Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cookies in the Grill

 So, I made myself a big pot of beef curry - when I was already hungry. -.-" With at minimum one hour to wait for it to be edible, I wondered what I could do for a quick snack. Hey... cookies!

Yeah, I know, not very healthy, blah blah, but I was ravenous, and I had a batch of ready-mixed GF cookies in the freezer. Now, turning on the oven and waiting 10 minutes for it to heat up then waiting 20 more minutes for the cookies to bake wasn't appealing either...

Then I noticed the grill, just sitting there...

Faster than you could say "Eat your heart out, George Foreman!" I whipped out the pancake butter spray, tossed in some pre-made batter balls, plopped down the lid - and prayed!

10 minutes later...


Monday, November 17, 2014

House of the Star

It's been WAY too long since I posted a book review!

Title: House of the Star
Author: Caitlin Brennan
BlurbElen is a princess of the kingdom of Ymbria. Her greatest wish is to become a rider of worldrunners: the magical horses that are the only safe way to travel the roads through the worlds of Faerie. Now Elen has the chance to fulfill her dream at last, but the price is much too high.
To become a worldrider, Elen must journey to the House of the Star on Earth, the Arizona ranch where the worldrunners live and breed. There, she must try to forge a peace with her people’s worst enemy—a traitor from the world of Caledon—and end the war that has been tearing their worlds apart for centuries. If Elen doesn’t succeed, the Master of the House of the Star will close both Ymbria and Caledon off from the worldroads forever. Can the wisdom of a worldrunner named Blanca help Elen in her quest to save her world?

Review: A young reader's book is a refreshing change once in a while, when it is well written. This was well written, paced well and with a rising cadence that draws the reader in subtly and increasingly until you have to get to the end to find out how it ends. It's not the crescendo that an adult can handle, more gently paced for younger readers, but entrancing all the same. 

While I've long had a love for and admiration of horses, I'm not as horse-mad as the author or the heroines in this book. Nevertheless, I found them very easy to relate to, my empathy for their love of horses felt natural and unforced. Ms Brennan has done an excellent of job of weaving the hearts of the readers into the song of the tale. 

It is definitely aimed at young readers and has the requisite good and evil, magic and reality, warriors and villains to satisfy all children (and quite a few adults) and if I wasn't entirely enthralled, the fault lies in my seared soul. I can entirely see my young grandson mesmerized at bed time by the next exciting chapter.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, a wonderful couple hours of fantasy that made me smile in the end. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Computer desk and hutch

My sewing machine arrived! Woo-hoo! It went from the container straight into my car and then directly to Grome's for a much-needed service! While it was there, it occurred to me that I had nowhere to sew! Well, I considered a folding table, but Himself thought it was ugly and found me a gorgeous sewing table on Amazon. Nearly $200 with shipping. He's a wonderful man, so thoughtful, but I'm not about to drop two Benjamins on a desk!


So off I trotted to the Humane Society Thrift Store. I figured I'd find myself a desk that I could use for sewing instead. It wouldn't have all the cubby holes and such that the real sewing table did, but it would be cheaper. Well, it would have worked out great, if they'd had any desks, but nary a one to be found. They did, however, have an old computer desk and hutch going dirt cheap. I mean, seriously dirt cheap. $37.50 cheap!

I forgot to get a before photo, but that will give you an idea. The problem is that the hutch is in the way of the sewing, but I liked the idea of using the desk, especially as it had the holes in the top for computer cables. Works great for sewing machine cables too! So I decided to take the hutch off and use the desk on its own as a sewing table.  But what to do with the hutch? It was lopsided off the desk, and incredibly heavy! So a trip to Home Depot and $52 later, I had a base and six castor wheels - the special no-mark kind that can roll over hardwood floors and carpets without damaging either. 

Ain't she pretty? The top slides up into the crevice to provide a storage area, and the bottom is open for use for stacking or stocking. I can add shelves later, if I choose. The base is MDF that I brushed over a quick coat of paint (remember the background of my rug? Yup, that paint. Freeeeee!)

With the lid closed, for your viewing pleasure. Please note that the only cable under the desk is the foot pedal. The power cables are all fed through the clever little holes in the desk out the back to the wall power sockets. Brilliant!

So now I have a gorgeous sewing desk and matching accessory unit for less than half the fancy sewing table. I think I'm so smart! LOL

Tuesday, November 11, 2014