Rainy Days and Fridays

October 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm (Uncategorized)

I’ve been working on my Mormor shawl this week, and the knitting is going well.  I love the Lime and Violet Oops yarn.  The color is lovely, muted blues and purples.  The yarn has a sheen and a softness that makes it a pleasure to knit.  Why am I telling you about this instead of showing you?  The weather was so overcast all day that I was afraid the rain would drown my shawl before I could snap a photo.  As soon as the sun comes back, I’ll post a pic.

Finally, both the kids were back in school.  I had a busy morning, involving bagels and grocery trips and a red-tailed hawk soaring a few feet from me with a rabbit in its talons.  The hawk was being chased by a blue jay.  I’m serious.  I’ve seen small birds dive on hawk, but never one bird take on a hawk with a fresh kill.  I couldn’t see where the hawk landed, but eventually the jay flew off.  I hope the hawk had a nice meal.

The cloudy, cool day put me in the mood for soup.  Once the kiddos and I were back home, I started on some homemade vegetable broth.  I used Vegan Yum Yum’s recipe as a guide.  I added carrots, onions, celery, parsnips, broccoli, turnips, mushrooms, and parsley.  The house smelled pretty interesting by the time the broth was ready.

I strained the broth and immediately started making the Sweet Potato, Kale, and Yellow Squash Soup from Vegetarian Soups for all Seasons by Neva Atlas.  I made this soup last year, and I believe it was the last recipe I discussed with my grandmother.  Instead of serving the soup with rice, I used quinoa which I cooked in more homemade veggie broth.  I think my grandmother would have loved it.

The finished soup had a light sweet flavor.  I probably could have used more salt in the broth, but I did not want to overdo it.  Now I’ve got five cups of broth in the freezer, ready and waiting for my next recipe.

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Pecan Pi

October 13, 2008 at 6:23 pm (knitting) (, )

Pi Shawl, front

Despite the colors of this picture, the Pi Shawl in Redwood Forest does remind me of pecan pie.  I absolutely love how the shawl turned out.  It is not too big, but it is light and cozy.  My back is not happy with the amount of pinning I had to do to block this, though.  Those blocking wire kits look better every second I think about the other lace projects I have on the needles.

While the shawl was blocking this morning, I knit a few rows on the Tasha socks.  I may just end up with a finished pair one of these days.  The stitch pattern is easy to keep track of while watching quality tv.

I finally caught up on last season’s Supernatural during all of this knitting.  I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait all summer with that doozy of a cliffhanger.  And I have a couple more episodes to go in this season.  I love watching the Winchester boys in action.  Especially Dean.  Wow.

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The Joys of Playing

October 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm (family)

I consider myself an intelligent person.  But sometimes, you just need to let go of things you think you know.  I took the kidlets to the park yesterday.  The park had a nice play area and swings.  I knew I’d have fun just watching the girls play.  But I was wrong.

Rosebud (my blog nickname for my older daughter) hasn’t figured out swings yet, you know, the leg motion for swings that lets you go higher and higher.  I tried explaining it, but she just didn’t understand.  So I sat down on the swing next to her to show her.  After figuring out the entire swingset wasn’t going to collapse, I started swinging.  And then I remembered how much I always loved to swing.

At my elementary school, we had an enormous swingset (at least for a 5-8 year old).  Our greatest joy was swinging really high and leaping from the swing.  I can’t imagine why none of us broke anything, especially since these were the days long before “safe” playground design with soft surfaces underneath.  Few things match the feel of swinging back and forth, higher and higher.

Once we finished on the swings, I decided to play tag with Rosebud and Tulip (my blog nickname for my younger daughter).  Sure I wasn’t dressed for it and hadn’t planned on it.  But who cares?  We had a fantastic time, laughing and running around.  This morning, one of the first things they talked about was playing tag with mommy.  So you know what we did today after preschool?  We played tag again.  And I think we’ll have to do it tomorrow, too.

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Graveyard Books

October 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm (7 cities crafters, knitting) (, )

I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.  Like every book I’ve read by him, it is fantastic.  I love how his style morphs with each book and yet remains distinctly his voice.  I’m also listening to his video tour because the man knows how to tell a story.  There’s a huge difference between telling a story and simply reading one.

On the Neil Gaiman vein, I had the coolest dream last night.  I was at some convention at a table with Neil Gaiman and Laurell K. Hamilton.  We talked about writing and a cell phone that could call the dead. Wouldn’t that be a fun conversation?

I spent the evening hanging out at the 7 Cities Crafters monthly meeting. There were lots of new faces since I’ve missed a few meetings. The food was fantastic and so was the company. I took the Pi Shawl, which is very close to being finished. My goal is to finish by Wednesday. If tomorrow’s knitting goes well, I should definitely be done by then.

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Twilight Walks

October 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm (cooking) (, )

The weather has been cool this week. Fall is definitely in the air. This time of year always gets me in the mood for a good walk. I leashed the dog and set out. Just around our corner, we met up with some neighbors. We had a great chat, and I snagged some tasty basil. I think it’s pesto and gnocchi for dinner tomorrow!

After a brief trip home to put the basil in water, Bran (the dog) and I had a nice 40 minute walk. The sun set, and stars came out. It was a fantastic way to spend the evening. Far better than vegging on the couch.

As I’ve been moving the blog over, I saw that I’ve mentioned my grandmother’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake. I also mentioned it on the latest episode of Craft Mentality. It’s been nearly a year since she passed away, and it’s only been in this past week that I felt like making my favorite cake again. This cake is certainly not health food, but it is a great comfort food. I thought I’d share the recipe.

Grandmommy’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • 1 1/2 c (3 sticks) butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 2/3 c sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 c flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c cocoa

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the butter and cheese.  Add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy.  With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla.  Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to your batter.  Do not overmix.  Cook the cake for 1 1/2 hours, but start checking the cake to see if it’s done after 1 hr and 20 minutes.

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Check Out the New Digs

October 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm (knitting) (, )

I haven’t posted in a long, long time. I could blame my chum blogging, craftiness, podcasting, but really, it was my old blog. I didn’t like the actual interface for posting, and I hated not having good archives with a page for each old post. After Amber told me about wordpress, I decided to check it out. So far, so awesome.

I’ll be adding copies of my old posts to this blog, so I can have everything in one place.  Don’t worry if there are suddenly posts from two years ago.  As a nice preview, here’s a shot of clue 1 and 2 of my MS4 from two weeks ago. I’m still pretty behind, but I love how it is knitting up.
Mystery Stole 4

Pattern:  Mystery Stole 4 by Georgina Bow Creations
Yarn:  Knit Picks’ Shadow Midnight Heather
Needles: Sz 5 Harmony circs from Knit Picks
Beads:  Blue Iris from the Beadcottage

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