Pinterest MADNESS

I really have no words for what Pinterest is.  If you join, you will have that warm, fuzzy, “I can do this” feeling and you will then bask in the warm glow of your, and other’s, awesomeness.  Ok fine, I’ll try to describe it.  Ok, fine….it’s not like reverse engineering a thermonuclear device.  It’s just hard to express how cool and addicting it is based on the description.  Ok, basically, you create “boards”.  Mine are to the tune of:  Crafty Things, Yummy Things, Craft Ideas, Random Weird, Cool Stuff, etc.  You fill each board with “pins”.  Pins are photographs with hyperlinks that take you to your, say, recipe you’ve pinned, and your picture will be of that delicious concoction.

Teacher Gift Ideas? You got it.

Meanwhile, people can “follow” your pins, or if you happen to be on the same craft/food/art wavelength of another pinner, you can follow them.   The magic is on the main page, where you are bombarded with amazing ideas from amazing people, and you can repin at will, which also keeps the ideas/projects on your personal boards.   The magic for me personally, and I assume for many others, is that you have all of the things you’ve ever wanted to do, make, laugh at, wish for, whatever…all in one organized place.  Because it’s so organized, I am way more likely to set aside time to do a project, or try a recipe or whatever, because you’re only pinning what you like and at the skill level you desire on your boards.  It’s like everything is pre-screened.

Want to carve a banana into an Alien? We'll show you how.
Plus, you have a lot of control of what you see on your main screen.  Love Sally’s recipes, but if you see one more picture of her GD cat, you’re going to put a gun in your mouth?  Follow Sally’s “Recipe” board.  Unfollow Sally’s “I Wish I Had Actual Children” board.  Simple as that.
Well, I’ve been away from Pinterest for several minutes now.  So I need to go repin how to make rock candy or chalkboard paint in different colors or print the 35 moves for perfect abs.  Wait, note to self…”unfollow” Ab Chick’s pins.

Autism Awareness Puzzle Hat

My friend Courtney has a wonderful, sweet, autistic son named Luke.  I’m going to attempt to learn the “Artesia” method of knitting to make this hat for an upcoming Autism fundraiser.  The colors/puzzle pieces on this hat represent Autism Awareness.  You can purchase the pattern for only $5 using this link:  A portion of the proceeds go directly to the Autism Society.

Wolf Spiders…..I SUMMON THEE!!!

He was probably summoned to this wall
Summoners of Death

So, my friend Neil was telling me about the various crops that his mom grows in Hawaii.  He said that she grows papayas, but that they “Summon Wolf Spiders”.  I love that they “summon” them rather than just attract them.  Now I want to grow papayas so I have the power to summon something.  Then I will have an army of Wolf Spiders and take over McKinney.  I’d heard Wolf  Spiders won’t actually hurt you.  We had hundreds of them in/around our house in Plano.  Then again, “I’d heard” that from “my mom”, so for all I know, they can kill you with a look.  I’d probably summon thousands of them with my acres of papaya crops and then not be able to control them and I’d die in a spider attack, which would be un-fun.







Knitted Bangle Bracelets…Next Winter’s Moneymaker

Knitted Bangles

Alternating Cable Bangle

6-st RC Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.
6-st LC Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, k3, k3 from cn.
Cast on 30 sts.

Set up row (WS) P8, k2, p6, k2, p12.
Rows 1 (RS) K12, p2, k6, p2, k8.
Row 2 P8, k2, p6, k2, p12.
*Row 3 K12, p2, 6-st LC, p2, k8.
Row 4 P8, k2, p6, k2, p12.
Row 5 K12, p2, k6, p2, k8.
Rows 6–8 Knit the k sts and purl the p sts.
Rows 9–20 Rep from * twice more.
**Row 21 K8, p2, 6-st RC, p2, k12.
Row 22 P12, k2, p6, k2, p8.
Row 23 K8, p2, k6, p2, k12.
Rows 24–26 Knit the k sts and purl the p sts.
Rows 27–38 Rep from ** twice more.
Rep rows 3-38 twice more. Bind off.

Crazy Good Chicken Tortilla Soup

Can’t you already smell it?

Crazy Good Chicken Tortilla Soup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onions, diced
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 (14 ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) cans Ro-Tel tomatoes, diced
1 (1 1/4 ounce) packets taco seasoning
10 small soft corn tortillas
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded or diced
8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese, divided
1 cup milk
corn tortilla chips, broken into small pieces

Saute carrots, celery, onions, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in oil until tender.  Add to crock pot.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, Ro-tel tomatoes, taco seasoning, milk and chicken.

Cut soft tortillas into small pieces and add to the broth mixture (My suggestion is to start with 6-8 tortillas and add more if you would like thicker soup).

Cook on low 3-4 hours.
Before serving, add 6 oz cheese and let melt.
Serve with shredded cheese and corn tortilla chips on top.  Throwing some avocado on top is never a bad thing.

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