Sunday, August 30, 2009
But I said I would put something up that was crafty.
This is a scarf I made last Xmas for my dear pirate friend.
She has been into pirates even before the pirate craze swept the nation. This is the second attempt. The first one I used 1/4 yard pieces this one I switched to 1/8th yard strips, it was much better. It is about 12inches wide minus the seam allowance. I put double fold bias tape at each end.
I used 6 fabrics the five 4 skull and cross bones and a checky then the harlequin on the back. It is extra long so she can wrap it around her head as a hood as well as her neck. I was a lucky break because I had already started making it when her sister told me she was having trouble finding her a scarf for Xmas that was long enough. It was good timing because I was going to cut it down because I was afraid it was to long. I used the Diamond pattern from the back to quilt the fabric.
it is subtle and it adds a thickness with out the extra layer. I am making myself one it is half done. It is a level of funky
that when paired with a nice outfit, fits well like a funky tie
on a man in a nice dress shirt. If I thought that cotton would make a nice tie I would make one like this.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Today was pot roast for dinner even with the weather still being warm during the day it was nice. Even Amber ate it. so Tomorrow I will turn it into strogonoff. I still have not figured out what to serve with it. I also pulled the chicken out so it can defrost and be ready for Monday.
I will try and take photos of craft projects finished and in progress tomorrow and post them.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
With considerations for Amber's and Jim's dislikes. Tonight was Steak (for us) & honey mustard chicken (for Amber) I made Corn for all Carots for Amber and I Green beans for Jim and I and Brusle sprouts for me. It is the only way I make sure Jim and Amber each get some thing in the form of a veggie with dinner. I also refuse to accept corn as a veggie it is a grain and a starch but not a veggie.
Jim found a stake Marinade on the web site http://www.easysteakmarinades.net/ he cut it in half. It was great but next time he will cut the cayenne a bit more then that. It wasn't super hot but I don't like my steak peppery at all.
Here is the recipe he used
Steak Marinade in the Style of Applebee's
4 sirloin steaks
4 cups water
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground oregano
3 teaspoons meat tenderizer
8 teaspoons minced garlic
8 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons ground black pepper
4 teaspoons paprika
Whisk all the ingredients together except the steaks until the marinade is smooth.
Add the steaks and leave to marinate for 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
(Makes 4 Cups)
the other dinners I am planning are
whole chicken with veggies
bottom roast with Veggies
Beef stroganoff (I haven't worked out what will go with this yet)
perogies with fried onions
Parmesan chicken with veggies
That is the list so far.
Example set up:
box on raisins
a chocolate chip granola bar (chewy)
a pack or 1/4 cup all natural made with 100% juice "fruit snack bites"
an all natural Smooched fruit leather
a pudding cup
a apple sauce cup (also all natural)
three fun-size candies
To this will be added
one frozen juice
5or 6 cheese cubes (she like swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella)
pretzel crackers with peanut butter (all natural)
and a fruit ( grapes, pineapple chunks, pears, Apple slices, Strawberries with brown sugar, melon etc.)
veggies she likes green beans fresh, but will take snap peas too, cucumber, pickles etc.
there are a lot of variation.
I try to use reusable containers. but I do start the year cheating which apple sauce in cups.
I count the fruits and veggies to get as many as I can in to her.
the fruit bites and smooched leathers I buy count as a half of fruit each (which is why I buy that brand) Apple sauce is one then she gets one from the fresh or canned fruit, and one from a veggie That make 4 if she eats the rasins that make 5 and I call that a good day. Plus I try to serve her 2 veggies at dinner.
she gets protein from cheese grains from granola, some times from Peanut butter (she doesn't like fruit spread on it)
I am currently shopping for better containers to put Apple sauce and other liquidity foods in that are single serve size. This is not an easy task.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I love taking photos.
here is Amber at the Ren Fair
This is one I took in Arkansas. This dragon fly just buzzed around letting me take photos of it . This is my favorite one. I had never seen a dragon fly with this color or pattern before.
It started okay at fire stone getting the ball joints done. I was thinking as I walked over to the mall from Firestone about the people driving around trying to find a closer spot. I was thinking that they don't realize how luck they are that they don't need the handicap spaces and how lucky they are to be able to walk. On the way home I realized that the next big fix will be the roaders they are warped this causes a shimmy when I break you feel it in the steering wheel. Not a cheep fix by the time I am done the car will have been rebuild. I hate pouring money into the car like this but I have to make it last. I also need to replace the fuel filter that is $100 and it could use a fluid flush it is at 113000 after all.
Amber's Dr appointment was a waste of time I wish I could just use the ER as her DR. it is better then her Dr He is as good as a nurse practitioner (who are good mind you but are not Dr's) He gave her a script for double strength Alive. He also gave us a referral paper for a Physical therapist which it turns out is useless. they need a prescription for physical therapy and will call us back in two days to to schedule. I hate them all I am calling a new Dr in the morning to move Amber to. He also said that one the strange dark shadow patch isn't anything and that if it was Addison he would be able to tell the second he walked in and then he said he has never seen one patient with Addison. He said what did the RA Dr say to witch I pointed out that she said we are not her problem. I also pointed out that the Endocrinologist thought he should look at it first. When I switch I will ask again. I did have a good dicaution to SCA meeting about thyroid, adrenal and Endocrinology. It seems there are different specialist in the field for example common are thyroid and diabetes specialist but there are thyroid and adrenal ones and it sounds like that may be what Amber need. I hate being on public aid. when Jim had insurance we payed for the top coverage that aloud us to go to what ever Dr we saw fit that took our insurance (or we could file our own paper work) I could cut out and save more money by going directly to the Dr we needed instead of going to the General practitioner who then says, ya you should go to a specialist.
I did more for Amber's stomach by ignoring the stupid Dr's.
Ok lets have a positive day I think I will follow this post with something crafty
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I have the oil changed and the tire rotated every 6000 miles. ( I use high mileage oil) My June bill was the master cylinder. when in there for my oil change I asked them to find out why the brake fluid was leaking I had to add more because it had gotton so low and I could see the leak (thought slow) And new ball joints with an alignment. I rotated the tires but the bad front end already did there damage and so this time I replaced thought tires. I should mention for the prices I pay I get life time alignment and tire rotations. Which is why I daon't skimp on the tire rotation. and that I drive to NJ and AR at least once a year each. every time they rotate my tires they check my breaks. This time I payed they 21.95 and had the 21 point inspection and they found out I had a busted spring. You always do them in pairs and the set of springs and struts are cheaper then separate and it is not a great Idea to do one and not the other if you want them to last. the Ball joint is being warrantied out so that is free. But it still takes 3 hours. That was what I planed to do this morning.
Jim woke me up because Amber wouldn't get up because she said her backs hips and knees hurt.
I decided to take her to the pediatric ER at Cardinal Glennon Because all of her tests and xrays are there. They rocked! Amber said "wow that was the best answer from a Dr in a long time" We get a lot of I don't know and lets wait and see. they want her to see a physical therapist and take anti inflammatory. She is off Gym and Marching band till cleared from the Therapist, and she start using a wheeled back pack (I got clearance for her to store it when she needs to in a teacher because it won't fit in her locker). Also just to see if it is adding to the problem she is to get a bra fitting. The Dr thinks that we were treating the pain but that was masking what was causing it till she really pushed herself to much to the piont that pain killers wouldn't work any more.
It's like twisting your ankle then taking pain killers and going jogging. You will probably make it worst. So we are happy to have a direction.
So tomorrow I will be back at Fire stone in the morning and at Amber's Dr in the afternoon.
I have to go figure out diner now because we have SCA tonight and I am casting drop spindles out of Pewter. Yay!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I myself use henna and I add Olive Oil to is to condition my hair even more. It is messy like using finely ground oatmeal on your hair. but I like it and it looks good too.
I am thinking ahead to X-mas. I have to start putting stuff on lay away so we can have a nice holiday. I like the Jesus rule Jesus got three gifts on his birthday. and if it was good enough for him it is good enough for you. and like the tree gifts they represent the same. gold, Frankincense, and Mir. one gift is the thing you really wanted (hence the layaway) one in practical (like mir which is a pain killer) and one has a more spiritual significances. I also have Jim's B-day in Oct and Brad's B-day right after Xmas. so lay away it is. Sears and Walmart do layaway so does Kmart. I will be looking up who else does it. For Amber the list that I will be picking for her big gift is a folding couch for her room so when friend come over they can sleep there, a stereo, or a camera. I am leaning to the stereo because that was her request. She would love an mp3 player with docking station but that is out of my price range and I think she still wants a cd player in it.
I will look aroung at sears while my car is at Fire stone getting and alignment and oil change and the tire rotated. I have life time alignment and rotation at fire stone so I will print a coupon for 10 off the oil change and that is all I will pay for unless a tire needs replacing. I think there is a JC penny's there too so I will see who all has layaway.
While on that side of town I will be stopping at the Asian market to get some chop sticks to cast drop spindles with. But more on that after I make them Tue. I have a long list of things to do first is go to bed. Good night.