A good friend and I recently spent time at a local glassblowing studio which I  had often driven past but never visited.   A Groupon got our attention so we scheduled our “Glassblowing Workshop for Two” at Franklin Glassblowing Studio not knowing a thing about “glassblowing” other than it sounded fun.  We both discovered it is REALLY fun- and easy (provided you have a great teacher/artist beside you guiding you through the process which we did!)  We chose to make a heart paperweight which only involved shaping the extremely hot glass.

We started by dipping a ball of clear melted glass from a 2000 degree oven onto a long rod and then rolling it in pieces of colored glass……..

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We reheated and then rolled and shaped the hot glass in a very large bowl—that’s our teacher you see below, Jose! He’s awesome and helped us through each step.

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Next, we reheated our glass and then used a large spatula to shape the glass into a heart.

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We used two other tools to actually “break” the glass away from the unshaped piece.  I think that was my favorite part!

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The initial orange color is from the extreme temperature of the glass.  In fact, it briefly catches on fire on the wooden paddle–a true flaming heart!   It must be cooled for 24 hours in a special oven to prevent it from breaking if cooled too quickly.  This is not an activity for little kids, obviously, but a very fun mommy activity.

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Here’s the final “cooled” masterpiece a few days later.

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The outcome is so cool and would make a very special gift.  You will be proud of your creation!  Check it out.

Here’s the info:

Franklin Glassblowing Studio

1143 Columbia Avenue, Suite A10

Franklin, TN

615-435-3746

Owner:  Jose’

(He offered special rates for our group–Just mention No Mommy’s Perfect:)


Peachy Summer

Summer is here and the kids are out of school.  Life doesn’t generally change tremendously for most people at this time of year but for many moms, summer is either a season to be savored or a season to be endured.  I am finally learning to enjoy the lazy days of summer but, to be honest, I sometimes long for the routine of the school year and the routine of my job.  I tend to do best with structure–in fact, I really have trouble getting things done at all without some structure.  One thing I can ALWAYS do without difficulty is cook because it really keeps me focused.  Whenever I cook, I always have my iPad on the kitchen counter watching something on Netflix or checking a recipe online.  How did we ever live without our devices? Well, I’m not sure how we lived without Netflix but concerning cooking,  we simply used those “tried and true recipes” often from our moms, grandmas, friends, etc.  I thought I would share one called Easy Peach Cobbler but you could substitute other types of fruit.  This is SO easy and SO good with vanilla ice cream!  You will be a culinary star whenever you serve this yet it’s crazy easy.  It’s great reheated too.   Enjoy!

Easy Peach Cobbler  (from my mom:)

1 stick butter

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

28 oz can sliced peaches (or use equivalent amount sliced fresh peaches)

Melt butter in a deep round casserole dish in 350 degree oven.  Mix flour, sugar, and milk and pour over the melted butter.  Do Not Stir!!  Pour peaches on top.  Again, no stirring.  The crust will rise during baking.  Bake in 350 degree over for One Hour or until crust is brown.  Serve warm with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Have a Perfectly Peachy Summer!

 


Happy Easter


New Year's Resolutions 2015It’s 2015 and many have put pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) in order to make improvements this year. Often times resolutions are very effective in kick-starting a new diet, exercise routine, or overall attitude change. Many times resolutions are difficult to maintain and are abandoned by the end of January (or sooner).

Because I love new beginnings, New Year’s Resolutions are very “calming” for me since they remind me of the ability to change your situation …..no matter what, no matter when. This year, to avoid falling into the “perfection trap”, I am going to make one main resolution instead of several detailed ones (that I wouldn’t keep anyway). I am resolving to make, remake, or amend my more specific resolutions on a daily basis. I resolve to do this early each day, write down fresh (or refreshed) strategies to make progress, and review them during my day as I proceed. I think this will be a good way to give myself new motivation each day rather than simply focusing on whether or not I am doing everything “right.”  Also, I love reserving the right to change my mind!
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What method works well for you?
Happy New Year Moms! Have a perfectly imperfect 2015:)  Take good care of you!


pumpkin     I love Halloween-it’s short and “sweet” and doesn’t involve a ton of shopping. If I have learned anything in motherhood, though, it’s to go with the flow – that despite my best plans, I can’t control things. Despite finally finding my 9 year old daughter’s favorite costume this year (1950′s car hop:) and hoping to be so organized as to make 20+ of the little “pumpkin” fruit cups for her class that I saw on Pinterest…we spent Halloween a different way. My sweet daughter was feeling really bad so no school for her and no class party -instead a trip to the pediatrician. She perked up but by trick or treating time, she was exhausted and asleep on the couch. She woke up and said she wanted to try to get her costume on …..but she just didn’t feel like it. Poor baby. One of her sweet friends brought her a lot of her own trick or treating candy which made her happy the next day. It wasn’t the Halloween we expected but we were all home together and my daughter is on the mend.
I remembered the early baby days when I would get everything just set to walk out the door and ….you know what happens, spit up, wet diaper, or complete blow out. It would almost bring me to tears but after many times of realizing my best plans can’t “make” things go my way (especially when it comes to motherhood) it’s becomes even more clear that it’s just a continual process of letting go. I find it ironic that we spend so much of our early years and also teach our kids to “do your best” and “try harder” to impact an outcome in school, sports, etc. yet our adult years are often spent “trying harder” to let go and relax and not take the outcomes personally–despite our best efforts. I may have said it before but I found school and work to be infinitely easier than being a mommy although I wouldn’t trade motherhood for the world.
Well, I need to get started on planning Thanksgiving and Christmas……I’m sure everything will go just as planned (yea, right) Actually things will be better than perfect, everything will be Perfectly Imperfect which is just fine with me.