Thursday, March 25, 2010

Shrimp Ceviche

This is so yummy!  I found this recipe in the new Eating Well magazine.  It is Shrimp Ceviche and boy is it good.  I have made it twice now and I can't get enough.  It is light and fresh and will be perfect for summer.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Picot Cast-On

This is a pretty good tutitorial on how to make a picot cast-on. The picture is not very clear, but you can get the idea of how to make a picot cast-on. Check out the baby kimino.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy Spring!

First Communion Rosary

Confirmation Rosary

Boys, the days around here lately have just been beautiful. Spring has set in in Northern California. We have had sunshine and 70 degree weather the last few days. I love the change of seasons. What I don't like is the time change. UGH! Losing that hour of sleep is really hard for me. I have been busy making lots of rosaries. I made 36 plastic bead rosaries for our preschool program for our parish school. The kiddies love them and they were fun to make. I also have been working to two special rosaries. I have the honor of being a confirmation sponsor to a very nice young man. His mother and father are dear friends of ours and I was deeply touched that he asked me to be his sponsor. He wanted a blue rosary and his mother wanted it to honor Mary. So I did a sodalite bead rosary with white African opal pater beads. I am really pleased how it turned out. The other rosary is for my baby. My youngest is going through First Communion this year. I can't believe he is old enough to receive First Communion! He also wanted a blue rosary. He even picked out the beads he wanted. They are a beautiful blue Czech cathedral beads with sterling silver pater beads. It is stunning and mostly importantly, he loves it! I have two other rosaries on my worktable and I am just waiting for the centers to come in. One is garnet beads with sterling silver paters and the other is black onyx beads with sterling paters. I love the old look of both of them.
Garnet Rosary with Sterling Paters
Black Onyx rosary with sterling Paters

Monday, March 8, 2010

Coughing and Sneezing

That's how we are all feeling. The inkling of spring around Northern California produces much agony for allergy and sinus sufferers. Everything is starting to bloom, which is beautiful, but miserable at the same time. I haven't been posting much lately. I am now taking care of my parents full time. I am over at their home everyday. I struggle with seeing them go downhill so quickly. I struggle with the burden of their care, but at the same time, I am glad I am able to care for them and for the time I get to spend with them. When someone said that this is the sandwich generation, they weren't kidding!

I do have some new recipes to post. My camera is on the blink, so I will try to get them up as soon as possible. I also have made a few more rosaries. I will work on getting them up this week.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Cupcakes! Need I Say More

Do you see these lovely gems? They are too good! Not very pretty, but oh so good! They come from this book, Baby Cakes by Erin Mckenna. It is a delightful book filled with wonderful gluten free, sugar free recipes. I made the vanilla cupcakes and they tasted fantastic! The flour used is a garbanzo/fava bean flour. It is a high fiber flour which not only good for celiacs, but also diabetics. I have several close friends that are celiac or gluten sensitive. I am always looking for a good recipe I can make for everyone, so no one is singled out. I am very happy with the way these turned out. On a more personal note, I like the fact that Babycakes features agave as there sweetener. I am a recently diagnosed diabetic and I do not like all the fake sweeteners. As I have been struggling with trying to deal with my diabetes, and learn all the ins and outs, I am very interested in striving for a more natural diet. It is definitely a journey.

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