Warning: This makes a lot, so you need a big slow cooker.  I also estimated, as I was just throwing things in the crockpot.  This is a VERY hearty soup, and you don’t *need* everything that I put in there. […]


On Pinterest (the Mecca of crafty inspiration) I saw a picture about burning designs into leather with a wood burning tool. Hey…I had leather…AND a wood burning tool.  Of course I had to give it a go. I have a […]



By . Published on July 11, 2015

Oh the kids had fun with this! Our friend has a big fishing boat that can go out on the open water on Lake Michigan.  It has a large motor, and it worked VERY well in the tubing department.  He […]


We saw a gaggle on the lake.  The background has a haze from the wildfires in the Canada.  At certain points we could not see clearly across the lake.  It hit our area through the jetstream.  Hopefully, the fires end […]



By . Published on July 9, 2015

On the 4th of July weekend, we went up a little early to our friend’s cabin in the great northwoods.  Our friend had his big fishing boat that he usually docks on Lake Michigan for serious fishing (a.k.a. Salmon).  Luckily […]


Another grilling recipe, whereby I try to be creative.  This is great for guests, or just your average Tuesday night. I am not sure I would really call this a “caprese” chicken, since I used Marinara sauce on it instead […]


Haricot verts = skinny green beans A friend made this dish for us on New Years Eve several years ago, and I fell in love.  It has a great sweet, tangy flavor to it and is a wonderful side dish. […]


Ah, summertime.  Time for grilling! I made these on Friday night, along with a marinated pork tenderloin and skewered Vidalia onions.  We served it with a lovely Carlisle Syrah, and then spent the rest of the evening enjoying the night […]


We had a golden birthday over here this month, so *luckily* it was also the year of the friend party.  I would have probably caved on the sleepover if it wasn’t the year she could have her friends over (we […]

I have made this a few times already, so I thought I would finally get some pictures!  I saw the “stuffing” part as a grilled cheese sandwich recipe, so I took it a step further and modified it for a […]

I have gone back and forth over how I update this blog and the content.  I have decided that I am going to move my crafty stuff over to another blog I have had for several years.  It was a […]


This was the last tester version of the Rayann’s Retro top.  The length was pretty close to the original one I did, so you can see she shortened it up.  I made it in an 8 width and 10 length. […]

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