Monday, January 24, 2011

Jimmy's at it again...

Jim called me out to his wood shop because he said he had a sexy bowl for me to check out.  A lovely cherry burl bowl coming to life.

Covered with wood curls and of course wearing his hearing protection, he is doing what he loves most.

The bowl begins to take shape.

Sanding the outside.

A view of the inside of the bowl.

A nice coat of varnish and what a beautiful bowl it turned out to be, lucky me.  :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter musings...

 Jim was out in his wood shop again and came back with these lovely black walnut tea light holders and one candle holder. 

 Jake was home for winter break and he and Jim decided to take over my kitchen.  I am sure you thinking I am pouting, right?  LOL  They made Elk chili and homemade dinner rolls.

Oh lovely lovely winter, we are still in the snow globe.  The good news,  the temperatures are still in the 20's. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Living in a snow globe today...

Sunshine is being missed today but I am grateful the house is snugly warm and cozy.  :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Note to self...

...NEVER try a new bread recipe during the first week of Weight Watchers!  LOL

A special friend gave me a loaf of bread that she made and it shamed me into trying to make homemade bread.  I found out that my kitchen aid mixer the dough beater work really well for kneading the 15 minutes that was suggested by the recipe.  Bad, bad oh so bad but OH SO GOOD.  Jim gave it 2 thumbs up and said it was repeatable.  So maybe, just maybe I can get some of those Niagara County folks out here with an offer to make fresh bread?


looking out the front door...probably not.  LOL

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter down time equals a salt bowl

Jim created a gift for me.  I keep kosher salt in a ziplock container near the stove for cooking and he decided to make me a wooden salt bowl to use instead.  I love it.

After he made the salt bowl, just like the cutting boards there needs to be a rubbing of mineral oil. 

You can see the grains and color pop out.

This task reminds me of watching photos come to life in a photo dark room when you dip them into the last chemical.  The true color beauty of the wood comes to life.

It dried over night and put it to use the very next day.  Thanks honey!  :)