Monday, July 19, 2010

My Cookie Jar Runneth Over!

The temperatures have come down a little, around my way, at least averaging into the lower 90s and upper 80s these days.  However, low fronts, cold fronts, and pressure systems all seem to be at war, and it now feels more like thunder storm season, than just the lazy days of Summer!...  This past Saturday night brought us quite a show in the skies, with thunder and lightening like I don't think I've ever seen before!  It certainly made for interesting conversation at church the next morning, and I just wish I could have caught it on camera!  We are supposed to get more tonight, so I thought I'd try to catch up a bit here, before I have to shut the computer down again!

Once we finally escaped our high-90s heatwave, I still keep a tall glass of iced tea close by; but at least the mornings, and our most recent rainy days, are cool enough to bake again!

In the past week, I made banana bread...

Wish I had a timer that worked, but I DO have a new mixer!..  No, it's not a KitchenAid, but I'm just happy to have one that works at ALL!  I can get away with mixing brownies by hand, but not much else!!

My last batch of banana bread, without a mixer, did NOT come out well.  The whole batch ended up being a total waste!...

 Nope.. I was NOT happy about this...

But THIS batch came out just right!...  I was feeling better already!  One delicious loaf  for now, and one for the freezer!

Then, just this morning, Dear Son woke up to find me making peanut butter cookies!  He even helped me with them!!  I tried a new recipe this time...   In fact, I doubled it, and was very happy with how they came out!

Again, some for now, and some for the freezer!

Meanwhile I've still been reading, whenever I can fit it in; and I am enjoying the book, The Heart Mender, a great deal!  In fact, I see a wee bit of myself in one of the characters, so the book definitely has my attention, the subject and plot is very well written and interesting, and I'm looking forward to reading at least another chapter today, to see where this story goes.

There has been a lot of buzz about Christmas, in Blogland lately, and it has reminded me to look at my own list of gifts ready and made ahead of time.  Unfortunately, I find I am a little behind schedule, as I've been dipping into my Christmas reserves for birthday gifts instead.  I like to be as prepared as possible come December, so now I have to play Catch-Up!  

Well, Crochet Soiree put out a crochet challenge to get me back on track, so I started with these So Simple Slippers!  Here are the first 3 pairs I made, one in small (dark green), one in medium (burgundy), and one in large (sage green).  I love the pattern, but I wanted just a little more ruffle around the edge, where the ties are woven through, so I added one more row, with a (sc, ch 3, sc in next st) pattern all around. 

I proceeded to make a fourth pair in pink, but got thinking I might like to make gift baskets/bags, each with an assortment of goodies, crocheted, sewn, baked and store-bought combined...  maybe some pretty matching pajamas?..  perfumes, powders, and lotions?...  All that fun girly kinda stuff!!  Well, I decided to make some fancy crochet covered hangers too!  I added a crochet rose and leaves, with a little bit of pearly strung beads, and tiny silk roses along the bottom ruffle, and am very happy with them...  

I will be making more today and tomorrow, I'm sure!  Dear Daughter thought a set of these would be nice as a wedding gift, either for the bride, or from the bride to her bridesmaids!  In the right colors and embellishments, I have to agree!  They would be beautiful for that kind of a thing!..  But for now, for Christmas, I may make a set of two or three hangers, to go with each pair of slippers..  or each two pairs of slippers.  I'll see how far I can go with both patterns, and how these gift sets will all pull together eventually!!

Gosh, it feels good to climb out of my over-heated slump!  I'm feeling inspired, I'm getting things done and  accomplished...   And my cookie jar runneth over!  It's a good day, and I'm wishing the same for everybody!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope your enjoyed your visit!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Hace Calor!

Si! Si! It's only ten in the morning here, and already the heat is setting in. We are supposed to reach mid-nineties, but the dew point/humidity is supposed to make it feel more like 105 degrees today!

I've always LOVED Summer, but we girls from "the Great Northeast" are definitely not used to feeling temperatures THIS warm!  It's so caliente! 

I have found myself since yesterday with this one song stuck in my head...  So in the midst of such conditions, and in the hopes of sharing a smile by it, I thought I'd post this video today.  Maybe you remember this song yourself?  Come on now...  We'll get through this together!  Sing along with me!

I have a feeling, unless we can escape to the shopping mall today, I will be doing very little more than lying in front of a fan, probably finishing up "Breaking Dawn"!..

This morning I filled the freezer with as many ice cubes as I could fit, while I figured the safest bet for dinner would be to cook it in the crock pot!  Maybe, if I feel like moving so much, I might even stitch a square on my Blessings sampler.  Tomorrow is supposed to be just as bad, so I just wish everyone well!  Drink plenty of fluids, and keep cool as best you can!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Catch the Spirit!

Oh my gosh, it's been so busy around here with one thing and another, but the holiday weekend has been fun so far!  Friday night we went to see a fireworks show.  There was a little chill in the air, but it was nothing a sweatshirt wouldn't take care of, and we were just thankful for no rain this year!  The crowd was HUGE, and you could just feel the spirit, as we set our blanket and light refreshments on a blanket right smack in the middle of it all!  It was a great show!

Then last night we saw Eclipse!!  Of all the movies so far, I thought the first Twilight movie was o.k...  I liked it, but maybe it was just a little slower-moving for my liking...

But now I can't decide if I liked the second movie or the third movie better!!! They were both great!!!  I'm going to leave it at that, as I don't want to spoil it for anybody who is still planning to see it!  All I'm going to say is that if I could go see it again tonight, I would!!.. tonight, and the next night, and the next night...!!  I loved it!

As for our schedule today, we still don't have it mapped out exactly.  We have been invited to two picnics, and of course they run at the same times.  I don't know, just yet, if we'll have to choose between them, or if we can try to go to both.

In the meantime, as you can see, I have plans for serving dinner myself; but I have not yet determined when I can serve it, because of various schedules, commitments, and even the weather!

My apartment gets a little uncomfortable on the hottest of days, as I have no air conditioner this year...  just fans!  Our forecasters are warning we'll be riding a real heatwave for the next FIVE days; so, it wouldn't surprise me if we had to pack this all up, and throw it in bags and coolers, just to hopefully appreciate such a meal in a more comfortable picnic spot!

Anyways, I wanted to at least show the crochet elements of my holiday table.  I've been busy with various things during the past couple of weeks, but I still managed to get a little crocheting in.  The placemats you see, I made some time ago!

Most recently I made the Patriotic Round Potholder, at the center of the table, which I originally found HERE.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it there now..  However, I can share where I found the pattern for the hot pad in front of it!..

You can find it HERE, at Crochet Soiree!  Then, the pattern for the star coasters can be found HERE!

I picked up this cute little bear last year some time, at a garage sale!  The shiny red metallic candlesticks were a gift from Dear Daughter, when she was young, that I use not only for the 4th, but for Christmas and Valentines Day too!

Finally, the plates are just a fun little somethin' I picked up from my local Dollar General!  Plastic, but perfect for my purposes!   

Well, wherever you are, and whatever you're doing, I hope you're enjoying this 4th of July holiday weekend, having fun, keeping safe, and keeping cool!

Happy Independence Day!  

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rush.. Who Me?!

And here she comes, round the bend, closer..  getting closer!..  She's almost at the finish line!!..  (ahem)  Well, o.k...  Fine..  She's about TEN DAYS behind everybody else in the big Bloggerette Sorority "Rush" event...  But ya gotta hand it to her.  She sure has heart and determination!  

Ha! Ha!  I'd like to think so anyway!  My daughter tells me that if you miss "Rush" on campus, you're DONE!..  You're OUT!  But luckily, Karen, at Some Days Are Diamonds, has a heart to still let me play along!  So I'm still in, and I'm still a "sister"!  Thanks Karen!!

Well, the problem all the long was that I didn't have a running printer; and in order to be initiated, we had to take this photo, as shown below, and simply make something with it!  It's a long story that makes no difference now, but I finally got a few copies of the photo, thanks to Dear Daughter, and she even laminated one for me too!

Running so late as I was, I thought I would just make a fancy-schmancy bookmark, but I didn't have the exact materials I wanted to use.  Then I used what materials I had; but I didn't like how it was coming out, and it was becoming too bulky to fit nicely between the pages of a book.   From there, I don't know how I jumped from the one idea to another, the way I did; but I ran a trip to the nearest store, and here's what I ended up with...

A new hobo-style handbag!...  Everybody who knows me well, knows I LOVE handbags and totes of all kinds!  Well, the color of this bag is what caught my eye first, for this project.  It's metallic, but it didn't scream disco to me; and for all intents and purposes, it wasn't terribly expensive.  It just seemed right! 

So I took it home, and played around a little bit with all my buttons and laces... even a vintage pin!  Then I simply hand sewed everything onto the bag with a good sturdy thread.  I really was having fun throwing this together!

But now that I was done with the bag, could I simply stop there?  Of course not!  I knew all the long that I wanted to frame one of my printed copies too!

Well, the second part of our initiation was to post a photo of ourselves with our new creations!  I'll be wearing my new bag tonight, as we head off to see the movie, Eclipse!  So here I am!

Note: I'm also wearing my new Eclipse t-shirt, just for the occasion!

I can't wait!!!  I'm still reading the book, Breaking Dawn, and love it!  I'm on Chapter 27 now, so I'm almost finished with it!...  And already I'm hoping Stephanie Meyer will continue the story someday!

Thanks again to Karen for hosting such a fun event, and I look forward to participating, on time, in future events with all my new "sisters" from the Bloggerette Sorority! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope everyone's enjoying the holiday weekend so far!