Thursday, August 27, 2015


Howdy folks!
We went to the Indiana State Fair!!
We went on opening night because I got in free (student) and I got Scott's ticket online for $2 off. We got to see The Indigo Girls in concert for free! They were awesome!

We ate baaaaad delicious foods
 We saw a woman being loaded onto a stretcher with a plate of these potatoes chips. She just kept on eating them - they are "don't stop eating while being loaded onto a stretcher" good!!!
We looked at the stitching entries! There were a lot of quilts entered but hardly any stitching. I didn't take any pictures of the entries. There was a Glendon Place Tiramisu - very pretty. Makes me want to stitch it!  We rode on the tractor that takes you all over the fairgrounds.
We saw the hot air balloons.
Had a phosphate at the old time pharmacy
It was fun - We have never been to a state fair together - well I've never been to any state fair. 
Scott had to leave on business for a night. When he got to his hotel they had this up
I guess among business men this is a thrilling honor!
They gave him a gift bag - water, apple, trail mix and crackers with peanut butter - and a beer voucher which he got coffee for instead. I didn't want him to feel let down when he got home to no fan fair so I made this
HAHA. I was going to bake cookies but then we would have eaten them and we are trying not to eat cookies. So instead of guest of the day I made him man of the year - quite an honor. Ü
The bunny that was visiting hasn't come back since we mowed but we now have this fabulous guy
Groundhog.  He is so scared of us that I don't think he will stay around here long. He is adorable though. I also have some American Finches coming around - a male and a female!!
They are so pretty!! Yesterday we had a father house finch and his two babies at the feeder - he was feeding a seed to each baby as quickly as he could  - they squawked and flapped  ridiculously! Brats.
the drawer where my stitching goes....
The neighbor house is still being fixed (from the tree falling on it) it's about 10 feet across through the entire house - front to back!! They have cut down so many trees that we can see their house - I don't like it, but I guess they don't want any more tree accidents.
  I am still working on the Gingerbread Needlework shop. It could not be cuter!! I have had a small frog issue - hoping it goes away!!
I don't like the front door on the pattern so I am doing two of the back door instead. I have made a few of the Victoria Samplers houses - not terribly hard but pretty time consuming,

I will take pictures as I go but they look just like the directions in the book haha!
I have a recipe to share with you. I got it from the September 2015 issue of Sunset magazine. It comes with a yakitori chicken recipe that I was going to make but we had delicious BBQ ribs on the grill instead. The salad sounded good when I read it - it so much better than I expected!! You don't put the avocado in until you are ready to serve.
Cucumber Avocado Salad
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
1 teaspoon sugar
1 English cucumber (10 oz.), quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-in. chunks
1 cup slivered red onion
1 large avocado, cut into 1-in. chunks 
 In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, salt, and 1 tsp. sugar. Add cucumber and onion; toss to coat.. Let set for 10 minutes - add avocado when ready to serve and mix. 
It is fabulous - we are having it again tomorrow night with the Siracha Salmon from the Skinnytaste cookbook. 
Well kids - I better go look at some homework. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Very cute what you did for Scott! Aren't state fairs fun? My DH liked the animals and I liked the crafts. We always went to the KY State Fair because it was in Louisville. The WA one is a bit of a drive so I'll have to see. Oh my gosh, those houses are the cutest things!! I would imagine the finish does take patience. The recipe sounds good. Cucumbers are especially good this time of year. I buy mine each week at the Farmer's market.

  2. We can't go to the fair without eating the fair food! Love the Victoria Sampler houses. I've made a couple of the small ornament houses, but have not attempted the bigger ones.

  3. It's been decades since I've been to a State Fair! Fair food is the best... even if it's baaaad for us, lol.

    Your VS houses are pretty. I want to do one, but since you've confirmed my thoughts on the consumption of time, I'll have to hold off until I get some other projects done. Guess I'll live vicariously through you! ;-)

    The cucumber salad recipe sounds good. The BF doesn't like avocado so I guess he'll just have to pick them out. Gonna take a look at the chicken recipe, too.