Archives for December 2007

Another meet ‘n greet

This morning I took a break from my obsessive knitting instructions and I got to spend the morning (and a good part of the afternoon…) hanging out with some of my lovely blogging friends and made a new one, too.

It is so nice to hang out with women who get my blogging obsession. It is a thread that connects us all. There was even a laptop that we all gathered around to discuss some blogging goodies. Oh! and there were tons of super cute kids running around.

Alli (Mrs. Fussypants) hosted it at her lovely home. And the spread was delish! (although, I had to ask about the fruit dip before trying it. I was wondering why she had mayonnaise by the pineapple chunks and grapes. I’m so klassy like that!)

The ever creative Meredith (Like Merchant Ships) brought the most amazing lemon bars. I tried to leave a few crumbs for everyone else. Have you seen her subscriber numbers!!?? She obviously strikes a chord and knows what she’s doing when it comes to lovely homemaking.

And then there was Lotus (Sarcastic Mom). Not only is she a cutie, but she was workin’ her some hot mama boots.

Lest you think we only talked about blogging, we discussed lots of other things too, like: what we did (before blogging), how we discipline our kids (while blogging), our likes (about blogging), our dislikes (about blogging) and our husbands (inabilities to understand our obsession with blogging)

Check back later for my New Years Introspective. I’m sure it will be full of lots of deep thoughts… or not.

How to drive yourself into a corner with a gallon of Haagen-Dazs and 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies

It all started with this:


Abbie chose this as her prize for M&M Kids (our church’s Wednesday night group: Missions and Memory. They spend the year memorizing scripture verses in A -Z topics).

It has been by nemesis ever since.

I have enjoyed a long life, thus far, having never considered learning to knit (except for that 3 minutes, 30 years ago when my mom tried to teach me).

I am left-handed.

Left-handed people aren’t supposed to do complicated things like sharpen pencils with an old style pencil sharpener, cut paper or knit.

While my mom was here for Christmas, we cracked it open so that Abbie and I could learn from her. Abbie gave up after about 5 minutes; she has a longer attention span then I did at her age. However, I was determined to finally get it. I am tired of looking around at all of the cute things everyone made for Christmas presents and thinking I wish I could do that…

But once again, I was unable to learn from my mom. Thus began my search on the internet. I printed page after page of instructions with pictures to follow. I figured if I put them all together, eventually I’d find a few that made sense to me.

Nope.

Then I did a search for knitting videos on youtube.

Voila! The videos I found lead me to KnittingHelp.com (amazing site, by the way. lots of helpful videos). From this site, I decided I’d try learning the continental method (as opposed to the English method traditionally taught in the States.)


After 3,687,203 tries, I finally learned to cast on with the help of this video on their site. But then I became stuck on how to get on to the next row and start the actual knitting. Try as I might, I just couldn’t tell what was going on in the video for this topic.

My search for help lead me to this:

Now I really felt stupid.

I’ve continued my search and my attempts. But I am about to lose.my.mind.

My husband doesn’t want to see that happen, so look what he just brought home for me:

Wish me luck.

Otherwise, I may clear out the ice cream aisle at the local Kroger.

Stating the obvious: Chocolate Yummies

Read my blog for about 2 seconds, and you’ll realize that I LOVE desserts and sweets and I love quick easy recipes.

This one combines the two.

Just in time for your New Year’s Diet, I present the recipe for Chocolate Yummies (straight from the Rice Krispies website)

Prep Time:
20 minutes
Servings:
36
Ingredients

7 Graham Crackers Original
2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 package (12 oz., 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2/3 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups Ready-To-Eat Cereal Rice Krispies®

Directions
1. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch microwave safe dish with cooking spray. Arrange Keebler Grahams Original crackers in a single layer over bottom of dish, breaking crackers as needed to fit. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over crackers.

2. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute or until marshmallows are puffy. Remove from microwave. Cool completely.

3. In 2-quart microwave safe mixing bowl, combine chocolate morsels, corn syrup and butter. Microwave at HIGH about 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in peanut butter. Add Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal, mixing until combined.

4. Spread evenly over marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Cut and store in airtight container in refrigerator.

CONVENTIONAL DIRECTIONS: Follow step 1 above using 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375°F about 7 minutes or until marshmallows are puffy. Cool completely. In medium saucepan combine chocolate morsels, corn syrup and butter. Cook stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter. Add cereal, mixing until combined. Complete as in step 4 above.

Nurtrition: We’ll just ignore this part… I’m just certain it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and all sorts of fat-burning ingredients.

*NOTE: Each cracker sheet measures about 5 x 2-inches and is scored into 4 pieces.

Those evil beauty shops

This afternoon, I was catching up on the newspapers from the past few days and came across an article that is just swirling through my head and I can’t shake it.

The heading simply stated: Iraqi beauty salons forced underground with the subheading extremists target salons, viewing them as western corruption.

Women are not allowed to look beautiful in public, according to hard lined, Muslim extremists. Therefore, beauty salons have been lumped into the category of evil, along with liquor stores, barber shops and Christian churches.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Careful: doing this in Iraq could have you killed.

And the winner of December’s "What The?!" is…

MommaJones!

Congrats, MJ. Email me (email’s in profile) and let’s get started on a fun header for you!

Next Tuesday, New Year’s Day, is the first What The for 2008.