Thursday, May 26, 2011

Apple or Rhubarb Rumble (Recipe)

I found the recipe for Rhubarb Rumble (I was right, you could use apples, too; for this recipe.. I can't believe I remembered that. :P)  So here it is, Paula. :)  I don't know where the recipe came from; a cookbook probably. I know I got it from my Mom. :)

Apple or Rhubarb Rumble

1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
4 cups diced rhubarb/apple
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and melted butter. Press half of the mixture into a greased 8" square baking pan and cover with rhubarb (or apples- or half and half?). Reserve remaining flour mixture. Combine sugar, water, cornstarch, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over moderate heat (medium). Cook, stirring constantly until thick. Pour over rhubarb and sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for one hour. 
(Apples or cherries may be substituted for the rhubarb)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rhubarb Pie

After seeing Tammy's Rhubarb Pie  ~made with her very own rhubarb!! I'm so jealous... ;)  I had to find some rhubarb!! I LOVE rhubarb. I always use to stop at this farm on the way to my Grandmother-In-Law's house, to buy rhubarb. (When we had any money). I usually made Rhubarb Rumble (with the oatmeal/brown sugar topping). I have never made a pie. But, like I already said, after seeing Tammy's...  I had to have one. I finally found some rhubarb in the freezer section at Smith's. It was expensive ($2.89 a bag!), but... I had to have it.    I had enough to make two pies. The other one is still in the oven.  When I was googling "Rhubarb Pie", for recipes, I found this video of a song about Rhubarb Pie~ How cool is that?! I love it.  This song is dedicated to Tammy, thank you for posting about your pie Tammy! ;P  (I guess it will have to be in a separate post...  Still not sure how to post a video.)  :)  
Have a Great Day, everyone.  :)

Rhubarb Pie

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Roses... In Remembrance

I thought I would post some pictures of our rose bushes..  :)  This one has the biggest, coral colored roses. They are so pretty. And they smell amazing. 

This one doesn't have the prettiest roses. But look at the yellow rose, in the lower middle of the picture. Our kids found it, shortly after Portia was hit by a car. I said, "It's a rose for Portia."  :(  After that, we found a second yellow rose. I never thought to cut them to put in a vase. They were pretty hard to get to, though...  

Today is the one month anniversary of the day Portia was hit.  It's also the two year anniversary of my Grandmother's death.

Me and my Grandma. <3 This was taken about four years ago.  I miss her a lot. 

Here are some of the roses I cut and put into a vase. I think I have gotten about four or five "bouquets" so far. Too bad this isn't a "scratch n' sniff".  :) 

Here's one my husband picked & put in a Coors Light bottle. :/ (lol)   I cut some yesterday & put them in a vase. I think that's about the last of them. They're all not looking so good now. We enjoyed them while they lasted, though! 

Friday, May 20, 2011

I Started Another Afghan.. Yes, I'm Insane

I started this yesterday (I think?). Close enough. It's the Eye-Dazzler Afghan from Annie's Scrap Crochet Club. I made one of these before. Let's hope this one doesn't take me that long! I don't think it will.. 

I got Jetta some Frosty Paws Frozen Treats the other night when I got the kids ice cream (so she wouldn't feel left out ;P).  She loves them. She ate it all.         She looks kinda funny here.. Her ears are plastered to her head. She's so cute when her ears are up. Today she was being hilarious. I had her on her tie out chain, and there was a cockroach squirming around on the pavement. She was just laying there watching it. Then all of a sudden she bared her teeth and tried to bite it. She was being so cute. She was acting like a dork. But I think she was having fun. It was so cute to watch. (I guess you just had to see it....)  I need to figure out how to do a video on my camera. But by the time I went in, got my camera, got it ready... She wouldn't be doing it anymore.  Oh well.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Giving the Dog a Bone...

I don't know why, but I couldn't get that song out of my head the whole time I was crocheting this bone for our puppy. (Maybe because that's all our 14 year old wants to listen to, is ACDC?... :P)   Anyway. I had been wanting to crochet a toy for Jetta, ever since we got her. But I noticed that she doesn't like balls at all. Last night I looked on Ravelry for other dog toys, and saw lots of dog bones. But the link for the bone everyone seemed to have made, doesn't work.. So I went to crochetpatterncentral and found a Dog-Gone Dog Bone that I liked. :p 

Jetta seems to like it, too.  It took me all morning to make, and within less than five minutes, she was tearing the stuffing out of it. (Sheesh. I kinda expected that, though~ She tears the stuffing out of the blanket we put in her kennel..)   I started it this morning and finished it right about noon. I don't feel so good today, so I'm just sitting around crocheting. And blogging..  :P  I used Aran Fleck, that I had in my stash.     I want to make another one, for my brother's dog. He's neurotic, and loves to chew things. :P

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Chevron Lace Cardigan is Done

I finished it yesterday. :D  I started it March 14th, and got to row 15. Then I put it away for a while. (I wasn't quite sure how/was afraid, to do the sleeves). Well I picked it back up yesterday; determined to figure out the sleeves~ and finished it. So, it would have only taken me two days, and not two months, to finish it.  Oh well. Two months is still good, for me...  :P 
I wanted a simple (but nice!) sweater to wear over summer clothes to church; because they keep it like an ice box in there; if it gets above 60 degrees outside, it seems. Plus the fans are going all the time. And I always freeze.       I have more clothes than I thought, that this sweater will go with. I wanted to do a white one, but I didn't have any white yarn. I had a whole pound of love from my Forest Flower Pullover left. So... this will work for a lot, too. (Yay!)  I am definitely going to be doing more of these. I'm so happy, it fits (I didn't think it was going to), and it's so comfy. :)   If I could just lose a little weight...  :/   This isn't the best picture of me, either. My husband was taking the pictures and they kept coming out blurry (my camera is so sensitive, I hate it..). This was the best of all the ones he took. :/

A picture of it on a hanger. The right sleeve looks longer than the other one in this but it isn't. They are both 17 rows long. I had to do some figuring for the sleeves.  I wrote down all my "notes", for future reference. I don't know if they would make any sense to anyone else, though.. :P

On my bed. There is a bit of a hole in the underarms. I was going to sew them up some. But I don't want it to be any tighter than it is. I doubt anyone is going to be lifting my arm to see my armpits, anyway. ;P  Hee hee.

And, on the couch..   I'm going to wear it today.

And here is where Jetta was, the whole time I was working on my sweater. In her little corner.  :P

This is how she gets in to her little corner.  I don't know how she will fit in there when she gets bigger. (Hopefully she will grow out of this, by then..)  I don't mind if she goes back there if I am sitting right there, crocheting (and can keep an eye on her & make sure she isn't chewing on the couch!).  But if I'm not in there, I have to block the "hole". My husband keeps trying to keep her out of her "spots", all the time. (She goes in them to "hide", she is afraid of everything..) He wants to break her of it. I guess that's a good thing. I don't know. I'm tired of trying to over-think everything.  lol... 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Another Puppy Picture..

Aaaaaawww... Look at that cute face!!   (Her ears weren't totally plastered to her head in this picture.) She loves to just sit outside. (It's way too hot, too... I don't know how she can stand it. I give her ice cubes, but she doesn't even want them.)   She is a peculiar doggy.  She doesn't like many of her toys. No balls, or ropes, I knotted up a couple socks that had holes in them. Nope. She likes to steal the stinkiest socks off the floor in the bathroom. :P She likes sticks.  She likes to dig outside. Then, either lay in the hole she just dug, or roll in it. Strange behavior...   She is picky about her treats, too. (She's spoiled already...)  She likes Pupperoni. But acts like Beggin' Strips are below her. She'll turn her head as if she's saying "Remove that putrid stench from my royal snout".  (lol)  She kind of reminds me of our old dog, Sunny (personality-wise). She doesn't look anything like her, but... She acts a lot like her...  I also bought her a Pigs' Ear the other day (I wanted to get a bully stick, but they cost $3.75-what a rip off, I know. And I only had $3.67 in my whole purse. Pigs Ears are only $1.50. So I got her one of those instead.) I brought it home to her (because she had already devoured the  two bully sticks I bought her).  She turned her head like that was the most disgusting thing she had ever smelled. (I happen to know that isn't the most disgusting thing she has "smelled"--or eaten... lol)  But then later when we went somewhere, we put her in her kennel (cage). My husband put the pig ear in there. When we got back home, the whole thing was GONE.  Hmmmm....    I was afraid she was going to be sick, after eating that whole thing. But so far, she hasn't..     She has certain spots she likes to go to in the house. My husband keeps trying to keep her out of them. One of the spots is a corner, in between two couches. She goes straight from her kennel, or from outside; to the corner. Or she'll try to go right back in her kennel. We hope she will come out of this scared-ness...   We finally heard her bark. She only barks when she gets scared out of her wits, though.  :/  So I don't know if that's a good thing or not...   We may have to get some kind of training for her.  Anyway~~ She is a good dog, though.  Right now she is under the computer desk chewing up a snotty kleenex (I don't know where she got that..) LOL  (See what I mean about the gross things she eats?... :P)  Oh and you might recognize this as my new blogger profile picture. :P  It was cuter than the last one I had up. So...  :D

And here is a picture of the afghan I started about a month ago. It's my third Pressed Flowers Afghan. I love this pattern. 
I kind of was thinking maybe I could make my son one (an afghan~ maybe not necessarily this pattern..). For a graduation/house warming gift. (Because by the time I finish it he might be moving out, lol... :P It would probably take me another 3 years 9 months to finish..)   I was looking at other people's versions of the Navajo Afghan at Ravelry, and I found one in colors I think my son would like. (Hers is a graduation gift for her son, too, btw.)    Well it's time to go get my son from school already so I will end this for now..  I hope everyone has a nice weekend! :)   Oh and in case you were wondering what color I am going to do next, it's red. (You wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if I hadn't told you the next color, would you? hee hee)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More Crocheted Jewelry, and a Bear

I have been crocheting some lately..  It just seems like it's been a while. The only thing I have been working on lately is my Navajo Afghan (which is so close to being done~ yay!!). These are some more earrings I crocheted (some with beads), for a Pen Friend on Ravelry. She's already received them so I can post them here. (My blog posts show up on Ravelry, too. So...) 

And two more beaded bracelets I finished. I did the light blue one on top, first. Then realized it was too small (I used a size 6 steel hook instead of the one I was supposed to... Sigh.) I don't know what I'm going to do with this one. It might fit a five year old girl. Maybe I'll give it to a little girl in church.  The darker blue one on bottom I sent to another Pen Friend on Ravelry. I think she has probably received it by now. 

And, more crocheted bracelets..  These were in the Spring 2011 Interweave Crochet issue. "Forged Links" or something? (For teens..)  I thought I would make some to send to the girl(s) I send things to on Pine Ridge. For themselves, and to give to friends. I send things to a 16 (?) year old and (I think?) a 12 year old..  

Seven each. I sent the 16 year olds' out this morning.  :)

And this is a bear I have had done forever. I forgot about it. It's for a Yahoo Group I am in; that I have been neglecting to send to. With no money, it's kinda hard... But, I figured; one bear wouldn't be too expensive. :)  It's the Becky's Teddy Bear pattern. I forgot I did start another one of these, too. It might take me another year to finish it, though. :/    Oh and I did do a couple finger puppets to send to the little boy (who is 5 or 6?) too. Try to even things out so they both get the same amount.. (The 12 or 13 year old lives in the same house as he does, but they are cousins I think?... The Grandma is raising them..)  <3   
Well that's about all the news on this blog..  :P I hope everyone is having a nice week. <3   Oh did I mention I am on a diet? This morning when I got on the scale, it just said, "Mooooo"  :(