Thursday, January 31, 2008

Imogene Collection

Imogene Collection, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

I read LOTS OF BLOGS, but I only comment on a few that I totally love, and even on those I'm still pretty shy posting. But my leap of courage won me a gift certificate to the Imogene shop. Since Handmade Arcade last year, I have totally fallen in love with Annie's work and all Imogene artists in general. At Handmade Arcade I scored the wooden necklace and matching ring (not pictured), which I always get complements on, and these 2 bike card prints. I love them too much to actually send them, but haven't gotten around to framing them either. :-(
Then when I was glancing through the shop, I noticed that imogene carries Paraphernalia necklaces, of which I have the bird, heart, and tooth.
I actually receieved my gift certificated treasures, but I have a back-log of posts in my mind, but keep a look out!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wedding Quilt

Manga Wedding Quilt, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

With Sarah & Nick's wedding coming this weekend, I remembered that I haven't posted on the quilt I made for the shower gift. Here's the inspiration:
Quilt Photo Card
A bit of manga from the SF Asian Art Museum, some Diamond printed linen fabric from Ikea (which I do not reccommend to anyone- it's overpriced and the screening comes off easily when washed). In a typical rush, I finished it the morning of, and sadly the edges were a bit sloppy. :-( But I was pretty pleased that I was able to keep it simple, and love the look of the circles

On an unrelated note, check out the article "My other car is a bright green city. There has been an attack of greenwashing news articles this week with topics like "Are biofuels harmful?!!?", "Turning your garden soil releases greenhouse gases!!!", "House carbon offsets 'a waste of taxpayer money'", "Conservation work will potentially be undone by climate change", "Ethanol waste causes tainted beef ", blah blah blah that are just really grating me, but the article is a nice look at longer term placemaking solutions, as opposed to the quick tech fixes. Nothing new or groundbreaking, just a nice mid-week break.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Box of Urban Velos

Box of Urban Velos, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

You may notice Urban Velo in some shops around town, and can read in on their website. I might start submitting some photos with them, but for now, check out the interview with Brad of UV at the Commute by Bike blog about the current push to get more people using bikes as their normal mode of transportation.
And I sold my car on about the coldest weekend in Cbus, so my 'normal mode of transportation' has been bone chilling.

(or check out Brad's site for some great photos of the Chihuly exhibit at Phipps Conservatory)

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus

Although he sheds all over me, he's still my buddy. He likes to bite me sometimes, but I still sneak him cheese.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Beer Bread & Candied Pecans

Beer Bread & Candied Pecans, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

In an attempt to use up some things around the kitchen from the holiday party that we usually don't have around (eggs, LOTS of beer), I've been baking this week.

Basic Beer Bread Mix: (adapted from Farmgirl Fare)
3 cups flour
1 Tbls sugar in the raw
1 tsp Celtic Sea salt
1 Tbls baking powder
1 Tbls dry dill (should have used more, but that's all that I had left)
1 Tbls fresh chopped chives
1+ cup sharp cheddar cheese
12 ounces Mad Hatter beer
Oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, dill, and cheddar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly stir in beer. Batter will be thick. Spread in a greased 8-inch loaf pan, and bake until golden brown and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. (mine could have used a bit longer, I didn't test w/ a toothpick).

It was alright, but really easy.

But for the BEST SNACK EVER: adapted from the Gluten Free Girl (I made the original recipe first, and although amazing, a tad too sweet)
1 teaspoon cold water
1 egg white
1 4 cups pecans, 1.5 cups cashews
1.25 cup sugar in the raw
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
.25 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp clove
1 tsp salt

Beat water and egg white until frothy., Mix well with pecans. Combine everything else. Mix well with pecans. Spread on a cookie sheet. Bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour. Still occasionally.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Humm, let's ponder metal

Teeth of the Hydra at Ruby's
The calmness of this photo conveys about the exact opposite of what was going on.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The beauty of industry

Industry, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Friday, January 11, 2008

the book of right-on's right-on, it was right-on

So after a long string of sub par fortunes, I cracked open one that seems like a good mantra to start the year off on. I'm trying to climb at least 2x a week, lift twice a week, and have started Ashtanga again at Yoga on High and hope to make to to Vinyasa Saturday mornings (with Sunday morning hatha as a back up) at Balanced. Sadly, I have a feeling it's going to be tough to make it through Ashtanga this quarter though. My only steadily free evening is Monday, and the class is severly dissapointing. We'll see... I'm excited about the Illuminating the Path to Wellness workshop this Sunday, (especially after the now-almost-month-long staph infection in my calf) and a Post Holiday Tune-up workshop next Friday. Hopefully my weekend houseguest will be joining me...
Plus, I now have two students that I'll be teaching climbing to on Wednesdays, which is a great contrast to the ususal skillsets I use (either engineering or making things). I'm also looking forward to participating in this month's challenge, which may involve the amazing holiday gift from JG. (Gocco!)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Showing love for the new facuet

Although the progress in the bathroom has crawled to a HALT, JG and I put in the new/old sink with some new fixtures. The sink was in the basement & is the orginal from the house (around the 10's) and it was quite possibly the HEAVIEST THING I'VE EVER CARRIED UP 2 FLIGHTS OF STEPS.
Then the old drain wasn't too thrilled to come out- it was almost a relationship breaker, but in the end my Dremel came to the rescue and we can brush our teeth again. Plus, the cat was really showing sadness from not having RUNNING WATER. yeesh.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Rosemary in January

Rosemary in January, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.

Along with the dill/cheddar beer bread, I made a rosemary/moz beer bread. The rosemary bushes grew like crazy through the summer and continue now into the middle of winter. I know it's been a mild winter so far, but it has faired much better than the basil, lemon grass, garlic & chives.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Home for Xmas

Xmas Party 07 066
Originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus

It was a typical whirl-wind tour of Pittsburgh, and our livers are hurting. It's alwys worth it though. I think I drank a quart of Slivovitz but got to visit the Kretschmann's Organic Farm which after many years of their intense hard work, is finally really working out for them. Swooonnn <3