Sunday, April 10, 2016
Sundays are for snuggling, sleeping in and reading.
Sundays are for writing, wearing yoga pants, or no pants at all.
Sundays are for baking, drinking tea, thinking about Saturday night.
Sundays are for washing sheets, helping with homework and putting together puzzles.
Sundays are for walks, folding laundry and watching romantic comedies.
Sundays are for wearing heels, going to a play, meeting your whole family at your favorite Chinese restaurant.
Sundays are for digging in the garden, picking flowers and dreading Monday.
Sundays are for lighting candles, painting a wall, and knitting.
Sundays are for visiting neighbors, laughing and taking naps.
Sundays are for lighting fires, listening to the wind blow and losing yourself a little.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Another knit that was so fun and easy- which is good because it is a gift for someone and my daughter wants to steal it.
This sweet hat can be knit up in just a few days using any worsted weight yarn.
Pattern; Simple Slouchy Beanie by Kelly Kingston.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease in oxford grey.
And once again, I am off to knit another one. That makes four things on the needles at a time. Please tell me other knitters have this problem too!
Friday, February 5, 2016
I just finished one of the best knits. (I know I always say that.) This one though, so easy you could practically do it with your eyes closed.
As much as I want to keep it, it will be sent to a very special someone.
Pattern: Drea's Shawl free pattern, found here.
Yarn: Lion Brand Tweed Stripes in marble
No modifications here, the pattern was very simple- off to start one for myself!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Yes, magic bars are so wonderful. I upped the magic in mine, which means I added an extra pound of chocolate. My kids don't like the original recipe for these bars because they have nuts in them, so one must add something to fill in the gap.
That something will always be chocolate chips.
Or butterscotch chips. Or caramel chips. We have tried all the chips.
Don't even take out your mixer for these. No need to soften butter or scoop dough. These are super easy.
1 stick of butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 lbs milk chocolate chips or 1 lb chocolate chips and 1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 15 oz. Can of sweetened condensed milk
Melt 1 stick of butter in a 13x9" pan at 350 degrees.
Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs over melted butter, press with fork to make a crust.
Add 2 lbs milk chocolate chips evenly over crust (or one 1lb chocolate, then 1 cup walnuts)
Then 1 1/2 cups coconut over chocolate
Evenly pour 15 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk on top
Bake 25 minutes at 350- let cool for 15 minutes before cutting. If you can't wait that long throw them in the freezer for a bit.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
I have a horrible time getting the hair on dolls to look right, but thought using roving would work and it did! I literally needle felted it right on her head.
Her clothing is made from felted cashmere sweater scraps.
I am planning a quilt next. I cut all my fabric out in August so it is about time!
Monday, January 11, 2016
I love winter, and I love living in Maine. That doesn't mean that I don't suffer a bit from the winter blues. I think we all do to a point, don't we?
Although things like blue nail polish that your daughter buys you for Christmas and a dog curled at your feet help, outdoor exercise, crafting and healthy snacks seem to really, really help (for me anyway).
I started running (outside) on a regular basis a little over a year ago, and I could not believe the difference in my mood. I do believe it is that wonderful vitamin D. We also bundle up as a family and take long walks in the woods, or on the river behind our house (when it freezes) with our snowshoes or skis.
And these coconut date rolls from Bard Valley are simply amazing. They are the best healthy snack I have ever tried, and I have tried them all! They have two ingredients: dates and coconut. I got them in the produce section in our grocery store, next to the packaged medjool dates. It is hard to get off sugar after the holidays and these have been the perfect thing.
Right now I am knitting Drea's shawl. It is a free pattern, and it is so easy to knit up. It is supposed to be a gift for someone but I just may have to keep it for myself!
Happy winter, friends.