Thursday, April 29, 2010

In which our intrepid blogger stitches something…….

CS Quaker Halloween progress:

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March ornament (gotta hop to it tonight & tomorrow to finish!):

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Ink Circle freebie from the Online Needlework Show. And yes, she is QUITE close to the edge of the fabric.

Em is now on second shift at Smartpak, so I’ve been going up to check on the pony in the afternoon:



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Em gets to open up crates of new products to accept or reject shipment, then price & tag for warehousing. She gets to see all the new stuff before it literally hits the shelves.

Hot kitty-ness:

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Twitchy thing won’t hold still.GG26A

This will be brought back out this weekend………..

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In the famous words of SpongeBob Squarepants:

I'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sign me up!


IHOP cheesecake filled pancakes!

I’m taking a blogging break; I’ll be back soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Old and New…

My mom’s been scanning her old slides into her PC, then onto DVD’s (or CD’s). My favorite uncle who lived in New Hampshire made these:


Those are his Walpole, NH-famous beer can trees! I don’t think they’re still there; this photo is from close to 40 years ago. Here’s another of my Dad carving up a striper my uncle (different one) had caught:


I still remember my brothers & I touching that huge eyeball with our fingers! EEEWWW!!!!

Some stitching from my self-imposed blogging exile:

Quaker Halloween:

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and the artsy-artsy angle:

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LHN Gingerbread Cottage:


aaaaaaaaaaaannnd the foofsy shot:


Back under my rock……..

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bad Blogger (Me)

No blogging mojo lately; after a rather lengthy string of crappy news/happenings since my last post (nothing HUGE….just…..crappy) culminating in me placing $8+ of pot roast in the crock pot this morning and FORGETTING TO PLUG IT IN (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), I’m quite ready for a break. While we dwell on this circumstance, here are the results of my stitching:

Quaker Halloween:

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I finally added a color other than the plum; it’s the black-ish green flower buds in the big medallion. (not that you can tell with my crap-tastic photography skills…sensing a theme here?)

Gingerbread Cottage:


I was cruising along on the house at lunch today and the boss decided to come back early, before 12:30 even! The nerve! So back into my bag it went. (See…crappy things!)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Who Knew????

I beat Stitch Bitch to the punch on this one, I think, from the Wall Street Journal Online:

Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching

With Less to Haul, Drivers Try New Hobbies; Quilting in the Cab

*****Edited 04/09/2010:

I DID not beat the Queen of Most Current with this news item. It has been brought to my attention by Her very self, that she had mentioned this WSJ story on her blog on April 1st.

As I have stated many times before: The story of my life shall be entitled: "A Day Late and a Dollar Short."

Until next time.........

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday Wrecipes

I saw these on the Our Best Bites blog the other day. She had a recipe for breakfast taquitos, in which she referred to these.

The daughter unit loved them, the BF unit was too busy stuffing his pie-hole to say anything more than “MMMMMM”, and then daughter took the one remaining taquito to work for lunch, and texted that I had to make these often, as they tasted great re-heated! Definitely a keeper recipe and SOOOOO easy-peasy to make, especially if you cheat like I did and bought a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. These were made and hot on the plate in about 30 minutes!

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Recipe by
Makes 8 taquitos

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
3 TBSP chopped cilantro (I skipped this)
2 TBSP sliced green onions
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepper jack cheese (I used a cheddar/jack blend)
small corn tortillas (I used whole wheat)
kosher salt
cooking spray


(I used these- tasted great!)
1.Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
2.Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.


(You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge. )
3.Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. (My tortillas were soft enough to skip this step) If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.
4.Place 2-3 TBSP of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges. Then roll it up as tight as you can.

5.Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

6.Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown. Dip 'em in salsa, sour cream, and guacamole


From Emily’s text today, I am surmising that the flavors melded together overnight in the ‘frig, and that the final result may be even MORE tasty if you prepare the filling several hours or the day before, THEN fill, roll, and bake.

Definitely a keeper! Look for her beef taquito recipe too- I’m definitely trying that one too after my next pot roast.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I finally got my septic pumped out; good thing, too, it was full. When he finished pumping, water came pouring back in from the leaching field. We waited for about 30 minutes for it to stop. It did slow, but not completely, and he pumped an additional 500 gallons out.

While I was waiting for him to show up this morning, I unstitched and starting re-stitching Quaker Halloween:

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Much better!

Then I went to the mall- the second time since before Xmas! I needed new personal items (ahem – Miss Vickie’s) and some Clinique soap bars- the small travel sizes. Plus Macy’s was having Clinique bonus time. Unfortunately, the did not have my soap in stock. So NO bonus for me! I did score this (because I am totally hopeless in the house wares department- I want one of everything!):

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it’s a brilliant deep robin’s egg blue melamine bowl by Martha Stewart. There are matching kitchen towels, too. I WANT SOME!

Then I went home before I caused some serious damage. No need for you to see my "personals".

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool’s!

Just about everything I stitched today at Joanne’s has to come out:

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which is the whole of the center motif. I’m 2 stitches too much on the top row of that filled-in part, so the center line is two stitches too far to the right.

There’s this though:


Cupcakes are always good!