Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Sorry for the bootleg quality of this video. You can download it for free on iTunes.
P.S. Glee returns in just 11 short days!
Ha ha! Told you it was bootleg. Here's the song. If you want to see the video, check it out at iTunes.com/glee. Or here.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
No one does curmudgeonly angst quite like House. Plus, the new hair cut is hot.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I made an apron for Luke using this free pattern from the Sew Liberated blog. It's a great pattern--very straightforward. I'm proud of this apron. It's one of my favorite sewing projects so far. It cost me less than $4, and it came out looking pretty professional.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I was a little concerned that she'd think I was a weirdo for giving her a handmade stuffed animal, so I counteracted the weirdness with this hand-embroidered monogram. Don't worry. I haven't adopted another hobby. Rather, I ordered this from Says You's Etsy shop. Her monograms are customizable--you can choose everything from the font to the thread color to the color of the hoop.
Happy birthday, Steph!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I'm making my way through my pile of library books, and this was a fun read. I put it on my list after Entertainment Weekly gave it an A. In The Family Man, Henry is reunited with his long-lost stepdaughter, a struggling actress who has taken a job posing as the girlfriend of an actor looking for publicity. It'a a funny/charming/lighthearted story of an untraditional family.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In case you're keeping track, that's two new recipes this week. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Note to self: Let's try something smaller for quilt #3, mkay?
In other Robot Room news, I was SO excited to find these new prints by one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Stephanie Fizer. Seriously, could they be any more perfect? She has a buy 2 get 1 free sale going on through Wednesday, so I got all three for $20. A serious bargain. And seriously cute.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces*
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons salt, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 cup canola oil
1. Whisk together hot sauce and buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Place chicken into mixture, turn to coat, and chill 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a bowl. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep skillet until sizzling hot (about 350°).
3. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, 1 piece at a time, shaking off excess. Dredge in flour mixture, and place in hot skillet. Cook in batches, 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
4. Place fried chicken on a wire rack in a baking sheet, and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven, and place on paper towels to drain. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired, and serve hot or at room temperature.
Yummy. With it, we had Loaded Baked Potato Casserole and corn--you know, to pretend like we're eating something healthy.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
For some reason, I was attracted to mysteries. Maybe this trailer has me in a Sherlock Holmes state of mind.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I printed up these play checks and mailed them to my nephew today. I hope he thinks they're fun! I would've liked them when I was 7.
I found this project on Just Something I Made. Cathe has a PDF, which you can dowload and edit. Then you just staple the checks to a manila folder, trim, and voila! Simple project. I imagine kids these days will think checks are very old-fashioned.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Mostly, I was looking for an excuse to use this fabric: Antler Damask Sky and Lodge Lattice Sky from the Deer Valley collection by Joel Dewberry. This fabric = true love.
I better go find something to bake!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Here's my latest book for the pass-along, and it's one that I really enjoyed: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
"In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.' "
Would you like to read this book? Just leave me a comment here, and I'll pick someone to pass the book along to on Thursday!