Printable To-Do List

I have a lot to do before Christmas, and sometimes its hard to keep track of it all. I made myself an editable PDF to-do list to help schedule my week and make sure I don’t miss any deadlines.

The PDF works great because you can fill it out in Adobe Reader, or print it out and write things in by hand. I try to break up my tasks into individual steps, just because I feel better when I can check more things off.

Some days (like today) are very busy, and other days I can work on projects on the “Eventually” section.

You can download the PDF here:GetItDone

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Dessert Buffet Success

We hosted a Thanksgiving dessert buffet this year, and it was a big success. I made a few things:

Mini Lemon Meringue and Mincemeat Pies

I decorated Sugar Cookies to look like pies and my cousin Suzanne made tiny chocolate parfaits served in shot glasses.

I also made Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes and my aunt Vicky made salted caramel squares.

I found the cupcake recipe on Your Cup of Cake via Pinterest and they were DELICIOUS. Here is a link in case you want to try them. They were super yummy!

Thankful

A few years ago I decided that Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. There are many reasons (stuffing and gravy included), but the biggest one is that it is a national holiday specifically dedicated to taking the day off of work to sit down with your loved ones, eat too much, and take time to reflect on the good things in life.

This year the good things in my life are overwhelming. A year ago today, I could not have imagined that every day could be so wonderful. Here’s where I make a list with some of my favorite pictures from so far this year:

I am thankful that my job is making things that make other people happy. People like presents, desserts and parties. That is what I do now. I have gone through at least 30 pounds of flour and sugar since we moved into our new apartment, and everything went towards something delicious to eat. I have also been able to help some dear friend celebrate big events this year, and I couldn’t be happier.

I am thankful that I get to see my family every day. After 13 years of living 3 hours away, I am finally in the same city as my wonderful family. Not just in the same city actually – the same building. My mother and grandmother live downstairs, and my sister’s family lives next door. This includes the 3 cutest children in the world, my niece and nephews.

I am thankful for a supportive and healthy husband. Anthony did something amazing this year, losing over 40 pounds on a slow and steady diet. He also became husband of the year by agreeing to move to Scranton with me, so I could be closer to my family and start my own business.

Hopefully today you will take some time to be thankful for the wonderful things in your life too!

What I’m working on

Last week was lots of fun, and I filled some orders from my craft show and etsy for a few pretty things.

I made a few State love shadowboxes:
Indiana and Maryland
Pennsylvania and Texas
Pennsylvania and Maryland

I also made some canvas tote bags with initial appliques:

This week I’m working on getting our house clean and organized for Thanksgiving, baking and decorating airplane cookies for a birthday party, and hosting a Thanksgiving dessert buffet on Thursday night.

New in the Shop – You are my Sunshine

When my cousin Suzanne was a little girl, she used to sing “You are my Sunshine”. I remember singing it back to her, changing the words to make her mad. I was probably about 8 and she was around 3, but every time I hear the song I think of her.

I made this shadowbox for her this week, and made a few extra for my Etsy shop.

Here is a link to the listing in my shop.

Quick Potato & Leek Soup

Phew. Last week was crazy. I spent a lot of long days getting ready for a craft show and baking for 2 parties, and didn’t have time to cook real food, clean the house, or sit down for a minute.

Things are getting back to normal this week, and I was craving something homemade and healthy for dinner. I love potatoes and I adore leeks, so the answer was obvious.

Potato & Leek Soup
Time – 30 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:
– 4-5 medium white potatoes, cut into small cubes. (I leave the skin on but you can remove it if you prefer)
– 4 leeks (just the light green and white parts), cleaned and sliced into rings.
– 9 cups vegetable stock.
– 2 tablespoons butter

1. Melt the butter in a large pot. Add leeks and saute for about 5 minutes.
2. Add potatoes and stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft.
3. Use an immersion blender to blend the soup right in the pot until it is nice an smooth.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, the soup is just as tasty unblended. Serve with multigrain toast, salt and pepper.

Busy Weekend!

This weekend was crazy. I started off by making 250 basketball cookies for a party.I may have kept one or two for myself, and they were very tasty.

Once the cookies were packed and delivered, Anthony and I went to a really fun wedding. There was an old Hollywood movie theme, and I worked with the bride on the escort cards. She asked for movie tickets, and I think they came out really great.They looked really cute standing up in popcorn!

Then on Sunday, I picked up some awesome new fabric that I can’t wait to start working with.