Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Knit and Crochet Graffiti!!

Ever seen a crocheted/knitted bus?
Or how about parking meters?

Aren't these cool? It's from a site called Knittaplease and you can scroll through their gallery to see more. Motor scooter, car antennas, statues with leg warmers!
I wanna ride on that bus...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

No-Gauge Custom Cloche Tutorial

I came across a wonderful tutorial for a no-gauge custom crochet cloche over at TimaryArt's blog. You must check it out!

I'm really excited about this tutorial because it makes finding the right size to make the crown of the hat so very easy. And that was what always gave me trouble. A hat would end up too big or too little and I'd have to start all over again.
Who knew that we'd actually USE that algebra we learned back in school!!
Pretty flower too, but you'll have to supply your own pattern for that! : )

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Makin' a Collage

Noli was gathering leaves. And wanted to make a picture.
So out comes the glue stick and a lovely collage was made.
The bottom one sticking out is the trunk 'cause, of course, it's a tree. Made especially for her Daddy.

I love this little child.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Warm and Toasty Cowl

I finally got something new listed in my Etsy shop! This cowl is made of doubled 100% wool yarn in a winter white color. Isn't my daughter lovely in it?

And check out Noli -- even the little ones could wear it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Most Excellent Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

This is my family's favorite whole wheat bread recipe -- for a bread machine. It's from "The Bread Machine Cookbook II" published by Nitty Gritty Cookbooks/Bristol Publishing. There are five in this series, as far as I know, and I have all of them. Great little books! I got mine at a used book store.

All the ingredients gathered.

This recipe is for a large loaf made in a machine taking a 4 cup flour measure. (Mine is an older model Zojirushi)

Put into machine in this order (or as your machine instructs)

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/3 tbs. vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey (raw honey is especially good but regular clover is fine)

1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups whole wheat flour (see note below)
6 tbs gluten

yeast 1 packet (or 3 tsp. if you use the jar kind)

Note: you may also use whole wheat bread flour (4 cups) but leave out the gluten. Gluten, when combined with the yeast, helps to give a higher rise so is used with flours with low gluten content.

Bake on a regular white cycle according to your machine instructions. (If you have a whole grain setting, use that. I use the white cycle and it comes out perfect!)

And approximately 4 hours later:

Mmmmm -- enjoy! Nothing better than freshly baked bread!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Litter Box Nap

Excuse me? How dare you interrupt my litter box nap?

Cats are nuts! Granted, it's a cleaned litter box with brand new litter, but PUH-LEEZE, wouldn't the soft, nicely folded, newly washed towel on the window sill be that much more comfy?

Maybe because it's in a different, temporary location while I'm cleaning the laundry room?

Of course, nobody ever said Sam was the bright one...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Eye Spy - Shoes!

In the darkness of early morning recently, I banged my toe on the very heavy ottoman leg and just about practically lost my toenail.

Soooo, socks are now my shoes!
Or, the very nerdy slip-on sandals (don't they just remind you of a little old man dressed in plaid shorts and socks and sandals, running into the post office or somewhere?)
If I have to go out, I can get my trusty Crocs on since they are really wide at the toe.
This, however, is a pair that I really like when I can actually wear shoes.
I know they're open at the toe, but I do have some style about me -- I'm not about to wear a sock, or a bandaged toe, with those shoes!
So, there you have it. Busted toe and all.
For some real shoes, check out BugandPop -- and add yours.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Scrambled Eggs

My hubbie makes the best scrambled eggs. They are light and fluffy and buttery and cheesy. Yumminess.

These are the ingredients -- you gotta use REAL butter! No substitutes for us.

Here's all that yummy butteriness melting in our (his) new skillet. ("free" from the grocery store :)

OK, confession: he's chief cook; I'm chief bottle
washer (and kitchenhand, in charge of chopping and peeling!)

Next, mix it all up and add MORE butter.

Add the cheese (that's the dreaded sausages in the little skillet -- a love of my hubbies and not at all of mine.)

Just about ready to enjoy!

Oh, the buttery, cheesy goodness! Perfect with hash browns and an English muffin.
Definitely not for the dieters, but marvelous on a Sunday morning!


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