Friday, February 01, 2013

Uncooked Food and a Turtleneck Repurposed {7qt}

Oy. Quickly with the Quick Takes this time. I promise.

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Despite my complete lack of culinary acumen, I've decided to create my very own slow cooker pork chop recipe today.


Do not let this glorious photo fool you.  I have no idea what I'm doing.


But you know what?  By the time it's finished it will look like pile of brown goo and the sun will have set so none of that glorious natural light will be pouring through ye olde kitchen window.  So you get a photo of raw pork bathed in chicken stock covered in barbecue sauce surrounded by onions and apples.

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"But it's Friday!  Aren't you going meatless?  Heretic!  Heathen!".  Relax.  If it becomes a rule again, we'll do it, but since it's not Lent and it's not a rule and my husband and his picky no-eating-ever son like pork products and that's what we've got in the freezer, that's what we're having.  Overly scrupulous guilt be gone!

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I had this super ugly turtleneck that I was never going to wear again.  The fabric is nice but the neck part was like a quasi mock-neck (the horror) and the cut was...well...I don't know.  Let's just go with "not cute".

pre big-girl camera.  in case you couldn't tell.

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Deciding to impelement the old waste-not-want-not adage coupled with the old do-not-donate-something-that-no-one-is-going-to-want-to-wear philosophy (along with a healthy dose of projects-are-more-fun-than-housework  modus operandi [thinking of three different ways to say "way of doing things" was hard]) I set to work with the scissors.  No sewing in this repurposing, I tell ya what.

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First, cut off the neck of your shirt below the seam that holds it onto the shirt.  Ta da!  Headband!



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Then you follow this tutorial (weirdly, I originally found it on a blog for...a laser skincare center?  Don't ask.  The internet is weird. But now I've got you linked back to the original) and make yourself an infinity scarf.
I should have taken a better picture.  I should have.

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Now, and this one is truly genius, you pick up the sleeves you have laying there on the floor and you put 'em on yer calves and pretend like you've got yerself a pair of chicy tall boot socks.


Yes!  I know!

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33 comments :

  1. Look at how stylin' you are in that last picture!

    I don't think I have a turtle neck to repurpose. Probably got rid of those years ago. Plus, I don't even have a set of unstylish boots to make stylish. ;)

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  2. Now I want pork chops. And I don't even like pork chops. And I don't even like turtlenecks (let alone mock ones) but now I wish I had one to make those projects.

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  3. #7 made me LOL at the thought [because I hadn't yet put forth the energy to scroll down to the picture] of using the sleeves as faux socks, but I have to tell you, it looks really cute. Now you have me thinking I should cut the arms off of ugly shirts that I no longer use to make faux socks...or are they really leg warmers? Either way, I love your ideas for repurposing the turtleneck.

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  4. You are hilarious! Just discovered your blog...I will definitely be back. Happy Friday you meat-lover you! ;)

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  5. I will be eating bacon on my pizza tonight all while insisting to my guilty conscience that DWIJA SAID IT WAS OK!!! Besides, bacon is a fat, not a meat, right?

    Love what you can do with clothes.

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  6. Love the green so much. So much.

    #2 Thank you!

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  7. We give up meat for all of Lent, so I don't feel bad about eating meat on Fridays during the rest of the year. So scrupulosity, begone!!

    I made a cute scarf out of a t-shirt by cutting it into horizontal rings and then putting them all around my neck at the same time. It turned out pretty well, if I say so myself.

    I hate turtlenecks because I have no neck, but I do have several chins.

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  8. your crockpot meal looks awesome. I need to just throw a bunch of stuff in mine with some pork or beef and see what it tastes like. Well, I usually just leave that stuff to my husband, ha.

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  9. crap...i didn't even realize it was friday and now I'M feeling guilty!!! and all i repurpose shirts into are yogurt/whey separators. your ideas are much more creative and pretty!!!

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  10. Oh my gosh, you are wearing a turtleneck from head to toe. I love it! Also, just throw that pork in a stand mixer and shred it. Boom. Instant pulled pork sammies. That's what I do :)

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  11. Nice Turtleneck repurpose... The no meat on fridays thing has been tough for us. I guess I try to plan meals that way, but sometimes it doesn't work out. Our Bishop, while not requiring it, has asked us to consider abstaining from meat on Fridays for HHS and abortion stuff. So I feel guilty, when we don't. We are a pizza on Friday family and I love me some pepperoni pizza. sigh.

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    1. Yeah, I think if it's something you've discerned that you'll do together as a family, then it's a good thing- but if I were to put it on my husband and kids of my own volition and then feel like I'm (or they're) sinning if it doesn't come together, well, that's not good. You know what I mean?

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    2. Right on! Besides, I like to add the Friday fast as a special thing in Lentwhen it has purpose and is temporary. I think it is more fruitful for our family that way.

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    3. We have a super cool priest friend and he explained to us that it doesn't have to be meat. If we can't or don't want to abstain from meat, then we can do some other sort of sacrifice. But we too are heathens... I never know what day it is...

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  12. I never knew about the meat rule either growing up. I always thought that was something that Catholics "used to do" or only during lent. I was wrong. Many Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays. Actually, you are still supposed to give up meat OR do something else in place of not having meat. So I hope that people who don't give up meat on Fridays do something else instead. Some bishops are bringing back that practice. I think the bishops of Britain and Wales reinstituted the practice recently and I think there has been some discussion of it here in the states. It is surely a sacrifice with a large family, but we have been very blessed by it. (If we do have a reason that we cannot do this...like visiting someone who serves us meat) then we simply offer up something else.

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    1. Because I was raised a vegetarian, giving up meat is rarely a sacrifice for me. During Fridays of Lent and of course if it's brought back as a rule for every Friday, I'm careful to plan accordingly, but because everyone's family situation is different, I think it's important that we not take suggestions about certain things and apply them as if they are doctrine.

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    2. Yeah, I think it's important to note that we are still obliged to do SOMETHING. The change in rules just said that if for some reason we couldn't do meat, then we are free to substitute something else. Unless I'm wrong? I'm not sure if it's bad that we go meatless on Fridays mostly because it's the easiest thing for me to remember :)

      Also, I wore a turtleneck under a sweater the other day and I didn't even want to look at myself in the mirror. The neck warmth was not worth it.

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    3. "The neck warmth was not worth it"- Hahaha! Right? I used to love them and now I just can't. But you know what? The scarf made OUT OF the turtleneck keeps the neck nice and toasty :)

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    4. Yes, it has been reinstated as a rule here in England. In fact, lots of people in the UK have always eaten fish on Fridays, even Anglicans. And it's no hardship as it reminds us to make sure we eat fish every week. It's the small bits of meat - bacon, for example, that you use as a garnish that I find easy to forget still count

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    5. Actually, Jimmy Akin does a bang up job explaining how even the obligation to an act of penance is not the actual rule in his three part series. This is the third part with links to the other two in it:

      http://jimmyakin.com/2004/07/friday_penance_.html

      During this Year of Faith, however, the bishops have called us all to prayer and penance and have encouraged voluntarily abstaining from meat and fasting on Fridays "for the intention of the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, recognizing the importance of spiritual and bodily sacrifice in the life of the Church." It is only encouraged, not required. You can read more about that here:

      http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/life-marriage-liberty.cfm

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    6. THANK YOU! Ahem...not that I'm trying to get out of Friday penance or anything *cough, cough* I suppose we shall be one of "those who seek perfection" and still do it. Also motivated (imperfectly) by the fact that meatless meals are cheaper...

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    7. Just to let you know, we do it too. But I struggle with it sometimes because it doesn't feel like a penance when, like you said, meatless meals are usually easier and cheaper. I just wanted to point out that its not actually an obligation. Voluntary sacrifices are still wonderful avenues for grace.

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  13. I think the infinity scarf is best. Nice job...Who would have thunk it!?!

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  14. Off to Goodwill to find an uncute quasi-mock turtle neck in a cool color. What are the chances???

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  15. Love the scarf. I made a similar one, idea from Pinterest of course when I accidentally dripped bleach on a top I really loved. It was the fringy kind, so I was able to sort of snip out the bleached spot and end up with that lovely color by my face after all. Yay!

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  16. Is the meal bbq sauce, potatoes, and the meat? Looks good! My husband likes meat so much that we do a Friday rosary in leui lol. Chicken is in the crockpot ready to eat!

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  17. oh my goodness, you look so city chic with your boot socks! I'm telling you, seeing all you awesome thrifters makes me desperately want to take a trip to Goodwill, solo, sans kids. Where's my live-in babysitter?

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  18. Hey how'd that dinner turn out? :)

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  19. I didn't mean to sound judgemental or rude, and I'm sorry if my comment seemed either of those things. Mostly, I just wanted people to know that we are absolutely obligated to EITHER abstain OR make another sacrifice in place of that. That's my real point.
    from the website http://catholicism.about.com/od/catholicliving/p/Abstinence.htm
    Current Church Law Regarding Abstinence:

    "Many Catholics don't realize that Church still recommends abstinence on all Fridays of the year, not just during Lent. In fact, if we don't abstain from meat on non-Lenten Fridays, we're required to substitute some other form of penance."

    That's not just my opinion, but the teaching of the Church.

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  20. No. This Jew wants pork chops now. And it's a rule for us never ever to eat it.

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  21. I was struck, upon reading this, with an immediate infinity scarf obsession. I'm wearing mine now. I love it, although it does leave little red bits all over my sweater, so that I look like I'm covered with a plague of tiny red aphids. Oh well.

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  22. I'm totally making boot socks! My boyfriend will be glad to know there was a reason I hung on to those not so flattering sweaters for so long!

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  23. I am glad I found you. I need a good laugh. :)

    Ps my favorite are the fake socks. :)

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