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.


Mothers Day Furniture & Home Decor Sale

I had a furniture and home decor sale yesterday at the wood shop.  I should have done it on Saturday also but wasn’t quite ready.  I had my wine displays,

conversion picnic tables, American flags, rice bag pillow, outdoor furniture, mirror stand, horseshoe hinges

and bird houses.

 I was hoping to sell something or at least get an order for a flag or picnic table.  No such luck yesterday.  I have learned that I need to have this type of sale at least for 2 days and make sure to advertise it on Nextdoor maybe a day before.  I learn as I go.  My next sale will be for Memorial Day.  I’m hoping to have some different things done by that time.  Wish me luck.

Paprika Pork

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there.  Yesterday I shared a recipe for Spinach & Ham Frittata Muffins for Mothers Day that is easy and delicious.  Here is another easy recipe that can be started in the morning and ready  when you are later in the day.  These 2 recipes will give you time to spend with your mother instead of spending the whole day cooking.

2 to 2 ½ lb. Country-style pork spareribs
3 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
3 large green onions, chopped
4 cups water
2 Tbsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Liquid hot pepper sauce
2 bay leaves
1 rutabaga, cut into cubes
2 carrots, cut into 1” slices

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker/crock pot. Let cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until pork is fork tender. Serve.

Spinach & Ham Frittata Muffins

With Mothers Day being tomorrow, this Spinach & Ham Frittata Muffin is a perfect way to start the day.  I found this recipe in Good Housekeeping and made a few changes.  It is easy to make and any leftover  muffins can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and then microwaved to warm up.  Mom will enjoy this for breakfast or brunch.

6 large eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. soft goat cheese, crumbled
5 oz. baby spinach, wilted and chopped
1/2 c. roasted red pepper, diced
2 oz. cooked ham, diced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or place liners in the pan.

In large bowl, beat eggs, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Stir in cheese, spinach, roasted red pepper and ham. (The original recipe used prosciutto instead of ham and had it placed on top of the egg mixture. As you can see in the picture, I placed strips of ham on top of the muffin.  I did not like that so much that is why I have placed dice ham into the egg mixture in this version.)

Divide batter among muffin-pan cups (about 1/4 cup each) and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until just set in the center.

Cool on rack 5 minutes then remove from cups. Serve warm.

Mirror Stand

We picked up this mirror on a stand when we cleared out a neighbors garage. At first I was thinking I should change this stand. But what would I do? Paint it? Take it apart?

The final decision – no changes. Just cleaning it well and then selling it next weekend for our Mothers Day Sale.

This seems the perfect time to mention that on Mothers Day weekend, May 13th and 14th, we will be having a furniture and home décor sale at our Wood Shop here is sunny southern California. This will be a perfect opportunity to use our Square card reader for payments. We can now take credit card payments which hopefully will help with our sales.

We will have our wine displays, American Flags, mirror stand, oak wood table, outdoor furniture and metal candle holders. This past weekend I put up signs trying to get some conversion picnic table orders so we can get them made by Mothers Day. No orders maybe because it rained all weekend.

Quiche Lorraine

This is a great quiche for Mother’s Day which is right around the corner. I made my pie crust using coconut flour and coconut oil because we are still on the ketogenic diet. But you can use whatever crust you like.

4 large eggs
9” pie crust
1 c. Swiss cheese, shredded
1/3 c. chopped green onion
4 slices bacon, cooked & crumbles
¼ c. heavy cream
1 ¼ c. milk
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Pepper

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare pie crust by package instructions fro pre-cooking or pre-baking.

Cook bacon slices on medium-high heat until crisp. Pat dry with a paper towel and crumble. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, heavy cream and milk. Mix until thoroughly blended. Combine shredded cheese, chopped onion, bacon, salt & pepper in a bowl. Add to egg mixture and mix well. Pour egg mixture into pie crust and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Mothers’ Day

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I thought you would like to make these No Bake Cookies for your mother.  They are called a cookie probably because of the oats but look and taste like candy.  If your mother likes coconut make sure to only use half of the oats and add coconut for the rest of the oats

No Bake Cookies

½ c. margarine
2 c. sugar
½ c. cocoa
½ c. milk
Pinch of salt
½ c. peanut butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 c. oatmeal

Mix margarine, sugar, cocoa, milk and salt in large saucepan. Boil for 1 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until dissolved. Add vanilla & oats. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.

NOTE: Coconut may be substituted for part of the oatmeal.