Sunday, May 25, 2008

"You're a Force of Pink Orginization."

The title of this post is what Stu said when he saw all my new pink stuff...

I got a new binder for my "junk", with a folder for family/personal stuff, one for knit and crochet patterns and notes and one for the knit and crochet group stuff. I even got a new pencil pouch for my cell phone headset and some new pens!

This is my new pink wallet! It's even got a place for my check book and pictures, which is nice because I used to have to carry my checkbook seperate from my wallet.

My new pink purse! It's washable canvas too, love that!

Ryn did her "end of the year" class dance performance this last week. I'll post a video at another time...

Stu and Ryn after Ryn's end of the year dance performance.

My (and Peachy's) knit and crochet group (Salt Lake City Stitchers) is looking a bit more hopeful. We have a new attendee, Jennifer (from the Ravelry group), who has come two weeks in a row now. I'm pretty sure she intends to come every week. That makes me pretty happy. The following is some Salt Lake City Stitchers delight!

Peachy (left) is crocheting a baby blanket. Jennifer (right) is knitting a dishcloth.

My funny faced sister, Ashley, tagged along.

No pictures of me this week, I mostly put together my new binder and folders and cleaned out my knitting bag. I then worked on the bunny below for a little while.

There are new additions to my Think Pink! and Artsy Fartsy photo collections!

In needlework news...

I'm knitting myself a pink and red bookscarf with crochet thread and sock needles. It's a fun quick knit. Okay, so there is no Hogwart's house who's colors are pink and red, but I love this little bookmark scarf!

Here's the beginnings of a bunny I'm making for my niece, Danika.

I'll be working on Polly's afghan today and maybe tomorrow (Memorial Day) after I finish my bookscarf, which is VERY close to being done! Squeeee! I love tiny and fast projects... instant gratification! Ahhhhh.

I have some videos to post as well, but I will need to upload them another time. There is a particularly funny dinner video... you'll love it!

Now Playing:
Ghost Hunters - Season 2, Episode 23

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Party over here!!!

This was Stu's contribution to the Mother's Day dinner at my parent's this year, loaded potato salad. Dad did the main dish, fried turkey, Stu did the potato salad and my brother in law did homemade strawberry shortcake for dessert. Stu was proud of his salad and I was proud of him for making it. It was so good that everyone wanted ALL the leftovers (or the recipe). Dad wants to make it now.

These are my new pink flip flops, got them for Mother's day, along with a pink, three drawer rolling tote!

"Rock on!" Stu snapped this picture. How appropriate that he would be the one to catch this.

My mother's lilac bush has bloomed, so pretty!

We had a (belated) party for Ryn's birthday yesterday. (As always, for more pictures, see my photos.)

Ryn and I put up all the decorations. I love making balloon pieces for the ceiling!

Stu prepared a lovely snack spread.

Another "cute overload" picture of Danika. For more sugar shock, click here.

There are new additions to the "Think Pink!" photo collection.

Now Playing:
Ghost Hunters - Season 2, Episode 7

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I love cheap stuff!

I got these books from the thrift store for 75 cents each. Yes, they're for me, I love teen thrillers! The one on the far right, I got for Ryn. She's already read it and wants to read the companion book. I'm not sure if I'll read all the ones I got for myself. I'm reading the one on the left now. I really wanted books by Richie Tankersley Cusick, but didn't find any. I did buy them with the intention of reading them all. Shortly after buying them I stumbled across Paper Back Swap. So, I may just swap them at the beginning of the month for some books I really want.

I also found these while looking for the books. I figured I needed more than one girly mug in the house for me. I paid 50 cents for each one. There's one more, but it's my office mug. The blue one with the hearts is my favorite!

I like the thrift store because I sometimes enjoy an eclectic style. But, even if you don't, you can still find some cool stuff, some of it nearly new. I've even stumbled across quite a few "sets" of things that match!

Ryn and I designed the invitations for her birthday party next weekend on the computer. She picked all the elements and I put them together in Word.

In needlework news...
I'm still pluggin' away at Polly's bedspread. I feel so close to being done!

In OTHER news...
Stu and I just celebrated our three month smoke-free anniversary! YAY!!!

Now Playing:
Ghost Hunters Halloween Live 2007

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sweet and sour chicken!

No, this isn't a video of sweet and sour chicken, but of my niece Danika making my mom and I laugh.

Now, here's the sweet and sour chicken...

I made sweet and sour sauce from scratch last night, it was yummy! I did cheat with the chicken though, it was frozen nuggets.

Sweet & Sour Sauce

1 large green pepper, diced
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 clove garlic, minced

Saute in 2 tablespoon oil, then add

1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Boil 1 minute.

In a small bowl, combine
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cold water
Stir into sauce, then add

1 small can crushed pineapple, drained

I also made some lovely broccoli salad to go with the chicken. The only cheat I did in this one is that I used some broccoli slaw mix from the store. I added everything else and made the dressing. It also has raisins and sunflower seeds, mmm!

Broccoli Salad

Combine in a large bowl

4 cups broccoli flowerettes (or broccoli slaw)
1 medium red onion
1/2 to 1 pound crisp bacon (I left the bacon out and just used some salad topping as an optional after thought.)
1 package sunflower seeds
I also added about 1 cup raisins


1/2 to 1 cup mayonnaise (I used one cup.)
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar

Mix well and pour on salad.

(I got both of these recipes from my friend RosaLee a long time ago, so glad I tried them! Thanks RosaLee!!!)

I did my nails with black tips and glitter. It's sad that this kind of hard work only lasts a day or two, they started chipping the next day. It's also sad that just about a week ago my nails where really long again and I hadn't done any nail art in a while. They all started breaking, like they do, so it was time to cut them down again. =(

Ryn's sunflowers have bloomed!

Stu suggested the sunflowers be moved into the dinning room so they'd have more room to stretch.

A strawberry Starburst as seen in my I Spy...Pink! photo collection.

I attempted to make a mocha frappe last weekend. Didn't work too well, the liquid went to the bottom and the ice and chocolate went to the top. But it was still good.

Stu is taking Science Fiction class this semester. It's cool that he has to watch science fiction movies for homework, but not cool that he has to write four page reports on them. Hang in there, honey!

Ryn doesn't seem to be taking anymore pictures where she looks like a little girl. She's really growing up.

Now I'm off to crochet more of Polly's bedspread. I only have five out of seventeen rows left!

Now Playing:
Star Wars - Episode III, Revenge of the Sith