Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Making Tuesday Tolerable

In your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the easter parade.
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I'll be the proudest fellow in the easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your easter bonnet,
And of the girl I'm taking to the easter parade.
                                           Irving Berlin/ Easter Parade

After a pretty windy evening here in Missouri (I'm talking tornado warnings all over the place including one here), I thought it would be the appropriate time to share a recent accomplishment. After all, a hat for covering those ears in this wind is a must when you are under a year old. 
An old high school friend was looking for someone to make her granddaughter a hat. I tried out the pattern and took 7 rows off before coming up with the right size she'd be needing. Confucious say: Be cautious of free patterns. This is just my personal experience talking.
 After some contemplating, the Daisies were picked as her preference over roses and I'm so glad she chose them. They are so gosh darn cute!!
These lil' sisters helped me figure out the size. The top model is 2 1/2. The infant is 3 months. Between the 2 we got the size just right. 
Just in time for Easter!!

Hope these  little rays of sunshine have made your Tuesday more Tolerable!

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Monday In January/Missouri-Made Mondays

I can't tell you what time this project started for my daughter.
But I'm proud of the confidence she displayed in sticking with it.
Couldn't resist the wisdom of Joe 💖 
Completed in one evening (clock shows it was after 10:30 pm)
And for the visitors she'll have from back home in Missouri,
there's this flip side to calm the atmosphere.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Beret in Tan/Missouri-Made Mondays

What can I say except that winter is not over yet. Depending on where you're from, it's a cold hard reality.  So on this Missouri-Made Monday, I'm presenting a hand made beret.
Find this on Etsy

As hats go, I typically stick with the baby variety. Babies have no concern with sophistication. 
But I took a chance and tried out this style and am pretty pleased that it turned out.

Wishing each one of you....
Have a Wonderful Week!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

New Addition/Missouri-Made Mondays

Introducing our newest member of the family. The proud parents are cousins of mine. The whole family is pretty darn happy at baby announcements. 
And just because this post just happens to be about Missour-Made, I figure you can't get much more Made in Missouri than this 💗
From our home, we want to extend our warmest congratulations to Arica and Ryan!!

But there's more!  In a previous post, I mentioned "The Long Project" in which I was creating a somewhat secretive item and only shared the color scheme. 
Now I can show you the finished item.....

As well as how close I came to running out of one particular color
I must have crocheted at the speed of sound.

The Lesson for this Missouri-Made Monday?
It will all work out.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Just As Good/ Friday Flavor

After an afternoon and 3/4 of my evening struggling with a computer issue, I've got a small window of "Friday" left.
So on with a quick post this evening for some Friday Flavor.
I'll even share the recipe. It's just as good as the restaurant variety I promise.

Along with a few pickled beets, this was a very tasty way to end my evening. 
(yes there is rice under that meat)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Across the Missouri Border/Missouri-Made Mondays

After last night's heartbreaking loss between the KC Chiefs and that other team who will remain nameless for the purpose of this post, I'm steering towards a new direction in sports. That of KU in Lawrence, Kansas who are currently ranked #2 in the nation. My daughter gets bragging rights as a student there, in case I haven't mentioned it a kazillion times.

Field of Kansas Sunflowers photographed by Rachel

And this matters in "Missouri-Made Mondays" because?????
Part of my weekend was spent creating a potato bag for Rachel's apartment. While on a fabric excursion, she noticed these in the remnants bin and so it saved a few pennies in creating this 'legacy team' potato bag. Fun fact,  James Naismith (November 6, 1861 – November 28, 1939) wrote the original basketball rule book and founded the University of Kansas basketball program. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Naismith
The 'gotcha' moment from the weekend. 
Practicing her sewing skills with some pillow creations amid her mountains of research. 

From Missouri, wishing you a wonderful Monday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pad Thai/Friday Flavor

Back in December, on a visit to Lawrence, Kansas to have dinner with the eldest, we were whisked away to a little hole in the wall place on 'Mass'(local slang for Massachusetts Street).

Rachel is using chopsticks, something I've never mastered. I on the other hand apparently text with my third finger. So why can't I master those chopsticks?? And do you get more of those Pad Thai noodles per bite on a fork or with chopsticks?? I'll tell you what(inserting local dialect here), that is a very important question because they are to die for!!
So since our town doesn't have such restaurant choices as Zen Zero, we three made it a goal to find a way to make this dish at home.
I present first, The Ingredients 
Not shown in any particular order.
Here's the recipe on the package:
We substituted chicken. 
We also eliminated lime juice and bean sprouts. 
Our local grocer's produce section had bean sprouts with mold added. 
I hope they read this.
And just think they are opening a new store next month.

So on to better things like seeing it all fall into place.
Woks are pretty fantastic by the way.
Add a couple egg rolls and some sweet chili sauce and you my friend have just been 'schooled' in how to have it at home!