Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snow anyone?

Well here in NW New Jersey we are finally experiencing winter.   Our area was hit with 
30"+ of snow over the weekend, thanks to Jonas.

By the way, when did they begin to name winter storms?

We purchased a plow for our lawn tractor this fall, hoping it would be an insurance policy that we would not get a lot of snow.   HA.....what it did do was insure that my husband's back would not hurt so much after this weekend.

We live in an area of NJ that is farmland and lots of open space. Yes, NJ is not just shoreline.

Neighbors came out and helped neighbors....even though where I live there are only 6 nearby homes.

So here are some photos from what Jonas graced our area with.

our detached garage and the snowscape formed from the winds

snowscape close up

Our great room, taken from detached garage

Taken from outside the great room, looking east.   My finch feeder, I HAD to shovel a path so I 
can add seed.

 Icicles forming as the snow melts.   
Nature is beautiful.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pulled Pork Anyone?

I love using my Slow Cooker, especially during the winter month.   

Put everything in it and you have a meal.   I was surfing recipes and came across this one for Pulled Pork.   

 Seriously, I did have some reservations about it, I mean.....using Root Beer......really???

And knowing how fussy my husband is, it was either going to be eaten or tossed out.

I had a 2 pd piece of a pork shoulder frozen and thought I would use that instead of a tenderloin.   And in all honestly I did make some minor changes, due to my fussy husband (did I say that again?)  

My changes are within the parenthesis.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork


2 pd Pork Tenderloin ( 2 pd Pork Shoulder)
1/2 cup chopped onion ( 1 medium onion chopped)
( 1 clove garlic - chopped)
8 ounces Root Beer - just chug the rest  :)
(1 medium onion, chopped)
1 - 16 oz bottle Barbecue Sauce ( 1 jar Chili Sauce)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Place the Pork in the slow cooker; pour root beer over the meat.
Cover and cook on low until well cooked and the pork shreds easily, about 6-7 hours.
Remove pork from the slow cooker and let it rest while you drain the fluids from the cooker.

Shred the pork, place back in slow cooker or sauce pan.   Add the second chopped onion, some garlic powder and chili sauce.    Simmer until onion is soft.

My fussy husband LOVED this!

Let me know if you have tried it and like it too

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Updating a Bit

So far, so good.   My second week in a row of posting, I wonder how long I will be able to stick to my schedule.

My sewing room/office that I work in, is a small room.  But it does have 2 windows which give me a lot of natural light, thus why I use the room.  I love to open my windows for fresh air....but not today..its only 24 outside.   I hope winter is finally here in NW New Jersey.

On my desk, I have a wooden chest that is about 11 x 6 x 6 which holds my little things, that I do not like to see on my desk.   You know that stuff....receipts, stamps, address labels and checkbook.  

Ok, so I guess you are wondering where I am going with this.....my little wooden chest.    It was stained dark, really dark and I thought I would like to change the look.

This is the inside of it, to show you how DARK it actually was !

I discussed my idea with my sweet husband and off he went with my chest!  It actually came out nicer than I ever thought it would.  In hindsight we should have taken a before photo as well.

And here is the finished piece!! 

I thought he was going to go through numerous steps but he didn't.   
He took plain flat white spray paint and sprayed the entire chest.   That is all he did !!  Look the texture that naturally appeared, it looks like tree branches.  
After it dried, he took some scotch bright and lightly went over some of the brass "buttons".  It looks like the chalky paint finish   :)

I love it !!

Monday, January 4, 2016

A New Year

I am seriously going to try to be more consistent with blogging in 2016.

But first, I want to THANK all of new and return customers for your support.   Cozy Expressions has been a dream come true for me.

Most of you know that Cozy Expressions is known for its fabric art.   Did you know that we also offer functional copper and wood art as well?

My husband is the talent behind this line.

Here are some of his original creations.

A Farmhouse Serving Tray..... which would look lovely on my dining room table...hint hint  :)

A hanging light, featuring an Edison Light Bulb

And his very popular Copper Pot & Pan Rack.

All are available at 

Pssssst:    Did you know we are also selling on Handmade at Amazon?