Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TOOTHLESS! Vietnamese Coffee With Me



OMG...I was so pissed that I forgot to put in my partial (with one tooth) before filming this!  LOL.  I look like a homeless person.  WHATEVER!  I'm 56 and can be toothless if I want!  It took me all freakin' day to make this video and I was NOT going to do it over again.  Deal with it.  Be kind.

If you can't see this video here on my blog, go to YouTube to watch:  https://youtu.be/XESt87vo3kw

Y'all go leave me a thumbs up please!  And let me know in the comments here if you enjoyed this.

Peace, Sistahs.
♥♥♥

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Latest Doily, Perfume Mania, Auction Wins




IRENE
Made with blood, sweat, and tears.

She was a lot of trouble. I kept having to remind myself how worth it she was and how much I love crocheting doilies. Definitely the most interesting doily I've ever made. It kept me interested with all the different stitches and bobbles and twists and texture. Yep...she was worth it.

Pattern:  Irene from the book Doilies with a Twist by Patricia Kristoffersen
Thread:  Cebelia DMC #10 in color #437
Hook:  1.75 mm (I'd use a 2.0 next time.)
Size:  16.5"


Soft Surroundings Catalog

For some reason we got this catalog in the mail recently. I browsed through it, but I knew I wouldn't order anything because everything was too expensive...at least for me.  

Until I saw this and smelled it.
GAH.

Here's what it said about the L. perfume:

Warm & Sensual; Tobacco & Black Honey
L. embodies feelings of romance and nostalgia. It triggers movies in the mind - glamorous, sexy, mysterious movies.

L. opens with the intoxicating scent of warm, earthy tobacco leaf and sweet black honey contrasted with smoky notes of exotic guaiac wood and a zesting of citrus. Patchouli and a whisper of ylang ylang compose its alluring heart. The seduction is complete with an enticing blend of black vanilla and golden amber undertones. An unforgettable fragrance.

I loved it. So I ordered the little one they called a "truffle" for $19.99. The big one was almost $80. It came like this...

Wrapped just like a truffle candy!
How sweet.

Here it is unwrapped.
It's just a little spray bottle about 4 inches high.

And then I went to their outlet website and saw this...

A little gift collection of two of their signature scents.
One is what I already ordered and one is different.

Is this not the prettiest packaging?
What a treat! And for $11 on clearance! Or was it $9?
I can't remember.

But I wasn't finished there. You know how I am. I get my attention on something and can't get away.

Abdul Kareem Egyptian Musk Oil.

I was looking through YouTube videos and came across a review of this perfume oil. I love musk. I mean, I really love it. She got me. I ordered some on Amazon, $16.99 free shipping (I'm a Prime member). It came in the mail yesterday and did not disappoint. I dabbed it on my wrists and behind each ear and I smelled it all day. I read some reviews on it and some people said it didn't last very long and they had to reapply. I didn't have that problem. 

An interesting side note on this perfume...It was Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's favorite.

An interesting side note on the other one I got...Ken said it smells like an old lady. Hmpf! Well, shit. What good is it if he doesn't like it? Whatever. I kind of am an old lady, aren't I? Hee-hee.

I still want to order some of Sarah Jessica Parker's new perfume, Stash. I haven't smelled it, but I've heard it described. If it smells like I think it does, I'll like it. I think I'll be over the perfume obsession for a while after that.

Chile, it's smellin' good up in herrah!
That was me mimicking a black accent for some reason.



We went to a charity dinner a week ago Friday for Dollars for Scholars (for the high school here).  It was so much fun! We met more new people that live here and saw lots of people we already know. Dinner was fantastic (Italian) and there was an auction afterwards. A wide variety of things were auctioned off. These were two of the things we got.

It looks like a giant butterfly attacking Ollie! Ha!
It'll go on the back porch when it gets warmer.

So will this wind chime.
At least until it starts bugging the hell out of me tinkling in the wind.
Which will probably be about 5 minutes.
What? YOU'RE easily irritated.

I couldn't keep Hen & Chicks alive down in Texas in the heat.

Now I couldn't kill one if I tried.
Which I nearly did by leaving it in the mudroom and not watering it all winter.
I killed all the rest of my succulents. Why? WHY?
All I had to do was water them! Out of sight, out of mind.

Have you tried these yet?
YUM!


I have three recipes for you next time.
You're gonna love them!
Like I love you.

Peace.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Have Tea With Me



Hi, friends! Let me know if you enjoy this video. I'm linking to it down below in case you can't watch it here. Maybe you can watch it on YouTube.

I'm just testing some things out and trying to grow and evolve over here. I've had this little blog for almost 11 years now and I feel like I need to reach a little further and get out of my comfort zone. I'm not ending the blog...just adding to.

Here's the link to the YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/mwl2CnaCGFQ

I had fun doing it. Let me know what you think!

A big hug and lots of love from me to you,

Pammy Sue

Friday, March 03, 2017

Banana Pudding Bundt Cake

I dedicate this whole post to you, Banana Pudding Bundt Cake.
Because you deserve it!

Isn't she beautiful?

Blending the bananas into the batter.


Just out of the oven.

This is where I always hold my breath...
Turning it out of the pan onto a rack.
No need to hold my breath this time.
It slid right out perfectly. I love it when that happens.

Drizzle, drizzle, drizzle...

Drool, drool, drool...

You may now kiss the bride...er, eat the cake.

Oh, sweet baby Jesus, thank you for this food.
(See Fletch in the right-hand side with his eyeballs on it?)
Hee-hee. Don't feel sorry for him. He got to lick the beaters.



I can call this recipe mine because I changed a few things from the recipe I first saw on Pinterest. Because I love you, Sistahs, here is the recipe...

Banana Pudding Bundt Cake

2 very ripe medium-size bananas, mashed on a plate
1 box yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake)
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
4 large eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. (I used Baker's Joy spray.)
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and instant pudding powder.
Using an electric mixer, add eggs, water, and oil until well-combined.
Fold in mashed bananas.
Pour into your prepared Bundt pan and lightly shake to even out the batter.
Bake 35-45 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don't over-bake! Mine was ready at the shortest time so keep an eye on it and test with a toothpick every couple of minutes at the end.
Remove from oven and set on a rack to cool for 30 minutes, then invert cake onto a rack to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze:  I used about 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar mixed with 1-2 Tbsp of milk. I kept adding more powdered sugar until I got the consistency I wanted. Drizzle over cake.

Peace, Sistahs.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pink Snow Flurry and a Thank You

Doilies are flying off my hook here.


I wish the pink would have shown up as well in the finished pictures.

Blocking


I really like this doily. It was different.

This is the book the pattern is in.
December's Snow Flurry Doily.
I used Aunt Lydia's Orchid Pink and a 175 mm hook.
Mine blocked to 18 inches.

How y'all doin?



I got a package in the mail today anonymously with four skeins of yarn in it. THANK YOU, whoever you are! So very sweet of you! I've already been on Ravelry looking at patterns I can make with it. To know someone was thinking of me made my day. It wasn't a little thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

♥ Peace, Sistahs ♥


Friday, February 24, 2017

Chocolate Doily, Ice Urinal, Monkeys





Pattern:  Tea Break from the LA book, Tea Time Doilies by Ocie Jordan
Yarn:  Nazli Gelin in Chocolate Brown
Hook:  1.75 mm
Size:  23 inches



Ken built a urinal for the guys at the poker game out of the snow!
LOL.


I also made some of these sock monkey cup cozies.
They were fun.
Free pattern is HERE.


We've had some sunshine this past week and a lot of snow melt. There is still about two feet of snow out there, but most of it is clear from the roadways. We went into Canada yesterday and did some shopping. I think we're supposed to get more snow within the next week, but we'll see.

I'm starting another doily when I get this posted. We're having Veggie Burgers for dinner so that'll be easy. Not much news here.  Enjoy your weekend!

Peace, Sistahs.