Thursday, July 31, 2014

After the Rain

A collective "Ahhh!" from all the plants and flowers this morning after an overnight and morning rain of 2.5 inches. Do you see all the babies the succulent has? I'm happy to say that ALL of the succulents I bought this spring are alive and thriving and multiplying. That's a big deal for me, as I've killed every other plant I've ever bought (except the roses, but I've killed plenty of those too).

This little guy danced around on the fence and put on a show for me...

Here he is all puffed up. Hard to believe that's the same bird.

And this Cardinal eluded me. I was pissed that I didn't get a good shot. He is so pretty. See him hiding there? Hmpf!

Janie poking around the yard.

Eli glued to his Daddy's lap on the glider.

Ollie checking out a plastic flower petal.

Fletch chillin' on the coffee table.

There's still time for you to join the doily-along over at Janice's.'s the same old stuff around here, as you can see.
Thanks for coming to see us time after time.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Recipe & Randomness

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites

Yes, "energy bites." Ah-hem. I didn't name them, but these are really rich and good if you need a shot of chocolate "energy." Changes I made are in black text.

No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites

1/2 cup no-stir almond butter (I used Jif Natural Peanut Butter)
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Up to 4 tsp warm water, as needed (I used 1 Tbsp)
1 cup old fashioned oats (raw)
3/4 cup toasted or raw coconut (I used sweetened; the horror)
1/2 cup flaxseed meal (I really did have this in my pantry)
6 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 7 cuz I’m a rebel and always have to push things to the limit)

In a mixing bowl, stir together almond or peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and cocoa powder. If mixture seems too thick stir in 2 tsp warm water to thin. Add oats, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate chips and stir until evenly coated. Again, stir in a bit of water as needed. Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until nearly set and easier to handle. (I skipped this step as it wasn’t necessary.) Remove from refrigerator and eat with a spoon shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

I've got things on the hook in case you were wondering. I'm participating in a CAL on the doily above with the lovely Janice from OVER HERE. And I've started the Madelintosh scarf, but I'm being very pokey about it...just a few rows each night after I get in bed. I decided to use the Whitewash color instead of the Mourning Dove for this project. I really do love the Whitewash color. It reminds me of way back when we used to intentionally bleach our blue jeans. Remember that?

1.  OMG! and WTF? I pulled a hair from underneath my chin just a few minutes ago, and I swear it was over 1/2-inch long!

2.  I have seen recipes lately for Mac & Cheese Sandwiches and Spaghetti Sandwiches. Why would anyone want that? If anyone in my house wants either of those things, they can just fix themselves a bread sandwich because that's exactly what it's like. Stupid-asses.

3.  Many years ago when I ran off to Boise, Idaho for about six months (long story), I was interviewing for a job at the Ada Country Sheriff's Office. A woman investigator interviewed me. I had already been through a written exam, physical agility test, psychological test, and a lie detector test, and this was the next step...a one-on-one interview. She asked a few mundane questions, and then she pipes up and says, "Your psychological testing showed you have a tendency to like little boys in a sexual way." And she just stared at me, and I stared back at her and blinked a couple of times. I would have said WTF!?, but that phrase wasn't even invented yet because we didn't text back then, so I just burst out laughing. Seriously? Of course, that wasn't true. She just wanted to see what my reaction would be. I don't know why she caught me so off-guard with that statement because I knew something like that was coming in an interview like this, but it did. She was just trying to see if she could push my buttons and get me mad or see if I would cry or get up and slap the shit out of her (which crossed my mind) or pull out a gun and start shooting people. LOL. I was hired. Good Lord, that's a stressful process though!

4.  I'm loving the summer fruit right now, especially the nectarines. They're my favorite. I always stand over the kitchen sink when I eat one and let the juice drip down my face and arms. That's the best way to eat a nectarine. Then you can just turn the water on and wash up and not be all sticky.

5.  Aren't these cute?  Fabric Lamps  Thanks, Mark!

6.  I tried THIS METHOD for cleaning my stinky garbage disposal and sharpening the blades. I don't think it worked cuz it still stinks kinda. Maybe those blades are really sharp though. I don't know how I'd know. It did make my freezer smell like vinegar while they were in there. Bleck!

7.  Is anybody else watching that freak show, Botched, on the E Channel on Sunday nights? 

8.  Speaking of freak shows, it's been and is going to be in the 80s all week here. Something is messed up! That is unheard of in these parts in July. I'm not complaining, I'm just sayin'. Does anybody remember on General Hospital when there was some weird storyline with some evil man controlling the weather? I swear it was on there. How dumb and desperate can they be where they had a meeting and a group of people agreed that was a good idea?

My head is empty.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pretty Crochet & Lucy

When I see things like these next few things, I feel like an underachiever...

Amazing or what?
That's A LOT of circles!

I love this!

These are too cute.
Credit & Pattern:  Scottie Potholders

Just WOW...

So pretty and so much work!

I wanted to show y'all my cousin's new Boston Terrier, Lucy. Isn't she a doll?? I like her unusual color pattern. She was a rescue who had been in a crate for three years (all her life) producing puppies at a puppy mill. Now she has a GREAT home and can see what life is really all about for a spoiled dog.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blue Squares Blanket Done!

I need to think of a better name, but here it is.

Pattern:  20 Wheel Lattice Squares, pattern HERE
Yarn:  See Below
Hook:  Size I, 5.00 mm
Edging:  Dada’s Place Border Pattern HERE
Size:  I didn’t measure it, but it fits the top of our Queen-size bed, hanging over about an inch on the sides. I know it will stretch because the other one I made like this did. It will be hanging over the sides several inches once it's been used a bit.

Crocheted squares together with sc on wrong side, then sc all around in same color and dc all around in same color. Proceeded with edging pattern linked above. Colors and yarn listed below. And, damn, that was a lot of work crocheting them together and then crocheting the edging! It took me two days, several hours each day just for that part. It reminded me why I don't like making blankets with motifs.

Satisfaction Level: I really enjoyed making this blanket, but it's definitely not one of my favorites and I'm not sure why. I think I'm just not a "blue" person.

Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn
Soft Blue
Sea Blue
Light Denim (In the edging but is not one of the squares)

Hobby Lobby's Crafter's Choice (Sucks!)
Kyoto Pearl

Vanna's Choice

Dusty Blue

The End

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yarn, Hash, and a Nodule

 The new yarn...

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Mourning Dove

And Whitewash.

I have plans for the Mourning Dove already. It's a beautiful one-skein project that I'm excited to begin. But first I'm finishing the Blue Squares Blanket. It's true! I have it crocheted together and am working on the edging, which is taking longer than I expected, but I'm enjoying the process. I have less than 1.5 rounds left to go. Then I'll photograph it this afternoon and show it to y'all tomorrow. Can you believe I'm on the finishing touches? I really am! Yipee!

When I went to buy the Mourning Dove Madelinetosh yarn, I couldn't resist buying an extra skein of another color. They were having FREE SHIPPING! I had to get my money's worth. I got it at Paradise Fibers, and the free shipping offer is good until the Sunday at midnight.  Don't forget to use the coupon code "JULYSHIP." There is another code for buy one get one free AND free shipping for Rowan Fine Art Sock Yarn too! Yes, it's expensive, but sometimes it's worth it to spend a little extra on some good yarn, especially if you're making a special gift for someone. I could never afford to buy "good" yarn all the time, but that's what makes it so fun and special when I do. When these two skeins came in the mail Thursday afternoon, I told the Captain I was going to go lay down and take a nap and snuggle with my new yarn. Hee-hee. And I did!

By the way, I ordered this yarn on Tuesday afternoon and received it on Thursday. Lightening fast delivery, and it was FREE.

I am not being paid in any way for this post, I'm just really impressed, that's all. Plus, I've had to BIG cups of strong iced coffee and I'm kind of yammering on. I'm a wee bit buzzed.

Heather asked a question about cooking the Hamburger Hash I mentioned yesterday, so here's how I make mine...

Brown a pound of seasoned hamburger meat with one chopped onion.
(Salt, pepper, garlic powder)
Get it really brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add at least 1/4 cup of veg or canola oil to your pan drippings.

Add one package of frozen hash browns to the pan.
Use high heat and DO NOT STIR.
I like to use Potatoes O'Brien by Ore Ida.
It has peppers and onions in it.

The trick to great potatoes is to get them really brown. The best way to do that is by not stirring too much and using high heat. I let mine cook 5 minutes before stirring, then let it sit another 5 minutes, stir, and so on. It took about 20 minutes total. (Season your potatoes the same way you did the hamburger while they are cooking.)

When they're good and brown, add back your hamburger and onion. Serve with cheese on top, Frank's Red Hot (Louisiana Hot Sauce), ketchup, soy sauce, or whatever your little heart desires.

We're having our leftovers today for lunch inside flour tortillas with cheese and salsa.

 Thinking, thinking, thinking...

Singing, singing, singing

This bird has something wrong with his head.
He has some type of GIANT nodule on the side.
Can you see that? Eww.

Now that I'm sufficiently grossed out, I'm gonna go eat lunch.

See ya tomorrow with the Blue Blanket Reveal!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

I bought a Tupperware jello mold on because I didn't have one. I could have used my Bundt pan, but I wanted the real thing this time. I couldn't wait to get it and try it out. It was on the porch yesterday.

And I made a Jello Salad!
You didn't see that coming, did you?

 How many ways can you photograph a molded Jello salad?

I don't know, but it's pretty, isn't it?

It tastes good too.
You can find the recipe HERE (scroll, scroll, scroll)
Thank you, Janice and Janice's Mama.

What else can I photograph all day long?

Contentedly watching...

Two seconds later, Ollie jumped up and grabbed Fletch's leg...

Play hard or go home.

 Sammi looks so serious all the time.
I wonder what she's thinking a lot, because she IS thinking.

Ollie will get you if you come in his yard...

I like bacon.

And always birds...

Nesting and protecting...

The sun feels good on my back.

I wish I could fly; I wish I could touch the sky...

  1. I had no intention of buying yarn yesterday, but what did I do?  I ordered some yarn.
  2. And then today I bought a pattern to make with it.
  3. I swear I'm going to crochet those blue squares together first...maybe today...for real.
  4. No sooner had I started this list when the Cap asked me to make lunch.  I'm making some hamburger hash.  The recipe is HERE.  He loves it.  I do too.
  5. So I guess I gotta go.
  6. Random Words coming up next all my words aren't random.
  7. See ya.