Sunday, August 31, 2014

Who Said It?

 I did!

I ran out of yarn on the home stretch of the edging of my table runner. GAH! There's nothing I can do except order more and wait for it to come (which I've already done). I worked hard all weekend so I'd have a nice Tah-Dah! for you, but nope. I saved every scrap of yarn and even cut the edging stitches down trying to stretch it out as far as I could, but it just wasn't enough. And because of the holiday tomorrow, it won't be shipped to me until at least Tuesday, so I'll be lucky to have it in my hands by Friday. Sigh.

It made me feel better when I got this eBay order...

Two Fire King casserole dishes with lids.

Which I needed like a hole in my head.

But they're so preeeeeeeety!

I made a Chicken Taco Casserole earlier today, but did I use one of these to bake it in? Nope! I was scared I would stain and ruin them somehow. Hahaha! How dumb is that? I need to get over it and use them, and I swear I will...soon. By the way, we gave the casserole recipe Two Thumbs Up! (I used one large can of white chicken meat, 1 can of cr of mushroom soup, no sour cream, half of the taco seasoning packet, probably half the cheese and tortilla chips, and the rest the same.)

Have you tried these??
They say there are SIX servings in this little can. 

If you are wondering what you can crochet next, may I suggest these pretty potholders/hotpads?

There is no pattern to give you, but I think the picture is self-explanatory unless you are a very new crocheter. I bet they are so thick and cushy! I love the way they look.

See ya!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Refined Tea-Drinker

I ordered this pretty teacup and saucer from Etsy the other day.
I didn't have any "fancy" teacups and felt I needed one.
Aren't the roses pretty?

It came with this pretty stamped and handwritten card.

I loved it!

Unfortunately, the second I opened the box, I could see it had broken during shipping. I was so disappointed! I took a couple of pictures and wrote to the shop owner immediately. She graciously offered to refund my money or let me choose another to ship for free. I picked another one and will show it to you when it arrives. I'll give the shop a linky-loo when I receive it.

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the fancy-pants cup and saucer anyway.
I'm sure I can glue the handle together, but I wouldn't trust it to drink from.

 Oliver doesn't mind the broken handle either.
(He insists on being called by his formal name whilst tea-drinking.)

Did I ever tell y'all how much he loves hot tea with milk? He pesters me the whole time I'm drinking for a lick or two. He'll pull on the teabag label if it's still dangling from the cup to get my attention. Coffee? No. Coke? No. Hot Tea? Yes please!

As predicted, I got nowhere on joining my table runner squares yesterday. I just finished my work for today so I'm going to get busy on it right this minute.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Green Part



I've got all the green on!

I wasted a bunch of time last night having a big 'ol brain fart about how to attach these. All I have to say is DUH! I can be so dense sometimes, I swear. I had it right from the very beginning, but my brain was not cooperating with what my eyes were seeing and I kept thinking something wasn't right and ripping it out, reading the pattern, re-reading it, looking, and comparing. I'm also very afraid that I don't have enough yarn to finish. I'm gonna have a shit-fit if I get down to the edging and have to wait for more of this yarn in the mail. But I won't get ahead of myself. Have faith that the pattern is correct, Pammy Sue.

So I ended up only getting one sewn to another. I will tackle the rest later today and this evening. I wish I didn't have to work today because I'd much rather be doing this, but duty calls.

I got tired of sitting here with an empty head trying to think of a title for this post. I finally gave up and just typed "The Green Part." I can't be ON all the time, people! I hope I have enough brain power to get my work done today. I kind of doubt it. Maybe I need some sugar...

See ya!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunday Crochet Inspiration

I got a big surge of inspiration over the weekend...

And it resulted in so much enjoyable crochet time...

A WIP I had been putting off for at least two years ended up being something I enjoyed immensely. 

Several hours of peace and tranquility.

A good bit of inspiration came from Ana B and her finished tablecloth HERE. Just WOW!  What started out as a table runner for her to work on during the World Cup, became a full-blown tablecloth. Isn't it gorgeous?? You know it wasn't easy, but she pressed on until something fabulous was born. That's what you've got to do with a crochet on until suddenly it's done. There's hardly anything more satisfying than knowing you had the perseverance to see it through to the end.

Of course I had all my buddies with me...
Eli in my face from time to time..."Pay attention to me!"

Ollie at my feet (when he wasn't in my lap) staring and whining every now and then because he wanted to be let outside. This boy loves the outdoors. He'll stay out there for hours all by himself laying in the grass and nosing around in the bushes. He's definitely his own man.

Um, and this is the best shot I got of Miss Sammi.

The other two K9s were around also, but they were sleepy-heads and stayed out of my grill most of the time.

I had the TV on watching a marathon of Snapped episodes. You know, Muhhh-duhh stuff.

And I had some healthy nourishment along the way... 
This was a piece of Orange Roughy I cooked in some cooking spray in a skillet and then topped with fresh Roma tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, salt and pepper, and a splash of balsamic vinegar salad dressing. OMG, it was so freakin' good! It's definitely on the menu again this week (maybe more than once).

I'm back at it today turning all my circles into squares with the green round.

Have an inspired day!

He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.
~St. Francis of Assisi

♥ Pammy Sue ♥

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feels Like a Saturday

I had several more rows done, but I had to rip them back because I goofed. Now I think I'm just going to set this aside and move on to something else. I have a list of doilies I want to make. I may never use yarn again!

Sweet-bread batter.


 Lemon juice and zest...

Apricot Banana Bread

I saw some of this bread on Lucy's (Attic24) blog many days ago, and I kept thinking about it and wanting to make it. The link she gave for the recipe HERE is in metric measurements and it's never worked out for me when I've tried to convert recipes to American terms, so I searched and searched until I found one as similar in ingredients as I could.  Pay dirt!  Here is how I made mine with a few little adjustments included.

Apricot Banana Bread
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. dried apricots, chopped
1 c. mashed bananas (2 med.)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. sugar
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 tbsp. buttermilk or sour milk
1 lemon (I used about 1 Tbsp of juice and 2 tsp zest or less)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine bananas, eggs, sugar, butter, buttermilk, lemon zest, and lemon juice and beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir in apricots, and raisins. Pour into greased and floured bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until pick comes out dry.

Adapted from:  Bakes and Makes Blog

Oh yes. It's good.

I ordered myself some perfume the other day. Weirdly, I order perfume online a lot without knowing what it smells like. I knew when I read this had musk and sandlewood in it that I'd like it, and sure enough, I do.

I got the body lotion too. People can smell you better if you use both, but it's not so strong that it singes their eyebrows off when you walk by. It's by Jessica Simpson, and it's called Vintage Bloom. She's got a new one coming out very soon, but I don't know what it's called. I have one of her purses too. I like her.

There was something else I was going to tell you...hmm.  What was it?

Oh, yeah...that book, Pam of Babylon, I told you I was gonna read?

It was good!

Now they've got me by the short hairs (I hate that saying. Why did I say that?), and I'm going to buy the others in the series. I got the first one for free from BookBub. The second one is only 99 cents though (Kindle Fire edition) HERE.

This is #2
I wonder what will happen next?
And then next?
And next?

See ya!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kinda Cool

Credit:  HERE

The longer I watched this the more I liked it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Doily is Finished

Totally fun and satisfying!

Pattern Graph Only:  HERE
#10 Thread, 1.75 mm Hook
Measures:  15 inches

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lamp and a Ham

Antique Mall find: $30
I saw it and immediately knew I wanted it.

When I saw the price, I picked it up and ran to the counter.
I love it.

I had put this ham in the crock pot earlier that morning.
This recipe is SO GOOD!!
Way better than I anticipated.

Crock Pot Ham

7-lb fully cooked, sliced ham
1 can of pineapple rings with juice
1 can of pineapple tidbits with juice
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup

Spray your crock with non-stick spray and place the unwrapped ham inside. Pour pineapples and juice over the ham, sprinkle on the brown sugar, and pour the maple syrup over all (I used IHOP sugar-free pancake syrup because that's all I had. Cover and cook on low 5 hours. Remove the ham from the crock...

And save the "gravy" in a bowl.
OMG, so good!

The Captain had six of these little sammies and made himself sick.

We saved a bunch of ham in the fridge for dinners and used the bone and the rest of the ham for this soup. If you can find this where you live, the recipe on the back for this soup is GREAT. Don't add salt. There's a little flavoring packet that comes inside the package of beans that has plenty of salt in it. They carry this at Super Wal-Mart by the rest of the dry beans. It makes a big pot full of wonderful soup. I always use my crock pot for it too. After soaking and draining the beans, I cook on high for 5 hours, and then two more hours on high after I add the tomatoes and rest of ingredients. Don't forget the lemon juice! I swear that's the secret ingredient.

I got a lot done on my blue and white doily yesterday too.

Lazy bums.

See ya!