Taking Stock #3


The new backyard...so many trees!

The new backyard…so many trees!

Making : our new apartment into a cozy home
Cooking : chicken noodle soup
Drinking : coffee, lots of coffee
Reading: about the metaphysical properties of basalt
Wanting: to bask in the sunshine
Looking: at my plant in the window
Playing: Nightwish – Greatest Hits
Wasting: some wilted Romaine lettuce from 2 weeks ago
Sewing: the hem of my work pants…again
Wishing: I could magically summon my slippers from the other room
Enjoying: a bowl of java chip ice cream before dinner
Waiting: for the laundry to be done
Liking: sharing an office with Nate
Wondering: if I’ll get a call about that marketing job
Loving: Nate and Lola and the kitties
Hoping: this holiday season isn’t as crazy as the last
Marveling: at the tiny places cats can hide
Needing: to eat healthier
Smelling: some sandalwood incense
Wearing: a super cozy fuzzy sweater, recently rediscovered during the move
Following: so many new people on Twitter, it’s almost too much to keep up with
Noticing: how all our stuff still fit comfortably into a smaller apartment
Knowing: that autumn is fleeting and winter is coming
Thinking: about making Halloween treats
Feeling: a little chilly
Bookmarking: apartment decorating ideas
Opening: the blinds to let that sunshine in

Check out Taking Stock #2 if you want to know what was going on at the beginning of the year.


Taking Stock #1

Titanic MugMaking : lists of things to do before hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time.  Why did I offer to host again?
Cooking : cranberry oat bars.  Yum!
Drinking : Rockstar Punched Energy + Guava.  I’ve never had it before, but it’s quite good. Very zingy.
Reading: about the best snacks/appetizers to have with wine.
Wanting: yarn. I want so much more yarn.
Looking: at my cats in the window.  This is one of the few times they are cute and behaved.
Playing: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.  Never fails to get me pumped up.
Wasting: too many sticky notes making lists.  I should just use a legal pad or something.
Sewing: my sweatpants that have had a hole in them since last winter.
Wishing: for a million dollars.
Enjoying: quiet time at home. And having my own craft room. It’s nice to have a space that’s all your own.
Waiting: until after Christmas to get anything new.
Liking: laying on the floor with my dog.
Wondering: how long I’ll be able to keep up working 6 days a week.
Loving: finally getting organized.
Hoping: this winter ins’t nearly as bad as last winter.
Marveling: at how fast the seasons change. Seems like fall just started and so many trees are already bare. And Christmas music started on the radio today!
Needing: a long weekend.
Smelling: those cranberry oat bars in the oven.
Wearing: a warm fuzzy jacket.
Following: my budget.
Noticing: how loud the neighbors are.
Knowing: my family is always there for me.
Thinking: of new ideas and designs for the shop.
Feeling: a little chilly. I need to turn on the heater.
Bookmarking: recipes! Thanksgiving sides, slow-cooker soups, and desserts.
Opening: email.
Giggling: at nothing. I don’t really giggle. Full out laughter is the way to go.

DIY Rejuvenating Coffee Scrub

coffee beans

Photo Credit, Paul Galow

After rushing around for the holidays, a relaxing day at home is exactly what I need.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so.  To help rejuvenate and refresh for the new year, try this coffee scrub!  I love coffee so this was right up my alley. It’s all natural, easy to make right in your kitchen, and leaves skin super soft.

Happy New Year! Hope everyone’s celebrations were fun, memorable, and safe!

Coffee Scrub

  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ground cinnamon

Blend all of these ingredients together in an airtight container, such as a mason jar (functional and pretty!)

Use: Massage scrub over clean, damp skin; rinse and pat dry. Use a little soap when rinsing if you don’t want too much oil left behind on your skin.

The scrub will keep for 2 months if kept in a cool, dry place.

Green Alternative to Single-Use K-cups

Oh how the weeks are flying by.  Seems like summer just started, but it’s already the middle of August! With a new day job and plans to move, I haven’t been knitting nearly as much (hence the lack of posts), but I did want to share another eco-friendly product with you.

I love coffee, and back in the spring, Nate and I got a great deal on a single-serve coffee maker that uses those little K-Cups. Now, K-Cups themselves are outrageously expensive and super wasteful.  You get one use and then throw away tons of plastic and foil packaging.  But we like the idea of making just one cup at a time. We waste less coffee (vs. dumping out the last few cups in the bottom of a large pot that sat for too long), and the coffee is always hot when you want it (vs. re-heating in the microwave all day).

Instead of being wasteful, we invested in a simple re-usable K-Cup.  It may not be the “perfect” eco-friendly product (it is made from plastic after-all), but I will say it’s much better than creating all that waste with single-use cups. I’ve been using it for a while, and am very happy with it.  If you have a coffee maker that uses K-Cups, I suggest getting one.  You can fill it with you own flavored coffees or even loose leaf tea!

I picked mine up at Wal-Mart, but you can just as easily get them online if you want something fancier.