Monthly Archives: January 2017

Baby Clothes

What? Two posts in a day? Inconceivable!

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Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Let me just start off by saying, this is NOT a solo cooking job. This is for you and your significant other or a child who can read and measure. (Emphasis on knowing how to read and measure a recipe. JimBob mistook tsp for tbsp and we ended up over seasoning and over salting this casserole.) Maybe I left my Kali (Hindu’s Divine Mother) arms in the car, but I could not have possibly done this one without a little help from my friends.

Tonight’s dinner comes from Carlsbad Cravings, you can find the recipe here. I am a HUGE fan of cheese. Couldn’t live my life without it. And this recipe really looked like an interesting twist on one of my favorite meals, baked macaroni and cheese casserole. This author’s post may be a bit deceiving. She makes it sound so easy, and claims a quick 20 min of meal prep. Perhaps it’s because I’m 33 weeks pregnant and moving at half speed, but, even with the help of JimBob, we didn’t get the casserole into the oven until the 80 min mark.

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Momspiration #1

I’ve had a thought of writing a book for a few years. I haven’t really felt the motivation to actually sit down, so instead I thought I would jot it down here. The idea is to make a motivational guide for moms. Some will be for women, or even just people, in general, but many will apply to women with families. One quote per day with a little bit of pep talk. I’m not sure if this will work, but here goes. 

“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”

– Esther 4:14

Every day you wake up is a new day with new chances to create new memories and new experiences. Every breath you take is a new opportunity to do good. Every second allows you to change the outcome of the day.

Simply because one thing may not have gone as expected, does not mean your day needs to be ruined.

Sit back.

Take a second.

Breathe.

And start again.

Every single day can be lived to your fullest potential. If you don’t like the way things are going, if you don’t want to be angry, sad, frustrated, irritated, etc, then you can change it. Take the moment to become the you that you want to be.

This moment, this very one, is for you. It is your moment.

Seize  it and show the world why you are here.

Fingerless Mitts for my Goddess

I thought I would try something new and do a review of a knitting pattern tonight. I knit these lovelies for the Goddess in about a day, on and off while playing with the kids, eating, and doing other daily bits. I’m a moderately skilled knitter, and I was able to push these out “quickly”.

I originally hunted down the pattern on my go to collection site, www.ravelry.com. The pattern I ended up choosing is from a blog called Notes from the Something. Over all, despite her claims to over explain and over complicate things, I found the pattern easy to follow. The few abbreviations she did not explain were easy enough to find in a quick google search. Unfortunately, the author did not include the heart cable pattern in hopes that you will buy it from a vendor on Ravelry for a donation towards Haiti (the pattern was written back in Jan of 2010). I’m not one to spend money on patterns when I get them online, so I just sort of fudged it and made the heart. I think it turned out okay. The Goddess certainly loves them.

I haven’t really thought out how I want this post to go, which is probably something I should have done BEFORE I started typing. So yeah, if you want the pattern, click on the link. PATTERN.

Difficulty of pattern: 2 needle clicks

You need to have some experience cabling and unless you want to buy the heart cable pattern, you need to have some imagination or do some rooting online to try to find a chart.

Finished product: 4 needle clicks

There’s no real sizing on this, it’s just a “this fits my 8 year old”. In the end, they’re a little big for the 6 year old Goddess, but she’s a kid. She’ll grow. They are rather pretty, and she loves how warm they are.

I think that’s about it. Hope you enjoy this. If you make them, I’m sure your kids will love them!

Om nom on, people!

EDIT FOR CASSIE:

I was asked how I fudged the heart chart. I actually zoomed in on the photo that was provided on the original site. I counted, figuring that the heart would start in the middle of the 14 stitches, and started the cabling at stitch 6. If the stitch slants to the right, hold the cable in the back. If the stitch slants to the left, hold the cable in the front. the pattern I ended up doing is below. I am changing it a little bit because you’ll notice in the pattern on site that there are 12 rows of heart cabling, and I have only 9 rows of cabling. So, I’m suggesting adding 2 rows of purl before starting the actual pattern.

row 1 & 2 p14

row 3 p5, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p5

row 4 p4, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p4

row 5 p3, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p4, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p3

row 6 p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p6, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2

row 7 p1, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p8, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p1

rows 8 & 9 p1, k1, p10, k1, p1

row 10 p1, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable in front, p1, k cabled stitch, p2, slip 1 to cable in back, k1, p cabled stitch, p1

row 11 p2, slip 1 to cable front, p1, k cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable back, k1, p cabled sitch, p2, slip 1 to cable front, p1, k cabled stitch, slip 1 to cable back, k1, p cabled stitch, p2

row 12 p14

Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers

It’s a new year, and a new me, and blah blah blah. Seriously though, I figured I’d give this blogging thing a new try. With recipes 1-2 times a week and updates on the family and other interesting things that catch my eye the rest of the time. My goal (note how I don’t say resolution) is to write a post 5 of the 7 days a week. WHAT?!?!? Yeah. We’ll see if that happens. Let’s see if I can turn this into a habit that just happens. And so, without further ado, I give you this week’s recipe. Slow Cooker Steakhouse Stuffed Peppers from www.iwashyoudry.com

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