Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Okay, here we go with some random stuff...
I painted my toenails black last night and like it.
I'm really loving crocheting my Giant Granny Blanket, but I wish I had made it a Rectangle Granny instead. Now I'm going to have to make squares for both of the ends so it'll be more rectangular. Square blankets don't work very well unless they're HUGE. I hope it doesn't ruin the look of it because I love it so far. I got six more rows done today. I'd say it's over half-way finished.
I made some shredded beef enchiladas over the Christmas holidays that sucked. How can you screw up enchiladas? Well, I believe my flour tortillas were defective. Yes, that's what it was. They turned all gummy and pasta-like on me. I've never had that happen before. It was weird and a horrible waste of good roast beef that I made in the crockpot.
We don't have any plans for New Year's Eve this year again. We're so boring. I'm definitely planning on having black-eyed peas and ham on New Year's Day though. We always do that.
I need to either go to the library to get some books or go buy a couple. TV is all reruns right now and there won't be anything to watch over the long weekend.
Please leave me a comment with any book recommendations you have. I like just about everything so fire away with whatever is good. Give me some GREAT ones, m'kay? Thanks.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I found what I think are errors in the pattern, so here it is with the corrections I made and the yarn type and hook size I used. Maybe they're not errors, but I made the changes anyway because they just made more sense to me. Since I changed some things, I think it's okay to post it. All the credit goes to Renee though.
(I just accidentally typed "Ponytail Hate." Ha-ha.) Okay, let's try again...
Designed by Renee' Barnes
Changes I made in RED
Finished sizes: Sized to fit average woman’s size head, 22”
Materials: Approx. 1/2 skein Yarn Bee Snowflake Wool Blend yarn in Tangerine.
Size E crochet hook (or size needed for gauge)
Gauge: 5 dc = 1”; 5 rows = 2”
Ch 40; join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 49 dc into center of circle; join with a sl st to top of first ch-3. (50 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 4, dc in same sp, * sk next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next dc, rep from * 23 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 4.
Rnd 3: Sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc into same ch 1 sp, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from *23 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch in beg ch 4.
Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 3.
Rnd 5: Sl st into first ch 1 sp, ch 5, dc into same ch 1 sp, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from *23 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch in beg ch 4.
Rnd 6: Sl st into first ch 2 sp, ch 5, dc into same ch 1 sp, *(dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from *23 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch in beg ch 4.
Rnd 7: Sl st into first ch 2 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) into same ch 2 sp, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 2 sp, rep from * 23 times, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 8: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch 1 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch1, 2 dc) in same ch 1 sp, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 23 times, join with sl st to top of ch 3.
Rnd 9-11: Rep Rnd 8.
Rnd 12: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch 1 sp, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, (dc, ch1, dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 11 times, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Rnd 13: Sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc in same ch 1 sp, * (2 dc, ch 1 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 11 times.
Rnd 14: Sl st in ch 1 sp, (ch 3, dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same ch 1 sp, * (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 23 times, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 4.
Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 8.
Rnd 16: Sl st in next dc, sl st in ch 1 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in same ch 1 sp, *5 dc in next ch 1 sp, rep from * 23 times, join with sl st to top of ch 3; finish off. Weave in loose ends using yarn needle.
Note: My beginning chain of 40 ended up making the ponytail hole much too big. After I finished, I tightened the circle up and cut off 2-3 inches of chain and tied it off. Next time I'll start with a Ch 30.
Monday, December 28, 2009
How cool is THAT?? Looks like they think it's pretty neat!
I left the house at 12:30 today to make a run to Hobby Lobby for yarn. I've been working on a blanket and had to have Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn that matched. They didn't have any. So I made the trip up to McKinney to Michaels. They didn't have one of the colors I needed. Ugh. That's the one good thing I can think of about using Red Heart yarn...you can find it almost anywhere, even Walmart.
Barnaby ended up going to JoAnn's for me in Plano and got the color I needed. Isn't he sweet? I made him a special dinner tonight for being so good to me.
I also stopped at Petco and got a big bag of dog toys. They had all their Christmas dog toys on sale for 50% off. That made them almost reasonable.
Then I went to Fashion Bug and bought a couple of shirts, some pajamas, a pair of jeans, and some sweat pants. All of the bottoms are are being returned because they're too big. I hate when that happens, but at least they weren't too small. That would have been depressing. Not that I've lost weight or anything. I just bought them really big for some reason. I guess I feel fatter than I actually am.
I also did the grocery shopping. It took me all freakin' afternoon to do all that. I was gone for four hours, and I didn't even stop for a Starbucks! Hmphf.
So there's my exciting day for ya. Can you stand the excitement?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wow...Abbey in 2001. So young and no gray!
I having some really nice & quiet days off for the holidays. These last four days have been heaven. We haven't left the house! Today it's almost 4:30 pm and I'm still in my PJs. I've been in here in bed all day on the computer and napping. Barnaby brought me hot coffee this morning, and then he brought me an omelet and toast at about 2:30, and I just got up a few minutes ago and got a fresh glass of iced coffee. I really should get up...NAH!
Friday, December 25, 2009
My snowmen and snowladies.
Abbey passed out with her toy safely tucked in her legs. She's too old for so much excitement.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are. Looking forward to more blogging and friendship in 2010!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Mmmm...Homemade Christmas Eve Granola!
I just had a few bites of it while it was still warm from the oven. Yum! And the whole house smells like brown sugar & cinnamon.
1 container (18-ounce) old-fashioned oats (6 cups)
4-ounce pkg slivered almonds
6-oz chopped dried apricots
1 cup light-brown sugar
11/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt unsalted butter. Stir in honey. Pour over oat mixture and toss to distribute. Spread granola onto a cookie sheet bake, stirring occasionally, until oats are toasted and sugar begins to caramelize, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely on pan.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This was my secret project that I had to write the pattern for! I finally saw my mom last night and she remembered to bring the pillow.
I really hope someone makes it and sends me a picture of their finished pillow. The possibilities with color combinations are endless.
I got the idea for a ruffled pillow from Royal Sisters blog, which you can find the link for in my sidebar, but the pattern is completely and utterly my own. After requesting the pattern and being politely denied (which I totally understood), I had to make up a pattern in my own little pea brain, and it wasn't easy! Just ask Bev. I sent her 50 million revised patterns to test before settling on this final one. Please let me know if you find a problem in this pattern. It's here for anyone to use as they please. I hope you enjoy. And please do send me photos if you make one.
Hook Size H
Yarn Used in Photo: Less than one skein each of Color A & Color B; Color A: Vanna’s Choice in Fern; Color B: Red Heart Soft in Teal
R1: Ch 4, (1 dc in ring, ch 1) five times; join with sl st to third ch of first ch4. (6 dc + 6 ch1 sps)
R2: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp. (Petal made), (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch1 sp; join with sl st into first sc. Do not fasten off. (Optional: You can fasten off after each round of color and weave in the ends if you like, but it’s just easier to carry it along the back, especially if you’re using only two colors. The back will not show once you cover your pillow.)
R3: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color B between two petals, ch 3, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 3) around; join with sl st to first ch of first ch3.
R4: Sl st into next ch3 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 2 hdc 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch3 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
R5: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color A between two petals, ch 4, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 4) around; join with sl st into first ch of first ch4.
R6: Sl st into next ch4 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch4 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
R7: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color B between two petals, ch 5, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 5) around; join with sl st into first ch of first ch5.
R8: Sl st into next ch5 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch5 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
(Note: You will now be making two petals onto each petal of previous round. You will do this every eight rounds.)
R9: Working behind petals of previous round, pick up Color A and join between two petals, (ch 3, sl st into middle dc of petal, ch 3, sl st into back of last sc of petal) around; join with sl st to first st of first ch3.
R10: Sl st into ch3 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch3 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
R11: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color B between two petals, ch 4, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 4) around; join with sl st into first ch of first ch4.
R12: Sl st into ch4 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch4 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
R13: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color A between two petals, ch 5, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 5) around; join with sl st into first ch of first ch5.
R14: Sl st into ch5 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch5 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
R15: Working behind petals of previous round, join Color B between two petals, ch 6, (sl st into back of first sc of next petal, ch 6) around; join with sl st into first ch of first ch6.
R16: Sl st into ch6 sp, ch 1, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into same sp, (1 sc, 1 hdc, 7 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) into each remaining ch6 sp; join with sl st into first sc.
Repeat R9-16 until pillow is desired size.
But this one is so cool too!
And the blue ones are too! GAH! I want them all.
I do realize that I have over-used the exclamation mark in this entry. Please forgive me. I got a little excited.
Monday, December 21, 2009
My mother makes them on special occasions, usually Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. They take her all day to make since she has to make so many of them. If she doesn't make enough for everybody to have at least one while we're there AND some to take home, the fight is on!
Did you notice Eli's little face in that picture above? I cracked up when I uploaded the pictures and saw that. Hee-hee. He's hoping I'll inadvertently drop some of the pie. That's the only way he's going to get any! (He really does manage to get in nearly every photo I take, doesn't he? Such a camera hound.)
Can you see the sugar on top and the bits of sugary goodness that have fallen off on my hands? SO GOOD! These little pies are baked, not fried. They are so soft and perfect. Don't you wish you could have one for breakfast too? Well, you can't! Because they're mine, all mine! I'm warning you...you'll draw back a nub if you touch one!
Friday, December 18, 2009
There's nothing else going on. I guess I'll make more flowers today. I can't find anything else I want to do. I have SO MUCH scrap yarn still, I really need to make another scrap blanket of some kind. I may just HAVE to do another ripple. Wouldn't that be awful? ;)
I have lots of purples and blues, and those two colors do look good together. Hmm...I'll have to think on that a while longer.
I'm going to go hide in my bedroom with the dogs while the rest of my house gets cleaned. I had to cancel her last time because I was sick, so my house really needs a good cleaning.
Hope y'all have a nice Friday. Later.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I made these cookies this afternoon and they are delicious and unique. They've got that salty-sweet thing going on. I heard about this cookie from Anderson Cooper. (Love him!) He's been talking about them for three days since he's been sitting in for Regis on Live with Regis & Kelly. He gets them at a bakery in New York, but I went online and found a copycat recipe.
Makes approx. 30 good-sized cookies
1 stick butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons dry, used coffee grounds
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup roughly crushed potato chips
1/2 cup roughly crushed pretzels
1/2 cup roughly crushed Fritos
1/2 cup peanut butter or butterscotch chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350º.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg, coffee grounds, and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, combine the rest of ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together with the creamed ingredient until evenly distributed.
Scoop approx 2 Tbsp of batter and drop two inches apart onto a cookie sheet. Press dough down slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake at 350º for 10-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.
Note: I used one cup of chocolate chips instead of half chocolate and half peanut butter or butterscotch because that’s all I had.
So I was carrying an armload of toiletries I bought at Target yesterday through the house and into our bathroom. While traversing the baby gate that keeps the dogs out of our bedroom and bathroom during the day, I fell. With no hands to brace my fall because they were full of deoderant, hairspray, 12 bars of soap, and various and sundry other items, most of my weight hit directly on my left knee and I plowed my head into the sideboard of our bed. Ouch.
I didn't crochet one stitch again yesterday. I did look through some patterns trying to figure out what I wanted to do next, but that's it on the crochet front.
I have some work to finish and then I'm going to bake some cookies. I'll share the recipe if they turn out well.Have I complained lately about how fat I am? Well, then...I'M FAT! It's really bugging me. Obviously not enough to NOT make cookies and eat them though. Whatever. Shut-up.
I've also been a HUGE BITCH lately. I just feel irritated. Whatever. Shut-up.
Bye, my friends.
Oh, I forgot...
Shut-up! I know I'm fat and bitchy! You don't think it's the "BIG M" do you? No way. Shut-up.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We are going to have our family Christmas get-together next Sunday afternoon. I have several things I plan to make food-wise. A big crockpot of BBQ meatballs, some fudge, a big casserole dish of hot bean dip that I tried making this weekend and was great, and I don't know what else yet.
We plan to do white elephant gifts again. We've been doing that the last few years and it seems to work out well and is fun and easy. If you don't know what that is, you can Google it and read about it.
Guess I'd better get my butt in gear and get out of the house today. I need to run a few errands. Ugh. If I think about it too much I won't go, so no thinking, Pam! Just do it!
Y'all have a good one. Bye.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Just for your reference, this is how the "dough" should look when you're finished mixing it and put it in the pan. I used my hands to mix it and pat it down in the pan. (This picture is before it's patted down)