Showing posts from February, 2012

Threadless T-Shirt Designs

When I was in high school I spent a lot of time designing t-shirts. We had an airbrush at home and I also had access to screen printing supplies at school. Most of the shirts I made were given away as gifts but I still have a few shirts left that are now designated work shirts.  I've been having a lot of fun lately browsing through the Threadless t-shirt designs. If you're an artist, you can submit a shirt design to Threadless, the staff will vote on it and if your design is well-received, it will go into production! You should browse through their t-shirts. Some of the designs are so clever. Here are a few of my favorites:

Who knows, maybe someday I'll submit one of my designs to Threadless....

On Our Menu: February 27 - March 4

For 3 weeks now I've had Crispy Breaded Tofu Strips with Sweet Potato Fries on our menu. Angela from Oh She Glows makes the recipe sound so delicious and I really want to give it a try but, once again, my plan was foiled. When I got the package of tofu out of the fridge it was frozen. Yep, FROZEN! I blame it on my husband. During the winter I'm not allowed to turn the thermostat higher than 60 degrees. (The heat gets turned down to 55 at night!) 60 degrees is not warm enough, especially for my scrawny body. At 60 degrees, the fridge doesn't even work right. Things are freezing in our fridge that shouldn't be freezing. I blame it on the room temperature. Lucky for me (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it) I was sick with a wicked cold/flu/nasty bug for the last 5 days so I got to turn the heat up. Woo hoo! Hey, you gotta celebrate the little victories when you can, right? 

Here's what I'm cookin' this week:

On Our Menu: February 20 - 26

The menu that I actually cooked last week ended up being way different from what I posted. Two of the meals I cooked resulted in leftovers for days and days and days. That made planning this week's menu a lot easier. I just used the meals from last week that never got made!

One of the huge-serving recipes I tried was Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew. I think I liked this a little more on day 1 than I did on day 3. LOL. Don't make this recipe if you don't like beer because you can definitely taste it. All in all, I actually thought the stew was somewhat bland. I won't be making it again.

Another recipe that I tried was Black Pepper & Fettuccine with Chardonnay Sauce from Vegetarian Times magazine. If you get that magazine and want to try this recipe, do NOT follow the printed directions. Follow these instead. VT made a huge error on this recipe. The sauce is made from blended cashews and reduced Chardonnay. They tell you to blend the cashews with water, strain, an…

Help Make Hats or Bags for Cancer Kids

I love to knit so when I saw Craft Hope's latest project I quickly jumped on board. The goal of Project 16: The Littlest Warriors is to send hats and bags to kids who are battling cancer. Put your crafting skills to good use and sew, knit, crochet - whatever you're good at! Hats of all sizes are needed - babies through teenagers. Or make a tote bag if that's more your style. Both items are being collected. Find more details about Project 16 here. I hope you'll join me. I already have one hat knit and another one about 1/3 of the way done two hats done and another on the needles. The deadline for mailing your items is March 12 so it's time to get a move-on!

On Our Menu: February 13 - 19

Do you have a pressure cooker? I used one for the first time this past week when I made Butternut Squash & Edamame Zosui. Once all the veggies were chopped up, thrown in the pot and the lid sealed, the soup only took 6 minutes to cook. 6 MINUTES! I was impressed. (Not quite as impressed with the recipe but oh well.) I do have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about using the pressure cooker for the first time. I called my mom for a little guidance and as we were ending the phone call she says, "Don't blow anything up." I replied, "That's why I'm calling YOU!" Way to boost my confidence, mom!

A new recipe that I tried last week and did love was Chipotle Beef Sandwiches except I used venison instead of beef. An easy throw-in-the-slow-cooker meal that came out tasting great.

A few weeks ago I was raving about the Rainbow Stir-fry recipe from Vegetarian Times magazine. They finally put the recipe up on their website. Seriously, you have to try it!

Field Fire

I was driving home from work last night when I noticed black smoke roiling in the distance. As I got closer I could see an orange glow. I came around the bend in the road and saw that a field was on fire!

Though you can't tell in the photo, a few ACRES were burning. The fire was huge but burning in a strange U-shape. My first thought was "controlled burn" or a practice burn because of how it was burning and where. But then four fire trucks went screaming past me and now I'm wondering if it was a wildfire. I drove the two miles home, picked up Christian then we went back to watch the fire from a nearby hill. While we were there three more fire trucks arrived... or maybe they were the same trucks coming back to the fire after filling up in the river. We'll probably never know what really happened but I'm glad that the fire was a good distance away from any farms so it seemed like nothing was in danger.

On Our Menu: February 6 - 12

First off, let me say thank you to everyone who left such kind words and sentiments on my Riley posts. I'm sure that a part of me will always miss her but I am so thankful to have Buster to fill some of that void. The sun was shining for most of the weekend and it was nice to get out of the house and enjoy the warm weather. On Saturday we got some much-needed exercise and went for a hike close to home.

Last week was super emotional but I did manage to try a few new recipes:

Tortilla-crusted Stuffed Portobello Burgers. This recipe came from a cookbook my mom gave me: Veggie Burgers Every Which Way. You bake small portobello mushrooms then sandwich a mixture of queso fresco, cilantro, and black beans in between two 'shrooms. You then dip the "burgers" in flour, egg, then crushed tortillas chips. Fry a little bit and finish in the oven. Top with salsa and cilantro. They were very good and it was nice to have a twist on the usual portobello burgers that I make.

The second n…

Riley - Remembering

...Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you... I loved you so - it was Heaven here with you Isla Paschal Richardson

Riley - Saying Goodbye

There's no good or easy way to say this but it needs to be said so I'll just get on with it - we had to put Riley down last Thursday. 

Right before Christmas I posted an update about how Riley's bad left leg was improving and we were hopeful that she just had a pulled muscle. A couple of weeks later the same symptoms showed up in her right leg. 

It was then that we knew the original symptoms were not due to a torn muscle. We had blood work and a chemistry panel done. Everything was normal except for low platelets. So, we started thinking tick-borne disease. There's not a lot known about those diseases and they can cause some really weird symptoms in dogs. We started her on a strong dose of doxycycline to wipe out any nasties she had in her body. Her right leg cleared up in a matter of days. We took this as good news. Riley was soon back to her normal self - chasing Buster, chewing sticks, and checking out all the new sniffs on our long walks. We spent extra time snugglin…