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March, 2009

Sweater Dress Success

My rewards program totally worked for my brain. I didn’t know if I could knit 26 inches for that skirt, but I knew I could knit 10 inches, and rewarded myself with a sleeve.

Sweater Dress Sleeve One!

Sweater Dress Sleeve One!

Now I’m back on the skirt. I’m at about 13 inches and want to get to 18 before I knit the other sleeve. It actually looks like something now! The sleeve got me excited…

Pudge Rodriguez

Pudge Rodriguez

but it blew Pudge Rodriguez away! She just couldn’t handle how awesome it looks.

And that is about the position I took after the Mexican Feast PT and I made on Saturday.

Fish Taco+Burrito=Love

Fish Taco+Burrito=Love

One of PT’s specialties is the fish taco. We got tilapia super cheap at Emilio’s, cooked it up, threw it in the taco with salsa (with added fresh mango!) and avocado. The burrito has become my specialty! This one was with black eyed peas, tomato, guacamole, some of that home made mango salsa, and spinach.

Plantains!

Plantains!

I even fried up some plantains in butter for a side, which I haven’t done in a long time but want to do every day for the rest of my life.

Raspberry and Blackberry Pancakes with Potatoes

Raspberry and Blackberry Pancakes with Potatoes

Not to mention we started the day with raspberry and blackberry pancakes with potatoes. We ate well Saturday.

Sunday I just couldn’t keep my tuna helper concoction to myself anymore.

Allyson's Tuna Helper Creation

Allyson's Tuna Helper Creation

I made it for PT and he loved it! I traded out the cheddar for pepper jack and it was even better. A little crushed black pepper! Love.

Shrimp Fried Rice and Spring Rolls

Shrimp Fried Rice and Spring Rolls

We rounded Sunday out with shrimp and veggie fried rice and spring rolls. In retrospect, I would have slapped that leftover rice on another shrimp pizza, but it was good with asparagus, broccoli, carrots and green pepper, too.

The soup of the weekend?

Purple Soup

Purple Soup

Red potato and back bean with carrots and onions. Served with a hunk of freshly baked bread, of course. It is purple and delicious!

Off to Lula for dinner. Reliving all this food has made me really hungry.

So Close!

I’m at like 8 inches with the sweater dress. I know I was talking big about having 10 inches done by class last night, but it just wasn’t going to happen. It takes me 11 minutes to knit one round, and five rounds makes an inch. You see my problem. And yes, I figured that out because I was so bored I was actually watching the clock while knitting.

Pretty Sweater Dress

Pretty Sweater Dress

But holding it up to take this picture I got a renewed sense of purpose. It is so pretty! Thanks to snow in the forecast I’m going to go way out on a limb here and say that I want to get to 10 inches on the skirt AND finish a sleeve this weekend. I know, I know. It is out of control since over the last two weeks I’ve knit about 6 inches, but I think I can do it.

Oh and check it!

<- You see my twitter widget? I did that by myself. Now if only I could remember to twitter. Tweet? I still don’t really get it.

Is 10 Inches Too Much to Ask For?

My sweater dress (pervs) is only at 6 3/4 inches, of 26. I need little goals to get me through, so at the 10 inch mark I’m making a sleeve, dammit. If I can get there with my sanity.

In the mean time, I have a lot of asparagus to eat.

The Most Perfect Omelet I've Ever Made

The Most Perfect Omelet I've Ever Made

Breakfast for dinner (love!) was an asparagus, tomato, and spinach omelet with feta cheese and potatoes. And it actually looks like an omelet instead of looking like scrambled eggs with vegetables in it.

It Fits in a Regular Bowl!

It Fits in a Regular Bowl!

For lunch today I had pasta with broccoli, asparagus, and spinach with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. I should have thrown some carrot in it for some color but I didn’t think of it until I was already eating it. Asparagus pasta is great though!

Raisin Granola Bars

Raisin Granola Bars

Yesterday was granola bar day. Not only was I running low but PT had a special request for some. You can tell this is my batch because of all the raisins. He is not a big fan of nature’s candy, which blows my mind since raisins are all over delicious.

After Class Snack

After Class Snack

They are just so cute and delicious. And much cheaper when you make them yourself. I had one when I got home from class last night. Class was a little out of control…

Kind of an Elephant

Kind of an Elephant

Brijeet set out to make an elephant but ended up with a dildo fully equipped with clitoral stimulator. We also decided that the problem with Playing With the Grown-Ups was the lack of virginity losing. And that Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock should be in a romantic comedy together instead of Nicolas trying to save the world from armageddon (again) and Sandra pretending to be 24. I’m going to go ahead and say that we were a shining beacon of lively laughter and that everyone wished they were our friends, but we could have been the obnoxious table everyone wished would just shut up about clitorises already. It is truly hard to tell.

Irrationally Loving Oats

The other day a blog reader said that it was a nice change of pace reading my blog because I write about things I love and don’t really complain all that much. I do like a good complain every once in a while. I complain to my BF Rachel. My complains are just unblogworthy, like boy bullshit and the amount of puke Velma produces. Or they are just big downers, like my baby brother being in jail.

Drooool

Drooool

I’d much rather talk about shrimp pizza. I’ve talked about this shrimp pizza before, but seriously seriously seriously seriously this pizza is so out of control amazing it should be talked about every day.

Pizza Crust:

1 1/4 c flour

1 c whole wheat flour

Combine 3/4 c warm water, 1 1/2 t yeast, 1 1/2 T olive oil and a pinch of salt, add to flour until a dough forms, let rise for 1 hour.

Meanwhile saute 1/2 a red onion and 1/2 a white onion and 3-4 cloves of garlic up in oil. Add shrimp until cooked. Add 1/2 a can of pineapple and 2 T teriyaki sauce, stir to coat.

Preheat oven to 425. Roll out pizza crust, sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Add a hand full of spinach to the shrimp mixture and mix till the leaves are wilted, dump mixture over crust. Sprinkle more mozzarella and Parmesan and drop goat cheese sporadically over it. Bake for 20 minutes.

Best. Pizza. Ever. I wouldn’t lie to you. Just LOOK at it!

Oaty Goodness

Oaty Goodness

I love breakfast, this is not news. But I don’t eat pancakes everyday, surprisingly. I eat oats. I love them. I have a bowl of some oaty concoction most every morning, and sometimes for lunch or dinner. I found a cute food blog Carrots N Cake, and she loves oats, too. My oats usually consists of milk, oats, some fruit and nuts or cereal. This mix is 1/2 of oats, 1/3 cup of milk, an apple chopped up, a heaping spoonful of pumpkin (idea from Carrots N Cake), a sprinkle of dried blueberries and another sprinkle of GoLEAN Crunch cereal. It is amazing with the pumpkin! I’ll be keeping that idea for sure.

Hambone-less Soup

HamBone-Less Soup

PT and I made bean soup Sunday afternoon in the crock-pot by just throwing in whatever was laying around. I bought a bag of mixed beans, HamBone mixed beans, to be exact. They were nice enough to include a packet of ham flavoring in the bag, like ramen noodles. We laughed and puked a little in our mouths and threw it away. Instead we dumped in water, carrots, onion, a can of diced tomatoes and some spices and got this amazing soup! I’ve been enjoying it with some homemade bread.

I have also been using the book club book for April as a napkin, as you can see. I got to the point yesterday where I would have stopped reading it if it wasn’t for the club. And I hardly ever stop reading books.

Potato Stir Fry

Potato Stir Fry

Tis the season for the huge potato and veggie stir fry! I chopped potatoes and cooked those up in the wok while chopping asparagus, (it is asparagus season! you can get it semi-local now) carrots, and red pepper. Sprinkled with a tiny bit of salt and pepper and a few squirts of ketchup and you are in healthy dinner heaven. All for like $1.

… can you tell I’m bored with the sweater dress? It looks amazing but I’m at about 4 inches still. I feel like it is easier to manage when I’m working on it in the dark so I can’t measure it every 20 minutes. I’ll have to go see more movies.

Entrelac In My Heart

I’m doing everything I can to not start my second sock, even though that is all I want to do.

Big Big Big Smile!

Big Big Big Smile!

And I’m really glad I shaved my legs before taking this picture. I’ve been toting this sock around all weekend, to bead class Saturday and Sweater Club this morning. I’m in love! And all I want to do is start sock number two.

K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1

K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1K1P1

I have hit a wall with the sweater dress. See those three inches of K1P1 rib? That is three of 24. I even took it to Slumdog Millionaire at the Logan last night and worked on it in the dark, it is that boring. I had to use my phone as a flashlight a few times but I had it under control otherwise. I was thinking I would try to knit half of it before starting my sock, but I think I’m going to knit 10 inches and do a sleeve. I’ve got to focus on this dress if I want to finish it!

I’ve had a pancake craving for a while, but I really think pancakes are food that need to be shared. I waited for PT and we made a delicious brunch of blackberry pancakes and potatoes.

Blackberry Goodness

Blackberry Goodness

I don’t know why people make plain pancakes. I just threw in some frozen blackberries. That is it! Would you rather have plain old pancakes or blackberry pancakes? Yeah, clearly no question.

Happy Corndog Day!

Happy Corn Dog Day!

For dinner we celebrated National Corn Dog Day with some seriously amazing Morningstar Farms Corn Dogs and carrot fries.  PT is not a vegetarian but is just really nice to me. When we go out he orders steak, but on Corn Dog Day? Fake corn dogs do the trick, too.

Pumpkin Brownie Sundae

Pumpkin Brownie Sundae

You can’t have a corn dog and an afternoon of intense basketball action without a sundae. I made pumpkin brownies – a box of brownie mix with a can of pumpkin at 350 for 30 minutes. Seriously amazing with hardly any added calories and no fat. That makes up for the fact that you are putting ice cream and caramel sauce on it.

Tuna Helper Allyson Style

Tuna Helper Allyson Style

So I’ve been having this weirdo craving for Tuna Helper. Remember Tuna Helper? When I was little my mom always had to work late on Thursday nights, and my dad would make us whatever we wanted for dinner, and I always wanted Tuna Helper. Thinking about the actual Tuna Helper makes me want to puke, but I made my own but cooking some pasta and broccoli, then mixing it with a little butter, milk, and cheddar cheese, with a sprinkle of fake cheese sauce mix I stole out of an old box of fake cheesy potatoes I have for some reason. Dare I say it? SO good. It is kind of like glorified mac and cheese, only substituting tuna and broccoli for sodium.

I’ve got to get ribbing my sweater dress. Sigh. The sun is shining, the windows are open, basketball makes a great background noise and I’m biking to Target later. Great Sunday.