaching kids craft sewing  in February during the winter break vacation.  We will be doing sock creatures one day and tee shirt DIY the second day.  This is both exciting and nervous all at the same time… can I teach kids… guess we will find out!