4th of July

I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

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Special Delivery!

Happy day-before-the-long-weekend!

I came home to the most wonderful surprise of all!

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I had ordered Deramores Special DK Stylepack from the Deramores website a few weeks ago and it has finally arrived! 

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These are majestic! Looks at all the beautiful colors! I had a very exciting, challenging, and time-consuming project in mind when I purchased these: a lovely granny square blanket! I’m still having trouble deciding on the granny square pattern I want to use…decisions, decisions!

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The other piece of good news is that I finally finished my mandala! I chose to leave out the last two rows on the pattern because I thought it looked much nicer this way.

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Not too many leftover scraps!

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I have been very busy with work stuff lately, which leaves very little time to crochet, which makes me very sad! I am hoping that after this weekend, my crochet activities will resume full-force!

For my American readers, what are your plans for this 4th of July weekend?

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Frozen Paws

Do you want to build a snowmannnnn? 

I have wanted to make some sort of treat for the pets and couldn’t come up with anything creative that they would enjoy. Until today! I noticed that I have been giving the dogs an ice-cube every time I fill my own cup of icy water. And they love it! I don’t know if it’s because it’s a) refreshing, b) crunchy, c) mine, or d) all of the above. 

So I pulled out some ice trays I had lying around and alternated between filling one ice tray with water + broccoli or water + fresh blueberries.

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This is a great way to make sure they stay hydrated in this awful Florida summer and share my healthier people food with them. 

Here’s the result!

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They loved every crunchy bite of it!

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Mixed Berry Loaf

I missed baking! I had mentioned how I had to cut back because it was getting a bit expensive for my limited wallet, but I couldn’t resist today! I scavenged through my pantry and (barely) found all the ingredients I needed to make a delicious mixed berry loaf to have with some tea!

Mixed Berry Loaf

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You will need:

  • 9×5 in. loaf pan
  • Baker’s Joy Spray
  • 1/2 Cup – butter, softened
  • 1 Cup – sugar
  • 2 – eggs, large
  • 1/2 Cup – milk (I used fat-free)
  • 1 Teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 Cups – Flour (I used regular)
  • 1 Teaspoon – baking powder
  • 1 Cup – mixed berries, fresh or frozen (I used Publix brand frozen strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • For the (optional) topping: cinnamon and sugar, to taste.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Using an electric mixer, with a whisk attachment and large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

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  •  Beat in both eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • Combine flour and baking powder and add it to creamed mixture just until blended.
  • Carefully fold in mixed berries.

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  • Pour into a greased 9×5 in. loaf pan.

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  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top.
  • Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
  • Place loaf pan on a wire cooling rack and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pan onto wire cooling rack to allow it to cool completely.

I was also very inspired and made some iced tea! I always try to have a pitcher of this in the fridge. I don’t drink soda at all so this is a nice alternative to water! I steeped 8 black tea bags in a pitcher of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. I then removed the bags and placed the pitcher in the fridge and allowed it to get nice and cold!

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Mixed berry loaf and iced tea seem like the perfect combination for a nice summer treat!

Enjoy!

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Travels

I went on a quick trip to Boston on Tuesday and returned today! One of my best friends lives in Boston and she invited me to do a presentation with her, which took place yesterday and went wonderfully well! We got very positive feedback! 

I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from our Doctoral program almost exactly a year ago! When she lived in Florida, I used to babysit her kitties whenever she went out-of-town, and I got to see them too! I am pretty sure they remembered me.

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How cute are they?

My friend also took me to a delicious little restaurant called b.good. All of their ingredients are bought directly from local farmers and they grow their own herbs and use them to make delectable smoothies! I got a kale and quinoa bowl with sautéed veggies, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomatoes, queso fresco, lime, cilantro, and chipotle sauce along with a spinach, mint, lime pineapple, almond milk, and hemp seed smoothie! I wish they had this restaurant here in Florida…. *sigh*

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I woke up at 5a.m. this morning to catch my 7a.m. flight back home. I was sad to say goodbye, which only means I’ll have to see her again soon! She’s one of those very special people whom you always want in your life!

I had a 3-hour layover in Atlanta. The airport is huge. I walked around for a bit, had an early lunch, and window shopped. Well technically, I shopped. I couldn’t resist and I bought a book! I don’t know why, but there’s something about buying books at the airport. 

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It’s a post-apocalyptic novel about a man and his dog! I love post-apocalyptic stories, so if you have any other suggestions as far as movies or books, please let me know! I had zero time to crochet during this trip, so I’m looking forward to getting back to my projects!

Now I am back home with my little family, ready to enjoy a relaxing evening!

 

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Weekend Project Upgrade

Happy Monday to all!

How’s my weekend project, you ask? Not complete! But it’s ok! It just means that it upgraded from my weekend project to my rest-of-the-week project! Here is what it looks like so far:

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I used 11 colors for the front and then realized that it wasn’t enough to cover the cushion, so I will add one or two more. I also started working on the back. My idea was that I would do te reverse color pattern from the front, but I decided to add more colors to the front after I started working on the back. I’ll have to figure something out. It’s such a beautiful pattern that I’m sure whatever I do will look great.

On a different note, there is a good reason why I didn’t finish my weekend project. Meet Juniper.

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We adopted her this weekend! She is about 3 months old. She was living in the streets of Miami, was captured by a shelter, spayed, and was about to be re-released as a feral cat. We couldn’t have that happen! 

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She is such a cutie and has the sweetest temperament. She has fit in very well with our other cats and spent the entire night running around and playing with them! We are very happy she is part of our family! Welcome home, Juniper! 

 

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