More Herbs, Less Salt Day

For my son’s birthday, I made him a snack pack with 4 popcorn seasonings.  I shared the Crazy Herb seasoning recipe that I sent my father for Father’s Day. So for this More Herbs, Less Salt Day, I will be sharing recipes for Garlic & Chive Seasoning, Spicy Indian Seasoning and Turkish Seasoning. These are very simple to make. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients listed and then put them in a jar to include in your gift bag or box. I also included directions on how to use these seasonings in a dressing or dip.

 

Garlic & Chive Seasoning
6 Tbsp. dried chives
5 Tbsp. dried chopped garlic
3 Tbsp. dried dill
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper

 

 

Spicy Indian Seasoning
3 Tbsp. ground coriander
3 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. tumeric
2 Tbsp. crushed red pepper
1 Tbsp. ginger
1 Tbsp. salt
1 tsp. ground fennel seed
1 tsp. ground pepper

Turkish Seasoning
5 Tbsp. paprika
3 Tbsp. dried mint
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. salt
2 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. ground cloves

To make a dressing, take 2 tablespoons of the seasoning and mix with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water. To make a dip, combine 2 tablespoons of the seasoning with 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

 

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Trent’s Birthday

Today is my son, Trent’s 34th birthday. Here is a picture of him 30 years ago. Isn’t he a cutie!!

I made him a seasoning & snack pack that included 4 seasonings (Crazy Herb, Garlic & Chive, Turkish and Spicy Indian), 2 popcorn containers, microwave popcorn and a can of chips.

Since I did not have a plain gift bag large enough, I took this brown bag

and printed a birthday cake. Then glued it onto the bag.

I have been able to get all my homemade and hand crafted gifts completed on time this year. I have also been making hand colored cards with my thoughts printed on them. Just another personal touch.

 

Thread the Needle Day

Today I think I will thread the needle on my sewing machine. I haven’t been motivated lately but I need to do some mending and work on some projects. Today I will be fixing a dog bed, repairing some grocery bags and maybe even work on the denim seat for a wicker chair. The last time I worked on mending I got almost everything completed. Hopefully I will be just as successful today.

That being said I also need to work on my son’s birthday present. I will be doing a snack pack similar to the one I did for Fathers Day. I will be providing 4 seasonings with popcorn & potato chips. I think he will really like the gift as he does enjoy to cook and these seasonings can be made into a dip or a dressing for salad. I’ll try to share more later in the week.

Need a change – – – –

June is almost here and it must be time for a change. We started our wood shop in February and have only sold one American Flag. Had a lot of nibbles in regards to our conversion picnic table but not an order yet. I think our biggest issue is marketing. We have tried a few things that obviously hasn’t been successful: flea market, etsy shop, Craigslist, Mothers Day Sale, new signs, business cards and fliers, even posting on Nextdoor to contact our neighbors. We have also done things like getting our resale permit and getting a Square card reader so we can take credit card payments.

I also was doing well as far as sewing for Christmas presents, birthdays and Mothers Day but can’t seem to get motivated to complete a flag for upcoming holidays. Should have made a flag for Memorial Day. Didn’t happen.

I started this blog in February 2012 and I currently only have 79 followers. Thanks to all that have joined my blog. I need to either change how I blog, try videos, or just change directions. The hardest part for me is sharing personal information. Not that I have an exciting life or anything but the more successful blogs I see seem to share parts of their lives.

I guess I haven’t found what I am passionate about. What’s the old saying? “Jack of all trades but master of none.” That’s how I feel.

Maybe I should set some goals either weekly or monthly. Like complete one quilting project or one wood project or one cross stitch project or one sewing project . . or . .or . . . . .

See the problem. Too many things I like to do. I’m pretty good at them. But get lost with lack of decisiveness. Maybe this is the type of blog I should be doing. Just talking.

Work Space 2017

In March 2016, my work space was in dire need of organization.  I took care of that but lots has changed since then.  Since Mac & I have been home we have moved into the master bedroom & bath again.  We decided to put the treadmill & elliptical along with my quilting, sewing & craft stuff in the empty bedroom.  In December, I moved my fabric bins into the room & have reorganized a bit.workspace-12-28-16-1

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 I have quite a bit of room but it never seems like enough.

 

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In the small plastic bin, I have my started projects which includes St. Patrick’s Day flag, 3 blouses, applique baby quilt, 2 quilt tops, 2 aprons, and curtain material for the living room.  I have also placed quilt & clothing patterns.

 

 

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Now I must get busy completing projects.  I am planning birthday, anniversary and Christmas presents. I’ll let you know how it goes.

National Guard Birthday

The branches of the military have different days of origination and today is the birthday for the U.S. National Guard.  Take a moment to thank all the military folks especially those in the National Guard today.

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** The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. More than 5,000 men, women, and children made the two-month voyage to the New World. In doing so, their actions tread new ground in the country that would become the United States of America.

The military organization we know today as the National Guard came into existence with a direct declaration on December 13, 1636. On this date, the Massachusetts General Court in Salem, for the first time in the history of the North American continent, established that all able-bodied men between the ages of 16 and 60 were required to join the militia. The North, South, and East Regiments were established.

The decree excluded ministers and judges. Simply stated, Citizen-Soldiers who mustered for military training could be and would be called upon to fight when needed.

Laws often evolve from well-intentioned actions yet sometimes prove themselves to be ineffective. Given such odds and past failures on the continent, would this work?

Colony leaders decided that a proactive and ready state of mind must be kept by all citizens, owing to many earlier failures in the time that English settlers had attempted. Military tactics must be taught and exercised. Being part of citizenry in the small villages required that a price must be paid for the freedoms that could potentially be enjoyed. To enjoy that desired freedom, the price exacted meant taking responsibility for defending the settlements of the Massachusetts Bay.

The settlers of the new outposts experienced austere surroundings. With no established or familiar conventions upon which to rely, the colony relied upon male pioneers to provide food, shelter and defensive protection for the women and children present, as well for themselves. Even with all available hands working, this was a difficult task. Worse, the nearby Pequot Indian tribe proved a restless and unpredictable neighbor, leaving the Massachusetts colonists vulnerable to guerilla-style attacks that could decimate the fledgling settlements.

In an environment rife with disease, poor sanitation, and harsh weather conditions, all able-bodied members of the Massachusetts colony pulled together out of necessity.

Self-sufficiency proved instrumental. In a new land, hiring mercenary fighters in the European tradition to ward off Indian attacks would be impossible. The colonists had no money. Other foreign interests in the New World such as the French or Spanish, even if they were available for defensive purposes, did not share English views on religion and political matters. They would have seriously undermined the stability of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Governing and policing the settlement would have to be left to the colonists themselves. Therefore, the militia system of self-defense brought from England had the best chance of succeeding for the colonists.

And it did succeed. Soon after the establishment of the militia in Massachusetts, the entire New England region defended itself against the aggression of the Pequot nation. Other colonies such as Connecticut and Rhode Island mustered militia units to fight the Indian tribe. The colonists succeeded in forcing the Pequots to capitulate in 1638. Ultimately, the militia enlisted from the many small villages proved a strong component in building confidence for the settlement as a whole.

Massachusetts proved to be the first entity among the nation’s first colonies to maintain continuous service. The North, South and East Regiments established encompass part of the Commonwealth’s exemplary military tradition of today. The four lineal descendants of the Massachusetts National Guard that continue in active service include the 101st Engineer Battalion, the 101st Field Artillery, the 181st Infantry Regiment and the 182nd Infantry Regiment.

In addition, the legal precedent first establishing the first three units remains intact.

The National Guard still consists of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen providing protection from natural disaster and training regularly to sharpen readiness skills to benefit local communities. It has also developed into an active, ready force deploying to faraway countries to protect the national interests of the United States abroad.

The National Guard has grown into a worldwide military force, yet it still retains the core characteristics that came into being on December 13, 1636. It is a community cornerstone rooted in the rule of law across the land. It enabled the early colonial settlers to meet the challenges of an uncertain world then as it does now.

The National Guard will continue to be always ready and always there for the citizens that it serves.

**https://www.army.mil/article/92912