You Asked For It, You Got It... Jason’s Mac & Cheese Recipe
Recently, we started doing a twice-weekly live show on our Facebook page called LIVE From the Kitchen. Starting at about 6:30pm PT (2:30am GMT) on Mondays and Fridays, we cook dinner and chat with you all about what we’re making, share cooking tips, and answer your questions about everything from cooking to how to care for cast iron. We even let the Shibakidz in not the fun (when they care to make themselves available) so y’all get a dose of furry faced (theirs… not ours) lovin’ from Apollo, Atlas, and Dallas. And, yes, Jason will wear THAT apron. If you’ve seen the show, you know the one we mean…
If you didn’t catch the show last Friday, you missed Jason’s Mac & Cheese. Seriously y’all… it’s the real deal. Yes, we’ll be posting recipes right here on our website and we’ll start things off with the legend that is Jason’s Mac & Cheese recipe!
We hope you’ll join us for the weeknight edition of LIVE From the Kitchen on Monday or for Fun Food Friday on… ummm… Friday. Oh… have a question about one of our recipes or a show? Leave a comment here or on our Facebook page here: Shibaguyz on Facebook
Stacked First-Stitches - Your gateway to crochet First-Stitches
Rather than pulling out large clumps of hair or screaming and ranting so that the Shibakidz go running for the hills, we set out on a quest of experimentation that lead us to a happy place full of unicorns, rainbows, cheesecake, chocolate, puppies... and straight edges (mmmm… chocolate cheesecake). We call this land, The Land of First-Stitches. (But let's get back to the chocolate and cheesecake thing soon…)
In order to reach this blissful place of non-wonkiness, we’ve developed a series of stitches we call First-Stitches designed to clean up those edges by replacing the chain ups at the beginnings of rows. In fact, we’ve come up with FOUR different options for first-stitches that we will be sharing with you over the next few weeks starting today! WOOHOO!! In today’s tutorial we'll focus on the first of these 4 First-Stitch techniques: The Stacked First-Stitch.
Wonky edges occur when a row of pattern instruction starts with a chain-up that is meant to be counted as the first stitch of the row: Chain 3, count as first double crochet of row. Because of how chain stitches sit on the outside of the fabric, these chain substitutes for the first stitch of a row create an unsightly gap where the first stitch should be. We hate that... I mean, REALLY hate that. And, from your emails and questions in classes, we know you're not particularly fond of wonky edges either. The outrage is totally understandable! We spend days/weeks/months working on the perfect crochet fabric; only to have the edges betray us. And don't even get us started on the difficulties these wonky edges create when sewing garment components together. Nope… not gonna go there right now because we're watching our blood pressure.
Breathe in… breathe out…
No More Wonky Crochet Edges!
Day 1 of 365… for the past few months (as one does as one nears the end of a calendar year) we’ve been thinking about what we could do to create a positive change in the world around us in 2018. What can we do that is real… something tangible that we can take action on every day that will make an actual difference in the world around us.
What we’ve found is we keep coming back to a phrase we heard and uttered a lot in our days working in the sustainable food community. For us, “Think Globally, Act Locally” was a focusing mantra that encouraged us to consider how our actions at home affected the global community. We did this by eating food that we grew ourselves or that came from local sources. We taught others how to grow food for themselves and how to give back in their local food banks and community gardens. It was during this time that we felt like we were making a much bigger impact than just growing some tomatoes in our back patio garden or canning salsa.
This mantra now comes echoing back to us as we think about what we can do to make real change in the world. While 2017 was a FAB year for us in so many ways, we have felt helpless in other way and we wanted some tangible action we could take to make a difference. We want to give back. Make a difference. Take action and be the change. However you frame it for yourself… it is the same message: Actions we take right outside our own front doors have a huge impact on our global family. So, rather than picking a single charity or organization to support or give our dollars, we are starting a campaign of giving and supporting every day right outside our own front door. Our hope is that these small daily actions will lift up the recipients so they can go out and do things that will make the world a better place. Yeah… it’s some hippy-dippy, hand-holding, we-are-the-world sounding stuff… but okay… so be it. We know for a fact that it works so that’s good with us!
Shannon and Jason
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