Cooking in Thedas: Nug-Nug and Llomerryn red


nugnugillustrationI’ve gone fantasy feasting again. Yesterday, I received a surprise gift from my husband: The World of Thedas, Volume 2 Exclusive Edition. As one would expect, it is packed with Thedas lore. And this time, the authors included recipes!

Well, I saw that as a challenge and whipped up a couple of the dishes. Llomerryn Red is essentially fancy ketchup. It’s tasty, but it’s still ketchup, which I don’t usually use. However, the kid and husband enjoy it on many things. Nug-nug, on the other hand, is a pretty dish. Consisting of rice, mini-meatloaves on a stick, tomato, and garnish. To make it look more like the illustration, I baked whole acorn squash and surrounded the dish with lettuce and root vegetables. I used who cloves as the eyes. It was delicious.

Nug-nug completely garnished and ready to eat.

Nug-nug completely garnished and ready to eat.

Nug-nug with Llomerryn Red.

Nug-nug with Llomerryn Red.

Pittsburgh Graffiti


Last week, the husband and I attended a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Our daughter and her friends wanted to go to the yearly anime convention, and we agreed to pseudo-chaperone – we were downtown, checked them into hotel rooms, but didn’t go to the convention itself. If they needed us, we were available, but otherwise they were on their own.

Since we moved to Pennsylvania, my spouse has wanted to walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The city closes it down on game days, so fans can walk to the park easier. We actually walked all over downtown, and it was glorious. While crossing the bridge I noticed all kinds of locks attached to it, so I had to check it out. I can think of no other way to describe it as Pittsburghers version of graffiti. All along the bridge locks were placed mostly with statements of love, but others that were equally beautiful. They were striking, so I snapped pictures of some of them while wondering about the lives of the people that left a lock on the bridge.

Again with the broken


Again with the broken computer.  I spent a lot to build a computer that could hold and handle heavy graphics editing. It worked for 13 months before the hard drive fried. Now 10 months later, it has done it again. And I can only post by phone until I  fix it. Grrr.

But really, I am being very zen about it. Clearly, this computer and I are not meant to be in a long term computer relationship. I will be positive as I seek out a new digital companion eventually.

Word Fabric


Every since I read the March issue of Crafts Beautiful magazine, I have been obsessed with a little retro bus pincushion. It’s cute and practical – in other colors and designs, of course. The artist designed it to be mainly orange, which isn’t my thing. One of the things I really loved about it was the inclusion of Frumble UK’s Typography fabric, which try as I might is just not available. I have searched for an alternative and haven’t quite decided if I like any of them enough. I might just make my own through Spoonflower or with a fabric printed sheet – might be too uggg though. In my search for fabric, I have found some excellent examples of typography fabric though:

With visiting my nieces, I didn’t make anything this last week. I started a couple of things, but nothing to show for it yet. However, both of my nieces wanted to attend the Bristol Renaissance faire and dress up! I would have never expected it from the 16-year-old. She further shocked us by asking if she could dress as a gypsy in skirt and all! This is a girl who wants to wear her Vans, blue jeans, and an appropriately modest shirt every day, all day – nothing frilly or girly ever.

Let’s Drink: Various Themed Mocktails


I found a page of mocktails that I made for a New Year’s Eve party two years ago. I thought they were lost forever due to the computer failure. These were a huge hit with the teenagers and are why I had the Attack on Titan themed ones. I made one inspired by each teen’s favorite fandom. Hopefully, the rest will turn up someday, and I can share them as well.

Sonic Screwdriver (There are a lot of recipes for this around, but this is the one I used.)

3 oz. Orange Juice
1.5 oz Blue Raspberry Mix (or make your own and dye it blue)
.5 oz Lime Juice
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 oz Ginger Ale

In a shaker with ice add OJ, Blue Raspberry Mix, Vanilla, and Lime Juice. Shake. Pour through a strainer into a glass with Ginger Ale.


1 can Frozen Limeade Concentrate
1 cup Coca-cola (I cannot testify to the taste with another Cola)1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Water
About 10 ice cubes
Lime Wedges
Green Pop Rocks

In a pitcher, mix Limeade, ice, Coca-Cola, Orange Juice, and Water. This should make a slushy mixture. If the mix isn’t green enough, add a few drops of food coloring or a natural green additive. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until served; it needs to stay slushy. To serve, pour into a glass, top with Green Pop Rocks and Lime Wedges.

Hetalian Sunrise

.5 cup Orange Juice
.5 cup Coconut Milk
.5 cup Ginger AleSplash Cherry Syrup or Grenadine
Whipped Cream

Add four ice cubes to serving glass. Measure and pour the ingredients in the following order: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Ginger Ale. Add a splash of Syrup. Do not stir. Top with Whipped Cream and an umbrella.

Busy Crafting Week


I had many hands in the craft fire this week. It was finally nice outside and with the snow melting, it was time to go back to work. So I did.

Rustic Tote

First, I painted a “rustic tote” for my spouse. He’s into storing his craft beer next to the fridge. Rather than continue to knock it over, I felt it was time it had a home of its very own. I’m klutzy and scrubbing perfectly good beer off of the floor is no fun. He’s a huge Cubs fan – born and raised in Chicago – so theming was easy. What wasn’t easy? Stenciling. It looks like I drunk-stenciled. But he loved it anyway.

I seam ripped my old prom dress. I am thinking of turning it into a clutch. Pictures of the final result when I finish.

gogobagI, also, made this purse. I used the Go-Go Bag pattern from Sara Lawson’s Big City Bags. I spaced out the work over four days, and I am very happy with the results. Although, I did not like her Zip Pocket Method 1 instructions. I ended up making a larger zip pocket and lined it with extra thermolam and headliner, so it could hold my tablet when traveling through the airport. (I checked, I have to travel 8 times this year. I think this bag will be my go-to. At least until I am bored looking at it.)

skirtAs if that wasn’t enough, I found shirring that I fell in love with at Joann’s. I made it into a skirt because the shirring is not wide enough to cover my chest. Such is life.

Finally, I decided to catalog my patterns using Pinterest. This way I will not buy any more duplicates.

I am visiting my nieces this week, and so I don’t think I will have the time to complete any projects. Though that isn’t going to stop me from trying to do something. At the very least, I might talk the younger one into picking out the fabric for a Renaissance or Medieval gown. She’ll need one this summer when we take her with us to the faire.


Let’s Stitch: Words Are Fun 1

I really don't like censorship, but I don't want a person to be fired seeing the image with a "swear" word. Gasp!

I really don’t like censorship, but I don’t want a person to be fired because they saw an image with a “swear” word. Gasp!

Warning, some may find the rest of this post offensive. I won’t apologize for it. You’ve been warned.

I recently finished a great book: Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr. Mohr employs fantastic and hilarious word choice in relating the history of swearing, mostly in English, but chapters are dedicated to Latin and Biblical swearing as well. I have been obsessed with English my entire life and enjoy reading anything about etymology up to and including random words in the OED. So Mohr is after my heart when she locates the oldest written references to various so-called naughty words, what they truly meant at the time, and their evolution through time. I laughed my ass off reading this book, and learned quite a bit. Frankly, I was inspired.

According to the book, soldiers returning from World War I used the word fucking so much that it wasn’t really that profane. During the war the soldiers and their commanding officers had used it as an adjective to modify just about every noun relevant to a soldier’s life. Or in the exact words of John Brophy and Eric Partridge fucking came to mean, “warning that a noun is coming.”

Personally, I love that. Basically because I have been known to use it that way on occasion. Okay, often. And so do many other people.

So here for your stitching pleasure is a cross stitch celebrating that definition. It’s still a work in progress though. I am not married to the font or the arrangement of the stars and stripes. I’ll be editing and stitching another before I post the final design.