When Life hits.

I’ve had a roller coaster of over 3 weeks at work and it will all end on Friday.
Added to that is car-pooling Bubble Wrap Boy to Summer School and College Girl to her job.

I also had to go in production mode for my yarn, I got a commission from a woman who wanted to see my yarn inventory.
Yikes, I have no inventory!

So since Sunday I’ve carded, spun and plied many skeins.

So many pretties!
I tried to have at least some good sampling with different colors.

This one has made me the happiest to make

As soon as the dust settles a bit I will be back with blog posts.
I have a couple cool things to share and I’m working on a new recipe.

Swedish Chef Sunday

Fiesta time and an easy recipe

I had bought a watermelon on impulse and then the weather went much much cooler.
And as it turns out, I’m the only one wanting to eat watermelon in this house.
After a week of eating it on my own I was about ready to toss it.
One can only eat so much of the same food, right?
Food Network Magazine to the rescue!
They had a fish taco recipe with a watermelon salsa that looked very appealing.

I made it in a small portion seeing that Himself had raised an eyebrow when I showed him the recipe.
But EVERYONE ate it and liked it.
The combo of the watermelon with the spice of the jalapeno was amazing.

This *will* be a repeat and a great salsa to take to parties.
I labeled it low-carb/ gluten free because you can omit the taco’s and still have a great dish.
(The original recipe was done with sea bass)

Fish taco’s with watermelon salsa.

4 cups diced seedless watermelon
1/2 small shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 2 limes, plus lime wedges for serving
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
1 pound cod fillets, you want to get “chunky” pieces because otherwise it falls apart while grilling.
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1 avocado, sliced

Make the watermelon salsa: Combine the watermelon, shallot, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno in a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

Preheat a grill to high. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with the chile powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt; drizzle both sides with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil. Brush the grill with olive oil, then add the fish and grill until marked and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a plate and break into bite-size pieces.

Himself and Bubble Wrap Boy ate this with crunchy taco’s, College Girl preferred a soft taco.
I also had tossed 1 pound of shrimp in chili powder, garlic and salt and grilled those as well.

I served this with avocado.

My other hobby seems to offend the US Olympics Committee.

Besides cooking my other passion is knitting and spinning.
Many years ago I joined a small website still in Beta mode called Ravelry.
Ravelry.com is a 2 million member website of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners.
This description doesn’t even cover how awesome I think they are,if you are a knitter and not aware of them..JOIN!

For the last 2 Olympics they’ve held what was called the Ravelympics, a way to follow the Olympics and craft along side.
Goals are set for projects,many people set aside a special project *just* for the Ravelympics.
There’s teams organized by skills, countries, interests.
Last Olympics I cast on for a shawl at the opening ceremonies but failed to finish it by the closing ceremony.
It’s all in good fun, not a cent goes to Ravelry.

However the US Olympic Committee decided to send a Cease and Desist letter to the owner of Ravelry telling them to take down the challenges and even patterns.

“…We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.”

I call BS, my knitting does not down play an athletes performance at all.
It has taken me 40 years to hone my knitting skills, I’ve walked/ran 4 half Marathons, I have respect for athletes.
Also the Ravelry event made me watch the Olympics more because of the challenges involved.
The last Ravelympics was the first time I participated and I am looking forward to this years.
So are a lot of people on Ravelry, you can sense the excitement on the message boards.

If you want to read more:

http://gawker.com/5920036/us-olympics-committee-is-mad-at-knitting-olympics-for-denigrating-real-athletes

http://themagpieknitter.com/?p=715

Shame on you USOC!
You have lost a lot of dedicated viewers.

Gadgets for Wednesday

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Himself bought new pans a few years ago and although they are lovely and stainless steel the handles get bloody hot! 

I’m seriously thinking of buying these to save my hands!

 

 

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This is just cute.

 

I can see someone with a rubber duck collection liking that.


Some days I feel like this before coffee, so this espresso maker fits right in!

Why a square egg makes sense, who knows. Maybe for the more OCD crowd?

Enjoy!

Swedish Chef Sunday

Roasted Bell Peppers

I always grill my bell peppers for a tasty side dish to have with grilled food.
But not everyone has a BBQ or maybe you’d want to make it in the dead of winter when grilling is somewhat cold!
Just in time for the warm weekend a recipe that doesn’t need a BBQ.

Roasted Sweet peppers

3-4 bell peppers, cored and sliced.
Mixing colors red, yellow, green and orange you’ll get a fun dish.
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp of your favorite cooking herb, I like rosemary.
1 table spoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbs lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425

Toss peppers, garlic, herb and olive oil together
Season peppers with salt and pepper
Cook peppers on a baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes, peppers should be soft not charred
Drizzle with lemon juice

Serve cold or warm.

Enjoy!

Busy 48 hours!

I’ve been away from my computer for a bit and haven’t updated the blog.
Here is a quick funny.
Comma placement is important!

I’ll be back!

Happy Wednesday!

Gadgets for the nerd in you (or someone else)

Mix a drink after a hard day at the lab!





For those of us who remember records!I’d cringe every time I’d put a drink on it.

Ps, today the blog powers to be would not let me properly caption the middle 2 pictures so here goes:
Lego Utensils for the kid in you, fully stackable.
Rubik’s cube salt and pepper shakers, wonder if my son would try to solve them?

Enjoy!

(images from http://fredandfriends.com)

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