Mar 14, 2011

Marvelous Monday Update 3/14/2010

Checked my transcript today and my grade for Corporate Finance was posted. Got an A. :) Yay! I ended up getting a B on my term paper, and I've emailed the instructor 3 times asking for feedback on what he took points off on. Not surprising, I haven't received an answer back!

One of the ladies on one of my stitching groups posted a link for a St. Patrick's Day meal from the Cuisine At Home website. Since I had beef brisket in the freezer, I thought I'd try it out. It's a pretty easy crock pot recipe called Marmalade Glazed Corned Beef with Carrots and Potatoes, recipe HERE.

A couple of notes:
• The site is correct: The beef was salty, even after rising it. It made the carrots *really* salty. The potatoes weren't, so I'd suggest putting the potatoes in and then layer the carrots on top.

• I substituted wine for the lager, and red wine vinegar for the white.

• I didn't carmelize the marinade in the oven, just heated it up on the stove and poured it over the beef. The marinade was really good over the beef.

• I did cut the extra fat off the beef. Don't do like I did, and slice your pinky finger. I bled like a stuck pig! Luckily, no blood on the beef.

I haven't done any stitching since around March 7th, so no JG update. My plan is to get it out tonight and do some stitching on it (right after I clean Charley's cage -- the silly girl laid 4 eggs last week!). Here's the progress I did on Blossom Splendor:

I would also like to thank several of you who emailed me with your enabling temptations by informing me of the new chart packs from Joan Elliott. Luckily, I already have both of them, hee hee.

I bought the Blue Geisha kit last year when I went on the ILCS retreat to St. Charles.

Summer Geisha was actually featured in one of the UK magazines last fall. Guess what? It was called Blossom Splendor. It's one of my current WIPs.


As promised, I chose the recipients of my PIF. They are as follows:

Bette of Reflections of a Desert Rat

Mel of Epic Stitching

Kay of Kay's Corner

Congratulations, ladies! Please email me with your snail mail addresses.

Again, here are the rules:

1. Send no less than 5 stitching related items per person within the next 365 days.

2. Items can be DMC, other threads, stitching needles, straight pins, buttons, scissors, ribbons, etc. - a combination of items such as 3 threads, 1 pack of straight pins and 1 pack of stitching needles or just 5 threads.

3. The items must be new and not used.

4. If you win, you must be willing to post this PIF on your blog and do the same for at least 2 people. This PIF is very simple and easy to do, so I hope you will join me.


Terrie - The Stitch Store said...

Thanks for letting us know about the corned beef. I love it. And we have a guest staying with us. I often go to a sandwich shop here in Atlanta called The Fire House and get the New York Steamer. It's pastrami and corned beef. It also has italian dressing and cheese. YUM! I add lettuce for a little crunch. I'll have to try this recipe. Perhaps roasting carrots in the oven. And putting the beef and potatoes together in the crock pot.

Berly said...

Great progress! Congrats to the winners! Our St. Paddy's Day dinner will be a family favorite - shepherd's pie, homemade irish soda bread, and warm apple cake with real whipped cream.

chrisstitches said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Glad to hear your family is most likely safe in Japan.

Cathy said...

Thanks for the recipe and glad you're back on Mondays!

Sunshine said...

Glad your pinky seems to be OK. Gotta get back to stitchin.

Nancy M said...

Well whatever the name of the pattern, it has beautiful colors! Glad you didn't stitch after cutting your pinky! LOL I don't like corned beef, but we are having a party on the 17th, but I'm not cooking that part, someone else is! Just think your next update will be in SPRING!!!!!

Julie M said...

Congrats on the A Meari!
Lovely stitching as usual!

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Anonymous said...

I hope your family in Japan are all safe and sound.

Does Charlie hatch her eggs?

Congratulations on your A in Corporate Finance. Rebecca is currently taking that class. I don't know what her grade is now I just know she works her butt off trying to get an A. Was it hard for you? Rebecca even goes to all the breakout sessions led by the graduate student assigned to the class. She is learning disabled but refuses special treatment from the college to help her instead she finds study groups and sticks with it. She is in her last year and has a GPA of 3.5 out of 4. In high school she won a scholarship that covers 75% of her tuition costs based on her grades and again she refused special care because of her challenges. Right now we ware able to pay the other 25% and a parking pass. She pays for her books. She buys them used and also rents them. Sorry to ramble on. Thanks for listening.


htimcj said...

Well done on your class. Hopefully you'll get some feedback soon. Your stitching looks great!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your A, Meari. Getting that much closer to being done!

Blossom Splendor is coming along, and I'm sure you'll enjoy working on JG.

I do hope that your family in Japan is okay. Even without a personal connection, it was awful to watch the video from what happened last week, so I can imagine it was that much worse for you.

Sandy in NM

Emily in NC said...

Blossom Splendor is looking prettier and prettier. Congrats on a good grade. Hope you will know about your family soon, worry for all those affected.

Kay said...

Congrats on the A. I did not know I entered the PIF.... will email you shortly.

Carol's Stitching said...

I am loving the colors in your Blossom Splendor and can't wait to see updates on it. Congrats on the A in your classes and I'm glad to see you enjoyed your PIF so much! Isn't it fun being able to spread a little sunshine in someone else's life???

Carol said...

It wouldn't be Monday without a Meari update :) Glad to hear your hard work was rewarded with yet another A!! You deserve it...

I hope things calm down for a bit and you get more stitching time--Blossom Splendor is looking splendid :)

EvalinaMaria said...

You are doing good! Gongrats on the A and sorry about your pinky finger, I hope it will heal very fast.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on getting an A. I hope your family are safe and I did think about you and wondered if you did have relatives there. Hope your pinky is better now.


Anonymous said...


You made good work with your school, congratulation.

Your stitching looks soo beautiful, that model is coming so great


Katrien said...

Congrats on your A-grade.
Ouch, I hope the pinky is all healed.

Carol R said...

Congratulations on the A Meari!

Anonymous said...

I hope all your family is safe in Japan, that was so horrible. I feel so bad for everyone.
Congrats on your A, your good!
I'm the same type of clutz with a knife, hope you can still stitch. I always enjoy your blog. :)

Sandy P.

CJ said...

Congrats on the A. Hope you are doing well. We are on Spring Break here, so glad they go back to school on Monday. Can't get a thing done.

Always love visiting your blog. How is your mom coping with all the news about Japan? I hope she is doing okay.


Debra said...

Glad to hear school is going so well.
Stitching is looking good too.
Hope you change your mind about the retreat and can go.

Shelley said...

Congrats on the "A"!!! You go girl...what class is next?