Friday, March 7, 2014

Bubbles, cookies and ...more?

Ok so, yes, I tried the bubbles but they failed miserably the very next day. I've left the jar in the cabinet and tried more bubbles every few days and it seems to be getting better. Maybe they need time to "cure"? No clue but, here's a little update with pics of my homemade bubble experiment!

NOT the T-Virus

Finding things with holes in them!

 The little cheese grater didn't work but, whatever this is did!

I have a video to share but, it's been uploading from my Drive for a while now. I'll get it on here soon!

But .... even though the bubbles don't seem to be as "firm" as the ones I've bought in the store, I'm happy with them because I know what made up the formula. And besides, my 6 year old isn't going to complain - as long as there's bubbles of any size involved!

As for my absence *this* time around. I'm a Girl Scout Troop leader and it's COOKIE SEASON!

I've been a little busy :)

I've been doing some knitting (of course) and it's going slowly but surely. A second Tea Leaves Cardigan is in the works. I love to knit on it but my right arm doesn't like to so much. Old rotator cuff injury, "tennis elbow". bursitis, repetitive movement, heavy lifting at work... doesn't make for very productive knitting! I do what I can though. And, I am also trying to get the hang of Continental knitting. I think I may be too uncoordinated for it though LOL

Some progress ... I've made more since these pics. 


That's all the updating I have time for now. I have cookies and a little girl to pick up from her after school program. I've been thinking about changing my blog host for awhile as blogger.com just isn't doing it for me anymore - stay tuned for more on that!

xo


Monday, February 10, 2014

Homemade bubbles

So, it's been freezin' arse cold out lately. There's still 2 feet of snow out my front door and as I type this, it's 13 degrees. Last week my daughter lost 3 days of school due to snow and windchill, and I am deep in the market for awesome indoor projects, and anything that can be done outside - for a brief amount of time. 

Enter Pinterest and cool pics from the interwebs. ;)

Pretty recently there was a pic going around the web of bubbles that had been blown outside in the chilly air and they looked really, really cool. "I want to do that!", is what I've been thinking ever since I saw it!

Right now my bubble solution is *curing* in the cabinet. (I read that it's best 24 hours after it's first mixed) I'll take pictures tomorrow, of course, but for now I wanted to get my recipe down so I dont forget! 

Homemade bubbles -

2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup Dawn Platinum dish washing liquid
4 TBSP glycerin
3 TBSP corn syrup
shake and let sit for 24 hours!

I was encouraged when I was able to blow a HUGE bubble thru a slotted spoon earlier. I'll let you know how it turns out tomorrow!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I'm a hooker now!


I finally learned to crochet! Friends have tried in vain to teach me before but, this time it actually stuck! Now I find myself wanting to crochet everything instead of knit.

One wonderful thing is that my hands don't hurt me like they do when I knit. Even when I loosen my grip while knitting, my left hand falls asleep, and my right arm just aches. I'll never be pain free, ever - that's just not how my body is these days. But with crochet, it seems I can make good progress on a project and feel like I'm accomplishing something, without all the stopping, shaking out the limbs, and massaging my hands.

I really do love knitting, and the look of knitted garments though. I'll be back soon, my Chiagoos, Hiya Hiyas, and KP circs. Promise.

As for my knitting...I've cast off a few smallish knitted projects recently.


and a very cute Keyhole Scarf for Bird

Both projects used the same Malabrigo worsted in "watergreen".

For my first hooking project ... other than all the swatches, that is .... a Faux Square Scarf. I love these because you work a rectangle, then slip stitch it together (in the case of crochet), or my favorite for knitting, a kitchener stitch.

A little peek of it so far ...

I've got a lot farther since this pic was taken earlier today. I'm just about done with the first hank of two I'll be using, of Lion Brand Heartland in "Olympic"... a lovely blue, perfect for the Winter Games coming up. I really am impressed with this acrylic! I cant lie - I'm a yarn snob. Normally I turn my nose up at acrylic. For a long time unless it was Dark Horse Fantasy, I refused to work with it. This yarn however is amazingly soft and really easy to work with. It's also nice to know I don't have to worry about felting :)

If you've got this far, thank you for reading my post! I'm here and there, and sometimes missing all together but, I always mean to get back to my blogging ;)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend - and stay warm!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

melting snow ...

"Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality."

Andy Goldsworthy

It's been a few weeks since the last snow fell. Here and there around town there are still patches on hillsides, road sides, street corners, and front lawns. 

It's barely an entire month into Winter ... I want moar snow!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Pardon me, while I dab away the dribble of yummo soup that's running down my chin as I type this ;)

It's been farkin cold here in northeast Kansas lately! Perhaps you've heard of the "arctic vortex" weather phenomenon? We felt it pretty good last week - but thankfully, not nearly as bad as the folks up in Wisconsin and New York though. I hope everyone is warming up and melting down a bit by now!

So, today is a day off for me! (Insert riotous applause...even thought it's just me here) Working at a fabric store is wonderful but, I do love my down time - especially when there's still plenty of snow on the ground and it's hard to stay warm inside without the heater clicking on every 10 minutes.

I've got my husband's army issued blanket - those guys really know how to keep a solider warm when they want to. My Macbook is rolling thru a Criminal Minds marathon. And my current WIP, a simple cowl. I went with this project because I needed to make something, ANYTHING, so I could knit up this hank of Malabrigo worsted in the color "water green", that I've been squooshing now and again, trying to think of what it wanted to be.

my nook

Earl Grey with honey and soup for lunch

Thus far my Malabrigo Neck Thingie is coming along great - it would be better if I could my more slippery needles to use but, I'm using what I can find right now. While searching for my size 8, 16 inch Chiagoo Reds, I figured out that I really, really need to pull all the projects off needles that have been languishing in cast-on fever crazy land, and let's face it, I'll never finish! If I did that, I'd have a whole new set of knitting needles in every size and circular length! Oh, and I never found my Chiagoos. For now I will continue with my bamboo needles and rub them occasionally with wax paper for added slippiness. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I made up a word just then.

my "thingie" so far


It's about time to get back to Criminal Minds, and get this cowl done. My 6 year old has requested a cowl or scarf for herself using my other hank of the same Malabrigo as my own so, I'll be busy here for a bit.

Till next post, be good, be safe, and love one another xo





Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Soup's On!

Since the weather turned chilly, I've been caving soup way more than normal. Instead of grabbing for a can I've been working on making soups for myself ... with pretty good success!

Allow me share the love ;)

In my 7 quart crock pot today: Minestrone

3 16oz cans "Italian style" diced tomatoes
1 16oz can dark red kidney beans (drained)
1 16oz can cannellini beans (drained)
2 c (16oz) water
4 c (32oz) chicken stock
1 & 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
leaves from 3 stems oregano - tossed in whole
1 tsp chopped basil
about 1 handful fresh spinach torn into strips
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1&1/2 tsp minced garlic (equal to about 2-3 cloves)
3 med-lg size bay leaves
6 red potatoes, par boiled 10 minutes, cut into half-moons
3 shakes sea salt

Turn crock pot to 4-6 hours, depending on when soup needs to be done. Switch to warm when desired. Store in fridge and heat when you're hungry.

I freakin love this broth! It tastes pretty amazing :) The husband and I went to Olive Garden a few days ago and I ordered their Minestrone just to compare, and wow was I happy! Mine is way better ... in my own humble opinion, of course.



My local Dillons grocery store has a delish seeded garlic bread they make fresh daily. Perfectly paired!

My next soup-venture will be gnocchi chicken. Please share your recipes with me if you have any you'd like to pass on! 

Enjoy!



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sugar High!

It's been foooreveeeer since I posted! No time to explain... just DRIIIIVE! (I'll get back to that  later) For now, I need to explain why that by spring, my ass will be as wide as all outside.

THE COOKIES, THE CANDY, AL THE BREAD!

I love the holiday season - the weather, the decor, the food, and even some of the music - but mostly, the food ;) Pinterest has some great recipes for holiday sweets, and I decided to put my own spin on some I've re-pinned recently. 

First up; Chocolate Candy Cracker Bark -

you will need:
saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 bag chocolate chips (dark, semi or milk)
mini marshmallows 
thinly sliced almonds
non-stick or parchment covered cookie sheet (wax paper will stick!)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

On a non-stick cookie sheet, line up saltine crackers till surface is covered (mine will fit 40). Melt butter/brown sugar in a sauce pan - let bubble for a minute and continue. Pour butter/brown sugar mixture over the crackers, making sure the entire surface is covered. Place in 400 degree oven for 6 minutes, then remove.

Immediately pour entire bag of chips and a handful or two (depending on your liking) of marshmallows on the hot crackers. Place tray back in oven for 1 minute. Watch the chips till they get shiny (this means they are melting!) then remove the tray. Use spatula to spread melted chocolate chips and marshmallows over the cracker surface.

Sprinkle with slivered almonds and let cool bit. Press almonds firmly with spatula to set them in real good. If desired, place in freezer to cool/harden up faster.

After the cooling down, I cut it into squares, and placed them in a container to keep them happy. 


I've been experimenting with soups and cookies too, and I'll be sure to share them as well!

That's all for now ... stay tuned for some knitting and other crafty things! I promise I won't be gone for long.

xoxo