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Sands Through an Hourglass

Summer is slowly slipping away from me. I know because rather than crafting, I’ve been planning for the start of school.  On Wednesday, Hubby and I fly to Wisconsin, where I thought I’d have copious amounts of crafting and reading hours. From recent talks with the in-laws, we’re learning about all kinds of plans that have been made for us. I’m sure I’ll fit in some crochet, cross-stitch and reading somewhere, though!

I’m up to 23 small circles for the Galaxy top, but I need more yarn to keep going.  I finished off the first skein for my blue baby blanket, so it’s about half way done.

I made a card for my dad’s birthday from a template from Card Positioning Systems.

This week we’ve had some yummy dinners, courtesy of various magazine recipes.  One was breakfast pizza from Family Circle. As you may know from reading this blog, we’re big fans of breakfast for dinner in my house. I used veggie sausage and added chopped onion and pepper from the farmer’s market. Otherwise, it’s reduced fat crescent roll dough, with shredded hash browns, 3 eggs scrambled and some cheese. It was tasty.

Also from Family Circle, I made corn fritters. I’ve never fried anything before in that much oil, except when I was a kid and my mom used the fry baby. But wow! Now I get why Americans are so obsessed with fried food! We served the fritters with a salad, as if that would off set the fried yumminess.


Then last night I made a Korean BBQ marinade from Vegetarian Times for some tofu.  The recipe called for 6 cloves of garlic. I put in 5, and the house still smells like garlic. It was tasty, though.  I used garlic and pepper flavored tofu because the store was out of extra firm. I sliced it and froze it and made the marinade.  When the marinade cooled I let the tofu sit in it for 30 minutes.  Then I seared it over high heat and we served itwith our left over salad. The tofu tuned out so delicious, I had two slices and Chris polished off the rest (yes, my meat and cheese husband ate 3/4 of a brick of tofu).



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I’ve been spending a wonderful week with my mom and husband, so the posts have been non existent.  I’ve been taking pictures of things I’ve made and been working on, though, so for your viewing pleasure- my last week of food and crafting fun.

My mom flew in last Thursday night.  The night before I made a recipe from my trusted Vegetarian Times.  Sausage and plum kabobs with hoisin sauce. Sweet and delicious- alternated pieces of veggie sausage, heirloom plums, and mushrooms in a hoisin/soy sauce/ rice wine vinegar concoction. Served on a piece of lettuce.

When I woke up for my birthday the next morning, my mom and husband were busily making me a birthday breakfast of strawberry pancakes with veggie sausages and coffee. (This picture is not of my birthday breakfast, I was in too much of a daze of delicious breakfast love to take a photo- I made myself the same breakfast two days later).

My mom and I went on a girls trips to wine country, so I made quiche and flourless peanut butter cookies for the hubby. I got the recipe for the quiche a few years ago from the Near East website. Type in “quiche” to find it.  We like the mushroom couscous in pie crush with broccoli and mushrooms and 4 eggs mixed with a cup of milk. The cookies I found at All Recipes. I figured I loved flourless chocolate cake, so why not try cookies. And the ratings and reviews of this recipe were so good and it’s so easy- 1 c. PB, 1 C mixed brown/white sugar, 1 egg, splash vanilla- cook 8 minutes at 350. They were thick and delicious.

Last night, before sending my mom off, I made BBQ tofu (frozen slices sauteed in BBQ sauce) with macaroni salad (wheat fusili, cukes, carrot. scallions, radishes, light mayo, nonfat plain yogurt, Free Ranch Dressing, Light Sweet onion dressing, mustard, and relish) and Sweet Corn soup (blend corn with soy milk, garnish with tomato and basil)

I’ve been doing a lot of magazine reading, and haven’t plowed through any books.  I did finish the Book Thief in time for my July book club.  I won’t say much about it, except that it’s one of my top three favorite books ever. The next book club selection is Any Human Heart, which I picked up last week. I’m half way through with both Malinche and Taxonomy of Barnacles. I don’t love Malinche as much as I did when I first wrote about it, but I’ll finish it this weekend.  Taxonomy of Barnacles by Galt Niederhoffer kind of reminds me of The Royal Tennenbaums, but not as good or funny.  It’s trying hard, though, and some of the offbeat side plots make it worth plowing through.

I have the next 8 days off and intend to make a big dent in both Middlesex and Julie and Julia in order to keep muddling along through my summer to do list.

One final check off the summer list- I finished my first embroidery project- the pillowcase is done.  It’s really pretty.  I think I may be able to finish its mate this summer, as well.

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I’m no Oprah

I’m finally feeling recovered from my long run this morning.  My attempts at completing the Runner’s World 1/2 marathon training schedule are being chronicled on my other blog (more life, less crafts). Anyway, I wasn’t going to post anything here today because I wasn’t sure I could make it from the computer desk, back to the couch (where I spent my post workout recovery).  But I’ve got solid foods in me now and feel a lot better (though still a little ache-y). I wanted to share two of my favorite things with you:

Crabtree and Evelyn’s Mango Butter and Grapefruit body butter from their Naturals line.  It’s so thick and cream and smells SO good. I treated myself with a full body rubdown while I was laying on the couch thinking I would never walk again.

I also love Stretch Island Fruit company’s fruit leather. Today I had the pineapple coconut paradise flavor, and I gotta admit, it was paradise.  Such yummy flavors in such a thick piece of fruit leather.  It was sweet, but not sugary and very satisfying.  I usually got for berry and apple flavors in fruit leather, but I think I’ll try more tropical tastes from now on!

I also love my crochet WIP (works in progress) mini-chest.  It has no distinguishing company features or logos so I can’t give credit where credit is due.  I bought it 7 or 8 years ago at Big Lots. It’s pink and leopard print, so I don’t really have to explain any further.

And speaking of WIPs (I’m really working in a lot of segues on this blog) I haven’t posted things I’ve been working on, in a while. I got caught up in the thrill of sharing finished projects with you, that I forget to include you in the journey along the way.  So without further ado:

A mesh scarf for yet another student.  She’s bringing me mine in the fall.  I should remember to post the scarves and earrings my students have made that I’m trading all these scarves for.

The tiny bolero I blogged about before.  I followed the pattern for the small size and it turned out to be tiny. I’m a medium-small gal, but this thing doesn’t even come close to fitting me.  I kept going with the pattern just to see if I could do, because I hasn’t made such a complicated pattern before.  You can see here that I finished the back and front of the body and one of the sleeves.  It’s such a cute pattern (again from the Happy Hooker book), I really do intend to make one in my size.

In one of my first posts, I showed you the top of a buck hat I was working on.  It was a round, pink disc at the time.  I decided I didn’t like it so I took it apart.  I found this variegated yarn at school in blue, maroon, beige, and cream that I thought would make a fun hat.  So I’m using the same pattern, but I think I’ll felt it when I finish, which is why it looks so huge. It’s very 70s and very fall, but I think it’ll be great if it turns out.

So that’s what I’m working on.

I started Uglies this morning while waiting for the husband’s car at the autoshop. It’s eh. Disappointing so far.  The writing is definitely for teens, unlike The Book Thief, which is captivatingly written (Yes, I’m still working on it- I read it before bed)

For dinner last night I made the Savory Tofu and Tomato Couscous from Vegetarian Times. It’s cubed tofu sauteed with marinated artichoke hearts, carrots, spinach ( I used instead of leeks), with pepper and garlic, served with plain couscous that’s made with a can of tomatoes and a little more water, instead of just water.  I really liked it. The savory topping complimented the tangy couscous.

Tomorrow I’m going on a hike and will hopefully get some great photos to use in an upcoming craft (it’s a surprise for my love, so I I can’t reveal anything else).

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