Little Loopy Dudes Brave the Snow

loopy-dudesAmidst the blowing, bitter cold, we’ve had a lambing here at The Loopy Ewe. And the Fed Ex guy delivered all of them. Who knew that he had lambing skills, too? We didn’t expect this shipment until the Spring (because that’s when most little lambs arrive) but they’re here! It’s so fun to have these smiling Loopy Dudes back again. We tend to decorate with them, because they make us smile when they peer out from different spots and spaces here at Loopy Central. I think I told you awhile back that the company that we get these from had discontinued them without notice. After I sent a link to some of our Loopy’s Summer Vacation photos, loopy-dudes-group-photothey agreed that we could not do without them. (Well, it was the link PLUS the fact that I agreed to buy a whopping quantity of them.) So they’ve been made again, just for us. I hope they bring you a lot of smiles. We’re glad to have them back. Top photo note – the middle one was a little mischievous and wanted to imitate Wednesday’s blog photo. When you order one, you might leave us an order note and tell us if you want a mischievous Little Loopy or a complacent one. There is obviously a difference in personality (and trouble-making capacity).

Today’s recipe is one that my friend Monica jiggered up. We were out to lunch last spring and had something similar to this. She went home and found a similar recipe, then made it a few times to perfect her version. They are delicious!

monica's-asian-green-beans-or-asparagusMonica’s Asian Green Beans (or Asparagus)

2-3 lbs. green beans or asparagus
2 tsp. canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 Tbl. + 1 Tbl. low sodium Tamari soy sauce
3 Tbl. honey
1 1/2 Tbl. dry sherry
1/2 to 1 tsp. garlic chili sauce (or more for spicier)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbl. corn starch
2 Tbl. toasted sesame seeds

Steam green beans or asparagus until crisp tender and set aside.

In skillet, saute garlic and ginger in oil on med-high heat for 1 minute. Add to skillet 6 Tbl. Tamari, honey, sherry, garlic chili sauce and sesame oil and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

In small bowl, whisk together corn starch and 1 Tbl. Tamari. Add to skillet and stir and heat until thickened. Β Toss green beans/asparagus with sauce, place on platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds. YUM!

I’m wondering whose idea it was to take a 6:45 am flight out of St. Louis this morning? That meant being at the airport at 5:45 am. That meant leaving my house at 5:00 am. That meant getting up at 4:15 am. And did I mention that I’m so not a morning person? FPS.

Sheri areyouamorningornightperson?Someofyouwould’velovedthisflight.


  1. One of the reasons that I love my Little Loopies, is that all four volunteered to come to California. They all have different personalities, but fortunately mine are fairly complacent. They mark the locations for certain yarns in my stash, and it wouldn’t do for them to be moving around all the time!

  2. I am not a morning person and tomorrow I’m taking a 6:30 flight so I’m doing the same schedule you are. I’m afraid my alarm clock won’t go off…

  3. When my family actually raised lambs, we had a saying that the lambs wouldn’t be born until we had a good blizzard. Seems the worst weather always came with the lambs. I believe you qualified this week!

  4. I love my loopy! My kids keep stealing off my bed and demanding that it should be theirs. “You’re too old!” No way, kiddos. That little lamby is MINE – ALL MINE! MWooo ha ha haaaaaa.

  5. Oh, I like the Loopies! Once we dig out (North STL County has alot of blowing and drifting) I will be down to pick out a real mischievious one!
    And…maybe just a skein of yarn to dye…

  6. I just love Little Loopy! My small one sits on top of my desktop stereo speaker at work; he’s watching me right now, as a matter of fact! My “big” Little Loopy keeps me company at home. I only let them get together every now and then because, well, I’m sure you can imagine the trouble they could get into if given the opportunity! I love their spirit, but I tend to prefer moderately complacent ones. …DD and I had a 6:30am flight out of Dulles this past August, going to Michigan for my niece’s wedding. Neither one of us is a morning person (DD especially). We wound up staying up the entire night because I seriously doubt whether either of us would have woken up with the alarm*, and this was the only way I could be sure we’d make our flight. (*Again, especially DD – do you sense a theme here?!) …Have a great time in Cali, and enjoy the warmth!

  7. I’m only a morning person when I can stay in my pj’s, drink tea and no one talks to me. So not really a morning person, especially when it involves the airport. The only plus of flying early is that your plane is rarely delayed and often you get where you’re going on time.

  8. I used to be a morning person, now I’m neither a morning person, nor a night owl… I think parenting changed me. I do like to wake up around 7 or 8 and have a cup of coffee, play with the dog and do some stuff on the computer before the rest of the family wakes up, but come 9 pm I want to have my cozy jammies on and get into bed!!

  9. I have been (im)patiently waiting for little Loopy to return and am thrilled he is on the way to my house. πŸ˜€ It doesn’t matter if he is full of mischief or complacent, I will love him either way. It is too bad he won’t get here in time to take a plane ride tomorrow morning with me! I am soooooo not a morning person. But I still have to leave my house at 4:45 am to catch the plane…

  10. Sherie – that reminds me of my last flight back home to St. Louis – 7 AM SW flight, and my house is 45 minutes away! Good thing I got a window seat so I could sleep all the way back. Safe travels!

  11. Oh, but wasn’t it worth it to avoid the sub-zero temperatures forecasted for St Louis this weekend? I know I’m glad to be home in tropical Philadelphia, where it’s a balmy 32 degrees. Yay!

  12. I am a total morning person. Up at 4am almost every day. Must admit that I fall asleep on the couch at 8pm! Love the Loopies, but they would freeze here in Wisconsin tonight. -6 degrees with a wind chill of -15!

  13. I’m neither, anymore. Used to be a night person, then a morning person, now I’m neither. I just kinda of putt-putt-putt all day long….. Boring.

  14. I tried being a morning person once — the day I was born EVERYONE was up and so was I by 6:01 a.m. But I realized it was a mistake and have been a night owl ever since.

    I’m so glad the little bitty Loopys are back at Loopy Central. They do add a lot of charm. Mine is hugged by his bigger self and they sit on the book case guarding the lace knitting books. I love them!

    Have fun this weekend! We’re expecting overcast skies and maybe some rain in the SF Bay Area. Gee, the distance between San Diego and SF is the same or greater than between entire countries some places…


  15. Wishing you a wonderful and safe trip to CA. I am a morning person. I have energy in the early morning and begin to poop out by mid afternoon and then down hill from there. Luckily my husband is also a morning person. We go to bed around 6:00 or 7:00pm! It works for us! I love my Little Loopy. He sits on my printer top and oversees everything I do. My grandaughter loves hers too.

  16. I used to be a morning person, but now the only time I have quietly to myself is after everyone’s gone to bed, so I’ve become more of a night person. Still, I’d have gone for the 6:45am flight too, because I’ve found those flights are less likely to be delayed or otherwise messed up.

  17. Morning person?? ME??? Not hardly!!! πŸ˜› Hangin’ out in jammies with tea? Sure. But definitely not a morning person.

    Love those Little Loopys! Need to get another mischevious one. We’ve got a house full of mischevious toys, including the ringleader, Bear. Ask BFF Liz about Bear.

  18. So glad to see the return of the Little Loopies…on my last visit TLE looked so empty! (Yeah, right.) Not empty of yarn, but empty of those smiling little faces!

    You never answered my question about whether I could enter more than one shawl in the 4th quarter challenge….?

  19. NOT a morning person—I wish I could be, tho. I think life is easier for morning people….I can’t stay up really late either…..oh well! You work with what you’ve got!!
    Going to have to get a little Loopy–very cute! Here in snowy, cold! Sheboygan, WI, sunny warm California sounds great!! And going to a yarn event–even better! πŸ™‚

  20. I have always been a morning person. Can’t sleep late even if I try! But, I love the quiet time, right before sunrise — I get a lot done before 9am! But, don’t ask me to do anything after 3pm! And, I absolutely can’t do anything once it gets dark again! I’m married to a night owl — he loves to sit up late and read, and sleep in till 10 or 11am. Go Figure!

  21. Definitely a night owl here. I have a friend who commented that I write perky comments on facebook in the morning so how could I not be a morning person. My response is that I’m interacting with a computer at that point. A person would not want to be around me. I love to stay up late and sleep in. I “snooze” until the last possible minute. Fortunately, I no longer have a scheduled “be-at-work” time.

  22. Like Michelle, I am neither a morning person nor a night owl. But if I have to get up early, I like to lounge around in PJ’s, drinking coffee, surfing the net, knitting. I do tend to stay up a bit too late sometimes, though, just because it is quiet time for me (as now – it is 11:00 pm here in Wisconsin)

    Must get myself a Loopy with my next order – lambs don’t start arriving here until mid-April!

  23. I get up at 5 AM for work, and perk along until about 4:30, at which time I need large cups of coffee. I don’t get off work till 7:15 PM, so fortunately, the coffee works! Then I stay up till after midnight, usually when I am off the next day, but even sometimes when I have to get up at 5 again! So, I guess I am both a morning person and a night owl.

    Your new lambies are SOOOO cute.

  24. I’m a night person, so sometimes (like tonight) that means I’m up until 5am! But if you WANT me to be up at 5am, with sleep first, then there is trouble!!!

  25. Morning person, definitely. I was up at 4:30 a few days ago to get my run in. It’s amazingly quiet and serene out there before all of the commuters hit the roads.

  26. I use to be a night person big time. However, things change and now I’m a
    morning person. 5:00 i s a little early though. I live in a seniour center so you
    cannot make any noise to bother your neighbors really early in the morning.
    Cuts down on what I can do in the morning which isn’t much in the first place.

  27. I so understand the “not a morning person” thing. Have a great trip.
    I love my Loopy. He sits above my desk and traveled with me to Ireland and Spain last year.
    The green bean recipe looks great! I’m going to try it. Thanks.

  28. I’m with the folks who like to get up early only when/if it can be followed with a long stay in my pjs, a cup or two of coffee and no talking. If I have to get up and get going, then I’m not so happy about the morning. Thanks for the green bean recipe, looks yummy. If it’s “lambing” season already doesn’t that mean warm weather will be here any minute?

  29. Every time I see the loppys, they bring a smile to my lips. I love the photos in your blog. My big and little Loppy are very good and loving not at all mischievious.

    I may have to bring little loopy to spring fling so he can say hi to you and all the elves. I know he misses his birth place.

  30. Basically I’m a night person but when we go on long trips I’m the designated morning person. DH cannot function at 4 am which is when we get up to get started on our trip. I drive until about 8 am when he’s awake enough to drive then I sleep all day. :0) Those loopies are cute. Might have to get me a mischievous one to stare at me while I’m knitting.

  31. Boy, is that recipe good! I tossed in some leftover shirimp and whole wheat linguine and doubled the sauce! Thank you, Sheri and Monica!!!!!

  32. So not a morning person — though if you can sleep on the plane, I suppose you just have to be awake enough to get to the airport and get through security. Once you’re in your seat, you can drift off.

  33. I am so NOT a morning person…and I can never fall asleep early enough to be in good shape the days that I have to be one.Although when I do get up early for whatever reason, I do seem to get a lot accomplished.

  34. I’m not a morning person either but if it means going someplace or vacation..I’m ready to go…hope you are enjoying our (CA) sunny Long Beach Weather!!

  35. those little loopies are amazing. I may have to finally own one of my very own. Morning person? My entire life. Unfortunately too often I have had to work NIGHTS, so at my lowest ebb have had to be on full alert and functioning. I’m great at being up and gunning by 4-5am, but for me, the 10pm TV news is on too late—even when I’ve had to write the newscast!

  36. Great recipe! It’s similar to one I’ve used for years, usually with asparagus. It’s served cold, though, and it’s been my go-to recipe for summer pot-lucks. It never fails to disappear! I’m going to try your version without the cornstarch thickening at the end, and chill it. Bet it will be delicious!

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