Archive for the ‘Web Finds’ Category

Thank you…

I’ve gotten a lot of visits to this blog in response to my Floral Fabric Sampler – to those of you that have popped by to check it out – Thank You! I hope to see you again.

I’d like to thank the following who noticed my little sampler and shared it to the world:

Needlework News @ Craftgossip – I check this blog DAILY for links to free patterns, tutorials and just cool embroidery-related stuff in general. Thanks for featuring me again! also sections for sewing, knitting and many other crafts, so go check them out.

Wee Folk Art – I’ve mentioned Wee Folk Art here before, and they’re a great site. Loads of applique patterns available for free, and they make a lot of cool stuff with felt. Thanks for featuring me on facebook!

Living Crafts magazine also featured me on facebook! I was unfamiliar with this publication, but it looks like a great crafting magazine. Thanks!

And I was featured on Arte & Ricamo, an Italian blog. She blogs in Italian, English, and Spanish, and has lots of free patterns and tutorials available. Thanks!

I’m just floored that my little on-a-whim sampler has generated some interest, and I so appreciate that the above took the time to mention it on their blogs or facebook feeds. Thanks all!

What’s for Dinner this week?

Thought I’d share with you some recipe finds around the ‘net that I will be cooking up this week:

Spiced Cauliflower & Chickpeas – because I can’t make it to our favorite Indian restaurant as much as I’d like.

Lemony Lentil Soup – I love lentils, and I love my greens.

Pollo con Nopales – I haven’t had nopales since I lived in Mexico a decade ago, and have been looking for a way to use them.

Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp – my husband loves hot and sour soup, and this looks delicious!

That Ain’t Right, but It’s Hilarious

I heard inklings a while back of Weezer performing in full-on Snuggies, but thought it was some sort of hipster parody. Then this was on my Google this morning:

This is legit. It’s even on their main site.

At least Rivers ditched the beard.

Shabby Apple Giveaway

While I was blog surfing I discovered this giveaway for a fantastic dress from Shabby Apple. I love dresses – if done right, to me they can be so comfortable, and yet so feminine. As a mom to two boys, I definitely understand the need to get in touch with my femininity! I’m crossing my fingers to win – hop on over to Grosgrain if you’d like a chance to win too!

Wanna win a cool vintage tee?

What does every cool southern gal (or dude, or baby) need? A cool vintage tee! Blonde Mom is hosting a giveaway – check it out!

Need a romantic getaway?

Want to win a romantic getaway? Visit to enter the Toad-To-Prince Contest! The contest is in coordination with the book Your Man is Wonderful, in which Dr. Noelle Nelson “helps women to evaluate their relationships and rediscover the prince that they once married.” To enter, you just pick one of Dr. Nelson’s suggestions (five are provided as part of the contest), put it into play for a week, and then share by email (written or video) what happened. You can win a $1000 travel voucher. We all need a vacation, right?

Important Issues

The economy is going down the tubes. So what should Congress tackle?

The BCS, of course.

Time Flies When You’re Putting Together Chinese Democracy

I don’t go to MTV for much of anything these days, but this is interesting – especially if you were a teen in 1991. I remember listening to Use Your Illusion at our neighborhood pool…on a boombox. And if it was a CD, he was one of my few friends that had a CD player at the time. I wouldn’t get mine until 1993…which I think was the last time MTV actually aired music.

Women and Men

So last Friday I get a phone call. It’s BHE.

BHE: Well, I weighed myself at the doctor. I’ve lost 15 pounds.

Me: That’s awesome. Since when?

BHE (doing math in head): About a month ago?

Yes, in about a month he’s done what I could never do (at least, not in that INSANE amount of time) – lost 15 pounds. Kinda put a bummer on my 8 pounds in a year.

Now, am I ecstatic for BHE? Ab-so-lute-ly. We both want/need to lose weight and I definitely want BHE healthy. Honestly, he already had a head start – he is much better at working out than I am. So how did this amazing feat of weight loss occur?

He cut out the junk.

BHE, in the office, is exposed to all manner of refined-carb-laden sugary mess, in addition to meals out at the local fast food joints from time to time. One of the benefits I have from being home with the boys and not doing the 8-to-5 thing is I am not around the junk food that is often a part of office life. No candy laying around the house (except now, in our post Halloween daze). Very rarely eating out. I don’t really buy the boys cookies that often, and even if I do, I tend to leave them alone. I eat pretty well. I watch my portions, especially now, and we rarely drink alcohol.

My 8 pounds in a year to his 15 pounds in a month. Men.

Since we’re talking health and food – anyone else love I love that site! It’s great pics of (some of) the recipe results, reviews, nutritional information for all the recipes. Plus I love the navigability of the site. Don’t like your first result? supplies similar recipes in the sidebar. Highly addictive.

All this has really helped with my meal planning, resulting in a much-less-stressful grocery experience with the boys. This week I am making “Smarter” Fettuccine Alfredo (adding in chicken, mushrooms, and broccoli to the basic recipe supplied), Lentils & Spinach (over brown rice), and I am making my own wrap creation using turkey, carrots, sprouts, and a salsa dressing. I will try to blog the results this week; any cooking tonight was deterred by tonight’s power outage (thanks CEMC). PB&J for me, cereal for BHE, cheese, pretzels and peaches for the boys. Oh well – sometimes it’s good to keep things simple.

Paper Flowers

Happy Halloween, ya’ll! I hope everyone is having a good one. We hit a local trick-or-treat today and the boys already have a lot of candy loot.

For Spanish class this week I had big plans; unfortunately, Monkey had a 104F fever that thwarted – or postponed – my plans. In Mexico, instead of celebrating Halloween (though our culture has spread so that some in Mexico do celebrate Halloween) – a different holiday is celebrated (November 1st and 2nd) – The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. The timing could not be better for our class as we are discussing “Familia” – family. Raise your hand if that seems weird. Let me tell you why it’s not.

Although many of the symbols of Dia de los Muertos – graves, spirits, calaveras (skulls) – appear in our traditional Halloween celebrations, the Day of the Dead is not about ghosts and goblins or trick-or-treating at all. Instead, it’s about honoring your relatives that have passed on. Altars are created with the dead relatives favorite things and food, pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and flowers – real and paper. So the plan for the class, following a brief discussion of the holiday? To make paper flowers:

Paper Flowers

They were really easy to do, and fun for my boys. I still plan to do this next week for the classes. I cut out 160 pieces of 8″x8″ tissue paper, ya’ll. The instructions are:

1. Layer four or five pieces of 8″x8″ tissue paper.
2. Accordian-fold the tissue paper (for the preschool class, I pre-folded 15 of them as this was hard for Monkey to do, and I did not want to turn class into a discussion on the techniques of accordian-folding).
3. In the middle of the folded paper, cut a small V on both sides.
4. Twist pipe cleaner around the Vs, and leaving the “stem” down, pull out the tissue paper until it appears like a flower.

More information on Dia de los Muertos can be found all over the ‘net. Start here.