Thursday, February 07, 2008

bread, rice, and thrift

Justin was off on Tuesday so after voting and dropping of my good friend Christina (she hit a beaver a week or so ago,so her car is in the shop and she needed a ride to the polls) , we went shopping! First to Goodwill to pick out the fabrics for his quilt that I'm making for him.
Let me just say that while the stuff he picked out is totally muted and fully on the masculine side of the world for me and my taste (lots of tweed,wool,and dark colors all from the men's section), I'm really happy with what we got and I'm happy that once it's finished it will be a part of our family for many, many years to come. It took me all day yesterday to pull it all apart, and now I'm washing the fabric to get rid of the bits left from ripping seams then, I'll iron and start cutting. I'm thinking about doing it in triangles instead of squares this time, and I want to add just a hint of femininity to it so I need to look for something in my piles that will match nicely, oh and Justin wants me to try my hand at hand quilting it together. I can't wait to show everyone but I'm thinking it will be a week or so before you'll get any sort of a peek. Oh well on to the rest of my post!
After goodwill we hit the salvation army. Normally I hate the SA we have here in Saint Marys, i can never find anything, but boy do I have new eyes for them now after looking through the kids section!I don't think .75cent has ever made me happier. The cash register is '74 fisher price and the little metal bell still rings and all the buttons and the drawer still work, The pull along lace up shoe I'm not sure on the year, but it's wood so thats super cool and it says "an original fisher price toy" on the front. both are missing all of their little bits and bobs but that ok because the art work is so beautiful, and I'm not above a good search for parts. "Up and Away" is third edition copyright 1963. The art work inside is amazing and the book is in great condition for being as old as my mom!
after the fun shopping was done we headed out to our local oriental store to pick up a bag of rice before heading back home for a night of cook'n and love'n.
At the oriental store we had picked up some black glutinous rice along with our normal jasmine, after the owner told us this recipe!add 1/2 cup black glutinous (after soaking for around 30min.) to 1 1/2 cup jasmine
and 2 3/4 cup water for purple rice! It does not really taste any different from plain rice, but the black rice adds a little crunch(in a good way, like wild rice, not the under cooked rice way) and makes the rice clump really well, great for eating with chop sticks! We will totally be doing this one way more often, and I think it would be a really fun food to make for kids!

Anyway, while I was making purple rice, Justin was making this really great no knead, crusty bread recipe from
OH MY GOSH!!!!! It was so good ! In fact I'm making a loaf right now. It's in the oven and my house smells so amazing, I can't wait! super crusty out side and the inside is chewy, and it's so good with cheese and red wine. ummmm I can't wait till it's done! It does take a while to make, but so worth it, and the actual work is not much, but it involves lots of waiting.
Along with the bread he also made us some sauteed broccolli and cauliflower from our garden . yummy! yummy! yummy! Good food and a good man make for a very good night :)
cheers dear reads! until we meet again,

Monday, February 04, 2008

don't forget to vote tomorrow.........

that is if your state is one of the "Super Tuesday" state like mine. I'm sure Justin well have us up and voting bright and early tomorrow. my favorite photo from the blimp rally.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

10 things you may not know about me

1. I am very, very, shy. yes, people this is the truth, and a lot of times it's taken for snobbiness because I don't say much and I have a tendency to hide behind Justin. I'm not a snob and I'm not a bitch! or anything else of that nature. I am just nervous that I'll say something stupid and I'll look like a dork or an idiot.
2. I don't think I make the best first impressions on people. Because of #1 up there, I think most people don't like me at first, but those that do end up sticking around and letting me come out of my shell end up loving me.
3.My husband and I have only been apart 2 or 3 weekend in the past 51/2 years since we meet.
4.My mom is a graphic designer, and when I was growing up she was super crafty. so it's no wonder to, well, anyone were I get it from.
5. When I was like 4, I was playing with my Babysitter and brother in our living room. My brother was the cowboy, the BS was the momma horse and I was the little baby horse and we were going around the coffee table. I took the corner to fast and bashed my front teeth in! My mom had to pull them back forward and then take me to the ER to have them properly set back in place. One sits slitly turned inward now.
6. I meet my husband when I was 19.
7. I love all 4 of my dogs equally, but Millie is special because she was an engagement present from Justin and I got to picked her out, and Winnipeg is special because she is the first dog that I ever trained by myself and I picked her out, too. Rocco and Tater, I love them to death they are good boys, but they are Justins' boys: rough playing, stinky, and dirty, oh and to big to be laying on my lap and on my couch. Millie and Winnipeg are little and pretty bulldog girls.
8.At this time in my life, I have decided to be a soul scrapper.What this means is not even thinking about design teams and getting published, just scrapbooking because I love it and only when I feel like it. After working in my lss for a year doing their store displays , being dt coordinator, and teaching classes all on top of working there, too. I just decided that was not what I wanted scrapbooking to be for me. I want it to be about me and what I want, and want to remember for the rest of my life, and to make it special for my family. NOT deadlines, themes that don't apply to my life, materials that I don't really like but have to use, and pleasing the masses with something that is supposed to be just for me, so someone else can sell more product. No, that way of scrapbooking is not for me. I'd much rather do it my way and if you like it then I thank you, it really does mean the world to me that you like my work, and if you don't thats fine to, it's your right not to like it, just as much as it is my right to tell you to screw off and leave me alone.
9.My favorite magazine is Country Living.
10.I'm ready to start having babies, but my husband is not. So, sometimes I feel really sad about it even though I feel like I should listen to my husband. He really does have our best interests in mind and his arguments are sound, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

Friday, February 01, 2008

that sneaky red ninja.................................

she showed up today and decided to kick my ass! yes i said ass..... there is no nicer way to put it this bitch is kicking my ass! and i feel compleately helpless. i can hardly move. i feel it all in my hips and down my legs, and my ovaries! i feel them cramping up like some little bitches, making me feel like i have to pee every 5 minutes and then there is only like one drop of pee. this SUCKS!
i think this is a good representation of the female menstratal cycle . a beautiful thing , but one bad bitch at the same time.