As you know, I went outside of my comfort zone to bring you some Christmas book information.
I've gone back and corrected my need to color everything up to the main entry in the books I shared, and am pleased to be back on track with my norm once again. I'll be bringing you the rest of the lead in pages from Ms. Basford's book, and then on I go to other books and entries.
Some of you may know that recently, I had some vehicle issues that were rather dangerous. My vehicle (Lulu), was slipping randomly into neutral on regular roads and highways and I did not feel confident or comfortable, let alone safe, to drive her and so did so infrequently at best. I've since found and financed a new vehicle with the aid of my wonderful sister and her husband. My new vehicle, a new Chevrolet Trax is just wonderful and it's so nice to feel safe once again, when I have need of going out and about. It's been so nice to not have vehicle payments for years now, but it was, obviously, time to move on. While I have a payment now, there are benefits to having made this move that can have no price attached.
My new car's been named by my mother and my niece as Lucy, and I greet her each time I need to venture out. I know some may think this odd, but it makes me feel warm inside. I hope at some point soon I can either rent or buy a place with a garage, because when it storms or the weather is odd I worry about my new lil gal. So far I've been relieved to go and find her just fine after. We've had some horrifying winds, rain, lightening and even some hail since I brought her home. I'm sure a lot of people worry about their vehicles in such weather. It's not really anthropomorphism, because I don't think I've assigned my lil Lucy any other "human" traits other than a name, and I do think it's normal to worry, when it's understood the cost of a vehicle, and the cost of repairs should anything go wrong, due to weather or man's error.
As a result, I've tried to be careful, even regarding finances, and have taken some steps in regards to food to compensate for household funds needing to go to a new expense. I have a rather large pot, and at times in the past have made large pots of food to freeze or share. I've been playing with my usual chicken and dumpling recipe too to add in vegetables, and see if they change or add to the flavor. My freezer is full of containers at the moment since I thought making large pots of food would be beneficial in a time and money saver until I get used to the additional finance.
As a result I made a giant pot of spaghetti, potato soup, chicken and dumplings and what I refer to as cabbage soup, but it's really more of a vegetable beef since there are other veggies in it too. I have two of each of them frozen and plan to change them out so one thing doesn't get tiresome. I'll add photos of that too, just because it tickles my funny bone, but I do wish I had a larger freezer, it'd be nice, I think to be able to freeze more things, but I'm just not sure of too many things you can make in a giant pot LOL. I guess Chili would be another. Last month, I used carrots, pearl onions and celery, this month I tried, carrots, green beans, onions and black eyed peas in the chicken and dumplings and both ways it was still very good and still tasted like chcken and dumplings.
I've also taken time to other things/hobbies, since I think doing one thing all the time could be potentially problematic, including making you lose interest in your hobby, so I do think it's a good thing to have more than one hobby. I'd encourage anyone to try several things and change up every now and again. It is nice that some authors creations provide you with more coloring opportunities, even if it takes longer if you're as anal as me, to get to the heart of the book. Either way, I'm caught up and will display the results of catching up, and the giant pot cooking mania, for you here.
So now you have it, all the pictures of everything that I've caught up on and the cooking mania that's taken place recently.....I guess the last thing should be my lovely Lucy!