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Mar. 2nd, 2009

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Man it's been awhile!

I am terrible at this blogging thing. XD


So I'm a little over halfway through spinning the never ending fiber. A a sort of reward to myself, I plied some of it to see what it would look like. I knew, of course, that it would be gorgeous...and it is.







The question now is: what do I do with it? I've got a little under eighty yards just from the wee bit I plied -- God only knows what the yardage will be when I'm finished. It's wonderfully soft and silky (hello, silk/merino blend!) and so shimmery pretty -- my shoddy photography does not do it justice. I have no real idea how to judge the weight of yarn, but it looks about as thick as sock yarn, maybe a little thicker. It should probably be a shawl or scarf of some kind...I don't know. Any thoughts?
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Sep. 2nd, 2008

FMA: Winry OMG Love

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fried rice is my new favorite thing

Well, that's a little misleading. I've always loved fried rice, but I've discovered a new appreciation for it. It's so simple and so delicious. ZOMG. I had a lot of leftover rice (well, mix of rice and quinoa, which is ♥) and some leftover veggies from a failed lunch a few days ago -- I steamed the veggies with the rice and discovered that plain old steamed veggies just aren't my friend. The entire thing was too bland.

So I heated up a splash of oil, dumped the rice and veggies in, added a splash of teriyaki (I can't taste it at all, so I don't think it made a difference) and one egg, and in, like, seven minutes, I had DELICIOUSNESS. No soy sauce or teriyaki needed -- it's amazing, straight from the wok.

When I get back to college, I have a feeling fried rice is going to be my best friend. I've always made just enough rice for one meal because it's never kept well for me, but now! Now I can take care of the work for two meals in basically one! Seriously, this fried rice took about as much time to make as Trader Joe's mac and cheese, and only marginally more effort.

TRUE LOVE, MY FRIENDS. TRUE LOVE.
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Aug. 20th, 2008

Firefly: Thinking Cap

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FOOD!

And now to catch up on all the food I've failed to blog about. Evidently my mom's worried about me because she says the last time she cooked as much as I have, she was in the midst of a divorce.She neglects one crucial difference between herself and me: I like cooking. I'm not particularly good at it, but it's something I enjoy doing.

First, an update on the 5 minute cake recipe. Use one tablespoon applesauce to replace the egg, and suddenly it turns into this moist, sweet, DELICIOUS thing. No icing required. An awesome discovery. Also, soymilk replaces regular milk wonderfully.

Now to the things I've cooked since:

Berries and Spice MuffinsCollapse )

Breakfast CookiesCollapse )

And finally, last night's adventure:

Whole Wheat BreadCollapse )
Knitting: Damn Knitters

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Ravelympics Handspun Heptathalon: First Three Rounds

LOL I fail at blogging craftiness. So Ravelry is having its own version of the Olympics, and I've been a lousy competitor. (It WOULD start the weekend of Otakon.)

So here are three of the four objects I've knit so far (I'd show the fourth, but Scrapbook is being a bitch and it would violate terms of service for other image providers).

Object the First: HeadbandCollapse )

Object the Second: HatCollapse )

Object the Third: Wrist BracersCollapse )


I'll upload pictures of Surprise Buttsex! when I can find a safe place to upload pictures.
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Aug. 13th, 2008

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Breakfast?

A week or two ago, I found a recipe for chocolate cake in 5 minutes, and have been fascinated not only by the idea of chocolate cake in such short time, but by how versatile the recipe is. You can do friggin' ANYTHING with this recipe.

Like...breakfast.

I'm still playing around with the recipe -- I want to see what else I can add to it to really give it a breakfast boost -- but this is what I have right now. (To be perfectly honest, it's essentially the same recipe as the original, but with healthier substitutes)


4 tablespoons whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons honey (don't fill the spoon all the way -- the ratio of sugar to honey isn't an exact 1:1)
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
1 egg
Dash of cinnamon


Mix everything together in a mug and stick it in the microwave on high for 3 minutes. Then eat! Yum! =D

Is it as healthy as a plate of carrots? Probably not. But it's better than a candy bar. X3


Variations I want to try:

--Prune juice instead of honey as the sweetener.
--Soymilk instead of regular milk
--Healthy replacement for the oil
--Fruit and nuts mixed in. First time I made this cake (with granulated sugar and plain flour), I added raspberries and that didn't work too well -- the raspberries were too tart. But apples and walnuts might be good.
--Need to find some sort of "icing" that won't completely ruin its healthy properties. The cake comes out rather dry, so it definitely needs some sort of topping to soften it up. Whipped cream is delicious but not good for breakfast. XD So I need to find something whipped-cream-like but healthy. And quick. What makes this cake so fantastic for breakfast is that it takes 7 minutes and in the end the only dishes you have are a mug, a tablespoon, and a fork. It would suck for the cake to be a breeze and the icing to be a pain.
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Aug. 7th, 2008

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While the family's away, the Katie will play

Otherwise known as: COOK! This past week has seen a LOT of Katie cooking, only a little of which I've taken pictures of.

The food without pictures:

Baked ZitiCollapse )

Mango Brown BettyCollapse )

Potato SoupCollapse )

Ranch TofuCollapse )


With pictures!


Strawberry GranitaCollapse )

Pineapple-Raspberry GelatoCollapse )
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Jul. 18th, 2008

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There's a town in Alaska called Homer

But that's not what I'm posting about.

MY STITCH MARKERS ARRIVED TODAY! AREN'T THEY WEE?


I need to start another pair of socks or something so I have an excuse to use them. xD


On the spinning front, Tour de Fleece is going well. I've gotten back into the daily spinning groove with this GORGEOUS silk/merino blend that sophiap gave me at MD Sheep & Wool. I am completely in love with it --



-- which is a good thing, because I'll probably be spinning it the rest of my life.



It didn't occur to me when I first got it, but eight ounces equals half a pound...

Jul. 14th, 2008

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The fiber from hell and stitch markers from paradise

First, as promised, pictures of the yarn from hell, now named --

The Devil's JewelsCollapse )


Lastly, I tried to resist, but I failed. I can't WAIT to get these adorable stitch markers in the mail. I justify the expense by telling myself I'm supporting independent artists...and I worked 36 hours in the deli last week. >.>
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I should be working --

-- but Karen is busy doing something and hasn't told me what I should be doing.

OMGWAAAAAAAANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jul. 13th, 2008

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The yarn from HELL

114 yards and it broke about three times. And that was just in unwinding the finished product around the niddy-noddy. I've got probably half an ounce of the fiber in a bag that just WOULDN'T join to the rest while spinning and thus was unusable.

It's pretty, but I kinda wanna kill it. Pictures to come with daylight.

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