Beating the Craft out of Winter


So I find myself floundering a bit lately.  Maybe it’s some sort of mid-winter funk, but whatever it is I need to snap the heck out of it right now.  I was trying to decide what to write about for this week.  The next thing you know I’m surfing for wool patterns (craft porn) and cruising the Martha Stewart website.  Ugh, I tell ya, I need some focus.  Now.

I think it has something to do with a stunting of my creative outlets.  Since we made our move to a smaller house, I have most of my crafting gear tucked neatly into storage.  We’re only renting this place for a year until we decide where exactly we want to put down the firm roots.  That means there’s no point in unboxing everything and reboxing it months later.  Yes, we are that crazy.  So, one bedroom is used to hold tidy shelves of bins.  Lots and lots of bins.

Meanwhile, back at the dining room table, I find myself kind of pining away for my gear.  There’s some great stuff that would surely pull me out of these winter doldrums; paints and canvas, yarn, and bags and bags of old sheets and wool blankets.  They call to me like an evil temptress.  But as only a dog hears the dog whistle, only I hear their tempting siren song.  Oh yeah, they’re good like that.  The Hub doesn’t get it.  He can’t hear the whistle.

I try to drown the luring call as they beckon me.  I wander from white room to white room in my funk; meh, colorless, empty walls.  I did take some time to look up ‘ways to beat your winter blahs’.  They tell you to do things like get up early and stay hydrated.  Please, if I get any more hydrated I could float down the hall to the storage room.  Maybe I’ll just have to give in.  What harm could one little bin do?


And for everyone getting ready for the “Big Game” next weekend, here’s a favorite recipe of mine.  The best and easiest Beer Bread ever.  What’s football without food?  Go Broncos!

Rocket’s Beer Bread

12 oz beer (I use light, you can also use soda—ginger ale is very good!)

3 C self-rising flour (or make your own, use 1 C all purpose flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt)

3 T sugar

1 stick butter (use real butter, not oleo, you’ll thank me)

Optional flavorings—I use a tablespoon of chives, some onion and garlic powder, maybe a few red pepper flakes or a smidge of cayenne powder if I’m feeling evil


Mix beer, flour, flavorings, and sugar together.  Pour into a 9” X 5” X 3” loaf pan.  Melt the butter and pour it over the top.  The whole stick.  Yes it is a lot.  Yes it is delicious.  Bake at 375° for about 50 minutes.  Cool completely out of the pan on a wire rack. Cut with a very sharp knife, not a serrated/bread knife.  Goes great with dips…if you can wait that long.


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