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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Menu Plan: July 23 - 29

Menu Plan Monday

In case you haven't read my update, please accept my apologies about the way the blog looks. I'm working on migrating all my hosted photos so I can go through and change all the links so there are no longer spam notices and broken image links all over the blog

Actually, I haven't had much time to do any of that this past week, and don't foresee a lot of time this week, either. I have a pretty tight deadline on a design for a UK magazine coming up, which I am working on in almost every moment that I am not taking care of Amira, who had her tonsils taken out on Friday. She's doing alright, but is just in a lot of pain. Please pray for her recovery.

We have a ton of zucchini from a glean, so we're making batches and batches of zucchini bread and muffins for our freezer and to eat, plus eating it in just about every meal. Amira is still on a fruit gelatin, stock, juice, and tea diet, but we're hoping that she can move to mashed potatoes and bananas and things like that Sunday or Monday (she'll eat the gravy, regardless, and maybe some mashed potatoes). Last week, besides knitting like a fiend, I made gallons and gallons of beef stock and chicken stock and lamb stock and turkey stock. I also made two 9" X 11" pans of fruit gelatin. We're giving her colostrum powder in her food/drinks to help her immune system heal her body as well.

My birthday is also this week, though it will be more subdued. However, I have a 41% off sale on all patterns sold in my Ravelry store with the coupon code overthehill. It begins midnight of July 24 (Sunday night!) and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on July 28. Come celebrate my birthday with me!

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Menu Plan: July 16 - 22

Menu Plan Monday

I'm still busy trying to migrate my photos and find a way to post them here again. Thank you for your patience while I sort this out. It's one of many things on my to do list this week (and month), as I have a few deadlines for designs and other tasks associated with being a knitwear designer that are looming, along with normal homemaking and parenting and family activities. It may sound awful, but I'm glad that we don't have school or ballet or baseball or driver's ed or any of that going on right now.

In case you haven't read my update, please accept my apologies about the way the blog looks. I'm working on migrating all my hosted photos so I can go through and change all the links so there are no longer ransom notes all over my blog.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Menu Plan: July 9 - 15

Menu Plan Monday

Our family went on our first blueberry picking trip this weekend, and strawberries were on sale at the store, plus our wild black caps are finally producing more than the birds can steal, so we're making some berry dishes this week. Rich helped me reorganize our chest freezer (he's working on our stand up freezer next), and we found a ham that needed to be cooked right away, so we are cooking and eating ham this week, too. It isn't as hot this week as it was last week, so we're doing more baking.

Also, this Saturday is the 23rd anniversary of Rich and my first meeting. So, we're celebrating that. Our kids celebrate it, too, because regardless of what they think about our romance, they wouldn't exist had we not met. It's a pretty significant date for them, too.

In case you haven't read my update, please accept my apologies about the way the blog looks. I'm working on migrating all my hosted photos so I can go through and change all the links so there are no longer ransom notes all over my blog.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Blog Update

I had a whole Independence Day yarn along to post, as well as other things, but the whole photobucket extortion and spam business has put the kibbosh on that. Until I can migrate all of my photos elsewhere, and then go through and change all the links on the blog, I'm just not going to have the time to blog much.

They want $400 a year to be able to post a link to my photos here. There is no tiered pricing option to permit smaller blogs/websites like mine to continue. They announced the change to the terms of service just before the holiday weekend, and then enacted it almost immediately, holding all bloggers', Amazon or e-Bay sellers', or help forum posters' pictures hostage, essentially. The only way we have access to publishing our photos is to cough up the $400. Per year. When they already have a website that was getting harder and harder to use and tons of advertising all over it. I'm not willing to pay that much, though I would be willing to pay a smaller amount. However, since I didn't even have time to absorb the information before they started spamming my own blog (rather than simply putting up something that said photo unavailable, or better, to permit the photos that had been loaded when the policy was to allow linking to stay and simply not permit new photos to be linked), I'm not in a place to think about that a lot right now. I have used .6 GB of my 2 GB allotment on their site. I am a fairly small time, low traffic blogger, so I don't think I'm using enough bandwidth to justify $400 a year, and they are neither budging on their change or answering anyone's concerns or questions. In fact, on their website, the contact us link is broken. Oh, and I checked through my e-mail and spam files, I received no notice of the change except for what I read online and seeing my photos changed to spam.

Please accept my apologies for how the blog looks and the upcoming silence. You can follow me on Instagram or on my (also low traffic) Arabian Knits Facebook Page, join the conversations on my Ravelry Group, or subscribe to 1,001 Knits, my monthly newsletter. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Menu Plan: July 2 - 8


Last week was VBS and I underestimated how much the jet lag would affect me. We have another birthday this week, Yasmina turns nine. If it hadn't been for scheduling c-sections, she might have been born on Independence Day. However, this is our first week of summer without any school, ballet, VBS, or anything else. I'm thrilled! We might actually get some sleep.

We have a ton of cherries and asparagus this week, and since we aren't running around all week, we might even be able to make some pickled asparagus. We're having two pasta dishes two days in a row, but nobody at my house is troubled by this.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up on Saturday.

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