Monthly Archives: July 2007

Happy Quilt

Have I told you all how much I love Happy Quilt. I know why the owner named it Happy Quilt – it truly is heaven on earth. Picture this: a large warehouse where the little older couple who own the shop have hundreds of bolts of fabric and have, ever so painstakingly cut, folded and packaged 2-yd. increments of most of their fabrics. Heaven I tell ya! It’s much easier to navigate then the fabric market in Dongdaemun which I love just as much but I don’t need to devote an entire day to maneuvering my way around this place. I came home with 20 2-yd. packages and he even let me choose another package free because I had purchased so much.

Here it is in all its washed, wrinkled glory just waiting for a hot iron and some patterns. Joe knows I love this place so much and love collecting fabric so much he doesn’t even ask why I buy so much any more. What a wonderful husband! Check out my Flickr for closeups of some of the fabric I found.

I have visions of aprons, bibs, headbands, bags, and an entire month off to relish in my fabric euphoria! Wish me luck!


Slow on the uptake…

Ok, I went to the market today with my trusty reusable market bags.  I try to bring them whenever I can and keep one tucked neatly away in my purse at all times for unexpected trips.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something small for Kelli’s Green Week pursuits.  Toady was a lighter shopping trip then usual since I was only picking some things up for a dinner I’m making for some of Joe’s troops tomorrow night.  Here’s where it gets a little tricky:

I sent my two sturdiest market bags down the conveyor belt, along with my coupons (I’m also thrifty) and the bagger was mighty confused.  She actually attempted to put my market bags into plastic grocery bags as if I had purchased them.  The cashier had to explain to her, not once, but twice that I wanted the groceries in those bags, not the bags in bags.  So we’re trudging along, me unloading my cart, quickly, so as not to hold up the next customer; the cashier bleeping things by, one by one and the bagger, now, neatly placing my items into my reusable market bag.  Everything fit in one bag, I paid and all went well.  Until I got home:

Not only had the bagger put my 2nd reusable grocery bag into a plastic bag (to make it easier to carry? I don’t have a clue as to why, it’s a bag, it already has a handle).  As a side note, I want to add that when I buy only one veggie like, say, a bell pepper, I do not put it in a produce bag (more plastic saved).  Well, inside my lovely French market tote, were things individually wrapped in plastic grocery bags.  The turkey bacon had it’s own bag, the sugar-free slow churned ice cream had it’s own bag, the veggies which I purposefully did not bag had their very own environment-eroding plastic bag.  What on earth?  I GIVE UP!  Well, not recycling of course, I give up trying to figure people out.

Lazy Daze…

I’ve been having a very lazy Saturday. Joe’s working and has the car and I have the first Saturday, in I can’t remember how long, free. What did I do? Absolutely nothing – thank you very much!

Well I played around with my new favorite Stampin’ Up! set – Pick a Petal. It is super cute and I love it. I used one out of like 6 different petal designs. This is the perfect set for scraps, I used all my scraps for these 6 cards. It was glorious and now I just have to decide if I want to part with them.

I also wanted to share the cards I taught at my June workshop. The workshop was called Polka Dot Party, I think it’s obvious why I chose that name. Each guest made 10 cards and 2 brown bag gift bags for $10. It was so fun but I learned a lot. My cards were a little too involved for 3 hours. Next time I will offer less cards and they will be a little simpler but we all had a lot of fun.

I don’t have any of my materials posted but if you have any questions about my materials or supplies please leave me a comment.

My name is Melanie and I’m a Food Network snob!

I can’t begin to explain how much I miss the Food Network. TiVo, the greatest invention known to man, made the Food Network shows even more accesible to my busy schedule in Florida. I frequently shared an afternoon in the kitchen with Ina and Paula. We chopped away together while sharing marriage stories and tidbits about our herb gardens. It was safe to say the three of us were pals. Having no TV here in Korea really puts a damper on my entertainment capabilities, not to mention my heart-to-hearts with the chicks of culinaria. I cook and bake a lot so I am constantly visiting all my friends via the Food Network website but I feel so disconnected from my peeps. In my search for a recipe my typical search will uncover a few options. Don’t worry I have a system. I’m very exclusive… I only use recipes from certain chefs and while browsing through the 994 sugar cookie recipes I realized that I have an opinion on almost all the of the Food Network hosts. Allow me to share (although I’ll spare the boring ones for lack of space and attention span):

Paula Deen – Hands down I wish she were my third grandmother! Her recipes are relatively easy and mostly all fabulous. Her sons are handsome and her husband looks like the Gorton’s Fisherman. I dream of dining at her restaurant and giving her a great big hug! I’m a hugger and I’m convinced she is too!

Ina Garten – I love her almost as much as Paula. Almost. Her recipes are also very simple but very yummy and her love for her smart little husband is very endearing. She makes him a roast chicken dinner very Friday when he arrives home from his job in New England, I mean how utterly cute it that?!! Nobody but Ina can make the haughty snobbish towns of the Hamptons look so friendly and quaint.

Alton Brown – If I were dorkier and unmarried I would have a crush on Alton. His culinary knowledge is that of a bible scholar fresh out of seminary, there is no end to the information and enthusiasm. Alton is the only thing that holds my attention at the gym at 6 AM (when I only have Fox News and Acess Hollywood as alternatives) but still I love him. I can now make one heckofa fritatta and I owe it all to this man.

Bobby Flay – One word – pompous! I don’t care how big your barbeque grill is! Your restaurants in NYC are overrated and overpriced, not to mention OVER and your attitude about anything not prepared on a BBQ grill is well – superior! I do love a BBQ and have been known to daydream about the Tuscany Elite but Bobby, you are so 5 minutes ago!

Emeril Lagasse – Is he drunk sometimes? If he isn’t he has got to be the most animated TV Chef ever. I hope he’s drunk. He’s like Fun Bobby from Friends, remember him?

Giada De Laurentiis – I think her name weighs more than she does. The recipes I’ve tried are tasty but how believable can a 90-pound Italian chef really be? C’mon when you’re actually tasting your own food and weigh more than my 11-year-old cousin I might try more of your recipes.

Michael Chiarello – Is he gay or just a metrosexual? I’ve seen his wife on the show but maybe she’s just a decoy. Despite his effeminate tendencies I am brutally jealous of his herb garden in wine country, CA.

Nigella Lawson – We would be friends in real life! Love Her!

Marc Summers – I know he doesn’t exactly cook but didn’t I use to watch him here? And is it me or has he not aged a bit?

Mario Batali – Love him and every one of his restaurants in NYC. His recipes can be a little complex to make but oh so yummy to eat!

Rachael Ray – Ok, here’s a tricky one. I love her magazine and her recipes are good. 365 No Repeats is a cookbook I buy for all my newlywed friends. HOWEVER (notice this however is very large), I cannot stand this woman to save my life. I have a physical gagging reaction whenever I hear the term EVOO. I’m not sure how she ever became popular but I try to pretend she’s just a cartoon.

Sandra Lee – How is it that someone actually makes a fortune from showing people how to open cans?

Tyler Florence – If I wasn’t already married Tyler Florence might have a stalker problem.

Who’s your favorite celebrity chef?

*PC Disclaimer – All of my opinions are just that – my opinions, I do not mean to offend or upset anyone about my thoughts of these celebrity chefs. I’m sure they are all wonderful individuals but I’m still a snob.*