Sunday, September 30, 2007

Biscuit Donuts Tutorial

Oc-Tute-ber Tutorial for:
Biscuit Donuts

The very first in our Oc-Tute-ber series! For those of you who wanted a more in-depth recipe as opposed to "fry a can of biscuits."

You will need:
1 can Grands or other refrigerated biscuits
1 cup sugar
2-3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
oil for frying

Begin heating oil to medium high heat. The pan does not need to be full of oil, just enough so that the donuts are immersed half way, about 1 inch deep should do.

While the oil is heating, remove biscuits from can (love the pop!) and separate. Using a small circle or heart cookie cutter (or shot glass, top from a spice jar or anything you have handy) cut the center out of each. Save this for making donut holes!

When the oil is hot, place biscuit gently into oil. In my pan I can do two at once, but the biscuits should not touch so you'll have to see how many you can fit in. If your oil is hot enough, there should be massive bubbling around the the edges. When this dies down a bit and the dough is brown on the underside, flip it over. This donut is ready to be flipped.

Once the second side is brown, remove from oil and drain quickly on paper towels. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Then roll drained donuts in cinnamon-sugar, making sure to coat both sides. Eat warm if at all possible!

Donut holes are done the same way but you may have to roll them around in the oil to brown all sides. Using a heart-shaped cutter will leave a heart-shaped hole in the donut but sadly the donut holes puff up enough that they are not recognizable as hearts. They still taste awesome though!

Friday, September 28, 2007

FRAP!


New haircut
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Alicia's adorable posts about their new addition, Miss Clover Meadow Paulson, has got puppies on my brain! And her most recent post about a FRAP session inspired me to relate a bit more info for those not in the corgi-know. Corgis do something most dogs leave behind in puppyhood. Most dogs, when they are puppies, race around excitedly for seemingly no reason, flailing and turning, racing in circles and figure eights at top speed, only to stop mid circle and crash onto the ground like nothing happened. And most breeds discontinue this activity once they leave their puppy teeth on the carpet. This is called a FRAP. Corgis (and a few other breeds of dogs like Scottish Terriers) FRAP their whole lives. FRAP is an acronym, customarily standing for Frequent Random Acts of Play, and more scientifically known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods. Earlier this year I hosted a contest on Corgi-L, a corgi message group, to challenge everyone to come up with new phrases that FRAP could stand for. I share them here for your amusement:
Free-wheeling Rambunctiousness As if Possessed
Frenzied Racing Action-packed Play
Furry Rumble And Pants (as in tongue hanging out slobbering)
Frazzling Runs of Arooing Playtime
Fervent Recreational Art of Psychosis
Flurries of Rowdy Arbitrary Peril
Fantastically Riotous and Acrobatic Pandemonium
Frantic Random Acts of Pursuit
Frenzied, Ridiculous, Amazing Playtime
Frequent Repetitive Affirmation (of the) Pedigree
Frequent Racing After the Papillon
Frenzied Romping and Playing
F-A-S-T Rambunctious And Playfulness
Fanatically Righteous Antics Play
Forever Remembering Actions Puppyhood
Freaking Ridiculous and Annoying Playtime
Fools Reliving Actions of Puppyhood
Feline Rodeo Awakening Poopies
Frisky Running at an Accelerate Pace
Frolicsome Rushing About the People
Free Range Agility Practice
Frantic Revolutions About the the Place

And now for the shameless plug. To benefit our local Corgi Specialty's rally portion of the show, Mike and I created a few t-shirt designs. One of those incorporates all of these phrases on the back and shows FRAPping corgis on the front. It's available on cafepress in a Cardy version, a Pem version and one with both. You can also see the design with both breeds over on the sidebar at the right.

{The picture included in this post is of my new haircut but I thought it was appropriate since it includes Sully!}

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oc-Tute-ber


Here's the button for our Oc-Tute-ber event! I'm getting very antsy to make some fun things so I can take pictures during the process!

Oc-Tute-ber

So, I forgot to mention the other day that I also welcome all of you to help celebrate Oc-Tute-ber by posting your own tutorials. I will have a blog button later tonight that you can post on your sidebar if you'd like.

For now, here are two Instructables I have made previously. Unlike these two, my Oc-Tute-ber tutorials and recipes will be hosted here on my blog because I'm not exactly in love with Instructables. There are some good recipes and a few good crafts but you have to wade through a bunch of K'Nex guns, electronic gadgets I would never make and way too many redundant tutorials for things like bags and knitting how-tos.

Kanzashi Flower Pin -A folded-petal flower made from scrap fabric, this makes a nice brooch or hair clip.

Neck Cooler -We used to use these at dog shows and fairs. They are cheap to make and keep you and your dog cool on hot days through evaporation.

Free weekends

I have taken birth control pills for nearly 1/3 of my life. But I just realized this year that I could arrange my pill start date so that I did not have my period on the weekend every month. That's awesome! That's an extra 12 weekends! It's also kind of sad that it took me so long to figure it out. Which makes me think that way back in the day when the student health center pharmacist asked me why I started my pills on Tuesday, maybe he was trying to get me to think a little deeper about just what that would mean. Thanks for not being explicit, pharmacist! I need things spelled out for me!

Fall into Autumn Weekly Topic


Pumpkins!
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
This week's topic is:
Autumn has now officially begun here in the States!! What is your favorite thing about Autumn/Fall? Why?

I really do LOVE fall! But my favorite thing would have to be the colors.
I love fall colors and now is when we start seeing them not only in
nature but also in seasonal decorations and also in other areas of
shopping like sheets and dishware and clothing! My outfit today for
example is brown corduroys, an orange and brown print top and a tan cable cardigan sweater. I've switched our tablecloth out to an orange and white floral print, harvested the first pumpkins (seen here!) and will soon be putting the red slipcovers on the furniture for the fall and winter months. All those lovely, warm colors!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Oc-Tute-ber

I have an exciting announcement! All month in October I will be posting all sorts of tutorials and instructions. You are guaranteed at least 10 new tutorials! Some to watch for:

Thaumatropes

Spiral felt ornaments

Ranger cookies

A necktie for your furry family member

Why am I doing this? Well, according to those half-believable calendars with all sorts of made-up sounding holidays like Pickle Day and National Kiss-A-Ranch Hand day, October is National Bake & Decorate Month, National Cookie Month, and Self-Promotion Month. It also contains Getting the World to Beat a Path to Your Door Week and Sweetest Day. What better way to self-promote and get the world to beat a path to my blog than to be sweet and offer cookie baking and decorating tutorials? I'm also very excited to be hosting the October Swap at Create A Connection! So I'll see you all in Oc-Tute-ber! Not that I'm going anywhere, I'll still be here and maybe this week I'll post a pre-Oc-Tute-ber preview tutorial!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Club Little House arrived!


Club Little House arrived
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
I've posted pictures of each item I received over on my Flickr if you'd like to see. This picture is my own contribution, Adirondack chairs. And the knitting basket is from Maggie.

I wish I had room for my doll house here but I really have no place but the basement to put it. It's at my parents' farm, wasting away. I will have to devise some sort of shadow box to display my favorite little items so I can at least enjoy a few at a time.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mmmm, donuts!


love-ly donut
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
This weekend we made biscuit donuts (basically cut a hole in a biscuit, fry and roll in cinnamon sugar) and they were darn tasty! I cut the holes with a heart cookie cutter because I love just that much!

Today I two wonderful swap packages! One from Emma's Blogger Book Swap. My two books came all the way from Ireland from Beccy. I'm really looking forward to the weather getting cooler (which is has started to already) and curling up indoors to start reading these! A mug of Chai, a corgi on my lap and the sun going down a bit earlier every day which makes me feel ever so much more lazy in the evenings.

The second package was from a Swap-Bot swap for altered wooden letters. I requested a Z, of course, to add to my collection! Lisa sent me the most wonderful Z inspired by my love of vintage cookbooks and one of my fave color combos, pink and brown!! And she included extra goodies like a notepad and ribbon spool in the same colors! Awesome!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Club Little House

I got my package today and WOW, I am blown away!! I set the stage at lunchtime when I came home for lunch and saw the box on the stoop. I went outside and picked a bouquet of Zinnias to set on the table. I poured myself a glass of lemonade. I spread out all my little packages on the table and one by one I relished them! Now I have each of them sitting on a metal tray on the dining table so I can walk by and enjoy them. I don't know which I like better, the adorable little rabbit made from pipecleaners, the cupboard complete with little craft books, the Christmas decorations! There are so many wonderful little lovelies to choose from and they're all mine! So I don't have to choose!

Fall Into Autumn Topic of the Week

This week's topic is about knitting preferences.

When you knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

Simply stated, I use whatever the pattern tells me. I use the yarn they say and the size needle or hook they say. I have seen what veering off the path can result in and it's a waste of my money and effort to produce something "creative" that turns out to look terrible. As far as wood/plastic/bamboo needles, I prefer the plastic "baleen" needles with a good pointy tip. I dislike wood for working on anything but socks and other double-pointed projects and I dislike metal because I hold my needle like I hold my pencil-very firmly and incorrectly so that it presses into my right ring finger near the nail.

Cupcakery

After just discussing with Mike what will happen to all the cupcakeries when the trend is over, I see we are getting one here in town. Cream and Flutter will be opening downtown and they're hoping for the night crowd from bars. Unless trendy cupcake places make a name for themselves doing other things like decorated cakes and cupcakes for special events, I don't see them lasting very long after the cupcake bubble bursts and hipsters are on to the next best thing. (Maybe sliced bread shops?) And with the awesome Pekara bakery right downtown if you want stellar pastries and cookies and the Cake Artist's Studio if you want a gourmet cupcake-sized cake treat, I doubt they'll hold their own for very long. The bar crowd won't be keeping them afloat for long.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Retractable(brain) Leashes

This morning Sully and I had a run-in with what The Willa Woman calls a "Stupid "Pet" Dog Owner With a Flexi-Leash". I think there are definitely different levels of dog ownership and "pet" people are those people who have a dog, for whatever reason, but are not actively involved in its care beyond feeding and maybe walking it. They may know their dog has some bad habits but have no idea or no gumption to find out how to fix them so they just live with it or get rid of that dog and start over with a new one. These people are a major pet peeve of mine and a major reason I could never professionally teach dog training or be involved in any other business that deals with these people. At least right now. I know I should want to educate them and help simplify their lives and their dogs lives but they just annoy me and I don't have the patience.

So lady walking two dogs on two seperate flexi leashes. How in the world do you hold two flexi leashes and then pick up dog poop/carry poo bag/treat dogs for being good or anything else that would require hands? Answer-you can't. She fumbles with keys/poo bag/flexi leashes and drops one, dog rushes at us, I grab the dog's harness and return dog to her.

Then she drops it a SECOND time! At this point I am probably noticeably disgusted but make nice because accidents happen. But they wouldn't happen if people didn't insist on using those darn flexi leashes.
5 reasons not to use Flexi leashes:

1-As demonstrated by this lady not once but TWICE, they can severely cut your hands if you grab the leash part when trying to restrain a dog. Which you will invariable do because you will NOT be able to grab the handle while it goes flying after your dog. And the handles are VERY easy to drop/slip out of you grip.

2-You have no control over a dog that is 20 feet in front of you. If your dog sees a squirrel teasing him in the street, you will NOT be able to stop him from darting after it and possibly getting hit.

3-People like them because it lets their dog run a bit without them having to really work. Maybe if the dog needs more exercise than you can provide, that's not the right dog for you. And maybe the right dog for you is a cat.

4-Dogs walked on Flexi leashes learn to pull when on a walk. Try to transition them to a normal leash and you'll have a terrible habit to break and most people aren't willing to spend the time to break it. Who in their right mind thought up a leash where the DOG is in charge of how far they go and how fast they get there? Does that sound like a recipe for a healthy, obedient pet? I will acknowledge that if you have a large area with no one you might bother and nothing to get wrapped around, the flexi leash is admissible. But a 20' training line would work just as well and it's much less gadgety and much less likely to slip out of you hand and go careening after your dog, scaring it to bits.

5-A flexi leash is not a substitute to training. A lot of people get them so their dog can roam free on the side walk and not tear their arm off pulling after every little thing. It takes much less time and effort to pop into your local pet supply store and pick up a flexi or for that matter a halti, an easy walk harness, an anti-jump harness or any other substitute for proper, positive training than it is to work with your dog consistently and intelligently.

Pet dog people and their Flexi leashes, just two of my many pet-related pet peeves. Also on the list- dog parks, people who don't spay and neuter their pets, the "disposability" of pocket pets, dogs tied out in back yards, people who buy puppies at pet stores, people who always carry their small dogs, and designer mutts. I'll try not to rant about them all at the same time.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Doughnut recipes?


I was doing some research, trying to find inspiration for the Krispy Kreme recipe contest. The only recipes I am finding are for bread pudding (naturally, but boring and overdone) and fried Krispy Kremes as in pan-fried after buying them. Gag! Oh, and of course the classic hamburger with Krispy Kreme for a bun. You don't have to use the original glazed that comes to mind so I'm thinking maybe an apple tart with a cake donut or sour cream donut crumble topping. Does that sound good? Or sticky and gross?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Show us Your Sarnies!


Sandwich
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
I don't think I ever posted about the recent sandwich swap I hosted at work. It was based on this Delicious Sandwich Social held in Brooklyn. Seven people came to swap sandwiches and we had some great variety, some homemade and some purchased! We had a seafood wrap, spicy roast beef with jalepenos, a salami, cheese and yellow pepper sandwich on rye, a Penn Station mushroom and artichoke sub, an Atlanta Bread Company roast beef sandwich, grilled pesto, tomato and mozzarella on ciabata and chunky peanut butter and banana on wonder bread. I made peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes and others brought chips to share. It was a nice little lunch group and I'm pretty sure we'll do it again.

Speaking of sandwiches, Marie is hosting a Show Us Your Sarnie blog event over at A Year from Oak Cottage. So here is my contribution:

The Delectable Grilled Cheese
This sandwich is inspired by a sandwich at a restaurant here in town, but with some modifications. The original sandwich is made with ingredients I don't normally have on hand so this version is a little more every-day.

2 slices thick white bread, or Challah bread if you've got it
Sharp cheddar cheese
Edam or Gouda cheese
Granny Smith or other tart apple
Strawberry, fig or blackberry jam

Slice the apple thinly. I like to chop the cheese into small 1/4 inch cubes mainly because I don't like to dirty a grater. If you leave it in slice form, it may heat and melt unevenly. Warm a pan. Spread bread with butter or margarine on both sides and place in pan. Once the first side is toasted, flip and spread jam onto one slice. Over the jam place the apple slices to cover the whole slice. Over this, sprinkle both cheeses and top with second slice of bread. Toast evenly to melt cheese and warm apple slices. Savor the tart apple, nutty-smooth Edam, sharp bite of the cheddar and the sweetness of the jam. Delicious!

And as a little bonus, another recipe for those really brave souls!
The Dairy Bar
This sandwich is named after the ice cream shop I worked at for several summers during high school. You were allowed, of course, to eat all the ice cream you wanted while you were working but at some point you stop wanting ice cream and want some real food. We also sold hot dogs and barbecue but I don't eat meat so I devised this sandwich as my savory lunch/dinner option while at work. The squishier the hot dog bun, the better! The pecans add protein and fat to keep your pumping out ice cream cones and milk shakes all day long.

1 hot dog bun
1 squirt mustard
2 TBsp sweet pickle relish
3 TBsp chopped pecans

Squirt the mustard all the way down the hot dog bun, spread relish onto one side and sprinkle pecans on top of both. Close and eat! Or heat for 5-10 seconds in the microwave if you'd like. The pecans mix nicely with the mustard and the relish adds a sweet note to compliment the mustard tang.

Smallpants


Sully in the pants
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
The corgi from CorgiPants wears Pants! Sully is such a good sport, he posed for this photo wearing not his pants, but the CAT'S pants. That's right, here at CorgiPants there is also a cat. You'll have to visit my Flickr to see pictures of the cat shunning his pants. But these pants are my entry for Crazy Aunt Purl's Cat Sweater Sweepstakes. Not that they are a sweater or that I got the cat to actually wear them. But what the heck! Here's the story I emailed her about the pants:
Ok, so here's the story. I wanted to make my cat a pair of pants, like you know, lounging around pajama pants. Where I got the idea that I would EVER get pants on my cat, of all cats, is beyond me. Red is a terrible cat, truly, he loves no one, smells (found that out today trying to put the pants on him one last time), bites and scratches when unprovoked so don't even start provoking him! Anyway, I made the pants. With a little tail hole that closes up with Velcro and everything. Back when I originally made the pants, maybe two years ago, I respected the cat too much to try and force them on him other than a cursory try. But today I tried again, in earnest! Because the cat has screwed me over enough times for me to know he is a true adversary and if he doesn't want to wear the pants, he won't. But by God I'm going to try! I got one leg in! Then I thought the smartest route would be to get the tail in to sort of lock them on and then shimmy the other pantleg onto the other leg. But the tail was the hardest bit. The cat HATES having his back end touched. The tail is off limits and every time I bent the tail to get it in, he made terrible gurgley hissing noises and let off a real stink, which was coming from under his tail. (Sometimes, out of spite, the cat leaks on the bed and leaves a little poo stain on my pillow and right about now, he was leaking onto the pants.) I got the tail in not once but twice but once the tail was firmly in position with the velcro gripping it at its base, he would shoot away from my grip, gasping and hissing and throwing up his back legs in horror! Once I saw the stain on the pants, I knew it was time to quit. Sully (our ever-loving corgi) glanced at me, knew what I was thinking and sidled up to me slowly. "Yes, ok, I will wear the pants. To please you and because I've never really seen you so riled up, please calm down, you're scaring me." 30 seconds later, the pants had been on, I had taken a picture and the pants had been removed. Gotta love an obedient dog. The cat on the other hand, I suppose I love him too. Not sure why though.

Fall into Autumn Weekly Topic

This week's Fall into Autumn topic is about yarn and seasonal changes.
I tend to knit more in the winter, as I'm sure many people do. I'm
getting so excited for fall, I wore my rainbow fingerless gloves for
the first time to walk the dog this morning! In the warmer seasons I
knit smaller items so they aren't so stifling laying across your lap.
But I don'tnecessarily change the yarn I use with the seasons. I always
use a lot of cotton yarn no matter what the weather, and I think
worsted wool is pretty all seasonyarn to knit with. This summer, most of my knitting/crocheting was done with acrylic, though, for all that play food. (Check out Ravelry for all my projects.) I think any season will do for getting frustrated with acrylic!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Giveaway madness

For all of us who didn't win that fantastic vintage package over at FreshVintage, we've got a second chance with Girl Land's giveaway! Head on over and enter to win!

And Garboodles Soup is having a 200 post Anniversary giveaway too! So many fun giveaways this month!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Shout out to my Fall into Autumn secret pal

To the wonderful person who will be sending to me:
Hello! I got my pal this morning so you have probably glanced at my blog already. I just wanted to say hi and thank you for signing up to spoil me!
About soaps: I don't really like flowered scents and it's coming up on fall so spicy, fall baking or fruity smells would be awesome! Also, I like clean smells (fresh cotton, general soap smell) and oatmeal milk and honey fragranced items.

About yarn: I like any and all yarn. I am frugal and if left to my own devices will go for more but cheaper yarn rather than buying smaller quantities of more posh yarn. But that doesn't mean I don't like posh yarn! (I do like to bend the spending rules for spoiling my own swap partners! I'm just very frugal when it comes to spending on myself.)

About other treats: It's still kind of warm here and chocolate, much as I like it, would probably melt and mess. I like hard candies though, and sugar free gum and lollies and twizzlers and real licorice and gummy candies! I don't generally like sour candy. I LOVE fun memo pads, stationery items, stickers, post-its, recipe cards, and I collect the stickers that come on fruits and veggies. If you'd send me a few of those, boy, you'd rank in my book!

Auditory memory of the day

There is a storage cabinet here at work, one of those metal ones with the squeaky handles. When it opens and closes, it makes the sound that kids playing on an old swing set makes. Remember being in class while another class was at recess and hearing that squeeee squeeee squeeee? It's making me antsy to grab my Wuzzles lunchbox, eat my applesauce cup and run outside to swing!

Also making me antsy today: I got my Fall into Autumn Dishcloth Swap partner in my email! Hooray!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Dog Show Report


Sully's newest additions
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Thank you so much to everyone who wished us well and good luck for our trial this weekend! It was a great feeling to know people were hoping the best for us. And all those "break a legs" worked! We got third place in out Level 1 class and first place in our first Level 2 class! He ignored the foodbowls like a pro, excelled at both bonus exercises, and was a generally good boy around all those strange dogs all day!

Our second Level 2 class of the day didn't go so well, with Sully opting to not jump the jump until the third time I told him "over". But by that time he was tired and a little fed up with the rain. It rained (poured!) all day Saturday! Our trial was indoors but inside a Morton-type building so it was echo-y and loud.

Each time you place, you get to pick a toy out so Sully picked a spiny ball that honks and a squeaky cat with a fluffy tail. Check out my flickr for a picture of why next time I will be opting out of the free toy if we place again. Too many toys taking over the living room floor!

Chickens have feelings


I was watching Animal Cops the other night and while they were raiding a cockfight in Texas, one of the officers said the only two states where cockfighting is still legal are New Mexico and Louisiana so often Texas offenders will say they are only raising birds to use in fights in those states. I could not believe my ears, I had no idea cockfighting was legal in any state! So tonight I did a big of research and was happy to find out the New Mexico banned the "sport" just this past spring. And very recently Louisiana has also passed a law that will become effective in August 2008. Can you imagine that cockfighting was still legal in two states this time last year? It's been illegal in the UK for over 150 years! Unfathomable!

The picture is an illustration of one of my favorite breeds of chicken, the Cochin. They have feathered feet and are a very sweet, puffball of a chicken!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Neigh?

What breed of horse would you be? Not what breed would you like to be? Or what breed is your favorite but what breed would you be if on the day you were born your mother happened to be a horse? I, being a very horsey girl most of my life, have put much thought into this.

First you must consider certain physical characteristics. I am tall for a female, so I could never have been a pony of any sort no matter how cute they are. Yet I'm stocky, so I could also never be a wispy Arabian or a lanky gaited breed. I have big feet (size 10) which would knock out stock breeds and make me think warmblood or draft horse.

Work ethic/style wise, I would much prefer the steady day to day workload of pulling a wagon or fieldwork over the extreme highs and lows of something like three day eventing or reining competitions. I'm steady, hardworking, level-headed most of the time. I'd prefer to be in a pasture than in an air-conditioned barn. (But please give me a fly mask!) I don't like the spotlight terribly and am not very flashy looking. I often think of myself as plodding along. Plodding along to the grocery store, plodding along with a 50 lb bag of books at work, plodding along through the day the best I can. This would lead me to believe I would be a draft horse, but not one with a lot of flash like Shires and Clydesdales. No, I'm more of a Belgian, with minimal feathering, a common chestnut coat and a soft eye.

BUT! Given my proclivity for not reproducing and my general goofiness/tendency to be just a bit different, in reality I am fairly certain I would have been born a Belgian Mule. You can't take yourself too seriously with giant ears that flop around when you shake the flies off your head. But a mule can also be stately. A big draft mule can have the same presence as a draft horse, the same powerful step, the same massive haunches, but you can't help but smile when you hear a mule bray good morning to you!

I don't think this is only because I like mules. I think maybe I like mules because I share so much with them. I wish most horse people weren't so snobby and would stop thinking mules are something so below them. In 4-H, I was never allowed to show my mules because the rules only allow horses and ponies. They told me they thought mules would disrupt the grounds and put the horses out of whack. Horse people!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Dog show Days of Summer


covered up
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
I am so mellow right now from Yoga tonight. I need to keep this mellow groove until Saturday for our first dog show of the season. I tend to get really antsy, nervous and over think everything before a dog show. But when it's all over, I remember that it's only a dog show, no one will die, no one will make a life-altering decision or face some terrific challenge. It's supposed to be fun and relaxing, it's my own free time, no one is forcing me to go. And I do enjoy it, mostly, except for those couple of days beforehand when I dream up every possible terrible thing that could happen and play them through my mind. So this time I'm trying not to do that. Sully is a great dog, we have worked hard and come a long way. We practice all we can but if something goes wrong in the ring, it goes wrong and it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. As long as I still have a great dog afterwards, maybe we learn something new, maybe we get a ribbon, maybe we don't, it shouldn't really make a difference. He doesn't care, I can tell you that. Saturday night, after our classes are over, he'll still want dinner and a walk and he'll still zonk out on the sofa and his mind won't be cluttered with should haves and would haves. To keep this mellow mood, here is a picture of a sleepy, snuggled Sully.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A-Z of me


yoga help 2
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Z is for Zumba

I LOVE Zumba, which is a class our gym offers. But it involves a lot of salsa and other dance moves that are hard on my knee, so I can't do it very often. More often I can be found at Pure Energy (lower impact aerobics) and yoga. Here's a picture of Sully "helping" me out with the downward facing dog.

Now that my alphabet is over, I think I might start again! Or maybe this time I won't go in ABC order.

A-Z of me


Yaris
Originally uploaded by Corgipants
Y is for Yaris

This is my new car! I got it about a month ago and it's the cutest thing ever! My penpal has one just like it except hers is blue. Sully has his own area in the back because the back seats fold down nearly flat. And I can park in a mailbox if I need to!

Some Giveaways (not my own)

So, I've run across several giveaways I thought I'd let you know about.

Via PonyKnit, I bring you Tea Time Ramblings' dishcloth giveaway.

Fresh Vintage is having a giveaway for an awesome vintage stash of goodies! And she's making it easy to win this time, just comment!

And Kashi is having a virtual version of their Snack Drive where you trade in one bad snack for a healthier one.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Cards for sale

If you've got a baby to announce or some people to thank for gifts (wedding and shower), I found a stash of the cutest vintage cards just for those occasions. And since I don't have either of those things, I'm selling them. They're in my Etsy shop.

Cupcakes are hot

I know, cupcakes are so trendy right now. And I usually stay far from trends. But how can you help but like them? I get a cupcake recipe emailed to me every week and thought you might like to get one too.
Taste of Home's Cupcake of the Week email

Some of them are pretty lame, just decorating tips really, but some of them have been really creative recipes!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

A-Z of me

X is for Xylophone

I know you probably won't believe this but I played the xylophone. Well, technically, I played the bells which are shorter and more often seen in marching bands/school bands. But same principle as the xylophone. I was at my parent's house today and my mom had made wind chimes out of the bars of my old bells. The sound was amazing! I would have asked for one but I kind of think wind chimes in town are sort of rude to your neighbors. Not everyone wants to hear your tink-tink-tinklings.

A-Z of me

W is for Waffles

We love waffles! The other day on tv some organizing lady was talking about gadgets and how you should get rid of all your waffle irons/Foreman grills/bread machines/ice cream makers/etc. Crazy lady! I actually use those things! I mean, not that we make waffles EVERY weekend but we enjoy waffles enough that I don't mind storing the waffle iron. Sheesh! And yes, the bread machine is gigantic but I am not ashamed to admit that yeast bread is one of the few things I am terrible at in the kitchen. I do all my bread/rolls in there, even if I finished them off by hand with one last knead and rise. I just can't ever get my bread/rolls to rise as well on my own. So back to waffles! Mike invented waffle toast, which is french toast cooked in the waffle iron. Delicious! Speaking of waffle toast, I might make some of that tomorrow! Yum!

A-Z of me

V is for veggies

I've been vegetarian for over 10 years now. I'm not the organic, brown rice, lentils and wheat grass kind of vegetarian. I eat a lot of pizza, pasta and sweets. I make vegetarian meatloaf, sloppy joes and sweet and sour meatballs. I love cheese and ice cream and am not so hot on spinach or beets (unless pickled). Mike has recently gone vegetarian too and I kind of can't get used to it. I bought him meaty hot pockets the other day. And I still have a coupon for hot dogs in my purse for him.

I collect the stickers that come on fruits and vegetables. The other day at the antique mall I found a recipe book about salads that I'm going to use as an album to keep my fruit and veggie stickers in! It will be my first altered book project!

And I'm going to give you the scoop on a swap I am hosting next month! I am next month's swap host at Create a Connection and the theme of my swap is.......
5-A-Day

That's all I'm saying for now. :)

A-Z of me

Finishing up my A-Zs, even though August is over.

U is for Up, Make-

I don't wear make-up. I never have. I own make-up, it's probably ten years old and tomorrow I plan to use my day off to go through it and throw most of it away. (Can't right now, Mike's asleep in there.) I do like Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer. And Bath and Body Works slightly sparkly shimmer body powder/lotion. And I admit, I don't even think I know how to apply make-up. I read the teen magazines as a kid, I'm sure I've got the basics down but I have no idea what colors or exactly where to stroke the blush, how high up to go with the eye shadow or where to outline my lips in lipliner. That's ok. I'll be un-gussied up.

Pleasant surprise

The other day I overheard some ladies talking about puppies and how cute they were . "Oh, I know, did you see the one on the top? It looked like a puffball!" "I did see that one, but I liked the brown and white one, it had freckles!" Etcetera, etcetera. I thought for sure they were talking about puppies they had seen in the new petstore in town that, sadly and upsettingly, sells puppies. They continued on and off all day and while I would never say anything to them, I was getting quite upset because one of them was actively looking for a puppy and I thought sure she had decided on one from the store. She talked about calling them and asking more questions about it.

I was so relived when, at the end of the day, a new person joined the conversation and they explained they were oohing and ahhing over all the puppies on PetFinder. :) Hooray for adoption!

Fall Into Autumn Dishcloth Swap Questionnaire

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?

I am bi-craftular, I do both! I've been crocheting for about 8 years and knitting for about 7.

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?

Yes, I love dishcloths! They're so fast and there are so many different patterns! I use them and give them as gifts along with soaps, bath beads, etc.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before ?

I usually use Peaches and Cream/Sugar and Cream because you can almost always find it on sale somewhere. But I also like cotton chenille and for this swap I've purchased some more upscale cotton yarn that is exceedingly soft!

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?

Well, I use whatever the pattern tells me to, I'm not much for improvising. I like plastic with really pointy tips!

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?

I love reds, pinks and oranges. But for the bathroom I like blues and greens too. And purple! I like to use variegated yarns.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?

I like bundling up! And drinking warm drinks. Don't get me wrong, I like to be outside but I also love when it gets too cold to stay out very long because it's so cozy to come back inside and be warm!

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks!

All pies! Any pies! I love to make pie and eat pie! If I had to choose from those three, I would pick apple because it goes so well with cheddar cheese AND with ice cream.

8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?

I was always very nervous about school starting. I always over planned and checked and rechecked my supply list, picked out my outfit and really scrutinized it.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap)

Yes! I love to dress up and we have a big Halloween party at work! I love vintage-feel Halloween items.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?

Cupcakes, string cheese and Fuji apples.

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids?

One corgi, one cat and one goldfish. No kids. One husband but he isn't any more or less like a child then I am. :)

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?

I would like to think I am like a good multipurpose worsted weight superwash wool. Steady, reliable, washable, durable and cozy.

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?

Dishcloths/dusting rags/mop-up-the-counter cloths. My dishrags get use and abused but they make me smile while I'm doing yucky work. But if I got a fancy-pants cloth, I might use it in the bath.

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)

Halloween! I have the best memories of Halloween and even now, even though I can't Trick Or Treat and we don't get any Trick or Treaters where we live, I can feel Halloween mischief in the air!

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?

None.