Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Knitted Bracelet & Salisbury Steak Recipe

I knitted this icord wrap bracelet in about three hours, and I'm super-slow at knitting. It was fun!

Pattern:  Rustic iCord Wrap Bracelet by Elizabeth Murphy (bought on Etsy)
Yarn:  Premier Sock Yarn in Color "Utah" (Held double)
Needles:  Two U.S. Size 3 (3.25 mm) dpns
Button:  Wooden 3/4" 

When I purchased the pattern, I also bought a mini-skein of her yarn and a button, but I couldn't wait so I went ahead and made one. I'll make another using her yarn and button when it gets here later this week. And then I'll probably make another and another and another!

The Captain got this recipe from one of his buddies at work. It was SO GOOD! We had it with mashed potatoes, corn, and green beans. Delish! I hope you try it.

We're supposed to get another 2-3 inches of snow overnight. We have about an inch of sleet right now. Yippee! We made a grocery run and a run to Hobby Lobby so we're set to stay in and stay warm.

See ya.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Come On In!

Our front door knocker.
Of course it's a dog!
I have to remember to take it when we move. It was a gift.

Did your mom ever make Graham Cracker Cookie Sandwiches?
Mine did, and I make them too now and then.

After I got my lick off the beaters, Fletch, Eli, and Ollie got theirs.
Sammi and Janie were snoozing and were oblivious.
They all know they get to lick the beaters when I bake and gather around.
Just like kiddies!

Ever feel like you're being watched?
Fletch is always down there no matter what I'm making.
When you sit there, food magically falls from heaven.
Didn't you know that?

They are crunchy now, but after a day or two in a tightly-sealed container, they get soft. That's the way I like 'em. The Captain likes them when they're still crunchy.

Unfortunately, because of the bad weather, he didn't make the 30-minute trip home from work on Friday when I made these. He slept at work in his office because of the bad weather. He had to be back there early the next morning anyway, so he just stayed there. It just wasn't worth the hassle or the risk that he'd get into an accident. People drive so crazy.

I take back everything I said about Sammi not braving the snow.
She went out and peed like a big, brave girl yesterday.
(Although, she still pooped on the porch. Ha.)

Note to a8383:  Sammi is half Boston Terrier and half Black Pug.

Note to Anonymous who asked me to email a pattern: I don't click on any Anonymous links or email anyone who is Anonymous. It's too risky these days. If it was a legitimate request, you can find the pattern for my Sampler Blanket by searching my blog for a few posts with the beginning rounds (then I just mostly repeated and winged it), and there are other ones on Ravelry called "Stripey Blanket" that list their patterns.

I remembered to set some seeds out for the birdies.
Poor things must have been cold and hungry.

This is how it looks today.
It's all melting.

I'm making a pair of slipper socks for the Captain. I was totally confused yesterday and didn't get the first one finished. I've figured out what I was reading wrong and should finish them today.
Will show you the finished pair. I don't think this is the prettiest pattern you could make, but they're quick and easy to make, and they're warm. I'm making myself some pink ones next.

I'm giving the knitting a rest for a bit, but I'm not putting it aside forever, just in case you're wondering.

That's all for today. I'm making some banana bread and then finishing those slipper socks.

See ya.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Welcome to Snowy Texas

Warning: Pictures Galore...



Eli is saying the same thing, but I'm not sure if it's about the weather or me taking his photo while he's pooping. What a good boy braving the snow and cold! Sammi just takes a big ol' shit on the porch! She's always done that when it's snowing or raining. She ain't going out in it!

Anyway, these pics were taken about five minutes ago. It's been snowing about the last 45 minutes or so, and is supposed to continue through this afternoon. We'll see how much we end up with. I know this isn't much to some of you people who've gotten literally tons of snow this winter, but this is only our second "skiff" of it. Big news around here. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area is paralyzed. We are snow wimps and cannot drive worth two shits in it. My hubby just texted me that they worked three roll-over wrecks within the first 30 minutes of the snow starting. Wow. What is wrong with you people?

I roasted a Butterball Turkey Breast (Cajun Seasoned) on Wednesday. We had turkey, dressing, green beans, deviled eggs, and cranberry sauce. It was so good! Then yesterday we had turkey sandwiches...mine with the cranberry sauce on it. YUM! I think we have enough leftover turkey for one more sandwich each.

And just a few days ago, it was nearly 80 degrees and we were grilling hamburgers!

I picked these Paperwhites from the garden because they were all pretty and bloomed out and it was fixin' to freeze. I wanted to bring them in and enjoy them a while longer. They were so pretty.

No, it's not a cold sore. What do you think, I'm gross or something? I asked Fletch for a kiss, and he got a little rambunctious and nipped my top lip! It hurt like hell! LOL. You have to watch that one. He's crazy! He gets overly-excited and can't control himself. Jeez. You'd think I'd learn! Believe it or not, this disappeared before the day was over. All that was left was a purple lip on the underneath side.

Dog Pictures (and a couple with me).

An iPhone pic of me (sans make-up) and Eli laying in bed.

Crazy-ass sleeping. Don't sneak up on him!


Me & Ollie (again sans make-up).
Who cares?


And I can't leave Janie out.
I don't think she could see me very well so she looks a little startled.

End of Dog Pictures

I went shopping the other day in Plano, and when I came out of the store, look what I had waiting for me...

My own personal cop waiting in the parking lot for me.
I had texted him and told him where I was going.
I snuck a kiss or two through his window.

Man, did I dig up a variety of pictures from the last couple of weeks or what?  I didn't realize I had that many I hadn't showed you.


I just went out and took some updated pictures of the snow. It's really coming down! Look at the difference in the first pictures and these...

My poor Rosemary.
Hang in there, Rosemary!
I love you. You can make it!
Love grows where my Rosemary goes,
And nobody knows like me.

Bye, Friends!
Coffee and a fire coming up...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grape Doily

Pattern:  A Year of Doilies Book 5, April
Thread:  Aunt Lydia's #10, Wood Violet
Hook:  1.75 mm
Measurement:  21 inches

It felt so good to get back to the thread crochet! I had never done a doily with grapes so decided to give this one a try. The pattern states the doily is 15.5 inches, but mine came out much larger for some reason, at 21 inches. The book this pattern is in (listed above) is a great book to have if you like crocheting doilies. This is the third pattern I've made out of it.

We've had snow and ice the last two days, and we may get more tomorrow. Our last big hoorah for "winter" usually comes in February, so it's right on time. We've been enjoying a fire in the fireplace and all the coziness that goes with it.

I'll start another doily today, so I'll need to sit down and pick one out. I've got the bug again.

Nothing else happening around here. Thanks for stopping by! 

Love to you all.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Aqua Baby Sweater

Pattern:  Blue Rose Baby Sweater (Purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Brava Sport in Cornflower, 325-350 yards
Hook:  Size F (one size larger than pattern states)
Size:  Infant (Smallest in pattern)

Sweet pattern. I liked it. Would rather have made it in a darker shade so the stitching showed up better (that's my favorite part), but I needed to use what I had in my stash and went with the aqua. I ended up having to buy more after all. The pattern did not say how much yarn was needed to make the sweater. 

I'm very boring lately.
I gots nothin'.
See ya.