Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's Pinker!

Before she left for college, my daughter decided that her hair wasn't pink enough and dyed it again. She's happy with the final result.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Easy Pot Roast Recipe

I made this last week when it was blizzarding out. It turned out perfect, as always. The meat was tender and moist and the carrots were wonderful. This is such a reliable recipe I thought I'd post it.

4 pounds of beef - this time I used boneless beef ribs, but any good beef for pot roast will work. I always look for a lacing of fat throughout the meat rather than completely lean since this ensures a moist roast. I cut off any thick fat.

1 jar of beef gravy - I always avoid any with MSG

2 pounds of carrots

onion if I have it

Place enough aluminum foil to be able to seal up over the contents in a glass baking dish about 12 x 9 x 2 inches or there abouts .
Place the beef in the pan, surround with carrots. Pour entire jar of gravy all over everything. Fold the foil over and seal. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 hours.

The picture below is just before the foil was sealed up.

This also works well with potatoes. It fed our family of 3 for two nights.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blizzarding in Denver

Right at this moment, Denver is getting dumped on. It looks like there's at least 10 inches on top of the trash can lid and it's still coming down hard.

We haven't seen hardly any precipitation in such a long time that this is actually needed. We are having the driest winter on record. I just hope this isn't a another barn roof breaking blizzard like we had a few years go.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Donny and the African Violet

When I bother to look after them, my african violets reward me well. I love the ruffly picotee edge on this one. Apparently so does Donovan.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Pink Hair Trend

My spouse liked my daughter's hair so much, he decided to go for it.
Hair by Adobe Photoshop.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And Speaking of Dyeing...

While I was dyeing beads, this is what my older daughter did to her hair today.

More Flowery Things

I have one heck of a flowery fabric stash, so I made up this little jewelry bag to put some of my overwhelming jewelry stash in. I think I'll try and put some of these in the TabbyToo shop and see if anyone would like one. It has eight little pockets in it to keep things separate.

I've also been dyeing my own lucite flower beads, after purchasing some that I wasn't too please with. Since I've been dyeing fabric and fiber for decades, and have a fantastic collection of good dyes, I thought I'd try dyeing lucite.
I ended up with nice, smoothly dyed beads that the color stays fast on even when washed in hot water. Here' some earrings that have a violet color I'm particularly fond of. These will end up in the shop too.

These deep red ones were dyed by me and are already in the shop. I've got some gorgeous burgundies, lavenders, blues, pinks, peach, rusts, mauves and grays to make up into jewelry. It's lots of fun.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Time Flower Necklace

I'm still yearning for Spring, especially after waking up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. Here is a Spring inspired necklace I made up using purple lucite and glass beads, antiqued brass and copper. It can be worn at either 16 inches (see above) or eighteen inches (see below), and can be found in my Etsy shop.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dad's Birthday

Today is my Dad's birthday.

RIP Dad. I love you.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The First Flowers of Spring

The very first flowers to bloom in my yard are always Iris reticulata. They bloom even earlier than my earliest crocus and are often popping through the snow. They are very tiny - about the size of crocus and come in various shades of purple and blue. They've increased slowly over the years and some have formed a nice clump. Here are what's blooming in my yard right now.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Eric Finds a Box