Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Funnies

Time to share another funny email, thanks to Nicole the knitter. One of her roommates is B, a guy that if he were a superhero, I'd name him the Angry Ginger. The way his mind works is both truly frightening and awe-inspiring. He also signs all of his emails with, "SHAZAAAM!!!!" I don't know why, he just does.

The other day, Nicole sent out this photo from

Her original email said, "B got a pet monkey!" That would pretty much be B in primate form right there. The angry little strut, the forceful chin, attitude leaking from his orifices like someone sick with egg-based salmonella.

B's responses? "Ever spanked a monkey? Ever see what happens when the monkey spanks back??? SHAZAAAM!!!!"

Later on that day: "Kneecoal likes his boots? He is Boots! He found out Deigo isn't Dora's cousin and the real reason the sheets were grabbin' his hair. He is going back to get his bananas. He is going to do a smell check, and then grab his bananas. And if Deigo is there, the poo will hit the fan, cuz monkey boy here does one thing really well.....SHAZAAAM!!!!"

I don't know what got into B that day, but it made me giggle off and on throughout the day.

Nicole didn't disappoint today, either. She sent me an email with the subject line, "i WOKE UP @ 230 THIS MORNING. fEELING JEALOUS." She sleeps like the vampires on "True Blood." Nicole owns Odin, the black cat that absolutely hates me and that makes me love him even more.

But back to the email. It included the following picture.

Odin loves to snuggle in bed with Nicole.

She was tired and didn't fall asleep until about 6:30 AM, I think she said later on, but she had enough wits about her to write the following poem.

Oh little black fluffy God
Snuggling with bunnies is certainly odd
But when I glance to the bed
Me not being there fills me with dread

It reminds me of something by ee cummings.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes

My husband loves corn. Kernel, on the cob, mixed with other veggies, in soups, you name it. I can make any meal better for him, in his opinion, just by adding corn.

Fairly recently, we met another couple for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Usually, my husband and I are pretty good about ordering different things so we can try each others meals. This time, we ordered the same thing in the sweet corn tamale cakes with beans and rice. The corn cakes were so good, that I had to look for the recipe online afterwards, and it wasn't just to satisfy his "corn tooth."

Out of necessity, I had to make a few minor changes to reflect what I had in the cabinet. My version of the is as follows:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet corn (I put it into a microwave safe container with a little water and then microwaved it for 2 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon minced cilantro
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
    2. Prepare the tamale cakes by chopping 1 cup of the corn in a food processor (don't pour out the water) until it's coarsely pureed. Combine pureed corn with softened butter, sugar, salt, and cilantro. Blend well.
    3. Add the flour and corn starch and blend well. Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of frozen corn kernels by hand.
    4. Measure 1/2 cup portions of the mixture and spoon it onto a non-stick pan. Arrange the patties (this recipe made 10 patties) on a baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cakes are browned on the bottom. 
    5. Carefully flip all cakes with a spatula and bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes or until other side is browned. 
These little cakes were so incredibly good! They baked up quite light and brown with just a touch of crispiness along the edges. This is going to be a favorite recipe here!

Is It Wrong I Think This Is Cute?

This was actually shown on What Not To Crochet the other day.

I'm going to out myself here. I think this is pretty and would actually wear it, provided I had a dress similar to the model's.

What do you think of it?

Finished Another Project

Whew, I am just yarning up a storm here lately! At the request of a friend, I present the "Velvet Kitty," courtesy of Shirley MacDonald (aka Crochata on etsy).

This continues to saga of the seemingly never ending variegated Alpaca wool, as last used for the Sackgirl project. (In case you're wondering, I still have some of that wool left!) I actually worked with two strands of the yarn again at the same time to give it a little more weight.

This whip was made with an F sized hook and measures 19" long. Since the hanging loop wants to curl up, I currently have it hanging upside down right now to straighten it out. There was only one change I needed to make to the pattern. Once the handle was completed by rolling it, I thought it was too flimsy. Granted, Joe wants a handle longer than the pattern called for (I believe it was 4" long), but I didn't like that it felt so light for a handle on anything. I cut a bamboo skewer down and shoved it inside the handle from where the tails start, and worked it down inside. This gives some stability to it that I thought it was lacking.

And you know what? With the completion of this little project (which was mind-numbingly easy, as I worked on it while sitting with my husband at the hospital one day this week), I have no more pending projects, either for myself or anyone else! Nothing is waiting on any hooks for me! Hooray!!!!