November Wreath

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The wreath base is made from old papers and covered in raffia.
The decorations on the wreath are stuff from around the yard: acorns, pine needles, straw, pine-cones and leaves

The leaves are real too, but they feel like a plastic or a light-weight vinyl. They look better in real life.
I wish they hadn’t reflected the flash so much.

I picked the leaves, laid them out on a piece of cardboard and covered them with paper towels and a heavy book. I left them for a day or two.
I painted each leaf with 3 coats of outdoor mod-podge, Allowing the leaves to dry thoroughly between coats.
After a few weeks and the glue totally cures out, the leaves don’t feel real anymore. It’s pretty neat when that happens.
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Sending you all positive thoughts and warm wishes.t120002

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Here’s why I’m postinging a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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October Wreath

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Just popping in to post a Halloween wreath for my October Wreath of the month.

The wreath base is homemade from old papers and covered in fans made from Mary Jane’s Peanut Butter Kisses wrappers.
I sculpted little figures and added them to the wreath.
I made this wreath last year. It’s fun and brightens up a room.

We’re healthy and doing okay, however Life is still a roller coaster right now. This month has been filled with changes: some good, some bad, some sad and some annoying ones. I need to continue to be on break from my blog. I hope that life will calm down soon and I can comfortably come back to blogging.

I wish you all a very Safe
and Happy Halloween.jacolb
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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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spgrnbgln

September Wreath (2)

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I didn’t make a second wreath for September,  instead I decied to use one I made back in 2013 (some of my blogging buddies may remember it.)
In honor of this first day of Autumn here’s a wreath that I made using broken pecan shells.
It’s little, about 6 inch in diameter. I used low temp hot glue and glued the broken shells on a wreath base that I made out of old paper. The ribbon is made with paper raffia.
I think the finished wreath turned out quite charming considering it was made with broken pecan shells. ;)

Life has been a way-off-track again. I need to take another break from blogging for awhile.  I’ll be back when I can.

Take care & have a Happy Autumn! t110008

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September is a 2 wreath month. 1st post is; September Wreath (1). :)

Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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spgrnbgln

Potato Soup

IMG_72250Here lately, the weather has been dreary and cool. The gray drear is somewhat of a downer, but I’m not complaining about the cool temps, they’re a nice break from the hot muggy dog days of Summer. Sadly, the days are much shorter. I miss the longer afternoons/evenings of enjoying the sun. A few of the trees are starting to loose some leaves. There’s definitely a feel of Fall all around us.

I told my husband, this is the type of weather just right for a comforting bowl of potato soup. My husband heartily agreed. Happily, I made a pot of potato soup. I used some of our homegrown potatoes and onions. I made a pone of my southern cornbread. It was a mighty-tasty meal, even if I do say so myself.

With my Fall moodiness, I thought it’d be a good time to share my favorite potato soup recipe with you.
If you give this soup a try, let me know how you like it.

I hope the rest of your week goes super.

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Potato Soup

2 or 3 cups potatoes peeled and cut into 3/4 to 1/2 inch pieces
2  or 3 cups chicken broth
1 cup of water – if needed add water to cover the potatoes in liquid
1 cup milk
About 1/2 cup instant potatoes
Salt and pepper or your choice of herbs to taste – optional
1/2 cup chopped onion or garlic – optional
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Cook the potatoes, onions, salt and pepper in the chicken broth and water.
When potatoes are tender add the instant potatoes & milk.
If too thick add more milk. If it’s too thin add more instant potatoes.
Cook it about 15 minutes more.
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added thoughts:
*After the soup is done, turn the stove on lowest temperature setting and let the pot of soup simmer for a little while to let the seasoning/potatoes blend better. Check it often in case it needs more milk or to be removed from burner.
*enhancements: Add bacon bits, sour-cream, cheese or cornbread
*I realize this recipe reads pretty bland, but I make my own broth, therefore it’s already seasoned with herbs and gives a good taste to the potato soup without my having to add more seasonings.

Original Recipe by my BFF

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

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