Thursday, March 31, 2011

Knitting in the Round

Knitting in the round looks a lot more complicated than it is. I was telling my husband, while we were driving my son back to UofO (which is when I knit-on car rides, plane rides, etc.) that I was going to knit six more rounds.

He looked at me like I was crazy. "What's a round?"

"When you knit completely around the circle," I told him.

"So why don't you say 'I'm going to knit around the circle?'"

"I don't know, because you just don't."

Now, life is too short to argue about knitting - especially when you're supposed to be knitting to relax. But, even though knitting is easy, you still have to concentrate...a little. Just look to see.

I took a knitting class and told the teacher that I kept losing my place whenever I was talking or watching t.v.

She told me (and I paid for this) don't talk or watch t.v. when you're knitting.

Anyone else get any great advice from a teacher?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Answer to Word for Wednesday

The word ramekin means a small dish in which food can be baked and served. If you want to read more about it, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - Game for Writers

Guess what the word means then come back around 3:00 to see if you were right or wrong.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yarn Winding

Knitting takes time and winding yarn is some of it. I like the knitting part but not the work part. And, I wanted to make some fingerless gloves so I went to get some new yarn. While I was at The Yarn Garden, I watched the sale's lady wind the yarn on this handy-dandy little machine.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mouthwatering Monday

Lemon Meringue Yummiliciousness

I’ve never been a meringue maniac – not like my husband - but this weekend was the end of spring break and my son, who was home from UofO, loves lemon too, so I decided to make a homemade pie. That's something I usually do in the summer but this pie was pretty perfect for the seasonal transformation from winter to spring!

If you want to try it out here’s the recipe:

Sweet Flaky Pastry Dough:

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 sticks cold butter
¼ cup oil (not olive oil-it has too strong of a flavor)
1/3 cup water

Mix ingredients quickly to prevent butter from warming. Mix dry ingredients and then cut butter into mixture, add water until it is dough-like but not pasty. A pasty dough will turn out dense and thick instead of buttery and yummilicious!

Roll out thinly. Then place into a glass pie pan. Weigh the dough down with another pie pan or beans or rice while you bake it at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes – first cover with foil (in a tent-like formation) so the crust does not get too brown – as it will need to be baked again with the custard filling inside for another 25 minutes.

Lemon Meringue Pie Filling:

5 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup water
½ cup milk
¾ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons butter

Separate eggs (using 5 egg whites first) beat until fluffy then add in the five
yolks, add sugar, cornstarch and whisk together then heat milk and water over low heat. Slowly add the liquid to the egg mixture, whisking continuously. Add lemon juice and zest, return mixture to saucepan and warm, stirring continuously. Heat until starts to thicken, add butter and fill pie pan.


5 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Beat egg whites then add in sugar and cream of tartar. Blend until it peaks (beating fast and continuously for about 10 minutes)

Drop dollops over the custard and bake for 25 minutes – you can add butter to the crust to brown it to your personal taste.

You can throw it under the broiler if you want to brown the tips of the meringue a little more but I loved the look of the tan top too. Hope you try it out and, if you do, let me know what you think.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Earth Day is coming up...April 22nd.

So how can you celebrate?

1) Buy locally grown produce or start growing your own.

Live Like It's Earth Day Everyday

2) Cook from scratch. It's cheaper, tastes better and is healthier

3) Choose food in season.

4) Shop at a farmers market.

5) Eat less meat (maybe once a week).

6) Read: Righteous Pork Chop, Omnivore's Dilemma, Meat Matters, Food Rules, Diet for a Hot Planet


7) Go to Grand Central Bakery to buy your bread and pastries - if you don't bake your own.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

End of an Era

Elizabeth Taylor represented more than movies and Hollywood. She stood for glamour and glitz. She was a true star. A legend. An icon. It's sad to see an era come to an end.

She is number 7 (just below Marilyn Monroe) on the American Film Institute's 50 greatest female screen legends of all time.

She began as a child actress playing in films like Black Beauty and growing into roles like Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? With 8 marriages, she
was never out of the limelight for long. But that shows what an optimist she was. She never gave up on love or marriage. What an amazing woman she was. We will miss ET.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Answer to Word for Wednesday

Eleventy is a number made famous by J. R. R. Tolkien to celebrate Bilbo Baggins 110th birthday in the Lord of the the Rings.

But according to the Urban Dictionary it is a grouping of too many exclamation marks.


Word for Wednesday, it's a game writers/readers can play and win.

Guess what the word means. Put your answer in the comments section, then come back around 3:00 p.m. to see if you were write or wrong.

The WORD for this Wednesday is Eleventy.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Queen Bee and Chickpea - Earth Friendly Friday

I'm always looking for ways to use recycled materials and recraft items into new and wonderful things. Call me a craftaholic. I love to knit, sew, and cook so anyway I can find materials for free or super cheap to use in these endeavors is all the better for me and my pocketbook and speaking of pocketbooks, here's one great place to shop for sustainable accessories for your wardrobe.

Queen Bee
started out in a corner of the designer's bedroom back in 1996 and it has grown into a thriving business. So, if you like little birds and beautiful bags, check out Queen Bee Creations and Chickpea too :

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day - Shamrock Run

Me and the girls all ran the race and finished the 9.3 miles. This Shamrock Run was a hard run for me. I don't know why but I finished! And I'm glad I did it. Here we are dressed in our tutus and tiaras.

The photos don't show our tutus too well but that's to bad ;) because it was early when our photographer was snapping the photos - before he even had any coffee. But, I had fun sewing them. Here's a couple pics.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Answer to Word for Wednesday

Answer to what the word blandishment means:

It is speech, that tends to flatter, coax, or entice.

Thanks for playing :)

Word for Wednesday - Game for Writers

Guess what it means. Put your guess in comments and then come back around 3:00 to see if you were right.

WORD: Blandishment

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Happiness is a journey, not a destination

It is a state of mind we create for ourselves that begins with self-love and respect.

Never lose touch of your inner child, laugh often, and be quick to smile.

Work like you don't need money,

Love like you've never been hurt,

Sing like no one's listening,

And dance like no one's watching.

(Author Unknown--to me)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review - me and jack by Danette Haworth

Book: me & jack
Author: Danette Haworth
Pages: 229
Age Range: 8-12

me & jack was on my list of TBR “to be read” books because I loved Danette’s Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning story about spunky little Violet.

Review: me & jack is a middle grade fiction set during the Vietnam war. But the story is really a tale about a boy (Joshua) and his dog (Jack). This is a story about relationships, family, friends and having to make tough choices in hard times.

Joshua and Jack meet at the perfect time. Joshua’s mother has died and he’s living with his single father (Rich) who is working to support his only son as a war recruiter in the worst time: a time of war. No one likes the war and everyone wants to blame someone. Joshua’s dad is new to town and an easy choice.

Just about to enter seventh grade, in a new town, Joshua needs a friend in the worst way. Jack is a boy’s-best friend. Right from the start there’s a bond between the two that can’t be broken. Even at the dog pound they felt like old friends.

“The dog rested his eyes on me openly, as if he knew me, as if he trusted me. Staring back, I felt the same way.”

But trouble starts in the very beginning. No one likes Jack because they blame him for everything and anything that goes wrong in the small town. And, he doesn’t help things. He’s always getting loose and running into the woods, chasing things. He even hunts a rabbit and kills it. The bad thing is, he does it at the local ice cream shop where everyone sees and from then on they think he’s a killer.

Mixed into the matter is another boy (Ray the yo-yo slinger) and his cousin (Prater the spoiled brat). Joshua wants to be Ray’s friend but Prater keeps getting in the way. In the end, Ray has to make a hard choice.

There is plenty of drama in this “dog” story. And, it’s a great “boy’s book”, one with lots of adventure and even a little fighting. Plus there’s even a little suspense mixed into the mash. Of course girls will love it too. This is recommended, even if you don’t like war stories.

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June, 2011
Source of Book: Review copy from author

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Bear

Does anyone remember him - besides me?

And what the heck was the chemical that made the hair grow...?

Fuzzy Wuzzy
Was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Had no hair
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Wasn't fuzzy, was he?

Was he bare?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Earth-Friendly Friday - GO GREEN - the Irish way

St. Patrick's Day: it's the ECO-Warrior’s Favorite Holiday what with the “Wearing Of The Green" this celebration can take on more significance than ever today.

And, what better way to celebrate ECO-progess than with a holiday that screams green?

Here are a few ways to help you celebrate in an earth-friendly way:

Serve green mashed potatoes for dinner – it’s fun and makes the day unusual. Just add a few drops of green food coloring to your mashed potatoes and stir it up ;)

Buy organic green beer. Beer manufacturers :are producing a broad assortment of brews with ingredients that meet organic guidelines and standards.

Wear the Green (organics) proudly. It’s easier than ever before to find quality organic clothing.

Go vegetarian with your Irish cooking, cutting back on meat consumption for a day. It’s an earth-friendly option. The average cattle ranch can produce as much sewage runoff as a small city. Check out a meat-free version Of Irish Vegetable Stew.

Plant something green this weekend, like Irish Bells.

Do some good for Ireland: Find an Irish charity and lend them a hand.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Who is St. Patrick and What are we Celebrating?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. The interesting thing about that is he wasn't even Irish. He was actually captured by the Irish and taken as a slave from his home in Britain. He worked and lived in Ireland for about 6 years before he escaped and went back to his family.

After entering the church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained Bishop and worked in Ireland. He became the Patron St. of Ireland in the 7th Century and we celebrate the date of his death on March 17, with St. Paddy's Day!

In Ireland the day is celebrated as a holy day. Here in America, it has become a celebration of Ireland and all that is Irish.

However you celebrate the day and whatever you are celebrating - I hope you have a Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Answer to Word for Wednesday

The word Flappable means easily upset or confused - especially under stress.

If you want to read more, check it out here.

Word for Wednesday - Game for Writers

Guess the meaning of the word. Put it in comments and then come back around 3:00 to see if you were "write" or wrong.

Word: Flappable

What does it mean?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011



Lisa Schroeder will be a guest speaker at this First Page - critique
session - April 30, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. to noon

Bring your first page and have multiple readers give you immediate

"Do you Love it?" or want to "Leave It?"

It will be quick and "hopefully" not to painful. Like speed dating ;)

Refreshments served - afterward (feel free to bring a guest)
This event is free!
APRIL 30, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at: Village Gateway Condo - 859 NE 90th ,
Portland (in the clubhouse)

Any questions, email me at kasch5 at comcast (dot) net

Monday, March 7, 2011

Magazine Market Monday

National Geographic Kids

Seventy percent freelance written.

Queries accepted by mail

National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036


Needs: General Interest, science, technology, pets.

Length: 100-1,000 words

Friday, March 4, 2011

Word Counts for Novels

I culled this info from Agent sites and hope it helps all you other wannabe writers out there:

MG or Middle grade fiction
= 25k-40k
YA or Young Adult = 45k-80k;
PR or Paranormal Romance = 85k-100k
Romance = 85k-100k
Cozy mysteries = 65k-90k
Horror = 80k-100k
Sci-Fi = 90k-110k

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Went to Willamette Writer's meeting

On Tuesday, March 1st, I went to the Old Church to listen to screenwriter Randall Jahnson talk about why he moved away from L.A. to Portland.

He says P.O. is the perfect place to reinvent yourself as a screenwriter. And he should know. The author of "Slaughter Alley," "The Doors" and "The Mask of Zorro" talked about his early days and aging in tinseltown.

He talked a lot about Portland, which he didn't need to sell me on, heck, I live here and love it too. But he also spoke about the new "digital culture" and making friends with Code Monkeys.

At first, I thought it wasn't so nice to be referring to people as "monkeys" but then I talked to my son, who writes code. He explained to me that it's not an offensive term at all. Programmers call themselves "code monkeys". I had no idea.

So, I learned a few things.

Randall said, "I was drawn to Portland's creativity and quirkiness."

Aren't we all?

The city is rife with the arts. And, one perfect example is Willamette Writers. They host these wonderful writers and have them share their words of wisdom with all us wannabe writers for $5 to $10 per month. So, the price is 'write' and the bargain is even better. So, if you're in Portland on the first Tuesday of the month, you might want to check out what's going on at the Old Church.

All Willamette Writer guest speaker meetings are held at the Old Church, SW 11th and Clay (1422 SW 11th). Doors open at 6:30 pm; the speaker or panel starts at 7 pm. Meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and students; guests of WW members are $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings. Refreshments are served.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Answer to Word for Wedneday

The word was Diatribe.

Did you guess what it means?

Well a diatribe is a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism. If you want to read more about it, check it out on

Word for Wednesday - a game for Writers

Guess what the word means - put your guess in the "comments" then come back around 3:00 to see if you were write or wrong ;)

: Diatribe

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Give Away

Check it out here. It's the ECOwomens' birthday and they are celebrating by giving away gifts - how's that for inovative?

Tuesday Twitter Tip

Writers are readers - so log on to Twitter and follow all your favorite agents, writers, publishers and editors. You might just get the scoop on some info you can't find anywhere else.

Plus, remember to follow me too :)