Wednesday, March 26, 2014

*Hee hee* Bob Ladiesroom, fiddler extraordinaire!

Guess who started "singing" this morning?


He's not exactly a virtuoso just yet, but if you turn up your sound, you'll be able to hear what a "baby" cricket sounds like, just starting out. Thankfully, he's somewhat more melodic than the average high-school-age garage band! And if you watch closely, you can see how he's doing it, too.


In all of the years that I've listened to them, I never realized that they actually just vibrate their wings to make the sound. I'd always been under the impression that they did it with their wings, plus the raspy bits on their legs- but so far, Bob's winging it. His wings are oddly crumpled- not sure whether these are some kind of intermediate, teenager cricket wings, or if this is what he'll have for the rest of his life.
But by golly, he's TRYING!

And really- that's what counts.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Updates, and a mini-tute: Roll-Up Storage for your Crafty Tools

upcycled placemat roll-up

Howdy! I have a brief tutorial for you today, a quick, easy, inexpensive upcycling project. These are a great way to store your crochet hooks, scissors, or even your kids' felt pen collections! First, though...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gloriously (SKINNY!) Garlic Pasta

Alfredo with just the Ooo! :)
It's "I Can't Believe It's Not Alfredo!"

So, a couple of weeks ago, I talked about the speedy way to peel a ton o' garlic
Now that you know how, wanna try a recipe that will literally change your life?

I really mean that. It will. It's THAT GOOD. 
Think of the best, brightest note of garlic flavor in a truly excellent Alfredo sauce.
Now imagine that flavor without the glucky heaviness. Or a "hot" flavor, like raw garlic.
Just a pure, clean essence of garlic, singing on your tongue.

This is that perfect flavor. 
So pure and true, it'll knock your socks off!
And a big ol' bonus: it's not chock full o' fat! Big flavor, tiny calories.
That Festive Holiday Padding (a.k.a., the Spare Tire Of Winter) has overstayed its welcome. Time to lose it!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Glorious garlic- peelin' it the easy way!

head of fresh garlic

The other day, I ran across a recipe the likes of which I'd never seen before. It involves massive amounts of garlic. Like, more than seemed possible!
It takes...not cloves of garlic.
Not heads, either.


fresh garlic
Wholly inadequate supply of garlic....

Naturally, The Big Guy and I couldn't resist. The house garlic supply wasn't up to the job, so we ran out to the Costco and grabbed a big ol' 2-lb. bag. After shopping a bit, we ran across a big jar of pre-peeled garlic. Even though it was cheaper, I decided that we'd just stick with the bag we already had in the cart. "It will taste fresher, brighter!" says I. (And it wouldn't require walking all that way back across the store, heh heh! Yep. Sunday lazies, y'know?)
But...all that peeling. Cups of garlic = a LOT of peeling. More than most can take.
And I'm not a guys should know that by now. But, I'd heard a rumor.
There's an easy way to shuck a buncha garlic, super fast, and super easy.
As it turns out, it works.

Here's how to turn what's on the right of the picture...

garlic cloves

...into the pile of nekkid cloves on the left. With only a little effort.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Meet Bob Ladiesroom!

cricket house
Bob's House- do you see him? 

Meet the newest addition to Casa Rodman- Bob Ladiesroom.

Weird name, huh? We can thank Thing One and Thing Two for that. 
Well, that, and circumstance.

It all started Monday before last....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday fun for the kids

Santa's Village, at

Hi, everyone! Those of you with little (or medium) ones should check out the Santa Tracker options online this year. Both Google Santa Tracker and NORAD's Santa Tracker sites are up and running, with games that unlock each day, advent calendar-style. I've been messin' around with them, and BOTH look great!

The Official NORAD Santa Tracker has traditionally been the one we've used at our house at Christmas. If you're not familiar with it, the site allows your kids to follow Santa's travels around the world on Christmas Eve, and they have a countdown to the big day during the month of December. They've always had sound clips, short videos, etc., but this year, they've really upped their game, with better graphics, more games, songs, short movies, and now, apps that you can download, too. Their site is easy to navigate, for kids who are old enough to read, and can be viewed in multiple languages. Make sure and have your little readers scroll down on the North Pole / Santa's Village page, for the NORAD HQ section and the Secret Santa Files! A good thing just got better.

I'd never seen Google's Santa Tracker before today, but it's also chock-full o' fun for the kids. Their interactive Santa's Village (right on the main page) is super-cool- try clicking on EVERYTHING! I just discovered that the sun, if clicked, becomes a moon, and the whole view changes. The site is easily navigated without reading, perfect for your pre- and new readers, and the graphics are fun and bright! I checked out a game (unlocked on the 2nd of the month- look for the bouncing racing flag in Santa's Village), and was pleased to discover that the instructions for the controls are completely non-verbal or written- it's all visual and intuitive. I wish this had been around when Thing Two was littler- it would have been right up his alley. As it is, though, I think both kids are going to have a good time with it.

Of course, the REAL fun will begin on Christmas Eve...can't wait to see what both sites have to offer, as Santa starts the Big Delivery Run! Google's is going to feature the technological wonders of Santa's sleigh, and Google maps technology- looking forward to seeing that. NORAD will be using radar, satellites, SantaCams, and jetfighters in their tracking. Even if you and yours don't get a chance to visit the sites beforehand, do make sure and hit them up on Christmas Eve- it's fun, free, and festive! The boys are going to be so excited.

CLICK HERE for the NORAD Santa Tracker!

CLICK HERE for the Google Santa Tracker!

In other news, it's a balmy 21 degrees here in the City of Trees, and it's spittin' snow. Dare I say it?
It's, well... it's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas.
(Sorry. Had to do it.)

What traditions do you follow on Christmas Eve? Do you do the NORAD tracker with your kids on Christmas Eve? Have any of you used the Google Santa Tracker before? What did your kids think of it?