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My first Amigurumi…

In between furiously using my newly allotted tokens on iconbuffet, I’ve also been pretty busy crafting. Here are my newest creations. The little Ami bird is from a pattern from BitterSweet.

The purse is my own design. I wanted a small purse with a long strap that I could wear like a messenger bag. I ended up making the strap too long because once my big-ass wallet is in there, the strap stretches, and my little purse is below my booty. But I still think it came out great. It was very simple – all single crochet, with double crochet for the strap. Let me know if you want a pattern, and I’ll make one up.

ami bird

my #1 model

little purse

Reality (TV) Check

So You Think You Can Dance

I seem to be out of the loop this week because my sister was in town. Somehow, my Tivo didn’t record the results show, and I missed Jimmy being voted off of SYTYCD. I am suprised at this – I wish I could have seen his solo. I was not surprised at Faina.

And going way back to last Wednesday – is Hok’s partner the most annoying girl on the planet? I guess we get used to the mature teenagers like Jordin Sparks, so when someone sounds their age (i.e., Jaimie), they sound stupid. I think I just love Hok so much that I want his partner to be someone like Sabra or Sara. I like those girls. And doesn’t the fact that Sabra has only been dancing 4 years inspire you? It’s like, man, I could get there in4 years! Not really, but it’s nice to dream. Anyway, I think Jaimie is really good – I just don’t like her interviews. And it’s sort of impressive that she still has such big boobs after dancing for so long.

America’s Got Talent

I basically hate this show, but did you happen to see the karate guys kicking ass to music? Very impressive.

My Life on the D-List

Ugh – sooo sad. I loved Kathy’s dad. I was crying and crying. And how funny was it that she was asking Jackie what lesbians thought were funny. Can’t wait to see how the candyman works out. Watch this show, already!

Top Chef

Not sure what happened here – I think my Tivo didn’t record it or something. Sad. I’ll just have to find one of the million times Bravo reruns things so I can watch last week’s episode.

On the Lot

I deleted this one from my Tivo – sooo boring.

Did I miss any? What are you watching? In other TV news, I’m totally loving Army Wives on Lifetime and The Closer on TNT.

Book #36 – Summer by the Sea

Summer by the SeaSummer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs. I really should have purchased this one. More great recipes. I even made the rosemary lemonade for a cookout! The story was great – a fast summer read full of romance and good food. I really liked Rosa and (especially) Alex – both for their straight-forwardness and their personalities. Ms. Wiggs does an excellent job at creating believable characters that don’t fall into mind-numbing spirals of missed chances and bad choices. Her characters are smart, likeable, and most importantly – you cheer for them.

And seriously, the recipes are worth the cover price. Now I have to go buy it because I already returned it to the library.

My one complaint, hence the missing half-a-star, is that I guessed the mystery.

Still, highly recommended:[rating:4.5]

Book #35 – The Winter Lodge

Winter Lodge by Susan WiggsThe Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs. Seriously, I’m so far behind on my book reviews, so I’m going to skip the three I owe (from the 48-hour book challenge) and forge ahead. I loved this book – much more so than the first book of the series, Summer at Willow Lake. But, since I did love the characters, I had to continue on with the series. This book had great pacing, great story lines and especially great recipes. I’m glad I purchased this one rather than checked it out from the library.

The story of Jenny Majesky is told here, as well as cameo appearances from well-loved characters from the first book. I was surprised by the twists of intrigue Ms. Wiggs weaves into the story – which is basically one of family with a little romance mixed in. I’m looking forward to the next installment of the Lakeshore Chronicles.

Highly recommended. [rating:5]

The Price for Rosie

rosie true colorsLast week, driving in my car, I heard on the radio that Rosie was being considered to replace Bob Barker on The Price is Right. I read today that she has officially turned them down, and I have to say I’m glad. Not because I think she wouldn’t be great – because I think she’d be the best, but because it’s the last thing she needs.

The radio station I was listening to had people call in and say what they thought of the idea. There were about six or seven callers FREAKING OUT. I’m not exaggerating. Saying things like, “I’ll never watch that network again if they put that fat idiot on my favorite game show!” Okay – really? This is what people get worked up about? Poor Rosie.

That’s right, Poor Rosie! This country is so ridiculous. So she speaks her mind – you know, she was on a show called “The View” – what was she supposed to do, keep her mouth shut? And she’s a lesbian. Who cares! If she was gorgeous, no one would care. But since she’s just normal looking, people have a big problem with her.

I, for one, am glad she didn’t take the job. Who needs all that abuse? Good for you, Rosie!

My favorite hamburgers…

My sister and her friend were staying with us all weekend. It was fun and a little exhausting. Thursday night, we went to Hollywood to watch an episode of the new Bill Engvall Show being filmed. (Airs on TBS in mid-July – also starring Tim Meadows!) We had a fairly successful cookout on Friday night, then we went to see some SoCal sights on Saturday. Sunday, they were headed to San Fran for another adventure.

I have to admit that my sister wears me out. We have a somewhat tense relationship, that we both try pretty hard to sugarcoat with niceness. We both had a few drinks on Friday night, and some of the niceness wore away, and the tension flared. Note to self: don’t mix alcohol with sister :) I’d like for it to be more real, but I don’t really think that’s in the cards for us.

For the cookout, I made my favorite kind of burgers…here’s the recipe:

In a food processor, mix:

  • 1 egg
  • 5 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 shallots, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup (or more) of cilantro
  • 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • a shake or two of Tabasco

Pour all that into 2lbs of hamburger and mix with your hands. Make patties and grill. I made this up myself, and I only put measurements on it for recipe’s sake. I really just toss a bunch of stuff in the food processor. This little mix works even better with turkey burgers, because we all know they have no flavor of their own.

7 things about me MEME

Allison tagged me to do this, and I hope I can hold up my end of the bargain.

The Rules: Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write their own blog post with their 7 things as well as these rules. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. Remember to leave a comment for them letting them know they have been tagged and to read your blog.

1. I have held many jobs – the most interesting of which were a blackjack dealer, the receiving clerk at an adult megastore, and a dog and cat washer. The list goes on and on, but I’ll stop there.

2. I was on my University’s dance team all four years of college. That’s right, I used to look pretty good in spandex and sequins, and of course, bright red lipstick.

3. I was voted Most Spirited at my high school – a name that still fits me, although, I’m far away from all my teams.

4. I dated the same boy on and off for 8 years, broke up with him, and married my husband a couple months later.

5. I am the first female in my family to serve in the miltary, although every generation all the way back to the Revolutionary War has had at least one or two people in the military.

6. I am a HUGE band geek. I love to watch marching bands, drum and bugle corps, and especially military fancy rifle demonstrations. If you ever get a chance to see the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps, do not miss it. They are awesome.

7. I’m related to Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, Amelia Earhart and lots of other cool people according to ancestry.com where I’ve been diligently building my family tree. It goes all the way back to the Mayflower on one side, where my ancestor Stephen Hopkins was a signer of the Mayflower Compact. I think genealogy is cool.

Who I tag:

  1. Linshaolin at Breakdown in the Fastlane
  2. Debbie at Uncommon Notions
  3. Book Mama
  4. Mother Reader
  5. Lynne at Shine Jewelry
  6. PrettyNoiseLab
  7. Esperance at My Many Thoughts

Okay – tag, you’re it!

A scarf and a QUILT!

That’s right, folks. Not only did I complete another scarf, but I also finished a quilt that I started almost two years ago! The quilt was super easy, using 8 fat quarters and a quick cutting pattern from the Pincushion Boutique. Here are photos for you…

my little helper

quilt front


And my new scarf…using the same pattern as all the other skinny scarves, but using two yarn colors this time.

brown and green skinny scarf scarf on handsome model

Crockpot Cooking

reynolds slow cooker linersDoes anyone use those Reynold’s slow cooker liners? If not, you should – I think that was the best feeling every, lifting that dirty bag out of the crockpot and knowing I didn’t have to let anything soak, and didn’t have to scrub anything. Highly recommended! Here’s what I made yesterday for dinner:

Garden Vegetable Tabboleh Stew

  • 1 med onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut in half longways and then sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 box tabboleh mix
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Layer everything in the crockpot in this order: onions, carrots, green beans, zuccini, green onions, chick peas and tomatoes. Add salt and pepper. Sprinkle box of tabboleh mix (with seasoning) evenly over the top, then pour water and olive oil over tabboleh. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with sour cream and mint.

I skipped the sour cream and mint, and served it with tortilla chips.

Yum! And no clean up! Thanks to my handy crock pot liner!