sometimes the stuff I make is actually edible

I've been cooking a little more lately (yes, yes, I know I'm so lucky to have cohabitated with and subsequently married a guy who cooks and cooks well, even though he doesn't like to do it as often now that we no longer have the kind of time and freedom we did before we reproduced). Usually meals of the very fast and easy variety like pasta with Trader Joe's frozen sauce, but since I joined Weight Watchers (more months ago than I'd like to admit), I've tried out a few of their recipes as well, including the latest, shown above: mini butternut squash cheesecakes.  I don't have the small ramekins they suggest so I made about twice as many cheesecake bites instead and they came out pretty well (and this way they're about a point per bite!).  All each bite needs is a dollop of whipped cream, but that would kind of defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?  And it got me thinking, since I have enough cream cheese to make another batch, what other versions of cheesecake bites can I throw together?  Mash up some banana and use an Oreo crumb crust instead? Yum.


Android dude meets Android dudette

The gals over at Women With Droids contacted me a few weeks ago about participating in a series of giveaways they were planning with various Etsy sellers to build up interest in the relatively new blog. Initially, I thought, I don't know...Giveaways are free and all and I'm awfully busy at the moment...But then I took a look at their site and eventually one of the contributors suggested making a custom case with their "droidette" logo and colors and I was fully on board.

I had a great time making this case. I mean, I enjoy making the two versions of the phone cozy I sell in my shop (I've sold about 40 since adding them to the shop last fall) but I have to admit I do get a little bored with the little Android dude after awhile. The thing that keeps it interesting and fun are the different color combos buyers request. So to make a new version of the case to match this particular logo variation and colors was just the break I needed (especially since I'd just finished a bulk order of all black + lime green cases for Twitgift).

And the best part is, duh, it's free! You can find all the details on the blog.