Sun, 18 November 2012
In this episode AJ comes clean as to where on earth she's been, what's going on, what's cooking and what's on her needles.b
Mon, 6 August 2012
i. Great Trail Festival August 25-26 & September 1,2, and 3 in Malvern Ohio
ii. Yankee Peddler September September 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
iii. Old Mill Festival October 12,13, 14
iv. Possibility of Ann Arbor Fiber…. or maybe Rhinebeck….
i. Still on chart three and it seems to be 2 steps forward and three back. After correcting the last error I got the first lace row of chart three complete only to make another error in lace row #2 that I didn’t find until I was at the end of lace row 3. I need to tink the two row but I decided taking a deep breath and walking away was the best think I could do.
ii. I’m back in the in between limbo again. I need to finish Nichol’s B-day socks but I’m procrastinating because she hasn’t tried on Sock 1 yet. I’m concerned the leg might be a bit tight and I’d rather only fix one sock. I have a bag pattern I want to know but it calls for bulky and I have no bulky in my stash! EEEEEEEK! Sometimes I cheat when Bulky is called for and hold a worsted double but I don’t even have the yardage in worsted to do that…. I’ve also committed to a pink baby sweater and I have no pink in my stash… So I’m still figuring out what’s next.
i. "Harvested from the mountainous Cederberg region of South Africa , Rooibos is a mellow and relaxing herb whose slightly nutty flavor offers hints of cherry and toffee. In our Madagascar Vanilla red tea, Rooibos is perfectly complemented by the rich flavor of another African favorite, vanilla – resulting in a sublime and satisfying tea experience."
ii. This is was a go to tea before I found my Cardamom Black Assam and was introduced to Jasmine anything. With artificial sweetener the vanilla can make it almost too sweet and so a bit chemically. I like sweet tea but I use less than a packet in this. I find the vanilla comforting. So when I caught B’s cold last week I picked this up at Giant Eagle.
iii. I also got an incredibly awesome care package from a listener that I’ve been corresponding back and forth with that will fill the tea pot with new Teas for the next several weeks! When I saw all the teas I squealed and did a dance in the kitchen . B thought I was insane. J I’ve been previewing them at home but will start using them in the tea pot over the next few weeks. Many Many thanks to LittleRedHen! I’m blown away by how awesome this is!
i. I’m all GRACE and DEXTERITY and managed to fall down some steps at a friends camper. I did a good job of it too… Hit my head, Bruises over my entire lower body, Still dealing with a bruised tailbone and it’s been a few weeks… Sitting has been uncomfortable.
i. MissMandiGirl beat me. She finished the KAL before I did. I know this wasn’t a race but really deep down I think everyone wants to “win” right? Please don’t let it be just me!
ii. The pattern was a breeze to knit once I had the pattern memorized. Great social knitting.
iii. I think the Sweet Briar Yarn really made this though I love how the stitched look a bit like hundreds of beads because of the nylon content but the shawlette still has satisfying “squish” in my hands.
i. I signed up for my first ever swap on Ravelry. It was a scavenger hunt swap and one of the requirements was a little something to keep my partner warm. I saw some scarves and shawls coming out of packages but no hats. So I went the hat route.
ii. I knit this from the two extra skeins of Purl Bee Acrylic / Alpaca (my partner was OK with Acrylic yarn) in Damson that was left over from the 2nd Ruffled and Ruched Scarf I made. The pattern calls for Bulky and this is one of those instances where I cheated ad held the worsted weight double. The resulting hat is THICK and WARM and FUZZY! I hop she likes it. I’m jealous I don’t have one of my own.
i. The rumors of my fading are grossly exaggerated…
1. Work is status quo. I had a major melt down in my bosses office and now I share an assistant with the production scheduler. As she becomes more and more able to take things off my plate things are getting better and better. My being able to podcast tonight is largely in part to her. HURRAH!
2. B starts Kindergarten in 3 weeks. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I know with Nate I took the day off and expected to have a tough time dropping him off. I expected him to be scared and to cry. What happened though was totally the opposite. Nate grabbed his backpack and marched right into school and was fine. I on the other hand sat in the parking lot in my car and cried for ½ an hour. This time I have no vacation time so Daddy is taking the 1st day of school duties. I wonder if he’ll admit to crying in the parking lot. I did read that the first day is an abbreviated schedule and the attending parent is meant to stay all day and see the routine. Maybe easing us into the schedule will make it better.
3. Nate is off vacationing for the next few weeks with his dad.
4. Question of the commute this morning: Mom? Do Zombies have names?b
Mon, 25 June 2012
Wed, 30 May 2012
Episode 42: Alpaca and Ewe or “ “
Mon, 14 May 2012
In recent years Canadian made Icewine has begun winning awards at prestigious wine shows the world over. To make the sweet flavorful treat, Vidal or Riesling grapes are plucked from frozen vines in temperatures below 17°F or -8°C. Brrr! Our fabulous Icewine tea blends real I cewine with premium high grown Ceylon black tea and100% natural flavors. Just like the real thing, our tea has started winning accolades from customers the world over!
Mon, 16 April 2012
Thu, 29 March 2012
1 Package of Cool Mint Oreos 22 with Filling 8-10 Without
1 Brick of Cream Cheese
Smash the Oreos and combine with cream cheese. Roll mixture into balls for centers and cool in fridge or Freezer on Wax paper to firm up.
Melt Chocolate for Coating. I got mine at party city green was on sale. Zap in Microwave for 30 second intervals until smooth. Coat centers. (use a fork to coat and then tap off the excess chocolate.) Melt white chocolate in a Ziploc. Snip off corner and drizzle whit over green or Pipe on shamrocks. (Use a tooth pick to smooth out the shamrock)
It’s that easy.
Wed, 14 March 2012
If an 8 oz cup of brewed coffee contains 150 mg of caffeine, a 16 oz cup of coffee will have 300 mg.
Similarly, when you drink an 8 oz cup of tea served from a brewed pot of tea, doubling the serving size to 16 oz results in double the caffeine.
But steeping tea in a mug is different.
If you were to brew a mug of tea using 8 oz of water and one tea bag, the total caffeine could be around 40 mg. If you were to brew a larger mug of tea using 16 oz water and one tea bag, the total caffeine would not double. It would still be only around 40 mg
Tue, 6 March 2012
Wed, 22 February 2012
Fri, 3 February 2012
i Don the wonder Intern found this one and was nice enough to gift me a box for Christmas.
ii. The Back of the Box: While out Candy Cane Decaffeinated Green Tea may lack the traditional red and white stripes and candy cane shape associated with your traditional candy cane, that familiar minty taste is ever present. We’ve taken some of our favorite holiday flavors like refreshing peppermint, creamy vanilla, and spicy cinnamon and mixed them with a naturally decaffeinated, rich green tea.
iii.Sooo yummy and just the ticket for when a winter cold settles into the sinuses. Plus and I know this has nothing to do with the tea… It has a festive Narwhal on the box! What is not to love about a Narwhal with ornaments on his horn! I give the tea high marks ad Don get’s big brownie points for getting me my own box.
i. Earlier in the week I did some trolling on the internet for advice on blending fibers and how to use a drum carder. Ask the Bellwether sent me to … you guessed it YouTube! (The Frugal fiber artists best friend) and once again to Rexenne. (I’ve run into Rexenne’s videos before. I used one when learned to Navajo Ply.) Holy energy Batman! She is really PUMPED about fiber in her videos!
ii. Rexenne had a 4 part series on You Tube on how to use the drum carder. How to make a bat, how to lend colors, and how to mix fibers. (AHA!)
iii. Incredibly informative
i. First I ran through the merino Locks fluffing them out by hand so that they I could almost see through them.
1. The merino was so fine that it was sticking to our hands and may have had a bit of static in it.
a. Things that I forgot
I A Pan / or bag to put the bats in
ii. My Hand card to use as a burnishing tool
iii. My sushi mat looking place mat to roll the bat off the drum (though we did fine without it)
2. We ran through enough locks to make 1 good size bat
3. I then Split the bat in halve and then quarters and ran one quarter onto the drum
4. Once I had the 1st layer off merino on the drum I applied a layer of the camel directly to the large drum over top the merino.hb I used pretty much the same motion that I would use to load my hand cards.
5. After that the second quarter of merino went through the carder producing a big sandwich which we sectioned off and ran through a few more times to blend.
6. Then f course I decided there wasn’t enough camel and had to do most of the process over a few times. The 1st bat took FOREVER! The second bat went much more quickly once we had the process down
7. My only regret is that I only did about half my fiber and I have it all spun those 2 bats gave one of my small bobbins full. I now either have to wait until the February meeting to use the drum carder on the rest or blend it with my cards at home. I may try to do some on the cards and see what the noticeable differences are in the single. It might make an interesting juxtaposition between the two plies.
8. Interesting thing I learned in this process… My dad …who goes to guild meeting to eat…J Likes to play with the drum carder. Look out Hank’s in the Hood! Bob on the Boulevard may be comin’ for ya!
i. I’ve been looking out for a recipe that was similar to the cheese crackers I ate at the guild Christmas party. I think I found one!
iii. I found one on about.com (there’s a link in the show notes)
iv. They take a whole stick of butter but the boys had them gone in one night and were asking about them the next day. So double up the batch they are small. J
v.This is also a great use for left over grated cheese. We usually have grated cheese in bags in the fridge for on top of Tacos, chili, and pizza… we love our cheese. So you can imagine my dismay that I didn’t have the 2 cups I needed for the recipe. So I went through the fridge and combined all of the cheesed I had. Mostly cheddar, some fiesta taco blend, some mozzarella…. They turned out soooo good. Just like a cheez it with out the sonic orange coloring. (And no Cheez food product!)
vi. I keep trying to make another batch of these but the butter has to be really softened to mix with the cheese. I keep taking out the butter to soften and it either meets with an untimely demise… sat to close to the toaster oven and turned to goo or I forget about it which had been driving Joe a bit batty. “Something weird is going on and I don’t think you’re doing it.” “Oh really? What’s that” “I keep finding sticks of butter left out in the kitchen.” Hahahahahah! “Seriously that was me! I’ve been trying to make cheese crackers all week and I keep forgetting or get distracted!”
i.A while back I tried to buy a pompom maker for hat’s and such. I saw one on sale at hobby lobby and picked it up only to realize when I got it home that it made heart shaped pom poms instead of round ones. It’s been languishing in my project bin. I’ve been playing with it this week and have yet to get any more than a vaguely heart shaped mass of yard. It’s fun to play with but will take some mastery. May be a good use for some ratty acrylic I have around the house.
Fri, 20 January 2012
Episode 34: New Year's Round Up or “Live From NE Ohio”
Mon, 9 January 2012