Friday, March 15, 2013

Belated Belated

This is a super belated sharing of Gretchen's super belated Birthday gift. I started this project after her birthday, which is six days after mine in November. I don't think I got it in the mail to her until early February. I hand dyed some ombre yarn, which was a cool technique to learn. I knit it in endless stockinette and I'm a slow knitter anyways. It is just a big triangular scarf. I like the way it turned out. Gretchen's belated birthday gifts

I love the stippling effect that the dye created. Gretchen's belated birthday gifts

I intended this doo-dad to be a brooch but I thought it came out too big, so it is just a thing-a-ma-bob to look at. I embroidered on felt and stuffed it with polyfil. Gretchen's belated birthday gifts

I always enjoy making things for friends, sometimes I'm just a little late doing so.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Crack Pie for Robin

Robin wanted Pie for her birthday instead of cake. I used that opportunity to try a new recipe, "Crack Pie" from Momofuku Milk Bar. I still don't have the cookbook but have already made the Blueberry and Cream Cookies multiple times and they are a favorite. The Crack Pie recipe makes enough for two pies but I made it in one big casserole dish. Like the Blueberry cookies, this recipe calls for unusual ingredients and multiple steps. Also like that recipe, this one is worth the trouble! Crack Pie for Robin's birthday Crack Pie for Robin's birthday

It wasn't a very pretty dessert, but it sure was yummy. It tasted like a caramel pie. Crack Pie for Robin's birthday

The odd ingredient here was Freeze dried corn powder. After doing some research I figured out that you can make your own by grinding Freeze dried corn, easy peasy. Crack Pie for Robin's birthday Crack Pie for Robin's birthday

The additional step is first making An Oat Cookie Crumb. You mix and bake it in one big cookie and then crumble that. The crumbles get mixed into the cookie crust. I felt like the crust sort of melded into the pie, and I'm not sure if that is how it is supposed to be. Either way it was delicious. Crack Pie for Robin's birthday

I found the recipe over at Scarletta Bakes.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

R for Robin

Goodness, going through my photos and organizing them makes me realize I haven't been a very good or consistent blogger lately. I have so much to share, but work and everything else tend to get in the way. I'll start with the most recent thing that I want to share with you.

Our good friend Robin had a birthday last week and we came up with such a personal and lovely gift. We know her pretty well and knew she would love this, and she does. I saw this idea on Pinterest, so I can't take full credit. Robin told me that she wanted a cool succulent planter like we gave her last year. When we got to Lowes they had a ton of varieties of succulents and I was literally jumping up and down with excitement!
 Sneak peek

We found the perfect hollow metal R at Hobby Lobby.
 Working on Robin's gift

See, I still do metal work. We had to get the top off so that we could plant the succulents in the R. Working on Robin's gift Working on Robin's gift

It took a little while but we got it done and spray painted the R orange. Robins birthday gift

Here it is all planted up with the succulents. Isn't that clever?! I want an A for my backyard. Robins birthday gift

We had so much fun with this project, Frank and I really enjoyed the process and it came out great. I love it when things work out.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

So I did it!

I ran the 10K last Saturday. It was awesome! I was cold but did start to warm up about half way through, shedding layers little by little. I ran the whole stinking way and was so proud of myself! I finished in 1:04:22 and thought that was great for my first try. I was exhausted after and sore for a couple of days, but oh so proud of myself.

Here is a picture of me after the race. I was hoping to find some pics on the race website, but my bib number was on the back of my jacket, which I took off during the race, so there are no pics to be found.
 Just after my first 10K

 I loved the experience. I had on headphones and took them off at one point to take off my neckwarmer. I was blown away by the sound of everyone's feet hitting the pavement. The other thing that stuck with me is a snapshot in my mind of the race. As we turned East onto the Trinity Trail and the sun was rising in front of us, there was a sea of people running and you could see the breath rising from the crowd. I don't think that image will ever leave my mind. Such a cool memory! I'm planning on running the Capitol 10K in Austin next month. It is the day after my dad's birthday and I got that weekend off.

 I have lots of crafty things to share like baking, cooking, sewing, knitting and gardening. I hope to get around to that soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!