Monthly Archives: September 2013

Happy Birthday Hubby/Daddy!

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My DH turned entered his late, late 30’s this week *cough49cough* and since we have instituted a make a present rule, rather than buy them, the girls and I made him the above pictures to hang on the wall in his office/closet space. Everyone chose their own grouping of colors and held them out whilst I melted them with the hair dryer. It was so much fun!

Originally we were going to use cut outs of the girl’s hands and use the crayon drippings around it, but it didn’t come together so well, so that idea got canned. Literally.

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Since DH is diabetic and doesn’t like too many sweet things, we also made him an delicious birthday cake. The cake portion was made with a Betty Crocker white cake mix, that I mixed up with 8oz plain greek yogurt and 1 cup of water and a really generous splash of vanilla. I mixed it all up and baked it in two 10inch pans for around 35 minutes.  After it was cooled, we slathered the flattened bottom cake with homemade strawberry jam, slices of fresh strawberries and some whipped cream.

After the top was put on, we covered the entire thing with vanilla whipped cream, used mini marshmallows around the base for decoration and topped it off with a sliced large strawberry and some rainbow sprinkles.

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Turned out really well! 🙂 It was nommed up quickly and my husband totally enjoyed it!! See?!?!  So the cake was delicious, mostly healthy if you don’t count the marshmellows and still pretty damn healthy with them included. It doesn’t have any butter or eggs either. It was also super moist, well worth a try!

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Rainbow Toddler Sweater – Next Stage

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I finished the back and both the front panels this weekend and I am loving the way it is turning out! Since I am using a much smaller crochet hook, mine is starting to look a little different that the original post located here: Toddler Rainbow Sweater. I had to make some adjustments for the length as G1 is starting to get long, even through she’s still smaller than your average 2 year old.

Before I go on, I much apologize for the color state of the images – it was getting on to evening and sometimes my house really blows when it comes to lighting. I’ve done the best I could, with what I had and with the help of picmonkey.

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The biggest issue I had, and again, it’s not a fault with the pattern, it was all me, was forgetting 4 lines in the front left panel and spending about and hour wondering about it.  Once I figured out my problem, I briefly flirted with the idea of pulling it all out again and decided not to. I simply wrote out what I was doing as I did it, so I could mirror the pattern. I don’t think I did too badly really! Thanks to N1 and DH for holding down the rolling corners for me.

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See… they are close(ish) to matching. I feel proud anyways because, well,  this is my first sweater and I think it’s beautiful. I started working on the sleeves last night, and I am hoping to get them done so that I can take full sunlight, non-fuzzy pictures for you tomorrow 🙂

If you are curious about the first post regarding this sweater, you can find it here: Rainbow Toddler Sweater – Piece By Piece

I am considering making a quick video on how I joined the different colors and stopped having to weave in the start and finishing threads. I get bored with that real quick.

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In a nutshell: In the last Sc, as directed, I join the next color with a slip stitch. Then I do the chain 1. Then I grab both ends of the thread I am using, bring them both up to the top of the crochet. I then take the hook, go over the top of them, under and through the last sc of the previous line, yarn over, pull through and complete the first sc for this new line with the new color. I repeat this about 8 times and then push the remaining threads towards the wrong side of the crochet and continue on along the line. It ends up looking like the picture above. Was that clear? Maybe I will make a short video that shows it better – I am a better visual learner and maybe you are too!

Caterpillar Sushi

I lived in Japan for about 15 months back in 2002 – 2003. I fell in love with the country, it’s people and it’s food… well for the most part. Some of the things I ate there means I will never wear the tag “culinary coward”. One thing I fell in deep adoration for, was well made sushi. I still dream of properly prepared and seasoned rice, toasted nori paper, fresh fish and yes… even large salmon eggs that are almost too salty and pop in your mouth.

When DH and I moved back to the US, I was sad. I missed my sushi. I had been traumatized on a recent trip back home to Australia as I had discovered that someone had through it an excellent idea to put BBQ chicken in rice and nori. *shudders* And when I got to the states… well! Cream cheese? Really? In sushi?!? *gags* I was sad, despondent, and disappointed.

Picture DH to the rescue! Shortly before L1 was born, DH set about learning the art of sushi making. He learnt how to make the rice the way I like it. He made California roll after California roll – I was pregnant remember and had a morbid fear of eating fresh fish at the time – I know the error of my ways now. Anyways, that brings me to today. Today my husband made me some cute sushi! Well I think it’s cute!

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It’s a caterpillar! I nommed it down almost before I could get a picture 😉

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It is toasted nori paper (he toasted it himself), Nishiki sushi rice, some green onion and nori wrapped surimi. Not photographed was the dollop of fresh, real wasabi and the soy sauce.

It was delicious and gone within minutes. And I appreciate the time and effort that went into this lunch for me!

Rainbow Toddler Sweater – Piece by piece

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I love all things rainbow – they make me smile and I am super pleased when I get to dress one of my Littles in them. G1 is still to young to complain (too much) and she loves bright colors, so win/win in my opinion.

For all the colors, save for the green, I am using Bernat’s Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) yarns. I could not locate any Lime(ish) in my area so I am making do with some Red Heart Soft Touch Guacamole as a substitute. So far I am loving the feeling and the look of it. Makes me smile just to see it. G1 is going to rock this sweater this cooler season. I don’t say winter, because, well the Nature Coast of Florida only has two seasons – Fark! It’s hot!!! and Eh… It’s not quite as hot.

On a personal note – this little would totally be awesome as a hoodie. Ah well… maybe next time! 🙂