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Ok, no fancy fanfare. Just a post.


First day of summer fun with the wee one! But, she had a fever.  So we were at Urgent Care. But, when we got home we got to business. First we made Vinegar Cucumbers for tonight’s dinner.  I loved them! Hubby couldn’t stand them. He said they were too “vinegary”. Not for my taste. So, I guess I won’t be making that again


Then we made Kiss-Pies. And, once again. She didn’t like them. Hubby didn’t like them. I love them! I tell ya’, I have no taste buds.  20140602_140046

pinterest challenge #11, #12, and #13

Here is #11, #12, and #13 for my pinterest challenge

First off, #11. Late last night I finished this hat.

Here is my model wearing it:



I used Lion Brand Homespun for the hat. Then for the edging I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes

I like it. It was an easy pattern and knit up quickly!

Then for #12. Mark grilled out and I made this salad to go along with our chicken.

Here it is:


We LOVED it. The basil was from our garden, so that made it super great. We finished it up, and we will have it again.

And #13. After dinner I made these cookies.

Here they are:

I made some changes. I did not want to roll them out and put them into logs. So, I just froze them in the bowl and scooped them on to a cookie sheet. The difference – they were not super thin. But that’s ok. The hubby likes them a lot. I think they’re ok. The wee one won’t even try them. Oh well, two good pins and one not so good – not bad.

pinterest challenge #9 & #10

This is my pinterest challenge #9 and #10

For #9 I made this hat for Mark for Father’s Day.  It’s coming up!

Here is a pic of him modeling the hat. I know it’s not Father’s Day, but I told him to act surprised when he opens the gift bag.


I used Store brands Pure Wool in gray. I started it on the 19th and finished on the 21st. Very simple pattern. I fell in love with the yarn. But, alas, it’s discontinued.

So, with the rest of the yarn, I made these cabled mitts

Here is the lovely Atlantis modeling them ont he way to the lake this weekend. It was my car knitting for our trip to the lake.


Same yarn – and same happiness level. I started these on the 21st, and I finished them on the 27th.

I totally love both of these projects!

pinterest challenge #7 & #8

This is my seventh and eighth pinterest challenge

I made dinner. This was the chicken I made.

Here is my chicken:


Ok, instead of using a whole chicken, I used four bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. However, I didn’t reduce the ingredients for the rub/paste. I assumed it would be ultra flavorful because of that. But that was not the case. This was pretty bland. In fact, Mark reached for the salt right away. I was pretty disappointed too. Now, the meat was juicy – so that was a good thing. But, it really lacked the flavor punch that I was hoping for.

So, I consider that a fail. I won’t be making it again.

And, for my eighth challenge, I made this as my side dish.

Here is my dish:


I did not use the slivered almonds. And this was only ok as well. We both thought it was an odd combo with the sweetness of the brown sugar and the balsamic vinegar. The cranberries were only ok. After they are steamed they tasted different with the balsamic vinegar. I love dried cranberries, but not this way. They turned soggy and lost their flavor.

So, this too was a fail. In fact, the only thing that was good at dinner was my salad. Just plain salad. The chicken and beans will not be made again.

pinterest challenge #6

This is my pinterest challenge number 6!

I started this on May 5 and actually made 2 matching ones. One for Atlantis, and one for myself.

Here is the pattern:

Here is my end result:


I love it! I used some basic Red Heart Super Saver acrylic.

I am very happy!

pinterest challenge #5

This is my fifth pinterest challenge for May

I used this pin from Martha Stewart

Here is my pan of brownies:


Ok, these aren’t any ordinary brownies – they have black bean puree in them. So, this is what I did. I waited until I was home alone. I knew people wouldn’t even TRY them if they knew there were black beans in them.

The first person back was Mark. I waited until he got home before I even tasted them myself. So, I cut one, put it on a plate and grabbed a couple of forks. Hmmm – not so good. He made a face right away and said, “What’s wrong with these?” So I confessed. He made another face and raised his eyebrows. “No wonder they suck”, he said. Ok I wouldn’t go as far as saying they SUCK, but they weren’t good. They had a different texture than normal brownies. They’re thicker. But less chocolatey. Hard to describe. So, I put them away and awaited my daughter’s arrival.

She came home and was thrilled there were brownies. She cut one out and immediately commented on the look of the brownies. She said, “Are these brownies? Or what are they?” I said, “They’re brownies, why?” “Because they look funny.” So, she took her brownie and marched into the family room. I followed her and watched her eat. She took a bite, then stopped chewing halfway through. She spit the rest out into her napkin. “What’s wrong with those things?” she wailed. I told her it was a new recipe, but I never told her they had black beans. I was afraid she would never try anything again. And, she’s a horribly picky eater as it is.

So, the whole pan went into the trash.

Yet another pinterest fail.

pinterest challenge #4

This is my 4th pinterest challenge

I made lime meltaways.  They are originally from Martha Stewart, this is the original link.

Ok, so I made these tonight.  Here they are:


So, I didn’t roll them into logs. I just put the whole darn bowl in the fridge. I was anxious to make them, so I wanted them in the fridge as quickly as possible.  So, they aren’t as perfect and round as Martha’s. Also, I chose not to add the green food-coloring.

This is the first time I’ve had meltaway cookies. I really don’t like them.  It’s the corn starch that makes them have that “meltaway” feeling.  And, it’s the corn starch that I don’t like. In fact, no one in the whole house likes them. So they are going to be given away.  The lime taste is subtle, and that’s ok by me.  They aren’t super sweet. That’s ok too.  But, the corn starch – damn, it leaves some odd little after taste and I don’t like it.

So, challenge number four will go down as a fail.

pinterest challenge #3

This is my pinterest challenge#3

These frames were my inspiration

So, I had these leftover wood rings from something. So, I decided to use them.


I dug out the ribbons and stared wrapping. The first one I hung in my daughter’s closet to use as the pull-string for her light.  I hung it with a pink shoe string.


So, I started to wrap the other ones and add buttons here and there:


Some of them had two types of ribbons or lace.  This is what I ended up with:

They aren’t really frames, so I decided to find a place for them. And, I found her boring little lampshade in her room:


So, I hot glued them to her lampshade:


This was a super easy project. Very colorful and fun. Plus, the wee one is please – and that’s all that matters.  I would call this one a success!


pinterest challenge #2

So today I completed Pinterest Challenge #2

We decided to this elephant. I have it pinned on my craft board.

This is what she created:



I call this one a success.

I had black acrylic paint and white acrylic paint.  We mixed it up on a paper plate with a brush.  We did a total of 5.  The first 2 were kind of a trial-and-error for us. Once she really got the hang of pressing her hand on the paper, all went well. It dried all day. Then she glued on a googly eye.  Then she used a black Sharpie to make the tail, ears, trunk lines and feet.

They are going in the  mail tomorrow morning to the family. I’m sure they will be loved!

pinterest challenge #1

Here is my first Pinterest Challenge for the month.

I decided to try the showerhead cleaner that I had pinned on my Cleaning board.

Here is my shower head around 7:30 last night:


Here is the process during:


Then, 11 hours later – this is what we have:


Hmmm, other than being a bit shinier – nothing.  I was so disappointed in this.  I took a cloth and tried to scrub off the hardwater deposits afterwards, but that didn’t do anything. So, I did it, but it was no bueno. I am going to unpin this from my board.  Yes, I said it, I am going to unpin it.

But, challenge number 1 is done.  Lesson learned…