Recipes, A Different Type of Composition for the Book

Altered Composition Book

Altered Composition Book

This is one of my favorite altered composition books. The scrapbook paper is perfect for a recipe book. Curls and I featured our Altered Composition Book tutorial on our Aug 6, 2012 blog.

Because I often change recipes into different sizes, since there is just two of us at home now, I used one of my large recipe cards to add handy measurements to the front.

What’s inside you ask? A lot of different recipes I find online to try. This is an eco-friendly way to collect recipes. I’ve done away with all of the printing, saving both paper and ink. If I find that we don’t like a recipe, I just write a big “YUCK” and draw a “x” through it. I’ll also paste another recipe on top which I’ve cut from a magazine. I do have two arrow tags marking my much used Everything Granola and Cheesy Garlic Biscuits recipes. The biscuits are an American biscuit, so don’t think sweet treat.

QThanks for stopping by. Go be crafty and alter a composition book.

Did You Know?

As we move into a three day weekend, it’s the perfect time to get a library card and enjoy all of the FREE eresources available to you. For years now, I’ve downloaded ebooks and audiobooks for free from the library. Now, to my great excitement, libraries are offering more and more FREE emagazine checkouts through Zinio. A quick screen shot shows some of the magazines I have been able to “subscribe” to through my local library.  The nice thing is that the checkout NEVER expires so you can keep the ezines on Zinio for as long as you like. Read an issue you don’t care to keep? Just edit, click on the “X” and delete it! In addition, there are usually multiple issues to download. I downloaded four American Patchwork Quilting issues, etc. You don’t need a tablet or iPad to use Zinio, you can read it  online on a regular computer.

Did you know that there are “State” librarian help desks online that can answer questions about libraries in your state? I “spoke” to one and found that as a California resident that I can get a free library card at most libraries in the state, I don’t have to be a resident of the county the library is in. In some states, I can pay $10/year and get a card. Good news to me since different libraries offer slightly different eresources. I am addicted to audiobooks and love to listen to them while knitting, sewing, crafting, etc. As one of those kids who loved being read to, the love continues. I’d say my very favorite audiobook narrator is Davina Porter. I’ve checked out books I don’t normally “read” just because I love her voice. Conversely, there have been some books that I haven’t been able to get past the first chapter because listening to the narrator is as if I’m hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.

After finishing one audiobook last night, I decided that I’d really like to listen to the Louise Penny books. I have five different library cards, by “visiting” each library I was able to download her first three books and put the others on “hold”. Hopefully this is new info to someone and you get a library card and join in the “e-venture”.

QHave a happy, Zinio weekend.


Hang A Star On That One Award

q8~With all of the awards circling the blogs, I’ve been contemplating designing our own special award. Over the course of this past year, I’ve made many blogger friends. Quite a few of my friends have cost me money ’cause I just HAVE to have: the yarns, the patterns, the books, the magazines, the fibers, the food, the knitting items, the spinning items, etc.; or, join the KAL, or sign up for the Craftsy class,that the various bloggers have shared.  I really wanted to call the award: You Made Me Do It, but I figured it might be misinterpreted. I loved the song, “You made me do it. I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to do it. You know you made me love you.” That is a song I’ve always sung to my kids and grandkids. I change the words when I mentally sing it to a blogging friend each time I make a purchase because of their blog, “You made me do it. I didn’t want to do it, I didn’t want to do it. You know you made me buy that.”  The entire idea is my crazy, tongue-in-cheek, sense of humor which is not understood by all. So, as a compromise I’ll tweak a term the great Padre announcer Jerry Coleman always used when the Pads hit a home, “Oh Doctor, you can hang a star on that baby.” Our award is the “Hang A Star On That One” and is to be given to a person who has “made you do it”; has made you spend money for some incredibly fantastic object/item.

Hang a star award

The rules are simple:

  1. The person receiving the award is someone who has “made” you spend money. It could be that you bought a pattern, a book, a magazine, a item, a yarn, a fiber, etc.; or joined a KAL, or signed up for a class on Craftsy, etc. Remember, this is in good natured fun. A positive expenditure. Explain to the person what they “made”, “enabled”, or “tempted” you to purchase.
  2. You may give the award to as many or as few people as you like. We hate it went we’ve been given a set number to dole out an award to.
  3. Copy and past the blog award on your blog. Display it with pride. Remember that “Imitation is the best form of flattery. I’m out here totally imitating you!
  4. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.
  5. Thank the award presenter

Again, I cannot stress enough that this is all in fun. I have been so enamored with everything I’ve spent my $$$ on due to blogger recommendations, it has enriched my life. I hope you feel that way too.

Without further ado these are my nominees:

  1. Tina, the Temptress (although I think she prefers “Enabler” which is too gentle a word in this case) from Peacefully Knitting. The top award goes to her! Lovely patterns, yarns, fibers, and a magazine subscription are now in my possession thanks to her. Not to mention the KALs she’s recommended. My wallet tells me to stop reading her blog. NEVER! I’ve warned you!
  2. Marjorie from I Dye Everyday. I could have been perfectly happy just dyeing my fiber, but no…. Taking one look at the fabulous fabrics which she dyes, I had to purchase a ton of cotton-dye colors. Although I have yet to make one of her “stained glass” quilts from hand-dyed fabrics it’s on my list.
  3. Weekend Knitter. Her knitting blog was delightful, but then she turned into a spinner. Sigh, you can see what’s coming. Items I couldn’t resist: Spinning Wool; Beyond the Basics by Anne Field, a Golding spindle, carnauba and lavender wax from an Etsy shop, and fiber! If you’re a spinner, another site to stay away from!
  4. Caity from All She Wants To Do Is Knit. Don’t believe the title anymore. She’s become a spinner too! It’s TNTC the number of patterns I am now the proud owner of because of the marvelous items she has shared. To me, the most amazing was the Rockefeller Shawl by Stephen West. I LOVE Art Nouveau and Art Deco and this shawl screamed to me. Bought the pattern and enrolled in his Craftsy course which I wouldn’t have know about if it weren’t for Caity’s “showing me” the shawl. A word about the course. The shawl pattern is a free one at his Ravelry site and for the most part his class is one big infomercial. Won’t recommend it. I will be purchasing more of his shawl patterns, so thanks Caity! I also had to purchase the Peterson Bird app when she blogged that it was on sale. Is it fair to say that it’s her “fault” that I had to knit a little bag for Curls after she saw the one I knit for Caity for the Knit-It-Forward? Now that Caity has blogged about purchasing her first fleece, I want one too. LOL!
  5. Janet from Pixelknit’s Ponderings. How many ways can I say FIBER? First I had to order fiber from Greenwood Fiberworks after seeing their fabulous fiber featured on Janet’s blog. In the same blog she  showed Woolgathering’s 24 Breed Sampler Pack. (BTW: she heard about the sampler pack from Tina, see what I mean? Tina is #1 for making you spend money. Somehow I missed the sample pack at Tina’s, maybe my brain was asleep that day.) Please notice what restraint I’ve used. The Greenwood Fiberworks fiber was ordered on January 5, the day I read about it. I didn’t order the sample pack until last week. It’s called will-power people! Luckily, all of the books she’s recommended I’ve been able to download for free or borrow from libraries. So, she’s off the hook for that.
  6. Pia from Colour Cottage. I first visited her site because of her doodles which lead me to purchase even more markers. Then I saw the crazy brushes she had, couldn’t resist buying some. Stayed around for all of the other interesting posts, ended up purchasing all types of mordants for dyeing because of her fiber dyeing experiments. Although she didn’t recommend the book, I purchased  A Weaver’s Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers by Rita Buchanan, because of all of the native plant materials with which Pia uses to dye fiber.
  7. Opal from Celebrate Life! Everytime I use my Hiya Hiya needles I think of Opal. I LOVE the needles and needed them as I need another hole in my head. They are just so darn sweet to knit with. Because of her bee adventures I keep buying honey. Now, I’m the only one that uses honey at this home, so what the heck? Who really needs six jars of honey?
  8. Fibercrush. Due to her blog about building a design wall and our subsequent comments to each other, I purchased a Fons and Porter Wall Design Wall which is easily rolled up and out of the way. I really did need one and appreciate the info from her.

I’ll stop here. Although there are other fabulous blogs I follow and get ideas from, I’ve been able to get the patterns for free or use my stash when I see posts. All of you wonderful ladies mentioned above  have lead me to purchases about which I can say, “Hang a star on that one!” Thank you! You have enriched my life but not my wallet! Please post the award with pride and if there is anyone out there that has “forced” you to open up your wallet let them know. As I said before “Imitation is the best form of flattery”. I hope we’re being imitated!

A WordPress Family Award

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. ~~RICHARD BACH

q8~I love this quote. It was borrowed from All Night Knits who just celebrated both her 50th post and a WordPress Family Award. We are so excited that she passed this wonderful award on to us. Her site is full of knitting, reading, photography, reading, and sharing. I smile at the pictures she takes using filters and apps, I love to do that too.

We have written before how much our blogger friends have influenced us through encouragement, wonderful ideas, and support. I can say that some of my blog friends have hit my wallet since I’ve had to purchase patterns, yarns, fiber, and other products because of their glowing blogs. In the year plus that we’ve been blogging, some of you have become as family to us. Thank you! The DIFFICULT part, for us,  is nominating only 10 blogs for this award, since we enjoy so many! When I’m having a down-in-the-dumps type of day my blogging family always lifts my spirits. So a heartfelt thanks to all of my blogging friends, you have enriched my life.

Wordpress Family Award

WordPress Family Award

Without further ado, these are the inspiring bloggers (in no particular order) we feel as if they have become part of us:

  • Celebrate Life! – An eclectic site for crafting, gardening, and food
  • Peacefully Knitting – A beautiful knitting, spinning, and reading site. Tina is one of the chosen few Rowan reps.
  • Fibercrush – Another eclectic site which explores crafts from the 70’s, knitting, sewing, using stash, dyeing techniques, and list goes on.
  • Gentlestitches – An amigurumi expert. Wonderful creatures. Yum, she actually calls it aussiegurumi, Australia amigurumi.
  • For the Knit of It – A knitting, spinning, and other stuff site offering a great tutorial Knitting 101. Has some clever off-beat things to make.
  • Pixelknit’s Ponderings – A knitting, spinning, journaling, crafting, on other great things site. Most of all, I love her book suggestions. I joined Goodreads thanks to her.
  • Crafty Tails – A site whose title says it all. Crafting, knitting, with a dog picture or two thrown in.
  • Introverted Knitter – A site with knitting, spinning and weaving. A wonderful writer, as an introvert myself, she often describes exactly how I feel in group settings.
  • Pillows A-La-Mode – A totally crafty site. Great repurposing ideas.
  • Colour Cottage – A site I first landed on because of her doodles. Stayed to see the wonderful yarn dyeing experiments and the spun fiber.

If you choose to pass on this award, here are the rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

Finished Object Friday: Aprons and Cooking

q~These finished objects were actually done before going to Hawaii. I just didn’t want to ruin the surprise for the grandkids in Hawaii by posting earlier.  There is a special Orange Pecan French Toast Casserole recipe that our family loves; grandson Jack’s favorite. So, of course, I made it for the family with the help of my grandkids. When they were gathered in the kitchen to begin, I pulled out the three aprons I had made for them. Naturally, they were so excited. I purchased the boy’s aprons at JoAnn’s and painted Angry Bird motifs on both. Maddie’s was made using a Retro Apron pattern by Cindy Taylor Oates. I adapted the pattern to have ruffles on the bottom. The pattern matches the aprons our mom made for us girls and Sarah. Now Maddie has an apron-style that matches her mom’s.

Q's Grandkids

Q’s Grandkids

Orange-Pecan French Toast Casserole
(From Cooking Light)

Photograph from Cooking Light

Photograph from Cooking Light

Changes: 1. We use 4 eggs instead of 3 egg whites and 2 eggs. Use an egg combination best suited for your family.

2. We don’t use the 3 Tablespoons of sugar in the milk-egg mixture. There is enough sugar in the brown sugar-Karo syrup mixture.

Other Notes:

We’ve also found that the 12 servings listed is not enough. 12 servings means that each person gets 1 slice of French toast, we’ve found that everyone wants at least 2 pieces – even the kids. We always make 2 pans. If I make it for the Hubs and I one pan is enough.

If you make it in the morning, let it sit for 1/2 hour before cooking.

Other nuts can be used, or, we’ve made one pan with nuts and one without.

It’s also very good when a blueberry layer is added on top of the pecan layer.

We have used different types of bread: in Texas we used thickly-sliced Texas bread, in Hawaii we used a baguette style, any type of bread that can be sliced into 1″ slices will work.

Only In Texas

~I think I should explain that I was actually born in San Angelo, Tx., even though I’ve lived in California since I was 9 months old.  My dad’s family was from Texas so I still have cousins, first cousins-once-removed, second cousins, etc living in Texas. I figure that gives me the right to good-naturedly poke fun. 😎  When having to stay over at a hotel/motel Alan and I always look for ones which offer continental breakfasts.  I really love it when the breakfast includes waffles. At Van Horn’s Quality Inn and San Antonio’s La Quinta, this is the waffle sight which greeted us, only in Texas:

Where’s the Spoon?

– What to do with my spoon collection. Not only do I have the spoons I collected,  but I have my husband’s mother and grandmother’s collection. Their collection includes spoon from Europe.

The majority of my collection is hanging on the wall, so I decided to find a use of them. They are great to use for my jams. Most of my spoons I chose are from my mother-in-laws collection.

At my coffee station, I use two spoons. One for the creamer and one for mocha.

I, also, love looking at them. I leave them in my tea cups. The cup on the right is the one Q uses when she is over. Start enjoying your spoons. 🙂