Monday, March 21, 2011

My Foodie Day

I feel like such a foodie today!

For lunch (and I ate the rest for dinner), I had spaghetti and I made a "sauce" with a can of diced tomatoes, brown sugar, and hamburger meat. It was delicious.

Then, I made some pepper jelly. I used to get some up in NC, but ever since I came to FL, I've had a hard time finding one that tasted the same. So, I decided to try making my own. It came out a little more vinegary than I would have liked, but it was still delicious. And I am going to try to let it sit for a few weeks and then try again to see if the vinegar taste has gone down some.


And for dessert, I had some granola, topped with peach yogurt, finished off with a dollop of peach jam, made by my sister-in-law last summer.


Here is the recipe for the jelly!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Just a Photo....

... of some shrunken Crocs. Well... A shrunken Croc.

I was reminded of this when I read somebody else's blog post about her shrunken PAIR of Crocs, and I wanted to share my similar experience.

I left my Crocs in my car for about a week and a half that I was off work and doing wedding stuff right before Anna's wedding, and moving, and etc. etc. When I finally got ready to go back to work, I went outside to get my Crocs and got quite a shock. One of them was in the floorboard, and one was on the ledge above the backseat, right in the window. Guess which one was where. I later went to the Crocs website and learned that extreme and prolonged heat will shrink your Crocs. Hmm. Good to know.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Why, Hello....

Just wanted everybody to know I'm still here. I'll post some knitting-related items soon. For now, I am not up to the challenge, but I will do it very soon.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Here you need-ohs, Mickey.

So, Saturday night I had the distinct pleasure of babysitting my beautiful niece, Caroline, while everybody else went to Halloween Horror Nights. I've been working on some Christmas decorations for the craft show in Oveido that Mom and Jenni entered. One of them is a miniature stocking ornament, which was sitting on a table in the living room Saturday night when they dropped Caroline off. Caroline and I were getting ready to go to the duck pond -- "you sit right here while Micky goes and changes her clothes" -- and when I came out of the bedroom, Caroline walked over to me saying, "Here you need-ohs, Mickey. And you yawn," as she holds up one hand with five needles, and one hand with a clump of yarn and a stocking-in-progress, from which she had yanked all of the working needles. "Thank you, Baby," I said and just stood there and looked at the damage.
Fortunately, as previously stated, it was a miniature stocking, and I was knitting it at a very tight gauge, so the stitches were very easy to pick up. But still, I'm sure you'll agree, it's never fun to see all of your needles outside of their respective wips.

Check back soon for some pictures of that and many other finished ornaments.

Friday, October 5, 2007

And the hits just keep on comin'...

So, the wedding was nice. Real pretty, a lot of fun. I don't have any pictures yet but when I do, I'll post some.

On Tuesday, while I was on my way back to NC, I apparently fell asleep at the wheel and wrecked my car somewhere along I-95 in Georgia, near mile-marker 13 or 15, I think.
I remember feeling tired and thinking I needed to get off at the next exit. After that, the next thing I can remember is I opened my eyes and had started going into the center lane a little, so I quickly steered to the left. Between rain, brand new tires, and loose steering, I swerved too far, so I steered back to the right to correct it, then I thought, "Oh no, I'm loosing control of my car." and that's the last thing I remember until I woke up and there was a woman outside my window telling me not to move, that the paramedics were on their way.

I was going to share pictures of my car and of my beautiful face -- a nice Halloween costume, too bad it's three weeks early -- but I can't find my camera. I hope it didn't get left in the car when we left it at the wrecker place. I'm sure we didn't.. we'd have noticed if it was left in there.

Anyway, Mom took pictures the other day when we picked it up, so I have a few of the car, but none of me yet.

I also had wanted to take a few pictures of the sock I've been working on.. I'm just doing Ann Budd's basic sock, but with a short row heel. Hopefully my camera will turn up soon and I can share that with you guys. This poor Magic Stripes yarn in Cowboy Stripe.. I really like it a lot, but I have started it in about thirteen different proejcts and ripped it out over and over and over again. Hopefully this will be the project that sticks.

Anyway.. for now, I leave you with some pictures of the wreckage..

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fall Into Autumn Topic of the Week and an Update.

So, this week we've been asked to post about whether we change our yarn or our projects as the weather changes.
I've been crocheting for years, but I really only made scarves and hats, and it was only recently that I was introduced to anything other than Red Heart or Caron's Simply Soft or anything else you can get at Wal-Mart. I would say I probably crocheted more in the fall/winter than during the summer. I probably only crocheted during the summer if there was a baby due who I was crocheting a blanket for or something.
As for knitting, I've only been doing it for a few months. It will probably be pretty similar to my crocheting style, though. It's getting into fall and I've just finished a pair of mittens and am working on a hat for Caroline. I've had a request to make hats for everyone back home. Dishcloths and socks will be year-round endeavors, but other projects, and colors, will be more dependent on the time of the year, I think..

In other news...
My car is on the fritz. I get paid tomorrow, and I'm seriously afraid all my money's gonna be going into my car. But at least I'll have some peace of mind afterwards, and won't have to keep worrying about it.
I haven't seen Karen since Sunday afternoon. I hate this stupid job and the stupid hours I have to work. I hate that Yvette deems it necessary to make everyone of my shifts be closing shifts. I've GOT to get away from there!
After church Sunday, Karen and I went to this lunch for the Young Adult Fellowship group. I had a wonderful time, and I'd love to start doing things with them regularly. I need fellowship with people my age. They have a Bible Study on Wednesday nights. It's at the same time as Knit Night, which stinks, but I really need to be a part of a Bible Study. I guess I'll try it out, at least. Growing in my relationship with the Lord is more important than knitting, but I really enjoy these women at Knit Night. I guess we'll just have to see where the Lord takes me.
Karen and I have no water. Sunday after church we noticed there was a lot of water on the ground, as though someone had washed their car or something.. Then she called me while was at work and said it was like a river out there. Apparently a water main had busted, and they had to turn our water off. I saw when I got home last night that she had run the water to let the muddy water run out, so I figured the water was back on, but.. none of the faucets work.. Now, the water that runs to the ice maker.. that works. We have muddy ice, but we can't take showers...
I have tonight off, and Karen and I are going to watch The Office together tonight! I can't wait to finish the rest of Season 3!!

And in knitting news....

I made some mittens for Caroline to match her socks, and I've just started working on a hat. For all three, I've used the Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, but have also altered them each to whatever suits my fancy. The pattern for mittens in the book makes mittens that are pointy and I thought they looked silly, so when I started decreasing, I did a sock toe decrease, decreasing on every row, until I had about sixteen stitches, then I did a three needle bind off. I think they're MUCH cuter, and I love 'em! My Stinker will look so cute in them!

I ripped out the perpetual blanket and started it again using less black and white in between colors.

I'm making a MD Ballband in White and Pink Lemonade.

I'm researching patterns for my Fall Into Autumn dishcloth partner. I can't wait to get started! Seems like she and I have a lot of the same tastes in colors and whatnot, so it'll be easy to decide what to make, but probably not so easy to part with it! :-)

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fall into Autumn Dishcloth Exchange Survey

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I do both. I really mostly knit, I do very little crochet anymore. But, I've been crocheting about.... oh, 10 years or so.. and knitting only a couple of months.
2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
I've made many a dishcloth. :-) I usually make them for myself but I've made a few for family members.
3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?
I usually use Sugar n Cream or Peaches n Creme. It comes in soooo many colors, which I love! I've made a few washcloths for my niece in TyDy.. That's all I've really ever used. I'd love to try anything new.
4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
I almost always use circulars, and always metal when I'm working with cotton.
5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
Mmmm.. I looooove colors!! Orange and purple are my two favorite colors. I love deep, rich tones, not pastels. And I'm really not a fan of gold. I like a mixture of colors, variegation as opposed to solids.
6. What do you like best about Autumn?
The weather cools down, the colors are beautiful. All my favorite holidays come in the fall.
7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!
Mmmmm, pumpkin! I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin cookies.. It's just my favorite flavor.
8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
I always loved summer, but back-to-school is really an exciting time of the year. I LOVE stationary and office supplies, so I always loved when it was time to start shopping for notebooks and folders and pens and etc.
9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)
I LOVE Halloween!!
10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
I'm not gonna say I don't have a sweet tooth, but I can't really think of any snacks I love. I love to drink. I'm constantly drinking. I love root beer, and I love Kool Aid, specifically Watermelon Cherry. Umm, I do like a lot of the Keebler cookies, like Fudge Stripes and chocolate-covered grahams. And gummies, like Gummy Bears or those Haribo gummy soda candies, and I love those gummies shaped like cherries.. yummmm. Oh, Oh!! And I LOVE candy corn, and those candy pupmkins that they have around Halloween!!!
11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
None. Just a roomate, who is pretty much the same person as me....
12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
Probably Red Heart acrylic.. lol I'm a simple girl.. No thrills and frills. I'm not cheap, though.. And I don't squeak.
13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
I've never made a facecloth.. at least not for myself. I made some washcloths for my neice, but no facecloths. I probably wouldn't use one, I'm a simple girl, like I said, and I don't need all that. I do use my dishcloths all the time.
14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
I love 'em both, but I'll have go to with Thanksgiving. I love all my family's T-day traditions. I have wonderful memories of spending time with my cousins and extended family.
15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?