Celebrate!: The Sprees of September

Good-bye to my new job, hello to my old blog!

If working with a megalomaniac has taught me one thing, it’s that honesty and openness matter. Getting the public to take notice is fine, but an inflated ego never made lasting friendships. So, I’m done with toxic hours and third-rate people – and back to what I love the most: celebrating me, my crafting and my everyday pleasures.

September is not only my freedom month, it’s a month full of very worthwhile pursuits and interests.

  • Chicken Month
  • Piano Month
  • Honey Month
  • Ethnic Foods Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • Baby Safety Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • College Savings Month

We haven’t had honey in the house for a very long time, so I’m jumping at the chance to research and make all the yummy honey things! With September’s dailies, my month’s looking pretty full.

  • Aug 03 – Welsh Rarebit Day
  • Aug 05 – Lazy Mom’s Day
  • Aug 06 – International Vulture Awareness Day
  • Aug 12 – Stand Up To Cancer Day
  • Aug 13 – Roald Dahl Day
  • Aug 16 – Guacamole Day
  • Aug 18 – Cheeseburger Birthday
  • Aug 19 – Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • Aug 21 – International Day of Peace
  • Aug 22 – Hobbit Day
  • Aug 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day
  • Aug 27 – International Rabbit Day

Now, I wonder where I can find a nice butterscotch pudding for the 19th…

Hooray for International Beer Day!

I was never much for a beer on the weekends. My ‘brothers’ in chefs’ clothing taught me to drink whisky and I never saw the point in drinking beer after I’d reached the happy boozy level. I avoided it for the same reason I avoid soda; the carbonation stings my throat something awful.

Fast-forward five years and I still don’t much like beer (or soda), but in honor of International Beer Day, I’ve discovered a few delicious ways to celebrate it without having to partake of the bubbly.

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Let’s kick it off with starters: These sinfully crunchy onion rings coated with beer batter, paired with some delicately steamed shellfish. How are they steamed, you ask? Why, with beer!

There’s nothing better than hot soup on a cold day, and our stormy weather here in the Philippines gives us multiple excuses to break out the soup bowls. If you prefer a more filling potato base, grab your favorite ale and boil up this version of beer cheese soup. There’s also another take on chicken soup that I’d like to try. Chicken + Cheese + Beer sounds like the sort of thing that greets the porcelain throne after a long hard night of drinking, but eeehhh why not?

And now for the ‘meat’ of this post!

Long, slow cooking isn’t really an option for us now that gas prices are high, but I like the premise of this yummy chicken chili. I wonder what kind of beer would go well with it?

Guinness seems to be the best beer for beginners to brew cooking. Check out these ribs, marinated in rich dark stout overnight and grilled to perfection.

One of my guilty pleasures is deep-fried cauliflower dipped in tahini. I’ve found a recipe that gives me a healthier alternative with half-simmered, half-baked cauliflower with some tangy flavors. Big plus: it comes in a taco shell!

I’ve saved the yummiest main course for last: Chicken in Honey Beer Sauce. I’m a sucker for honey-flavored anything, and I imagine a Guinness or another creamy rich beer would absolutely make this.

I long for an ice cream on a daily basis. Our tropical heat is to blame (or so I like to say), and the urge doesn’t lessen when I see gorgeous recipes like Beer-flavored ice cream with Chocolate-covered pretzels. I mean, come on, what’s a girl to do against temptation like that?!

And finally, if you have a sweet tooth, the perfect way to end International Beer Day is with these Guinness-flavored cupcakes. If I had a working oven, I’d bang these out without a care for my waistline.

 

Have I whetted your appetite? Do you think you’ll be following one of these recipes this month? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Celebrate!: The Anniversaries of August

Oh, how I have abandoned thee!

Real life can just be so full sometimes. Houdini’s first birthday with the dress I made for her, the first time she blew a kiss, the first time she had damn persistent diarrhea (she’s fine now, thank goodness), getting my first job as a work-at-home parent and SO MANY other things that have gone on these past few months. But I have missed writing so much, and I was inspired by my new job, believe it or not. A friend and I have been planning new and exciting things and I can’t wait to get started, but for now, it’s high time that I breathe new life into this blog!

August is a damn fine month,

  • Sandwich Month
  • Catfish Month
  • Goat Cheese Month
  • Onion Month
  • Mushroom Month
  • Breastfeeding Month
  • What Will Be Your Legacy Month

August is looking like a kick-ass month, never mind the Catfish part. I don’t believe a dish is complete without a good helping of onions, and sandwiches are the ultimate evolution of sliced bread.

I do hope to make delicious goodies to celebrate August properly, but to help me (and other August hearts) along, here are some dailies.

  • Aug 01 – International Beer Day
  • Aug 03 – Watermelon Day
  • Aug 06 – Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • Aug 08 – Odie Day
  • Aug 10 – S’mores Day
  • Aug 13 – International Lefthanders Day
  • Aug 15 – Julia Child’s Birthday
  • Aug 16 – World Honey Bee Day
  • Aug 21 – Hawaii Day
  • Aug 26 – Eat Dessert First Day
  • Aug 28 – Race Your Mouse Around The Icons Day
  • Aug 29 – More Herbs, Less Salt Day
  • Aug 30 – International Whale Shark Day

A celebration for the butanding is more than I could ask for. Let me start planning our August!

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Made-To-Order Mondays: Ganchill-O Buddies

MTO Spotlight is a year-long feature on ‘Kyaru and Bunnies’ which aims to highlight Filipinas who are dedicated to bringing the long-ignored art of crochet back to the Philippines. If you or someone you know would like to be featured on this blog, please send your details to bamfkbunny@gmail.com

Many thanks to today’s interviewee, Grace of Ganchill-O Buddies! From one avid crocheter to another, my hat’s off to you, Mommy Grace! For those who are disheartened by other people who don’t appreciate our craft, read on and be inspired ^.^

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WIP Wednesdays: May 2 Yarn Haul!

As I may have mentioned before, I went to my first yarn event last Saturday (if your memory is a bit hazy, take a little detour over here) and in a word, it was fantabulous. The people, the conversation, the lemonade – Ahhh, I can’t wait to go to the next one!

But of course, the MAIN reason for going to any yarn sale is the yarn. And oh, were there choices. I purposefully took just enough money for what I needed to buy, because I just knew I was going to have a hard time choosing.

Smart move on my part, but…Well, a haul is a haul is a haul!

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20% Nylon, 30% Wool, 50% Acrylic / 50g, 164y / Php 45

I got this pretty peach-pink skein from Yarn Shack for free, because I bought the ergonomic hook set (bottom left of the top picture). The handles are made out of the same resin that is used for Clover brand hooks. I can’t say yet if they’re better than the generic aluminum set, but that’s  because I’ve only made the one hat this week. I do love the grip, though I wish it was longer (I’ve got bigger hands than most).

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Alize Diva (Batik) / 100% Microfiber Acrylic / 100g, 383y / Php 290

I’ve looked around, and I can confidently say that only Kurazu Online Shop (also known as Yarns Kurazu Rumeka) stocks the Alize brand. As a matter of note, it’s pronounced a-liz, like “a-liz ka diyan” (XD!), and not a-liz-Ay, like the drink. These yarns are imported from Turkey, which is why they’re a little more expensive. But I don’t even care because look at those colors! Asdfghjkl!!!

I may have weirded Kurazu out a little because I literally said “Take my money!” (Sorry, girl >.<) In my defense, I had been thinking it all day ever since I saw her booth because those colors had me slavering like a dragon in front of a treasure pile. Yeah, I said ‘slavering’.

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These two are light fingering-weight to me, and will find new lives as scarves. I’ve even found the perfect patterns. As always, I’m wary to working with such a small hook size, but hopefully I can get over it so I can use these beauties.

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Alize Cotton Gold (Batik) / 55% Cotton 45% Acrylic / 100g, 361y/ Php 290

These colors are gorgeous, gorgeous I say! I love their soft pastel hue, and I wish I had bought more. I will buy more, come the next yarn sale!

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This supremely soft sport-weight yarn is perfect for baby things. Even at this moment, I’m flipping through my magazines and scouring Ravelry’s very bones for the perfect patterns. I also have to the consider the weather, which is absolutely brutal right now. It’s storm weather without the storm, just dropping the humidity everywhere without even the promise of rain. Poor Houdini is taking two baths a day now.

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Alize Burcum and Batik / 100% Acrylic / 100g, 250y/ Php 250

If I were to choose only one kind of material to make hats out of, it would be this worsted-weight yarn. It’s amazingly soft and workable. If I were a braver person, I’d have hooked this up immediately. But I’m not, so I’m content to rub my cheek against it when I’m bored.

Note to self: Must find more hat designs!

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Alize Burcum and Batik / 100% Acrylic / 100g, 250y/ Php 250

The obligatory purple yarn. I don’t really favor purple all that much, but it reminds me of my brother. This is a nice pastel shade mixed with a soft grey, so whatever I make can be used for either of us. That is, if I don’t fall in love with it first!

I can already tell that I’m going to have a lot of trouble selling my FOs if this is the kind of yarn I’m using, hahahaha.

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Hand-dyed Yarn / 100% Cotton/ 200g, 150y/ Php 200

Of course I couldn’t go to a yarn sale hosted by Crafty Yarn Paws without getting anything from her! I had already pre-ordered these beauties before the sale, so I just had to pick them up. The colors could not be any more vibrant: Cacao, Cheesecake and Old Rose. I love Old Rose, surprising because I don’t usually go for shades of pink, but I seriously can’t wait to work with this. I could probably make a dozen hats of this color and I wouldn’t get tired of it.

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Big Floral Buttons, Php 40 for 10 pcs. / Doodle Buttons, Php 30 for 10pcs.

I love buttons. I looooooove theeeeeem. These particular ones are from The Yarn Traveler and to tell the truth, I bought them before anything else. If I weren’t so obsessed with yarn right now, I’d be collecting buttons. I really may have been a dragon in another life, given how devoted I am to maintaining and growing a hoard. It used to be stamps, now it’s yarn, soon it’ll be buttons!

I’m so glad I’m working with new kinds of yarn. It makes me feel like I’m slowly growing as a crocheter because I’ve lifted my no-acrylic rule. Depending on the results after I’ve already made something, Alize may become my go-to acrylic.

Have I made you lust after some of these yarns? Don’t worry, the online shops’ links will be down below. If you missed the chance to go to this sale (and are wondering why I keep raving about lemonade), drop by the next Yarn ‘n Lemonade event, which will be July 4th. I’ll definitely be there, and I hope you will be too. For further details and to keep up-to-date on any new developments, please drop by Crafty Kitten Paw’s website. Whether or not you end up buying some yarn while you’re there is completely up to you ^.^

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Update: Due to Real Life, Yarn N’ Lemonade events have been postponed. This is such a huge bummer because the ladies behind it are phenomenal and I love spending time with them. Never fear though, we’ll find a way to ride again!

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Made-To-Order Mondays: Yarn At Heart

MTO Spotlight is a year-long feature on ‘Kyaru and Bunnies’ which aims to highlight Filipinas who are dedicated to bringing the long-ignored art of crochet back to the Philippines. If you or someone you know would like to be featured on this blog, please send your details to bamfkbunny@gmail.com

Many thanks to today’s interviewee, Nix of Yarn At Heart! She’s another mommy who has found her calling in crochet. Read on for her inspiring story!

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Stay tuned tomorrow for my big stash unveiling, as well as a few fun announcements (hint: they’re yarn sale-related!), and be sure to come back next week for another installment of Made-To-Order Mondays. Thanks for reading!

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Yarn ‘N Lemonade: My First Yarn Event!

It was promising to be a hot, sticky day. TV broadcasters had the temperature at a sweltering 39 degrees centigrade. Not exactly a day to be out and about.

But nothing was going to dampen my spirits. There was a yarn sale waiting for me!

The Yarn ‘N Lemonade sale, held on May 2, had been in the works for two months. I was beyond excited for this; not only would I be spending the day with Renee Rose from The Yarn Traveler, but I would be meeting the brilliant beauties behind three other local yarn shops and I would be completely surrounded by gorgeous wonderful yarn. It was a fiber-fanatic’s dream come true.

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I nearly went right past this. How awesome is this giant star?

I arrived early, but I still wasn’t the first on the scene. There were already a few dedicated yarn souls looking through the colorful bounty displayed by our hosts. Words completely fail me at this time, so I’ll let my pictures speak for me!

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Here’s Renee Rose from The Yarn Traveler, thoroughly enjoying her line of Spectra Ombre Hand-dyed yarn

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The very sweet Annlyn of Yarn Shack and her supportive other half

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Our saucy winding queen, Karen of Crafty Kitten Paws! She worked hard all day, winding that mountain of finicky Vigan yarn into soft caked perfection

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Carmelle Lou of Yarns Kurazu Rumeka not only brought the lion’s share of yarn on display, but she inspired me to try my hand at amigurumi!

Speaking of ‘yarn on display’, take a gander at these beauties!

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Even Lady Imana came by! Imana provides knitting workshops that are completely off the hook (if you catch my drift ^.^)

We were having so much fun, the hosts decided to extend their sale til 4pm! It was a happy get-together of yarn enthusiasts, with the best company a girl could ask for (and the yummiest lemonade that was finished far too quickly).

I was fortunate enough to stay until the very end, just so I could listen in on their post-sale meeting. I’m prohibited from disclosing more, but I can say that we’re going to have a very interesting year ahead.

This Wednesday, instead of my WIPs (which are still WIPs, boohoo), I’ll be posting my awesome haul from the sale, as well as a few announcements from Crafty Kitten Paws, The Yarn Traveler, Yarn Shack and Yarns Kurazu Rumeka. Stay tuned!

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