Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
A little history first...Back in May when I started thinking about starting Krista's Kitchen I made a list, yes a list, of possibilities for this business venture. You may remember I even wrote a post about it. I dreamed of doing lunch deliveries (like Paula Dean). I imagined catering lavish weddings. I aspired to have a concession booth at the local antique fair or country fair. I even had a fantasy of a restaurant down on Gay St in Knoxville. You know right in the middle of downtown where all the office workers would come by for a quick home cooked meal for lunch.
Okay reality...I have delivered lunches. That went okay, but in today's economy most people are eating ham sandwiches for lunch. Extra money is not being spent on lunches.... I have catered weddings. Lavish...not so much! Catering is a lot of fun and I always enjoy it, but it is a one time gig. Once it's over...it's over. There isn't really much repeat business with weddings unless you advertise. Without the money to advertise I have depended on word of mouth. The restaurant on Gay St will probably be in another lifetime. In the real world I don't have the money or financial backing to open a restaurant. But....the concession stand... I started sending in applications to the local fairs, and on Friday, a week ago, I received a contract in the mail!!!! Not for just any fair either, but for the Tennessee Valley Fair! If you know anything about Knoxville the Tennessee Valley Fair is not small potatoes. It is the largest fair in East Tennessee. I am extremely excited. I'll be serving BBQ Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Whole Dill Pickles, Apple & Blueberry Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream, and Homemade Tea & Lemonade! If you are in the area come by and see me.
Now, you wonder why did it take you so long to write this post....this good news was meant to be shared! I agree it was. However I realized that the fair is only 3 week away, and my sister's baby shower falls right in the middle of it, and being the procrastinator that I am, I have not finished all of her presents! Now not only do I have to get ready for the fair, I have to finish all this baby stuff. For the past week I've been sewing up a storm...when I wasn't tearing out seams and starting over.
These are the things that I've made so far. You are probably asking "What is all this stuff?" From left to right, Pink blanket, bib, and burp cloth, (no the pink stuff is not for my sister. It is for a friend who is having a baby girl), a toile night light, a sage & brown quilt, a baby blue quilt, toile memo board, and a matching nursery baby wipe container. What's left?...a diaper bag, a valance, a changing pad cover, and a baby bed mobile. I also have to make my husband's boss a blanket, bib, and burp cloth gift set. wwwoooossshhhhh
I hope to get everything else done by Saturday....Pray hard! I hope everyone is having a great day!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Outside my window... My beautiful husky, Beamer, stretched out for a nap in the sun.
I am thinking... Will it I get everything done today that I want to do?
I am thankful for ... God's never ending blessings. When we think that he has forgotten about us that is just when he moves! It's all in his time...
From the kitchen ... Toast, I love the smell of fresh toast. For dinner we are having Shrimp & Broccoli Pasta in a White Wine Sauce with bread sticks.
I am wearing... Denim Capris, Blue Polo Shirt, & flip flops.
I am reading... Actually I just finished a book and haven't started anything new. I need to try to fit in a trip to the library this week.
I am hoping... that my brother's new baby is doing well. He was born yesterday 4 weeks early. They took him to Children's Hospital last night, but they've already taken him off the oxygen. The doctor's say he will be fine, but they are going to keep him a week.
I am hearing... WIVK, a country station in Knoxville, Reba is singing "Whatever's in New England"
Around the house... pick-up around the house, straighten up the kitchen and dining room so I can spend the afternoon sewing. I don't have a lot of time left to finish the projects for my sister's new baby. It is due in October!
One of my favorite things... walking on a cool fall day. Won't be long now before I can do that.
A few plans for the rest of the week... Get my hair cut. It has been 7 months since I've had a haircut and my hair has literally grown a foot! Finish a couple of sewing projects. Work on Tuesday & Wednesday. Take Beth shopping on Thursday or Friday afternoon. Pick up Angel Food on Saturday!!!!
A picture to share with you...
Sunrise at Myrtle Beach last summer...
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Friday, August 15, 2008
This week I decided enough is enough. I can't let this go on. So, last Saturday I got up early and worked on the house, washed some clothes, and made my weekly menu. Isn't it funny how something so little, like a menu plan, can make your entire week go smoothly? I wrote out the menu and made my grocery list at the same time. I posted the week's menu on the fridge for everyone to see and hold me accountable. Well, it worked! This week has been great! If you don't have a menu plan head on over to the Org Junkie on Mondays. You'll find several (I think this week there were over 300).
Tomorrow is a very busy day, so today I went through all my cabinets, cut out any remaining coupons, made my grocery list and decided what we were going to eat for next week. I already have my menu plan posted on the fridge for next week. I know this sounds silly, but I am so excited. I love making lists, and they make me happy. :)
I received some good news in the mail today. I'll tell you all about it in another post. Believe me it is important enough that it deserves it's own post!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
We were taught about what the bible calls spirits. In today's language we call it attitudes, but in most cases it is the same thing. Our teacher made a statement that I use here on my blog. He said we should turn obstacles or problems in opportunities.
First he made reference to Proverbs 22:9. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. You probably all have that one person in your life that has "The Midas Touch"; everything they touch turns to gold. The person that you put them on a rock, all alone, with nothing, and they'd figure out how to sell the rocks or dirt around it to make a living. That's the person that always is chipper, always has a positive attitude, and even when something goes wrong they look at the problem as an opportunity to do something better. I want to have a bountiful, positive spirit.
Then he went to Proverbs 11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Do you have a faithful spirit? Are you the person that all your friends come and tell their secrets to because they know you won't tell anyone? or are you the person that all your friends knows can't keep a secret? I want to be someone that will keep my friends confidence. I want to have a faithful spirit.
Next he went to II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. How many times here on my blog have you heard me say "I'm afraid of ..."? Especially in these last few months as I've journeyed into what feels like foreign territory. Well, he taught us that God did not give us a spirit of fear, that we shouldn't be afraid. If we are doing what God wants us to do, then go boldly with God's help. It reminds me of another verse Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. I want to have a spirit of power, love and of a sound mind.
The last verse that he referenced was Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. In this passage he taught us about a good spirit or a positive attitude. I am asking the Lord to guide me with his spirit, and keep me in his will.
I wish that everyone could have heard the message that he taught yesterday. It was very uplifting, encouraging, and a wonderful life lesson. I wish that I could remember every word that he spoke so that I could reiterate here to you. I am neither as knowledgeable in God's word or as well spoken as my Sunday School teacher, but I hope that I have conveyed his message to you and that it brightens your day.
Friday, August 8, 2008
It just came in this week and I immediately tore into the box just like a kid at Christmas! I have to say I love it!! The first thing I shrink wrapped...hehehe...was 2 gallons of fresh blueberries that my family had handpicked at a PYO Blueberry farm. Then I froze a quart of fresh corn. In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of the blueberries, but I did get pictures of the corn.
This is the bag of corn before being vacuum sealed. You can tell I didn't fill it all the way up. There is a handy fill line mark in the top right corner of the bag. Just to be safe I only filled it half full.
In order to get the proper seal you need to seal the zipper at the top of the bag. Just for safety I went ahead and pressed as much air out as I could. Then lay the bag flat on the counter, and not let anything get above the fill line. This is a little tricky. I had to work with it a little to make it work. The instructions just say to center the gadget around the seal, but I found that sometimes you have to be a little off center to make it work. I just slid it around until I could hear it make the connection, once it is in the right position it works quickly. You really can hear it! The air starts to literally be "sucked" out right before your eyes!
Before you know it you bag will look like this!
There are a couple of little quirks but nothing that I couldn't overcome. First, the bags only come in two sizes, quart & gallon. Second, they can be quite expensive compared to regular freezer bags, but I think that the vacuum seal is worth the expense. However, being the frugal coupon/sale shopper that I am, I found the bags on sale at Kroger for $2.00 a box then I also used a coupon. I stocked up and bought 10 boxes for about $15.00. I saved $21.90 off the regular price! Third, getting the seal is tricky! You have to maneuver the gadget around quite a bit for it to get the appropriate seal. I have very little patience and almost lost hope, but eventually it did work. It only took a couple of minutes per bag.
I appreciate the opportunity to try this new product! I would definitely recommend this product for those of you who are using the traditional freezer bags or don't have the funds necessary to purchase a traditional vacuum sealer. You can tell that it is truly getting all the air out which we all know lessens the ability for freezer burn. Some people have said you can't use it for liquids, like soups, etc, but I found a solution for that too. I just filled the bag half full, and went ahead and put it into the freezer without sealing. I left it overnight. The next morning I closed the top of the bag and proceeded to vacuum seal! Wahlah, vacuum sealed soup! No problem!
Another nice thing about the Handi-Vac compared to traditional vacuum sealers is that you can take out a portion of what's in the bag, suck the air out, and throw the remainder back into the freezer again.
For those of you wondering the cost of the gadget itself I found it at Walmart for $9.49, and my local Kroger had it for $9.99. That is a lot less expensive then a traditional vacuum sealer!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Just to bring you up to date in my life...
Things are still breaking!
The air conditioner in our truck went out, then the air conditioner in our house went out yesterday! I wasn't that worried about the truck because we can just roll down the windows when necessary but, I just knew that the house air conditioner was going to cost thousands of dollars to be repaired, and with this heat it couldn't be out for long. All I can say is... thank the Lord for a good husband! Charlie actually took apart the unit and found that the fan motor was out. To make a long story short...to have the fan motor rebuilt was only $45!! Praise the Lord!
My brother went back to Florida this past weekend.
He loved it in Knoxville, but he was really missing our Dad. I don't think he realized just how much of a daddy's boy that he is. I miss him, but I think it is for the best that he went home. Sometimes it takes being away from something to realize just how much it means to you.
I received a Reynolds Handi-Vac and both quart & gallon size bags from Melanie. I tried it last night on some corn, and it works well. I'm planning on posting my review and pictures this evening.
I hope you all have a great day!