Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Last Two Weeks of August

We've had a few fires this summer, but nothing like last year, thank goodness.
This one was a little too close for comfort, but it's under control and in the clean-up stage now.

My Favorite Cole Slaw

Place the following ingredients in a bowl:
1/2 Head of Chopped Cabbage (pre-pkgd is fine)
1 Large Peeled Apple Chopped in Small Pieces
1/2 Cup or More of Craisins

Mix these dressing ingredients in a small bowl:
2 Tbsp Sour Cream
1 1/2 Tbsp Mayo
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 cup sugar (or equivalent of Splenda)
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Combine dressing ingredients and cabbage mixture and chill.

Fresh Cabbage Pico de Gallo

I made this by combining fresh cabbage, jalapenos, green onion, cilantro, and salt in a food processor until chopped well. Add juice of 1/2 lime and chopped tomatoes. Serve with tortilla chips. This is the way they make pico de gallo everywhere here. We'd never heard of pico made with cabbage before, but I thought I'd make it since we had most of the ingredients fresh in our garden. We still prefer the tomato-based kind.

 Now don't you be jealous of my tan and fashion sense.
I love my Buddha being out on the porch now!
I velcroed him down to that stool so he wouldn't get knocked off.
I'd be upset if anything happened to him.
He's one of my favorite things.

I've had this doily on this table for a while now. It bugged me really bad because it wasn't round like the table, but I didn't have another one made in that color and that's what looked best here. So I made a round one to replace it with...

It looks so much better now.

Pattern:  "Anastasia" from A Dozen Doilies (book cover pictured below)
Size:  15 1/2"
Thread:  Cebelia #10 in #427
Hook:  Size 1.75 mm

My new favorite tea.
I have at least one cup every evening with a dash of creamer and 1/2 packet of Splenda.

About that diet...I've lost 7 lbs as of today. I've added a snack in the evenings, usually an apple with peanut butter or some cottage cheese.

This lone little leaf was on the steps to the porch this morning when I went out there to have my coffee. A message from the universe that autumn is just around the corner. It came from our neighbor's poplar tree. Such a vibrant yellow!

Goodbye, August.
Hello, September!

See ya.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Boho Curtains and Shabby Chic Shutters

Current Work in Progress

Yumminess from the garden.
Those little tomatoes are like little fresh flavor bombs in your mouth.
So good!

So I've been looking at this ugly, plain window in our bedroom since we moved in.
But I had a flash of brilliance the other day...



I love my home-made boho curtains.
Well, home-made sort of.

They are infinity scarves that I bought at Walmart! I just slipped them over a curtain rod and voila! Boho curtains! I'd been watching them go down in price. Last time I was there they were down to $5 each and I eyeballed them, but when I went back to get a bunch for this idea, they had gone down further to $3 each. Cheapo-boho.

Ugly blue shutters bought for $1 each at a yard sale.

I just finished painting them with chalk paint in an off-white color called "cashew." Tomorrow I'm going to try waxing them with a dark wax to give them an antiqued or shabby-chic look. FYI...painting shutters is a pain in the ass! Results to come.

Other random things:

1.  The Olympics? I watched several fencing matches and archery matches and that's it. The Olympics are just not my thing.

2.  The dental work I'm having done was pushed back to Sept 14th except for the fillings, which I had done about a week ago. It wasn't bad. I'm sure the three extractions are going to be fun. Gah.

3.  I weighed for the first time in a long while. Verdict:  I can never eat again! Haha. But really, I'm on a made-up "diet" where sugar is out of here and I can't eat after 3:00 pm. Those are the basic rules. I usually eat more food after 3:00 than the whole rest of the day so I'm thinking this will work. I'm having bran flakes and maybe a banana for breakfast, a regular lunch, and then maybe a snack, but nothing else after 3:00 except hot tea. Day #4 and it's going fine. First weigh-in is next Wednesday morning. Wish me luck.

4.  If anybody has A Year of Doilies Book 2, I'm looking for it. Let me know in the comments. I have Books 1, 3, 4, 5, but not 2, and that's the one I want a pattern out of. Isn't that always the way?

5.  A cougar crossed the road in front of our car last week. I snapped two pictures, but you couldn't make him out amongst the trees. Bummer. He was so big! We've been hearing there are lots of them around this summer. We still haven't seen a bear yet, but we did see a herd of elk.

I think you're up to speed. I gots nothin else.

See ya.

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Doily and Chicken Parm Pasta

Pattern:  "Elise" by Grace Fearon, purchased HERE. (Also on Ravelry)
Size:  10 inches
Thread:  Nazli Gelin Garden 10 in Cream and Light Grey Taupe
Hook:  1.75 mm

Crockpot Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Recipe HERE.

We ate it twice and I froze the rest for later. Ken loved it and so did I.

The only changes I made:  I added about 1 Tbsp minced garlic and I cut my chicken breasts into three chunks each and let it cook 5 hours on low before shredding. I was afraid the chicken wouldn't get cooked because they were very large breasts.

Can we start making pumpkin stuff yet?
I'm ready!


The Dallas Cowboys wanted to wear the above sticker on their helmets this coming season to honor the police officers who were killed in Dallas. The NFL refused their request and will not allow them to wear it. Shameful. NFL players wear stickers on their helmets and uniforms in honor of other things and other people ALL THE TIME. Why is this different? Probably because then some stupid ass would want to wear a sticker in honor of Radical Islam or some shit and they'd have to let them. I guess I answered my own question.

See ya.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Rambling Ramblicious Ramble

I feel a ramble coming on.
Beware! Ha.

This is the doily I'm working on at the moment.

I would be three hours ahead of this point had I not crocheted for three hours yesterday before finding a mistake several rows back nearly where I had started. Ugh! I hate when that happens. Riiiiiiip! Sigh.

I'm going to just bounce around from subject to subject and see what happens...



This is the little Food Bank in town. Ken and I started volunteering here every Monday from 8-noon. It's unbelievable the amount of work that goes on in this little pink house! There are lots of po-folk around here. But it's fun and we like it. It's busy, but everybody that is working there (8 people today including us) is funny and good-natured, and we have a good time working our butts off.

Ken got home today feeling poorly, and as of right now, his temp is 100.2. I hope it's not the flu. Seems kind of early for that, but you never know. After my vomit-fest in Canada last time I posted, I've been fine. I have no idea what my problem was.



I'm going to the dentist tomorrow to get two fillings and a mold of my mouth taken so my partial can be built and some bleaching trays too. Yes, he talked me out of dentures. Dammit, I said that wasn't going to happen! But anyway, he thinks he can fix everything for WAY less than I thought. It was so funny. He was telling me all the reasons why I shouldn't get dentures and one part of the conversation went like this:

DENTIST:  You have really good bone structure of your teeth. I'm not just saying this. You really have the bone structure of a 30-year-old! I'm really not saying that just to flatter you.

ME:  Bwa-ha-ha-ha! If you wanted to flatter me, it's not "tooth bone structure" that you should be saying looks like a 30-year-old's!

No one but a dentist would think that's flattery. Hahahaha. It cracked me up.

Anyway, I have to go to Spokane to an oral surgeon after my partial is ready (about two weeks) to have him excise two back teeth I've broken since we moved here and a front-lower one that has started to turn inward making me look like Hillbilly-Bob Slingblade. I'm so freakin' happy he's going to be able to fix that! It really bothers me. And ALL for only $1200 total! Isn't that cheap? I think it is!



You people listen up...

Coconut Bread Pudding

This is the BEST bread pudding! I'm a big coconut lover so this really hits the spot for me. I found the recipe on Pinterest, but I think there was an ingredient left out (SUGAR!) which makes a huge difference. It was awful and tasteless without it. I've never had a bread pudding that wasn't sweet even though it's served with a sauce. I also added a tsp of vanilla extract. Here is the recipe as I made it:

Coconut Bread Pudding

1 loaf French bread
1 (13.6-oz) can of coconut milk (I used light), divided
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 1%)
5 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed Vanilla Wafers (optional, but I used them)
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, divided
2 cups powdered sugar (for sauce)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut French loaf into 1-inch squares and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, regular milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of coconut.  Sir until combined.

Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. (FYI...I used a 2.75-quart dish and it nearly flowed over so I would go bigger.) Spread a layer of bread cubes, 1/3 cup of coconut, and crushed vanilla wafers. Repeat layers twice more. Slowly pour liquid mixture over all. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour. Uncover to cool. Serve warm or cold with sauce below if desired.

Sauce (I didn't use this):
Mix what's left of the coconut milk with the powdered sugar. Spoon sauce over each piece as it's served.

(Maybe the recipe was supposed to say CREAM of Coconut (which is syrupy-sweet) instead of Coconut Milk which is not sweetened at all. That would explain the no sugar thing. But it was really good made with the coconut milk if you added a cup of sugar, but not excessively so.)

Here's the coconut milk I used:


We just finished Season 4.



I hope I meet somebody soon that I want to be "real" friends with. Do you know what I mean? I really like the group of couples that we hang out and do things with, but I don't feel any connection with any of them. I don't feel like I can be myself. I'm uncomfortable. They talk about people and places I know nothing about. They might as well be talking in a foreign language. I have nothing to contribute. Ya know?? I feel like a bump on a log, and that is not me AT ALL. At least not when you get to know me. I'll agree that I'm not that easy to get to know. I'm a little closed-off and hesitant to trust people and just be myself. So maybe it's my problem. In fact, I'm sure it IS me. These people are really nice and have really made an effort to include us in their get-togethers, for which we are grateful. I just need to loosen up and stop being so damn paranoid. When I do pipe up and say something, I feel like everybody just stares at me and thinks I'm the most boring person alive. LOL! WTF is wrong with me? They are not doing that! God all-mighty, I need Dr. Phil.

That was just between you and me. Don't tell everybody I'm a freak and social retard.



Okay, just three quick random things...

The turkeys have reappeared with tiny little babies!
They are so cute!
Sorry this picture was taken through a window.

I love this lotion.
I use it on my face and body.
It makes you feel so soft. No fragrance.

This is my all-time favorite salad dressing.
My grandmother always had it in her fridge.
I'm so glad we can get it here in the Land of the North.


You knew it was coming...

Janie in my face.
She likes it there.
I think it makes her feel safe. Poor thang.

Eli is showing off his fresh shave.
He looks so weird! He's half his size without it.
You can tell he really loves it.

Don't be shy, Ollie-Wally.


They are not making the stuff anymore that we used to use to keep Ollie's eyes from turning dark underneath. They still sell some stuff under the same name brand, Angel Eyes, but they removed the ingredient that made it work! How stupid is that? And shouldn't they have told their customers beforehand? I had to research it online after I noticed his eyes were turning dark again. It's because the active ingredient was actually an antibiotic and they had to stop selling it over the counter. Now it just doesn't work AT ALL...obviously. I bought it twice wondering why it wasn't working anymore, and that stuff ain't cheap! You should rename your useless product Devil Eyes instead! Bite me, you bastards. 



I told you I was going to ramble, but I think I'm done. I must go check on my ailing husband and make him drink some liquids. Until next time...

See ya!