GIVEAWAY - Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

I love to can and I am always looking to cut down on cost.  I ran across the Tattler Reusable Canning lids a while back and thought they were an ingenious idea. I will be adding them to my canning inventory this year.  Check out their key features below.  How can you go wrong?

This is an opportunity for you to try the lids as well!  A lucky person will receive one dozen of the Regular Mouth Lids and another person will receive one dozen of the Wide Mouth Lids!

To enter, please leave in the comments what your favorite thing is to can.  (If you have a link to a recipe, please feel free to share.)  I will be randomly selecting the winner on Monday February 27th, 2012.  You can also email me here.

To learn more about about Tattler Reusable Canning Lids, please visit their website here or join them on their Facebook page

Good luck to everyone and please take time to visit Tattler's.

State Champ

I am a clumsy person.  It comes naturally.  So clumsy in fact that when I was pregnant with my youngest, I feared that my husband would have a nervous breakdown.  I comforted his nerves by constantly holding my hand, or stand facing me with his arms held out around me to catch me just in case I would trip on air and fall.  You could imagine his panic every time I got close to a set of stairs.

So due to my clumsiness, an athlete I could never be. I married an athlete.  You know, one of those that can move their feet, arms and hands at the same time without breaking something.  When I met my husband, he was involved in numbers sports.  Some included winter "fun" sports like bowling and wanted me to join him, coordination or not.  A couples night of sorts. Well as you can imagine, since I have to move my feet to bowl correctly I wasn't exactly what you would call good.

Just about 3 years ago, we decided to give darts a try.  The hubs already had a set of darts and played regularly.  I figured since my feet can remain stationary, I might be ok.  (I have to mention that I have sprained my ankle throwing darts.  Don't ask.)  Little did I know that 3 short years later, I would have the title of Iowa State Dart Champion!

My cousin and I have competed in the State Dart Tournament every year since I have started throwing.  Our game is doubles Cricket.  This year, we went in without expectations. Our main goal is to have a good time. When we started throwing, we were focused and evened each other out.  If one was doing bad, the other would be doing good.  After 7 hours of throwing on Friday night, we had won the winners bracket. That means that we were the top of the hill, no one was above us.  We were told by the officials to return the following day to throw against the winners of the losers bracket.

In the tournament, we play double elimination. When you win the winners bracket, the losers must beat the winner twice.  The winners on the other hand only have to beat the losers once.  So we knew going in that we may have a battle ahead of us...a battle that was in our favor.

We won the tournament in only two rounds (out of potentially 9).  My cousin went up and threw a 7 mark which closed out two numbers.  That was huge.  This left me with the bullseyes to close.  I went up, threw one bull, then threw my second dart only to have it land dead center, right in the double bullseye area.  I will never forget the look on my cousins face when I turned around. What had just happened didn't register with her.  The somewhat blank look transitioning to a huge smile and laughter followed by a huge hug is a moment that I will never forget.  

We won. We got a plaque and had our picture taken.  And what do you know, my dad now calls me an athlete.

I'm still here

I was looking at my blog today and noticed that I haven't posted since November.  My priorities have been elsewhere which has left me little time to keep my little blog.

Since my last post, I have traveled to Texas, Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado.  Traveling as you can imagine involves not only the travel portion but the prep and then recovering after being gone for days or even a week at a time.  All of those trips left little time for anything other than laundry and repacking. Couple that with Christmas, my sons birthday, increased job duties, kids activities and my winter hobby, darts, posting was left in the corner with the cobwebs.

Sunset in Nebraska on my way to Colorado. January 2012

Even though I'm not traveling until next month, my time is still limited.  I still have two jobs, darts and the best of all, I am creating the decorations for my cousins wedding coming up at the end of March.  I about died when she told me that she is having a vintage wedding.  To just about make me faint, she asked me to create the decorations for the reception.  I can't even put into writing how enormously excited I am that she has included me in her big day.  I have been plugging away hand making flowers for the tables in every spare minute that I have. 

Hand made burlap flower for bouquets.

So as you can see, my future posts may be limited.  I haven't even started seeds yet! (I may be ok since I suspect we might have snow in May) If I could only have 1 more hour a day.