Sunday, January 5, 2014


This weekend has been quiet in lots of good ways...

Friday night sunset and moonrise was calm, yet colorful.

One of my very favorite times of day is when the sun peeks up over the mesa; I have been making a point to stop and take notice. Only two more months of this view so I am going to soak it in... (Sorry ahead of time if you get tired of seeing photos of the mesa outback... it will be short lived.)

Some time was spent with tea and stitches yesterday. It was nice to sit down at the sewing machine stitching a bit here and there between other things. By the time dinner was on the table I had completed my little project. I will share more about it Thursday for the Make and Listen Along post. 

Some of those other things I was doing between sewing:

- Making jerky with this recipe. This was the first time ever homemade jerky actually worked and tasted yummy. Thumbs up from the whole family. 
I will add that I am having a big crush on this blog lately. I don't necessarily like the name (not keen on names with "stupid," "idiot," or "dummy" in the title) but she has great recipes!

- Lovin' that Steve shared these photos on twitter and agreed to let me share on Mud Puddles. So cool! Thanks, Steve!

- Chatting with Tam about Socktopus and Doodle Stitching. Both fun books! (And there are two other Doodle Stitching books that my library does not have... hum... must resist ordering!)

- Picking up Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or less) Cookbook at the library. Excited to see about some new (quick) recipes as I look though it today.

- Also spent some time with the last issue of Kindred, with all of it's amazing words and beautiful photography. The upcoming issue is available for pre-order and is going to ship soon... check it out! (A list of contributors can be found here; I am super excited to be one of them.)

It was really windy, and almost reached dust storm status yesterday, so hiking was not too inviting. We are hoping to get out today. 

Wishing you all a great Sunday!

* weekending with Amanda*

P.S. Today is the last day to enter to win the 2014 Moon Calendar I am giving away.


  1. sounds like a low key yet productive weekend! and soak up those mesa sunrises and sunsets - you'll miss them once you're gone :)

  2. What a great weekend! I love the mesa pictures. :) I won't get sick of them!

  3. Oh, my two New Mexico friends!
    There is going to be much to miss about this place (as far as nature goes) but we will still be close enough to drive over for a visit! ;-)

  4. I need to check out that cookbook! The kids are leaving in a week or so and it's just the two of us and I'm motivated to revamp the diet and infuse some new recipes in my rotation. Love the photos :)

    1. I got the chance to look it over yesterday and it looks really great. I was noticing the recipes are for smaller servings so in that respect it might work out good for just the two of you. I am thinking I will be doing some doubling ;-)

  5. I will miss seeing all those amazing images of that mesa! I don't think I could ever get sick of that. :)

    I hope to have part of a sock to share for Thursday - will you have stitches? :) Still waiting to get that book at the library.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, friend.

  6. Those photos are incredible! Looks like it was a lovely wintery weekend! And I can't wait to see what you've made in that last photo!!