Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I ordered An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton for Luke after reading about it on Design Mom, and I really like it. It has a sweet message, great illustrations, and is kind of quirky. (Note: My sister thinks it's weird. Luckily, you can read the whole book online by clicking here, so you can decide for yourself before you buy it.)
I think it makes a great gift. Clayton self-published the book (but don't worry--it's high quality), so you can only buy it on his Web site. There's little risk of buying a book that the little person in your life already has.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Recipe from Stephanie
8-ounce package cream cheese
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup Frank's Hot Sauce (I had Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce in the fridge, so I used that this time, and it worked just fine)
2 cans of chicken, drained
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
1. Mix cream cheese, Ranch, and hot sauce until blended. Add chicken and cheese. Scoop into a baking dish.
2. Bake at 350 until bubbly (about 20 minutes). Serve with Tostitos or Fritos Scoops.
Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
Recipe from Paula Deen
1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 (1-pound) package sliced bacon
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1. Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden pick.
2. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder. Dredge wrapped chicken in mixture. Coat a rack and broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken wrap on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Recipe adapted from Southern Living
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni (I found the Hormel Mini Pepperoni at my store this time. They saved me from having to chop, plus they're cute!)
8-ounce block mozzarella cheese, shredded
1. Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and Italian seasoning until blended. Spread into a lightly greased baking dish. Spoon pizza sauce over top; sprinkle with pepperoni.
2. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella, and bake 10 more minutes. Serve with Fritos or Tostitos Scoops.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I used buttons for the eyes instead of French knots. I'm not so good at the French knots, and Leah was at the movies and therefore unavailable for an emergency tutorial.My favorite part: his froggie feet.
Don't worry; I made some progress on the crayon rolls last night too. I should finish those tonight, as long as Justin and I don't decide to watch the final 5 episodes of Burn Notice season 2 in one fell swoop. Oh! The TV is fixed now. The bulb arrived yesterday (we went with the potentially sketchy online retailer), and Justin installed it. Very easy. Whew.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I haven't gotten around to buying her patterns yet, so I was excited to find a free pattern for these little Monster Chunks on her blog.
These little guys are a great way to use up leftover yarn, so I'm sure Luke will have an army of Monster Chunks in the near future. The eyes are a little crazy...I need to get some little beady eyes like Rebecca uses.
Yes, I should be spending time sewing crayon rolls for Luke's party, not knitting. I'm going to try to finish them today.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Fun little pattern from the Daisy Quilts blog. Robyn will have the pattern for sale in her Etsy shop soon.
In sad news, my TV broke today. The bulb burned out. Evidently this happens, even though the TV is less than 2 years old. (Really, Sony?) When I got home from work today, I was forced to clean my house and do laundry to pass the time. Very distressing.
My biggest concern is that I won't be able to rekindle my summer romance with Big Brother tomorrow night. What am I going to do? GASP! Maybe this is the year I can justify subscribing to the live 24/7 internet feed! I wonder how my boss will feel about that...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Would you like to read this book? Just leave a comment here (any comment), and I'll pick someone at random and pass along the book on Tuesday. All I ask is that you pass the book along to another book lover of your choosing when you're finished with it, and that you ask that person to do the same.