Sick Day

Today I woke up feeling pretty rotten. So I’ve been snuggled up on the couch all day watching junky TV and knitting.

I’m still not feeling 100%, but at least I’ve got something to show for it:

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New socks! Socks are almost certainly my favorite knitting project, for several reasons. Firstly, socks can be knit in a countless number of ways, with almost any conceivable stitch pattern. They can be knit top-down, toe-up, with a star toe, an afterthought heel, short row heel, lace, cable, ribbed. Endless possibilities! They’re big enough not to be too fiddly on the needles, but small enough to stash in my purse as a distraction if I’m going to be waiting around, or sitting in the passenger seat on a trip.

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This particular pair was made using the “Globe Stitch” patten in Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 2: Cables. And it’s green, which is one of my favorite colors.

So here’s to hoping my weekend goes a little better than my Friday, despite the Rapture, or Armageddon, or whatever thing they keep saying is going to happen tomorrow . If nothing else, I’ll be facing it with new socks on my feet.

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Garden

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I changed my mind about vegetables, and bought a grape tomato plant. grape tomatoes are one of the key ingredients in pico de gallo.

I make pico a lot; it’s a great dish to bring to a cookout. It’s also great to serve when you have people over to watch various sporting events or movies. I make a pretty mean salsa, but my mother-in-law makes it best. she’s the one who taught me to add tomatillos.

The recipe is simple, and any of the elements can be adjusted to suit your taste.

1 medium onion
1 pint grape tomatoes
1-2 jalapenos
2-3 tomatillos
1 medium-sized lime
cilantro
salt

First, decide if you want spicy salsa. If no, halve the jalapeno(s) and remove the seeds and white bits. if yes, don’t. Either way, dice the jalapeno, the onion, the tomatoes, and the tomatillos, and add to a big bowl. Dice and add some cilantro, to taste, and then squeeze the juice of one lime over it.

Mix that up, and pour salt into the salsa mixture. You will add a lot of salt, probably two tablespoons full.

Serve immediately with chips, or use in any recipe that calls for salsa. I have not bought canned salsa in six years. It doesn’t hold a candle to this stuff.

Pinteresting

At the Monday morning Water Cooler, I shared a link to Pinterest. I’ve seen a couple links floating around the blogosphere about it, and I signed up to “request an invite” on Monday. I got my invitation & started an account on Wednesday, and I really like it.

It’s like a giant, web-based inspiration board. Rather than having to save a link, and scroll down a post, or a collection of pictures to find the one I’m looking for, I can just save the images together, with links back to where I found them.

Does this dress go with this necklace? Now I can put their photos next to each other along with a pair of shoes and a bag. Would this mirror look good on a grey, stenciled wall? Now I can see them all together!

I love it, and I recommend you join me. You can follow me, and a lot of other, even cooler people to see what is catching our eye(s).

Water Cooler

It’s Monday morning, ladies and gents. Time to gather around the water cooler and discuss the weekend’s events! Did you see that *insert sports event of note*? I didn’t!!! Anyhoodle, Here’s some of what I did this weekend: browsing the interwebs to find all things cool and crafty! Check out some of the projects, posts, and photos that have caught my eye this week:

Part of the beauty of crafty projects is using what you have on hand, it what you can find for cheap/free. That’s only part of what makes this playhouse from Offbeat Mama so awesome.

In keeping with my prior post about growing plants for kitchen herbs, here’s a post from Plantgasm via Offbeat Home on growing houseplants

Awesome post on Etsy Storque about cooking bread in an unconventional way–on the grill! It’s an excellent idea when you can’t bear the thought of turning on the oven in the middle of a summer day.

And another post from Offbeat Home on repair as rebellion. I’m very into the Offbeat Empire this week.

I checked out Pinterest on recommendation, from this post at Scoutie Girl. I requested an invitation Saturday, and I still haven’t gotten it, but I’m so excited about it that I’m including it in the roundup.

And finally, courtesy of Design*Sponge here’ s a before-and-after collection of side tables. I love to see old, worn-out furniture given new life, instead of going in the dump.

What caught your eye this weekend?

A day off

I work in a job where I sometimes have to put in Saturday hours. The good thing about it, however, is that it gives me a day off during the week. I can take the cats to the vet, make doctor & dentist appointments for myself, get my license renewed or go to the post office. (All those places that are only open during everyone else’s 8-5 work day.) I can do all of that without taking sick time, or vacation time.

But the part that is best about it, is that I can cook things that don’t fit into my busy weekday schedule. Most often I cook my mini chicken pot pies, or make cake pops for a carry-in at work. Today, I’m making chicken noodle soup from scratch. The broth is simmering now, and it fills the whole house with a delicious aroma.

What is your favorite thing to do with weekday breaks?