Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fibers on Friday: A Sleeve is Started






We're on a roll now! I finished the body of my February Lady Sweater! Starting the sleeves was a little harrowing, I must say. I picked up the stitches from the scrap yarn...no problem....I picked up and knitted the underarm stitches....no problem. Then, I started knitting in the round...yippie!!

But wait??? The pattern was coming out wrong...it was inside out....oh no! I was knitting in the wrong direction. ARGH!!

frog

I was so tense frogging back to those starting stitches. I just knew I'd lose some or mess up my count or something. But, I did it and it all worked out. I've said it before and I'll say it again:

It's all about learning!

Not to mention, it's all about making this beautiful sweater as good as I can, because too much work and time goes into it to have something bother me because it's wrong.

So now, my fiber loving friends, I can't wait to see what you've been working on! I've invited even more people this week and I hope to see them here on Friday. My button is on the sidebar....I'd love for you to grab it and include it in your post or on your blog. Spread the word :-)


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

This Little Piggy

My kids have the cutest little Piggy Banks we bought a few years ago while visiting Lancaster, PA. They have held up so well despite being lugged all over the house and not spending their lives poised nicely on top of a dresser. My kids NEVER let anything just sit nicely on their dresser.

So, a few weeks ago, we had a fatality. The little piggy fell on the kitchen floor and shattered. It was terrible! We already had a camping trip planned to Lancaster, so I figured I'd find a replacement while we were there. No luck!

While in target one day, I spotted this little piggy in the dollar spot.

"This little piggy went to the market......."


"And this little Piggy stayed home and got a make-over!"



He was so plain, so life-less. I asked my little one if we could jazz it up a bit. She said, "Sure, I'd like hearts and swirls"!

I broke in to my scrapbooking paper and Sizzletts and here we have it....hearts and swirls! A little Modge Podge and we're set!

"And this little piggy cried, weeeee weeeee weeeee all the way home."

The End

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Meatless Monday! Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli


My sister made this and brought it over for dinner. Ummmm, ummmmm, GOOD! Comfort, warmth, and Fall in a dish!

It's from Wegman's:




Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli

1 pkg (16 oz) Food You Feel Good About Organic Dried Great Northern Beans, sorted, rinsed
10 cups water
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 Tbsp dried rosemary), if using fresh, strip leaves from stem
1/4 cup Wegmans Pure Olive Oil
2 medium sweet onions, 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups)
4 cloves Food You Feel Good About Peeled Garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled, 1/2-inch dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 can (14.5 oz) Wegmans Diced Tomatoes (or 4 fresh plum tomatoes, 1/2-inch dice)
1 carton (32 fl oz) + 2 cups Food You Feel Good About Vegetable Culinary Stock
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 pkgs (6 oz each) Food You Feel Good About Baby Spinach
1/2 lb (1 1/2 cups) Wegmans Ditalini Pasta, cooked per pkg directions


You'll Need: Large stock pots

  1. Place sorted, rinsed beans in large stockpot. Cover with water, allowing an extra 2 inches of water above the beans. Cover, tilted to vent. Soak 8 hours to overnight.
  2. When ready to cook: Drain beans, discarding soaking water. Add beans and 10 cups fresh water to medium stockpot. Heat on HIGH 10 min, uncovered, until boiling. Skim as much foam as possible from the surface. Add bay leaves and rosemary; reduce heat to MEDIUM. Cover, tilted to vent steam. Cook 1 hour; do not stir.
  3. Heat olive oil in large stockpot on MEDIUM. Add onions, garlic, and carrots; cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 min, until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, stock, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Simmer 10 min, stirring occasionally. Set aside off heat.
  5. Check beans for tenderness; they should be completely tender (if not tender, cover completely; cook additional 15 min or as needed). Discard bay leaves.
  6. Add beans and liquid to stockpot with veggie/tomato mixture; stir. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to MEDIUM-LOW. Cover, tilted to vent steam. Cook 30 min; stir occasionally.
  7. Add spinach to stockpot 10 min before serving. Adjust seasonings.
  8. Serve: Portion pasta into soup bowls and ladle hot soup over pasta.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fibers on Friday: A Little More.....






Boy this is slow going! My next project(s) is going to be FAST! Maybe a couple weeks worth of FAST projects! I knit several more rounds this week. I spent some time at a friend's house and it was nice because the "menfolk" were working on cars, the "womenfolk" were knitting, and the "littlefolk" were playing. A couple hours later and this is all I have to show for it!

I know you guys have tons to share, though! And I can't wait to see what you've been working on. I LOVE this little party we have going on here! Please grab my button (code in sidebar) and plug it in your post so we can pass the word to as many friends as we can. Let's welcome a few newcomers as well!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Link Parties

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Homemade Lip Balm

Lately I've been trying to make my own products rather than buy them in the store loaded with ingredients that are unknown and scary!

I started out with the homemade deodorant I posted about here. As an update, let me tell you, I've used this deodorant exclusively ALL summer and I will NEVER go back to store bought! It works better than anything I've ever used and I feel good that it's not loaded down with scary ingredients. Try it! You'll like it! I've converted several people.

I'm trying to master homemade yogurt, but so far have had no success.

The summer is over, but NEXT summer I plan on making my own sunblock. Of course, I'll be sure to share when I do.

But for now, with the oncoming cooler weather and blustery winter approaching, what a more suitable thing to make than my own lip balm! My cousin found this blog, Bobbi's Art, and passed it on to me. I followed her tutorial and found I had to add a little more Jojoba oil to make it a little smoother to apply. It's a really nice product! No scent. It lasts. It's natural. It's wonderful!

I used a little crockpot to melt my jar of ingredients: 4 grams of beeswax, 3-4 grams of jojoba oil, and a few drops of vitamin E oil. Essential oils are optional.

I gathered up almost-empty chapstick containers and cleaned them out. Between my cousin and I we had quite the little collection of containers. Carefully pour the melted ingredients into your containers. It was messy, so I just held on to a paper towel to avoid burning myself.


Let it cool and harden and you're done!

I had a lot left over, so I just kept it in the little mason jar and when I have a container that needs to be refilled, I'll re-melt it and fill it up.

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