Archive | July, 2011

Great Recipe

29 Jul

My son made this chicken sandwich last week.  He got the recipe in a knock-off cookbook.  It must be a sandwich at some restaurant but I’ve never had it.  Anyway, it’s wonderful!  I don’t have the book so I made it from memory.  Here’s how it goes.

Teriyaki Pinapple Chicken Sandwiches

Serves 4

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/8 cup teriyaki sauce (estimated)
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese (low-cal version would be good to skinny this down)
  • fresh pineapple slices
  • buns

Pound down the chicken breasts to be thinner since they are going to be sandwiches.  Place breasts in a ziploc bag and add the teriyaki sauce to marinade.  Marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Grill the chicken breasts until done.  Since you flattened then, they won’t take as long to cook.  In the last few minutes of cooking, add the cheese to the chicken and  put the pineapple slices and buns on the grill.  The pineapple slices go on the sandwich when you eat them. Or you can eat them alone – they are free points in Weight Watchers – even grilled.

So simple and so fantastic!  Weight Watchers points?  Three (3) for the chicken, less than one for the teriyaki since I used so little.  I didn’t count any points.  🙂  Two (2) points for the swiss cheese.  If you use the light swiss, it’s only one (1) point.  Three (3) points for the bun.  My sandwich was 8 points.  It didn’t need any sauces at all.  I served it with sweet potatoes (another 3 points).  It ended up being an 11 point meal which is about average for a supper. Serve it with vegies and/or a salad for a lower point meal.

My husband and kids liked it a lot.  DJ didn’t have the pineapple on his sandwich but Gianna did.  I should have made two sandwiches for Dan!  Next time I’m cooking the whole pineapple on the grill.  It was that good!


100% Improvement

29 Jul

I tried the sweater on today to see if I liked this new edging (before I get too far) and I love it!  It was totally worth all the ripping out that I had to do.  I still need to make it much longer, obviously, but it’s a significant improvement over the last attempt!


27 Jul

I took the lace out of the sleeves and shortened them a bit.  The knitters that helped me on (the best site for us self-taught knitters who have no one to ask these questions to) said they would go shorter than that on the sleeves.  But my arms aren’t so skinny and I get paranoid about too short of sleeves.

I obviously took out all the lace PLUS a lot of the stockinette stitch on the body too.  One woman (I respect her opinion and love her self-made patterns) suggested that I start the lace at the natural waistline.  I didn’t think I wanted to do that because then I’d have holes where my midriff is and I don’t want to anyone at work seeing skin there (right?).  But after sleeping on it and looking at a ton of patterns with lace on the bottom half of the sweater, I’m warming up to that idea.  I can wear a cami and the skin won’t show.  I could just stockinette the whole way down and be done with it, but I have a lot of those plain jane sweaters.  Branch out a bit, Gina.

This time, however, I’m going to put in a “lifeline” to rip back to!  Fourth time around and I finally learn…

Oh… and I have no idea why DJ’s vitamins are in the picture.  I didn’t even see them there until I started this post.

Experimental Sweater Isn’t Going Too Well

26 Jul

I’ve ripped out the edging twice and started over. I’m afraid I may have to rip out again.   Before I do that I’m going to ask for help from knitters on  Here’s a picture:

See the way the bottom treatment looks?  Will that block flat?  Will the bamboo in the yarn stretch it out after washing and wearing?  Bamboo is naturally stretchy and that happens I guess. If I stay with this lace pattern at the bottom, will dropping to a smaller needle size help?  Is there a “better” lace pattern that I can use?

Those are the questions I have right now.  I don’t mind ripping out again.  It’s all about the process.  So what if it takes another week to finish?  If it looks good and I’ll wear it, then it’s better than having something I won’t wear at all, right?  🙂

Neglecting the Blog

22 Jul

I’m a bad blogger again!  I am not documenting my life at all – just letting it whiz by me at record speed.

Since the last post, we:

  • Went to Chicago for two days.  It was a wonderful time.  We spent most of the trip at Navy Pier because they had a lot going on.  We took the train (3 hours total of knitting time!) and walked and walked and walked.  My daughter took her camera and got so many great pictures – too many to post all!  Here are some highlights…

Pizza at Giordanos! Heaven on Earth! How many WW points in that slice?

This "surrey bike" was my idea... I've had better ideas - this bike needed gears and a motor!

  • We had visitors from California – my niece and nephew-in-law with their baby Axel!  Totally fun visit!  Axel is adorable!
  • I got my keychain for losing 10% of my total body weight through Weight Watchers!  No pics… 🙂 I’d like to say I’m at my final goal, but alas, I’ve just reached the high end of the “normal” weight range for my height.  So I can officially say I’m no longer overweight.  I want to lose about 5 more pounds before I go on maintenance I think.  I have no visions of being my 20-something self in body weight.  Not going to happen.
  • I have almost finished my experimental sweater.  I’ll probably finish it this weekend and post pics soon afterwards.  I like the fit and the pattern I made up.  I hate/despise the yarn.  It’s soft and light and silky and will be wonderful to wear.  But knitting with it is a nightmare!  There’s no twist so it splits into 8 threads.  If you miss one of those threads, it will show on the outside.  No big deal on stockinette stitch – you can easily work out your mistakes.  But the bottom has some fancy work and forget about working out any mistakes.  I just have to not make any!  No pressure there…

That’s it.  I guess not that much is happening in my life!  Time to go pick more green beans from the garden.  Maybe there will be a tomato or two ready… and some zucchini!  Supper from the garden again tonight!  Life is good!  🙂

An Experiment

13 Jul

I bought some sale yarn on a whim at Hobby Lobby.  I tried it out on an existing tank top pattern and couldn’t get the gauge no matter what needles I tried.  So I decided it was time to try an experiment.  I got out my Barbara Walker book and did the math for my own creation.  If it doesn’t work out, no harm done.  If it does, then great.  Here’s what I have so far.

The yarn is “Spa” by Naturally Caron.  It’s an acrylic / bamboo blend.  It’s very splitty and slippery but has a nice sheen and is very thin – sport weight I think more than DK weight.  It’s a scoop neck but not too low.  I just tried it on and it’s going to fit semi-tight – no ease.  Should be interesting.

Finished Sweater

12 Jul

I finished my sweater and I’m not all that pleased with it.

What don’t I like?

  1. The pattern designer didn’t allow for any short rows on the back of the neck and as a result it doesn’t sit on your neck but the back sits at the top of your back in a scoop.  Maybe that was the intention or design, but it’s not “normal” for a sweater to sit like that.
  2. The pattern called for cap sleeves but I extended them into short sleeves.
  3. There are no buttons down the front.  You are supposed to wear it open.  It is suggested that you put one button or clasp at the very top and let the rest hang open.

It isn’t blocked in the picture and may turn out better once it’s washed and blocked into shape.


The poison ivy continues to break out all over my body despite the shot I received.  I’ve tried a variety of home remedies (bleach, ammonia, alcohol, scalding water) to stop the itching and spread.  I’m living on Benedryl and crabby as heck because I haven’t got any good sleep in a week.