Friday, January 25, 2008

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

So DH had a birthday last weekend. I surprised him with this:

You know, to try to compensate for my amazing stash of this:

The birthday celebration included steak and cake. I made his favorite cake -- angel food with strawberries.

As any man, now 42 years wiser, would do, he hid the cake in the plastic storage container in the oven out of view of 3 little cake loving boys.

A few days later, as any mother, now 40 years wiser, would do, she preheated the oven to cook meatloaf for her darling brood. She got this:

Yep, 350 degrees completely melted the cake container to the grate:

The melting plastic made little spaghetti-like strands that, to my 3 little boys, looked almost edible but smelled like melted plastic.

Nothing short of a blow torch will remove this pan from the grate.

That's okay, I hadn't even eaten a piece yet which helps me feel quite self-righteous when I say I've lost 2.75 in. in my waist!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Autism Speaks

The band, Five for Fighting, is donating a generous amount of money to Autism Speaks *each time* this video is viewed. The funding goes toward research studies to help find a cure. When you have a moment, please visit the link below to watch the video and pass it along to your friends and family. The video is beautifully done…..and educational.

Thanks for supporting these, our beautiful children, who are on the spectrum of Autism:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Knitting then and now

Knitters know that knitting hasn't changed in the big scheme of things. Oh the tools have improved, our techniques have strengthened, but the knit and purl stitches are still the basics of everything knitterly.

I knit my first dishcloth last night. I wanted something small and mindless to knit while I watched a movie, and what else was I to do with all the cotton yarn I have left over from my dad's sweater? I knit a dischloth.

I finished it quickly and it was very mindless. When I was done I realized that it is the identical classic dischloth pattern that my grandmother used when she knit dishcloths for gifts. See? That's mine on the left and her much-loved and used cloth on the right. Knitting doesn't change and, apparently, this pattern will be timeless in our family.

I used mine to remove my makeup last night. I may never knit another DISHcloth again as this was soooo soft on my skin (much softer than my regular washcloths).

I think I'm addicted...