Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More Snow Day Fun

Last week we set up some vermicomposting at work and I brought the worms home in case it snowed. It snowed. Vermicomposting is when you feed your kitchen scraps to pet worms and they poop it out. The poop is great for your garden. It's a stink free way to compost indoors and pretty easy to set up. My first batch of worms didn't get delivered due to the ice. I can only assume they are in a better place now. The second batch of worms came from the Walmart bait section. The are called Red Wrigglers and they are busy little bee...worms

The next day I went to feed the worms and said to B, "Did you put coffee grounds in here?" B hadn't! The worms were composting already!

I got a coat at the Goodwill last fall when it was still pretty warm that I could NOT pass up. A vintage, wool, dress coat with velvet accents? Yes. Come to mama. Sadly the buttons have been rolling away while I've been wearing it so the snow day was the perfect time to sew some pretty new ones on.

B and I also did some spring cleaning and purging for the upcoming yard sale season. He went through his 342,347,234,851,943,582 pairs of pants.

50 Shades of Khaki.

Another day he made croissants from scratch. 

We cleaned up the house really well...and then we wrecked it again by moving furniture, emptying closets and working on the downstairs bathroom.

B says the downstairs bathroom will be done by Easter.

He just didn't say which year....

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Quilt

With practically two weeks of back to back snow days I had plenty of time to start and
finish B's Valentines Day quilt.

I bought fabric in December to make him a quilt but then he said he really wanted me to make him one out of scraps. Cue me making an, "Ugghhhhhh" sound. 

I cut a million scraps into a billion tiny squares. Then I counted them and cut more. Then I sorted them so they'd be evenly distributed but random. Then I sewed and sewed. I ran through four spools of thread. We had to make a snowy run to Kroger for emergency thread!

This was the biggest and heaviest blanket I've ever made so a lot of binder clips and wrestling were involved. 

A few more snow days enabled me to knock the whole thing out only a week later. It is by far the manliest blanket. Check out how manly it is.

Most of my previous blankets have been for most of my scraps are pretty baby-ish. Regardless, it's super cheerful and HUGE. I meant to make a twin, and I think I made it queen sized instead.

Look! It works!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow Day Bloody Snow Day

We just had 8 inches of snow! That's a lot of snow for us here. I've seen snow like that when I lived in Kentucky but around here we get excited at 3 inches of snow. It came down in big, fat, fluffy flakes and kept coming all night.

My azaleas got totally smushed.

It's a good thing we were already planning on replacing the garden fence because it is toast.

Norwegian Forest Cat.

I made a joke on Facebook that snow even makes the yard toilets look pretty...but it doesn't. I've made B promise me that the yard will be clean next year so I can finally take some decent snowy house pictures. I've started feeling empathetic with those redneck houses in the country that have crapola scattered around them. Maybe they are just remodeling! Who am I to judge? This house is teaching me patience, humility and to be less judgmental. I might be up for Sainthood when we finally flip it.

Speaking of Sainthood....Frank you're looking a little chilly.

The recycling bin is always in these snow shots....ughhh. Wait. OK. Fixed it.

We thought we wouldn't get any snow since G gave B a sled this year.

Patience. Humility. Deep breaths. 

As Huhn says, "It's tubing not tubbing." I couldn't resist.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tom Kha Gai or Thai Coconut Soup with common ingredients

The other night we had Thai food for my friend Erin's birthday. I ordered the coconut soup with shrimp and it was so good that I wanted to take a bath in it. Instead of doing that I went home and learned how to make it. I read a bunch of recipes and combined the parts I liked. It was quick and easy and really scrumptious. B has never had the soup before this and he loved it.

Even though I'm not a REAL FOOD BLOGGER and even though I am ITALIAN I still managed to make a pretty good copy using pantry ingredients I already had on hand.

1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons of red curry paste
1 jalapeno (or 2 thai peppers if you have them)
2 cans of full fat coconut milk
3 cups of chicken stock (don't use broth or it will be watery)
3 Tablespoons of lime juice
2 Tablespoons of fish sauce

I also added tofu but I think it would be better with shrimp.
You should also add mushrooms if you have them.

1. Heat the vegetable oil and add the curry paste and peppers. Cook until sizzling and fragrant.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes if you add tofu and mushrooms or longer if you add meat.

Serve in a bathtub.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Sheg

This week Greg and Craig came to help with the shed. Greg was also supposed to come but couldn't make it. Now we're calling it the "sheg."

The men got a lot done in just a few hours. Before they came over the walls were up but the plywood was not.

Meanwhile, Pumpkin helped with my latest project.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I finally learned how to make half square triangles. It's about the easiest thing in the world.

1. Sandwich two squares together with the right sides facing in.
2. Sew around all four sides.
3. Cut along the diagonals. Ta da! You have 4 squares with half square triangles!
4. Repeat a million times.

Here are two quilts I've made while perfecting my new technique.

First a baby quilt for new baby E!

And a belated birthday present for Jean.

The laundry in the background is really a nice touch.

Those two were made with my old sewing machine so they are wonky. My old machine would occasionally eat bits of fabric, rip thread and made everything take double the time it should. My new machine is a breeze. Unless I have to change the bobbin it's smooth sailing for the whole project. I am making a huge, Queen sized blanket with it and it's going pretty well. Now cutting fabric is the thing that takes the longest.