Archive for July, 2007

This recipe serves one, but make several if you want to share with others.

1 – fajita-size flour tortilla, either wheat or white
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
sugar & ground cinnamon, mixed
powdered sugar

To cook, place the tortilla on a flat skillet sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Leave just long enough to get warm, then flip over. On one half of the tortilla, pour the chocolate chips (add more if you want more–there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!), and sprinkle with a good heaping of sugar and cinnamon to your own liking. Fold over the empty half of the tortilla, press with a spatula, then flip and press again. Remove from heat when the chips are melted. Cut into four triangles, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy!

A great lil’ chocolately snack that goes good with milk…mmm…


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More Bargain Books

Anyone who has read any part of my blog knows I love books of all shapes, sizes, and subjects. Recently, I’ve stumbled upon some really good deals.

I love Amazon.com, which is where I get most of my books, but have you ever visited Ebay’s site, Half.com? I don’t care much for ebay usually, but so far, I’m likin’ them as much as–or possibly more in some cases–than Amazon. I bought a brand new, never before read hardback of Mistress of the Art of Death (a must read for any historical fiction fan!) for about 10 bucks. I also bought Crocheted Lace: Techniques, Patterns, and Projects for less than $9 including shipping, which came to me wrapped in paper and plastic. It, too, was brand new, and the best part is it has a section for making crocheted buttons–two of my favorite things, crochet & buttons! Then I found a book I’ve had my eye on in Amazon for awhile called 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make to make. I couldn’t ever find a new copy for a price I was willing to pay, but I finally found it on Half.com for $20. It’s apparently out-of-print, which is the reasoning behind it being so high, even used, but I ended up with a new copy for the price the book actually sold for in the first place. Then, I was in search of an out-of-print bonsai book for my husband. Every one of them I found anywhere else online was for $45 and up, but I finally found a used library copy for less than that, including shipping. Of course it was used, but it was still in great condition. So, my advice is: If you can’t find it anywhere else, try Half.com and see what you come up with. So far, I haven’t been disappointed.

Today, I found other bargains. I went to Barnes & Noble (I have to frown on them a bit for their lack of crochet magazines), and all of their stickered books/merchandise was marked down to $2. I found two crochet books that I’ve had on my list but didn’t want to buy anytime soon. I figured at just four bucks for the two, I better grab them while I could. One is The Michaels Book of Needlecrafts that regularly sells for $24.95. It doesn’t have a lot of really great patterns in it, but it has a few good ones, and if nothing else, it has some inspiration along its pages. I also grabbed a copy of Hooked on Style: Fabulous Fashions to Crochet. I recently borrowed it from the library and liked its contents well enough to put on my “to-get-one-of-these-days-list”. Evidently, today was that day.

Later, I went to the library and grabbed the novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, in the booktique for just two dollars. It’s teen fiction, but I’ve wanted to read it, so now it has a place on my book shelf. They didn’t have any crochet books this time, but one never knows what they’ll find on the shelves at any given time.

My book collection seems to really be growing lately. I’ve decided I’m going to go through some of my older books that I haven’t ever read–and know I won’t ever–and donate them to the library for their upcoming book sale in November.

Ah, books…gotta love ’em!

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Mmm…Cake & Crafts!

My daughter is growing up. She recently celebrated her sixteenth birthday. We didn’t do any of the “sweet sixteen” stuff because she just didn’t want it. Instead, my sister and her husband sent her fifteen gorgeous red roses, with one white one to commemorate the year, and her step-dad and I bought her an iPod, took her out to eat, and celebrated with balloons and an ice cream cake. She and I also went to see “Hairspray”, which we both really enjoyed. Ah, and she also applied for her first job. She’s been volunteering at the library for about a year and a half now, and their entry level position is a book shelver. She got her birthday in just in time to make the deadline for applications. I really hope she gets it.

Speaking of “Hairspray”, in my opinion, it was a toe-tappin’ feel-good kind of movie. If you like musicals, I recommend it as one to go see. It was really hard for me to get over John Travolta being a woman, though. He did great, but I think I’d rather not known it was him so I wouldn’t have keep thinking that it really was.

Yesterday, I went to a friend’s house for what we call “Craft Day”. It’s just a time for a few girls to get together to craft, talk, munch, and have fun. I haven’t been to one in forever, so it was really good to get out and be around a couple of other crafty chicks for an afternoon. We looked through books and magazines, crocheted, ate homemade salsa and tortilla rounds (recipe to follow), and talked up a storm. Too, I helped the other two learn to crochet with wire, which was fun. It’s kinda ironic in a sense: One friend I was teaching was actually the person who first taught me how to crochet. The student becomes the master. Then, I sat and watched in awe as a baby blanket was made using a knitting machine. Once it was up and going, the blanket was made in a very short amount of time and turned out really cute. Eventually, I’ll probably learn to knit from this group, but I’m in no big hurry. I have too many crochet projects I want to do still; although, I’d really love to learn to knit just so I could make lingerie. I got a little more done on my daughter’s spirit blanket; I’m hoping to finish it soon, although I’m not all that far with it. I’m still working on my butterfly shawl, which I really do want to finish–and will–just a matter of time.

And speaking of time…
Wow! Where does it go?!

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Bargain Book

Crochet Project Book Our library has a nice lil’ “booktique” in it, full of books that people have donated or books they no longer need on the library shelves. I like to go in and scroll through the shelves, looking for a bargain. I rarely find anything crochet-related, but I did run across this little jewel: Do It Yourself Crochet Design Workbook. It was published in 1975, and most of the patterns in it are kinda–should I say?–tacky, but it also has over 300 crochet stitch patterns, covering lace, flower motifs, shell patterns, geometric patterns, edgings, borders, and so on. It’s in great condition considering its age, and for a mere 50 cents, I call it a bargain, especially since it’s $4 plus shipping on Amazon.

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Book Meme Thursday

Thanks to a link on Ravelry, I found this little book tidbit called Booking Through Thursday, so I thought “Sure, I’ll play along”. So here goes:

Just Wild About Harry 
1. Okay, love him or loathe him, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on Saturday… Are you going to read it?
2. If so, right away? Or just, you know, eventually, when you get around to it? Are you attending any of the midnight parties?
3. If you’re not going to read it, why not?
4. And, for the record… what do you think? Will Harry survive the series? What are you most looking forward to?

1. Not anytime soon.
2. When I get around to it, and no, no partying planned at this point.
3. I haven’t read all of the others yet, so can’t see me starting at the end. (Although my daughter is reading them.)
4. I think he’ll survive the series. Guess I’m just looking forward to the movie so I don’t have to read the book.

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Yes, I know, I know–curiosity killed the cat. But I can’t help to wonder a couple of things.

For one, why do most LYSs cater to knitting and hardly ever mention crocheting? Don’t they know that crocheters love and use yarn, too? For me, if I walk into a yarn store that doesn’t have something more than yarn for a crocheter, I’ll walk out and buy nothing. I’d much rather save my money for some other place that doesn’t forget about the crocheters. Sometimes, I think some people just don’t get it.

Too, why does a person choose to knit over crocheting? Or for that matter, choose to crochet instead of learning to knit? Or not learn both? I can see why someone would learn both, but why is knitting the most popular these days of the two crafts, when both use yarn and both create some really awesome items?

For me, I was given an option to learn either. I wasn’t pressured into one or the other; my friend knows how to do both, and she gave me a choice. I chose crochet. Will I ever learn to knit? Maybe. I’m happy with my crocheting and there’s tons of patterns out there that I want to do. I may not be one of the “cool kids” but I really enjoy my craft.

My husband and I were talking about it the other night, and he said that perhaps crocheters are just happy with what they do and don’t have to do what everyone else is doing just because everyone else is doing it. That perhaps knitters just have to be “out there” taking part in what’s popular. He also said that if one talks to his mother that crocheting is still the craft of choice, and that most older women don’t knit, nor do they want to. Maybe that’s why knitting is chosen these days over crochet–people just associate crochet with the more mature group, and heaven forbid, yarn lovers should be called “mature”!

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