Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A little bit of everything

I've been fighting a cold since last Thursday and I think I'm getting over it today as I sit here breathing freely through my nose. So, I haven't done much crafting for the past few days - a little bit of work on the boys costumes that I will show later, but not much other than that. I did manage to do a few other things though....

1) I got my hair cut yesterday. I tried out someone new. I'm not so good at staying with one person - if I have one bad experience with them, I cut them off, at least for a little while. If their price it too high (not a problem here in Idaho, but very much an issue in California), I will go to them occasionally and fill in with a less expensive stylist. The last time I got my hair colored (I have a ton of gray and am way too vain to let it show) before I had Baby N was the day before he was born. It didn't really take and even turned my hair a bit green. I swore off this stylist because of this, but then I thought that maybe it wasn't her fault, it was probably the hormones.

So, the verdict of yesterday's cut and color experience - good. It is my same old hair style (my hair is pulled back here - I hate having it on my face!) and I was trying to go for something a little different. I think I'll have to either chop it really short or grow it out to get a really different look. Maybe I will chop it next time. I'm tired of this hair style, but it is a good haircut. It lays nicely and it took more than ten minutes to do (the reasons why I left my last stylist). And the best part - I got my hair cut, colored, and highlighted for the same price as just my haircut in California.

2) We made these delicious apple cakes, a recipe that my family started making when I was a teenager. Can you tell what they are supposed to be? Probably not, so I'll tell you - ghosts! My little ghost pan was probably not the best for this cake as it has a streusel topping that just bubbled and boiled over making a gooey, ooey, yummy mess that didn't do much for the shape of the ghost. I tried to make some changes in the recipe to make it healthier, but I think the streusel thwarted my efforts. Anyone know a way to make a healthy streusel?

Here's the recipe without any modifications:

Yummy Apple Cake
4 cups apples peeled and chopped
2 cups sugar
Cover apples with sugar and let stand for 10 to 20 minutes.

Sift together 3 cups flour, 2 tsp soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon.

Blend 2 eggs and 2/3 c. oil into apple mixture. Add flour mixture, stirring just until blended. Add 2 tsp vanilla. Pour into 9x13 pan.

Mix and spread on top: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup butter.

Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes.

3) And while we're on the subject of food, Darcy tagged me for a food related meme - a food factoid for every letter of my name. Here we go...

J - Juice is a good breakfast beverage and breakfast is by far my favorite meal. I love cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, waffles, french toast, eggs, omelettes, etc. I don't usually eat breakfast how I would really want to, but I still love it!

E - Escargot is something I've never tried and really have no desire to try.

S - Sushi is something I tried and was surprised to find it wasn't so bad. I'm not in love with it, but I'm not opposed to it either.

S - Spaghetti was my favorite dinner when I was a kid.

I - Ice cream is by far my favorite food. It got me through my first pregnancy. It's my favorite treat. I had a few ice cream birthday cakes as a kid - ice cream birthday cakes with ice cream on the side. I scream, you scream, Jessi screams for ice cream!!

4) And on my crafty to-do list - get going on the 11 purses I cut out last week (this was before the cold hit). Some of these will go in the shop and some I will save for the craft show.

We got a late start to this week because Ryan had the day off yesterday. Three day weekends are the best! Even if you don't go somewhere, it's so great to have an extra day to sleep in, especially when you're a little under the weather.


Heidijayhawk said...

the hair looks fabulous my dear! my hair is a bit long right now and i can't decide what to do. hmmmmm. its been a good style so i am a bit hesitant. but a bit bored.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I love the hair too! I forgot to call you today-we are supposed to be having a babysitting meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3. Give me a call!


iSew said...

I like the haircut. My hair is very short at the moment and doesn't tend to get any longer than yours. I TOTALLY know what you mean about California prices too. Ergh. I wait until we're heading to Oakhurst (the mountains) and get mine done there for $30.

I so need to make some more purses, but I can't seem to find the time. Good luck with yours.

Jenn Maruska said...

You look great! And glad to hear you're feeling better : )

If I find a hair stylist who can give me a cut that grows out nicely... they are my bf for life!

Do show us photos of those purses when they're done!

Windybrook Spinner said...

Nummy recipe! I would try doing the steusel without the butter. It should still work, just be more crumbly. A thought, anyway. I wonder if it will work with pears. I have a ton of pears and Chugsworth was asking for a treat yesterday. Hmmm. Thanks!

Sarah said...

Love the haircut! Awesome on getting such a good deal. I'm pretty thrifty, but a good haircut is something I allow myself to splurge on.

Mama Said Sew said...

Glad you're feeling better. Cute haircut! I'm going gray too, but am too cheap and lazy to do anything about it! Hubby says it's Platinum, not gray. :)
And for my haircuts....I get them done at the kiddie salon when I take DS in. Yep, lazy!

The apple cakes look yummy. I think I'll make one this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Like the hair. I tend to do the same - pick an expensive stylist and for trims in between go to a cheaper gal.

Anonymous said...

Love the new 'do!

Emily said...

Your hair is really cute! I'm inspired now to do something about my two inch roots:)

Windybrook Spinner said...

PS I am very jealous that you look so good in yellow.

randi said...

Your hair looks great!

11 purses? Wow! You are gonna be busy over the next few days. I am looking forward to seeing them finished!

lera said...

Cute hair. Now you just have to find a stylist to come to your house.

Phoebe said...

It's always nerve wracking to go into a new stylist, but the results are fabulous!

beki said...

Nice to see you Jessi, you're so cute! I have a hard time staying with a stylist too, but the one I have now is a keeper.
11 purses woman? That's a LOT!! Good luck with that ;-)