Thursday, August 27, 2015

Super Hero Colored Blanket Done!

Finally finished:
An afghan for our grandson that loves super heroes!
 It's the Puffy NOLA Sunset Afghan in Super Hero Colors!
Pattern found here.
And the pattern looks like this:

I used Stylekraft Special DK yarn on this one too.
A single strand instead of doubling up the yarn as shown in the pattern.
Our Grandson lives in California and there was no need for a heavier blanket. ;-)
(I'm not sure a heavy blanket is needed in NOLA, either - at least not now!)
 Which super hero colors do you see?

A row of bobbles was added to the black border too.

In hopes all is well with all of you!

Friday, August 7, 2015

12.5 Tons of Rocks

Makes for a Dry Creek Bed...
and a sore back. ;-)

And this is how it went down:

Large rocks were brought in for the outside edges of the creek.
Placed by by one.
The medium were placed next to the large.
A load of small rocks to fill in the middle.
(Fortunately these where wheelbarrowed in.)

Here are some before and after photos of the process:






 Metal Fish Art.
There are three, but only one is pictured.
It's sort of a "Where's Waldo" photo.

And a few flowers, of course.
It's late in the year to be planting annuals,
but we'll see how it goes for the next couple of months. :-)

We are in hopes that the project will reduce the 3 W's....
Watering, Weeding, and Work!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ombre Mitered Dishcloth

Yes, more mitered dishcloths:

This time some cotton stash-busting resulted in this:
 Very simple.
Very fast.
 Pattern can be purchased here.
But work in both loops.

Handy loop to hang off faucet.

Makes a nice gift with an aloe vera plant. :-)
 Or just by themselves:

Happy Crocheting!
Happy Gift Giving!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chock Full of Veggies Tortellini Salad

Want to make your summer party guests jump for joy?

Then make this:
 Five Cheese Tortellini Salad!

It's very easy and here's how:

Cook tortellini according to package instructions, 
(cook for 2 minutes in salted water.)
and then rinse in cold water to cool:

Blanch (lightly steam) asparagus.
Slice grape tomatoes in half.
Add chopped celery and one can black olives also sliced in half. (Not pictured)
Use about 1/3 of the jar of artichoke hearts - cut them up a bit.
Add about 1/3 bottle of Brianna's Creamy Balsamic Dressing
or more to taste.
A little S & P to taste.
 I added a little Tony Chacere's original creole seasoning, 
but that's optional.

Enjoy the flavors of summer!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Mitered Dishcloth/Potholder Mania Continues!

And this time there is evidence that I have been joined by friends:

 My friend, Sandra, is the best hot pad dishcloth buddy. :-)
Not only does she crochet beautifully, but she has the most
beautiful blog, as well.
 Visit her here.
Her photos are out of this world!
These are so fun and addictive!!!

Perfect to make while TV watching or even out and about
 as the pack easily into a handbag.
Once you have made a few it's
likely that you no longer need to count.
I make these for gifts and have a bit of a stockpile right now.
They fit so many occasions.
It's always nice to try and coordinate with one's kitchen.
I recently gifted a cherry dishcloth with a bowl of fresh cherries.
(The bowl was part of the gift - Red and white polka dots!)

Join the fun:
The mitered dishcloth pattern can be purchased here.
A free shell edge tutorial can be found here.
A free cherries pattern can be found here.
A really cool rose done in the round pattern can be purchased here

And if you think that's the end of these for now...
well think again! ;-)
There are more to come.

I'm going to try to make an effort to only post about crochet every other post.
Trying to moderate my obsessive ways....
We'll see how that goes!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Protein Packed Huevos Rancheros in Bulk

Now for something completely different:
About once a week I take a day and prepare bulk freezer meals.
(Boy, I'll tell you, for us, this is key to eating healthy and living with less stress!)

Since the NVO lifts weights he prefers meals high in protein,
so today's bulk meal is:
Freezer packs of
Protein Packed Huevos Rancheros
(This is a little too heavy for me as I am trying to shed a few lbs.
I'm more of a rice-protein, almond milk, flaxseed, kale smoothie type of gal...for now,
but this will make a great maintenance breakfast for me, when the time comes.)

 We have been trying to focus on breakfast lately, 
as we have been told to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dinner like a pauper.
Seems to be working for us.

So this is how it went down:
First gather up eight containers.
I purchased these online.
(300 of them for about $68 - bulk containers for bulk meals!)
I fill them, microwave them and send them through the dishwasher.
They are great..stack easy, perfect size even look nice,
as I like white!

OK, so now fry up 16 corn tortillas.

 Place two in each container.

Smoosh some re-fried beans on top of the tortillas.
Homemade would be better, but this works  - in a pinch.

Gather up some eggs, cheese and this yummy almond milk.
(Extra protein!)

Put them in a pan with a little melted coconut oil.
Then add sea salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic and oregano.
(I don't know why I use oregano, it seems Italian....hmmmmm.
I think a "South of the Border" recipe called for it once, so I continue it.)
No fresh oregano this year :-(
Our garden had some issues that we are still trying to figure out.
It's been a weird garden year.

Stir it up -  right in the pan.

Continue cooking until eggs are set.

Put eggs on top of smooshed re-fried beans.

 Time for the sauce:
Combine some yummy tomato like substances and spices of choice.
This is what I had on hand so it's what I used.
I was thankful for the hot enchilada sauce,
it was key to that spicy result that the NVO likes.
Salsa would be good too,
but just plan old enchilada sauce by itself would work, as well.

Pour sauce on top of eggs.

Sprinkle a little cheese on top of that.

 Luckily, cilantro grew this year,

so cilantro was the finishing touch.

Mmmmmm...lots of yummy protein 
(beans, eggs, almond milk with protein, and cheese)
to start the NVO's day off like a king!
I wonder if this might be gluten free, as well?
We have not jumped on that bandwagon,
but many folks do and swear by it!

Oh and what do you think of one of these served on top of this meal?
In my dreams I would add sour cream...or plain Greek yogurt, too.

 Eight total:
Six to the freezer and two to the refrigerator for this weekend's breakfast delights!

Oh, and that made a lot of sauce, 
AND I have some leftover tortillas and cheese...
I'll use those excess ingredients for some 
enchiladas for tonight's dinner.
Perhaps I'll add some chicken (protein).
We'll try to eat very little (pauper) and eat early. ;-)

Do you have a healthy time saving meal that you enjoy?
Please share. :-)