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Fajitas

It’s been a while, huh?  I’ve been too busy to blog, too busy to craft really.  34 day until my PhD defense, so not to much time for anything!

But we did make a tasty dinner last night, fajitas!

Two small steaks were rubbed with salt, pepper, and a little taco seasoning and grilled.  The peppers and onions were sliced thin and cooked in some butter with the rest of the packet of taco seasoning until they were tender.  The meat was sliced and mixed into the veggies.  So so tasty, with the added bonus that the meat isn’t overdone by cooking it pre-sliced.  Served with a little guacamole, some refried beans and plenty of cilantro, it was a pretty tasty dinner!

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Sheldon is Excited for Spring!

I finally got around to finishing Sheldon.  I started on him months ago, ran out of yarn and put him down.  I finally picked up some more yarn and finished all of the pieces a little while back.  (The yarn is just Sugar n’ Cream cotton.) Then I ran into an unusual stumbling block in the attached i-cord.  Apparently this was a problem for me, it took me about four days to figure it out.  It looks really strange starting out, but it got better as I went on!

All that work on the i-cord, and I didn’t even take a good picture of it.  Ha.  Sheldon is posing on some upcoming flowers, daffodils, I think.  I can’t wait for things to start blooming!

Alien Invasion

Another little ami – this time from my imagination.  I had envisioned a green alien, but the only green yarn I had was far to splitty to be crocheted tightly.  So, white won.  But, I like the white and red combo, especially the eyes.  Each eye is made of four red seed beads from my bead stash.

I have a really strong desire to hang him from somewhere, but I have to say that he does look like quite the studious alien on my bookshelf at work.

In Celebration of Pi

For those out there less nerdy than me, Pi day was on Saturday.  (It was also Einstein’s birthday.)  To celebrate, I made meat pie!

Meat pie is something that my French-Canadian grandmother always makes on holidays.  It is very tasty – she usually has to make two to feed all of us pigs!  I’ve never made it before, and it always seemed a little tricky, according to my mom.  And then I found out why – there’s no actual recipe! It’s all stored in my grandmother’s head, and unfortunately I’m not telepathic.  I called her to ask her how long and what temperature to bake it at, and she said “until it’s done”.   Ahh, family recipes!

So, with some vague instructions, I made a meat pie.  And now I’m going to share with you how it’s done.  (I’m also sharing this with future me, so I can’t forget!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2-3 tbsp. flour
  • cinnamon
  • ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • two pie shells
  • one slightly beaten egg white

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef, draining off about half of the fat when it is finished.
  2. Add water, and then flour in small portions until a slight gravy is formed.
  3. Add cinnamon (about 1 tsp) and cloves (about 2-3 tsp) – until it tastes good.
  4. Add salt.
  5. Put first pie shell into the pie dish.
  6. Add meat to pie shell
  7. Top with second pie shell, pinch closed and cut a few slits in the top.
  8. Brush the top with the egg white.
  9. Bake at 400 F for about 20-25 minutes, until the top is a nice golden brown.

Hoppity Hop Hop Hop

Please meet Barnabus Bunny!  This is a amigurumi love bunny that I made as part of a CAL in the amigurumi lover’s group on Ravelry.

He’s pink – but for some reason seemed more male than female, so Barnabus it is.  He also has a cute little tail, but I only snapped this one good picture on my way into work from the parking garage this morning.  There were a lot of people around and I felt a little weird taking pictures of a crocheted bunny!

Yarn is some mystery acrylic in from the bottom of my yarn bag – seems to be about worsted weight and I used an E hook.  His bottom half is filled with some poly pellets to give it some weight (and keep him from toppling over!) and the top half is just stuffed with polyfil.  I may make him a little friend out of some thinner weight white yarn I also found – wouldn’t want a bunny to be lonely!

Shirt #1

I’m on a mission to make some new clothes for my big kid job.  On Saturday I went to the fabric store and bought ten shirt patterns (on sale for $2 each – who wouldn’t buy the limit, really?)  I also picked up enough material to make four of them.  This weekend I finished one.

The pattern is Butterick B5283, view D.  I made the sleeves shorter because I ran out of material.  (Side note, that never seems to happen – I always have way to much when I follow the numbers on the back of the pattern, so that was… strange.)  I do love 3/4 length sleeves though, so I’m not too upset.  The twist at the top is supposed to be off center, and it was a little fiddly getting it to work out right.  Basically, it took two chemists and an electronics engineer a good fifteen minutes to figure it out.  Then we had some beer.

The fabric is just a basic stretch knit.  I rarely sew with knits, so this was a little new to me, but not terribly hard.  I just used a zig-zag stitch for most of it and away I went.  This shirt is so soft and nice, and I am in love with the color.  I don’t know why I love teal so much, but I’m going with it.

The only downside to this shirt is that I’ve promised myself I won’t wear any of these new clothes until I actually start my job.  Nothing like the motivation of new clothes to get a girl going, right?

A Weekend in Pictures

We had a great weekend!  We started off by making this really tasty dish with mashed potatoes, cabbage, onion, garlic, leek (I like leek, I’d never had it before!) and yes, of course… bacon.  (But only a tiny bit, really!)

leeks make food colorful and pretty

the finished dish, along with some steak and beer

Sunday we went to Dim Sum downtown (sadly, no pictures… we ate all of the food too fast).  We had pork buns, sticky rice, noodles with some sort of beef in them, turnip cakes and something else that I don’t know the name of, but I know that I like it.

After that, we went to the science museum to see the frog exhibit – Tim loves frogs!

some type of bullfromg

some type of bullfromg

a green frog with sticky toes

a green frog with sticky toes

can you find the frog?

can you find the frog?

poison dart frog - so pretty!

I also got a book from the library!  Charted knitting designs!

continuing to fuel my addition

continuing to fuel my addition

I’ve already opened it up and tried out a pattern I’ve had my eye on, the ribbed spindle.  I think it looks like mitosis and that makes the science nerd in me oh-so-very happy.

not as hard as it looks, really

not as hard as it looks, really

I also learned how to do a tubular cast on.  I would not encourage anyone to try and learn this at 1am.  Not my best idea ever, but I did eventually understand it.  And look how pretty my 1×1 rib looks as a result!

harder than I thought it would be

harder than I thought it would be

I have grand plans for this swatch and these new things I’m learning.  I’ve done a lot of math so far.  It hasn’t all been pretty, especially when I sometimes can’t count – but I’m excited about it all the same!


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