You know how I was complaining that I wanted snow? Well, we got it with a vengeance Friday! It wasn't so much a blizzard with foot after foot of snow, it was zero visibility, layer of ice under the snow, freezing rain turning to snow weather. What you see is a picture taken from my front porch. I know-not so much quantity-just quick as a flash "here it is with all the trimmings" ! My husband and two sons were out snow blowing and shovelling Friday afternoon and cleaning up decks and shovelling a walkway for our poor dog to relieve herself throughout the weekend. Me-I baked and crafted.
This is a fun snowman I painted for my collection. I love the primitive style. I got the idea from a painting book I have by Karen Lamp. It is "Simple Gatherings and Glad Tidings". If you are a tole painter, you should take a look at this book. There are quite a few ideas for several seasons. She put a hat and stick arms on her snowman. I just went with the scarf. I am thinking it needs a stand, though. It has to lean against the wall because it is quite heavy and tips easily. I will probably just glue a little block of wood behind it to steady it. I am sure hubs has some scraps in his wood shop. I have several other snowman craft ideas in the works. This time of year is all about the snowmen for me! I am looking for a cute snowman garland idea for my mantle. Let me know if you have one or have seen one.
I made a really good taco soup recipe. The flavor is really unique because of the addition of a second seasoning packet. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef in a soup pot. Put the browned beef in a big bowl and drain most of the fat. Add a little olive oil to the fat and sweat out a large onion, a couple of ribs of celery and a couple of peeled carrots-all chopped. Return meat to the pot when the veggies are almost tender. Add a 15oz can of kidney beans, a 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, 1 packet taco seasoning mix, 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix and 3 cups water. Simmer for about an hour. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream. The ranch really adds a unique tang to it.
I notified the winner of my scalloped bag giveaway. Thanks to all of you new followers. I hope you all are staying warm and cozy wherever you are. Happy crafting, cooking, and creating! Take care. Nancy