Friday, March 24, 2017

...5 Little Things Friday...the FOOD edition...

...so five little things I'm loving...
...my Two Ingredient Probiotic y\Yogurt...
...so creamy and good...
...a yummy 'everything' bagel I made from a plain bagel...
...my leftover almond meal cream cheese...topped with poppy seeds, sesame seeds and some garlic chives from my yard...we used to call them 'onion grass' when I was little...
...I prefer actual everything bagels...so I need to make some of those soon...
...remember a few weeks ago when I made that eggplant dish for Tuesdays with Julia...well...I had some leftover...and I had popped it into a little container and put it in the freezer...so I got that out and had it with some rice...and it was really good...
...and next some crunchy spicy good kimchi...
...the Man's kimchi is so...so good...
...I've been trying to eat just a couple of spoonfuls a day...lots of probiotics in kimchi too...
...and then the Man set up the charcoal grill as a smoker...
...after they were smoked...they were still a little bit moist so I put them on parchment and baked them in the oven...
...perfect smoky tofu...

...what little things have you been enjoying this week?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

...Kitten Update...

...well...since I forgot to photograph all my food yesterday...you get to see some cute kitten photos instead...
...see how big she's getting...she won't be a year old until June (something)...here's a link to what she looked like the day the kiddos brought her home from the junk yard where they found her...a new addition to the family...
...so...sound asleep...
...but she still starts purring the second you touch her...
...and then as soon as stop petting her she starts giving herself a bath...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

...W.I.P. Wednesday...2017 Prom Shawl F.O. ...

...the Prom Shawl is finished...just in time...Prom 2017 is just a little over a week away...
...I did go back and get the next larger size beads...but you can barely see them...
...that's ok though...they still 'function' well...giving this slinky shiny shawl some weight and drape...

...and now I'm going to go ahead and show you my genius FAIL for this week...

...I thought I might wait until I used this for an application that actually worked...but I still think it's a good idea...it's just that my larger beads were still too small for this trick to work...

...I was thinking of some way to thread the beads onto the yarn without having to force a needle through the bead with doubled yarn...which is going to be pretty large to go through the little hole in a glass bead...

...so I was sort of brainstorming a way to make the yarn stiff enough to go through the hole on it's own...
...and I came up with super glue as a stiffener...
...so I got out some plastic wrap and squirted some super glue onto the yarn...
...and then squeezed it into the yarn well by mashing it around a bit with the plastic...you don't want to get your fingers in the super glue...
...and then I hung the super glued yarn off the counter so that it would dry straight...I didn't want it to stick to the plastic...I just threw that away...
...and that part worked the yarn is definitely stiff enough to go through a bead...it's just that my beads are too small for this yarn...

...so there you have it...a success (F.O.) and a fail...

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...we tried a creamy variation on the Sauce Batarde...really simple too as it only involves making the sauce and adding capers to it...
...it was good...but neither of my 'boys' cared for it much...but all of the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...so if you try it you'll have to come back and let me know how you liked it...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

...Grandma 101...

...MY GRANDMA IS 101 YEARS OLD...

...this photo is not from today...CRAZY...I know...I drove up this morning (alone...Scout, of course, was at Uni...and the Man was busy with meetings at Church) to visit with Grandma...we had a really nice visit...she showed me all of her Birthday cards and we chatted about each person that sent one...and/or came for her party yesterday...maybe Mom will post some photos from that...and then we looked at all the photos on her wall...and talked about all of those people...anywhoo...I totally forgot to take a photo...so...I'll just have my 'mental photos' to remember this visit...(have y'all seen that episode of The Office...I think it's the wedding one)...
...so then I went over to Mom's for lunch...and to redeem myself...I took a selfie with Mom...and we had such a laugh about it...because I totally do NOT take selfies....so I'm really bad at it...I took about 20...
...when I was growing up...this pond was in our horse pasture...and just about every year a big blue heron would come here and land on his migration...this is probably not the same one...but still I was so happy to see him there...

...and then I left Mom's and visited with an old friend...I took a selfie and I may come back and post it after I ask her if it's ok...it was a better one...haha...

...we were pregnant together...and her son is Scout's oldest friend...as they met the day he was born...

...we spent the afternoon walking along the bike path just catching up...old friends are the BEST...

...and then I stopped by the Man's childhood home to visit with his Mom...we had a nice visit too...it's so strange for me to be there without the rest of my family...

HAPPY 1st DAY of SPRING...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

...Dinner with friends...so...no movie...

...we met up with some dear friends at one of our favorite pubs...so we sat around talking and didn't get home in time to watch a movie...
...and this is what we saw as we parked the car...and daylight savings time means it was still daylight...

...always surprising to see wildlife so near to a fairly large city...
...my appetizer...was this sliced and warmed sub roll...they serve baskets of 'garlic knots'...and sometimes they make me some nice fresh vegan ones...as the dough for them is vegan...but tonight all of them were already baked with garlic butter and parmesan...so our server sweetly offered to bring me the toasted roll instead...

...I'm always so touched when people go out of their way to make something special for me...
...then of course I had a salad...with balsamic vinaigrette...
...and then pasta with marinara...and I brought a little shaker of nooch (nutritional yeast) to sprinkle on top...

...we had such a nice time...

...so tell me what you've been watching so I can pick a movie for next weekend...

~Have a lovely day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

...Beet Chip FAIL...

...I don't want anyone to think that every single thing I make here in the affectioknit kitchen turns out perfectly...or even good...or even edible...

...because that was not the case with this trial...

...I had seen these beet chips at the grocery store...and I didn't buy them...but it did push my "I can make those" button...
...so I bought a can of sliced beets...and promptly put them on the dehydrator tray...
...which did it's job wonderfully...
...and gave me rock hard...but strangely still a little bit pliable and chewy 'chips'...

...so we all had a good laugh...but don't worry...I popped them straight into a jar of water...and they've already plumped back up nicely...

...and with my waste not philosophy...they're now destined for smoothies...

...but not to worry...I'll probably try this again...with fresh beets and a thinner slice...

...have you had any 'fails' in the kitchen recently?...

~Have a lovely day!