Monday in the Kitchen – coffee


I love my morning coffee.  We have a coffee maker that has a timer so the coffee is ready before my feet hit the floor.  A hot Cuppa coffee with my morning reading time gets my day off to a great start.

Recently, Kat mentioned that her Moka was a necessary kitchen tool.  I had to look it up but when I saw the picture, I remembered bringing a similar coffee gadget home when we cleaned out mom and dad’s house.   I believe they bought it on a trip to Italy and it looks like they haven’t made this model since the 60’s.  Fun!  So, I have investigated how to use this little coffee maker.  The knob on top is missing but my husband thinks he can replace it.   Can’t wait to give it a try.

Sunday stitches


Yesterday I met with a little group of quilters at a local quilt shop.  Most of them are doing the 2017 Sue Spargo block of the month so I got to see some of the blocks and not surprisingly, they are beautiful!  I was going to take one of my Cuppa blocks to work on but Friday was so full that I didn’t have time to prep one.  Instead, I took these red X’s that I am working on the for 70237 project.  I am planning a Middlings quilt.  I stitched on my pieces and listed to the ladies talk about classes with Sue at Ailomar.  Another one to add to my someday list.  When I left, I had a new energy to get back to my Cuppa blocks.

Today is one of those “nothing on the calendar” days.  I’m thinking an extra cup of coffee, finish stitching these red X’s, pulling out my Cuppa blocks, a bit of yoga, and a time with our tiny person.  Visit Kathy to get some slow stitching inspiration.

Fiber Friday


It was a long week and I’m not exactly sure why but I know that it felt long to a lot of people.  But we did see a bit more sunshine this week and even had a few days that didn’t require me to put up my hood every time I stepped out of my office.  That was lovely.

And there was fiber in my week.  I started the sleeves on my Annabel cardigan.  I am almost to the elbow on sleeve #1.  I started with magic loop but after two inches my arms were getting tired so I am knitting the rest of the sleeve flat and will seam it up.  I will follow that same method on the second sleeve to have consistency.  The garter stitch is quite forgiving and bouncy.

I made two pair of pants for our tiny person.  That was very fun and super simple.  His lovely mom put them on him yesterday so I got to see them when I picked him up for a few hours.

Tomorrow I am going to meet with some quilters.  I met these ladies when I joined the Sue Spargo block of the month  last year but have not made it to many of their gatherings.  I am taking some of the red strips I cut last weekend to sew some blocks for the 70273 project.

Hope your week was good.  Happy spring and enjoy your weekend.

Yarn, books, making hats


I love knitting hats.  I almost always have one or two on the needles.  I finally got a copy of Drop Dead Eay Knits from my library. There are two hat patterns that will be on my needles soon (and a baby sweater before too long).  I also printed a basic hat pattern from Churchmouse Yarns. Over the next 2 months, I hope to knit a dozen hats.  These hats will go to an organization that sets up a clothing shop for school children every fall.  On May 20, we will deliver the hats as part of The Day of Service.  Want to participate? All you need to do is knit a hat or scarf for a school aged child – kindergarten to grade 12.  I will collect the hats and get them delivered.  Then maybe my 12 hats will become 24!  Let me know if you want to join in.

A few weeks ago, I read this sweet book.  It was the audio version and I enjoyed it so much that I have put the book on hold at my library.  I would highly recommend it.  I also started the sleeves on my Annabel!  I am trying magic loop.  It might take awhile.

Be sure to visit Frontier dreams for more lovely crafting this week..

Mondays in the kitchen – veggie time

 

I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies.  Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies.  I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta.  It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at  very meal.

How many veggies are you eating?

Mondays in the kitchen – ditching dairy


This is the week I have chosen to cut dairy from my diet.  Not forever.  Maybe a few weeks.  I am curious to see if I will notice a difference.  I don’t eat a lot of dairy but I do love cheese and lately, I am finding myself grabbing a slice here, a nibble there.  It adds up!  Last night we were going to order pizza but our usual place (where I can get a good gluten free pizza with lots of veggies) was so busy and we needed a quick meal.  I popped into the store and found a dairy free, gluten free option.  It tasted much better than it looked (and it didn’t really look like the picture on the package).  I don’t plan to use a lot of cheese substitutes in the next few weeks.  Instead I am searching my favorite recipes sites for some new dairy free ideas.  So far I have this, and this, and this.  And I will probably be ordering a coconut latte.  Let m know if you have a great dairy free recipe site too.

Hello Wednesday

I woke up to a light dusting of snow on the grass but it is raining now.  Yesterday I had to remind myself too many times that is was Tuesday, it seems to be that kind of week.

I am finishing up The Boys in the Boat.  I started this book almost two years ago but set it aside – not sure why.  I am almost finished and it is a good story.  I am inching my way to the lower edge of my Annabel.  When I get to the end of this ball of yarn, I am going to move to the sleeves.  I want longer sleeves and may need to do a few rows of grey at the wrist and the bottom edge of the body which would be fine.  I just don’t want those cropped sleeves.

I picked up my stitching after reading my Lenten devotion this morning.  I slipped a small piece of paper with a verse from today’s reading behind the fabric and stitched it down.  It is my way of writing God’s word on my heart.

Visit Ginny and Frontier Dreams to see what everyone is reading and stitching this week.