Monday, January 16, 2012

Making Slouchy Hats

Becca found a picture of a Slouchy hat on Pinterest and was determined that we were going to make them. So, we went to Walmart yesterday and bought some yarn. Between making one, and teaching Becca, it has been a long process! I'm almost done with the one I'm making.

Here's a picture of the gray one I'm making for Becca. She started one too, but used a smaller hook so hers is going to be smaller. I can't wait till it's done! My poor hands are very sore this morning! They kept cramping up!

I'll post a picture of Becca in it when it's done :)

Monday, January 9, 2012


This is a picture Becca took of Jillian for her photography class last semester. The assignment was called Experimental Portraiture and this was selective coloring. I love how it turned out!

My baby's 18th birthday

Hard to believe, but 18 years ago today, my Jillian was born. She has been such a blessing in my life. I am so proud to be her mother. She has grown into such an amazing young lady. Happy 18th birthday Jill!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Homemade bread bowl!

Becca and I have gone to Panera Bread twice now to get their Bread Bowl and both times, they have run out right before we got there. Grrr!!! Sooo, I found a recipe for them on the Pillsbury website telling how to make your own bread bowls! Ta Da! That's what we did!

I used one of the Pillsbury French loaves. I popped it out of the can and cut it into 4 even pieces. I rolled each one out and then placed them on top of 4 greased custard cups that were placed on a cookie sheet. I baked them about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. I had made some homemade chicken noodle soup and scooped it into the bread bowls. Delicious! Definitely going to do this one again!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A rough couple of days....

My heart is heavy after the loss of our dear sweet dog, Lexi. She passed away yesterday very unexpectedly. She was my constant companion for the past 12 years. It's definitely going to take some adjustment not having her with us. Rest in peace, Lexi girl... we'll see you again some day.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time to get fit!

I've let myself go over the last two years. I was doing really well maintaining my weight for the 4 years before that, but slowly the weight has gone up and up, till I've gained almost 20 pounds since then. Soooo, I've started a local Biggest Loser Challenge for my town. It's an online contest and I started it through Facebook. So far, 19 people have joined! Which is a lot more than I had thought would! I'm not sure how many will actually participate, but I'm very excited to have other women to help motivate me and to share ideas with.

My daughter Jillian is going to be my "Jillian Michaels" from The Biggest Loser show. She is determined to help me get in shape, so she has me on a nightly exercise routine. We start out with a yoga series to warm up. Then we do this Fitness Routine that is supposed to be repeated 3-5 times. Well, we started it last night and I made it twice. I made it twice again tonight, but I think I did much better tonight than I did last night. Tomorrow, she says I'm going for 3 times. ;) She is a tough trainer! We finish with the same yoga series to cool down.

I'm also doing a Leslie Sansone "Walk Away the Pounds" every morning before work. I did the Walk and Kick one today, which is a 30 minute work out. So, for today, I did 1 hour of working out!

Anyone local to Blairsville that would like to join me, just let me know! I'd love to have you!