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I promise to not post twenty selfies each day.

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Quite the Disappearing Act

I’m baaack! So, I’ve been getting the hint from some of my friends that I need to blog again. I feel very loved and happy.

And apologetic. I didn’t mean to abandon you all, I guess the month of madness (aka Blogtober) did me in. The holidays were very busy and then work became very busy, and then my blog seemed to fall off of the face of the Earth. Well, I’m back! But just a little bit, not like October. I will try not to disappear for a week  erm three months again!

So…. dear friends, what’s new? I spent the last few months on a crazy life/craft spree and I loved every bit of it. I’ve been ripping out my garden, knitting, crocheting, learning new crafts, doing home improvement, cooking and of course, giving lots of gifts. Here is a quick look at what I’ve been up to. I’ll catch you up in the following weeks.

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Getting Halloween Done!

At the beginning of this month, I told myself that I wouldn’t start any new projects. But who can resist Halloween?!! Beside carving lovely pumpkins, I have finished my Halloween costume for tomorrow. I’m crazy excited about it!

costumeAny guesses on what I will be?

It’s furry, has amazing knitted ears and some fierce makeup that I tried last night. So excited!

In addition, I have actually been completing other projects, so my Finish Project is coming along quite nicely. I’ve been attacking my Homey Holidays Pinterest board for some decorating ideas. One that I love is both green and festive, plus completes a Pinterest pin that I pinned oh just two years ago. Check out my milk jug ghosts!

halloween!So spooky! Can I also say that I look kinda like the middle one right now? Only missing my bottom tooth.

Arg, guess I should have been a hillbilly with missing teeth. B

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Strategies for Finishing

I used to make fun of my father for falling asleep on the couch in front of the TV. Now in my thirties, and after trying to finish the same episode of Breaking Bad 2.5 times, this is the story of my life. Being a grown-up is completely overrated.

photoAfter falling asleep with Mockingjay on my chest several times in the past few weeks,  I realized that there was no way I could possibly finish this book this month.

So I needed to get creative.

Many of you know that I am addicted to audio books and I am equally addicted to podcasts. My long commute leaves me with lots of uninterrupted time for daydreaming and practicing my vocal skills. But I love to read and I love to hear stories so I finally discovered that listening to audiobooks and NPR are far more useful ways to spend my commute — and far more fun. Plus, it helped me work my way through a long list of books I’ve very much been wanting to read. My list was getting out if control! So I finally gave in and checked out the Mockingjay audiobook on Overdrive from my library. I downloaded their app onto my iPhone and voila! Two days later and I’ve made more progress than I have in the last two weeks. And I LOVE it! This is a great example of how getting a little creative helps solve all of the world’s problems!

Try it out for yourself:

1. Organize – Make a list of the some of the projects you need to complete. If you seem to have a lot, try grouping them into categories, i.e. crafting, home improvement, etc. Don’t try to attack too much at once or you run the risk of getting overwhelmed and very unhappy.

2. Analyze – What is the issue that is making you not finish this project? Is it time, money or do you just not want to do it? At the beginning of this challenge I listed the problems I had with each project, sometimes a time issue, a materials problem or just plain ol laziness. Owning up to it will help push you over that hill to actually completing your project.

3. Get creative! – Think of ways to multitask or to just plow through and get it done! Don’t have the funds for your project? Create a piggy bank for your spare change and watch the fund grow. Is your problem a lack of time? Try to analyze your day and find a time when you can carve out a few moments, i.e. learning a new language while you drive or scrap booking while you watch your must-see-tv. Better yet, try to set up a fun day of craft or fix-it projects with your friends! Finishing your projects should be fun and you can’t go wrong with a fancy drink, some food and your crafty buds. Trying to paint your new room? Painting party time! You’ll be amazed to find out the hidden talents of your pals (mine = putting together IKEA furniture… All it takes is a beer).

4. Plan of attack – Send out invitations, make your shopping list, invite friends to a brunch where you’ll finally cook that new recipe. Make a timeline and think of a way to keep yourself honest. For me, it is this blog and participating in the 31 Days Challenge. Perhaps you can share your goal with a good friend who keeps you in check. Or maybe you will join us for the 31 Days Challenge next year?! Holla!

So grab a piece of paper, make a list and tell me about just one of your own Finishing Projects and let’s see if we can think of an idea…. I sure hope it includes an Evite for me with a fancy drink at the end!

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Polka Dots and Popsicles

The Pops

I keep having partial success with my boozicles. I’m not fully in love with the ones I’ve made but they keep getting better as I learn. Hopefully I’ll have some success this weekend.

popsicleWhy am I telling you about my failures? Well, because experimenting and mistakes creates frustration so I decided to finally stop guessing and just look it up! And I’ve finally figured it out. The ratio for alcohol to other ingredients for popsicles in quite low, basically 20% of your liquid ingredients. Which in my book was just not enough.  I was hoping it would be more like half and half.

But, no.

And actually, it is better that way. The alcohol taste in my newest pop was just enough.

Here’s the recipe:

Razzle Grapefruit Pop

  • 1/4 cup Austin’s Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka
  • raspberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • one tablespoon sugar

Recipe is for a four-part popsicle mold with straws that I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond for less than ten dollars.

  1. Blend together sugar, water, vodka and a handful of raspberries
  2. Add mixture to popsicle mold
  3. Drop in a few whole raspberries, these are delicious when frozen
  4. Freeze
  5. When ready, run some hot water over bottom part of mold and wiggle pop free.

Notes: If you don’t want seed, you should strain it before pouring into the molds. Also, we made this with two teaspoons sugar and found it a bit sour. Why goes easy on sugar, it’s dessert! Yum!

The Polka

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Since I’ve moved to Texas I’ve tried to be better about acessorizing…because Texans really, really, really like their bling.

So back in May, I decided to start buying and making jewelry and now I love jewelry and made this my month blog theme for May. My favorite find has been Charming Charlie.

I’m a bit of a plain Jane when it comes down to it, so I’ve been trying to step it up. Usually, I opt for dangly earrings as my only accessory. But today I think I’ve done a pretty okay job with sprucing up my outfit in a spartan-like me sort of way, pairing up my bright red polka-dot shirt with some gold and rosey dots.

These are all purchased, but I’m loving some of the jewelry my friends are making and am hoping to incorporate some more DIY jewelry in September’s blog theme!

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Birthday Wishes Come True!

Oh boy!

I mentioned last week that I would be making some fun purchases and changes from items that I was oogling for the Lusty Eleven: July Edition and I did!

ImageFirst, I bought that lovely cross-stitch pattern that I was lusting over. My new cross-stitch project, LanasCrespo’s Sugar Skulls, is well under way thanks to a productive visit with my crafty pals this Sunday morning. The best thing? I combined two of my birthday wishes and also found a cross-stitch iPhone case and super rad patterns from this shop too!

Second, i have new hair! I changed my hair color a year ago from brunette to a deep, dark ginger and have loved it. However, I decided to go back to my brunette and wanted to do something fun in between. I’ve been eying that gorgeous ombre look and voila! I am a brunette/ginger/blonde! ImageI called it a beautiful hair sunset and my stylist cracked up. Does no one else think it looks like a sunset? geesh. Logistically, it made sense to do this now since I already had a red base, said the girl who must find a way to justify all purchases. I really love it!

My birth week was officially pretty rad.

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Curry Chicken Salad

This post can also be called “How To Rescue Your Dinner”

Harumph.

Remember when I wanted to find a cheese-less Chicken Parmesan recipe? Yea, that doesn’t really exist. I did; however, try something similar by making some Italian cutlets of chicken using Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs, served with brown rice spaghetti pasta, an homage to my clean eating days.

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It was disgusting. I don’t know what to say. But this is what happens when you get all experimental. Sigh.

So, what do you do with all of that chicken that is left over? Throw it away?! Please, there are starving children in America, kids. I don’t waste. So, I peeled off the “breading” (which really wasn’t all that hard) and decided to save the chicken…which definitely needed some rescuing/seasoning.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. I have a go-to recipe for my failed chicken dinner leftovers.

That says a lot…doesn’t it.

Hence, my Curry Chicken Salad…hurrah! It’s like a superhero sandwich.

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwichsandwich

  • chicken breast, baked or grilled (maybe the leftovers from the terrible meal you attempted to cook last night?)
  • curry powder
  • green onions
  • golden raisins
  • raw, unsalted cashew pieces
  • mayonnaise, with olive oil (I don’t believe in Miracle Whip, but if you do…go for it!)
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Make note of how many chicken breasts you have because most of the directions depend on how much leftover chicken you have from your disaster.
  2. Chop or shred chicken, place in large mixing bowl.
  3. Throw in a handful of raisins and cashews, I like to chop them up a bit (again, so I can get the perfect bite of flavors).
  4. Add in your curry powder. A good ratio is one tablespoon per one chicken breast.
  5. Snip your green onions with scissors and throw in a few. I usually use one green onion per chicken breast.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Mix in mayonnaise (approximately 1/2 cup per one chicken breast).

Spread on some delicious bread or tortilla, maybe topped with some lettuce and a fresh tomato from your garden and enjoy! Pictured is some delicious/very unhealthy white bread because my guy gave up on wheat bread. Bummer. Though it is still delicious on this, I think it would be delicious on some sourdough or french baguette. mmmm.

Hint: If I have a lot, I will wait to add in the mayonnaise until the day I want to eat my sandwich. This way, the chicken salad will have a longer shelf life.

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