Tuesday, September 09, 2014


Over a month has passed since my last post and I am just getting to this space. I have good reason.   I promise.  And I'll share here soon.  (Hint:  Big, exciting, loving changes!)
But first, I think I'll show you Antler.
Remember when I ripped it out?  It was just a bit toooooo big.  My gauge was completely off.  I could have saved some time if I would have done a gauge.  (Just like every pattern says.)  But in the end, I couldn't be happier.
I love the detail in this sweater.  The side seam in the body and on the arms, the garter stitch details, and the fun of the color blocking.  So many color combinations to choose.  
The yarn is made of linen, baby alpaca and wool.  It's a really perfect combination and perfect for all year wear.  
Antler is knit top down in the round.  One continuous piece with no finishing required. Except for tying in loose ends, of course.   It's such a treat to have a sweater finished when you are finished knitting.  
Pattern:  Antler
Yarn:  Classic Elite Soft Linen  Main color, dove grey #2203 Contrast color, citron #2202
Size:  S
Needle:  US 6 (I used them throughout and did not use US 4 as the pattern instructed. )

Sunday, August 03, 2014

happy august!

I'm a goal setter.  Especially when it comes to my knitting.  Sometimes I reach those goals.  Sometimes not.  I fell 2 days short on this project.  I'm okay with that.
I started this project at the end of March.  Ripped it out in the middle of May and started it again
Finished it last night.  And it is currently blocking. 
I'm heading west.
I'll be back in a couple of weeks to share with you.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

popsicle, popsicle, popsicle

I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Vitamix.  I've been making green smoothies for over 4 years and have been using my trusty blender to do so.  It has served the wonderful purpose and I couldn't be more proud of that blender for hanging in there with me.  However, I finally reached the point where I just couldn't bear to chew one more smoothie.  
I ordered the Vitamix and we became fast best friends.  Having a blast together, daily!  We've made ice cream, soup, cocktails and of course my favorite green smoothies.  We've added smoothie recipe's (hello carrot, hello beet), too.   
I've been playing with our popsicle maker as well.

1 cup blueberries
1 cup coconut milk yogurt (yumm)
Blend until completely smooth.

3 banana's
1 cup coconut milk
Blend until completely smooth.

For this yummy chocolate banana one, I tried something different adding trader joes' organic hot cocoa mix.  Just for the heck of it.  And guess what?  We thought they were the most delicious.  Will definitely continue to make these.

Chocolate Banana Popsicle:  
3 bananas 
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 package trader joe's organic hot cocoa mix.

*None of these recipes made a complete 10 pops.  I mixed the trays to experiment.  You can, too!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

JORD watch winner + first 25 lovelies

The random number generator chose number 82, willowcaroline.  Congrarts!
Please email me and I will pass on your information so that you can be sporting your new watch in no time!

Also, the awesome peeps at JORD watches would also like to give a 5% discount off your order to 25 of my readers.
So, the first 25 lovelies that email me, (my address in sidebar)  I will email you back with a code to receive your discount.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

JORD watch giveaway

Something new and different for me to give away and tell you about.  A watch.  But not just any watch.  This is a JORD watch made of diverse and sustainable wood from around the world.  JORD is actually a swedish word that means earth, soil and land. (Gotta love that.)  And guess what?  They are made in the USA.  St. Louis to be exact.  Yep, just a bunch of friends with an awesome, innovative idea that they put to use.  All natural.  I'm all in.
In recent years, I have gotten away from wearing a watch.  Probably because I always have my phone with me or near me to check the time.  But let's face it.  Watches are more than just about the time.  They are a timeless accessory that is not only functional but totally fun to wear.
JORD watches are one of a kind.  No two are exactly the same because of the natural materials, so each one is unique.  They are super light and also unisex. (I had a jeweler remove links.)   Each watch is presented in a beautiful wooden box which adds to the beauty of this watch.  Opening mine was a true treat.
I'm wearing Fieldcrest in Natural Green.
{Filedcrest :: black}
The awesome peeps at JORD would like to give away one of their watches to one of my readers.  The winner will receive a coupon code valued at $120.00, same price as the Fieldcrest.  The winner may choose whichever watch they would like in the Fieldcrest series or choose to put it towards another model and pay the difference.  The code will also include free shipping.  If you can't see your lovely self wearing one, enter for another!  It's an awesome gift.  Please leave a comment here before Wednesday July 23, 5pm EST, and I'll have the random generator choose a number.  And send your husband, boyfriend, lover, fella, son, friend over to enter as well.  I am smitten with these watches and I think you would be, too.

Enjoy your time!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

we went to vero beach

 Where my parents new neighborhood has glorious Oak lined streets.
 Where the sunrises are well worth getting out of bed to experience.
 Where beach days are not unappreciated.
 Where my girl still likes to play in the sand.
 Where my three children still hit the water all together.
Where knitting happens.  (And progress is made!)

Where the time with my parents goes much too quickly but fills each of us with memories, laughter and and a whole lotta love.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

we went to michigan

It was our first time to Upper Michigan.  I certainly hope it's not our last.  What a special spot.  
We rented a suburban and hit the road.  I knit all the way there and then didn't pick up my needles once over the course of 4 days.  I soaked it all in and if anything was in my hands it was my camera.  
 Frankfort Lighthouse.
 Sleeping bear dunes. Jumping is mandatory.
 Flipping into Lake Michigan.
 At Point Betsie Lighthouse.  The sunsets are epic.
Point Betsie Lighthouse.

And the Michiganders?  Some of the most gracious of hosts. And so darn proud of their state.  I would be, too.

Hope your fireworks were the most beautiful you have ever seen.
Happy weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

scape me!

 I have been waiting for these beauties for a pretty long time.  Summer of '10 to be exact.
So, when they showed up this week in my CSA box, I was beyond thrilled.
The recipe is simple.  
With three little ingredients.  
But one of those ingredients is parmesan cheese.  
Cheese. Oh, yes.  I'm onto a new food venture.  Omitting dairy from my diet.  I've tired a lot of things over the years, I know.  And you've been there for them all. There was the ice addiction.  (I kicked the ice eating habit and started taking iron pills.) There was the green smoothie challenge in May '10.  (I've been drinking a green smoothie 4-5 days a week ever since.)  Then there was the gluten-free attempt where I went gluten free for 3 months to try to help my excema.  (It did help, and I still watch my gluten but am not gluten free.) I tried going fully raw.  (That lasted for 3 days. I like some of my food hot.) And now,  now I am attempting to eliminate dairy from my diet.  Why?  Well, I have read a lot of studies about dairy.  And the one that really caught my eye and made me get serious about giving it up was that without it,  it can help eliminate asthma symptoms. (There goes my friend Michelle's eye rolling.) I have been an asthmatic my entire life, so I figured why not give it a try.  To be free of my inhalers would be a dream.  (I may just prove you wrong, Michelle. :) )
So, I made a version of parmesan cheese.  It's not bad, either.  And the scape pesto?  Fabulous!

Cashew Parmesan:
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (You just have to get over the name.)
1 tsp salt

Scape Pesto:
7-8 garlic scapes
1 cup parmesan cheese (The real stuff or the cashew parmesan above.)
3/4 cup good olive oil

Put all ingredients in a food processor and let it do it's thing.

You can use the pesto as a dip, or tossed with your favorite pasta, or with your zuchinni noodles, or as a spread on a sandwich.  I made hummus and threw in a big spoonful instead of the garlic.  Yumm.

Enjoy your weekend and your yarn!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

summer '14

It's official.  School is out.  
So looking forward to once again doing not much of anything and a little bit of everything.  
Kids:  "Mom, this is so queer. "  
Me:  "I know!  Isn't it wonderful!"

I've been making them jump since '08, I wasn't about to let Charlie's last year of high school go without a final group jump.  He'll be off to college in the fall.  Super, duper hard to believe.

Happy summer!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

chive blossom vinegar

I just love the recipes that come alive with the changing seasons.
I have seen chive blossom vinegar recipes sprinkled on the internet and found some blowing in the wind so decided to try some of our own.
These little flowers are so beautiful, I almost hated to cut them for this purpose.  Almost.
I used this recipe but forgot to boil the vinegar before pouring on the blossoms.  Two weeks in a dark spot in the kitchen to see if it made a difference.  So looking forward to it.