Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Moogly CAL #5

Finally Finished #5, I was not happy with the pattern, too much counting and skipping so I modified it. I think I made it too big, I hope not. If so I will find another alternate to make to replace this.

I really have been wanting to go back to my old crafts. Beaded flowers, Trees and Polymer clay eggs.... Oh how I miss those.
Right now with life as it is I have no where to live that is truly ,my own and I am moving again. The wrinkled old gnome I live with has told me I have to move. No reason other then he wants a change, but I personally think it has to do with hos cancer coming back AND HIS OCD... OMG I never want to live with someone who has OCD issues like this. To the point he will scurry out of his room like a lil mouse to straighteb out whatever after I leave the kitchen,  First it was the dish detergent and now it is the sponge, and Oh the hand soap bottle in the bathroom...SMDH!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Moogly CAL #4

I just finished Moogly"s CAL block #4. Called a Cathedral  Window. I liked this Pattern. It whipped up nicely. I started with a lil hot pink, then white and then Mauve ( or Dusty Rose).

The Original Pattern can be found Here: Cre8tion crochet

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'm a Foodie Too

My Crafting is extended to the kitchen. I used to love baking good foods and did a lot for the school when I was volunteering before my daughter graduated. Now that I eat healthy I love to try New recipes.

My current eating plan is 6 week body makeover ( 6WBM). But I am not Perfectly on plan.  I was keto eating but fell into a bad stall and decided if it aint broke don't fix it, so I went back to this plan which I had success on many yrs ago. However I am finding it hard to give up certain things like my Bulletproof Coffee (BPC) which contains coconut oil and a tbs of butter as well as coffee flavored SF syrup ( I like Torani SF Smores and white chocolate and caramel). I whip up some Bustello Expresso ( during the day, decaf at night) in a blender with said ingredients and some stevia blend sweetner and I make a Latte. Sooooo Good.

 I really want a food blog. I have the name picked out but it is not available on blogger so I want to get a stand alone blog, but I need to find the money to pay for the domain name. I know it aint much but I don't have extra for luxuries.
In the meantime, until I create that blog, I will share here what I am doing.

Last night I made some guilt free chicken wings. They look dreadful but tasted pretty good. I put a lil too much cayenne in and ending up needing to use the Mexican Crema ( Like a sour cream) to cool things off.

Then I made some homemade spanish Rice which turned out really really good.

I have to add that Michael Thurmond The creator of this plan  Died in a car accident a few yrs ago. Provida the company who published his plan took the forums down as well as the recipes and have replaced it with the food lovers eating plan.
I managed to snag a bunch of recipes before they were gone forever. This is not My recipe and hold no ownership to it .

Guilt Free Buffalo Wings

Preheat oven to 375º F.  Put wings in shallow baking pan, pour vinegar over wings, sprinkle seasoning mixture over wings, turn to coat both sides. Roast for 45 -50 minutes. These are so good! 
Compatible with Body Type:
Breakfast A-B-C-D-E
Morning Snack A-B-C-D-E
Lunch A-B-C-D-E
Afternoon Snack  A-B-C-D-E
Dinner A-B-C-D-E
PM Snack  A-D-E

KCs Spanish Rice
This IS MY own recipe.

  • 2 Tabspn Olive Oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice ( one cup dry is 2 cups cooked)
  • 1 Jalapeno desEeded , diced
  • 1/2 yellow and orange peppers , diced ( You can use whatever color you have on hand)
  • 1/4 xtra large onion diced ( I wanted to add more but this was all I had)
  • 1 4oz can NSA tomato sauce
  • 1 12 oz can NSA petite diced tomatoes
  • S&P, cayenne, onion and garlic powder
Put oil in hot pan quickly saute onion and peppers, add rice, stir fry quickly, added tomatoes and sauce, heat, add spices to taste.

SALT is not allowed on this plan but I don't do bland very well. I usually use a salt sub ( No-Salt). Since I used a NSA ( No salt added) tomato product I thought a lil salt would be OK.

I have  enough food for the next few days so i dont have to worry about cooking. Its the end of the month and I am just about out of everything. So not having to worry about dinners for the  next 5 days or so is a good thing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NICU Blankies

I over the passed 3 months in an attempt to use up some stash pastel and baby yarns made some afghans and booties and caps.  My SIL ( EX) had a baby girl last Febuary , baby Olivia wasn't due until June, she was a Micro Preemie just over a pound. My SIL also works as a Nurse in a NICU in NYS.

This is for Miss Olivia. I nice soft carriage blanket done in pink and white shells.

After I finally finished the blanket I was working on for Olivia I decided to make a bunch of things for the NICU . Today I was weaving in ends of the afghans. I am about to start o n the booties and caps as well and get everything all packaged up to mail up North.

I found a few of my patterns on Bevs Country Cottage. She has tons of patterns in both newborn and preemie sized.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Moogly CAL #2

Just finished my second Block.  Much easier then the first.


     Since landing in the Armpit of Fla I haven't an apt. and just renting a room in someones house. This is the second one since leaving my kids place which I was at way too long. I thought for sure I would be able to get a place cheaper then in NY and normally if one is working a half decent job you can get one relatively cheap, but for someone on a fixed income ?   FORGETABOUTIT!  The homeless population down here is over flowing. They shut down the govt center in Volusia county because the homeless being forced from parks now have no where to go so they sleep outside the govt center.  Someone got their panties in a twist and said "Im scared of the homeless " and now the govt is in a panic. Maybe now they will do something to change the low income situation. Like build more affordable housing.  I am on several waiting lists here but the list are 3-5 yrs long. And housing for  55+ is even harder. These ppl don't leave unless by ambulance or coroner. ( don't blame them).

Anyway I live with this older guy who is living with cancer but has a major case of OCD!!! His OCD is giving me OCD.  First it was moving the soap off the sink and now it is moving the soap to the side and moving my fry pan which I keep on top of the fridge to the center of the fridge, to the point where he slams it If I leave it where I want it which is next to my magic bullet on the fridge!!!  I am no longer allowed to use the rack in the laundry room and he wants to remove my shower scrubbie ( Nylon poof) from the tub, to the point where We had words. STOP Touching my stuff.  Its bad enough I have to share the bathroom with this guy ( YUCK) but damn, I don't leave cosmetics in the bathroom, or hair stuff, or even a blow dryer , My shampoo and soap is removed and kept in the closet but I want my scrubbie in the tub and not the closet where the critters live!!!( UGH).

Speaking of Critters.....

I swear when GOD created critters he gave the ones south of the mason dixon line Steroids!  Palmettos are like giant cockroaches on steroids and the lil  *(((*(**RS  FLY!  I now sleep with a towel under the bedroom door to keep them out. And then SPIDERS! Not normal spiders , we are talking big black long legged creepy spiders!   Mosquito's here love me, I am a veritable smorgasbord. I have scars on my legs from all the bites. Then there is big ugly Locusts!!!!   Oh and the FLEAS! My poor animals are suffering.. I am constantly waging battle. It is Now a huge bucket of  Diatemaceous Earth , a natural spray made from cedar which is safe for my cat as well as the dog and those nasty pesticide spot treatments that I really hate using.... Yea it IS that bad.....

Did I tell you  I HATE FLORIDA?!!!


I am in process of revamping this old dusty blog. Some of my side links are no longer active so I am slowly going thru them and deleting. I don't work with Polymer Clay but I still love it and would like to get back to it one day, so I will save any working links there.

I miss crafting.  I really would like to get back to beading and making Bonsai Trees.

For now however I have crocheting to keep me busy and I have dusted off this old blog for my writing.

My First Crochet Challenge

I am finally doing a  Crochet Along ( CAL) Moogly on Ravelry has their 2016 CAL up and running. I completed my first block called Flame Square GO HERE . The stitches drove me crazy at first since I am not good at BP stitches. I can do FP no problem. Now however I can do BP in my sleep.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Self Discovery

Well I had  Date  Wednesday  night.  He was not my type physically  but we spent hours on the phone. I was sure  we could  have made a go of it.  I also discovered  I am not ready for relationships or dating. 

I told  myself  that  2016 would  be my breakout  yr. ,but I have  work  to  do  on me. 
In addition  to getting  my  health  under  better  control  and my weight  I really  need  to figure out why I am just not Happy.  I am working on  rising  above  ppl and their  idiosyncrasies and bad attitudes. 
I have been  alone  13 yrs but I am not ready to take on another until I get where I  need to be.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Its been a few years. But I am gonna go back to my Love... Blogging. I have Officially Left FB ( Thank GOD) . It was my biggest distraction. A lot has changed in life since I have been here last. I moved to Fla ( I hate it) I live in the armpit of Fla.~ Clermont,~ just outside Orlando and b/c it is outside Orlando it is very expensive. I am renting a room in a house with a curmudgeonly old man. No more craft room or supplies but I do have my yarn and and Plarn. I have closed my etsy shop for the time being until I get my own place and go back to crafting. The family dynamic has changed as well. ( Not me but my kids) I wont go into too many details b/c of privacy reasons and also b/c I am trying to take on a more Positive attitude towards things... I am distancing myself from drama.

My Baby is almost 21 and now living with her BF in Tampa~ 2 hrs from me. I am still dealing with the empty nest thing.

Well I will be posting pics of some of the things I am making. A lot  of preemie things I plan to send to my Ex- sis in law who is a NICU nurse.

For now. Welcome Home ME.  :-P