Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Once rolled, brush them with a bit of oil and roll in seasoned crumbs. At TOH, they used the new McCormick Crusting Blends, and they are phenomenal. These are made with seasoned panko crumbs. BUT... seasoned bread crumbs would work, also.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes on a sprayed baking pan, and there you go! I made garden-fresh lima beans and parmesan-ham dinner rolls to go with it. Quite tasty, if I say so myself ☺
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here's wee little Bailey bear! I made him from this pattern. From ears to toes, he is about 5 inches tall. Bailey has embroidered nose/mouth, little shiny black eyes, and an orange wool-felt scarf. On his chest is a tiny, handmade polymer clay pumpkin. He will gladly keep you company through the Autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving season! Who knows what else might accompany Bailey to the lucky winner's home ☺
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Monday, September 22, 2008
On our way, we stopped in Coralville to shop a bit. We also stopped at the Tanger outlet mall in Williamsburg. I bought a new amigurumi book at Barnes & Noble and a few things at Target. I just wasn't in the mood to sift through racks of clothing for some reason. That night, Hubby's cousin took us to a place called Fuji Steakhouse. I had my first REAL, authentic sushi, and the rest had food off of the hibachi grill. That was entertaining, and the cook hit me in the head and hair with chunks of fried egg THREE times! LOL
The Thomas event was much less stressful than when we went up to the one near Chicago. However, Bella was a crab! We were able to get our pictures taken by Thomas and Sir Toppemhat before we ABSOLUTELY had to get her our of there. However, we were able to buy some time with the petting zoo area. She LOVED it!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
When I was a little kid and went to visit my grandparents (the far-away ones), my aunt would often make 'macaroni & tomatoes.' This consisted of cooked elbow macaroni, home-canned tomatoes, with tons of butter and salt. Mmmmm! I always looked forward to this simple, yummy food. I make mac'n'tom frequently for lunch, but with a pint of grape tomatoes in hand, I decided to give a "Rachael Ray" spin to an old fav.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Ah, 'shrooms! After all of this recent rain, the shady spot in our front yard is like a mushroom pasture. Now that it is drying up a bit, I really should mow the lawn... then only the small ones, close to the ground, will miss the guillotine.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It sure has been raining here a LOT this last couple of weeks! I really am not one to complain... as long as rain isn't accompanied by wind or hail (or leaky basements, for that matter), I quite enjoy it. There is nothing more soothing to me than the pitter-patter of a light rain, or the roar of a heavy down-pour. Rain, in and of itself, makes me quite a happy, motivated person ♥
Overflowing bird baths and huge puddles... I love it all ♥
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday we ate breakfast and headed to the stadium. It was "Pujols Bobblehead Day", and we knew the lines would be long. We got there about 1 1/2 hours before the gates opened and were pretty close to the front of the line. People were saying the bobbleheads were pre-selling on ebay for $80 each, but we will be keeping ours! LOL Matt loves them too much.
The Cards won, 3-1... not a lot of scoring, so not an incredibly exciting game. We had good tickets (10 rows behind home-plate), so I got decent pics of Pujols.
There was a special even that day for kids with Down syndrome in the STL area. This is a pic of Pujols standing with a little boy (with Downs) on 1st base, during the National Anthem. The little boy is decked out in a mini-Pujols uniform. I thought it was so sweet! Albert signed his jersey and ball for him ☺
Thank God these seats have backs on them! Last game I went to, it was in the old Busch Stadium on the bleachers. I was 7 or 8 months pregnant, no back rest, and tortured the whole game!
Hubby was just thrilled to be there, and I think he had a very happy 31st b-day. He kept thanking me all day long for doing this.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Yah! I finished my FIRST amigurumi project!! I am so happy that I am proficient at beginner crochet ☺ I found that I much prefer doing the larger pieces (head, body) as opposed to the smaller ears/arms/legs. I started over on those sooo many times until I sat down and forced myself to learn the "magic ring" technique. I think my bear is pretty cute ♥
Here is Barry grilling up some kebobs for the veggie pals that were my prize for winning mushroommeadows August Monthly Makings contest! Thanks Mushy and Bunzi!! You guys have the cutest stuff and the AWESOMELY cutest packaging, as always ☺
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here is my entry into Bunzi's "Monthly Makings" contest for August (and she can now be found in my shop). Lucky me, I even won the random drawing!! I never win stuff like that. I hope I get some time to enter the September contest. For now, I am a bit sick of sewing. I am actually working on my first amigurumi, and I am sooo excited! Thanks to the little bunny who emailed me the link to a WONDERFUL crochet tutorial. I am really getting the hang of it.
I am going to have to close for now, since I have been sitting here for over 2 hours working on my updating. I will be on a weekend vacation to St. Louis (sans kids!) for my hubby's birthday. He wants to see his Cardinals play. Next week, I hope to share with you all some of the cool vintage stuff I found at garage sales this week! And maybe I will have my first sale under my belt when I return home ☺
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Remember the prototype-hedgie I showed you a while back? Well, here he is! He is a funny, furry little polymer clay pin/brooch. I am tickled to death with the way they turned out!
I am also in love with this felt blue bird that I made over the weekend. I call him "Blue bird with a black eye". Why, you ask?