Lizzie, I hope you like them.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
LizzieK8's socks are in the mail! The pattern is Mother Socks. I modified it down to 28 stitches for the Lion Bran Suede yarn which is labeled as bulky but knits up thicker. These are a comfy, warm, and really easy sock pattern. Last year I made about 10 pairs and gave them away as Christmas presents.
Lizzie, I hope you like them.
Lizzie, I hope you like them.
Posted by SJ at 7:03 AM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The apple pie filling had some leftover syrup, so I decided to save it and make a tart. This is the recipe I went with: Simple Apple Tart
This recipe is a bit more fru fru than I would usually go for and I did not follow it exactly (no surprise there). The kiddo and I made it together. She really liked rolling out the dough and running the apples through the peeler/slicer/corer. Sometimes it did not peel properly for her. We used them anyway. I substituted our syrup for that in the recipe. I think it came out pretty. The crust is a keeper.
How many apple recipes do you think I can post?
Monday, September 27, 2010
It made 7 quarts of filling, just as the recipe called for, with a little bit of syrup left over. It also used 8-10 pounds of apples instead of the 6 it said. The house smells great. The bad news is that there are still apples left in the laundry basket...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
|6 apples down... Before adding the batter.|
We have no more room for apples in the fridge, and have resorted to apple storage in a laundry basket in the kitchen. The week of hard core apple cooking begins...
I decided to make an apple dish for breakfast. Surprise! I was going to make a Brown Betty until I discovered that the bread was a bit furry. Pan Dowdy it is! A Pan Dowdy is a cobbler-type recipe, traditionally made in cast iron and served straight from the pan. Most recipes looked a lot like this: Fabulous Foods Apple Pan Dowdy.
|Not much to look at, but it sure tastes good!|
Friday, September 24, 2010
We don't have goats. Yet. The Farmer wants Nubian Goats. They have a really high fat content in their milk. They also have a reputation for being really loud in the barn. You can tell Nubians by their long floppy ears.
I want the fuzzy ones on top. Angora goats. So maybe a small heard of Nubians and one or two wethers Angoras.
If you want to read about something that is actually happening and not just my random pipe dreams, go check out Five Cats From Crazy. Dina was my stalkee in the Blog Hub swap and she is already at day 4 of the goodies. So far she seems to like her presents. I'm nervous about the last one.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This weekend, the kid saw the fabric and asked what they were for. She still likes Hello Kitty. I hate that I spent the money a year ago for nothing. I started researching how to make a pillow case. I found the original tutorial I had looked at months ago. Vanilla Joy Pillowcase Tutorial
Last night, the kid was bouncing around making the Farmer crazy, so I decided we would do the pillow case project together. The stuff I had read said that this would take less than an hour. With her "help" it took longer, but it was good to spend time together and she got to practice some fine motor skills and get more familiar with sewing.
It was pretty easy and came out very sweet. The lesson here is to just do it. Pick up one of those unfinished projects and spend an hour on it. See how far you progress. The kid is sleeping with hers tonight.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I wanted a yarn bowl. I was thinking of the beautiful ones by Knitwitch. So I google "yarn bowl." I find the link I want but also a bunch of links for DIY yarn bowls that look like they would be a fun project with the Kiddo. I have yarn. She has balloons. The farmer bought us glue and we were good to go.
Above is the picture that is all over the internet when folks talk about making a yarn bowl. Isn't it pretty?
I read directions from several sites. They all read pretty much the same. After all, this is yarn, a balloon, and glue. It's not rocket science, people. We cut up a mess of my acrylic yarn. I use it to make the critters and other assorted silliness, so this is the perfect project for a bunch of it. So far so good.
We get gluing. Suddenly, there is glue everywhere. (!) I am so glad that I covered the living room floor with rag towels. The yarn does not want to stick to the balloon. We are just getting started and already half the glue is gone. We regroup and downsize to one balloon. The yarn is sticking to our hands. There are fuzzies stuck to everything but the balloon. The kid tries to glue her hands together. Working together, we get it to stick and stay where we want it. We are done when we run out of glue.
Ya know? It kind of looks cool. It has that dorky, homemade look thing going, on but it still has some charm. We leave it to dry. It takes 15 min and half a bar of soap to get all the glue off our hands.
The next day, the kid accidentally knocks it over. We start to hear these odd hissing, creaking, and snapping sounds as the balloon starts to deflate and pulls the yarn with it. But only in some places. The thing is pulling itself apart. I gently pry the rest off. We have a yarn something, but it is not a bowl.
I originally wanted this:
I got this:
Monday, September 20, 2010
I opened my last package this morning. Inside was beautiful sock yarn. There was also a pattern for Most Basic Kids Socks. Kiddo has asked for socks. She likes the yarn a lot. The farmer, on the other hand is disappointed... He read a post card that promised German goodies and I have opened all the packages and none of them contained beer.
Okay, not really. But he does like beer.
Thank you Laura! Your presents were wonderful.
On Friday, the box for my swap recipient went into the mail. I really, really hope she likes it. Some parts were easy. Others, I agonized over. I suppose we will know in a few days. I'll post a link. I already know of one mistake. I had written a note to go into the box and somehow left it on the table where I packed up the box. So...the anonymous box from upstate NY is from me.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Blog Hub Swap Day 6: German candy! The kiddo loves Laura... The gummy bears were opened before I could get the picture. She likes them. I do to. I was mean and made her wait till after breakfast to eat them.
Then after lunch, we went apple picking. The first place we went to was Deer Run Farms. They have a nice orchard off the beaten path. Unfortunately, they got hit by a bad late spring frost and lost a lot of their crop. No u-pick this year. So we went to another favorite orchard: McLusky Orchards. Prices were higher this year: $14 for a half peck bag. The famous place to pick apples around here is Beak & Skiff, but it is a mad house. They have pony rides, etc. Cars will back up for half a mile just to get in. At this point I would only go there on a weekday. It is too insane on the weekends. We wound picking half a peck of McIntosh, half a bushel of Empires, and bought half a peck of Honey Crisps. Coming soon to a blog near you... Many, many apple recipes....
Oh, and we still have 3 jars of applesauce left.
Posted by SJ at 10:03 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
LizzyK8 was the first person who entered the 1,000 page views giveaway and she won! Now I need to knit a pair of socks... I'll post about them because it is a great pattern.
Blog Hub Swap Day 5: It's notions day! Wrapped in fabric were: the bar of beautiful glycerin soap you see above, a label for the fabric (100% cotton), and Lovelabels. I love all things handmade. I guess mostly, that is what this blog is all about.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I opened today's gift this morning and was completely taken by surprise. I was surprised that I was surprised. I knew from the feel of the package that it would be a note pad. But I had no expectation that Laura would create something so sweetly, funky for the farm. I love it. I don't know if I will be able to use it. It is too special.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The cats love those little fur covered mice cat toys. They will play with them for hours. But they also love to drown them in their water bowl. Why?
Oh, you want to know about the swap? Okay. More presents from Germany!
Today's gift was squishy and round. I love yarn. Shocking, I know. It took me 10 min to "get" the significance of the colorway as I assumed that the label would not be in English. Do you "get" it? I am looking forward to knitting some funky socks. Thanks Laura!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tonight, I asked the 6 year-old kid to take the pictures for the blog. She showed me the closeup of the coffee cup photo from the German Kronung coffee. I told her that she takes really good pictures, and she replied: "Well, I am a meteorologist."
She also took a closeup of the fabric for me. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I have a few ideas simmering. You know when I do use it, I will tell you all about it...
Thank you Laura!
The rest of you, seriously go check out Laura's blog: SuddenExpression
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Blog Hub on Ravelry is hosting a swap. Eskimimi is the swap Mom. I have never done a swap before. Basically, you sign up, complete a questionnaire, and get randomly assigned to put together a package of goodies for another person in the group. This swap was designed to be incorporated into our blogging. We each will send seven individually wrapped packages and be able to write about what we receive. The "spend range" is around $40. There are required items: yarn, notions, embellishments, and a pattern. The rest is up to us.
Sudden Expression got me. Laura has been really supportive of my blog and has a wonderful blog of her own subtitled: Ranting and Raving About Yarn and Life. Check it out. Her amazing photographs of the German countryside and fun take on life and everything make it one of my favorite blogs. I'm really excited to see what treats she has found in Germany and grateful that she got my name.
I'm also grateful to Laura because she is a military spouse. We are now much quicker to recognize our service men and women and thank them for their efforts and sacrifice. That is good. But it it is not enough. Behind each person who serves in the military is an entire family who loves them, supports them, and most of all worries for them. Especially the spouses. They live in foreign countries, put their careers on hold, struggle to be able to go to school, and somehow hold it all together. We need to recognize their sacrifice too. Thank you Laura.
Now back to the box...
Since I opened the box tonight, today's gift is the fabric. It is a very elegant brown floral on a plum background. Funny how I dusted off the sewing machine last night... Ideas are already percolating.
Thank you Laura!
Monday, September 13, 2010
I saw geese flying south yesterday. It's soup season.
I also had a loaf and a half of sourdough bread sitting on the counter going stale. No one else ate it and I'm not sure I love sourdough as much as I thought I would. I decided that I would try to make croutons. Sourdough croutons might be pretty good on soup. I found this great article: How to Make Croutons.