ten on tuesday.

Ah, Tuesday…my favorite blogging day of the week. This week I started a running list of things I wanted to share. Here we go…

1. Amy (Montana Amy) is a finalist in the Allrecipes.com holiday photo contest. She was a finalist last year too but this year she plans to take the whole thing…and bring home a new oven! You can help her to that end by clicking here and logging your vote for her awesome shot.

2. Another dear Amy (Huntsville Amy) has started a blog that I’m loving. It’s a collection of thoughts on motherhood and life and it’s so fun. Check it out!

3. So I promised I would share who helped me out with my blogs recently. Here you go! Making the switch to wordpress was something I’ve wanted to do for a while but I just couldn’t ever find the time to do it. Heather was awesome to work with and was speedy quick. So, go ahead, give your blog a facelift!

4. I was (finally!) flipping through December’s issue of Wondertime magazine when I came across an awesome little excerpt about holiday gift-giving traditions:

We do a few gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.

How brilliant, I thought. Then I glanced down at the brilliant reader’s name – J.J. Killins – well no wonder! =)

5. It seems Michael Vincent finds me a new job everyday. It’s become a joke in our house. Some days I think about hitting “reply” and taking him up on his offer. Am I the only one?

6. I have been dilligently working away on the FAQ’s. Look for them later this week (or maybe next).

7. Is anyone else concerned about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2009? I am. The intent of the law is good – protecting children from harmful toxins in toy and other goods – but the repercussions for the many resellers and handmade artisans are potentially devastating. Fortunately, last week the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a clarification of the law that I hope adds a touch of reason to the hysterics.

Stepping off the soapbox now…

8. Speaking of handmade – Sarah and I have a project in the works for our living room. If it turns out, I’ll share. =)

9. I’ve been wanting to bake my own bread for a while now. And not just occasionally – like, all of our bread. Brent thinks I’m a nut. I’ve been encouraged by reading about other blogging, down to earth, over-scheduled mamas who are making it work so I’m willing to give it a try. I hang my hopes on this. I’ll let you know.

10. Would you believe it if I told you we still have one more Christmas celebration coming up? At the end of the month we’ll partying like it’s 2008 with my sister’s fam and my dad/stepmom/stepsiblings. Can’t wait!

KristiJanuary 13, 2009 - 1:49 pm

I’m eager to hear how the breadmaking goes!!! I have that book on reserve at the library and I’m patiently waiting on it!! I went through a breadmaking phase a while back with the breadmaker-but it is so big and bulky. I hope you have good luck with this…do you have the book or are you just using the website? I haven’t looked at the website much-just mainly waiting on the book!!

JenniferJanuary 13, 2009 - 1:51 pm

I might have to look into that artisan bread thing! I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE fresh bread and bought a bread maker with high hopes of a warm loaf waiting for me when I woke up in the mornings. Unfortunately, the machine is a little loud and our bedroom is right off the kitchen. 🙁

MeganJanuary 13, 2009 - 3:23 pm

Great 10. I thought Michael Vincent was only looking to find me jobs. I haven’t been brave enough to hit reply either. Every.single.day. I have emails from that guy. Funny how I have lots of job offers when I’m not even looking. I have a friend who makes bread for her family of 8 every day. If you want her email, let me know. I am sure she would love to give you pointers. I do love the new site. It’s so you!

DaphneJanuary 13, 2009 - 4:39 pm

Micheal Vincent finds me a new job everyday too! You are going to be a bread baking genius! I’m hoping to get up to see y’all soon!

AnonymousJanuary 13, 2009 - 4:41 pm

Thanks for the vote shout-out! That reminds me, I need to head over and vote for myself today! 🙂

Girl, you are so ambitious. I got rid of my breadmaker long ago. . . I still make some from time-to-time but I’m not ready to give up 2 hours of my time in exchange for a $2 loaf of 100% whole wheat at Smith’s! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

Oh, and I love that you read J.J.’s quote in Wondertime. I’ve got to start reading that!

AmyJanuary 13, 2009 - 4:42 pm

That last one was mine. . . how come wordpress doesn’t automatically remember me? The typepad blogs do (as does your POTD). . . something I can select somewhere to make it so I don’t constantly end up commenting as “anon”?

sonjaJanuary 13, 2009 - 6:15 pm

I LOVED that Christmas idea too when I read it. It’s a great way to simplify Christmas but still make it special.

Have you read the new study out about sour dough bread? I was astounded that it did so well in the study…beat out 100% whole wheat in some catagories! (I’ll have to search for a link…can’t remember where I read it, but it was in our paper too). My friend and I have been searching for ways to make it from scratch–we’ll have to check that site out. Thanks!

ShannonJanuary 13, 2009 - 8:17 pm

Ahh…Michael Vincent and I go way back 😛

LizNJanuary 13, 2009 - 8:20 pm

yeah, right, like you need one more thing to do. I like your 5-min bread idea, though. Anyway, if I were that adventurous I’d go for Cornell bread. You can practically live on Cornell bread alone – no kidding, my mom made it for us when we were little. She’s a great baker, though, esp bread. Just google for the recipe.

christinewJanuary 13, 2009 - 10:13 pm

We have just recently taken to making bread. I thought we would dabble in french bread and whatnot, but my husband thinks we should make all our sandwich bread as well. I will have to see if my library has that book.

laura vegasJanuary 13, 2009 - 10:55 pm

i had to comment on the michael vincent thing … i get those every single day too! and yes, i’ve been tempted to see what he’s found for me. lol!

JanelleJanuary 14, 2009 - 7:32 am

Hi Erin. I love the new blog and the bread idea and website. I’ll have to have a go too. 🙂 I think your hubby is planning on joining us for dinner tonight. The weather is horrible…in the teens, snowy and COLD! Maybe hot chocolate is in order for this evening. We’ll take care of him and it will be fun to catch up.

MeridithJanuary 14, 2009 - 11:37 am

Erin, thank you for mentioning the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. I don’t think enough people know about it and what is going to happen in February if there are no further changes. I sew items for children and will no longer be able to sell my items through Etsy or boutiques because I will not be able to afford to have each one of a kind item tested. The testing fees are outrageous and are essentially going to put crafters and artisans who cater to children out of business. What a shame that the choices of huge companies in China are going to so dramatically impact the livelihood of many WAHMs who rely on that extra income. Now I’ll step off my soapbox, too!

carolJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Erin, What picture is Amy’s? I am sure Brent is anxious to get out of this weather – the kids are hoping for a snow day, the teacher’s are telling them to wear their pj.s inside out!

erinJanuary 14, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Oops…I should have mentioned. Amy’s picture is the first one…with the candy canes!

Amy C.January 14, 2009 - 7:01 pm

Hey Erin,

Tony ran into Brent a couple times while he is here in Dayton. Thought you were coming with him:( We wanted to have you two over and let all the kiddos play. I hear you may be here in the spring?

j.j.January 14, 2009 - 7:50 pm

Well thank you thank you my friend. I wish I could give credit where I originally got the idea, it was years ago and I wrote it down for when we had kids. It works very well and this year we did it between Ron and I too:) Boy I am getting tons of job offers, too. I wonder who that guy is??? I read thru (ok briefly) the artisan bread book a few months ago and my only complaint was not having all the tools…especially a plastic bin big enough?? Have you tried the New York Times no-knead bread recipe? SO EASY. Google it. I’m thinking Megan’s friend should start a blog about making bread for a family of 8 every day.

Jeanelle CarawayJanuary 15, 2009 - 9:37 pm

YES YES YES! Michael Vincent is the KING of finding jobs!!! HE’s DA BOMB!!!
(yes, sarcasm on that last part…though, I do get emails from him everyday. )

HeatherJanuary 17, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Could you tell us if you use filters or lens hoods?
Also what about silouettes?

EremeeffFebruary 4, 2009 - 12:27 pm

Ugh, I liked!

Have a nice day

Gonzalo EstevezFebruary 18, 2009 - 6:53 pm

Hello. Not totally agree with you, but you just gave me an idea for a new eBook regarding \”ten on tuesday.\”. It is related to chocolate tester jobs. Thanks.

JokerApril 11, 2009 - 9:14 am

Hi there,
Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!


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