Showing posts from June, 2014

Starting the Week Off Right!

2013 was a rough year.  One of the worst of my life.  We had issues with employment, with shelter, with health.  The only bad thing that didn't happen was a death because most likely it would have been mine!  After a doctor visit during my recovery I stopped off at an LYS and bought myself some ME yarn.  Not for the kids, not for extended family, not even for stash.  It was for ME!  February 1st I cast on and today I finished them off.

They are my Good Riddance to 2013!  Socks. 

And they only took me half way thru 2014 to finish them off! 

Sounds about right. 

Yarn is Alegria by Manos del Uruguay in Carnival.  I'm in love with the colors.  Very bright and cheerful, which is exactly what I needed after the past year.

Cast on 2/1/14 and cast off 6/30/14 using a basic vanilla sock recipe.  I think I started using Yarn Harlot's version and switched over to the one on the ball band of Colinette.  I make my own mods (3x1 ribbing) but like to refer to the basic numbers.

I cast…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window... hot.  It is summer and it feels like that.  The house is officially a cave. I am thinking... while I wont be on an episode of Hoarders, I am DEFINITELY a pack rat.  I am thankful... for my a/c.  It is a MUST for Florida living.  Hard to believe I was five before we had a/c in the house.  Why yes I AM that old!!!! And for those of you who live up north and STILL don't have a/c, it's not the same thing!! In the kitchen... my last post had all kinds of crazy things going in the kitchen.  Last week I made some banana muffins and chocolate chip cookies (I figured since I had the oven on....)  Gotta balance the bad with the good so today's dinner was frozen pizzas.  I was working in the craft room today and didn't have energy for much else. I am wearing... baggy blue t-shirt.  I've been in jammies all day. I am creating... I've got one sock just past the gusset and at the stage to knit round and round (nice mindless tv watching knitting) and…

Experimental Cooking

What started out as your basic baked ziti has dramatically changed.  What I thought I had ended up being either VERY little left or had gone bad.  I didn't want to run back to the store AGAIN so I improvised.....

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Baked Ziti

Prego Italian sausage tomato sauce
Ronzoni Cavatappi (like elbows but curly)
Leftover shredded Mexican fiesta blend cheeses
Leftover provolone
Leftover mozzarella
Leftover parmesian
Leftover bbq rotisserie chicken (almost 2 cups)

I used a 9x13 glass pan and layered everything

Layer one:  one jar sauce
Layer two:  pasta and chicken (I did mix these guys together)
Layer three:  Mexican cheese blend
Layer four:  provolone cheese
Layer five:  one jar sauce
Layer six:  more Mexican cheese, mozzarella and parm

I popped it into a 375 oven for 30 min covered with foil.  Baked an additional 10 min w/o the foil.

How did it turn out??

Really good!! 

I wasn't sure how all the different cheeses would blend together or if the bbq chicken w…

Saturday Summer Sky

Blogging while I'm on vacation????  BAHAHAHAAHHA!!!  Impossible even though I thought abt it a few times.  Never seemed to have the time. 


Friday:  Pick up Baby Girl from Band Camp at 2:30pm and head out on the open road.  Of course EVERYBODY is hungry so we drive thru somewhere on the way up.  Get on I-95 and stop in Ormond Beach for an extra boost.

FYI,  frappuccinos do NOT have the same amt of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.  I have filed this away for future reference.

Once we hit Yulee we stop for some geocaching.   THIS proved to be interesting!  We found two out of the five caches we looked for.  Some require stealth.  We have learned stealth is not our strong suit. 

I also got stopped by a sheriff!  I apparently was going 50 in a 35.  YIKES!!!  The ONLY reason I got out of the ticket was because the sheriff was a geocacher as well!  He even gave us some hints to some of the local ones.  It helps to be a middle aged mom who drives a van with kids in the c…

The Older They Get.....

I used to have a rule, no activities scheduled the week after school ends.  I need the break and quiet after the craziness of end of year activities.  Apparently I can no longer enforce that. 

Last day of school:

If you want to see what they looked like the first day of school, go here.  What a difference a few months make!!

Graduation party:

Beginning of Summer party: 

You can't really tell in the graduation party pics, but the theme was fishing/camping and on the table were mason jars filled with goldfish.  They were meant to be taken home as party favors.  I told the kids they could take home a jar each (total of 4 fish).  I ended up with 14 fish.  There was NO way I was going to keep 14 fish and told the kids (after checking out aquariums at 3 local pet stores) that they would be released into the wild.  The IO had a different idea.

See anything different?

He built a pond to put the fish in.  While I wasn't happy abt the expense, it has made Baby Girl and the IO very hap…

Feline Fridays

Hemi enjoying our early morning outings.

The Culling of the Field

One definition of culling is to gather or pick out and set aside as inferior, and there has been quite a bit of that lately.

Example 1:  a friend of mine is having that graduation party and we are going thru pictures for a video (I mentioned this in my last post), culling down 75-80 pics down to 20 pics for the year.  This is a hard thing to do, especially when you can FEEL the emotional hits as I toss pics to the side that didn't make the cut.

Example 2:  after I finished that hat (also mentioned in my last post) I started to look at what I had going on.  I decided that the Castle Mystery KAL was not going to happen and neither was a dish towel I was working on.  They have been culled from my notebooks, both virtual (Ravelry) and physical (actual notebook with paper and pen).  I have yet to rip them out, but mentally they have been weeded from the herd.

Example 3:  the garden.  I went to Lowes last week and checked out their clearance section and to ask about my tomatoes. 

This mor…
Outside my window...It was a bit overcast and breezy, so much so that I opened the windows up for a little bit.  It ended up being a bit too warm to keep them open, but it was nice for the 45 min or so. 
I am thinking... I need to take time out to play with my yarn and fabric.  I really want to start a quilt, but I just don't see the time available for it. 
I am thankful... that the school year is almost over.
In the kitchen... mushroom cheeseburgers for dinner tonight and I have a roast in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner.  I will be using the crock pot.  I'm in the mood for chocolate chip cookies but I'm too lazy to get up and make them.  How sad is that?!?
I am wearing... an old radio station t-shirt and shorts. 
I am creating... and finishing a hat!! The pattern is Graham and it's another version of a slouchy hat, just not as slouchy as my previous ones.  When I finished it, I wasn't thrilled with it, didn't think it turned out right.  I also fou…