Monthly Archives: September 2012

Surfing and Vitamins

Me: Gotta love junk email. Seniorpeoplemeet.com, jdate for Jewish singles, ink for my printer, spacebags. Where do they find their info to want to send me this crap?
Hubster: Your browsing history.
Me: I don’t need ink or have looked for spacebags. I haven’t been to any Jewish related sites or dating sites. I didn’t even search ginkgo for you to take for your memory.
Hubster: Oh, I got vitamins at the store.
Me: Really, what kind? (Flintstones probably)
Hubster: One-a-day sour gummies.
Me: So does that mean in the morning you’re going to look like this *insert sour pucker face here* when you take them in the morning? (Don’t know why I said in the morning twice. Maybe because it’s been a long day.)
Hubster: They’re not sour.
Me: Oh you’ve already taken one.
Hubster: I took 5.
Me: Uhm, they’re one-a-day vitamins, not candy.
Hubster: Well they were like a snack.

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Dynamite!

So I have this friend, who’s a wonderful woman. She’s a single mom to a beautiful little man. Like most moms, her child is her focus. We want them to be the best they can be, and sometimes forget that we need to take that moment for ourselves so that we replenish our strength, energy, and attitude so we can be the best mom for them. Recently, my friend has decided to make changes in her life to better herself. For this, and all while still being the best mom, co-worker, and friend she can be….she’s dynamite and I made her this to remind her (pattern by K4TT at Fiber Doodles) and in the words of Katy Perry “you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine….baby, you’re a firework!

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Craftiness saves the day

So since I dabble in photography, I do need props to use for shoots. I recently had a family schedule a shoot for a newborn (which I did blog about on my photography site – Verde Photography). Now I have done one other newborn shoot, but it was for a girl and this recent one was for a boy. I needed boy props, and in a hurry. I scoured through my yarn stash and found some boy colors. I searched my pattern links (thank goodness for Ravelry and the wonderful people there who choose to share their patterns with others) and found these. If you see any you like or want to know if I can make any others for you, please let me know and we’ll see what we can work out. Remember, cooler weather is around the corner and I can crochet or knit many different accessories (I prefer crocheting, but do know how to knit, too.)

This one was made from an owl pattern, but Hubster said the eyes looked silly, so I didn’t get them or the ears put in before the shoot. The pattern is by Lauren Brown – Owl Hat


This one is from a very cute pattern by Carrie Piper – Long Tailed Baby Elf Hat


This last one was a simple beanie that I didn’t get to use in the shoot because I forgot to grab it off my side table when I was heading out the door. That’s why it’s always good to pack beforehand.

What to do…..

So this past weekend, Hubster got raspberries to use to make raspberry butter to go on steaks. He made it, but we didn’t get to use it because it stuck to the wax paper he wrapped it inside. Well, he had about 2-2.5 cups of berries left, with nothing to make. He gave me the mission of doing something with them before they went bad. So off to search I went. I found oodles of things to make with raspberries: crepes, tarts, jams, jellies, cookies, cakes….. Those of you who follow me on Pinterest know I’ve been on a cupcakes kick, so I narrowed down my search to cupcakes. I found chocolate raspberry, raspberry raspberry, lemon raspberry, vanilla raspberry….none looked enticing enough. Plus I wanted to use the whole berry, not a purée or jam or flavoring. I just wanted something simple. Then a white chocolate cupcake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting caught my eye. White chocolate and raspberries got together, right? We were about to find out. I ran to the store for some final ingredients that we didn’t have readily on hand, and upon my return, I began to bake!

Now mind you…this is my first baking adventure since we got the new oven. I mixed up all the ingredients. Of course, I tasted the batter. Who mixes up a cupcake batter and doesn’t indulge in dipping in their finger to taste what’s become of all the mixing, and beating, and stirring, and folding?
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Once I was done sneaking my taste and approved the batter the batter was ready, I spooned it into the tins. I stuck a lone raspberry into the middle of each cupcake.
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I then spooned more batter on top of each berry to cover them up and encase their berriliciousness.
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Then they baked. And baked, and baked. And once they were cooled, I piped on the white chocolate cream cheese frosting, plopped on another raspberry, sprinkled on some almonds, and drizzled on some dark chocolate. And this is what appeared…..
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Unfortunately, I have yet to taste them, but my mother-in-law had one and she said it was delish. After dinner I’ll treat myself to one for dessert.