Monday, May 2, 2011

New stuff

Hello my friends! I hope you are off to a good start this week. The weather was soooo beautiful in Syracuse this weekend, for a change. I'm telling you, I think we all needed a few nice days. A little natural vitamin d was just the thing! I got some weeding done, helped Dave put an arbor together, and played a lot of frisbee with the kids. They had a few friends over yesterday and they played outside most of the time, which was nice! A bunch of 7-10 year olds are LOUD, did you know? lol
So I was reading Nanette's blog yesterday, and for some reason I missed the fact that Denyse Schmidt has a fabric line at Joann's. And coincidentally, I planned to stop at the big one near here since it's near my dermatologist (had my yearly check, all is good). The regular price per yard is $9.99, but they're on sale this week for $7.99. I got five 1/2-yard cuts.
The fabric cutter asked what I'm making (don't they always?), and I told her I didn't know but couldn't resist them. This particular Joann's didn't have all the prints, but from what I understand they're going like hotcakes so I was lucky to get what I did. I love the colors! I'm thinking a bag, maybe a new pattern from here...
After that I went food shopping at Wegman's and was lucky to find that they had ranunculus flowers for sale. Aren't they pretty? They remind me of a cross between peonies and roses. And since the tulips and hyacinths I had in the kitchen are gone, I bought a bunch. I do have red tulips out in the garden but I hate to cut them!
While my sister Kathleen was here for Easter, she told me about Penzey's Spices. They have b&m stores but they also sell online. Really good spices, really good prices. And since I was almost out of some basics I placed an order.
I was able to use two coupon for $5 off, another for a free 1/2 cup spice! These spices are GREAT. I made meatballs last night and you could really taste the amazing oregano and basil.
So peeps, I just got another Gooseberry Patch pair of cookbooks in the mail!
It's in GP's Photo Cookbook series, so each recipe has a big full-color photo that goes along with it. I've been wanting to get one of these cookbooks for awhile now (there's a whole series). Looks like some yummy delicious recipes will be made soon! And of course another giveaway! Stay tuned, this cookbook will not be available to purchase until June, but if you can't wait and would like to pre-order, you can do so here.

Talk to you soon!

♥ Jen 


  1. Hey Jen. I hit Joann's too over the weekend and picked up some of the same yardage. The selection was also weak at my Joann's but they had what I wanted so I was happy. Sounds like you had some nice weekend weather. We did as well but we weren't really home to enjoy it. Now it's cloudy and gray with rain on the way for the next two days. Fun fun. Have a good one! Oh and the flowers you bought are gorgeous!

  2. Jen, Glad you had some pretty weather. The fabrics are so pretty! Our closest Joann's is a hour away :(l
    Someone gave Jennifer Penzey's spices in a wooden box for a wedding gift ... I am jealous! Can't wait to see what you cook from the new cookbook!
    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Hey--tell you what--you come and cook for me trying out all those recipes and I will sew my little heart out!!!!
    Hugs, di and miss gracie

  4. The fabrics are so pretty and the flowers are beautiful!!
    I can't wait to see what you make.


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