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10/13/13

Exchanges!

So after not crocheting for much too long, I decided to join an exchange through my yahoo group. Fingerless gloves! They come in really "handy" for my CRPS, and Fall is a great time of year to make a fashion statement. Hope you all like them as much as I do.

6/18/13

Wip wednesdays-

I recently made a commitment to crochet or read in place of mindless eatting. Im in the process of a nice shawl. Tell me what you think.
 
 
 
 

2/10/13

Great book giveaway...written as a memoir, I'm sure many of you will find this story of great interest. Go check it out, and join Goodreads while you're there!


http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/897319?utm_content=A&utm_medium=email&utm_source=comment_instant#comment_67477322

1/27/13

Book Sniffers Anonymous: About Us

Book Sniffers Anonymous: About Us: Kristin is the girl behind the blog and likes the smell of a new book. She once went to the store and bought a new bo...


10/10/12

Weight Watchers

I contemplated for many days about whether or not to share my weight loss journey here on my blog. I refrained from posting anything associated with it on my Facebook, for obvious reasons. I have embarked on this journey more than once, but never to be completely successful.

I joined Weight Watchers last week, and was shocked at how much I weighed! My first week was a struggle, no lie, but I'm committed,which may be what was missing in the past.

So...come along on this journey with me, share your feelings, advice, recipes,tips and tricks...whatever you're comfortable with.
I'll probably be using this forum quite a bit :)

9/9/12

I am seriously looking forward to the cooler weather, while I wouldn't be surprised if we skipped Fall and slipped right into Winter, I'm not exactly dreading that.
The idea of comfort foods for the family, soups, chowders, and one pot wonders get me excited. As does the idea of crocheting warm and cozy things. Fingerless gloves, shawls, hats and of course scarves!! We can never have too many of these fun things.

So...who's with me?

More recipes

I noticed I left out my Slow Cooker Pot Roast...this is more of a tecnique than an actual recipe, but it makes one hell of a gravy!

SLOW COOKER POT ROAST


I use a big roast, bottom or top round usually close to 6lbs.
1 pkg dry Italian dressing
1pkg dry Ranch dressing
1 pkg brown gravy
2 envelopes onion soup mix
2 cups or cans beef stock
1 cup water
A handful of baby carrots
1 onion quartered

In the bottom of the slow cooker you place the carrots and the onion, on topof that with the fat side UP you place the roast.
Mix all packages and the soup mix in with the beef stock and water and pour on top of the roast.

Cook on low 6 hours or on high 4 hours.

Served with Honey wheat bread from my bread machine and egg noodles and steamed broccoli.



Simple Rice Pilaf

printed from melskitchencafe.com



*Serves 4



INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups basmati or long-grain rice

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

4 ounces spaghetti or vermicelli, broken into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)

3 1/4 cups water

1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

Ground black pepper



DIRECTIONS:

Place the rice in a medium bowl and add enough water to cover by 2 inches; using your hands, gently swish grains to release excess starch. Carefully pour off the water, leaving rice in bowl. Repeat four to five times, until water runs almost clear. Using a colander or fine mesh strainer, drain water from rice and set aside.



In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened but not browned. Add the garlic, cumin and coriander and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the rinsed and drained rice and the broken, uncooked noodles. Cook, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the water and salt and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 16-18 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, take off the lid and place a kitchen towel folded in half over saucepan; replace the lid. Let the rice stand 10 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.