Monday, November 14, 2011

Productive Weekend

Despite being sick, I managed to get quite a bit done this weekend.

On the crafty front, I finally got around to sewing the watch band for the iPod Nano that Dad and I got for Marcus last Christmas. I swore I'd get off my duff and get it made before this Christmas and I did it with a more than a month to spare.

I've been getting into making amigurumi lately. The first one I ever made was a Yoda for my desk at work. My most recent one is this cute little pumpkin pie:

I also finished knitting a dish cloth that was a test knit for a friend of mine. No picture yet as she has not yet released the pattern.

I made a really yummy dinner on Sunday night. Beer can chicken (free range) with sage, thyme & rosemary stuffed inside, baby red potatoes & broccoli with oregano, olive oil & sea salt and corn muffins. All organic, of course.

We had to board up the skirting where a raccoon tore into it to get under the house. I hate raccoons.

I got all the bedding washed, got the dishes caught up, bathed the rabbit and cleaned her cage, made a sketch for this week's Team Housewares golf poster...whew. Too bad the work week started again and is cutting into my productivity.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Chili & Cornbread Muffins

I have been wanting chili and cornbread for a few weeks now, but every time I had planned to make it, something came up. Well, today I finally had the time and the universe didn't throw any monkey wrenches in my plans. Except for having to pick up some more whole milk, I already had all the supplies (like I said, I've been trying to do this for a while):

Except for the chili powder and the bay leaves, everything I used tonight was organic, which made Marcus extremely happy. Who knew you can't find organic chili powder? Weird, huh? Even used grass-finished bison for the meat. YUM! Marcus is feeling a little under the weather and since I can't get him to drink my cough remedy with the vinegar and cayenne pepper, I upped the garlic, cayenne pepper and chili powder a bit.

The corn muffins turned out to be the best ones I've ever made. I used a recipe that I found on the Food Network web site: Honey Cornbread Muffins. These things were so moist. It must be the whole milk. Will definitely be making these again soon.

I'm so glad its Fall, I love being able to make stuff like this for dinner!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I'm sitting here enjoying a strawberry banana smoothie that Marcus made in our new blender. He's been looking for ways to get more fruit into his diet and he found a smoothie recipe he liked on After he procured the ingredients, he asked me if we had a blender. We did, but sadly, it's the one I bought back in college (sometime between 1984-1986). The poor thing didn't have much power when it was new and smoothie making was definitely a strain for it. The final straw was the sparking it made. Every time Marcus used it, I crossed my fingers that it wouldn't start the kitchen on fire.

Sunday, we went to Bed, Bath & Beyond armed with my 20% Off coupon that I got in the mail. He had already done his research before we went and he wanted a Cuisinart Blender/Food Processor combo (he hates my old food processor and wants to toss it). We picked the BFP-10CH PowerBlend Duet™ model because it had an additional $20 mail-in rebate. $60 after coupon and rebate isn't too shabby a deal!

Tonight was the first chance we had to try it out. Worked like a dream! Can't wait until summer when I can make watermelon smoothies. Yum!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

HFCS Not Welcome at Jason’s Deli

That's right. Jason's Deli announced today that it is the first U.S. restaurant chain to eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from it's food offerings. They're also running a poll on their web site asking customers to vote to have the fountain drinks that contain it removed and replaced with cane sugar choices, offer cane sugar choices in addition to those containing HFCS or leave things as they are. I've personally never eaten at that particular chain, but maybe I'll give them a try.

I've been trying to reduce the amount of HFCS that I consume since I learned about how it was made and its possible side effects in early 2005. It still amazes me when I'm reading ingredient labels what I find it in. A fellow knitter and blogger, La Petite Tricoteuse, is challenging her readers to give up HFCS for the entire month of November. I wonder how many of them will be able to do it and also how many of them will be shocked to find where that crap lurks. I've been trying for almost three years and still haven't been 100% successful.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Knitting Cake

As I was cruising around the web this evening, I came across the coolest cake creation: A Knitting Basket Cake. One day I'm going to have to take a cake decorating class and give something like that a try.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Noodles & Co. Rocks

OK, to offset all the hating this morning, I'm going to send out a little lovin'.

We had absolutely no food in the house two nights ago and I was too tired to go to the store or cook. They opened a Noodles & Co. practically across the street from us and Marcus half-heartedly promised me we'd try it out sometime. Well, I decided Tuesday night we were going to do it.

I printed out the online menu so that Marcus could peruse it from the comfort of home. When he walked in the door, as I handed him the menu, I told him to keep his shoes on, we were going out to treat.

I'm so glad we finally tried it. The food was yummy! I had Beef Stroganoff and Marcus had Mac & Cheese. The clincher was that the iced tea was very good. That's a deal breaker for us with some eating establishments. Since we stopped drinking soda, a place has to have decent iced tea. It is a little expensive, so not someplace we'll eat at a lot, but definitely some place to keep on the short list.

There's a little club of theirs that you can join online. They sent me a buy one bowl, get one free coupon in my email yesterday. You also get a free bowl for your birthday, too. Very cool.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas Cookies and other Goodies

There's this girl at work who loves to forward emails. Drives me crazy. The most recent was this one with all sorts of cookie recipes in it. I noticed all the the URLs when to the same site, so I checked it out. The site is and it's actually a kid-friendly Christmas site with lots of stuff. The cookie recipes are part of Mrs. Claus' Kitchen where there are lots of recipes and stories. I'm going to waste a lot of time on that site, I can tell already.

It's looking like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is already sold out. Damn it! If it was on a weekend, I could probably get him to take me to the show down in Colorado Springs, but unfortunately it falls during the week. I wish someone around here would give away tickets to the TSO show! I also see that Mannheim Steamroller is coming December 17th to do a Christmas show. I don't think I could get Marcus to go to that one (if there are tickets left - haven't checked yet).

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Chai Latte

I've gotten myself hooked on Chai Lattes instead of coffee beverages. I found a good article on "What is Chai Tea and how to make a Chai Latte." It doesn't appear to be very difficult. I think I'll stock in those supplies and make them from scratch. Marcus and I have been trying to make changes in our eating habits to include less processed and premade stuff.

Of course, since Chai is actually the word for tea in many languages, saying Chai Tea is redundant. Those kinds of things drive Marcus batty.