Showing posts from July, 2012

On Our Menu: July 30 - August 4

This past weekend I made a really yummy Peach French Toast Bake. You mix the dish up the night before then just pop it in the oven in the morning. It was the perfect dish to serve before church on Sunday. And with peaches in season, now is the best time to give this dish a try!

Today is Christian's birthday. He wanted burgers for dinner. REAL burgers. None of the mushroom/tofu/tempeh hidden-ingredient-trick burgers that I tend to make. Just red meat. So, that's what the man is getting. It's the least that I can do...

Here's what I'm cooking this week:

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

Today's the big day to show off what I made with the beads my partner Marion sent me for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. First off, let's look at what came in the mail:

Beautiful, isn't it? I LOVE what Marion picked out for me! She definitely spoiled me by sending not 1 but 5 handmade polymer clay beads from Tree Wings Studio. That shop has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. The beads Marion picked out have a southwestern vibe so I knew I wanted to stick with the red and turquoise color palette and introduce some more silver and maybe some browns into the mix. Here's what I came up with:

I added some silver square beads, small turquoise painted wooden beads, silver caps, and large nuts of some sort. 

Then I created a piece for the horse pendant to hang off of by cutting apart an old leather belt and punching two holes through the ends. This is the first time I've tried anything like that. I think it worked out great but maybe I'm a little biased... What …

My Henna Tattoo

Last weekend I got to do something that I've wanted to do for a long time: I got a henna tattoo! 

I told the artist that I like flowers and vines and let her come up with whatever design she wanted. I love it! The dye will stay on my skin for 2-3 weeks and then it'll be gone. With how often I change my mind on things, this is the perfect kind of tattoo for me!

Yarn Along - Arm Warmers and The Glass Castle

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Arm warmers to wear at work. 
I have a metal desk and my arms get cold resting on the surface but the room temperature is too warm to wear a cardigan. I think these arm warmers will solve my problem perfectly. Also, I'm completely in love with this yarn. Too bad Cascade is discontinuing it!
Yarn: Cascade Lana Bambu in Tiger colorway and Spud & Chloe Sweater in Toast colorway (cuff)
Pattern: New Moon's Angela Weber's Arm Warmers by Nancy Fry

Reading: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This book was picked by my book club for this month and I can't put it down. I can't believe those kids survived in the environment they were brought up in. As my librarian said, "This book is like a bad accident - you can't look away - or in this case, you can't stop reading!"

On Our Menu: July 23 - 29

Last Saturday I went to a food festival in Green Bay. While there I picked up a cooking class schedule from the local technical college. This fall they are offering a "Knife Skills" class. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to slice and dice with rapid precision like real chefs do? I'm not sure if that's something that can be taught in a six hour class but I bet I would learn a lot of other helpful techniques. Have you ever taken a class like that before?

Yesterday I tried a delicious new recipe called Grilled-Pork Banh Mi. The sandwich is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. And since I've been trying to limit my time at the stove because it's been so darn hot out (and in - no AC), this was a nice quick recipe on the grill - less than 10 minutes! It also uses cucumber which, if you could see in our fridge right now, we have an overabundance of.

Here's what I'm making this week:

My First Knit Toy

It's Spud the Sheep!

I'm a bit embarrassed by how long it took me to finish this guy (over a year!) but I'm glad that I finally got it done. The twisted loops for his wool were a total pain in the butt; once I got past that part the rest of him went rather quickly. I purposefully made his head cocked just a bit because Riley used to always do that.

Pattern: Spud by Susan B. Anderson

My BSBP partner spoiled me!

When Christian and I got back from vacation my beads for the next Bead Soup Blog Party were waiting in the mailbox. I wanted to savor the moment so I waited until the craziness of unpacking/laundry/cleaning had ended before I opened the package. My partner, Marion, had tied my beads up in a beautiful fabric pouch.

I gently pulled the ties and when the fabric fell open I gasped. "NO WAY! I am SO spoiled!" I yelled out loud.

I'm sure Marion didn't know this but I've been coveting Tree Wings Studio's handmade polymer beads for a long time. And she sent me not one of Rebekah's beads but FIVE! 

I am one lucky lady! 

Check back on July 28th to see what I made with these awesome beads.

PS - A set of these grapevine plates are for sale in my etsy shop right now.

On Our Menu: July 16 - 22

Last week I tried 6 new recipes but they were all kind of ho-hum so I'm not going to waste my time talking about them. I think the never-ending heatwave is really starting to suck the life out of me. We don't have air conditioning and with the nights not cooling off much, the house is now in the 80s. Yuck. I really don't do well in the heat. At least my workplace is air conditioned!

Here's what we're eating this week:  (Nothing too ambitious)

An Unwelcome Surprise in My Knitting Bag

The very first thing I ever knitted (and consequently felted) is this Oregon Tote:

I use this bag to haul around my current knitting project, patterns, yarn, needles, etc. Everything seems to fit so perfectly in it. On Fridays I typically go to The Copper Llama to either spin or knit. I'm usually there for a few hours so I bring along a snack... which I also keep in my knitting bag. Well, a granola bar has been in the bottom of my bag for a few weeks now. When I pulled my knitting out of my bag last night, little sticky pieces of granola were on my current project. What the..?! I looked into the bottom of my bag is this is what I saw:

A little critter had chewed a hole in the granola bar and made quite a mess! I'm guessing it was a mouse... Now I'm trying to figure out when it happened. I've been working on my knitting every night and last night was the first that I saw the granola bits on my yarn. Do we have mice in the house... in summer? That doesn't seem likely. …

On Our Menu: July 9 - 15

Christian and I took a sea kayaking trip in the Apostle Islands last week and I must say, it's very hard to get back into the swing of things after island-hopping for 4 days. As always, the beauty of Lake Superior took our breath away. We got to glide across smooth waters as well as bounce around in 3' waves and experience nature's wrath. How quickly things can change out on that big lake. I was thankful that we were with an experienced guide who kept us safe.  

I love the great outdoors even when Mother Nature is angry. There's just something about being away from it all that leaves me so refreshed and rejuvenated. On the drive home we bought a lottery ticket in hopes that we wouldn't have to go back to work but no such luck. LOL.

Here's what's on our menu this week: