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Had To

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Crazy busy around here this week, but I wanted to tell you about last weekend before the craziness of this weekend.

Last weekend was pretty much all knitting-related.  I taught a class on Saturday and then went to The Periwinkle Sheep’s studio open house.  Fun to see where Karin does all her kettle and hand-dyeing.  Of course, I had to purchase:


That Shields of Garnet red yarn has been a favorite of mine for a while, and someone in my Saturday class was using it, so when I saw it at the open house in a new alpaca/merino/nylon blend, I had to try it.  Had to.  And then, I saw the watercolors gradient yarn that she is also testing out.  There was a pretty shawl there, showing what could be done with it, and of course that sold me on this one.  The pattern is Melodia and is likely what I will use with this yarn. So there was that.

Then, Paul and I had to deliver a car that he had done some repair painting on to the person it belonged to and that took us down to the Kingston area.  On the drive I worked on my One Way Tee:


I’m 3/4 done with the back.  It’s going along much more quickly than my Second Story Tee did (which you will see below!), and I think I like it better than the Second Story Tee.

We had breakfast and did some errands and then took the “back way” home, through Saugerties, which meant we were going right by The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop (two of my favorite things!) and so we had to stop.  Had to.


And of course I had to purchase.  Had to. :


So there was that.

Also, I got my new sneaks in the mail!:


They were purple so I had to buy them.  Had to. So cute, right? (Peach laces!)

I also saw this recipe for Marakesh Carrots on Joy the Baker’s blog and I had to make it because I love all the spices that are in it.


so. So. SO. YUMMY.

Also, yesterday was Paul’s birthday and he had to go to Jumpin’ Jack’s for his birthday dinner/dessert:

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Finally, I want to show you my finished (!!), but not yet blocked, Second Story Tee.  Here is the back:


And here is the front:


And here is a close-up of the front:


Notice anything?  I didn’t until I had finished it!  That last diagonal stripe stops too soon.  Right on the top of the front.  But, I don’t care.  No way, no how am I undoing this.  I can only hope 1) no one will notice or 2) it looks like it is supposed to be there.  However #1 is moot since I have just told you about it.  But… I had to.  That’s what this blog is all about, right?  : )


Random Friday Things About The Busy Week

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1) 576 stitches on the needle now for my lace circular shawl:


2) Lace looks like a big old mess when it’s on the needles.  Plus, I’m pretty sure it will go much more slowly from here.  And, knock on wood, I haven’t messed up yet.

3) I’ve been stuck on level 70 in Candy Crush on my phone for months.  So, I decided to start a new game on the ipad.  Got to level 70 yesterday and cruised right through.  What the heck?

4) I made this:


Spinach and Strawberry Chopped Salad from Joy the Baker.  It was yummy. And sort of healthy.  Lots of veggies, but also bacon and gorgonzola cheese (probably more than the recipe called for….).

5) The doodlebugs and I found out that sidewalk chalk rocks.


6) And I made these:

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Blue Sky Bran Muffins from Smitten Kitchen.  Also yummy.  And healthy.  Not too sweet but still tasty. ( I used yogurt thinned with milk in place of the buttermilk.)

7) I’m listening to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon  (second book in the Outlander series) in the car.  I’m getting a little bored and I’m only 8 hours into a 43 hour book.  Does anyone know if it gets better?

8) And then there was this:


I brushed up on my learned-17-years-ago cake decorating skills.  Crumb-y top coat and a messed up flower, but otherwise, not too shabby.  It was also yummy.  Also, I couldn’t find my round cake pans so I had to make it in a glass dish.  Good thing – I would have totally run out of frosting if I had used the round pans.

9) It was also good thing that I took these pictures of the flowers on our crab apple trees the other day:


Because we had a supercell go through our town and now they are all gone….

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(That is a one-inch piece of hail.)

But the bleeding heart came through fine:


10) Because of the supercell, the power at the yarn shop went out and I had to cancel my knitting class.  I hate it when that happens.

11) Aside from Paul having to jerry-rig our just-found-out-it’s-broken sump pump, and needing to re-grade some areas around the new garage, all is well. Bring on more summer stuff.

Mother’s Day Baking

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This is waaaaay late, but it was a busy week around here!  I did a whole lot of concocting in the kitchen for Mother’s Day last weekend.  To begin with, the doodlebugs and I made an olive oil sugar scrub for their mom:

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….complete with using glue and paintbrushes and tissue paper to decorate the jar.  I got the sugar scrub recipe here.

Then I made more sugar scrub for my mom and my sister, involving much less glue and much less mess:


Then is was on to the baking!  I made Joy the Baker’s The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and they really were the BEST.  So yummy and buttery and chocolatey and GOOD.  A couple of things different from “regular” chocolate chip cookies:

Brown half the butter…


You just can’t go wrong there.  It smelled so yummy and nutty.

Scoop, flatten and chill the dough….



You MUST make these.  By the way, I LOVE the Joy the Baker blog.

Then it was on to The Smitten Kitchen’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Bars:

You are supposed to cut the strawberries and rhubarb into a small dice.  So I started with the rhubard by slicing it lengthwise  and it did this:


….which made it really hard to dice.


Also VERY yummy!  My turned out a tiny bit mushy and it was because I put in too much fruit.  I thought a few more strawberries and a little more rhubarb wouldn’t hurt.  Then as I was putting the crumble in the pan, I saw that I didn’t have quite as much as I should for the amount of fruit I put in there.  But still and all, they were really yummy!  And by the way, I LOVE The Smitten Kitchen blog too.  Both blogs are silly and fun and always have great recipes.

Finally, it was on to overnight French toast (which I compiled from several recipes online so I’m not linking to one here):

Melt butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a pan:


Then pour it in a baking dish.

Mix up eggs, half and half and vanilla, and cut up the French bread (which I got at Panera and it is really really yummy as regular toast too):


Then proceed to forget to take any more pictures.  I layered the bread in the baking dish, poured the egg mixture over it, put it in the refrigerator overnight, took it out and let it come to room temperature while we drove to Connecticut, put it in my sister’s oven for 40 minutes.  It was really yummy.  That butter, brown sugar on the bottom gets caramelly and the tops of the bread get toasty-crispy.  Three totally successful recipes that I will definitely make again.

While in Connecticut, we brought my sister our old couch.  Ours came in and her old one went out to the truck, where my 11 year old nephew proceeded to hang out:


He’s so silly.