Archive for November, 2010


If we worked together…

November 24, 2010

I would be trying to get you to eat a tiny peanut butter pie today.

Last night I was goofing off in the kitchen while waiting for dinner to cook and stumbled upon tiny graham cracker pie crusts in my cupboard.

Here’s how I filled them:

– a layer of dark chocolate ganache
– a layer of peanut butter cream
– a layer of whipped cream
– chocolate shavings

I think they turned out pretty well.

Here is a picture:

Tiny Peanut Butter Pie

Happy early Thanksgiving!


New Cat Bed

November 23, 2010

I made a cat bed the other night for my two kitties.

I made it using a wonderful tutorial posted on Urban Crunch.

The tutorial is for a dog bed, but I scaled it down for a cat bed. My finished cat bed is about 18 x 23 inches. I made it this large because I was hoping that my cats would want to snuggle on it together. They have been sworn enemies for almost 8 years now, so Dave tells me it’s wishful thinking. He’s probably right, but I’m still going to hope.

I didn’t have fleece so I cut up an Ikea pillowcase and it worked amazingly well. I didn’t have polyfill on hand (weird, I know, usually I have tons of it for my pirate sock monkeys), so I used scraps of quilt batting to stuff it. It still needs some more stuffing, but it will do for now. It was the first time I’ve ever sewn a zipper into something and far from perfect, but it get’s the job done and now I’m not afraid of trying to put a zipper into something which is huge for me.

The best part was when I set it on the floor, it was like a magnet for both cats. They love it! Dave took some pictures of them enjoying it.

Here is Jelly on the new cat bed:
Jelly on the bed

And here is Joie. She seems to like it best:
Joie on the bed


Abe Lincoln Pancake

November 19, 2010

Not much to report here.

I thought instead, I would take this opportunity to share a picture with you.

Years ago (feels weird to type that, but it’s true), in my senior year of college, I lived in a house with some friends and Dave would come to visit on weekends. One Saturday morning, Susanna and I decided to make blueberry pancakes. About halfway through cooking the pancakes, Susanna flipped one and we stared down in awe at the pan. Our little pancake bore a striking resemblance to the 16th president, Mr. Abraham Lincoln.

Realizing that we had hit the pancake jackpot (I mean who doesn’t love Abe Lincoln?), we made Dave come into the kitchen and take a picture on his phone, before carefully wrapping the pancake up and tucking it safely in the door of the freezer. We had no idea what we were going to do with the pancake, but it seemed wrong and horrible to eat it. Unfortunately, a few months later, our housemate threw the pancake out, but the picture has endured.

For comparison’s sake. Here is a picture of real Abe Lincoln:

Abe Lincoln

And here is our pancake:

Abe Lincoln Pancake

You can see it, right? It’s totally Honest Abe… with a smattering of blueberries!

That’s all. You may resume whatever it was you were doing before the Abe Lincoln pancake blew your mind.


November Blocks

November 7, 2010

Finished my November blocks for Cindy of the Bee in My Bonnet VQB.

They were super easy to make and I LOVE the fabric she chose:

Cindy's Block 1

Cindy's Block 2

The blocks were made with this tutorial:

Dave and Nat’s wedding was really beautiful – pictures to follow soon 🙂

The end for now.


Oh Hello, Stress

November 4, 2010

It never rains, but it pours, right?

I’ve been super busy the last few days.

A while ago, my grandma took a bad fall. We took her to the hospital afterward and they said she was ok, except for a broken wrist. A few weeks later, she was complaining of back pain, so my mom took her to the ER. They think that she had a bad fall again and was so disoriented that she didn’t tell anyone. From the second fall she had five broken ribs and three broken vertebrae. They admitted her and found that she also had a merca infection and possibly bronchitis.

My grandma is 91 years old and has never really enjoyed life. She is ready to go and has refused treatment. Unfortunately, every time we try to sign her up for hospice, she is just too “well” and they won’t take her. So now she is at a medicare-paid rehabilitation center. If she does better, she might be able to go live back at her assisted living place. If she gets worse, they can move her to a nursing home. To complicate matters, she has been hallucinating really awful things happening to her, so she is always upset when we go to visit. And there really is no reasoning that these things aren’t happening to her, you know?

As if that weren’t enough, my mom has been really run down from running back and forth to see my grandma… and last week she (my mom) was feeling sick, so she went to the walk-in clinic where they told her it was food poisoning and gave her a prescription for Cipro. It was not food poisoning.. and the Cipro killed everything in her system except for the bacteria that was making her sick. Awesome, huh? She got a lot worse. On Sunday, I took her to the ER where they promptly admitted her and started her on IV antibiotics. It turned out to be a bad stomach infection and she’s home now, but it was a really stressful few days.

Things are a little more back to normal now – thankfully! And tomorrow is Natalie and Dave F.’s wedding, so hopefully my Dave and I can get out and have some fun.

I’ll leave you with some pictures. While my mom was in the hospital, I took care of her dog, Luci. On Monday night, Dave and I walked her to Beverly Park at sunset. It was a really nice, peaceful time that we all really needed.