So I have managed to find a way to work on blog posts without making myself sick or crazy. Which really may result in more frequent posting. I do promise to try to make it interesting. If anyone has any ideas of things they would like to see in this blog please let me know. Doll related or whatever.
Anyway, I was having several issues that made it super inconvenient for me to post to the blog. First was the fact that when I set it up I was using a yahoo email address. When my yahoo account got hacked I switched my email to gmail but I was super afraid of having anything yahoo connected to it. So I didn't connect it to my new (now super old) gmail address. The result was to post on the blog I had to either log out of gmail and log into yahoo, or use an entirely different browser to post. Which is what I ended up doing for a couple of years. Not fun or convenient. I also started having issues with my desktop computer. It makes me dizzy and sick feeling. I have tried changing the height of the monitor, turning the brightness down a ton, nothing helps. I can use that thing for only a very short time and then I often have to go lay down. Not really conducive to posting often.
A couple of weeks ago I decided enough was enough and I went in and figured out how to get a gmail email address as my main blog email. I actually made an entirely new email to facilitate it. Then I completely deleted the yahoo address out of it. Step one of retake the blog was complete! That same day I figured out I could post to the blog from my phone! So while I was at the laundromat I did that first February blog post. It was a huge pain in the behind because of all the photos. If I was doing short posts and never needed to move anything around it would have been fine.
Yesterday I discovered the absolutely easiest way to deal with blogging. I can go on my phone, where the photos are anyway, and I can start a post and stick all the photos in. Blogger saves it to a draft and then I can go on the Chromebook (which belongs to the school so I don't actually like to load photos onto the drive) and I can do the writing and move pics around if needed. The ease of this method means that I might babble at you guys a lot more.
I do realize that maybe no one other than me cares at all that I figured out how to solve a blogging problem I have had literally for years. But I was happy to find a solution to an ongoing problem. Now let's talk about some dolls!
I have actually been really efficient with doll making this year so far. I have gotten a very large amount done, especially in comparison to every other year. Usually in the winter I am a bit sloth like and don't want to do anything. I have had seasonal depression issues for years. I don't seem to be having that problem anymore. More on that later though.
So the first doll I want to share is this saddle seat doll. I wanted to try to make one with a removable coat. I know some people like to use the saddleseat dolls for in-hand showing, but the coat isn't really correct for that. I LOVE the color of her vest! She is fairly basic in most of her color scheme so she should look good with just about every color horse. Her coat is not as fitted as a permanent one would be, but she is extra versatile. I was pleased to see I could get this idea to work out.
As a lot of you probably know, I have been having a lot of fun making dirty cowboys lately. They are something a bit different and really, not every cowboy is going to be squeaky clean. This guy looks dirty, but not filthy. His clothes look like they have a bit of staining from use, a bit of wear here and there and he has an overall sort of dusty look. Though it does look like his hat may have fallen in the mud! I like how the dirt on this guy ended up a bit more subtle than the last two. When I originally thought of making these I was thinking of that sort of layer of dust you get when you're out on a trail for awhile or out working hard all day. I am sure I will end up making more of these guys in the future. Though currently on my worktable I have a clean cowboy planned. I like the variety. I also like the different heads I have found. I ordered one for myself that looks like Christian Bale. He's going to be my new cowboy as soon as I get around to painting the head.
Travis and I were driving to Walmart today and one of "his" songs came on the radio. I asked him what song it was (because I didn't remember) and he told me it was Faint. I asked who sang the song and he said Linkin' Park. I know he's right, even though I didn't remember when I asked him, and I am just incredibly impressed that he answered some questions for me. This is a life goal for me after all. Now if we can progress to hearing about his day at school...
Lastly, I wanted to post an update about the pork rind pancakes that I first mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Ethan discovered that they make fairly excellent bread. And I discovered if you don't thin out the recipe at all they come out fairly sturdy. The thin ones were also really sturdy, but floppy. It may be the greasiest bread you have ever eaten (it IS made out of pork rinds after all) but it doesn't have an overpowering or offensive flavor and can make a really great keto sandwich bread! Now I want to try it out in a grilled cheese. Or maybe a grilled ham and cheese. Hmm, need to see if I can fit that into my macros for lunch on Monday. Tomorrow I am going to try it out with a burger and see if that works out. I have a feeling it will work fairly well and that makes me very happy. Bread was always one of my favorite things. And not just because I love the flavor of bread, which I do, but because I love sandwiches. There is a sugar-free (and artificial sweetener-free) nutella that I feel would be wonderful on this bread. Though probably better on the almond crackers I haven't made in forever. That stuff will have to wait though. For at least the rest of the weight loss competition I am going to super limit the nut flours and have no alternative sweeteners. Except on my birthday. I have decided I WILL have cake and ice cream. Now to settle on what kind of cake to make.
Before I go I will leave the instructions for how to make the pork rind pancakes. They do not work as tortillas, no matter what the recipe pretends. I am still on the hunt for a tortilla recipe that works well. The coconut wraps are pretty good though. That may be the one I stick with. Anyway, Ethan got this recipe from a carnivore group he is a member of. He says this may be the only good thing that ever came out of that group. Enjoy!
Pork Rind pancakes/bread
yield: 5 medium panc70g of ground up pork rinds (they should be about the consistency of bread crumbs)
1 tbs of melted ghee/butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup or so of water.
Blend well until it makes a pancake-like batter and add more water if it's too thick to get it to the consistency you want. Then just fry them up on low-med on both sides. I spray the pan with coconut oil, but you might not need this at all. Use about 1/4 cup per pancake