Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The socks that can't be finished

Seriously.  I think that's why the yarn is named Seriously? cause I seriously cannot finish these socks.

The yarn has been in my stash for years.  I finally cast on in late February.  Then two baby blankets came up that had to be done.  This one is for Rebecca & Martin who had their first, beautiful, baby boy.

And then this one was for Dwight and Priscilla who added a baby brother to big sister Bella.

So you can understand why the socks went on the back burner, right?

I made it this far by mid-May.

And I haven't photographed them since, but I'm up the leg, a bit.  Still about 4 inches to go in legging.  Ugh.

Christmas is rapidly approaching as well (as of this sentence there are ... only 194 Days, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes, and 31 Seconds! left until Christmas!!!)  I have the annual dishcloth presents to make.

So you can understand that I simply cannot get my homework for school done this week, right?

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Back to school....

Funny how when the kids are just getting out of school, here I go back to school.  Old person has no business trying to learn how to study again.  Old brain is revolting.  And I'm two days into it. 

Kyle and I will be going to summer school together.  Sort of.  He will be taking Econ/Government at the high school to try to satisfy a requirement for graduation, since he has to take math next year.  Again.

I am taking two online classes through Mesa Community College in hopes of someday achieving that elusive college degree.  This time I think I finally know what I like.  We shall see.  My current courses are Small Group Communications and Microsoft Project Management.  One general ed requirement, one core requirement.  Both hard.  For my ancient brain.

On the more fun front of summer.....  we are taking the boat out for the first (and maybe last) time for a while.  Kyle will start school Monday, going all day, 7:30-3:15 which will severely limit time on the lake.  Yes, Ron still only has weekdays off and the weekends are too crazy at the local lakes anyway.

Was at the Apple Store a couple weeks ago to buy Kyle a new phone.  The "specialist" suggested I apply for a job there.  LMFAO.  I informed that I'd "been there, done that" and he said that it took him 3 attempts and 10 interviews to get hired.  Do I have that kind of determination or staying power?  Um, I dunno.

Made yummy lemon bars for a knitting get-together a couple weeks ago.  They were really good, but I totally forgot to take a picture of them.  Oops.  Here's the link for the recipe tho:
Lemon Bars
The Smitten Kitchen is an awesome food blog.  Check it out.

Also tried an entire new dinner the other night.  Tequila Chili Lime Chicken, Green Chili Rice, and Cilantro Corn.  Okay, the green chili rice is an old recipe that I love.  But the other two were new and really good. 

I am posting the chicken recipe here, cause Ron hates chicken and he loved this one.  He actually ate seconds which proves it must have been good.  Tequila Lime marinade can be tricky to find.  If you don't have a Fresh and Easy near you, I don't know what other kind to suggest. 

Tequila Chili Lime Chicken Breasts
(adapted from Betty Crocker Lime & Chili rubbed chicken breasts)

3-4 servings

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Tequila Lime Marinade (Fresh and Easy or other)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel (about two limes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  1. Trim chicken breasts and flatten to 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Place in bag with enough marinade to cover.  Soak at least one hour, or overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, mix together remaining ingredients in small bowl. 
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and pat dry.  Rub both sides of chicken with spice rub. 
  5. Chicken can be grilled, baked or rotisseried.  See below.

Grilling:  Place chicken on grill over medium heat.  Cover grill, cook 10-15 minutes turning once or twice until chicken is cooked through.

Rotisserie:  Oil rotisserie basket and place chicken inside.  Cook for 30 minutes.

Bake:  Place chicken in shallow baking pan lined with foil and oiled.  Bake at 375F for 30 minutes.