Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Super Bowl


Tons of memes are out there regarding the cities from whence the teams are from. Somehow the fact the both places have allowed marijouna sales tickles the funny bone of quite a few people. Something about smoking bowls. Nothing I know about.

One of the most important parts of a Super Bowl party is the guacamole.  The latest Consumer Reports (February 2014) (how can they date it for February when we are still in January? Is there a time vortex involved?) contains a wonderful one page report on "Guacamole that earns an 'ol`e!" (pg.7). Their recommended store bought guacamole is Sabra's classic product. You can purchase an 8 oz container at Carrs/Safeway for $4.99. (AK prices.)

Consumer Reports also includes tips for avacodas and a recipe for homemade guacamole.  Homemade is always better. Less chemicals, fresher and you know what is in there.

From Consumer Reports:

How to create a homemade dip

Choose ripe avocados or buy them ahead of time and let them ripen. (To speed ripening, put them in a paper bag with an apple.) To keep mashed avocado from turning gray-brown, try adding lime juice, keeping the pits in the dip until serving time, or gently adding a half-inch of cold water to the dip as an oxygen barrier. (Pour it off before serving. )

•2 ripe avocados, mashed
•juice of 1/2 lime
•salt to taste
Add one or more:
•1/4 to 1/2 tsp: ground cumin, ground coriander, minced garlic, hot sauce, or roasted garlic
•1 to 2 tbsp: chopped cilantro, chopped parsley, diced jalapeños, diced chipotles in adobo
•1/4 to 1/3 cup: diced tomato, diced onion, salsa, cucumber (peeled, seeded, and chopped), diced red and green, mild chilies

What kind of chips? Consumer Reports recommends Tostitos multigrain "best in our past tests of multigrain chips. They're crispy and tender, with lots of sweet corn flavor."

Another option is to make your own.

From "Ultimate Nachos" by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson.

•1 ounce vegatable or canola oil
•1 corn tortilla
•cayenne pepper

1. In a skillet over medium heat, heat to oil to 350°F. You'll know the oil is ready when you add a small piece of tortilla to the skillet and it floats and bubbles.

2. Cut round tortilla into triangle shapes of any size you want, then add the triangles to the oil.

3. When one side becomes golden brown, about 1 minute, flip them over and fry the opposite sides until golden brown.

4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chips from the oil and transfer to paper towels to drain.

5.Toss the chips with salsa and the cayenne, if using.

Repeat as needed.

Sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! Can't wait for the Super Bowl party.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Not sure...

Not sure what is going on. Thursday & Friday of last week I was having lightheadedness. I have no energy. Nor do I want to do anything but sleep. The only reason I am not curled up on the couch is because I need to change my pjs. Kinda interested in knitting but not enough to pick up my needles.

I have an appointment tomorrow. Wonder if I am low on vitamin D.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Day of School

Just dropped off my 6th grader. Sigh...where does the time go? Seems like yesterday she was rolling into kindergarten. Tomorrow, she will be graduating from high school & headed off to her adventures in the big wide world. This is why we must live in the present. The past is done. Nothing we can do will change what has happened. We can learn from our mistakes & blaze our own trail into the future. And live in the present.

Unless you are hanging with Dr.Who. Then disregard everything I said.

In just a bit my 4th grader is off to school. Then I can go back to my routine of sleeping till noon, watching soaps & eating bon bons.

(In actuality, spending the morning cleaning & running errands in the afternoon.)

The fun never ends.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monmouth Cap

Some weeks ago I stumbled upon The Dreamstress and she was talking about a year-long sew-a-long. For the first five minutes, I thought I would not be able to participate. Yes, I sew. No, I don't have the space to dedicate to sewing a historically accurate costume. (As much as I would *love* to...) However, The Dreamstress pointed out that knitting would be acceptable also. (Mental head slap) Of course knitted items would work as they knitted them! I was quite thrilled to see that. After signing up on the Facebook page, I spent about five hours screwing around industriously researching possible knitted patterns. After several misleads, bunny trails and child/husband interruptions, I came across my first project.

The Monmouth Cap. The history of the Monmouth Cap can be found here. In a nutshell, the cap was introduced in the earlyish 15th century. The everyday man wore the cap-made from serviceable material. Royalty wore the cap- made from finer material. In later years, the cap was widely used among sailors as it kept the head warm (imagine that!) Captain John Smith (yes, that Captain) even recommended the English colonists include the cap in their kit.

The pattern I used was a compilation of this one and this one. The yarn I used was Lion Brand, Jiffy in Dark Gray Heather, 100% Acrylic. (Yeah...I know...not historically accurate yarn). I have used the cap several times and it is quite warm. DD#2 loves playing with the brim, changing it up, down, leaving one side up and the other down etc...

Things I learned-how to pick up stitches and sl2tog, k1, psso (different way of decreasing instead of k2tog)

I would like to make this hat again. This time doing a provisional cast on as suggested in knitting-and. Should make turning the brim easier. And maybe make a third one so I can felt it.

Brim up
As requested...the facts

The Challenge: Challenge #5: Peasants and Pioneers

Fabric: Lion Brand, Jiffy, Dark Gray Heather. 100%Acrylic 

Pattern: I used a pattern from Jennifer L. Carlson and knitting-and 

Year: Earlyish 15th century to 17th and even later 

Notions: None, zippo, zilch, Nada 

How historically accurate is it? Both patterns used were based upon viewing one of the few surviving Monmouth Caps. From what I could see, when the brim is down, the cap does resemble the cap in The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre
Brim Down

Hours to complete: About five (slow knitter and the first time I picked up stitches)
First worn: As soon as it was off my needles-March 6, 2013
Total cost: $6-for the yarn
Other Monmouth Cap websites :
17th and 18th century knitted caps
Colleen Stitches in Time -SCA
ravelry Monmouth Cap Pattern
Odettes Obsessions
More historical caps

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pin Wins!!!!!

Who does not LOVE Pintrest? Anyone?

So, now that we have that settled... This blog posting is where I will post Pin Wins. The small ones that are wonderful but small enough that they don't really rate an entire posting. Where I can, I will try to link it to the original poster. However, I am not a detective, so if I attribute the idea to the wrong person, please let me know and I will correct.

First up, Keeping track of that silly medicine. Or...Did I give him the dose?

As you can see, we only missed two doses. The first one
when I remembered about the Pin. The second was DH night.
How many of you have children? Children that get sick? That need medicine? Do you also have a spouse that likes to help? This idea was one I saw and could not wait to try. No, I didn't want my kid sick, I just wanted to try this. And see if it worked. and the result is...Yes! Yes! Yes!

I kept the entire kit in a ziplock bag and stowed in the fridge. Yeah, towards the end the Sharpie was a little iffy about writing, but as soon as it would warm up, all was fine.

Poster as labeled on the pin. (Really, who knows who the original person was. Maybe they had to keep track of their daily meds and figured it would not hurt to do the same for the kid.)

Second Pin Win:

Making Tortillas
Using a pants hanger as a recipe holder. Google it. I dare you. No? Well, here ya go. Enjoy.

I don't have a fancy recipe holder. I used to have a clip that had a strong magnet. I would clip my recipe to the 'over the stove hood range' (kinda bulky for a name). Worked great for me. Till we moved somewhere that had a plastic cover. (really?) So, Pintrest to the rescue. Most of the pins I saw utilized the cabinet knobs to hang the hanger. Alas, my cabinets are lacking in knobs with which I can hang the hanger. So, I simply closed the door on the top of the hanger. Works just fine.  The hanger I used was one from a store purchase-PJs I think. I have had about 12 pages clipped in at one time. Gets a little weighty at that point and seems to slip from the cabinet.

Someday, I shall have cabinets with knobs. Shiny knobs. Knobs that are self-cleaning. Until then I will be happy with what I have.

Candy in Cookie Form

Last week I was on a major sweets craving. I needed a fix. What I really wanted was chocolate chip cookies. Not feeling like going to the store for GF flour, I hit the WWW looking for a cookie that didn't use any flour. I was hoping there would be one as I have made flourless peanut butter cookies before. I was really hoping, and wishin' and prayin....


I found this. Flourless Chocolate Walnut Oatmeal Cookies I just have to say...Oh. My. Goodness. This is like eating candy. Let's just say I gained about a million pounds. On average, I ate five cookies a day. I convinced myself they were healthy- peanut butter, oatmeal, dried cranberries and dark chocolate. All healthy stuff.

In moderation.

AHHHHHHH.... Those two silly words!!!!!

I followed the recipe somewhat closely. For the first batch (stick with me here) I used Adam's No-Stir Creamy Peanut Butter, two cups Quaker Oatmeal, one cup dried cranberries, handful each of Ghirardelli white, dark and semi-sweet chocolate chips. When done, the mixture looked very gloppy. Not really cookie batter. So, I mixed up a second batch. This time I creamed the butter and sugars really good. At least five minutes. Same after I added each egg. Followed the recipe after adding eggs step with the same alterations. the second batch looked much better. So, I mixed both together.

Yeah...should not have done that.

What I should have done was bake the first batch as bars and the second batch as cookies. Ah well...it all turned out in the end. I am not sure how many cookies I ended up with. Each pan held about nine cookies (they spreaaaaaad) and I think I did maybe...10? 11? 19? 500? pans? So probably about 90 cookies at least. My oven runs on a lower temp so I would leave them in for the 12 minutes and prep the next pan after the timer would go off. So maybe 13-14 minutes?

These cookies were absolutely chewy, delish, (a little on the thin side) and yummy. These have moved to my "Recipes Tried and Liked board.

Unfortunately, there are no cookies left to take pictures. So, I shall leave you with the Trader Joe's picture.

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

totally entering this in Pintrosity's Pinstrosiversary Challenge!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Knitting Projects DONE!

As the title suggests, this post shall contain pics and information of my knitting projects.

'Mis-matched' socks for DD#2. These origionally started out as mismatched socks, however, because I didn'a pay attention to the starting color on the second sock I accidently made matching socks. The first sock was started and completed in November but got side tracked with Christmas monkeys. I started and completed her second sock in January, however, it was too big so it became my sock. I now need to make my second sock.
Yarn: premier yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Sock Yarn, Surf color
Needles: Takumi Bamboo DPN #2
Size: Medium socks
Pattern: Tall or Short, Socks to Go, Leisure Arts Little Books
Other info: Cuff is Seed ribbing; One toe is a gathered closed toe; Other is Grafted.
Comments: DD#3 likes cuffs to go over the ankle bone. Since I bind off tightly, top down always. First time turning the heel was confusing. Just follow the instructions. Watch videos if possible.
Turning the heel
Grafting/kitchener stitch