Lamenting the fun, funny times….

I think it’s safe to say I’ve gone beyond neglect with this whole blog thing and upgraded it to out right ignoring this space. And for that I’m sorry. I don’t have much of a reason except that life got in the way, my motivation waned and you all suffered as result. I almost shut this whole thing down as a lost cause but then I decided hey, for all 2 of you reading, I should keep going. Or maybe there aren’t even 2 of you out there. And that’s okay.  I should just keep going for me. Self, I’m so glad you’re reading this right now.

Since I last wrote we had an election, the holidays, a new year,  lots of sad celebrity death (let’s all pour one out for Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman) and, with our new President in office just a few weeks, the complete removal of the foundations of our democracy.

What a swell time we live in folks.

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I’ve intentionally kept politics off this blog. I have my reasons for doing so. First, for those of you that know me (which if there is a “you” reading this, there’s a strong chance you do) then you know I work in politics and have done so for the past decade. I really like that this blog isn’t a space for work. I like that it is for things like cooking, strong opinions on coloring and sharing silly links to thinks no one can argue with me about. Unless you are a weirdo and don’t like things like Harry Potter or Hello Kitty Wine chances are you can find some fun here. And that’s what I want. More fun. More funny. More laughing. Life doesn’t have enough of the fun, laughing,  funnies these days.  Or jokes made with improper grammar. (Wait, we maybe have enough of those? Sorry).

Except every since November 9, 2016 it seems like there are less and less reasons to laugh with the fun, funnies. Unless it is the hysterical, endless laughter that’s more like, wait,  this can’t be happening? Is it happening? OMG IT IS HAPPENING!!! So, let’s just laugh?  Because otherwise we will cry. Maybe we’ll laugh so hard we cry? That kind of laugh. Which is obviously the least fun of the laughs. Right behind polite laughter at unfunny speeches or worse, the forced laughter people give you when something isn’t funny but they are pretending it is. No one wants to hear your version of Chandler’s work laugh.

So, with that in mind, I’m here to say this: let’s just all agree that we can’t just sit here and share links about Kate Middleton’s dresses or ice cream bars that cure hang overs for the next 4 years.  We should still do that. Heck, we might as well all load up on those ice cream bars. But, if you care at all for your children, your cat, the air you breathe, basic human decency, democracy, civil rights and justice or just your right to exist, you need to wake up. And get involved. In whatever way you can. I don’t think you need to become like me. I’m a little nuts. But, do something. Ideally in your community. Here’s what this matters.

I believe that this happened in part because a lot of people were mad and he gave them an outlet. I think a bigger reason it happened is because most rational people out there say, politics? Ugh, ain’t nobody got time for that. I don’t like it and I want no part of it. I’m going to sit here and pretend if I keep sitting here, doing my thing It won’t hit me. That is a bubble that I’m sorry to burst for you but POP, BANG, ZAP, ZIGGZO. It’s done. And it’s happening now. To all of us. We need you, rational human, to wake up. The ship has gone aground, the bird has flown the nest, the train is off the rails. (I am super not good at analogies but you get my point).

You might want to stay in your safe space, maybe you even think you are privileged enough  to do so but let’s be real, this fool isn’t playing around. He is coming for us all. For anyone who thinks they are safe, I ask you to think real hard about that. He will find a way to make it so that if you don’t fit into the exact category of what he thinks of as “American.”

I refuse to even write his name here, which I know from reading my HP that might be giving him power. But it’s not really. It’s just not giving him acknowledgement. He is nothing to me except a figure to fight against. I remember a time when the thought of him being President made people laugh. SNL made a lot of jokes about it. It doesn’t seem so funny anymore. 

I can’t promise I will suddenly become a excellent blogger again. If this month is any indication, those of us who resist and fight back with ever fiber of our being will be busier than ever these days. I hope you will be there with me. In whatever way you can, let’s do this.

 

Happy Weekend!

I don’t know about you all but I was so ready for the weekend to come this week, like around Wednesday.

And because it is still Election season, and even worse it’s this miserable, awful, horrible, no good, very bad, Election season, that desire to have the weekend come is even greater. I say this even though I know nothing awaits me during the weekend except more work. (Someone, quick! Build me a time machine so I don’t decide politics is a good idea for a career. Please. I will pay you in bread. Or gum. Your choice). But hey, wishing for the weekend means we  are getting closer to all of this being over and to that, I say we cheers some pumpkin spice lattes.

Because seriously, has there ever been an election that we want to end more than this one? I feel like we’ve all been a part of a slow motion 15 car pile up and every day another car slams into the mess.  Please, let it end, America (and probably the rest of the world) is saying in 1 large Greek chorus in the back ground of every debate/ad/mailer/talking head that won’t stop talking.

But, in other non-depressing news, it’s Halloween. Which basically means nothing to me since I’m old and married and no longer pretend to make an effort to find a clever/cute/kinda sexy but not too sexy costume. But, it does mean that other non-childless people dress up their children and I’m all for seeing that cuteness. Anyone have exciting plans?

To send you all into the weekend with some thoughts that don’t involve anything political, I’m sharing some fun stuff I’ve seen around the web from the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

Tiny pancakes + kittens = I think this post was written just for me.

To any of you marrieds thinking maybe you’re missing out on dating, just read this depressing story and be thankful for your farting husband.

15 Recipes for cinnamon lovers. Or a complete list of your carb intake for the year. Bread lovers and those that dream about bread, you’re welcome.

I’ve never been more annoyed with an article than this one. I guess he doesn’t know anyone who dated long enough to delve into “their complexities” pre-marriage. Because seriously.

Puppets usually creep me out but the Golden Girls as puppets? Kind of okay for some reason.

Ice cream ramen sounds just disgusting enough to work. 2 please.

In my dreams, I can do calligraphy like this. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kate Middleton is my style icon, now, forever and always.

If any of you went to a Luke’s Diner when it popped up earlier this month, I’m officially jealous.

Hello Kitty wine?! Seriously curious what it tastes like. I’m going with pink.

Challenge accepted. #eatallthecheese

Queen Ina’s date night tips.

What is the consensus around glitter lips? Looks cool but also, grainy. Right?

How to make mulled cider in the slow cooker. Vital fall reading.

Happy weekend everyone!

 

 

The Joy of Sunday Dinner

There is a small part of me that desperately wishes I could be a summer girl. This is the same part of me that was a failed cheerleader when she was 14. She suffers a lot of residual embarrassment for that.

A summer girl actually looks forward to swimsuit season, enjoys wearing shorts and instantly turns golden brown the minute she walks outside. The summer girl buys ripped jeans that are $100 and tells people she made them. She wears aviators and doesn’t tell everyone she feels like a cop. There is a strong chance she was the girl in the early ’00 who wore platform flip flops and never tripped once.

I however, am a fall girl. The kind of person that looks forward to wearing sweaters and boots and who suddenly falls prey to all the pumpkin marketing the minute October hits . The fall girl is desperately glad when she walks outside and she needs a jacket. The fall girl has even learned to like football (or at least learned to love reading books while her husband watches football. She stops to cheer at the important moments). The fall girl always has a new pumpkin candle in her house (because duh, they smell amazing). And, the final and most important thing a fall girl loves: cozy Sunday night dinners.

Is there any other meal more lovely than the Sunday night dinner? Weeknight meals always end up being rushed. No one feels like cooking on a Friday. Unless you are the Gilmore’s and have a personal chef, it’s basically take out night for most folks, right? Saturday is usually social outings or date night. But Sunday, glorious Sunday. That is the night when most people are usually at home, chilling and pretending that if they linger long enough, maybe Monday won’t come along after all.

Sunday also happens to be the one day a week I really feel like putting the effort in to cook a complicated meal. Last Sunday, I actually made Gordon Ramsay’s Beef Wellington which was pretty involving but was delicious and totally worth the effort. Tonight, it’s Irish Stew with soda bread.  I really wish you could smell my house right now, it’s like stew-y, bread-y heaven.

Because I’m generous and believe your house should smell like bread heaven too, I’m sharing the easiest Irish Soda Bread recipe ever.  Seriously, if you are one of those people who won’t eat bread because you think it makes you fat but you claim not to like it so you don’t seem vain, I think maybe you should stop reading my blog. Because bread is amazing and I’m never giving it up (Also, probably why I’m not a summer girl. Bam, blog post coming full circle!)

This recipe is seriously as amazingly easy as it claims to be and also super delicious. If you look at the original recipe you will notice it calls for margarine. And just so we are clear,  I really don’t think we can be friends if you use butter substitutes. It is a crime against nature.

Seriously, next Sunday you should make this bread. You can thank me now for this.

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and butter. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf

Step 3: Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

 

Home is where I wanna be but I guess I’m already there

Before I was 18, I moved exactly once. I was 12 and we moved from Portland to Gresham, Oregon, roughly 16 miles apart but it might has well have been the frozen tundra for how I felt about it.

Our family had outgrown our first home. I was sharing a room with my sister (something that was becoming more unbearable each night as I heard her talk in her sleep from the top bunk). But even the prospect of no longer waking up in the middle of the night from her babbling was enough to convince me leaving my friends was worth it.

I remember contemplating ways that I could handcuff myself to my closet so they wouldn’t be able move.  I cried, threatened hunger strikes (an empty threat and my mom knew it) and then went sullen, resorting to sitting in my room listening to “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men on repeat and binge eating fun dip (Remember that stuff? Sugar you ate with a sugar stick, turning your tongue blue?)

But of course, it turned out that move was probably one of the best things that could have happened me. No one can fully explain the fear and excitement of being the new girl unless you’ve experienced it. Kids especially are enticed by anyone new which immediately tags you as “interesting” (at least for the first few weeks). I also learned that I have a skill of making friends with basically anyone and everyone around me, no matter the circumstances. I make friends waiting in line at the grocery store, on airplanes, in impossibly boring classes, on the subway.

The luxury of only moving once was something I only experienced as a kid. As an adult, I’ve lived in 3 states and so many places I lost count long ago. My parents left my childhood home and state when I turned 18 so I never even had a “home” to go home to. I had to make my own home.

I think for the better part of the last 12 years, I’ve been pretty fixated on the idea of home. How do you find it? Is it in people or a place? Both? How will I know when I’m finally “home”?

And here’s what I’ve come to realize, I’m not even sure home really exists. Or at least, not as we imagine it to be. The Texan always says “there is no supposed to be, there just is.” Meaning that we often create our own disappointment by believing there is a certain way to do things but in the end, it’s just life and everyone has a different path (and no ones path is perfect no matter how good their facebook page makes it seem).

I can’t really get over the idea of a place = home even though I realize it is more than that. We all learn in elementary school that the setting to the story is very important. The setting can even be a character in of itself, like how New York felt to me when I lived there. And the setting for this character is still unsettled. And I’m not sure if it ever really will feel settled. Maybe that’s just life.

 

 

 

Happy Friday!

So, can we all just take a moment and mourn that the Olympics is ending this weekend? I don’t know about you all but I’ve felt like the Olympics is totally what got me through these past weeks.  It’s been so hot  and miserable outside, it’s all I can do to watch people achieving insane athletic feats and think, man am I glad I’m not them.

But seriously, how the heck are y’all? It’s been awhile since I’ve here and I think that is probably the new normal for me blog wise. It makes these little posts all the more sweeter, right?  I hope you all are about to have a fabulous weekend and if you are like me, will have some extra tissues to mourn the closing ceremonies on Sunday. To ease some of our transition into an Olympic-less existence,  I’ll share with you some fun stuff I’ve seen on the web lately:

This woman is my new hero.

Thoughts on if beer gelatin shots would be good or gross?  I’m intrigued but also slightly grossed out at the thought of jiggly beer.

This story is truly inspiring. I only wish I could keep my cool like those people did. I completely understand not having cash and would probably use wine as a replacement, I mean who has cash these days, honestly?

America, this is why you’re fat.

This Chinese swimmer keeps it real and I love it. Okay, can we just talk about how Chinese tampons are called Crimson Jade Cool? A-maz-ing!

15 ways to use your slow cooker this summer. Required reading for those of us too lazy/busy/just don’t feel like  cooking.

10 Things I learned from re-watching Saved by the Bell. For those of you that watched this show religiously as a kid (like me ) this ones for you.

12 star crossed facts about Romeo and  Juliet. I truly love this movie even if it is my least favorite Shakespearian play because the soundtrack, seriously so good.

10 easy cocktail recipes. Because summertime = cocktails, am I right?

Have the best weekend!! And hope to make ti back here sooner than 3 weeks from now!

 

The Most Additive Book Series’s Ever

I have always been able to read a book and block out everything else happening around me. If books didn’t exist, I’m fairly certain I never would have survived any family road trips. I’ve never been more grateful that I could read in the car than when I was sandwiched between my siblings, ignoring their bickering, completely absorbed in the words of Lousia May Alcott or Jane Austen. (Or, let’s be honest, mostly less high brow books like the Baby Sitters Club or Sweet Valley High).

I’m still a consummate reader–I feel unsettled if I don’t have at least 2 books waiting in my reading queue. And because I am such an avid devour-er of books, I am highly susceptible to a book series. Sometimes the best stories are the one that take at least 7, 1,500 page books for you to know the story. I also understand the beauty of writing a novel that leaves people wanting more, questioning what happens next and imagining their own world for the characters.  But I’m also the sort of person that is like, no but really WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Because these people are real obviously and I must know if they find the last place on earth with electricity or whatever.

The nice thing about a book series is that you rarely have to wonder what happens next. With the one very notable exception being the Game of Thrones books since I’m half convinced we will never see the next book anyway.  That is the one serious downside to a series, if you start it before the author is done writing the whole thing then the waiting really does feel like the worst thing ever.

So, if you are like me and you are a lover of reading an excellent book series, I’m going to share with you the most deliciously addictive ones I’ve read. You’ll notice more than 1 YA series on this list. I totally love YA books and I’m not afraid to say so.

Consider yourself warned: if you start any of these you should probably plan ahead. Make a trip to Trader Joe’s for provisions, wait until it’s so ghastly outside you don’t want to leave the house and hunker down for a weekend of reading.

  1. Outlander: I started reading this series prior to the TV show and the show has only made me fall in love with the books even more. If you like a good love story with a bit of history, this book is for you. Also, sassy lead women. I’m totally a sucker for them. I know I’ve had her books on my previous lists, but seriously they are so good. Even with all the over-the-top sex scenes that kind of make me giggle like a 12 year old. Am I the only person that can’t read a description of a “member” without laughing. just a little bit?
  2. His Dark Materials: I’ve read this series twice and every time I’m struck with the sheer beauty of the writing and the world Phil Pullman creates. Another strong female lead series but one that makes you think about love, life, the meaning of it all and also some physics because, why not?
  3. The Cousin’s War Series:  I totally read these books out of order accidentally and they were still super addictive. I love a good court intrigue story and a bit of history and these books have those in spades. No one can write a strong female historical lead like Phillipa Gregory.
  4. Harry Potter:  No book series list I write would be complete without Harry Potter. I’ve read the series 3 times and I still cry at the end, every.single.time. No matter how old you are, you will love these books and immediately relate to the world that JK Rowling creates. Unless you have no imagination whatsoever and if that is the case, reading must really not be very fun for you.
  5. Song of Ice and Fire: AKA the Game of Thrones Books. Even in spite of my disappointment at maybe never knowing the end of the story, I still loved these books. There are so many characters and story lines there is something for every one here.  And I remember when I was reading them being super addicted to finding out what happens next, the mark of a truly excellent series.

Okay, all 5 of you still reading, what are your favorite book series’s? Share it in the comments!

Away we go: Happy Holiday Weekend!

I can nearly hear all of you crying from my lack of blogging.  Apparently, having a job again makes it super difficult for me to blog. And to make stuff. And my cooking has also taken a serious hit.  Basically, balancing life is hard, yo. I haven’t given up on my incessant reading though. I seriously wake up 2 hours early so I can have an hour to read and an hour to exercise. Because I’m a nerdy loser who is also concerned about staying fit.

I can’t promise I will get this blogging thing figured out but in the meantime,  I thought I’d share an update on this lovely Friday before a holiday weekend. This is going to be a super long, awesome, amazing adventure of a 4th for us because the Texan and I are going to SCOTLAND for a week. And ALL MY EXCITEMENT IS COMING OUT IN CAPS. Because seriously, the place we are staying is a legit palace!!  And we are going to traipsing around the highlands in newly purchased REI hiking gear ( For the record, I’ve hiked a lot but never bought hiking pants until now and they are so comfortable I might wear them everyday. Pricey but totally worth it.) Being married is great for loads of reasons but going on adventures together is super high on my list.

I hope that all of you are having a grand old time this weekend, kicking up your heels and making sure to avoid any stray sparks from fireworks. Here is a compilation of the cool stuff I’ve seen around the web for the past few weeks:

Michelle Obama tells you how to deal with haters. She is so wise and wonderful. I’mma gonna miss her.

Blue wine is coming to America. Seriously, just no. Here’s some free advice for y’all: drinks that are unnaturally bright are usually the same ones that will make feel like this the next day.

Women having a terrible time at parties in art. “oh. you found us. you found us with your guitar. hey guys he found us and brought his guitar with him.” Pretty sure that picture/caption is taken from my freshman year of college.

Not sure what dessert to make for the 4th? The kitchn has you covered. So much goodness.

They are coming out with a Wicked movie!! Let’s all start practicing singing defying gravity and maybe by the time they get this together we’ll be able to do it (okay, prob not).

Sassy Coffee Mugs: You had me at sass. And coffee. Basically my two favorite things.

10 perfect potato salad recipes for the 4th. I would totally make one of these if I were going to be here. But chances are I’ll likely eating haggis on the 4th (vom)

This Kate Middleton dress is everything. And it probably kinda mean but it makes me feel better knowing that she can’t cook–turns out she is a human and not some goddess come to earth after all.

15 facts about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Anthony Michael Hall as Ferris? No. He will always be the nerd that asked for Molly Ringwald’s undies, so un-Ferris like.

Have the best weekend lovelies! xo

 

 

 

Have a GREAT Weekend!

You guys, I just finished my first honest to goodness week of work in like, forever and let me tell you…. It was okay. I feel very lucky to have found a job I can do from home. But also, you have to be disciplined, yo. I learned early in the week that getting properly dressed is important to working. Because being in sweats with no make up actually makes working like a billion, million times harder because your brain is saying, hey man why are we working, look at us? We’re disgusting. Let’s wallow. And, my head is all like, naw, must keep working, must impress new bosses . It’s not fun. And now, I’ma gonna eat some pizza, because I totally earned it. Through brain work.

So, what are your plans for this weekend? We are going to try a new tapas with some friends  because seriously, I haven’t met  a tapa I don’t like. Tapa? More like Yes-a, I’m a gonna eat that and not feel guilty because it’s so small. Hooray for Tapas, hooray for Spain. Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it’s fantastic. And ideally includes small food you can eat without guilt.

Here is a list of stuff I saw on the interwebs I thought was cool this week:

Poll: birthday cake croissants: good or gross? I’m leaning towards gross because I’m a croissant purist but birthday cake is almost always good so maybe even?

15 easy DIY totes for summer: I totes love all of these. Ha, see what I did there?

How to be Happier: Yes to this, yes to simple but appealing design, yes to not feeling happ(ier)

Scandinavian doll house kitchen: Is it like, a sign that you’ve failed at life when you dream of your kitchen being like a doll house kitchen? The hood! The tile! The tiny cuteness. OMG.

Cucumber Vodka Soda: You had me at its like drinking salad.

Loads of pretty, floral date dresses: because who doesn’t want to wear those all summer long, for real.

Mango fro-yo: putting this first on my list for when I actually buy an ice cream maker. Mango forever!

Owls get fired from Harry Potter: Maybe the world just isn’t ready for real play life owls.

Happy, happy weekend!!

 

 

 

2 super adorable knitted baby hats

So, I’m not sure about you all but a few years ago I hit this phase in life where it seemed like every other month one of my friends had a baby. And now, like clockwork, the cycle is starting all over again with the 2nd wave of babies.

It’s a wonderful thing to see your friends become parents and I love me some babies. (Of course, I don’t have to live with them so its easy for me to say this with the well rested confidence of the childless).  I especially love them when they are still so little that all they do is eat, sleep and occasionally poo, but it’s not like the super disgusting poo because it’s milk poo. (For you squeamish ones, sorry for writing poo 3 times there and then again here.)

(I fully realize that visiting  babies is not at all the same thing as parenting and I’m confident I’ve got at least a few moms rolling their eyes at this post already. Oh, she loves babies, oh their poo isn’t so bad. Yeah right. )

Leslie-Knope-Christmas-GiftsIt’s no secret that I love making thoughtful gifts for my friends. I fancy myself like my shero Leslie Knope. Basically, you know you are in the inner Caro circle if you have had a least 1 homemade gift sent to you. I wouldn’t say these gifts are super impressive. But, I try to send something made with my own little hands that says, hey I love you and I know you just pushed a watermelon sized thing out of your vagina  and that sounds really hard and there is nothing I can do to make up for that awful pain but here is a really cute knitted hat. Something like that.

For those of you are also going through your own wave of friends with babies and would like to send them a little something, I’m sharing here 2 recent knitted hats I made. Full disclosure, I made 1 of these too small and it ended up looking like a baby yarmulke (doesn’t really work  for a goyish baby) so this is not a perfect science. Learn from my mistakes and try to account for baby head size. Also, I don’t have babies so I made my cat model these (and she loooved it!) But, it turns out cat heads are smaller than baby heads. Go figure.

Super Adorable Knitted Hat with Animal Ears 

I found this pattern on pinterest and knitted it in an afternoon so it’s super ac1dcc50-8bd4-435d-9b9f-db4ca58ad643easy to do and a great novice knitting project.

  • What you’ll need:
    • baby yarn and 5 1/2 inch needles.
  • How to make it:
    • Cast on 56 sts. Work in stocking stitch for 22 rows. Then begin to shape the crown.
    •  Knit 1, *k 4, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (47 sts.)
    •  Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 3, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (38 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k 2, k2tog* rep from * 9 times, end knit 1. (29 sts.)
    • Pearl
    • Knit 1, *k2tog* rep from * 7 times, end knit 1. (16 sts.)
    • *Pearl 2tog* across entire row. (8 sts.)
    • Leave your remaining sts on your needle cut the yarn with a long tail. Use a tapestry needle to draw the end of the yarn through the remaining sts as you remove them from the needle. Pull tightly and sew the two edges together to finish.
    • Ears (make 2):
      • Cast on 21 sts and knit 3 rows. Cut yarn leaving a long and draw through remaining sts with a tapestry needle. Pull tightly and knot to secure. Keep the tail to help secure the ears to the hat.
      • Finish by sewing a circle of felt to the centre of the ears. Use a contrasting colour and sew in place with a blanket stitch. Sew the ears in place with the remaining tail of wool, sewing back and front to make them secure.

Cutest Knit Bow Baby Hat 

I also found this pattern on pinterest and I love the way it turned out. fd6c0d34-b5a5-4c93-9830-36483029346dHowever, this is the one I made too small which I’m confident is my fault and not the pattern maker. I’m going to try again this week.

  • What you’ll need:
    • Worsted wool yarn, circular 16 inch needles and 7 inch double pointed needles, both size 7.
  • How to make it:
    • Using long-tail cast on, cast on 64 stitches onto your circular needles with the main yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches in a rib stitch for 5 rows
    • Stay with main color and knit 2 rows.
    • Switch to accent yarn  and knit 4 rows.
    • Switch back to main yarn and knit until the hat in about 4 1/2 inches long.
    • Begin to Decrease hat:  Knit 6, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches
    • Knit 5, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
    • Knit all stitches onto the double pointed needles.
      • Needle 1: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 2: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat two times.
      • Needle 3: Knit 4, Knit 2 stitches together, repeat one time.Knit directly onto 3 of the double pointed needles.
      • Use the fourth double pointed needle to knit all stitches to the end of the round.
      •  Knit 3 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      •  Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 2 stitches, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      • Knit 1 stitch, Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Knit all stitches to the end of the round
      •  Knit 2 stitches together and repeat to the end of the round.
      • Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends. 
    • For the bow: knit 14 stiches across for about 7 rows, tie off with yarn and stitch to hat.

Happy knitting!

Happy Happy Weekend!

Hello! It’s Friday! Which for some of us means we have 2 days where no one is going to ask us to do anything. Well, except for you parents. That pretty much never ends for you. I’ve been a little absent here (sorry!) because I’ve been having loads of fun traveling to see friends and also, um I got a job? I’ll write more about it next week, it’s exciting! Money! And working for women. What more can I want?

I hope I haven’t lost every one of my readers in my absence. Seriously, come back. Commmeee baccckkkkkk. There is still a lot of sass waiting for you. And cookies. And maybe some wlushies  (wine + slushie, remember?) if you’re into that sort of thing.

So, what are your plans this weekend? Anything exciting? The Texan and I have basically seen each other for less than 12 waking hours this week which is very unusual for us so we’ll be spending quality time together doing a whole lot of nothing. I really want to go see Love and Friendship and since the Texan has a lifelong crush on Kate Beckinsale I think I’ll be able to convince him.

No matter what you are doing this weekend I hope it is just grand. And maybe includes a cinnamon roll because that always makes things better. Here are some fun things I saw around the web the past few weeks.

A Super Upsetting Cookbook about Sandwiches: This book sounds like it was made for me. You had me at YA book/first person diatribes.

These cakes are works of art, I can’t stop looking at them. Do you think they taste as good as they look?

In the most disgusting news since all those stories about Trumps tiny hands, KFC is releasing edible nail polish. Why, just why? If they are going to make edible nail polish it should be chocolate, everyone knows that. Or bacon. No wait, chocolate bacon!

The tragic history of RC Cola. I love mental floss. And reading random stories. So this is only for you nerds out there that like that sort of thing too.

OMG there is now an ice cream bar that cures hang overs! I’m not sure I believe in this or in anything that isn’t a NYC egg and cheese to cure hang overs (oh how I miss thee!)

For you Friends fans out there, 2 exciting news items. One, they figured out who played ugly naked guy so we can all rest easy. And two, here’s Matt LeBlac saying how you doin’ and making Kahlessi giggle. You’re welcome.

Please, please someone buy me this dragon candle. Thanks.

23 times when Prince Harry was super cute with kids. I love these so much. Harry forever.

3 unexpected ways to use cake mix. I can totally see the waffles and fudge being delicious. But as breading for chicken? I’m skeptical.

Happy, Happy weekend to all, and to all a good night! xo!