Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Day Off?

I crochet every day. I'd crochet every single second if I could, but there are other things that need my attention sometimes... kids, chores, dog, husband, etc.  I work mostly on custom orders that I receive through my Etsy or Artfire shops, and I rarely have time to stock new pre-made items... and I hardly ever finish anything for ME.  So a few weeks ago I decided that I'm going to start taking a "day off" from my shop stuff once a week.  I chose Saturdays... mainly b/c there's no mail on Sunday.  Ha ha.   I kind of felt bad about sitting around crocheting stuff for ME, like I was neglecting the orders on my project list.  It wasn't until I went on vacation that I realized that I really do need that break once a week.  I do my best to get my customers' orders out as quickly as possible, but if I don't sit down and crochet something that feels more like "fun" than "work" I'm going to get burnt out.  And I don't ever want that to happen.  So that's that... I crochet for ME (personal projects, pre-made items for my shop, or things for friends) on Saturdays & my customers get my attention Sunday-Friday. :)  That's fair, right? :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tasty Recipe - Simple Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are sweet & delicious.  We usually have them at Christmas-time, but they're good all year! :)

One 14 oz bag of Sweetened Coconut Flakes
 1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

 Mix well in large bowl. Carefully place spoonfuls onto GREASED cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Tips of coconut will be light brown. Remove from cookie sheet immediately using a wet spatula.  They will be sticky at first, but will harden as they rest.

*You can also top Macaroons with sprinkles, candied cherries, finely chopped nuts, or mix in small chocolate chips before baking.