Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I don't know about you, but I'm going to take this all in my stride with some nice sock knitting that needs to be finished up and shaking my head as I look confused out the window. If all else fails... start knitting.
To come tomorrow: pics (sadly a very few, I was too engrossed in the class and samples we were knitting) from Cat Bordhi's class and hopefully Sam's finale.
This weekend, it was 75 F. Even those of us who enjoy the winter were happily trotting around our yards. Woke up this morning and it's snowing, well trying to - it won't stick fortunately. The high should be around 45 F.
I know you think you're funny, but I think your just plain bloody cruel.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
In case you haven't been to McDonalds lately they have attempted to have some healthy choices and have a few salads on the menu. One of the salads was called Southwestern Salad and I wanted to know if the salad had olives on (I despise olives - no, I'm not exaggerating - I literally despise them.) so I asked at the window "Could you please tell me what exactly is in the Southwestern Salad?"
The girl responded, with a blond 90210 duh attitude of "Uhhh, I think it has salad and dressing?"
I thought maybe she misunderstood what I was asking (maybe my accent was a little strong at that moment, I had just finished talking to my dad and that tends to whip out the old limey accent pretty fast) so I asked again "well, obviously it has salad, but could you tell me what exactly that consists of?"
I couldn't see, but I was sure she rolled her eyes and said "well, lettuce and maybe southwestern ranch dressing?"
I gave up and told her not to strain herself with adding anything else to the order.
The smart four year in the back seat commented after we had picked up the order "Mom, that girl wasn't very smart. She was a dumb rock."
My thoughts exactly.
Good news: Managing to squeak in some time late at night to work on Sam. Should be finished with second sock tomorrow.
Bad news: Managed to drop cell phone in Target on Saturday where it was ran over, twice. Still works, if you pound it first against the steering wheel and threaten to flush it down the toilet.
Good news: Insurance on phone, meant new phone shipped promptly to me and received next day. Have cell that works again, all is right in the world.
Bad news: Some arse stole my credit card info and ordered a bunch of stuff online. Spent most of day closing accounts or putting freezes on them. I have their email information though. Wish I knew someone who could send these buggers a virus and mess with their lives.
Good news: Received some traded Sundara yarn on Monday.
Bad news: Dad suffering chest pains and seeing specialist, while his baby girl lives across the Atlantic.
Good news: Dad receiving care and doing good. Just a scare, fortunately.
Bad news: Tax Day. 'Nuff said.
Good news: class with Cat Bordhi on Friday.
This could go on forever. I tell you, a lot has been happening lately. Major Ups and Downs. I feel like I'm on a See Saw (English name for a teeter totter)
Monday, April 13, 2009
Quick Question: any tips on making the last two stitches on your kitchenered toes of your socks not look strange? (i.e. loose, baggy, not lying flat, just plain annoying.) The tension is perfect on the rest of the kitchenered stitches. I'm sure there is some handy dandy technique out there for making these stitches behave. I know I can always get rid of it when weaving in my ends, but just wondering.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
The first time I made it by melting 24 caramels with a couple of tablespoons of milk to make the Caramel layer. It turns out very nicely.
You can also make the Dulce de Leche (much better than regular caramel) by boiling a can (still in the can) of Sweetened Condensed Milk for three hours and it becomes magically Dulce de Leche. You feel rather clever doing this method and might feel the need to call your mum long distance and tell her how clever you are, but I wondered about how much money it actually cost to run the stove for three hours, and then I went for the best method....
I ran to the store and bought some Gourmet Dulce de Leche and this turned the pie from good to truly heavenly without all the work. (10 minutes tops to make it)
Make or buy one 9" graham cracker crust (or you can make a crust by crushing up one of those many girl scout cookie boxes you have, or in our case, gluten free cookies)
2 banana's, sliced
1 cup Caramel (you decide which kind you want to use.)
1 Vanilla Pudding Instant Pudding
1 cup milk
1 cup of thawed Cool Whip
Layer one banana on the bottom of the pie crust. Then cover the banana's with the caramel. Top caramel with the other banana slices.
Mix pudding mix with one cup of milk. When thickened, fold in the Cool Whip.
Cover the banana/caramel layers with the pudding mixture.
Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Can decorate pie with banana's and whipped cream, if desired.
The flowers on the counter wasn't quite enough flora for me, so I whipped up some quilt squares for a rag quilt with lots of flowers on.
I no longer feel gloomy and have a spring to my step, if not in the chilly Northwoods air.
We'll see how long this tides me over before the real Spring shows up.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
It was late when I took these pictures and so had a hard time getting the color to show correctly in the dim light. The color is probably closer to the dark/slightly unclear picture below, but it has more sheen to the yarn - giving it almost a silky looking texture.