Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
CHOCOLATE OATMEAL NO-BAKE COOKIES
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco (Yes, I know how bad it is for you but when you can't have butter, you do what you have to do.)
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
3/4 cup peanut butter
Combine sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a boil for one full minute.
Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter (optional), vanilla and oatmeal.
Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.
They turned out great, satisfied my craving to cook them (because, yes, I was craving the cooking part) and bonus!! I stumbled upon a dessert that my husband actually likes!! Ha!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
UNHEARD OF!! At least by me. Until now. So, here is the recipe:
In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid) mix:
2 cups very hot water
2 T honey
1 T salt
1/3 cup oil
In a small bowl mix:
½ c warm water
1 T honey
2 T yeast
Add 3 cups flour to large bowl (or your Kitchen Aid) and mix well. Add small bowl and 3 to 4 more cups flour. Mix until smooth and you have a cohesive ball of dough. Leave the dough in the Kitchen Aid (if you are using one) and mix every 10 minutes for an hour or knead every 10 minutes for 1 hour. Divide and shape into loaves. (You don't need to let it rise again!) Bake at 350’ for 35 minutes.
Try not to eat all of it at once. ;)
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I know it's been a long time. I've made stuff; Ive done stuff, but I've had no camera to document all the stuff with! :(
We FOUND the camera!!! HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, hopefully, we will now return to our regularly scheduled blogging. :)
Please enjoy these sweet pics of Eme enjoying the fourth. (Taken by his fabulous photographer-uncle, Nate of Caulford Photography.)
p.s. Perspective makes it seem as though I am a crazy mother who is allowing her six month old to hold fire. That IS NOT the case. I swear Eme is NOT holding the sparkler. It is NO WHERE near his hand even. It just looks like it.
p.s.s. Eme LOVES fireworks!!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Honestly, I laughed so hard!
I use a (fake- read fabric from Joann's) Moby. It is the best, most used "baby" item I have. I wear him at home when I'm trying to get stuff done (the rest of the time I usually just hold him.) But when we're out and about, he is ALWAYS in it. To the point that friends say, "I've NEVER seen him." Because he is often asleep and therefore mostly covered. Haha. What can I say? He's happy in it and I'm happy to have him in it.
I could go on and on about it, but I'll save it and just say, if you have a babe, you NEED this.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
On Saturday, Dave (that's the hubster), Eme and I went to a friend's moving sale. Mostly to say goodbye before they leave for med-school in Iowa. But. I got a AWESOME table so that I can cut my fabrics without crawling around on the floor. YAY!!! For $15 bucks no less! It is SUPER solid too. It was quite exciting for me. I'll post some pics as soon as I find the lost camera.
In the evening Dave took me out to the same friend's parent's Japanese restaurant. Oh man, was it good. We had sushi and tempura. Which it pretty much the best meal ever in my opinion.
This morning, Dave surprised me with a book that I have been mooning over for TWO years. It's a first edition, signed copy of "The Great Conspiracy" published in... are you ready?... 1887.
Awesome. It has newspaper clippings all through out the book from then too. I am so excited about it. See, I'm kind of a book nerd.
This book is about the civil war. I can hardly wait to read it. Gotta get some latex gloves to wear while handling it. I'm so excited about it!! :) And now I've said that twice.
I hope your Mother's Day Weekend was as exciting for you in your own way as mine was for me!! :)
Happy Mother's Day to all.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I feel so badly about it. I know it's not my fault. But, I still feel responsible. I should have kept him safe! I shouldn't have let those yucky germs anywhere near his sweet blue eyes. But they got there! Stupid germs. It is completely ridiculous that I'm feeling ashamed for letting him get it. (Because really, I didn't let him get it.) But there it is. O-well. He'll be good soon. Wish I could find my camera so that I could post a pick... not of the pink eye, just a cute one of him. He's getting so big!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I woke up early and kind of upset. I actually laid in bed for another hour and thought while my babe slept all curled up next to me. I thought about what I would do if I really was dying. How I would say goodbye to my husband. What I would do to try and get him "ready" for that day. How I would hug and hold my sweet little guy one last time and hope that it would be enough to last for the rest of his life. What I would try to leave behind so that he could in someway know me, from me, and not just by what his daddy, family and friends told him.
It's affected me all day. Now, as far as I know, I'm totally healthy and I will live to bare this babe some siblings and live far into his future. But, what if I don't? I would hope that other's would love him for me and teach him about his mom that loves him so much and is certainly watching from the other side. And, I know that my family would.
But if something was to happen to me, I would want to "leave something behind" that was just for him from me. Something to help guide him through his life. A piece of me. Is it weird that I feel like I want and should do something in response to these dreams? I have no idea why on earth this was what my dreams were about.
I'm doing somewhat better now. But obviously, I haven't been. Our ward was just so wonderful. It was a married student ward, so we were around the same age and stage of life. Now we have to go back to a ward that we've been to before. A ward that my husband grew up in. The same ward as my parent's in law. A ward that did not welcome us when we were a part of it before. And so, I've cried.
It is looking like one of my friends might be in the ward, so I'm crossing my fingers that that is the case and if so, sticking close by her.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I decided to make him a cake.
You know, because it's his birthday.
It's what you do for birthdays.
So I got to work, whipped up a yummy tasting batter and put it in the oven.
The minutes ticked by; I watch it closely.
I pulled it out right as it was springing back from my touch.
It looked awesome.
Then it started to cool.
"WHY???" I cried in despair!
Then I had a vision of the instructions.
It said to sift the baking soda and flour together.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
If you're new around here, Welcome!
I'm a new stay-at-home mom that likes to crochet, cook, read, sew and dance... Really those are just a few things I enjoy, but those are mostly what I blog about. come on in and look around! :)
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The other is this:
Today one of my friends (Jessica Kettle of Jessica Kettle Photography) found out that an Etsy seller (Bridal Bliss Designs- DON'T work with her) had stolen a bunch of her pictures and
WHAT A LYING THIEF!!
Sorry for the rant, but this has my knickers is a bit of a twist! Jess is sweet and cute. And majorly hysterical. In both her writing and life. She is an incredibly talented photographer. I love her and her work.
Here is a picture that she took from my little brother's wedding:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Isn't the button pretty?
Another Polar Bear hat... This one made for and sent off to Alison, the giveaway winner.
I'm working on a Pink Polar Bear hat order and then I think I'm gonna make a bunny for the Little Mister to wear on Easter.
Yup, I'll have plenty of embarassing pics when Em's a teenager. ;)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I think it's ok, but I'm not quite convinced yet. We'll see how I feel about it in a few days.
Since I've been on vacation I haven't done a whole lot of creating. I've made several of the same hats, but I haven't created anything new. I'm feelin' kinda itchy to make something new.
Guess I better get on that.
Oh. And I've sort-of opened up an Etsy shop, but I've only listed the Koala Hat so far. Kind of as a test. I'll get the rest up soon, and then we can have a grand opening party! :) It'll be fun; you're all invited.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
"I'm a follower of Ballet Shoes and Yarn and Hooks and Books!
I'd LOVE to win the polar bear hat in blue for my second surrogate son who is due in June. :D
Congrats Allison!! I'ma email you in just a minute!
Thank you all for entering! And Extra Super Thanks to Helena for hosting!!! For those of you that didn't win, have no fear! I have decided that I AM going to open up a shop. It's gonna be a few weeks, but it's in the works. Until then, if you need something made, just email me or comment and we can work it out!
Thanks for your support! :)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I will be giving away one of these:
It's your choice which one you want me to make for you! And, since I'm making it for you, that means it can be what ever size you need it to be. Happy day!
All you need to do to win is become a follower here, then head on over to Life in the Pitts.
and tell her which hat you'd like! That's it!
Now, if you'd like more entries you can:
Tell others about the Giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, Blog (3 entries), etc. Then leave a comment telling us what you did! (with a link). This is completely optional.
The Giveaway will end Thursday night, at 11:59pm Mountain Standard Time.
p.s. This also happens to be my 50th post... ;)
Monday, March 15, 2010
It starts tomorrow!
And is being hosted here.
What am I giving away you ask?
Well it just MIGHT be a hat. If you want a sneaky peeky, head over to Life in the Pitts.
Check back tomorrow to join in the fun!
And feel free to tell your friends.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I think this is the best discription of how I feel when I'm performing that I've ever heard.
Monday, March 8, 2010
But I'm nervous.
I've gone to the 'register to be a seller' page on Etsy like fifty times.
Then I just stare at it.
And do nothing. Well, nothing but stare.
It feels like this huge step and what if?... What if my product isn't as cool and cute as I think it might be? How do I effectively market so that people will actually SEE my stuff? 'Cause there's a lot of people selling. What if people think my stuff is cute, but not cute enough to actually invest? What if they think it's crap?
*Sigh*. And so, I stare.
Then I make another hat for Eme. And don't waste my time worrying that he's gonna reject my stuff.
'Cause he won't... At least not for a few years yet.
Have any of you 'taken the plunge'? Any words of wisdom or encouragement?
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
I have puppy, kitty and bunny hats in the works! :) Oo. And a different dinosaur one too! I'm having fun with these, can you tell? ;)
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
-Helen Thomson 1943
I'm a dancer. Even though I rarely get to dance anymore I still identify myself as such. As in, when people ask me to describe myself, I lead with "I dance..." I'm not a pro (my boobs pretty much guaranteed that I wouldn't be - I developed big and early, even though I was a stick) but, like this quote says, it touched me forever. There are few things I love more.
(I have another hat in the works at the moment... it's almost done. It has ears. And a chin strap.)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In other news, I was able to get a hat and mittens set finished yesterday. Good thing too, I need the whole set (blanket included) done by tomorrow night! I'll be giving them to my sister-in-law at her baby shower on Saturday.
Here's Emerson modeling a sneak peek of the mittens and hat set:
Can you tell I really like this green yarn? I think it works well for a boy OR a girl, depending on the colors you pair it with.
I'll share the blanket as soon as I'm done. It's gonna be the yellowy cream above and the charcol gray contrast color in the mittens and hat set.
p.s. Do you like the ear flaps? I do. Super easy to add to the origional hat pattern. I'll share later. :)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Last Friday I was VERY flustered by the time my husband got home. Like, flustered to the point of tears flustered. I had all these things that I had planned to do and had gotten NONE of them done. Plus, after two and a half weeks of going milk free and CHOCOLATE free M's poop (yes, I'm gonna talk about his poop- if you're not a mom, sorry; if you are a mom, I know you totally get it) was still green. The only other thing I could think of that I had had everyday was wheat. I went from flustered to depressed VERY quickly. Wheat is in EVERYTHING. And, I was freaking out. No bread. No cookies. No marinades. No SOUP!! (Those that know me, know I heart soup. ) Or at least thickened soups... So I can still have pho. I can't even have soy sauce!
So, I have been wheat AND dairy free since last Saturday night. Guess what?! His poop was yellow again all day yesterday!! Maybe I was getting some milk in there for the first almost three weeks? Or maybe he's allergic to both? I guess we'll see as time goes on and as the doc figures it out. Oh. We went to the doctor's yesterday- I hadn't mentioned that.
Hopefully, he'll be right as rain soon and I can get the things that I want and need to be getting done. (Like the baby shower present for my sister-in-law.) Until then, I've realized that it is more important to tend to him and not be upset if I can't do all that I want to. He's only gonna be a baby once and I need to enjoy it. (And I am!!! Oh so much!) Green poop and all. :)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Yarn used: Homespun by Lion Brand
Size H hook
row 1: ch 4, join last ch to 1st.
row 2: ch 2, sc in ea st around,join with sl st (5)
row 3: ch 2, 2 sc in ea st around, join with sl st (11)
row 4: ch 2, sc in ea st around, join with sl st
row 5: ch 2, 2 sc in ea st around, join with sl st (22)
row 6: ch 2, sc in ea st around, join with sl st
row 7: ch 1, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next, repeat around, join with sl st (35)
row 8: ch 1, dc 1, sc in next 4 st, repeat around, join with sl st (29)
row 9: ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (30)
row 10: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st
row 11: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st
row 12: ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (31)
row 13: ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (32)
row 14: ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (33)
row 15: ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (34)
row 16; ch 1, sc in 1st st, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (35)
Tie off, weave in ends.
Yarn used: Homespun by Lion Brand
Size H hook
row 1: Magic circle 5 sc
row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st around, join with sl st (10)
row 3: ch 1, 2 sc in ea st around, join with sl st (20)
row 4: ch 1, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, repeat around, join with sl st (25)
row 5: ch 1, dc 1, sc next 3 st, repeat around, join with sl st (20)
row 6: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (20)
row 7: ch 1, dc 1, sc 2, repeat around, join with sl st (15)
row 8: ch 1, dc 1, sc 3, repeat around, join with sl st (12)
row 9: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (12)
row 10: ch 2, dc in ea st around, join with sl st (12)
row 11: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (12)
row 12: ch 1, sc in ea st around, join with sl st (12)
tie off, weave in ends
Ch 50, tie off, weave into double crochet.
The shirt is a nice, dark navy that in it's past life was a man's XL t-shirt. I recycled. I used this tutorial from Made. You could also make it with a onesie (get one at the dollar store!) or a purchased t-shirt. Then I cut out the heart (also from an old t-shirt) and just eyeballed the embroidery. I "heart" how it turned out!