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Aloha.

Grocery shopping has been taken care of.

Wonderful vitamin D is pouring through our windows.

One of my favorite, new wave songs – “Oh, L’Amour” by Erasure – is playing like gentle strokes along my soul.

Despite the yarny dips my crafting has had lately, I do have other progress:

#1. Ombre Stripes is having its eucalyptus bath:

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#2: An amigurumi for the swap is halfway through its completion:

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And #3: I recently added this page to Knitspiring Odyssey. It’s self-explanatory.

A hui hou kakou – Until we meet again.

Aloha.

Pinterest is my cookbook.

Cookbooks. Food Network. These used to be my muses for meals.

Now, Pinterest is how I roll. I amazingly have 160 boards and over 9,000 pins. You can find me here.

It depends if I’m feeling lazy or inspired to try a new recipe. As I learned from my Dad, I make a grocery list each week. Yes, I use paper and pen. I know the new thing is to use your phone, but with all of those phone thefts going on, no, thank you.

Here are some of the successful recipes we’ve had:

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Top: Java Cupcake’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

I’ve used this recipe many times, especially to make quick, simple, and economical gifts for teachers. I usually split up a recipe. This past Friday, I doubled the recipe to make eight, mini loaves for Princess Cupcake’s counselors for the last day of camp & for a loaf for our crew.

Bottom: Adventures in the Kitchen’s Chicken Salad

I really like this sammy recipe. I never thought to put fruit and nuts in a meat salad sandwich. The grapes are a refreshing touch and I always love crunch.

No. 2 Pencil’s One-Pan Chicken Burrito Bowls

I’ve only eaten at Chipotle’s a few times, but I love their burrito bowl. I’ve seen this recipe around Pinterest many times and finally tried it out one evening. It is so good! I love how you only need one pan.

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Top: Organic Emily’s Crockpot Chicken Stew

Princess Cupcake hankers for chicken stew now and then so I dusted off the slow cooker for this recipe. I’ve used regular, organic chicken broth and have added in 1-2 Tbsp of cornstarch to thicken up the sauce as the sauce is watery. I usually double the recipe so it lasts for three meals.

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Bottom: Six Sisters’ Stuff’s Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken

This is the simplest and quickest slow cooker recipe ever! All you do is open packages and dump them right in.

The Magical Slow Cooker’s Slower Cooker Beef Stew

The four of us recently tried this recipe. O-M-Gosh. Hella good, yo! There is so much flavor in this stew and sauce. It is a must!

I hope any of these recipes inspire one of your meals.

Bon Appetit!

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Konnichiwa. Is your belly happy? Mine is from the Nordstrom Cafe Garden Omelette.

Arigato for sympathetic comments and cheer on Sunday’s post. Whether you’re a knitter or hooker, ripping back and/or frogging a chunk does not skip any of us unfortunately. I’m still up in the air on whether to go back to it after I finish the beanie or move to something else first on my list before tackling that sucker again.

I don’t have a review for you today as I’m still reading this eBook:

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Fiber crafting took priority this past week so I’m this far along:

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However, I’ve taken lots of notes via the ColorNote app:

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(PicsArt app for Android – Cylinder Mirror & Warm Color effects)

This second installment of Flavia de Luce is hella good. I’ve been forcing myself to read at a moderate walk so I can savor everything.

Which book did you savor like a little kid lickin’ the bowl clean after eating every last drop of ice cream?

Sayonara. Hope your Monday’s going well.

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Annyeong haseyo. I’m slippin’ in real quick as the husband has been madly workin’ away on his homework all weekend.

I want to humbly say kamsa hamnida for your supportive comments on the last post. When I had written that post, I felt like a buoy bobbing out in the ocean by itself. As you know it can be scary to try something new so publicly. After reading your thoughts, I transformed to a floating, candle lit lantern slowly joined by others while the soft current took us downstream to exciting adventures.

Now I’m afraid I have to change from warm and fuzzy to weathered, paper pom poms that’s seen better days.

What is wrong with this picture?

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Yes. You’ve got it correct – skinnier rectangle and one big ass ball of yarn.

I was so excited earlier this week. I was happily hookin’ away on my cardigan until I realized Friday that the edges were slanting inwards. At first I tugged at them thinking it was just acting like how stockinette curls and distorts. But then, yeah, it dawned on me that my stitch count decreased. After counting, it was confirmed with 146 stitches being present.

(((( ;°Д°)))) Ack! This means I had to do the fiber dirty – ripping back row by row until I got back to 150. So one hungry frog came and ate. Then another, and another…until about 1,500 stitches were obliviated.

So now, this project is back to 15 rows of 150 stitches each. (._.) Sigh.

Well, imagine the trauma. I needed a break from Cozy. This knitter needed a happy project, a vanilla WIP that would soothe my frayed nerves.

Some of you know that I created the meme, Beanie-a-long with Me, for myself to increase my beanie collection. The last project – For the S.F. Grey – of the Capucine pattern ended up small; it fit the seven year old’s head – ∑(O_O;) doh! It was fed to the froggies.

This meant I needed one more beanie project to complete my goal of five before my 40th. I decided to add this to my YOP list since all of the projects are for me. With all that’s been going on I CO this:

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A no-brainer, 1×1 ribbed hat.

Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather leftover from Wanted, But Handknit.

It centered me all of yesterday – ヽ(´ー`)ノ yay!

When you have a big setback on a WIP, do you soldier on or take a timeout from it and turn to something that makes you happy again?

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I know many of you follow Annie Cholewa who recently shed her anonymity by buying a URL in her own name and even has a snapshot of herself on her About page. One of her current posts was a source of inspiration for today’s post because she’s a writer, an eloquent one who talks about interesting and diverse topics. Her participation in the meme somehow made me think of how I used to want to be a writer.

I’ve mentioned this before, but as a child, I used to get up early and write at my Scandinavian, rolltop desk. I believe most of that was Robotech fan fiction, none in my possession anymore sadly enough. I remember in elementary school I had some material on that bright, yellow paper and a classmate was reading it. Our teacher took it from him to read. I was so nervous because I had profanity in it and I thought I was going to get into trouble. However, she looked at me and commented, “This is pretty good,” and she then gave it back to me.

I’ve read on several of your blogs how bloggers are writers. This was like a validating point to me because I think most of the time, I think of writers as those who publish articles, books, and poems.

Annie’s post fueled me to go on Pinterest where I have a writing board. I started searching for example, “blog topics” and “journal prompts.” I found a few more ideas to add to my board. And thus, these findings made me decide that I will try to slip in a post now and then to practice different writing styles.

This inspirational and motivating quote from this website I feel is a proper jumpstart to future writing posts:

“This is our life and it’s not going to last forever. There isn’t time to talk about someday writing that short story or poem or novel. Slow down now, touch what is around you, and out of care and compassion for each moment and detail, put pen to paper and begin to write.”
-Natalie Goldberg

I never got into scrapbooking but this idea was something I felt I could handle. Because I only use the basic template on WordPress, I created my version via Microsoft Word 2013, printed it out to scan, and then it was uploaded like a pic:

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This piece is simple by all means but was fun to do. Thank you for reading the first of my little steps.

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Aloha.

Mahalo plenty for your sweet encouragement and support on Sunday’s YOP post. I was warmed by your cheerleading over the small progress I had accomplished. I also loved how a few of you wrote, “Eating an elephant one bite at a time. It all adds up,” & “One bite of the elephant down, and soon it will be consumed.” What clever sayings. I haven’t heard of these before.

With the humidity (No storms but there was lightning and some rain two nights ago; didn’t even hear all that.) San Francisco’s been having the parks are usually wet, especially in the morning. However today, it was betta on our side of Golden Gate Park so after restockin’ our frig and pantry, I took ‘da keiki to one of our city’s many parks – Alta Plaza.

I got to enjoy the view while knitting:

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And my sweet keiki got to play to her heart’s content:

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Doesn’t her smile make you smile?

Remember that mitt I was workin’ on? I won’t bother showing you but it’s been totally frogged. I had made a stupid mistake and I just didn’t have the heart to CO that yarn for a third time. Then I thought I’d use something more fun to motivate me. However, I went through a whole episode of warring between using a colorway the recipient would like vs. what I like; then it moved onto maybe I’ll gift it to someone else; but it went back to the color issue. So this third, Christmas gift and I are having a timeout.

In good news…

I jumped back up on that other horse and am almost done with this infinity scarf:

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I’m on the fifth panel and it should be enough for a twist and a loop over. I’m halfway through this last part – 10 pairs of medium and light stripes. There’s still sewing the ends together and maybe SC a border around the whole thing.

Do any of you read Tracey’s blog, Clover? She is such a sweetheart who has fun with her beautiful granddaughter, who knits fearlessly through wraps, and whose kitchen I wanna visit. Well, this woman has blogged about a swap she had participated in last year or earlier this year, something I thought would be fun to do but was too busy with PTA.

Lucky for me, there is a summer one organized by Amanda of Sweet Potato Claire. It’s all about homemade/handmade + if you want to, add a few items from your hometown. I’m excited because it’s a simple, sweet swap and not about spending a lot of money.

For now, I will only show the yarn I used for the handmade portion:

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This is Madelinetosh Vintage in kelp. Isn’t it lovely? I love its bold saturation.

While knitting it up, I was reminded of why this brand is one of the favorites of our Ravelry community. My gosh, the feel and the weight? It’s worth every penny.

My tummy’s hungered so off to make lunch.

Aloha.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Annyeong haseyo. Despite the wetness that’s letting up in the city, my Monday started off well with a solid, stitch ‘n bitch session. I tried out a new omelette and two new members joined our group at Squat & Gobble, a mother and daughter duo. They were fun and witty. Princess Jellybean got to meet another with her name that doesn’t happen often.

I got a two-fer this time around with this paranormal romance:

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This eBook contains “Christmas Pride” and “Shaw’s Tail.”

In “Christmas Pride” Mace Llewellyn is a lion shifter who not only is part of a rich family but just got out of the Navy SEALS. Back home in New York, he is on the hunt for the girl he’s had a crush on as a scrawny and nerdy kid.  Desiree (Dez) MacDermot grew up in the Bronx and is now a tough, NYPD detective. She always had a soft spot for Mace but because she was seen as inferior by the Llewellyn sisters in her childhood, this peace officer developed a complex of sorts. A Pride lion is found dead, shot execution style like a human, and so the human and lion’s separate paths merge into one that not only exposes the detective to the shifter world, but also sparks up a fiery relationship.

“Shaw’s Tail” features Brendon Shaw, another lion shifter who owns a hotel chain with his siblings. As handsome and tough as he may be, he gets beaten up to the verge of death until a pack of wolves rescue him. This shifter is then protected by Ronnie Lee Reed, a former wild child/wolf who wants to change her ways. She then becomes the lion’s main hunt to mate with for life.

While there is some kind of danger going on, it’s only a stepping stone to getting these two pairs together. This eBook is more about the physical and emotional relationship between each couple. So yes, expect explicit language and lots of hot, steamy sex scenes. I had expected these elements although when I had read book seven of this series some time ago, there was more investigative work. However, I still enjoyed reading these first two books that set up the Pride series. I found it interesting how Shelly Laurenston created a world of shifters – lions, hyenas, bears, leopards, wolves – other than werewolves that the public is used to. It’s creative how each group of shifters have personality characteristics like their animal group. There is also humorous dialogue. Honestly, I felt like I would fit right in as I can have a short temper and foul mouth + I’m very protective of my ga-jok. Furthermore, while each species in real life stick to its own, they intermix and bond in Laurenston’s books based upon what’s on the inside rather than the outside so to speak. This parallels the issue of racism which we know is still present in today’s society.

I give The Mane Event 3.5 stars. How many stars do you give your current read/finish?