Monthly Archives: April 2014


Wordless Wednesday – Friends

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Life, Randomness, SCA, Wordless Wednesday


Disgruntled Kitty is disgruntled

Kress and I had all the laundry on the bed so we could sort and fold it. Since the bed is Sweet Pea’s preferred napping spot, he was not happy when we moved him off the bed. So he decided to settle into the basket at the foot of the bed and meow the most pathetic meow until we were done.

His life, it is so hard.

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Life, Randomness, Sweet Pea


Combat Archery Coat of Plates

No rest for the wicked!

Now that the quiver is done, I switched gears and started working on my torso armor. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the assembly of the fabric shell and lining. It was pretty simple though, a vest pattern and then join. Nothing to terribly fancy. I used a pretty green upholstery fabric for the shell and a heavy tan cotton canvas for the lining. This will be getting a lot of abuse so I wanted the fabric to be pretty durable.

After that was done, I got a hold of a heavy duty plastic barrel and started cutting out my plates to fit my vest pattern. A friend of mine has a coat of plates very similiar to the one I am making and fits me so I am using his as a pattern guide for the plates.

Here is the plate pattern for the front:

And the plate pattern for the back:

Once all the plates are cut out, I attacked them with a belt sander to get a smooth edge. This was probably the most nerve wrecking of the whole process. I am very accident prone. VERY accident prone and being alone with a belt sander could have been a recipe for disaster but I am happy to say I got all the plates done without incident. Go me! ūüėÄ

Voila! One bag full of plates ready to be drilled and riveted to the vest!

That starts this week and will probably be the most labor intensive part since each plate with get 2 – 4 rivets. All hand set. Fun!

More to follow! ūüėÄ

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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Randomness, SCA


Rachel Ray’s Braised Pork Tacos

I am sucking with the whole camera work this week!  I completely forgot to take pictures of the final product! However, if you want some of the most delicious pork tacos, you need to make these!

Not only was this recipe so incredibly easy to make, it was SO delicious!



  • 1¬†(4 to 5 pound) boneless¬†pork shoulder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2¬†tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2¬†tablespoons¬†extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2¬†onions, cut into wedges, root end attached
  • 4¬†large¬†cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2¬†teaspoons chopped¬†oregano¬†leaves, half a palmful
  • 1¬†red chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2¬†bay leaves
  • 1¬†(12-ounce) bottle Mexican¬†beer¬†(I used Negro Modelo)
  • 2¬†cups chicken stock
  • 4¬†oranges, juiced about 2 cups
  • 1¬†chipotle pepper, seeded and finely chopped, plus 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce (I left this out since I am not particularly a fan of spicy food and wasn’t sure how this would affect the taste.)
  • 2¬†limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2¬†cups white wine vinegar or white¬†balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2¬†cup¬†sugar
  • 2¬†small red¬†onions, thinly sliced
  • 1¬†cup drained sliced store-bought pickled jalapenos or¬†banana pepper¬†rings
  • 1/4¬†head¬†red cabbage, shredded
  • 1¬†cup crumbled¬†queso fresco¬†or 2 cups shredded¬†Monterey jack
  • 16¬†corn¬†or¬†flour tortillas, charred over open flame and kept warm in tortilla warmer or towel

The only picture I managed to get was all the ingredients set out, ready to make the magic happen!



Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper, to taste, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

Pat the pork dry with a paper towel. Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over high heat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, 2 turns of the pan. Put the pork in the pot and evenly brown the meat all over, it will take about 10 to 12 minutes; remove the pork to a plate and reserve. 

Turn heat down to medium-high, and add the extra-virgin olive oil to the pot, a couple of turns of the pan. Add the onions and garlic, salt and pepper, to taste, the oregano, 1 sliced chili pepper and 2 bay leaves and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Deglaze the pot with the beer, scraping up the bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir in thechicken stock and orange juice. Add the reserved pork back to the pot (the liquid should come about 2/3 the way up the meat) and bring to a simmer. Cover and put the pork in the oven, turning the meat halfway through cooking, until the meat is very tender, about 2 1/2-3 hours. Remove the pork from the pot, to a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm. When cool enough to handle, pull the meat apart with 2 forks. 

Simmer the braising liquid over medium heat until reduced by half. Add the chipotle and adobo sauce and the lime juice. Add about 2/3 of the shredded meat and stir. Cool the remaining shredded pork and chill for another use.
While the pork is cooking, prepare the pickled red onions: in a small saucepot, bring the white wine vinegar, sugar, teaspoon of salt, remaining chili pepper and bay leaves to a simmer over low heat. Put the sliced red onions in a small sealable container. Carefully pour the hot liquid over the onions, cover and give it a shake. You may need to lift the lid to release some of the pressure. Every now and then, give it a good shake. Refrigerate to cool. 

To serve, put the chipotle pulled pork on a platter and garnish with pickled onions and pickled jalapeno slices. Serve with shredded cabbage, crumbled cheese and tortillas for wrapping.
I would love to hear how yours came out! ūüėÄ

ThredUp and Shoes!

A friend recently introduced me to Thred Up which is an online consignment shop. How it works is pretty simple:

If you have items you want to sell, you order what is called a Clean Out Bag, and fill it with like-new quality women’s, juniors and kids clothing. There is a Clothing Calculator can estimate what you payout amount might be. Once you have filled the bag, drop it off at the USPS or drop it off at the nearest FedEx Office location. The bag comes with a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label to ship back at no cost to you.

At that point, ThredUp¬†will¬†review the clothing and if all is well, you’ll receive up to 80% of the resale value. This can be¬†thredUP shopping credit, or simply cash out with PayPal.¬†Items that are not¬†accepted, will be passed on to chairty so at least your donations will still do some good. Or, if you want, they can be mailed back to you however this will cost shipping which is about $12.99.

Now, I haven’t used this side of ThredUp, I’ve only been a consumer so far. I’ve bought to pairs of shoes and holy cow, I am impressed!

This is a pair of Unlisted shoes I picked up for $3. They came in a week after I ordered them and they are so incredibly gorgeous! There was some wear on the sole but outside of that, they look practically new.


Unlisted Pair


This is the most recent pair and if it wasn’t for some wear on the ankle strap, I would have thought these were brand new! ¬†There is not even wear on the sole! And they are Steve Madden! A designed I looooove! ¬†Glee!


Steve Madden Thred Up

Lonni Thred Up

So if you want some awesome shoes (or ya know, clothes) for not that much money, I highly recommend you check out the site!

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Fashion, ThredUp


Wordless Wednesday – Workplace Concepts

Dell Concept Work Area

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Randomness, Wordless Wednesday


Influenster Viva VoxBox!

Yay! I qualified for another Influenster Voxbox!



The items in my box were:

NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color (South Ferry Berry)
The Fuel Rewards Network at Shell
Pure Ice Nail Polish (After Hours – pink and It’s Complicated – glitter)
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths
Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Masks
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant

I’m really excited to try just about everything! ¬†The Shell card is not my cup of tea so that will be going to a friend but outside of that, I can’t wait to start testing! ūüėÄ


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