Monday, March 21, 2016

Journal Jottings of a Maine Mama: March 21, 2016

CLOCK READS
2:04pm

WEATHER IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS
Springtime in Maine is fickle! Yesterday we had bright, sunny, high 30s in the mountains. A lovely spring day! Only a few lingering piles of snow.  And today? Snow! Schools cancelled due to slippery conditions. White instead of brown and green.


OUTSIDE MY WINDOW and IN THE GARDEN
Yesterday at this time I was in New Hampshire with my husband. We decided to do an all day road trip in the new-to-us campervan, heading north in Maine then over to New Hampshire and making a loop back home. About 2:30pm yesterday, I was looking at this:


Today, I am home. It snowed steady this morning, heavy, wet snow.



WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT NOW and AROUND THE HOUSE
It's quiet. Cate and Sam are visiting family this week, enjoying time with grandparents, aunts and cousins, and watching cable. Jake is in his bedroom, watching something on his TV. The dryer is running. Baked beans are in the oven slowly soaking in that molasses. And I'm crocheting.

TODAY'S TO DO

  • Vacuum
  • Sweep Floors
  • Dishes - In Progress
  • Laundry - Drying
  • Make Baked Beans - Baking
  • Shovel
  • Gather trash

DINNER MENU
For a while I searched for a traditional bean pot to bake up some Boston Baked Beans. It's really the only right way to make them. Crockpot beans just aren't the same. My sister gifted me a one on Christmas, along with some adorably cute little bean pot serving dishes. I found my sweet husband's late father's baked bean recipe in the family cookbook. So, dinner tomorrow is salt pork and molasses baked beans with hot dogs and salad.

WHAT'S ON TV
"Amazing Race". Are you watching?

FROM THE CRAFT BASKET
I took a break from my 2 temperature blankets to make a towel holder for the campervan. (Be sure to check out our camping blog HERE.) It was a super quick and easy project! You can find the instructions HERE. I used worsted weight Super Saver and a 3.5mm hook. No more towels on the floor!


I'm sharing my crocheting creations over at Lucy Blossom Crafts (Mondays), Frontier Dreams (Tuesdays), Small Things (Wednesdays), Oombawka Design (Wednesdays), and Lunamon Design (Wednesdays).

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A BLESSING
There are people who are put in our lives to teach us something. We may not want the lesson or the stress that comes with it, but it grows us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. As hard as it is sometimes to see, those challenging people in our lives are a true blessing.

DEVOTIONAL and INSPIRATION
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every  men. (Colossians 4:6)

HHM

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    1. They were! This was the first batch of beans I've baked that softened just right! Crunchy beans are the worst! I think I'll add a pop of spicy brown mustard next time to balance out the sweet from the molasses and brown sugar, but otherwise WINNER!

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  2. Greetings from southern California. I loved seeing your beautiful snowfall, spring photos. I miss the four seasons. Thank you for sharing this great idea for tea towels. Wishing you the best, Pat

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    1. Aw, thanks, Lilly's Mom! The snow is beautiful, but I'm looking forward to green grass and flowers now. LOL I may make a few more towel holders for the camper. It's important to make sure that everything stays put when we're driving down the road. I don't want clean or almost clean towels ending up on the floor over and over! Very handy! Very quick! And easy to customize colors and even stitch!

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  3. Sounds like Texas type of weather -it was so cool this morning now we have the doors and windows open and am complaining its so hot. Those baked beans sound yummy! Have a great week!

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    1. Open windows and doors. :sigh: I'm anxiously awaiting temperatures that are warm enough to flush the stale winter air out! It needs to reach 55 degrees and then everything will be open!

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  4. Wonderful pictures of your white weather, so pretty. Love the towel topper they are next on my list. Have a great week

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    1. Thanks, Carolee! The topper was quick and easy! Definitely awesome for using up scraps of yarn.

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  5. We may have that same snow hit us tomorrow....ugh! Love towel topper! Have a great week!

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    1. Did they snow arrive? I hope your week is going well!

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  6. Love your snow photo. We have snow here again, after temps in the 50's. At least it's wet and sticky and makes for beautiful photos like yours. Also love to watch the Amazing Race. I think I've seen every season. Hope the rest of your week is beautifully simple.

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