Thursday, September 30, 2010

Winners:

I hate it that I can't give all of you one!  I thought about writing each one of you and telling you I'd mail you one, but that would be nearly impossible (And really suck for me. Ha-ha!).  Also, I couldn't give everyone the ones they chose so I just had to choose for you.  Too many people liked the same ones.

Anyway, here we go...

19" Blue/Purple
Mausie1 (Birgit)

12" Yellow
Denise Katzenberger

16" Aqua
Aussie Maria

14" Autumn
Beverooni

15" Black/White
Pattas

14" Blue/Pink
Annie Liz

16" Red/White/Blue
Kat (and Mr. Lick Lick)

16" Tan (My fav!)
Monique

Even if you think I already have your mailing address, please send it to me again at PammySueGiveaway@yahoo.com.  If I don't hear back by 5pm (Central Time) on Monday, 10/4/10, I will notify the next name drawn that they have won your prize.  Thems the rules!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Give-Away Closed!

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I'll get to work drawing names and figuring out who gets what!  I'm going to miss my stack of mandalas, but I'm happy they will get good homes.

TGIT

I like Thursdays.  I don't know why.  I just do.

Look what they went and posted yesterday over at Sister's Cafe.  I just had to make them yesterday when I saw this recipe.  They are delish.  And I like that the recipe is only for an 8 x 8 pan so it doesn't make a ton.  If you need a ton, it's easy enough to double.  Today they have Fresh Pizza Sauce.  Yum.  They can keep the cinnamon though.  I love cinnamon, but only in sweet dishes.

I swear I am going to buy me a food processor very soon!  I'm just being a cheap-ass by not getting one.  It'll be worth it, right?  I figure $100 bucks will get me a good enough one from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  AND I can use one of those $5 coupons they are constantly sending me.  Feel free to comment on this subject and give me your recommendation if you have any.

I forgot that yesterday was Week #2 of the Bernat Crochet-Along.  I guess I'd better get to crackin' and make my squares.  So far this is the easiest thing in the world (= boring).  I hope it gets more interesting.  I'm sure the afghan will be pretty even if the blocks are all simple.  The colors are so pretty that they recommended.

Instead of doing the crochet-along squares yesterday, I was busy doing this:
If you followed the link yesterday to the Red & White Pillow, you know what I'm doing.  Or if you just read this sentence, you probably know too, unless you are dense like me sometimes.  Yes, I have Crochet ADD.  Sue me.

I love this tea.  If you can't see the picture well enough it's Instant Peach Iced Tea Mix.  Do you like my pig jello mold?  I guess that's what it is.  I bought it at an "antique" store last summer.  I have never actually used it, but it looks cute hanging above my stove.  I guess you could bake a cake in it too.  Beats me.  I just liked the pig.

Eli, Daddy's Little Butt Dangler.

He lurves his Daddy.  Hmpf!  The Captain didn't even want him.  Now you can't pry the two of them apart!  I'm just jealous.  I am the center of his universe until Daddy gets home.  I know he is bribing him with Meaty Bones (and popcorn and pretzels) after I go to bed.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some Days

Why is it that some days you have absolutely nothing to blog about and others you can't seem to fit everything in?  It seems I have several days of lots to say, and then several days of nothing.  Blogging is hard.  Ha-ha.  I love saying that things are hard ever since Paris Hilton said she doesn't like to order from menus at restaurants because, "Reading is hard."  What a dumb-ass.



I made a sourdough bread starter this morning.  Here's how I did it if you want to make some too.  You'll be able to make some great sourdough bread in 3-4 days.  (I'll provide that recipe too.)


All you need are 4 ingredients.

2 cups water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar


In a GLASS bowl, mix the water, sugar, and yeast with a wooden spoon.  Dump in the flour and stir to combine.  I pressed mine up against the sides of the bowl to break up some of the lumps, but it doesn't have to be completely smooth.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Leave it out on the counter for 3-4 days, stirring once or twice a day, again with a WOODEN spoon.  Don't use a metal bowl or spoon.  It can ruin your yeast and your bread won't rise.

After the 3 or 4 days are up, it's ready to use.  Take out the amount your recipe calls for and add the below ingredients to "feed" the yeast.  Combine well, cover, and refrigerate until you're ready to use more.  If you don't use the starter after 4 days, refrigerate it.  "Feed" the mixture once a week with 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of flour, and 1/4 cup sugar.  Or just throw it away or give it away if you don't want to use it again.

You can use any sourdough bread recipe you like, but I'll be back in a couple of days with the recipe I'm using.



I may have stolen these rocks yesterday from a parking lot landscape.  The Captain may have threatened to leave me there when I jumped out of the car to get them.  "That's stealing!," he yelled.  "Oh, get over yourself!," I yelled back.  How else was I supposed to get some smooth rocks like this?  There are no rivers around here big enough to produce rocks like this, and I think you have to buy a gazillion of them at, uh, um, the rock store?  I don't know!

I've been wanting a couple so I could crochet little doilies around them like this:


I just want to try it to say I've done it.
(I know my sister is having a cow right now and saying, "I want some of those!")
Aren't you, Patsy?
hee-hee


And finally...

Again, I want to show you my mad photog skilz...NOT!


I tried really hard to get a good picture of Fletcher with his tongue out giving Sammi some good lovin' yesterday.  This is the best I could do, and I thought it was kind of funny.  I think my shutter speed was too slow?  (That kinda sounds like I know what I'm talking about, doesn't it?  Well, I don't.)


Go see Jacquie's RED and WHITE Pillow!
It's Gorgeous!


That is all.
Carry on.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sammi the K-9

Thanks for all the mandala love.  Y'all go over to Crochet with Raymond.  Alice has the tutorial for the Granna Mandala in her sidebar.  Thank you, Alice, for the wonderful tut and mandala addiction!



I'd like to introduce you to The Captain's new K-9 partner...



Sammi!  Hee-hee.
She is so black, it's hard to get a good picture of her.
Excuse the robot eyes.


Here's a closer one, but you can't see the police car.
Oh well.  We tried!

Sammi and I went out to visit The Captain Sunday night.
(That's Officer Sammi to you.)
He forgot his cell phone so we delivered it to him.



Who wants roast for supper?
You'd better hurry and get it in the crock pot.  It takes 8 hours.  But you can crochet mandalas all day while it cooks!



I got this recipe here:  Sister's Cafe
They have the best recipes over there.

This was the first time I'd tried this 4-Packet Roast Recipe.
It's a keeper.  So easy!

I used already-peeled baby carrots.
Added a cut-up onion.
1 cup of water.

After the roast was done, I strained the juices into a saucepan.
Added about 1 1/2 cups water mixed with 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch.
Heated until it was thickened and added black pepper.
No salt.  The packets have plenty of salt.

Mmm...roast gravy.

I went the easy route with the mashed potatoes.
Country Crock...just heat in the microwave in a glass bowl.
Whisk in a dab of butter (or three).
Nobody will know.  I won't tell.
Hide the package in the bottom of the trashcan.

You are the BEST COOK EVER!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Granny Mandala Give-Away!

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19-inch Blue/Purple Mandala

19-inch Blue/Purple Mandala
12-inch Yellow Mandala

12-inch Yellow Mandala

16-inch Aqua Mandala

16-inch Aqua Mandala
14-inch Autumn Mandala

14-inch Autumn Mandala

15-inch Black/Gray/White Mandala

15-inch Black/Gray/White Mandala

14-inch Blue/Pink Mandala

14-inch Blue/Pink Mandala
16-inch Red/White/Blue Mandala

16-inch Red/White/Blue Mandala
16-inch Tan/Orange Mandala

16-inch Tan Mandala

ENTER TO WIN:

You must be a follower and send an email telling me your order of preference to the email address provided below.  Refer to them by the names I have given each one below the pictures.  Please pay attention to the sizes.  Sizes were measured side to side (including edgings).  I don't want you to be disappointed if you get one smaller than you anticipated, and it's hard to judge size just by looking.  (That's what he said.  Ha-ha-ha!  Sorry.)

You must love and display your Granny Mandala until the day you die!  I hope you enjoy my Granny Mandala Give-Away!  A little link love to me on your blog would be appreciated but is not mandatory.  I'll get your mailing addresses if you win.  I'll draw FIVE names in only 72 HOURS from NOW.

Email:  PammySueGiveaway@yahoo.com

Thank you for all the love and happiness you bring me through your comments!

GOOD LUCK, FRIENDS!

P.S.  Flippin' Blogger cut off the edges of my pictures.  Go to my Flickr Page to see the entire photo of each one!

Mmm...It's Fall!

It really is fall, isn't it?  It sure feels like it here today too for a change!  It's 61 degrees as I type this.  The high will be 77-ish.  L.O.V.E. it!



I can hardly wait for y'all to see all of the Mandalas I have made.
  They will...

BLOW YOUR MINDS!

So COLORFUL!

So PRETTY!

Some are so FRILLY!

EEEK!  I can hardly stand it.

Just another day or two and I'll be ready to tell you how to win one for your very own.

Stay tuned!


That next-to-last guy cracks me up with his mouth open.  Hee-hee!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Frogs & Dogs

Lookie what I got in the mail yesterday!

Isn't she cute??
Beansie sent her to me...
I'll have to think of a name for her.  Her little dress is super-cute.  You can't see the spaghetti straps in this picture, but they crack me up.  I love her!
Thank you, Beansie!

She also very generously sent me the two Halloween fridgies and the kitchen towel with a crocheted topper.  So sweet!

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I've made two more Granny Mandalas for the big giveaway to be announced soon.  I want to get them all made first so you can see what you'll be playing for.

I slept fitfully last night so I went back to bed and slept until the Captain woke me up at 1:45 this afternoon!  And I still felt like crap.  My sleep has just been horrible since he went to this new schedule.  I never get more than one or two hours in a row without waking up.  Wah.  Boo-hoo.  It makes me even crazier than normal.  Make it stop.

I slugged down a couple of glasses of iced coffee, got dressed, and went to Hobby Lobby and the grocery store at about 5:00.  I didn't get home until 7:30.  I swear it takes me forever to do the grocery shopping anymore.  I've become a piddler.  I piddle.

Sorry for the blurry picture.  Sammi and Eli were caught pulling the stuffing out of their beds.  Bad dogs!  At least Sammi has the good sense to look guilty and act remorseful.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nothing in Particular


This is the afghan pattern I bought on ePatternsCentral.com.
Who knows if I'll ever get around to making it.
 
I promise I am NOT starting another afghan until the Pink Popcorn Ripple is done!
I swear!  For real!


Another Circle of Friends square.

Supposedly the once again hot weather (mid-90s right now) is on the way out. It's supposed to be really nice 80-degree weather for the next week or so. I'm impatiently waiting for the 60-degree weather. That's more my idea of "nice" weather. I need to find a new fall blog template, I suppose. Maybe I'll just wait for winter. What I have up now is kinda-sorta fall-like. We'll see how bored I get in the next couple of weeks.

I recently discovered that we get the ID Channel, which I didn't know we got. So I spend hours of my day & evening with that channel on watching and listening to true crime stories of one sort or another. That can't be good, can it? It's more interesting to me than anything else that's on though. Normally I have the Fox News Chanel on all day, but that has been boring me to death lately. I guess soap operas wouldn't be much better than true crime. They're fake crime stories and scandal instead. I don't really ever just sit and watch anyway. I'm always half-listening and half-watching while doing other things (crochet, cooking, crochet, reading, crochet, etc). You'll notice I didn't say cleaning or laundry. Hee-hee.

Ghost Adventurers is on tonight. After talking about it here last Friday, the season premier was so dumb! Half the show was silly Civil War reenactment. If they start doing that sort of thing on a regular basis, I won't be watching. Who's terrible idea was that anyway? They must have been wearing their Bad Idea jeans that day. Remember that from Saturday Night Live? I still use the Bad Idea jeans analogy all the time. And I must own too many pairs myself.

I think I'm going to make more Granny Mandalas today.  Really now...how many mandalas can one person need?  Maybe I'll give some away?  That would be fun, wouldn't it?  Yes, I do believe another giveaway seed has been planted!

Now to come up with some good color combos for my peeps (that's you).  Look for an announcement soon!  Of course I need at least 5 winners.  I like lots of winners!  That means I need to get busy.  I wish I could make one for everybody.  I'm running off to the yarn stash...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Granny Mandala Day

12 inches

19 inches


Granny Mandalas
Pattern in the sidebar HERE.

I'm hooked!
I don't want to stop.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Crochet-Along Begins


The first Bernat Crochet-Along squares are done.


Fletch was helping with the salsa-making this morning.  He jumped right up on that stool like he belonged there and supervised.  He was disappointed there was no meat on the menu.

I'm about to sit down to a steak, baked potato, and fresh salsa w/tortilla chips.  We're having a late lunch/early dinner.  This is the Captain's weekend so I'm pretending it's mine too.

See ya!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Simple Things


I was still licking my wounds last night after the crocheted wrap debacle so I decided to crochet some simple things.  A few squares later, I had my confidence back.  I didn't frog the wrap yet.  I decided not to make a hasty decision in my anger.  Maybe it can be salvaged one day.  For now it is put away.

You might recognize the squares I made.  The biggest white one is the Circle of Friends square, which is extremely popular and a free pattern that can be found HERE.  The other one is from an afghan pattern I ordered on http://www.epatternscentral.com/

I made the two pretty blue squares from a pattern by the lovely and seemingly always-cheery Shropshire Sue.  Her free pattern is HERE.  I love Sue and wish I had half of her energy!  I'd love to pop across The Pond and have some tea with her and Mr. T some day.

Then today I started a baby blanket for my neighbor.  She's having her fourth baby in a couple of months!  She has three little tow-headed boys right now.  Maybe this one will be a girl.  Since I don't know, I'm making the blanket in a pretty sparkly peach color.  I sometimes babysit her boxer, Mojo.  Somebody else can take the kids!

Y'all have a lovely rest of the day!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ticked-Off

Get out your binoculars and maybe you can see the other end.

I'm an idiot.  I worked on this stupid "wrap" all weekend and didn't notice until NOW that it's EIGHTY-FREAKIN'-SIX inches long!  How could I NOT notice that?  I did notice that it was taking an awful long time for each row, but it always seems like that, ya know?  The finished wrap is supposed to be 72 inches.  So did I miscount on my starting chain?  I don't think so because I even used stitch markers every 25 chains to be sure.  Now I don't even want to look at it anymore.  It's 86" x 11" and good for nothing.  If anybody thinks I'm going to spend another 3 million hours making it into an afghan, you're sick in the head.  All I have to say is...

GAH!

By the way, the pattern was a free one at Caron.com.  It's the Plymouth Woven Wrap.  I just thought I'd give it to you in case you wanted to crochet a pretty wrap for your 8'3" daughter.
Are you sick of seeing that stupid potholder picture from last Wednesday?  I'm alive!  I'll be back late today.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Crochet Thingy

Rose Ripple Potholder
(Kinda-Sorta)

This is supposed to be a potholder, but it's just a kitchen decoration if you ask me.  That flower sticks up too much and it's not thick enough for it to be much use as a potholder or hotpad.  So it's useless, but pretty.  The free pattern is HERE.  I only used this pattern through round 7 (the green rounds) and then did two white rounds like I normallly do a round ripple pattern.  I think it looks better than the pattern.  Also, I think I was supposed to do one more round of the flower, which would have made that part bigger.  I didn't realize it until I already had the green rounds done.

Ghost Hunters tonight.  Yipee!  I'm a nerd. 

Oh, and Ghost Adventurers' new season starts Friday night on the Travel Channel.  Those guys are goofy, but I like them, especially Aaron the camera guy.  He's a scardy-cat and just says, "Oh my God!" the whole time.  Ha-ha.  Zac is the "lead guy" and is super-melodramatic but entertaining.  Nick is the third guy and he's the only normal one.

Okay, blah, blah.  I'm outta here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Razzle Dazzle

Thought I'd dazzle you with my mad photog skilz with a cheap camera and a perfect rose from my backyard.  Even with a cheap camera, it's hard to mess up Mother Nature.  Beautiful.
Can you smell it?

And now...
A box of chicken!  Ha-ha.
How's that for some razzle dazzle?
Can you smell it?

Yes, I'm going to photograph everything on that bedspread now until you can't stand to see one more picture of it!

I wanted to share with you this box-o-chicken breast because I love it.  I buy it at Wal-Mart.  Each chicken breast is individual wrapped so you can thaw out just what you need.  There are 5 to 7 breasts in each 2.25 lb-box, depending on their individual size.  I pay $8.86 for a box.  This is my third box.  I don't know if it's more expensive to buy it this way or not, but I haven't wasted one chicken breast by not cooking it in time after thawing.  So it's a bargain in my book.  I've tried buying the big packages and freezing each breast in freezer bags, but that's such a mess and a hassle, and sometimes they still get freezer burn when they are double-bagged.

So there you have it.  A rose and a box of chicken.  What more could you ask for from a blog?  What's that?  Crochet, you say?  Well okay...


All I managed to get done last night was a coaster to go with the placemat.
I like it.
And isn't that crocheted bedspread pretty?  hee.