Sunday, November 29, 2009

#47 complete, #24 and #32 in progress

Been making progress towards my list, but really haven't a lot of time to blog so this is going to be a multi-tasking entry. Last weekend I was able to complete #47: Get a Library Card, now I just need to start using it. I haven't had a town library card since high school, which is actually kind of embarassing.

I also started going through and organizing my yarn stash over the past week for #24: Reduce Yarn Stash by 1/2. I knew I needed to have a starting point in order to know when I've reached half, so I organized everything and figured out both in yards and ounces how much yarn I actually have. I have 12,946 yards and 144.09 ounces. That's 7.35 miles of yarn, or around 9 pounds. Since I'm mostly concerned with keeping my yarn stash in a reasonable amount of space, I've decided that for determining "half" I will be mainly focusing on the actual weight rather than yardage. Having super bulky yarn will take up much more space than my laceweight, even with the same yardage, so I think that weight will be a more accurate way of figuring this out. I'm also hoping to keep it at around half of what I currently have for the remainder of my 101 days.

Lastly, I was able to try another new recipe. I made this recipe for a sweet potato casserole to bring with us for Thanksgiving, and it was delicious! The orange/ginger gave it a bit of a twist from the usual sweet potato pie w/marshmallows (which I've never really been a huge fan of, even though I do like sweet potatoes). For my dish, I also decided to add chopped carmelized onions to the top, which was really tasty. I didn't get to take any photos, but it's a dish I hope to make again so perhaps next time!

Friday, November 20, 2009

#97: Knit sweater for Frida

And another item crossed off my list! I finished this almost a week ago, but just haven't had any time to blog about it. This is actually my second attempt at knitting a sweater for Frida, but the first attempt just did not fit well enough. This one isn't 100% perfect either, but it does fit a lot better and is perfect for our evening walks. It's just starting to be consistently cold enough at night here in Tucson where I think she needs that extra layer.

I swear, she doesn't usually look this grumpy in real life, and it definitely is not caused by the sweater wearing. I just woke her up so I could get a picture is semi-decent light. More pictures are up on my flickr page!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

#32: Try 10 New Recipes (1/10)

Tonight I made Green Chile Quiche. I've never made any kind of quiche before, and several weeks ago David and I were at a brunch where the hostess made the following recipe. Delicious! We asked for the recipe, and tonight I finally had the opportunity to give a try.  During this time of year we often get green chilies and roasted chilies from our CSA, and to be honest I usually trade them out because I don't often know the best ways to use them. After making this quiche, however, I think I found a new staple. Another plus was that I was also able to use some of our CSA goat cheese instead of the Monterey Jack it called for.  Since we do subscribe to a CSA, I really enjoy finding recipes that use multiple CSA ingredients so that I have less to pick up from the grocery store. I took some step by step by step photos and included the recipe after the jump.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

#65: Go to a Football Game to Watch the Marching Band

Woo, I've completed my first task! Today I went to the University of Arizona's homecoming football game. I hadn't been to a football game since probably the first Thanksgiving I was in college, and I forgot that I actually enjoy watching football. Well, I at least enjoy watching football live, I've never been much for watching any sports on TV. We had the nosebleed seats (because we are cheap), but it meant we got a pretty nice view of the band and the surrounding city. It was an afternoon game, which was a little brutal in the sun and I even ended up getting a little suburned. Sometimes I forget I live in the desert, where it possible to get a suburn in November. Here are some of my favorite pics from the game, and more are up on my new flickr page for blog related photos!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Post Halloween Update!

Happy late Halloween everybody! David and I had a pretty full weekend including a birthday dinner for David's mom, trick-or-treating with our 4 year old nephew, and a Halloween party complete with "blood-tinis". Our friend Amelia, who hosted the Halloween party, went as Jessica from True Blood, complete with tears of blood. David and I didn't actually have real costumes, but instead used face paint for Day of the Dead makeup.

The day after Halloween, David and I were at Target and all of the Halloween items were 50% off, and I could not resist buying the following little get-up for Frida. She really wasn't very into the headband, but she actually didn't mind wearing the main portion of the costume.