Staying out of Trouble

Now that I have even more time off before starting work, I figured I need to find ways to keep my wallet in my purse and myself out of trouble.  You see, those two things are very closely related, just ask that wonderful husband of mine.  Anyhow, last week I decided to pop into a craft store to buy a few items.  Well, $50 later I walked out with supplies to make cookies, cupcakes, a mason jar craft and some other things.  Not a cheap trip, but I figured the time spent getting crafty at home would keep me away from Target, the mall, Whole Foods, internet shopping…you get the idea.

I’ve never been a very crafty person, despite my desire to be.  I can’t cut, sew or draw a straight line to save my life.  And I’m one of those people that if I can’t do something well, I don’t want to do it at all.  Perhaps, I should start working on that?  Well, I decided to do relatively simple crafts and with the help of Google, Pintrest and the other wonders of the web, I made a couple pretty successful creations just in time for a TCU tailgate.

Mason jars on their way to becoming football utensil holders

Mason jars on their way to becoming football utensil holders

Instead of trying to draw or cut straight lines, I used a template

Instead of trying to draw or cut straight lines, I used a template

Lacey wanted to get in on the crafting...until she realized there were no toys or food on the table

Lacey wanted to get in on the crafting…until she realized there were no toys or food on the table

Had to bust out the tape measurer to make sure the spacing was correct

Had to bust out the tape measurer to make sure the spacing was correct

Final TCU bunting!

Final TCU bunting!

Here's the bunting in action on Saturday

Here’s the bunting in action on Saturday

One of the mason jars in action (of course this was the uglier of the two)

One of the mason jars in action (of course this was the uglier of the two)

On top of getting crafty for the game, I got busy in the kitchen last week as well.  I busted my beloved Le Creuset french oven out of storage and geared up for some kitchen therapy.  Over the week I whipped up a Butternut Squash, Broccolini and Fontina Crostada, two homemade pizzas (chicken, fontina, pancetta, onions and spinach make a killer pizza in case you were wondering), Chicken and Orzo Soup, gluten free brownies, a purple French potato salad and finished off the weekend with spaghetti bolognese.  It was a great week in the kitchen, but man-o-man, it made me miss my kitchen and all my fun gadgets.

The crostata - excellent buttery crust, delicious sweet and savory fillings...mmm I want to make it again and again!

The crostata – excellent buttery crust, delicious sweet and savory fillings…mmm I want to make it again and again!

My sous chef on pizza night

My sous chef on pizza night

The beautiful purple potatoes that went into my purple potato salad

The beautiful purple potatoes that went into my purple potato salad

Football brownies for the tailgate

Football brownies for the tailgate

Now in an attempt to enjoy my time off, I’m reading through books I had been putting off when life got busy and stressful.  Next week I’m heading home to CA and a few days after I return I’m going to UT to spend quality time with a great friend.  The UT trip has been planned since before we left England (well the idea of it at least).  The idea of the CA trip was floating around since we found out my work start date was getting pushed back, but flights were just too expensive.  Well, the folks at a major US carrier must have known my dilemma because the one weekend I didn’t have anything going on they slashed prices making it impossible to resist the trip home.  Maybe this extended work hiatus isn’t sooo bad after all? [As long as I don’t look too closely at the dwindling savings account 😉 ]