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Wordless Wednesday


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Oink Oink

Leah will eat anything that comes from a pig. Bacon, pork from the Asian supermarket, ham and her new favorite, spare ribs. 

spare ribs 2

I first made this recipe, from Real Simple magazine, about two months ago. My daughter alone scarfed down three ribs and then asked for more. In fact, we all enjoyed it. For a quick and easy meal, give the Garlic and Oregano Baby Back Ribs a try!

  • 3lbs. baby back pork ribs
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the ribs on a foil lined baking sheet in one layer. In a bowl, combine the garlic, oregano, cayenne, salt and oil. Mix well. Cover both sides of the ribs with the garlic oregano mixture, coating evenly.

Roast in the oven for 1 hour, flipping once after 30 minutes. Remove and let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Makes four servings.

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Yarn, that is. I had purchased the apple green Cascade 220 wool a few months back, in hopes to use it to make the felted bags I am so fond of making. I then found the deep purple yarn, also Cascade 220, the other day. Really, you only need one skein (or is it a hank?) to make the Sophie bag, which means I could either make one green bag and one purple bag, or combine the two colors to make two really funky bags. Or, I could branch out. So, my question to all of you knitters out there, do you know of any other really fun felted projects I could use these for? You wouldn’t have to pull my leg to get me to go back to the yarn shop if I need more than just the two. Leave me a comment with your thoughts!

In the meantime, the yarn sits really pretty upon this end table in my living room. This was one of two end tables I received from my grandmother when she was moving out of her home. Originally a really dark wood, I sanded it, then painted it white to give it a fresh look.

On it sits a few books I am either A) currently reading or B) want to read in the near future or C) have already read and lent out to my girlfriend, but didn’t feel like re-taking the photo. The books I am half way through are as follows – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, Knitting Rulesby Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood – Third Edition. My to be read is The Myth of You and Meby Leah Stewart. It was highly recommended by my girlfriend Chau, who has a knack for finding good books. Twilight, a young adult novel by Stephenie Meyer, is currently on Chau’s nightstand. You can read my review of Twilight here. It was GOOD!

Speaking of books, we are now taking votes for our February book at my on-line book club, The Written Word. Feel free to stop on by and join us!

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WW 2

Wordless Wednesday (a little early)!

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I got some really wonderful things in the mail on
Friday. The lovely Kikalee (password protected) sent me an extra copy of CRAFT magazine that she had. At around $15, I would have never shelled out the money for it and so was delighted to get a copy for free. Thanks so much! In addition, I won and received a handmade gift from a fellow book blogger, Iliana, which I have posted pictures of on my book blog The Written Word.

Yesterday, I ran out to our local A.C. Moore craft shop and entered a drawing. I very quickly won a whole tote bag full of goodies. Filled with fourteen skeins of yarn, two sets of knitting needles and a bunch of scrapbooking supplies, I made out like a bandit. And, since I had gone in there with a gift certificate, I walked out with all this and a few things more and didn’t spend a dime.


 Yup, I feel lucky. Now, I just have to figure out what to do with all this yarn?

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Fun with paper

Yesterday, our foreign exchange student made one of these for Leah.

Cute, isn’t he. She then told me about a website called The Origami Club. Try your hand at making bugs, maple leaves, even a koala. With detailed instructions (either a printable diagram or an animated demonstration) this might be a fun rainy day activity for your family.

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WW 1

 wordless wednesday

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