Friday, March 4, 2011

Five Question Friday 03/04/2011

Hi, it's Friday so here we go...

1. Have you ever forgotten your child in a store or at school?
Maybe. I can't remember.

2. Where did you go on your very first date? (Like...first first, not first with your spouse or current significant other!)
To the local roller rink, Skate Ranch. I met the boy there and we walked around the rink holding hands and watching the break dancers (hey, this was the mid 1980's) in the back of the building on the little kids rink. I think the boy and I shared an ice cream cone too. We held hands during the Couples Skate. It was all so romantic.

3. What's your "silly" fear? (We're not talking water and heights.)
Not having any chocolate in the house. I've worked to alleviate that fear by having peanut M&M's in my baking cabinet and Dove chocolate in my office. But what if...

4. Confrontation: do you cause it, deal with is as it comes, or run far far away?
I prefer to deal with it when it first comes up because otherwise I'll forget why I'm mad. Really it turns out I've had confrontations I simply do not remember having. It's bad when someone asks you "remember when..."? And you don't. At all.

I wouldn't say I run far, far away, but sometimes I do just check out. I'll deal with an issue if I think it's worth my time and energy, but I've been known to just shut down an issue (or person) and deal with it no more.

5. Wood floors or carpet?
Ah, a very timely question. We just suffered from a mechanical breakdown in our toilet's mechanism and the water overflowed. On to our wood floors. Crap. Not literally, thank goodness, it was the clean incoming water. At least it wasn't carpet. Still we have pulled up floors in our hallway that should be repaired Friday (today). We only have one box of the 10% extra wood left since this was our third flood situation. One more water-floor issue then I'm ripping it all out and putting in tile. Watch it will be 20 years until the next thing happens now.
The down side to wood floors. Water damage. 
As usual it's been a blast. I hope you played. If not this week do make a plan for next Friday. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Embroidered Burpie Cloths

I love my great nephew, my niece's son. He brings out the memories of when my own boys were babies. It's awesome to be able to love on a baby and then hand him back when he gets fussy or has a poopie diaper. MY (yes, I know I'm not his mom, but I claim him anyway) baby is also the recipient of my handmade goodies. Here is the latest giftie I made for him.
It's a burpie cloth with an homage to our beloved Texas Longhorns. I found these cloths on sale and I thought they would be fun to personalize. I used a custom design adding "Troy Boy" (what we call MY baby) to the longhorn design. 

I don't know if I dig this block font, but it might work better on another project. The "T" and the "r" blend too closely for my liking. I also am not sure about the bobbin fill coming up through the top stitching. I'm not sure if that's the top, the bobbin fill or something else entirely. The tension is set to "Embroidery", but it looks like it might need to be a tiny bit tighter. 

But it's good enough to wipe slobber off his chin. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chipolte Lime Cucumbers

I've been trying to come up with some healthier alternatives to snacking that don't bore me pieces. I *hate* hummus so it's hard to get ideas that don't include a hummus suggestion. One day my husband was in the kitchen experimenting and came up with this delicious nosh - chipolte lime cucumbers. 

Start with thinly sliced cucumbers. I use a mandolin to slice the cucumber really thin, but you can use a sharp knife. Lay the sliced cucumbers evenly on a plate. 
Next squeeze a fresh lime over the plate. I use the old metal juicer that used to be my grandfather's. It came from Mexico so it's not only useful, but nostalgic too.
Use chipolte seasoning. I used a spice blend that I bought from the local farmer's market, but I hear Mrs. Dash has a good blend. I haven't tried it, but I might when I run out of what I'm currently using since the vendor I purchased from seems to have gone out of business. 
Serve or nosh while making the main meal. We put these out at our last family lunch while everyone was preparing their part of the rest of the food and we went through 3 cucumbers in 10 minutes. 
Excuse me, I think I need to go make some more now.