Saturday, January 16, 2010

Because I Need This

I'm trying really hard to stay happy and positive right now, so rather than discuss the stress and uncertainty that comes with the state of AZ cutting music therapy rates to an impossibly low amount, I have decided to post some things that are making me happy right now.

1. These fun polka dot glasses from Target. I only bought a set of 4, but I think I might need 4 more.

2. My new favorite yarn. My mom got me some of this (in red) for Christmas and I've already knit myself a cute little hat with it. I loved knitting with it so much, I searched the internet for a fabulous sale, found one here (sadly the sale is over but they still have a pretty good price on it) and bought 4 more skiens to play with. Now I'm debating about using for a cute little cardigan sweater (an ambitious project) or a fun scarf (a much easier project).

3. Soup. I'm loving soup. Here's the chicken and rice (for Shawn) and veggie and rice (for me) I made earlier this week.

Tonight I made broccoli and potato soup, which might be my new favorite, super easy and quick soup. Here's the recipe:

Broccoli and Potato Soup
olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 potato, cut into small chunks
3 cups broccoli, chopped
3 cups broth (I used vegetable)
1 cup cheese (I used gruyere because its easier on my stomach, but cheddar would be great)
salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in saucepan, add onion and cook till soft (about 5 minutes). Add broccoli, potato, broth and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil than cover and simmer until potatoes are soft (about 12 minutes). Puree in blender (or use a fancy immersion blender if you have one) with cheese until desired consistency.


4. Finished this book last week. I LOVED it. Julia Child had such a fabulous life. Such a fun read.

5. Scrapping. I actually scrapped a bit this week and I even used some of my kits. The first two use Studio Calico's Orchestra kit.

This one features the new kit, Whodonit and the super adorable Eloise.

I'm hoping to scrap some more tomorrow to keep my brain otherwise occupied.


Danielle January 17, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

love your layouts, Erin! Thanks for that soup recipe, I will be tying that very soon!!! I am thinking about you right now. I know it is a stressful time for you. Take care of yourself.

soundguy January 17, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

This economy stinks. I am with you about not wanting to think about the realities of it all right now. Thanks for sharing the cute pics of the fitz. ~soundguy

Keshka January 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

I'm sorry you're going through this stress! The pages are beautiful. I also might make that soup!

em January 17, 2010 at 12:36 PM  

What is going on??? That sucks!!!

I LOVE those glasses. I saw them the other day and was thinking how one set in each color would be awesome...but I really don't need them, nor do I have a place to store them!!

Love your layouts, especially the last one!

Andrea January 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Well I'm glad you're looking at the positive right now ... worry doesn't change your problems and only wastes time you could be using toward something you can change, right?

Love the scrappy pages ... I need to get going on a few this week to keep up with my goals of making some ;). First I need to print photos ... I'm terrible at that!

And the knitting ... let's see the hat!

Happy Week!

Suzanne January 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM  

The soup looks yummy and so do your layouts! TFS!

Diana January 19, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

love your layouts and good luck with all the work stuff. Stay positive!!

BTW- those are CUTE glasses

Patti January 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

You buy whatever you need to feel better sweety-hope things get better real soon

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