Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Midweek Stuff!!!

Yet another post that is not scrapbook related!!! I wish I had something to show you. I just have not been in the mood for scrapbook creativity this week. Perhaps I will get hit with it before the end of the week.

However, I do have a couple of things to share. I could not let you down completely!!!

First thing is first, cause its about food, and yes food is important to my well being!!! I get very excited when I can find something that is healthy for me and it taste good to boot. We all know that if it taste good, its usually bad for us. I just refuse to believe that statement, and continue my desperate hunt for food that taste good, that is good for you. LOL!!! Its my stubborn nature. Anyways, I was at my favorite Wally World and found these tortilla's. Now some of you may have already discovered these, and shame on you if you have, and have not shared with me already. I consider missing out!!! You know how I love to eat and you should share all of your great food finds with me.
Do you see in the picture the amount of fiber in just one of these babies??? The tortilla is quite large, about the size of a plate, but its loaded with good fiber and good oil. There is 100 calories per tortilla, 3 grams of fat (2 which are mono), 12 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, and only 8 net carbs. What makes me the most excited is that no where in the ingredients does it list hydrogenated oils. Most all tortillas I have found on the shelf, have hydrogenated oils. So this is to me, the ultimate tortilla. Just two of these would give you the recommended amount of fiber you need in a day.

Ok, so now I have found the ultimate bread, I need the ultimate spread. (he,he I made a rhyme) I decided to whip me up a batch of Hummus Tahini. UMMM, UMMM, goodness!!

1 can of Chick Peas (drained)

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons of Tahini (find this usually in the olives and pickles section of the grocery store)

1/2 lemon or lime juice

1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

about 1/8 cup of olive oil

about 1/8 cup of water

In a food processor pour in drained chick peas and add garlic clove. Process till chick peas are pretty well chopped. Add in Tahini, lemon juice and process again. Add in olive oil and then water and process till creamy. Add in salt.
Now spread it all over your ultimate tortilla and you have a "ROCKIN" healthy snack that taste so, very good and gives you lots of good fiber, protein, and fats!!!!!

Ok, I feel better. I have shared with you my food discovery. Now I need to share with you my thrift store discovery.
Is she not the cutest little raggedy ever!!!! She only cost 1.50 cents. Can you believe that?? I was shocked when I turned her over and saw the price. I totally giggled out loud. There was no way I could leave her sitting on the shelf. Her neck is a little wobbly as you can see in the picture, but I actually think that kind of gives her character. Makes her look even more sweeter than she already is. When I find these kind of things in my thrift store shopping, it just totally makes my day!!! Another raggedy saved from the lonely thrift store shelf!!! YIPPY!!!

This month I got my crochet needles and thread back out and decided its time to give crochet another try. My MIL's favorite pass time was crocheting. She made the most beautiful blankets. Her favorite things to make were dolls, doll clothes, fun little toys and fun household gadgets. Kitchen towels were her speciality. She would make those fabulous wash clothes and turn the boring kitchen towel into a awesome hanging towel. I will truly miss those. I had drawers full of them and it made it nice to hang a few around the kitchen. Always a towel handy. I just feel like that I need to take up this hobby in honor of her. It would be nice to be able to pass this fabulous hobby down the generations to come. I know before she died, she was thrilled that I was showing interest in it. She tried many, many years to get me to do it and I just shrugged it off as boring. I do believe that age has helped me to appreciate this craft a lot more. I do really wish I still had some of the afghans that she had made me through the years. I do have one big one left in the attic and Kadie's baby blanket, but she had made me probably 10 over the 25 years I knew her. When I think back on all of them, I remember them all being beautiful. I just had no idea how special they really were until now. Oh well, I am thankful I hung on to at least a couple and its time to make my own.

I decided to start with granny squares. I think my problem with this hobby and why I struggle so is thinking of a whole afghan really stresses me out. I am the type that needs to feel accomplishment early on in the game, or I get bored. Each square finished, gives me that feeling.

So I started with the basic granny square, in these most delicious colors, for my DD's bedroom.
Now, I had planned to do this back in the fall of last year, which means I purchased these yarns then. I had no idea how much to buy, so I bought enough to get me started. Well guess what, that's all it did. I went back this week to buy more yarn and they do not have it anymore. I am just sick about this. So I have 6 completed squares and 1 almost completed and probably enough yarn to complete at least 1 more. That will give me 8 completed squares. I did check online and found the yarn, but I really hate to pay the shipping. So maybe I will just take these squares and make her a pillow and then start new with different yarn for her a afghan. I do love this yarn though. Its Berlin Softee Chunky. Very soft yarn, for the price. I love the soft yarn, but most times I have found it to be very expensive. I think this yarn gives you a happy medium. Anyhow, I did go ahead and buy some yarn to make one for my living room. This yarn is actually for making afghans. Its not as soft as I would like, but its defiantly affordable. I got it on sale at Michaels for 2.00 a ball. Its only 2.25 regular price. I do not know a lot about yarn at this stage of my hobby, but that sounds very reasonable to me. I love the colors and am very excited to start a square with it. The brown in the middle will be my main color and the other 2 will be the accents. Right now I am trying to decide if I want to do this afghan in the same basic square as the other or start a different type of square. I saw a book yesterday with over 99 different squares. That's a lot of different squares. All seemed very pretty. I really do love the solid square, but I know it would take a lot more yarn and time to do each one. I am not a patient person. Remember I need quick results. So I do need to give this some thought before I start. I want to be able to finish this once I start it.
Ok so that is it for now!!! Hope everyone is having a awesome week so far....

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