Monday, January 31, 2011

Like, Hi

My name is, like, Justin Beiber, and I'm, like, on David Letterman tonight.  I'm, like, 16 years old.  And, like, I'm a millionaire, but like, I'm an idiot because, like, I can't complete a sentence without, like, repeating the word "like," like twenty times.  So I'll be, like, living up on the hill in my, like, mansion, but like, I'll be a complete, like, idiot.  But it won't, like, matter.  So, like, eat your heart out, like, poor people.

GAWD!  I shit you not.  That is exactly how he sounded!

Well, Hmm...

I just do not know what to do with myself since I can't crochet!  Help me.

I had work to do most of the day so that helped.  I think I've figured out that it wasn't the crocheting that caused my arm to flare up...it was the typing.  Sometimes that happens if I do more than normal.  When I started typing this morning, it hurt worse than ever.  I couldn't even lift my coffee cup with my left arm without yowling.  I hadn't typed since last Wednesday, which is when it started Thursday morning.  I can't believe four days of not typing and not crocheting didn't make it better but seemingly worse!  Bleh.  Bitch & moan.

We are supposed to get the Arctic Storm From Hell tonight and tomorrow.  It's never as bad as they say it's going to be.  Hmpf.

And one more thing I need to bitch about before I go...

When is the Superbowl going to be OVER???  I swear, you'd think the teams arriving here in Dallas today was a national security issue and a terrorist attack was iminent or something.  They covered it LIVE most of the day here.  WTF?  They even had helicopters up in the air filming their busses going from the airport to their hotels.  Good grief.  How totally stupid!  It's a freakin' GAME, people!

I can't wait for them to leave.  Now THAT will be worth watching!  GET YOUR ASSES OUT!

Sorry, I'm yelling now.  I need a cocktail.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

White Knuckles

Day 4:  No Crochet, Arm Not Better, Bummer!

Turn up your speakers and...

Enjoy This:


Friday, January 28, 2011

Birdcages

I was all unhappy and pissy yesterday because I couldn’t crochet so The Captain forced me to leave the house and go walk around at a gigantic Antique Mall in Plano.  First we had lunch in their tea room with a bunch of 90-year-olds (we fit right in).  It was good but WAY over-priced just like most of the “antiques.”  It was nice to get out of the house for a while.  This is the only thing I bought:

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Another Birdcage

Most of the birdcages I have are on top of my kitchen cabinets with some greenery in them.  A couple of them have a crochet bird inside.  I can’t resist a decorative birdcage.  Here are a few of them I already own. 

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I thought I might sneak a little crochet in today and make a little birdie for the new cage.   I’m also contemplating taking those purple & yellow squares apart and sending them to Sarah London for the Crochet a Rainbow project.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m going to do.  I’d rather spend my time making something I love than something I don’t.  And speaking of those squares, someone wanted to know what the variegated yarn was I used on that last joining round.  It’s Hobby Lobby’s ILTY in Jazzed Stripe.

It’s going to be 71 degrees today and it’s all sunshine and blue skies as far as the eye can see.  The dogs are happy that I have the back door standing open so they can come and go.  Fletcher especially loves being outside.  I took these pictures a few minutes ago while he and Eli were playing tug-of-war.

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I wish I had their energy!

Have a Happy Friday

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Doily Update

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I had to catch up on my doily.  I had gotten a little bit behind working on the grannies instead of this.  So this is my progress so far.  Just a few more rows before it’s done!

I’m having a bout of bursitis in my left elbow from all the crocheting.  I can’t lift anything today with that arm without squealing in pain.  It throbbed last night until I put an ice pack on it for a while.  That seemed to work when Tylenol and Naproxen failed me.  I’m going to have to lay off the hooking for a few days until it goes away.  Bummer.  But this too shall pass, and I’ll be back at it.

I’m off to ice my elbow.  See ya.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Hmm…

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This is what the purple & yellow blanket looks like after crocheting the last round on and joining.  I don’t know if I like it.  I know it will look better when I get a fancy border of some kind on it so I guess I’ll finish it.  I have 30 more squares to make and join.  It’s definitely not going to be one of my favorites, but I didn’t ever think it would be with the purple & yellow. 

I’m super-sleepy and dragging ass today.  I think I’ll go take an early nap.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Next? Purple & Yellow!

Thank you to everyone for your nice comments on my RED Granny Blanket!  But now...

I'm on a Granny Square binge!


Purple & Yellow?
Who'd have thunk it?

I couldn't stand doing nothing and started these the very next night after I finished the RED Granny.  These are the squares for my next Granny blanket!  There is one more round that goes on each of these with the middle variegated color, but that won't be added until I start crocheting them together.  I think it will look completely different with that round added.  I'll be using the join-as-you-go method again on this one.  I liked it, although I do think it takes longer than whipstitching.

At the rate I'm going, I don't think it will be long before it's done. 

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Here are the items I won from Paula in her Birthday Give-Away.  They came in the mail yesterday.  Isn't that yarn interesting?  I'll have to think of something that will look cool all stripey to make with it.  The Cross Stitch magazines are for my mom.  There was another little booklet included with crochet patterns too.

Thank you, Paula!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Red Granny Blanket

TA-DAH!




I'm so happy with this.  I'm shocked that it only took 10 days, and I didn't even work on it some of those days.  I made this with 48 squares (equal number of two different color schemes), made three rounds of red granny stitches around all, two rounds of single crochet (one yellow and one blue), and then a 3-round border (2 blue and one red).  It measures approximately 56" x 44".  More info on it:

Pattern:  Inspired by Sandy's Merry Kringle Blanket.  Thank you, Sandy!  There is a similar free pattern called Primarily Country Afghan HERE.  You must register to access the pattern.

Hook:  I used a size J crochet hook but switched to a size K about half-way through when my dog stole my hook and hid it.  It didn't seem to make any difference.


Yarn:  I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in red, banana, and medium blue.  I'm not exactly sure how much I used, but I think it was 3 red, 2 medium blue, and 1 banana.


Border:  I used pieces of several different edging patterns from books I have for this one.


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I'm going to watch football and stare at my blanket now.

Pay It Forward


I  won the opportunity to Pay it Forward on Love Stitch’s blog last week.  Here is all I know about Pay it Forward:
  • First 3 people who comment on this post will receive a handmade gift from me sometime in the next 12 months.
  • If you are one of the three PIF participants I choose, you will have to host the same Pay It Forward on your blog and send a gift to the three first people who comment on yours too.
So be one of the three first bloggers to comment here if you’d like to participate and let's pay it forward!
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I’ve got two more rounds of the edging to go on my Red Granny Blanket.  I should have the big TA-DAH later today!

Friday, January 21, 2011

A couple of people have asked for further information about my previous post.  Read all about using Monistat Powder-Gel as a make-up primer HERE.

Cheese Toes & A Top Secret

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If you haven’t tried these, you must.  They are so good and so much better than the regular flavor.  I’m addicted.  YUM.

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(That line above refuses to center.  Stupid Blogger.)

And now…

You are going to DIE!

I learned a fabulous beauty secret and I’m going to share it with YOU!

And I’m going to save you money.

Does anybody out there use make-up primer like I do?  It’s really fabulous stuff and it works as far as making your make-up stay on and fresh all day (or at least longer than without it).  BUT…

Instead of buying that high-priced make-up primer at Sephora or a drugstore or Department store or even Wal-Mart…

BUY THIS INSTEAD:

Wait for it…

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MONISTAT

Chafing Relief Powder-Gel!

It’s the same thing!

I got mine in the “feminine products” aisle at Wal-Mart…

Get This…

For $5.98!!

It works…I have it on now.

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Who loves ya?

I DO!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Crochet a Rainbow

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Y’all go check out Sarah London’s new charity project benefiting the flood victim’s of Australia.  Be sure to read the info on how to join and she’ll send you some info in an email.

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I’m feeling a tad calmer today than yesterday, thank goodness.  I hate it when I get that way.  Actually, the “high” part is kind of nice – full of energy and conquering the world and all that.  But what goes up must come down, and usually it’s a hard landing.

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A Few Random Things

1.  I watched the premier of American Idol last night.  I loved watching Steven Tyler.  I think he’s going to be fun.  JLo… I can take her or leave her.  Whatever.  She seems nice.  I always get bored with these audition shows after the first couple of weeks.  Two hours is just too long to have to sit and watch.

2.  I crocheted more blocks together on my RED Granny Blanket last night.  I have 20 more to make and attach and then I can start the border. No more pictures until it’s done.

3.  Advanced Notice:  I am participating in Pay It Forward and will be posting that entry probably on Saturday morning.  The first three commenters “win” a handmade gift from me (if you want to participate and pay it forward).  Just letting you know it’s coming.

4.  It’s cold and rainy today and I love it, especially since I have no work (I’m jinxing myself here) and can light a fire in the fireplace and crochet all day.

5.  The hydrogen peroxide worked on my grout. There is no evidence of the Soy Sauce Spill in The Gulf my pantry.  Thanks, Momma!

6.  My kitchen timer just went off and I had not set it.  I went to turn it off and it refused to stop.  I had to take the batteries out.  Weird.

7.  I had a horrifying nightmare last night that lasted forever.  I swear it felt like it was two hours long.  I swear that every person I’ve ever met made an appearance in this nightmare to take their turn being killed.  Also weird.

8.  We have a new Super Walmart fixing to open VERY near us.  Yipee!  Too bad they only carry shitty yarn.

9.  What are you making for supper tonight?

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Hugs

Later, Taters

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

C-R-A-Z-Y

This is my second post of the day and it's only 9:30 AM.  I am crazy today.  I think it's what bipolar people call a "high".  Not that I know.  I just read it somewhere.  No wait...my bipolar "friend" told me.

This is a "conversation" I had on a chat with my business partner a few minutes ago.  She obviously was not there:

ME: I am such a goof-off.



I got up early to get this ___  job out of here. I've been sitting here for two hours and haven't transcribed a single word!
 I'm becoming a master avoider and procrastinator.


Can you come out and play?


DAMMIT!


I guess I'll have to work then.


Ho-Hum


Coo-coo


Cuck-koo


ME: Did you know I am 50 years old and I didn't know it was a "cuckoo clock"? I always thought it was a coo-coo clock. Ha-ha-ha. What a dumbass.


ME: Okay, really now. I'm going to go do my shit-work.


Because I goofed-off yesterday.


Did I mention?


ME: Some people expect me to do more than 9 minutes per day.


The nerve.


Sent at 9:22 AM on Wednesday
Several minutes later...


MY PARTNER: sorry

damnit

i'm so nervous

the plumber is back...today they had to do the inspection with the city.  But they hooked up this gauge and it found we have a slow leak somewhere. I have a FUCKING gas leak!

Get me out of here.

Sent at 9:30 AM on Wednesday

ME: oh, hi.

Gas Leak = BAD

Cigarette?

Oh, wait.

Ha-ha-ha!


She didn't laugh.

Do You Recognize Her?

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Sneak Peak of Jennifer Anniston

With Bangs!

And they’re crooked.

Weird.

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A couple of people asked whether there was a package on my porch Monday when I opened the door and Eli ran out.  The answer is NO.  It was the MLK Holiday and the post office didn’t even deliver that day.  I opened the door and exposed myself to the neighborhood for nothing (except for the entertaining storytelling factor later).

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Books:

I was looking for book recommendations on the Internet last night and found several people who recommended these three books (I found more, but these were the three that interested me).

Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen (Novel)

Mary Mary, James Patterson (Thriller/Suspense)

This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper (Family Drama)

I’ve read three books in a row now that were written by Neurosurgeons.  I’ve been on a neurosurgery/brain tumor kick lately.  If anybody ever needs brain surgery and there are no brain surgeons left on earth to do it, I’m pretty sure I could handle it now.  I’m pretty much an expert on all things brain and brain tumor-related.  Just bring your own electric drill and saw.  I’m pretty sure The Captain won’t let me use his precious man-tools.  (That is not a metaphor.  I mean the actual tools in his garage.  Hee.)

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So I got up early this morning at 7:15 AM to do some work and get it out of here.  But now I have just farted around and not done anything for over an hour except this entry and some Flickr viewing.  I never used to be this way.  I used to be super-disciplined when it came to doing my work.  You have to be when you work at home and have your own business.  But the past year or so i have really become lackadaisical (cool word alert) about it.  Oh my gosh, I love that word!  If I ever change the name of my blog, I’m going to use that word in the title.  Don’t you steal my idea, Internet Thief!  I will hunt you down and, and, and…take your brain out and fiddle with it!  (Because I know how now)

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I am a rambling idiot this morning, and I haven’t even had a whole cup of coffee yet.  I have to go now.  See ya.

Love,

Dr. Pammy Sue, Lackadaisical M.D. of Neurosurgery

A Woman-Owned, Home-Based Business, PhD, EEOC, LLC, Ltd, Incorporated

Walk-Ins Welcome

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Boobs-a-Floppin’

That’ll get your attention, won’t it?  Hee-hee.

But first, let’s push that horrible picture from yesterday down the page a bit, shall we?  Yes, that’s much better!

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I’m terrified of getting behind on the Doily Crochet-Along for some reason.  The pressure!  So I’m actually a couple of rows ahead of where I should be.  I’m sitting here having a COW because now I can see a little tiny error four rows in.  DAMMIT!  I am not going back.  I’m just not.  No way, no how.  It’ll drive me crazy, but I’m not.

So yesterday when I was just fixing to lay down for that nap after the soy sauce incident (see previous post)…

I decided to check the front porch and make sure the postman hadn’t left me a package I needed to bring inside.  I opened the front door and…

Eli shot out and ran as fast as he could down the street.  GAH!  So I took a leftover piece of fish from the fridge (gross) and went outside to sit on the steps in my front yard.   He’ll usually come back and walk up to me when I sit there, especially if I have a tasty treat.

So I’m sitting there, bra-less, boobs-a-floppin’ and damn near in my pajamas (quite attractive), and I can see him several houses down sniffing and snooping and having a grand old time ignoring my pleas.  And then…OF COURSE, my next-door neighbors drive up in their car.  What the hell are they doing home on a Monday afternoon?  Doesn’t anybody work anymore?  The woman and the child go inside, but the man, OF COURSE, starts walking towards me.  I’m trying to hide the fact that I have no bra on by keeping my arms in front of me.  There’s nothing I can do about my hair which is plastered to my head with sweat from mopping the soy sauce up for the last 30 minutes.

HIM:  “What are you doing out here, Pam?”

ME:  “Waiting for my dog to come back.  He’ll come back in a minute if he sees me sitting here.”

HIM:  “Oh, I’ll go get him!”

ME:  “No, he’ll just run farther away.  He’ll come back in a minute.”  (Just please go away because my boobs are-a-floppin’ and I look like total hell!)

HIM:  “I’ll just sneak around him and chase him back this way!  It’s no problem!”  (No!  Go away, DAMMIT!)

And off he runs to chase my dog down.  He finally nabs him and starts walking back up the street towards me.  OMG!  I panic because I cannot stand up in this pajama outfit and take my dog from him, exposing my flopping, bra-less-ness!  So I get up and run inside and put a coat on before he gets to my house.  I know he thinks I’m totally weird for running inside like that and putting on a coat, but what was I to do?  (Oh, I don’t know, Pam…maybe not go outside like that in the first place?  DUH.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Mess-Maker Strikes Again

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GAH!

I knocked a whole bottle of Soy Sauce on my ceramic tiled floors INSIDE the pantry.  If you are wondering if soy sauce will stain your grout, the answer is …

HELL, YES!

I called my mother so she could talk me off the ledge.  Mothers are good for that kind of thing.  She told me to pour hydrogen peroxide on the grout (after I mop the mess up) and maybe that will take it all up off of the grout.  I’ve finished cleaning up all the glass and mopping up  (with plain hot water, with hot soapy water, and with plain hot water again) and now the peroxide is soaking in the grout.  I’ll be surprised if it works.  It looks pretty bad.

What a freakin’ mess!  And it stinks in here!  Barf!

I’m taking a nap and I might not get up until it’s Tuesday.

Thread Stuff

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Linda at Linda Crochets has inspired me to dig out my Between Meal Centerpiece that I started over a year ago and finish it.  She has done some beautiful doilies.  Y’all go check out her blog and see for yourself.  I got it out last night and crocheted a few rounds during the Golden Globes.  It took me all that time to get 3 1/2 rows done.  Its so big now that it takes FOREVER to just get around once.  This thing is a monster.  I still have about 20 rows left to do.  I wanted to tackle this pattern just to prove to myself that I could do it, plus it’s just a beautiful pattern.  It’s very popular and FREE, and you can see a lot of different color combos on Ravelry HERE.  That first one pictured is one my Ravelry friend Jim did in yarn!  How cool is that?

Anyway, I just wanted to show mine to you.  I thought about just stopping at this point and putting the edging on, but I really want to finish it exactly by the pattern.  I’ll be so proud of it when I’m finished, especially if I do it ALL…no shortcuts.

 

I’ll post an update of my Crochet-Along Doily picture after a few more rows.  Three more rows were added after I updated last night, and I have those finished too.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Crochet Along Doily Progress

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Rising Sun Doily

Thru Row 4

Crochet Thief & Pizza Rolls

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I’m constantly losing my tapestry needles.  I’ve been keeping one stuck in a crocheted flower and haven’t lost it since… Except yesterday when some certain K-9 stole my hook AND my flower when my back was turned.  We found the flower without the needle in it in the backyard.  We still haven’t found the hook.  That was my last lighted crochet hook that had not been stolen and destroyed.  The only thing still in existence in this picture (which was just taken yesterday) is the pink flower.  Grrr!  See why I hesitate to spend $14 on a crochet hook?  (Besides the fact that $14 is just a stupid price.)

By the way, I think I told ya’ll I was using an H hook on the Red Granny Blanket, but it’s a J.  Big difference there.  But now since that J disappeared yesterday, I’m using a K.  Good grief!

 

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Red Granny Blanket Progress

Doesn’t look like much yet, but it will!

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Pizza Rolls

These were good.  Much better than I expected.  I just expected them to be okay, but we really liked them.  We ate them for lunch and dinner last night.  For lunch, we baked them for approx. 15 minutes at 350 degrees (with tops on).  (Keep in mind they were at room temperature at that time before we put them in the oven.  It may take longer when they’re straight out of the fridge.)  Then at dinner, we just microwaved them for about 1 minute and 15 seconds.  They were good both times, but we preferred them baked in the oven.  The bread was crispy that way.  They’re very soft when you just microwave.  Definitely a keeper.  I’ll make these again.

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These are the assembled rolls that have not been baked.  They went back into the bread bag and into the fridge for noshing later.  Pretty cool.  Again, the recipe is HERE.  I added onions, garlic, and oregano when I browned the meat.  I got seven rolls from 1 pound of hamburger, 1 jar of pizza sauce, and 8-oz of shredded mozzarella.

 

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Somebody is shaggy & scruffy and needs to go to the groomer.  He is also a crochet hook thief and needs a spanking.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Four Things

Happy Weekend, y’all.  I think I’ll just do a random numbered post today.  Sometimes that’s fun.

1.  Y’all go look at Nancy’s YARNY JARS!  I love them.

2.  I’m doing the Doily Crochet Along this time around.  It starts next week at Crochet Galore.  This is the doily we’re making:

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Rising Sun Doily

I’m making mine in two colors: chocolate brown and ecru.

3.   Have you seen these crochet hooks?

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They look like they’d be really comfortable to crochet with.  I want one, but I refuse to pay $14 for one freakin’ hook!  That price is absolutely ridiculous!  I’ll crochet with a stick from my backyard before I purchase one of these.  I don’t know why it makes me so mad, but it does…Thieving Bastards.

4.  I’m finally getting around to making the Pizza Rolls today.  Yea!  I can’t wait to try them.  I’ll be refrigerating some for later as the recipe says to do.  Review and pics tomorrow.

5.  Well, I’m stumped for a number five, so I guess that’s it.

Bye!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Primarily RED Granny

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I spent my evening yesterday on YouTube watching Part 1 and 2 of THIS VIDEO to learn how to Join-As-You-Go with my granny squares.  Can you believe I’ve never done it and didn’t know how?  Well, now I do!  Isn’t YouTube wonderful?  I’m doing it slightly different than her because I have one chain between each of my granny groups and two in the corners, but other than that, it’s the same.  It’s definitely not faster than whip-stitching or crocheting them together, or maybe it will be once I get going?  I don’t know.  I’m glad I know how now.  I’ll make my decision as to whether I like it or not when the blanket is finished and I see how it looks.

I feel like I’m at the point of no return on crocheting this blanket, otherwise I would scrap it and make THIS ONE.  She’s a beauty, and I’ve fallen in love with her.  If I’m not too sick of squares by the time I’m finished with this one, I might just make it.  I might be really sick of RED by then though.  They really look completely different even though they both have a lot of RED.

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The free pattern is called:

Primarily Country Afghan at

www.free-crochet.com (must register)

I’m using a size H crochet hook and H.L. ILT Y in

RED, BANANA, and MEDIUM BLUE.

I’m changing the colors around because I wanted it predominantly RED, and I’m only making two different motifs.  I’ll also be making a different, more elaborate border, and I can’t wait!

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Tah-tah!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sheet Cake

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“Angel of Light”

I adore this little picture I found at the antique mall for $8.  (Yes, I go there a lot.  I love it.)  I wish I could find more of them.  That picture is painted (or printed or etched) on glass.  If I put my hand behind it, you could see it.  This picture is by artist Lena Liu (I only know that because her signature is in the corner).  You can see more of her pictures HERE.  I have not found any others on glass like the one above, but I would love to!

 

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix
  • 2/3 cup water

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a sheet cake pan.  Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each one. Add cake mix alternately with the water. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or until cake tests done.  Frost while warm but not hot.

  • To Make Chocolate Frosting: Combine 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) or margarine, 2 Tbsp cocoa, and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium heat until butter is melted.  Remove from heat and beat in 1 lb of powdered sugar.  Add more cream if it’s too thick.  Apply to warm cake.  (You may want to double this frosting recipe if you like a lot of frosting.  This made a very thin layer, but I thought it was plenty for such a thin cake.)

     

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    I saw what I thought was a very cool idea on Casey’s Blog yesterday.  Save all your bits of yarn tails in a glass jar or bowl.  They’re pretty to look at.  And in the spring, throw them out in the yard for the birds to use to make their nests!  Wouldn’t it be cool to see a nest with some of your yarn bits in it?  I’m curious how long it will take me to fill up this Ball jar.  I’d love to see all of your yarn bits in a jar.  Will you join me?  Thanks for the cool idea Casey! 

    More info on the project I’m working on later!

    Love you!  Bye.

     

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Butt & Boob Cookies


    No time today.  Aren't these cookies funny?  You can tell I didn't make them after seeing my Christmas cookies!  hee-hee.  It looks to me like it's just a heart shaped cookie cutter with the bottom cut off.  Obviously they used fondant and just cut out the panties and bras, but you could decorate them yourself pretty easily.  What do you think, girls?  You know the men would like them.  I don't think I'd take a batch to Sunday school or anything though.  :o

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    Mindless Post

    I still have nothing for you so here’s a mindless post about nothing.   Why bother, you ask?  Because it might open the floodgates of my mind and then you’d be in for a REAL TREAT!  Ha-ha.

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    Can you see the icicles  hanging from the eaves outside?   I thought this was a neat picture.  It looks neater in real life.  Really.  I’m grasping at straws here, people!  Enjoy it, dammit!

     

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    I have a teapot lamp obsession.

    Didn’t know that, did ya?

    I found this one at a little antique mall.  (But is that a coffee pot instead of a teapot?  I don’t know.)  I hate that shade that came on it!  It was someone’s attempt at “shabby chic.”  More like “shabby shit.”  Hee-hee!  Hey, I may have invented a new decorating style…shabby shit will be all the rage!  I usually keep the shade turned around so you can’t see those dried flowers, but I wanted you to see it in all its glory.

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    Here is another itty-bitty one.  This is the first one I got several years ago from my bestie, B.P., for Christmas.  This is the one that started it all.  It sits on top of my refrigerator.

    Teapot lamps are hard to find (around here anyway).  I recently found two small ones on ebay and bought them both.  I gave one to my mom and the other one is for my sister.  (Surprise, Patsy!  You’ll see it when you’re here in February.)

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    That’s all folks.  I gots work to do.

    See ya.

    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Snow Day

    Wow, look at all those comments!  You people are so sweet to say those nice things and support me like that.  I just wanted to pop in so you wouldn't think I'm not posting because of that bit of stupidity.  I just haven't done much of anything the last couple of days.  We got snow, which is unusual for us, and I've been staying in and enjoying looking at it out the window.  I haven't crocheted a thing.  I'm looking for something that interests me and I'm having no luck.

    Thanks to each and every one of you for the comments!

    Sunday, January 09, 2011

    Comment Left Yesterday:

    "So, you do like telling it like it is so I'm telling you like it is too. You come across as harsh and mean and you are jealous you don't get enough attention. We're sick of your ranting about your projects that never follow through. Open the polls and see if I'm right."

    By Anonymous on 1/8/11

    LOL!

    Saturday, January 08, 2011

    The Good Wife (That’s Me)

    The Captain is going to a poker party tonight with the guys.  A few minutes ago he informed me that he “forgot” to tell me that he was bringing the dessert.  Translation:  You are making a dessert for me to take and I need it tonight.  GAH.

    So I looked in the pantry and saw that I had a package of these that I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use:

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    I also had a box of brownie mix and a box of chocolate cake mix.  So I hopped on the computer and googled “brownies with Caramel Bits” and this recipe popped up:

    Caramel Brownies

    14 oz package Kraft caramels or 1 bag of Caramel Bits

    2/3 C evaporated milk, divided (I used 1% milk)

    1 box of German Chocolate cake mix (I used Devil’s Food)

    3/4 C butter, melted

    1 C semi sweet chocolate chips

    1 C chopped nuts, optional.  (I used pecans)

    Over medium low heat, melt 1/3 cup evaporated milk and caramels in a saucepan.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix cake mix, butter, 1/3 C evaporated milk and nuts.  Mix together well.  Press 1/2 of the dough into bottom of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.  Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and spread caramel on top of that.  Sprinkle remaining dough on top (will not completely cover).  Bake 15-18 minutes.

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    That kind of looks like ground beef and gravy, doesn’t it?  Yuck.  But it smells really good!

     

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    I have some bad news (but not surprising) for those of you anxious to see the blanket I’ve been going on and on about lately from the Artsy Fartsy book.  I’m not going to make it.  It’s ugly made with the squares I already have, and I’m not in the mood to commit to starting from scratch making the ones in the pattern.  Sue me.  Or better yet, make it yourself!  Maybe I’ll make it some day, but not right now.  I’m done with it.

    (Stop laughing and saying, “I told you so,” Kate!  Stop it right now!)

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    In other news…

    I’m sure some of you remember Keri from Greyt Balls of Yarn.  She asked me to let you know that she intends to get back to blogging very soon.  Life got in the way of blogging so she’s had it on the back burner for the last several months.  She has very recently had a tragedy in her family and has asked that I let you know that also.  She’s not up to sharing the details just yet, but you can read what has shared on her blog at the above link.

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    As a reminder:

    I don’t participate in blog awards.

    I appreciate the thought and I love my readers, but blog awards are a pain in the ass.  If this offends you, I’m sorry.  Stop being so sensitive (like I am!).  It’s nothing personal.  They just go round and round and you get the same ones five & six times and you have to jump through hoops and answers questions and then select other blogs to pass them onto, and it’s just a giant pain in the ass.  That’s just my opinion and my policy, which I’m allowed to have because, after all, it’s MY BLOG.  I’d much rather you leave me some love in a comment.

    That is all.

    Friday, January 07, 2011

    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

    Queue Clint Eastwood flute music…

    As requested, here are more pictures of the “Artsy (Fartsy) Afghans” book.  There are only four patterns in it.  Here are the other three:

     

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    That’s the GOOD.

    Now to the BAD & UGLY…

     

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    UGH!  Look away!

    It’s HIDEOUS!

    This is the square I made where I was trying to figure out the edging on my own.  And I used the ugliest colors imaginable.  I have since ripped that edging out.  I’ve decided I’m using black and white for the edging instead of black and red.

    I spent a few hours sewing squares together and crocheting the edging using the book last night, only to rip it all out before I went to bed in disgust.  It’s not working out right.  I have no idea what I did wrong, but it was bad, bad, bad.  I’ll try again today.  (In case you are curious, the first three rounds of the edging are all sc around.  Then the last three rows are a combination of FPDCs and SCs.  It’s the placement of the “FPDC two rows below” that doesn’t look correct.)

    In the meantime, here are three squares I have put together but have not done the edging on.

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    Bad Lighting/Bad Picture

     

    Another problem:  I had the three squares put together with slip stitches as called for in the pattern, but I ripped that out too because crocheting them together with SCs looks much better in my opinion.

    So now you know why it’s taking me forever and a day to get this thing going!  I’ve spent hours crocheting and frogging.  Bleh.  It is not fun to crochet when you let it get to you.  It’s time to frog and go to bed when that happens, and that’s exactly what I did.

    Here’s to starting anew!

    Maybe.

    I’m not ready yet.

    I’m all pissed off again just looking at those pictures.

    “Make my day, punk!”

    I’ll frog you back to a yarn ball!

    (I know, wrong movie but still Clint E.)

    Hee-hee.

    Thursday, January 06, 2011

    Artsy Fartsy



    Yea!  I got the pattern book for the afghan today.  Now I can really get going on it!  But it will have to wait until later this afternoon because I have work to do.  Yes, it's back to the old grind.  The beasts are awakening after the holidays and expect me to wake up too.  I've pretty much ignored them for the last two days, so I'd better get some of it done so I can pay for more yarn.  Hee-hee.