Cinco de Mayo menu

Being a born and bred Texan, I love Mexican food. I think I love Mexican food more than any other type of ethnic food. I am literally salivating in anticipation of tomorrow's menu. About a year ago I read and researched and tested and figured out a recipe for authentic and delicious carnitas. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about carnitas. I have found that 4 lbs of meat will feed my hungry family twice, plus pork butt is a fairly inexpensive cut of meat (I pay anywhere from $1-1.39/lb) so it also makes for a fairly inexpensive dinner. What makes carnitas so delicious is you braise them until all the fat renders out of the meat, and then you let the meat fry in its own fat.  read more »

Spring Tops!

I committed myself to Spring Top Week back in March and I made a valiant effort. I only completed two tops but I have fabric for more and even have a new pattern traced that I can't wait to sew up!

This green one, I am not so happy about. I had to modify it a ton after the fact to make it modest enough around the neckline, and the fabric is just wonky. But I really like the color. Next time, remind me that I hate sewing thin jersey.  read more »

the sweetpod!

I have been intending to sew a soft structured carrier similar to the Ergo Baby Carrier for nearly a year. My friend Jess wrote up a great tutorial but I just never made it a priority. I bought fabric, I bought hardware, and I waited. Then in December, Jessica released the Sweetpod pattern, which I bought immediately. The Sweetpod is more like a Beco Butterfly with an internal panel to hold smaller babies more securely and make putting babies onto your back easier. Fast forward four months, and I decided that it was finally time.  read more »


My exact conversation just moments ago with a woman at the Idaho State Tax Commission:

her: May I help you?

me: Yes, I am ready to file my Idaho taxes and I owe a little bit of money and the address on the voucher form is different from the address on the Idaho Form 40 and I wanted to make sure I am mailing to the correct address.

her: Yes, that is correct.

me: Which is correct?

her: Well, we have lots of addresses, it will get to us either way. You can mail it to (says address).

me: So the address on the voucher isn't right?

her: Yes, that one is for payments.

me: So which one should I use?

her: If you're mailing a return with it, go ahead and mail it to (says first address again)  read more »


I forgot to add a link to my Spring Vacation set on flickr so you can see all the pictures that I didn't include in yesterday's post.  read more »

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