Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Recap

Happy Monday and 1st Day of February. Last week we were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures but now it is snowing and is suppose to get heavier as the day goes on. Hopefully we get to much and the weather is better where you are.
January started off with a visit to a new doctor. Well actually it was a physicians assistant that we saw  because the doctor I wanted to see was not taking new patients anymore. When I called in December she was though. Just my luck. I was at least able to get my prescriptions re written, blood work done and Emilia's lungs checked since she was still coughing from being sick the month before. Here lungs were fine but she said her thyroid felt enlarged which was odd since it has never been before. They did some blood work and everything was good but they still wanted her to have an ultrasound which I thought was odd. After thinking about it some more we are going to wait on that until we see an actual doctor.  There is another doctor who is an interest in another practice that I want to see but she won't take Emilia until she is 18 so I am just trying to hold out until April so we can both see her then. In the meantime Emilia got sick again last week. Rich brought something home. He was able to get over it pretty quick but she was getting worse so I called the doctors office on Friday and talked to a nurse who said she would call me back after she talked to the physicians assistant. I never got a call back even though I told them how miserable she was and I still have not heard from them. That is unacceptable. I was going to take her to urgent care but  I ended up finding a new service online called Doctor on Demand. We were able to Facetime with a real doctor on our Ipad. He was really nice and knowledgeable and diagnosed her with a sinus infection over the phone.  He was even able to look down her throat. The prescriptions were called in to our local pharmacy within minutes and were ready when Rich get there, I was very impressed. It was well worth the $40.00 which is only $5.00 more than I would have spent taking her back to the doctor. We also didn't have to wait and be around more germs this way. I would highly recommend this service if you are sick.
Things in my Etsy shop picked up again in January. I did not make anything new but did have a request for a color change on my sailboat cake topper. I really like how it came out.
Emilia decided to take the plunge and open her own Etsy shop. Monograms By Mili is now open. She is selling monogrammed pillows, blankets and scarves. This is one of the new blankets. These would make great baby gifts if you know anyone having a baby.
In other news Emilia and I are officially Gilmore Girls super fans and if you have not heard the news they are bring it back to Netflix. We are so excited to see what happens with everyone especially Luke and Lorelai.
I also tried this recipe last month. They were really good but were bad for my acid reflux. I would still recommend them if you want to give them a try though.
That's all for now I hope your February is good  and I will be back with more to share next month.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

December Recap

Happy Thursday and last day of 2015. It feels like the year flew by. Overall it was a pretty good year. I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings though.
It has been freezing here since Christmas. I know it is winter but am hoping it warms up at least a little bit soon. Those of you in the east have been really lucky. Send some of that warm weather here. Emilia got sick a few weeks ago and with a bad cold virus she is doing better now but is still coughing some. I finally made a decision about health insurance. We decided to go with Cigna. I hope we made the right choice and I can find a good doctor this time.
My sister had Emilia make Christmas Gifts for her friends this year.  Lots of pillows and blankets. She did a great job and everyone loved them.
 My Etsy shop was pretty quiet but I added a few new items to my farm theme.The hat and the bunting.
I also got this great photo from a buyer of her daughter wearing one of  my winter onederland hats. Isn't she adorable?
I failed Hanukkah this year. My menorah broke and we forgot to light night 7 so we gave up. I think next year we are getting an electric one. The burning candles make me really nervous. At least Hanukkah will be during Christmas next year so hopefully that will make it more exciting.
Emilia and I have found a new show that we love. Gilmore Girls. We have been watching for a few months and are obsessed now. We are almost done with season 5 thankfully we have a few more seasons to go. I just love Stars Hallow and the people there. I wish there was a real place like that here.
 I also wanted to share this recipe. I love this granola. It is grain free and so good. I eat it over a bowl of chopped apples. You can get the recipe here.
That's all for now. I hope 2016 will be a great year for you filled with peace. good health and happiness. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

November Recap

Happy Tuesday and first day of December. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. It was a snowy and cold one here. It has been awhile since we had weather like that on Thanksgiving. Thankfully my family still made it over for dinner. It continued to be below freezing and snowed more for days after that but after today it is suppose to be warmer and dryer.
I spent most of the month dealing with more health related issues and am still searching for new health insurance which has all been very stressful. I am praying that I get this things resolved soon. It should not be this difficult.  My sister also ended up in the ER twice, she was in a lot of pain and barely able to move. They finally found a pain med that helps and allows her to function but are still trying to figure out the cause for all her pain and what to do about it. Right now it is either her back or hip.
One a brighter note last month the nursing home celebrated Mickey Mouse's birthday. Emilia made these for them. Everyone loved them.

It was also my niece Alexandra's 20th birthday on the 21st. We made her dinner and Emilia made her these. She loved them!
I had a return buyer that was having a tea party for her daughter and asked if I could make my tea house in the blue floral theme This is what I came up with.

I really like how it looks in these colors and patterns and it goes perfectly with the other things in this collection.
I also received this great photo from another buyer of her little Yorkie wearing one of my mini dog crowns. Isn't she adorable?
Finally I know I already posted a recipe for pumpkin bars in another post but I found these and like them even better. They also have less sugar in them and no oats.
That's all for now. Happy Holidays and I hope your December is a good one.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Recap

Happy Monday and 2nd day of November. It is hard to believe we only have 2 more months to go until this year is over.  So far we have not seen any snow which I am very happy about. Today is it going to be around 70. Snow is in the forecast for the end of the week. Hopefully it won't be too much though.
Once again I am dealing with health problems and bad doctors, What does it take to find a good doctor that really wants to help their patients? I am done with Kaiser and I am on the hunt for new health insurance. If you have any recommendations please let me know.  
Emilia is taking a Fashion Design Class through Keystone and made this skirt for an assignment. She was able to do it all on her own. The waistband was a little tricky but she found a way around it. The private sewing lessons she is taking are really paying off.
She is also made these treats for the nursing homes Halloween Party.
Things in my Etsy shop are still a bit slow but I did have a custom order for a twin baby shower. The theme was Twice Blessed. This is what I came up with.

I also received these great photos from a buyer of her dogs birthday celebration. I loved the photos especially the one where they are sharing the cake.
We made this Coconut Curry Chicken Soup for lunch the other day and it was great. It is also gluten free.
That's all for now I hope the rest of November is a good one for you and you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

September Recap

Happy Sunday and beginning of October. Today we woke up to much cooler temperatures. It is definitely feeling more like fall.
In September Rich went to the Sand Dunes and to visit his brother in New Mexico. Before he left her got into a car accident, Thankfully no one was hurt except for the cars. While he was gone I was taking the trash out and in the process disturbed a wasp next under our air conditioner.  They were swarming around the trash cans so I was not able to get them to the curb for pick up the next day. I finally was able to spray them with the hose to get them to leave long enough for Emilia to grab the trash cans and get them to the curb. It was quite the ordeal though. Rich is usually the one to take the trash out and had ever had that problem. Why do those things always have to happened when he is out of town?
Emilia finally finished the dress she was working on and wore it to the musical Matilda that she went to with her friend Tabitha and cousin Alexandra.
Emilia is also continuing to bake and came up with an idea to take some of it to our local nursing home since we are not able to eat it all.  This month she made petite fours and cupcakes for a tea they were having. They were a big hit and she is suppose to bake again for them next month.
Things in my Etsy shop have been kind of slow but I did have a big order for teddy bear party and added some more items to my girl teddy bear theme.

I got another appreciation photo of a little girl dog name Chloe wearing the hat I  made her. Isn't she cute?
Lastly here is another gluten free recipe for you to try Crustless Pumpkin Pie 

It does have oats and honey in it so it is not  Candida or Paleo but would be acceptable on the Mediterranean Diet. I am now eating a combination of all three.
That's all for now. I hope the month of October is a good one for you and I will be back to share more next month.

Monday, August 31, 2015

August Recap

Happy Monday and last day of August. Why does summer always seem to go so fast? It still feels like summer is here though.
The month started with our 21st wedding anniversary on the 3rd. Rich surprised me with these.

Emilia is still making cakes, this month was a rainbow theme. It was inspired by  I am Baker. She did an amazing job and got over 100 likes on Instagram,
Emilia started 12th grade with Keystone on the 18th . I can't believe she only has one more year of high school to go. She also decided to make a big change by cutting 10 inches off of her hair and highlighting it red. I think we are finally getting use to it.
I had a return buyer request some sports theme party decor for a baby shower. This is what I came up with.
 I also received this great photo from another buyer showing her son wearing my nautical birthday hat.
I am not a big fan of coconut flour because it has a weird texture and makes things dry but I finally found a recipe  that I like.
These are very moist and flavorful. You can get the recipe here.
That's all for now. I hope your September will be a good one. I will be back with more to share then.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July Recap

Happy Friday and last day of July. I hope your month has been a good one. The rain finally stopped here and it has been in the 90's so summer is finally here. Not much new to report it has been a pretty quiet month. Emilia has been cake decorating again. This month she made a watermelon cake
Which matched perfectly with my new watermelon themed party line in my Etsy shop
Things have been slow in my Etsy shop this month but I received these cute appreciation photos from a buyer I wanted to share.
Another candida/gluten free recipe I found that I like is this one.
I didn't add the blueberries. I put strawberries on the top instead. You can get the recipe here.
Rich's birthday was on the 24th. He hates his birthday but Emilia still made him this key lime pie which is his favorite and he enjoyed it.

That's all for now. I hope August will be a good month for you. I will be back to share more then.