Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Keeping Busy

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What's been keeping me busy lately: Crochet

I've started crocheting. I have this habit of picking up a new hobby, making a few things, losing interest and then a few years later picking it up again. I've had crochet hooks for a long time. I somehow made a little hat for my daughters baby doll and a small shopping bag for her barbie doll and then never picked up a hook again.

Until somewhere between Valentines day and St. Patricks day this year. I found these 2 patterns and I've been making a ridiculous number of crocheted goodies. The first I found at Skip to My Lou it's a really cute shamrock garland. I didn't actually create the garland, just a million shamrocks. Seriously, they take no time and they are so easy! And the other pattern I found at Sarahndipities it's a super cute heart garland. Again, I didn't make the garland just a million little hearts. Same problem: Easy and Fast. Today, I saw that Sarah posted another garland, a crocheted flower garland this time. My house will be blooming by tomorrow.

Also on the list of things I've crochet in the last month are:
  • A baby hat for my friends little newborn
  • A very bright green beret for myself (I haven't had the gall to wear it yet, lol) Started out as a newboys hat, lol.
  • A little headband for my daughter with a shamrock on it (snickering)
  • A half finished prayer shawl
  • A really cute off-white hat for me that was suppose to be for my 7 year old daughter but something happened with the sizing (more snickering)
  • A couple of unsuccessful attempts at granny squares which aren't that hard but I somehow managed to messed them up.
My most recent project is Crochet ponytail holders/Scrunchies. I watched this video and it is so easy it's ridiculous. I think I've made six now. My daughter is gonna have one to match every outfit. It's a really easy project if you happen to have had all 4 wisdom teeth removed and you are all but sedated. Just sayin'.

So check out this video and enjoy the sweet accent. By the way, AllFreeCrochet.com  has got some really cute patterns. This hobby is getting out of hand. I'm printing off so many patterns that I'm gonna need to put them in a notebook now. They also have a few ebooks that are free for download.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Book Review: Mine is the Night

Mine is the Night

Once again Liz Curtis Higgs has created a masterpiece. In her beloved land of Scotland, Higgs retells the Biblical story of Ruth. This book is the sequel to Here Burns My Candle.

In Mine is the Night we catch up with Elizabeth Kerr and her mother in law. Marjory is returning to her hometown with Elizabeth after the sad loss of her husband as well as both of Marjorys sons.

Upon returning they don't find the welcome they expect. They are for the first time in their lives living without means and status. Can they let go of the past and embrace what the future holds?

I very much enjoyed this book. Liz Curtis Higgs makes you feel as though you've been to Scotland. Even a person like me who has yet to get out of the US. I feel I know and have walked the places she writes so well. Having read pretty much every work of fiction by Higgs, I can say without a doubt this ranks in my top favorites. This story feels like it takes place just over in the next kirk from the Thorn in My Heart series.

This book comes highly recommended. With all the action, adventure, and romance we've come to expect of a Liz Curtis Higgs novel, Mine is the Night does not disappoint.

Just so you know, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. And you get get free books too through Blogging for Books. There's a link on the sidebar. -->

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs and a Contest

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs
I've got a review coming soon for Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs, the much awaited sequel to Here Burns My Candle.

I'm really enjoying this book and can't wait to tell you about it. But in the meantime, Waterbrook/Multnomah is hosting a contest.

You can check it out here Mine is the Night Contest

Also, Liz Curtis Higgs is hosting a live video event on April 5th at 2pm (eastern) Liz Curtis Higgs live event

Also, below is a book trailer for the latest book. Enjoy!

I've been a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs for quite some time. I love reading about Scotland and she is able to bring it to life for poor people like me who must read about it until the day they can afford to travel there.




Gluten Free Quiche

Gluten free quiche! A family favorite.


I don't post recipes/food related posts very often but I was kind of proud of this one. We'd put our daughter on a gluten free diet for a month to see if we saw any improvement in some areas (leg pain, vision, etc.). And since we've have become fans of quiche for dinner it was kind of annoying not being able to use the pie crusts we usually use. So here's my little trick for a gluten free quiche. And it doesn't require any special/expensive flour!

Get yourself some yellow corn tortillas. (The Mission corn tortillas don't have any gluten ingredients.) Place them in your pie plate and arrange them like this:
Beautiful corn tortillas!

Kind of arrange them "tightly". Then mix up your favorite quiche ingredients and pour it in. There's a chance that some of the quiche mixture will seep thru underneath the tortillas but not enough to worry about. The quiche cooks for the same amount of time as usual and the corn tortillas give it a really earthy taste. We've done this for dinner at least once a week since we started the gluten free experiment. Some of our favorite add-ins are spinach, pre-cooked jimmy dean turkey sausage from costco (gluten free, as far as I could find), shredded cheese, leftover chicken. We have quiche for the main dish and then have salad and toast with jam for sides. 

Enjoy!