Saturday, January 31, 2015


Almost instant enchiladas!

Having 6 kids, a thyroid that sucks my brain power and trying to get everything ready for our trip to "the big city" for Jaden's surgery... Really it is amazing I didn't put a quart of ice cream in the microwave.
I did however grab a can of enchilada sauce rather than the organic vegetarian retries beans...and opened it before I realized it. I stood there staring at the sauce. I have to be gone a week for the surgery and hospital stay, so popping it in the fridge is the same as tossing it in the trash.

So I had a crazy idea. Can you turn tacquitos into enchiladas? I just picked up some frozen ones for an easy lunch snack while I am gone.
Desperation may be the mother of invention, it definitely helps this mother invent meals.

So here we go!

1 box of 40 tacquitos 
1 can red enchilada sauce
I bag of Mexican blend cheese
1 large baking dish

Pour half the enchilada sauce in the baking dish, line with tacquitos.
Pour the 2nd half of the sauce on top.
Spread cheese over the surface.

Toss in the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 30 min.

And AMAZINGLY, you have some fairly decent, no work involved, enchiladas!

I forgot to take a finished picture, so here it is with a bite missing.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sock Knitters Anonymous January Mock

What is a Mock? It is a mystery Sock.
I am really blessed to be able to do this for January.

SKA2015 January Mock

The theme is Chagall's America windows in Chicago. Which of course have Chagall's amazing blues.
The first clue is finished, the second clue is up.

Clue 1 Cuff, Holiday Yarns Muse and Cascade Heritage Black

Tuesday, January 06, 2015


I have friends waiting for this day.
For some it is the day they pack their trees away, the day wisemen visit, Russian Christmas...

A friend is waiting for a visa today for traveling.

Today I had phone calls, project editor, mentorship, and medical tests.
There was a moment of epiphany, I may actually be on the right track for the year. I might actually have a workable plan for a few months.

Last year I went to a writing retreat, I signed up for classes, I bought journals and pens, paints and sketching materials and started doing things I LOVE again. I am really bad at accountability. So I have a person I have to report to on what I have done with my week. A check in of sorts, to keep my moving forward.

I took on a job or two against my better judgement and learned a valuable lesson. I did some work I really loved. My friend and I took ownership of our book and are hiring a crew to get it FINISHED.
I started a new work, and have new contracts.
In the midst of last year we lost several friends, I had heart issues which turned out to be a collapsed lung, my daughter went 2,000 miles away to college (after a Summer abroad including Israel and my own panic over rockets). Half of my children are officially taller than I am, some by 7-8 inches.
one of them is having an actually very painful surgery next month.

So this year of rest, Shmitah, has become a Year of Hope and a year of Focus.

This year I think things will be finished.
Projects will actually be completed, and I will be doing a lot less traveling.

Did you have any epiphany moments last year?
What are you planning on accomplishing this year?

I really like how Brandon Sanderson tracks his projects. I am soo not organized in comparison by thought I would do a monthly update on where I am at in each one.

 Books I am Reading: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton 80%, Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub 5%, Quiet by Susan Cain, Meet The Rabbis by Brad Young 5%, Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas 95%

Knitting: SKA January Mock 60%, Knit-From-Stash SOM KAL half of 1/12th, Merle by Norah Gaughn 35%, Urban Cardi variation of Jared Flood's 40% ...obviously these are unfinished from last year

Book 1-95%
Book 2- 20%
Book 3- 35%
ebook- 70%
2 articles 80% one 1st, 20% on 2nd
2 contracted projects 85%

Monday, January 05, 2015

A year of Hope

Last year was so difficult on so many levels. So I have dubbed this to be The Year of Hope. 
So many amazing things are coming this year. But I have to tell you my most favourite.

For 17, almost 18 years, our friends wished for a baby. They were so blessed with an amazing child to adopt, about the  same age as our Zem. This kid is so talented and smart. Funny and plays piano beautifully.
And will soon be a big brother!!! After 18 yrs they are PREGNANT!
It is so exciting!

So, see a year of HOPE.

This means we have a lot of baby things to make! We have been choosing yarns and colours, and we are certain it is a girl, the doctor will confirm this...eventually... Haha. 

So if you have favourite baby patterns post them in the comments!

I already finished a February sweater.
I need ideas!
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