36 Goals Progress


I’m making some progress on the goals that I’ve set for this year.

I’ve mostly done the goals that I set out to do for September. I’m a little behind on the book proposal thing, but I’ve set some new goals for October that will bring me back into line there.

Speaking of those October goals:

  1. Finish my bicycle shirt.
  2. Submit book proposal for Head of State Cakes to at least 3 agents.
  3. Make some jewelry. 

My month, for this project starts on the 9th.  and I’ve started in on these month’s goals. 

Finishing the bike shirt was one of the goals that I had set in the past as a goal, but I’ve been on a bit of a sewing streak, so I decided to get on with it. I want to sew everything that I’ve already cut out.

For me, I think that it is helpful to think about sewing projects in phases, and to think of each phase as a project in and of itself. Those phases are the pattern adjustment phase, cutting out the fabric, and sewing the garment. Something about thinking of it this way is really helpful.

Back to the book proposal. I know what I want to do to the draft to improve it, and plan to do that sometime this weekend. One of the people who peer-reviewed it graciously offered to edit it, and I’m going to take her up on it (and figure out what kind of baked treats do best in the mail). Once I get that done, there is only the matter of submitting it. That, historically, has been the hardest part for me, but this time, I’ve decided that I’m going to do it. And that is that.

Regarding the jewelry, I’ve been collecting ideas for a while and want to just do some of the things on my list. Until I’ve tried the things, they will hang out in my mind as things I should do. They’re in there taking up space and resources! I need to just get them out of my system once and for all.


Links I Like


I love zippered pouches, but I don’t buy them because I know that I can make them. And since I was poking around on that site, I found another zippered bag.

Speaking of bags, I’ve been seeing these square bags around the internet for a little while now. Every once in a while I go hunting down some instructions. Why it took me so long to put it here, I don’t know, especially since that’s the whole reason I make these lists.

These seven words: Big Clusters Maple Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Granola.

 You want to know the food that I always want whenever I see it, even though admitting this makes me a little embarassed? Corn dogs. Seeing them on Food52, yep, made me want some.

I found this to be heartbreaking.

Sweet & Salty Curried Popcorn?!?! I want to try this immediately. It also makes me think about trying my hand at savory granola.

This peppermint stick ice cream sounds so good, but I don’t want to think about it yet because I associate peppermint sticks with truly cold weather.

While I make granola fairly often, I’ve yet to make granola bars. Maybe these ones will be my maiden voyage bars.

Pinteresting: Pancakes

Follow Sherlonya’s board Pancakes on Pinterest.

There is nothing proper about my feelings for pancakes.

In fact, pancakes are one of the very first things that I learned how to make, and I wanted to make them whenever I had the opportunity to do so.

Pancakes not only remind me of home, but they remind me of childhood visits to Louisiana. I remember eating pancakes that my grandma made. I can see the kitchen in my mind. I can remember the taste of those pancakes.

Pancakes are one of those foods that taste like love.

So, what do you do with something like this? Things have changed a little bit. I, for example, don’t really eat pancake syrup, now preferring maple syrup. This sort of means that I can’t ever really go back to the pancakes of the past. This means that it’s time to venture into pancakes future.

And this is the perfect reason to create a Pinterest board for pancakes.

I imagine warming up some otherwise bleak winter mornings with steaming pancakes. I imagine making them for Alex, surprising him with them, beckoning him into a day.

I imagine them tasting like love.

Fast and Loose: Bacon Cheeseburger Fries

Bacon Cheeseburger Fries I don’t know what exactly put me in the mood or the mind for bacon cheeseburger fries, but once the idea took hold, I knew that I needed to do something about it, especially when I thought back to the cheeseburger pizza I’ve made in the past. So, here are the results, a recipe.

This was created on a work night, so that meant starting with frozen fries, but this dish could easily be created with regular fried potatoes.

Cooked fries waiting to be topped

The recipe is simple. Make the fries and then top them with a bacon cheeseburger topping. In this case, I made the bacon first, cutting it into small pieces and cooking it.  I put the bacon aside, then used the bacon grease to cook some onions. Then, I added the hamburger meat to the onion/grease and cooked it. Once that was done, I added ketchup and mustard to get that cheeseburger flavor going.

Cooking the bacon

While I was doing this, I was frying the fries, removing them from the oil and letting them get rid of any excess oil as they rested on paper towels.

To make a long story short, I threw the fries in a cast iron skillet, topped them with the meat mixture and then with shredded cheddar. I popped the whole thing under the broiler until the cheese was melted. Then I topped the whole deal with tomatoes and dill relish.

I liked it, but my son loved it.

He called this dish, “a miracle.”

In an open letter to her son whose whips are looking more and more *ahem* realistic,

“Dude, I love your creativity and your increasing attention on craftmanship. However, you have got to stop leaving the whips that you make in my passenger seat in the car. It makes me look crazy. It’s not the possession of something that looks like it came from a fetish shop that makes a mom look crazy. It is the presence of said item visible on the passenger seat of a practical Honda….”

Maple Walnut Blueberry Granola — With Recipe

bluegranola1Sometimes, you get the sudden urge to start playing with vine decide to make some homemade granola because you just ran out of the last batch that you made. In moments like these, you think about your errant past when you used to buy granola, but no more. These days, you realize, you don’t even need to use a recipe. These days, you think to yourself, you understand, fundamentally, what is in a granola.

It is in this moment that you stare down your oats and get to work. Your pantry has plenty of dry goods. You like to think that this is your primal gatherer at work. You push from your mind disparaging animal terms like “pack rat” and “magpie”.

bluegranolaThe combination that is meant to make sweet love combine on your palate becomes clear to you. Oats, cinnamon, walnuts, blueberries, coconut, and maple syrup. That flaxseed, you throw that in for kicks.

You get to work. 

Your kitchen smells like love warm granola. You look forward to the morning. You end your day in victory.

Maple Walnut Blueberry Granola
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup walnut pieces
2 tablespoons flaxseed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2/3 cups maple syrup
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine oatmeal through cinnamon.
Add maple syrup and canola oil. Stir thoroughly until the liquid ingredients are evenly distributed through the oats mixture.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the oats mixture evenly over the parchment.
Bake the mixture for thirty minutes, stirring the mixture halfway through this baking time.
Once granola is golden, remove from the oven.
Cool the granola, then stir in the dried blueberries.
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