Big Changes Coming!!!

First: I should be able to start posting again!!! Yay!

Second: I now live in Germany!  So this blog will have weekend travel coolness in addition to crafting and cooking new food. Give me a minute to settle into my new place and I will get back to posting.

Talk to you all soon!



(Pronounced similar to”Choose,” or “Chews” Hard on the “Ch” sound with a slight “t” in front)


It’s Christmas Eve and I’m Googling artists…


A blessed day of doing nothing important except marveling at how talented people are. Here’s a very small sample of some fantastic illustrators that I found today.

(ps. I graduated Basic and OCS, but still have another 1/2 year of schooling ahead of me, so no crafting just yet. BUT I did make a baby blanket and a scarf while camping with the Army. Yup, this girl brought yarn and crochet needles to the woods. Making the military crafty one project at a time 🙂 )

Here are some sketches I made if you’re interested…I think I’m going to try to get back into drawing if I have any free time at school.

Merry Christmas. And God bless us, every one.

Handmade Climbing Chalk Bag…Made just for ME!

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.  This is the FIRST time anyone other than my mother has made something for me by hand.  AND I HEART IT!

My climbing buddy was offered a job in Alaska and she made this for me before leaving town. Say it with me…”Awwwww…” Now for the amazing part, this is TOTALLY handmade. She did all of the stitching by hand – no sewing machine was used.  Wow.

Seriously, it even has a tiny, lined pocket!

THANK YOU DAX!!!!!!    Best of luck in your job and travels!

Doctor Who Scarf: Progress Report

I promise, PROMISE, promise this will be done one day. I’ve been out and about having adventures so I only knit while watching instant-view Netflix these days. Which isn’t that often. (This winter I took up SCUBA diving, kayaking, rock climbing, running, and I hit the gym a lot getting ready for basic training…oh! and I went skydiving once too…all in all, it’s been a busy outdoor kind of Florida winter.)

However, I fit in a block or two of color every few weeks and, since I last updated you on my progress, I’ve added about four feet to the scarf as well as woven in all the lose ends except for the rows I added last week.

Please note, I'm six feet tall...

Only six more feet to go!

Superwoman posing in my PJs and scarf. That's how I roll.

Irish Car Bomb Brownies: Guinness Brownies with Jameson and Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting.

Sorry, we were too excited about this to take pictures BEFORE we dug in 🙂

First let me thank my friend Jen for introducing this into my world…You rock!  This is already my new ‘go to” birthday gift for everyone.

Let this sink into your brain for a moment: Guinness, Bailey’s, Jameson, AND chocolate…all in one glorious concoction. Read the rest of this entry »

“Sleep Talkin’ Man” is my new HERO!

This link is NOT for the kiddies eyes…but, oh Sweet Jesus, I can hardly breath from laughing so hard.  Here is a sampling of the more PG sleep ramblings his wife posted lately.  I would LOVE to know this dude.

“My bagder’s gonna unleash hell on your ass. Badgertastic!”

“No, not the cats. Don’t trust them. Their eyes. Their eyes. They know too much.”

“Just look at yourself. Yeah, now look at me. You don’t stand a chance. It must suck to be you, I’m sure.”

Baked Plantains. Why has no one told me about these before!!!

I had baked plantains for the first time while eating out with some friends and I cannot wait to make them at home!

I think this recipe is the closest I can find to what I had at the restaurant. I think the ones I had were lightly dusted with some sort of thin batter…the outside was a little bit more crispy and golden than what is seen in this picture.  I’ll let you know how it works.