Monday, February 27, 2012

Hippie loaf and Color Run

Today was a very...shall I experience day. I made mashed potatoes with no-meat loaf. I will admit it wasn't horrible...but it wasn't great either. I don't love the Earth Balance butter and everyone knows butter makes the mashed potatoes! And as far as the no-meat loaf goes, I think it would have been 100 times better if I would have sauteed the veggies before I put it all together. That being said I would love to share the recipe...regardless of how much I liked it...simply because I think that it could definitely be made into something delicious, it just needs some tweaking!

So here it is!

I got it from the Happy Herbivore website and there is a ton of veggie goodness exuberating from this site.

On a different note...
I started training for my 5k today! My ultimate goal is to be able to run a marathon...but baby steps ya know? So I am starting out with training for a 5k then over the next few years I want to work my way ALL the way up to a marathon. The one I plan on running is May 26 in Denver. Its the Color Run 5k! Ohmygod it looks like so much fun. They pelt you with paint, what could be better?!

It is in quite a few cities so if you are a runner...or a walker...or a anything-er you should totally check it out. It is going to be a blast!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vegan Challenge!

Alright all of my avid and loyal readers (who are currently non-existent but I will one day have you, bwahaha!) I have just started my VEGAN CHALLENGE! I am currently 143 and 5'8. By the end of this challenge I plan on being aboooouuuttt....130-ish. I started a workout routine a few weeks ago and I'm really getting into the swing of it now so I think I can totally pull it off.

So for this vegan thing. I can honestly say I am really excited about it. I have only been doing it since Wednesday but I love it so far. I'm not going to go into details about the reason behind my decision (aka...FREAKING ANIMAL CRUELTY!) but just know it's a damn good one.

Just know that this is going to be a hell of an adventure! The food just tastes so...real. I completely cut out processed food from my diet and am really taking this on by storm! This coming up Wednesday I am even going to check out Michael Pollan lecture up in Denver. So so so stoked about that by the way. Even though he doesn't preach veganism he is still a forced to be reckoned with in the food world. Its funny though...he isn't a nutritionist or anything..just a curious journalist who is trying to make a difference in the way we eat. Which is something I will definitely do one day.

So for the food, I was thinking of keeping track of it on here a bit. Like a sort of food diary or something. Giving my recipes, and sharing the ones I find that are just far too amazing to keep to myself. Sounds like a sweet deal right?

Well since it is the beginning of my challenge, and the beginning of a change in my life, I decided I would come out of my shell and post a picture if me pre-body. A nudy pick! Ahhh no, just kidding, ya perve ;]. So I can show people my progress! Enjoy the nudity!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Winter Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup w/ Gruyere Croutons

Winter "orange" soup

This is a winter squash, carrot, and sweet potato soup that is simply divine. I made it last night for dinner just to use up the last of my winter squash and it turned out better than I thought it would. I basically scoured the interweb looking for recipes that I thought would be good, but I didn't find a single one that I I came up with my own! I call it my Orange soup...not because it has oranges in it but because this is the brightest soup you will ever eat! I have only made it once and I am writing down the recipe from memory so if its not right just let me know!

Winter Squash, Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup w/ Gruyere Croutons
Winter "Orange" Soup

(for the soup)
  • medium to large winter squash (any kind will do, just pick one you like. I used a pumpkin squash)
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • rind from parmesan cheese (they sell just the rinds, or you can substitute just about 1/4 a cup or so of fresh grated parm)
  • olive oil
  • salt (to taste, I use salt throughout the cooking process so I generally don't add much at the end)
  • pepper (to taste, I like a lot of pepper :])
  • 1 1/2 tsp. thyme (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. sage (more or less to taste)
  • 6 cups vegetable stock (I used 6 cups of water and 2 veggie bouillon cubes)
  • heavy cream
(for gruyere croutons)
  • 1 french baguette
  • gruyere cheese
  • butter
  • sage

Now on to the cooking part :]
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Cut your squash in half and scoop out the seeds, then cut both halves in half. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes into cubes about the same width as the squash so they cook about the same. Peel your onion and cut it in half then cut both halves into fourths. Take your garlic (do not peel the garlic or it will burn) and wrap it in foil with a little hole at the top. Place all your veggies on a cookie sheet and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until the squash and sweet potatoes are tender. When they are cool scrape the insides of the squash out.
  2. Chop your carrots and celery and sautee them in a little olive oil with the thyme and sage over medium low till tender (about 10 minutes or so).
  3. Once they are tender you can add the roasted veggies to the pot. Mix all of them together well and bring up to heat.
  4. Once everything is hot then add then vegetable stock (or water at this point). Bring to a boil (if you are using bouillon then add them after the water is boiling). If you are adding the parm rinds then you can add them here, but if you are just adding parm then wait.
  5. Now your soup is basically done, you can let it simmer for a while or you can go ahead and go to the next step.
  6. Once you are ready then its time to blend. I personally like my soup a little chunky so I just take an immersion blender to the whole thing (gotta love those things!) But if you are like the rest of my family then you like a creamy soup and will want to either put it in a blender or a food processor and pulverize the crap out of it till its smooth. Make sure you do it in batches though...otherwise it tends to get a little messy!
  7. Now you can put it back in the pot and add your cream, a lot of people say not to keep it on the heat after you add it but I have found that it doesn't particularly matter if you are using heavy cream over say half and half or milk. So at this point I add the cream and some salt and pepper and its ready to go!
Now for the croutons its super easy...
I just slice the baguette at an angle into about 1/2 inch slices then butter one side and sprinkle it with sage. I put those on a cookie sheet and put them in a 400 degree oven for about 5 to 10 minutes or until they are decently crispy. Then I take them out and flip them over. I take some grated gruyere cheese and sprinkle it on the non buttered sides and pop them back in for a few minutes till the cheese is all melted and delicious and there you have it!
Now serve this soup up in bowls with two croutons on top and you have got yourself some super delicious wintery soup. Enjoy :]

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This is the new BLEEEP.

Ok so heres the deal..I am tired of being misses nice girl and pretending to like everyone and everything. I am about to get real and FINALLY let loose a little ya hear? This is not going to be your ordinary blog about crafts (because quite frankly...I dont get to craft that often anymore now that Baby V is here), its going to be that and more...much hold on to your panties and bring on the vodka more. Guess are going to be able to hear about my everyday killer life..doesnt that sound great? If I were you I wouldnt be to sure either, but take it or leave it loves because this is how its going to be. I am here...I am now...I am going to be your no bullshit guide to like me! So strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride.

So as I make my first post to the new world of A I am thinking to myself...have I bit off more than I can chew...and the answer is...YES OF COURSE I HAVE BUT ISN'T THAT THE DAMN POINT?! Bite off more than you can chew...because when you do you ultimately get the opportunity to spat in the face of whoever is near you, and who doesnt love a good spat in the face eh? Whether its in my face or in the face of someone cant deny the hilarity of it, all you can do is laugh my love, all you can do is laugh.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

First week sewalong challenge...CHECK!

So I went along with the crochet hook case for week one of the sewalong and I will say that I'm pretty pleased with it! I made up my own pattern for it since I couldn't find one that I really loved so here it is!

Sorry for the crappy pictures :x. I have yet to figure out how to make my pictures look cute! Argh!! Plus when I'm taking them its usually at night so I can't use natural light :[. But anyways..
So I attempted to make a tut for this pouch, and completely forgot to take pictures of about three steps, which are very important! So I can't post a tut just yet, but I will get a tut on here soon I swear! Not that anyone in particular has asked me or anything...I just really want to :]. Actually I did get asked to do a tut for the hooded towel I make, but I haven't been able to get more terry yet so I haven't gotten around to that just yet.
On a side note, I made my first dress today! It is so adorable!! I just have to get some nice satin ribbon that matches then its done and I will post pictures. But I absolutely love how it came out. Und das ist alles! Goodnight lovelies :]

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ice Cream Cozy pattern and sewalong news!

So a couple of the ladies from BBC decided to start a sewalong!! This week we are choosing between a crochet needle case and a sewing machine cover, or both! I think Im going with the crochet needle case, seeing as how I have been meaning to make one for a while but just havent gotten around to it! If I have time by the end of the week I might just make the sewing machine cover as well but we'll see :]. So hopefully my next post will be either a picture or a tut about my crochet needle case! This one is a NEW PATTERN!!! I have spent the majority of today coming up with a ice cream cozy! My family likes to eat ice cream out of the pint so I figured it was pretty practical, and not to mention cute! So I came up with this all on my lonesome :] and Im pretty happy with it. I suppose Ill be posting it on ravelry as well, but Im starting out here! Show me some love and I might just come up with some more patterns and things!!

Ice Cream Cozy Pattern
I made this pattern using a size 5 hook and a medium weight cotton yarn.
Start by chaining 4 and slip stitching to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 2, make 11 DCs in the ring and slip stitch in the top of the first DC (chain 2 does NOT count as a DC throughout the entire pattern) (11)
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 DCs in each stitch across (22)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 SCs in each stitch across (44)
Row 4: Ch 1, HDC2TOG in back loops only all the way across (22)
Row 5: Ch 2, 1 DC in each stitch across (22)
Row 6: Ch 2, *DC in next 7 stitches, 2 DCs in 8th stitch* repeat all the way across (24)
Row 7: Ch 2, *DC in next 5 stitches, 2 DCs in 6th stitch* repeat all the way across (28)
Row 8: Repeat row 6 (31)
Row 9: Ch 2, DC in each stitch across (31)
Rows 10 & 11: Ch 1, SC in each stitch across. After row 11 tie off and weave in ends. (31)
And VOILA!! There is your Ice Cream Cozy, now go eat some ice cream with warm hands :]

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A few finished projects :]

I have been working on a handful of things for my little muffin, and to share with the world! So now its time to share them with the world :].
So here are two onsies that I appliqued for one of my best friends who is having twins! I made the hats a while I just have to send them off to her.
 This is the blanket I have been working on for a while, it is so cute and so soft...just taking foreverr to finish making! I think I overestimated myself and made it a little too big, oh well I will finish it eventually!
 By second pair of Leggies that I made!
 First pair of Leggies that I made :]
 Bamboo silk baby hat! This yarn is soooo soft, I just love it!
 My first ever attempt at putting ear flaps on a hat...I think it turned out alright but it will definitely have to be fixed up a bit.
 Diaper pouch I made, it turned out a little bit too small for me to use...But its cute nonetheless.
 Second diaper pouch I made, different style and I just need to make it with a cute fabric so I can use it!
 AAAAAnnnndddd, my wet bag :]
So these are the things I have made recently. I have a few others that I just havent taken pictures of. If yall like anything in specific let me know and I might make a tut for it! I was asked to make a tut for my hooded towel so eventually I will be working on that. I just have to get to the store and get some more fabric to make them! Here it is by the way...