Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FO: Fire on the Beach

I love my new shawl. LOVE. IT. I think I need more of this color....I love this yarn too- its a pleasure to work with and block out so well- it has a nice drape...I need more in lots of colors haha


Started: March 26 2015
Finished: April 26 2015
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Sunseeker- #19 Flame
Hook: 4.5 MM - my new hooks!
Pattern: Coral Beach Shawl by A la Sascha

Before Blocking: 23.5 X 47.5 inches
On the Block: 30 x 60
After Blocking: 26.5 x 56

ETA: 5/31/15 pics

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pasta alla carbonara, with recipe

Pasta alla Carbonara, The Chew

We were watching Cutthroat Kitchen on Food Network 2 weekends ago and the dish was Pasta Carbonara. We got into a discussion about it and since I had all of the ingredients  I made it the following week. I always wanted to make it but the egg part weirds me out. It turned out ok and we all lived to tell so it must have been cooked through enough. 



  • 1 pound Spaghetti
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 pound Thick Sliced Bacon; diced
  • Garlic Cloves; thinly sliced
  • Eggs; room temperature
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese; plus more to garnish
  • Salt
  • Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
step-by-step directions
  • Bring a large pot of Salted Water to a boil.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-low with a few tablespoons of Olive Oil. Add the Bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until Bacon is crisp.
  • Add the Spaghetti to the boiling water and cook 1 minute short of the package instructions. Drain, reserving a cup of pasta water.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the Eggs and Cheese with a generous amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper. Loosen with a small amount of pasta water.
  • When the Pasta has 1 minute left to cook add the Garlic to the rendered Bacon and cook until fragrant. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the egg mixture until creamy. Add a small amount of reserved pasta water if pan is too dry.
  • Garnish with more Parmesan to serve.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bacon and Corn Pasta, with Recipe

Bacon and Corn Pasta,
Michael Symon The Chew

I made this originally May 2013. I saw it in my recipe pile and thought it was time to make it again...I should have looked at that May 2013 post before I made this. Hubby looked at me like I had 3 heads when I said I made this before- I knew I made it- I had the printed recipe in the "Made" cookbook...but didn't remember him not eating it. Q missed out on this twice already too. This was more of a garlic pasta this time- I didn't add pasta sauce. Didn't even occur to me to do so. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Picnic Chicken, with recipe

Picnic Chicken

I made this for the first time last year and we enjoyed it. See the post HERE. This is easy and not a lot of ingredients are involved. It will feed a crowd! Maybe that's why they call it picnic chicken...because I feel like this isn't really picnic food. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Penzey's Spicy Hot Chicken Soup, with recipe

Spicy Hot Chicken Soup

I have been wanting to try this recipe for a long time now. I found it in Penzey's Catalog well over a year ago. Spicy isn't normally my thing, but I couldn't resist. I modified it...of course. As Mrs George would say- I used the recipe as inspiration...haha. Q ate this up like it was his job. Which is good because he had been under the weather and he is not normally a soup eater unless Ramen is in the name. I also enjoyed it- I couldn't eat a TON like I wanted to because of the Cayenne. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mississippi Pot Roast, with Recipe

Mississippi Pot Roast

Cheryl sent me this recipe a while back and I just go to making it...and I am glad I did! Not something that will be in the monthly rotation, but I would like it to be! haha. If you google the recipe title you will find many recipes out there for this, with a few variations. The main ingredients are the same...all 4 of them. YEP only 4 ingredients! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hand Sanitizer Cozys

Next on the "New items to try list" were a few hand sanitizer cozy's. I only made 4 and all 4 went!
The pink one just below was my favorite. The blue/yellow one I accidentally made larger, to fit a 2 oz bottle. The other 3 fit the 1 oz bottles. These are always pretty quick to make, except the button part- but after the first 2, sewing the buttons on the last 2 went quick.