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Okay, so I’ve been MIA……With good reason I promise. WORK, WORK…..and WORK!

I’ve got to give a shout out to my secret pals…..now that SP11 is coming to an end I find I am getting more comfortable doing the pal thing. My secret to me pal always e-mails or leaves comments. And she sends the bestest packages. My not secret to me pal is equally as awesome. She’s warm and friendly. She’s been very patient as I try and figure out how secret palling actually works. Not that I’m a slacker pal but I wasn’t real sure how friendly to be, that’s so not the right word friendly, hmmmm. But my previous experience on a well known crochet forum was horrid. I emailed weekly, sent e-cards several times a week, sent rocking packages and cards and little to no response. And that being my only taste of Sp-ing, thought I must be doing something wrong, especially when I was publicly criticized by she who shall remain un-named for not trying to connect more, HELLO! Anywho sour grapes, sorry! But the point is I think I am getting into the spirit of Sp now that the end is drawing near and hope I am allowed to participate again. Robyn my hostess has been a great handholder as well. If I lacked blog post, all my days meld into one, ahem, she’d e-mail and remind me to post more. For a newbie to Sp it was nice to be so monitored. Anyone thinking about trying SP, should at least once.

I was very productive yesterday, I got several packages mailed off. One for my fat quarter swap, one for my swap-bot towel swap, one to Swapna, and other little thingies. All of you peeps on the India mail watch, Swapna did in fact get her first test package from me to her new address. So pkg two has been sent. Hoping #1 wasn’t a fluke.

I have loads of pictures to share but will have to feed them into post over several days. But I do have some linkage for you!

My fam and our friend Carole spent a fabu day at Worldfest 2007. Granted it could totally be bigger, but it will grow. We had a blast. We met all sorts of unique people, learned about cultures and was free to ask questions to the different countries reps. One of the booths we hang out at the most was India. Emily and I have decided she and I must have been residence of India in a past life. Stop laughing, for reals!

We ate some pakora. YUMMY! Ours had soft cheese and green onions. And there was this fabulous dipping sauce. I could taste pepper and cumin. Emily and Amy also got henna dyed hands. Mehendi is the correct term, I think. You can see an article here, sitting at the table is Em, Amy is standing in the background as is The Old Man and thats the back of Carole’s blonde head. We were leaving when Emily heard Indian music start from a stage somewhere away from where we were and she sprinted off like a cheetah, the words streaming from her as she ran was “Hurry Mama, move faster.” Then she was gone. We later joked that we’ve never seen her move so fast and perhaps we should purchase Indian Cds to get her moving. I did catch up and we watched and clapped for an hour or more. Got a ton of pictures. Will share, sparingly later.

We also saw a beautiful presentation of Capoeria. Oh my goodness! Wonderful! I could get down with that I think. Okay, wishful thinking but still….. Also have pictures of this. Gotta upload them before I can post them.

Alrighty then, I am off to work.

Be well y’all!


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Here is a foto of a new fave snack. Apparently, it’s made by Frito Lay. Very good.

On the list of too try is the berry flavored ones.

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Party Mix for a sweet tooth

  • 1 (12 ounce) package crispy corn and rice cereal
  • 5 ounces slivered almonds
  • 6 ounces toasted, chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Lightly grease a large roasting pan.
    2. In a large bowl, mix crispy corn and rice cereal, slivered almonds and toasted, chopped pecans.
    3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and mix with dark corn syrup and light brown sugar. Pour the mixture over the crispy corn and rice cereal mixture. Stir and shake to coat all the nuts and cereal.
    4. Pour the coated mixture into the prepared roasting pan. Stirring approximately every 15 minutes, cook 1 hour in the preheated oven. Cool on wax paper, and store in airtight containers.

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    Foodie Friday 6/23/06


    a recipe by Simmi Gupta

  • 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 slices white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1. Combine evaporated milk, condensed milk and whipped topping in a blender and blend in pieces of bread until smooth.
    2. Pour mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish or two plastic ice cube trays, sprinkle with cardamom and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

    You can add rose water or ground pistachios for added flavour.


    Just sounded interesting. And way simple. And right now anything nice and cold sounds grand!

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    Cucumber Sandwich

    • 2 thick slices whole wheat bread
    • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
    • 6 slices cucumber
    • 2 tablespoons alfalfa sprouts
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    • 1 tomato, sliced
    • 1 leaf lettuce
    • 1 ounce pepperoncini, sliced
    • 1/2 avocado, mashed

    Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon cream cheese. On one slice of bread, arrange cucumber slices in a single layer. Cover with sprouts, then sprinkle with oil and vinegar. Layer tomato slices, lettuce, and pepperoncini. Spread other slice of bread with mashed avocado. Close sandwich and serve immediately.


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    Foodie Friday 6/9/06


    recipe by: Tom Gavin

    Prep Time:10 Minutes

    Ready In:2 Hours 10 Minutes



    2 cups diced fresh mango
    2 cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
    1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    2 serrano chile peppers, diced
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice


    In a large bowl, mix together the mangoes, peaches or nectarines, garlic, ginger and basil or cilantro.
    Add the chilies and lime juice to taste; mix well. Allow to chill 2 hours before serving.

    *note I've not tested this, but it's on my cooking to-do for this summer. I also have encluded the creators name as to not let it appear to be my own*

    If ya try it lemme know how it comes out!

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    Foodie Friday 3

    No recipe today fine readers or glancer-atters of my blog….But I do have a bounty of pictures.

    My littlest offspring was NEEDING sushi….need is relative I guess. Seeing as how we live in cattle country and people think raw fish is for putting on a hook, where, oh, where is a 12 year old NEEDING sushi suppose to get her fix?

    Why the grocery store of course….seems one of the grocery chains wants to get all hip and cultured and has set up a sushi kiosk right smack dab in the middle of the market. You get to watch your sushi be handcut and rolled while you wait.

    So here is the little ones choice, Califorina Rolls. Fantabulous. Yes, of course I had to try one…I think I will be forgiven. Next is Fresh Spring Rolls , I had to get those for myself, again I think I might be forgiven for eating the half I munched on. The lettuce in the rolls was so crisp and the cucumber was perfect!

    California rollsFresh Spring Rolls

    Next I found something so incredible I almost peed my pants….See I'm allergic to wheat. And was wheat free until like 1.5 years ago. Wheat does me in people…yuckity yuck yuck! Anyhoo, while browsing the organic section I found wheat free fig bars, I got one fig and one raspberry fig. They are about 3 inches long I can only eat half at a time. Okay so it's wheat free YAY for that, and I am hoping that it's good goo inside and not full of crap. I forgot to look at THAT part, lol.

    Fig Bar

    So I am primarily vegetarian, which means on a rare occassion I eat fish and even more rarely chicken. I also hanker for crispity snacks sometimes but potato chips are so friggin greasy. So by the sushi kiosk, I found some japanese veggie crisp, containing eggplant, carrot, taro,green beans, and another orange-ish something.

    The taro was fantasic , I totally love taro, and although the veggie crisp had a lovely flavour, they were so dang hard to chew, uber thick cut. My pet piggy, Bacon, will get them for a treat. Besides the Veggie Crisp, I found julianned veggie stix….I was thrilled, crisp but not jaw breaking, the flavours are potato, tomatoe, and spinach….I was tickled as I munched my two of each flavour. Then I saw a tiny note way at the bottom of the bag , Contains Wheat! So my offspring get these. And my search is still on for crispy treats for me…I do buy some veggie chips, that contain taro, sweet potato, and beets…but was looking for a tiny change.

    Online food find: Daily Olive

    Have a good one!

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