After opening up our online store, Far Above Rubies, we've already received our first order! That was pretty exciting! We still haven't gotten hats down to the local shop for consignment...things have been kinda busy around here and I just need to finish up a few small details before we're ready to take things down there. For those who have Facebook, you can get updates on our little shop and see pictures of hats that we've done...www.facebook.com/faraboverubies3110.
The weather is at the point right now where it seems like spring *might* be right around the corner, but then it snows. It snowed some over the weekend, but I was thankful for it because it covered up our soggy yard that's not so pretty to look at right now. :) I'm ready for spring though. We discovered a park in our neighborhood this past fall, and I can't wait to take Braxton and Lizzie to it on warm spring/summer days and just enjoy being able to be outside and play.
Speaking of them, Braxton's cut it healing SO well...Praise the Lord! A week after he got it, he ripped it open and they had to butterfly bandage it back together. At that point it looked like it was going to be a nasty scar with lots of scar tissue, but praise God He answers prayer and it's healing really well. Poor little guy is sick with the flu right now and is sleeping next to me as I type. Lizzie-girl is growing so much! She will be 9 months this week and refuses to crawl. Haha. Apparently her mom skipped crawling and went straight to walking, so maybe that's what she'll do. She is sitting up really well and is getting so much personality. I sure do love those kids.
This past weekend Josh's girlfriend, Liz, came up and it was so nice to finally spend some time with her. (We also had a wonderful visit with the Greens and a family from church that come over Friday night!) The reason she came was to help with Josh's move to Arizona. Saturday morning my dad & I bid farewell to Josh, Mom, Maggie, Liz & Guage (and Josh's friend that's moving with him). I hate to see him go, but I know that's where he feels the Lord wants him right now. Mom & Maggie are helping him move, as well as visiting my aunt that lives there, so they won't be back until the 28th.
I've really been getting into crafting lately and have so many things I want to try. With an extra room opening up in the house, we plan on turning that into our craft room. It's going to be so nice to have a room dedicated to that purpose where we can leave sewing machines and projects out and be able to just close the door and walk away without having to worry about leaving a mess. I'm sure I'll be posting some pictures of the room as it comes together as well as some crafts. Here's one that I recently did as a gift for someone.
Just in case you can't read the tag, it's a heat therapy pack (or a rice bag). You put it in the microwave to heat it up and it's perfect for headaches, sore muscles, etc!
To wrap up the post, here's the recipe for the flour tortillas I mentioned in this post. I had a request for the recipe, so I figured I'd just post it.
4 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 - 1 3/4 c. warm water
Combine dry ingredients. Mix in oil and water until blended. Knead dough 25 to 30 times. Allow to stand, covered in a bowl for 10 minutes (keep warm). Form dough into balls the size of a golf ball. Then roll out flat with a rolling pin, until 6 inches in diameter (I find it's easier sometimes to form and stretch it with my hands.) Place tortilla on a hot griddle until brown (1-2 minutes), then flip over on other side.
I made a double batch and only cooked half of it, while putting the rest of the dough in the refrigerator. The next day I pulled it out and formed/cooked tortillas with no problem. Having cold dough didn't seem to make a difference.
If you try it, you'll have to let me know what you think. It's alot of work (and be prepared for sore arms :)), but they're SO good!