Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Spatulettes


Once a month, I get together with a lovely group of ladies and we share recipes, eat great food and chat. Topics covered range from diaper rash to first dates to crafting. We are a fun mix with a few teachers, a few stay-at-home moms, a pediatrician and an optometrist and some marketing gurus. We call ourselves "The Spatulettes."

The "theme" this month was Mexican food and it was all delicious! One thing I brought was guacamole. Here is my fail-safe recipe. It is fast, easy and a great way to repurpose all those tomatoes you have from the garden that won't be made into salsa or spaghetti sauce.

Guacamole

6 ripe avocados, skinned and pit removed, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1 bunch of cilantro, stems removed and chopped
1 tablespoon of black pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons of salt
2 limes or lemons

Place the avocados, tomatoes, onion and cilantro into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with half of the salt and all of the black pepper. Stir well. Squeeze the lime or lemon over the mixture and then sprinkle with the remainder of the salt. If you are going to serve immediately, mix well and place in the serving dish. If you are going to refrigerate it, wait to stir until serving. Serve with tortilla chips, fresh veggies or pita bread triangles.

You can also spice the recipe up by adding a tablespoon or two of garlic or stirring in a can of diced jalapenos.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Repurposed Germs


Thanks to the germy middle-schoolers I spend my days with, I have been the proud owner of a lovely sickness for the last week. Now I've had students with stuffy noses, runny noses, sore throats, aches and pains, fevers, and chest-ripping coughs. I've taken all of their symptoms and repurposed them into my own brand of sick. I've got a scratchy throat, watery eyes, and the sneezes. Being under the weather is yucky. I'm sick (literally and figuratively) of blowing my nose, clearing my throat and the constant ringing in my left ear.

This is one case where I don't condone or recommend recycling, reusing or repurposing.

Ahhh-chooo!

Excuse me.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Red and Aqua Swap


So, I participated in yet another swap this month. Red and aqua were the theme colors and I had such an enjoyable time rounding things up and making goodies to send to my swap partner. A list of the things I sent include:
1. pouch using Kaffe Fasset fabric and vintage broadcloth
2. jewelry roll with vintage broadcloth and wool felt
3. earrings, pin and extremely cool bracelet made from vintage turquoise and new beads
4. assorted papers
5. some cool little poppy embellishments
6. assorted trims in red and aqua
7. some darling little note cards
8. three of my favorite fabrics in reds and aquas
9. other assorted goodies

I just have so much fun doing swaps. I take great pleasure in knowing that the people I am sending stuff to are getting majorly spoiled. If anyone is up for a swap, let me know. I'd love to spoil you too!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Repurposed People

Today I was driving home in the rain and I saw some people pulled over on the side of the freeway. It was a wet, cold rain and they were bundled up against the elements. And did I mention, they were on motorcycles? Now, do people just start out their lives as people who ride motorcycles around in the rain in North Dakota? Or does one have to repurpose oneself into a wet motorcycle riding someone?

I have repurposed myself. Many times. In big ways and in little ways. Divorce, haircuts, major moves and minor moves and back again. I have repurposed who I am into something new and different again and again. I've worn a Yamaha snowmobiling jacket and taught yoga (not at the same time, mind you!) My two favorite foods are fried cheese curds and sushi. My wardrobe includes Neil Diamond and Tori Amos concert t-shirts.

I've had the opportunity (and blessing) to be and know the many different forms of me that there are in the world.

I love reading blogs about people who are repurposing their lives. Whether it be a little metamorphosis like growing out their hair or big changes like the trials and triumphs of the whole reproductive process, I am enthralled and amazed and astounded by the repurposing that people do with their own lovely lives.

So for all of you who have moved from one country to another for love or changed your sexual orientation to match the person rather than the contents of someone's pants or parted your hair on the other side or danced like no one was watching when really everyone was...here's to you. And to those of you who take the time to blog about it, to let me into your world, thank you. Thank you.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Afloat on a Sea of Frosting


Cupcakes. I've been making them for two days. And frosting them for two days. Tomorrow I am hosting a baby shower for my sissy-poo and our dessert is looking a little sad. Who knew that frosting cupcakes was so hard? Is there some secret that I just don't know? Did I miss that day in junior high home ec and am I now rendered useless as a froster of cupcakes? Seriously, can anyone let me in on any technique or wrist-flick or magic voodoo that will make my frosting job look less smoosh and more whoosh?

In other news, Oscar loves dressing up like a girl. Earlier this summer, I put him in a dress I'd made from vintage sheets. Lately, he's been tying one on. An apron that is. He loves to put it on and do chores around the house. The kid loves vacuuming, sweeping, wiping up spills, and washing anything that will stay still long enough to be swiped at with a wet dishcloth. Here he is in his great grandmother's apron.

If only he could frost cupcakes...

Monday, September 04, 2006

The Perfect Project

Quick, simple, fulfilling and of course, useful...the ingredients of a perfect project. Pincushions always fit the bill for me. Here is one that I made from some Kaffe Fassett fabric, some felt I found at the thrift store, and a button from my Great Aunt Myrtle's stash. For a simple and classic pincushion, see here and for a simply amazing and inspirational craft room see here.