Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I've Moved!

Hello all.

I've been brave enough to make the switch.

You'll now find me over here.

Please come for a visit!

Friday, January 23, 2009


The weather teased us today, coaxing us outside without jackets (in January?) in order to enjoy a few moments of sun and warmth, and perhaps to remind us that spring is just 'round the corner? Of course the kids are still hoping for 1 good snowfall before winter ends. I usually hear a daily wish or hope or whine for some snow. Today I heard not a peep.

But all was not fun and games. While my sons were out galavanting in the fresh air, my daughter was inside recuperating from her periodontal work she had done this afternoon. Poor girl.

And I am posting about my finished scarf - the Bainbridge Scarf. It's a free pattern from Pepperknit. Go here to get it. I used KnitPicks Andean Silk, which has a very nice sheen and texture to it. The only trouble I had with it was actually trying to take a self-portrait without using a tripod, without showing the camera, and without revealing my...well...um...extra padding 'round the neck area.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Whistle While You Work


in a pinch - homemade brown sugar

whistling whilst making cinnamon coffeecake

My youngest loves to help me in the kitchen, often asking to stir or whip or break eggs (his favorite). Usually I find that I'm in a hurry so my pat answer is, "Not right now... maybe later...but thanks for asking." The days come and go, come and go. This morning he asked again, seeing that I was readying to make a cinnamon coffee cake for breakfast. This time, I agreed. So he donned his apron and washed his hands, and as he began to stir and whip and break those eggs, he whistled some classical tune that one of his brothers had practiced just yesterday on the piano. I couldn't help but thinking what joy he showed in doing such a simple job. Maybe all of us should whistle more while we work?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tiny Treats 2

her newest little creature stands less than 1" tall

My daughter will be handing out magnifying glasses soon... in order for us 40 and abovers to actually see her artwork. She loves creative endeavors and usually chooses something tiny to sculpt or cut or paste or draw.

2 cranes & a box - the blue items made from a small post-it note pad

I can understand her attraction to tiny things - they're transportable, they're cute, their size is attractive - like holding a tiny treasure in the palm of your hand.

looks like a yummy popsicle

When she has the time (there isn't much to spare with her school schedule recently), she likes working with sculpey or paper or yarns, mostly.

the crane is her smallest one to date - wingspan is 1"

Right now, she's taking a career exploration class at our co-op, and it wouldn't surprise me if she went into an art field. Let's just hope it's not a starving artist field!

P.S. - some more fun origami can be found here and here and here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Little Rays

a radiometer trying to catch a bit of the sun

Nothing brightens your day than a visit from a friend and a time to discover, to catch up, to renew, to deepen a friendship. Thanks, Kristen... we should do that again soon!

Another ray of sunshine in the form of garden-fresh tomatoes (from our summer supply & frozen for use during the dead of winter) that will be our dinner tonight. Can't wait.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Snow Flurries = Baking

oatmeal bake by Karen
very good for breakfast

We awoke to a dusting of snow this morning which once again, led me to more baking. My friend, Susan, whom we visited during our Christmas break, is a wonderful baker.

molasses ginger cookies by Sarah

She treated us to these three yummy recipes. And you know how recipes go... passed down from one person to the next. One of these apparently came from a second friend, Karen; the last came from a third friend, Sarah (another fantastic cook!). Thank you ladies for contributing to this blog!

pumpkin & chocolate chip muffins by Susan

And now... I now pass them onto you. They are very good. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Bake
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup canola oil (or can use applesauce or combo of)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 cups oats
2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all. Grease a 9 x 12" pan. Bake 30 min.

Molasses Ginger Cookies (makes about 30)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ginger (or more, to taste)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter & sugar. Add egg & beat. Add molasses & vinegar. In another bowl, combine dry stuff. Add dry stuff to butter mixture. Mix well. Roll into 1" balls. Roll balls in sugar. Put on baking sheet, flatten with bottom of glass. Bake 8-12 min.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (makes 24)
4 eggs
1 cup melted butter
1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease muffin tins. Beat eggs then combine with butter, pumpkin & sugar. In another bowl, mix dry stuff (except chocolate chips). Add dry stuff to pumpkin mixture. Stir in chips. Fill muffin tins (if too much - just put 'extra' dough into another baking dish) and bake about 20 min or until toothpick in center comes out clean.

Friday, January 16, 2009

5: stripes & plaids

my kalimba that I've had since I was little

Hmmm... stripes and plaids do not really fit the 'color' category, but Curious Bird said any color combo of stripes or plaids is fine. Now I have to say, plaids are not something I usually go for.

a pile of clean, folded laundry that needs to make its way upstairs

Stripes on the other hand... at one point I was crazy for stripes when it came to dressing my kids. We became known as the 'striped family' by many a friend's children. When my oldest reached 13, he specifically asked me NOT to buy him any more striped shirts. That was okay - I still had 3 younger ones to dress in stripes.

Here is a very fun thing to do if you're trying to create your own stripes.

Thanks, Leya, for a nice color week.