Mondays in the kitchen – yogurt or yoghurt?


I have seen this yoghurt but never tried it.  Then I heard about the blackberry with Serrano peppers and I knew I knew I needed to try it.  It took me a few weeks but it was with the wait.  I mixed it with my favorite plain yogurt – such a treat!

I won’t be spending time in my own kitchen today.  I will be with dad, helping him get set up in his new apartment.  I am looking forward to getting back to some regular meal planning and cooking once dad is settled.  

Happy Monday.  Hope there is good food in your day.

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Fiber Friday – stitch stories


I picked this book up at the library a few weeks ago and briefly paged through it.  This morning, I settled in on the couch (up far too early again) and gave it a read.  I do love the idea of using fabric and thread to record memories and made a list of ideas to try before I return the book.  

I did a search to find out more about the author and found some good articles about stitch artists.  And I spent a bit of time catching up with this beautiful blog.  But now it is time to move into this day and hope for some stitching time this weekend.

P.S.  it is a few weeks away but you might want to visit Michelle and read about her upcoming workshop.  Another way to stitch up some memories and stories with paper and pen.

Yarnalong – revisiting


I don’t often reread books but this author is an exception.  I have read and reread each of his books.  And then I sometimes listen to the audio version.  I first read Being Mortal in 2014 and began recommending it to everyone.  Recently, our family has been faced with helping dad make some next step decisions.  I kept thinking back to this book, finding guidance in Gwande’s research and stories.  Over the weekend, I downloaded the audio book and have been soaking up his wisdom.

My knitting is also a re-do.  I knit this little hat for our tiny person but it was a bit short and I knew it would not last long.  So last night I pulled out the top section and added a few more inches.  The yarn is very soft and the colors actually match his quilt – not planned.  It is a simple knit3 pearl1 pattern and was a quick fix.  I have been working on my Annabel and have made good progress on the body.  Just the kind of back and forth knitting my brain needs right now.

Happy Wednesday.  I am looking forward to our first book group meeting tonight.  We will be reading and discussions Scouting the Divine over the next few weeks.  Another book I have now read twice.  Hmmm?

Sharing with Ginny and Frontier Dreams today.

Mondays in the kitchen – holidays


Monday holidays are a great time to regroup in my kitchen.  Today I am planning a morning filled with meal prep and batch cooking.  For breakfasts I will be making these yummy sausages.  And this would make a great dinner with some roasted veggies and enough leftovers for lunch.  And since it looks like a busy week, I will need a grab-and-go snack.

We have not had the beautiful, get outside and go for a walk weather that I keep reading about but my kitchen crocuses are starting to bloom, bringing spring inside.  After extra cuppa coffee, I will get down to the kitchen and get to cooking.  

Happy Monday.

Fiber Friday – the sweater


I have had this sweater for more than 15 years.  At some point, it got a bit felted and I contemplated putting in in the donation bag.  But it always survived the cut and ended up back in my closet.  By now, it is very pilled and there are always little pieces of yarn or thread stuck to the sleeves that are hard to pick off.  I don’t wear it out but it is my favorite indoors, comfy-cozy sweater.  When I came back to knitting, I thought I would try to make another sweater just like this.  After a few attempts with different yarns and patterns, I set that idea aside.  But I do want a new go-to sweater.  Not a stay at home sweater, a wearing-out-of-the-house sweater.  One that will look good with jeans or a dress.  I have the Annabel cardigan on my needles.  I love the big, squishy feel of the bulky yarn and garter stitch.  It is not going quickly, not a “bang out a sweater” project.  It is possible it won’t be finished in time for the cold winter or early spring season.  Too much going on that takes me away from my knitting spot.  So, for now, I throw on this well worn sweater and enjoy the coziness of the felted wool.

Happy Friday!

Think Write Thursday – just do it


The Think Write Thursday prompt for February 16, 2017 is to write about something you’ve been putting off doing. We all have those tasks, projects, phone calls and more that we find excuses to avoid. What are you procrastinating about? And why? And, finally, how are you going to address it?
I am in a season of procrastination.  Truthfully, procrastination is part of my nature but this season, the last 3 or so months, I have ramped it up to a new level.  I don’t procrastinate about everything.  I have been quick to respond and take care of the things I do for family and at work.  But when it comes to taking care of me and my stuff, I have been wearing the blinders of avoidance 24/7.  

This weekend, I was in my car quite a bit.  That gave me time to listen to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I have resisted this book but it was a free audio download so I put it in my library.  And then I avoided listening to it.  But in a very short time, I knew I needed to hear what this author was saying.  Tidying up, decluttering, sorting and tossing.  These things have been much on my mind.  I have too much stuff that does not meet the “sparks joy” criteria.  There are bags here and there that just need to go to the donation store.  There are too many piles that just keep getting moved around.  I have a lot of extra space for this in my home, and while I know that many people complain of not enough space, it makes actually dealing with those piles harder – out of sight, out of mind.  But not really out of mind.  Knowing that that stuff is there weighs heavily.  And it becomes an excuse – oh I can’t do that until I deal with this.  Sigh.

I am one day away from a four day weekend.  There are a few commitments on my calendar but I also think there is time to make a dent in those piles.  And starting with my clothes is the perfect beginning.  So that is it.  I am tackling my closet and my drawers this weekend.  Let the tidying up begin.

Yarn and books: small stuff


My knitting and my reading are moving in a small direction this week.  I have been able to spend some extended time with our tiny person which has been so wonderful.  I am getting to know him, figuring out the different cries, noticing what helps and what does not (very important).  I have to say that I am not anxious about his fleeting moments of distress the way I was when our own daughter was tiny.  I guess that is one of the reasons why everyone says it is so much fun to be a grandparent.

The other night, I knew we had a short time before mom and dad would arrive, not enough time for a bottle or another nap but we needed a distraction.  I pulled out this fun book and we spent ten minutes reading and looking at the pages.  He was so engaged!  I only wish I could have seen his little face.  

On my needles this week are some tiny knits too.  I finished a baby hat last weekend and immediately cast on another one with these small bits of yarn.  Yesterday I purchased the new patterns from Tin Can Knits and cast on a small sleeve.  I don’t often knit with dpns but I am off to a good beginning.  

I have bigger knitting projects and an ever growing pile of books but for this week, I am treasuring the small stuff.  Visit Ginny and Karen for more yarn and book inspiration.