Saturday, November 14, 2009
To make the bread: take 1 C of the starter and bring it to room temperature. Pour it into a large mixing bowl and add 1/2 C warm water, 1 pkg of dry yeast, 1 tsp sugar or honey, 2 Tbs melted butter and mix. Add enough flour (5-6 C) to make a stiff dough, mixing it in 1 C at a time. Knead the dough thoroughly. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover. Let the dough rise until doubled, punch it down and shape it into loaves, allow it to raise again, and bake it for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. If you want to be fancy, use a sharp knife to slash the top of each loaf before allowing it to rise the second time.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I searched for the perfect pattern, even being willing to purchase a few more balls of the lovely yarn if needed...
I found this shawl, for which I already owned the pattern, and so I began to knit!
The shawl went with me to Nashville, TN for a meeting. I was traveling with co-workers who don't mind driving, and so I was able to knit for 11 hours on the way and 12 hours on the return trip home! While in Nashville, I noticed a trend amongst the European women attending the conference; all were wearing beautiful stoles, whether with jeans and a t-shirt or with a dress.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
1 medium yellow squash
10 new red potatoes
20 onions about 1 inch in diameter
6 C water or beef stock
2 T beef bullion (if using water)
1 lb stew beef
Brown the beef in a little olive oil. In the meantime, chop the veggies. Add the onions, carrots and potatoes, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes to give them a head start. Add the squash and liquids, simmer until all veggies are tender. Serve with baguettes.
Most of the veggies came from the gardens tended by my parents, but I grew the tomatoes and onions myself. I've envied my parents natural ability to grow things for most of my life, but the past two years have been the most productive for my own garden. It may be that I am finally gaining the wisdom that I always remember my parents having - after all, they were the age I am now when I was growing up. I did notice the first sign of crows feet this morning...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Let me preface my next few paragraphs by admitting to how disappointed I was in both my son's decision to take this "pill" and in myself for not realizing that I hadn't done enough so far in teaching my son how dangerous this situation could have been.
So, I did what I could in impressing upon him the possible risks he had taken in accepting the offer of an energy pill, explaining that it was irresponsible for him to take something when he had no idea what it was. As any good mother would, I gave him several examples of the worst scenarios I could think of, including of course the possibility of his own death.
Next, I placed a call to his coach... And tonight I made a call to the mother of the girl who offered this to my son.
Turns out, after hearing a long list of justifications from her on why her daughter had jelly beans that have caffeine added and was peddling them off to other kids on the team - ranging from hypoglycemia to preventing dehydration (?) to "there's really not THAT much caffeine in them" to training for a triathalon (at 10 years old???) And blah, blah, blah...
I began to wonder: Why is a candy company jumping on the energy supplement bandwagon and marketing this stuff to kids? Energy supplements are worthless at best and deadly at worst. No wonder our professional athletes (role models?) and even olympians are under such scrutiny for performance enhancers. If we're telling our 10 year olds that they can't compete without "energy pills" disguised as jelly beans (candy!), then how can we expect them to know where to draw the line? Energy drinks? Anabolic Steroids?
In any case, I'm glad I got the chance to teach my son a valuable lesson about making responsible decisions if he's ever presented with this situation again, and I'm glad that it was just a jelly bean with a little caffeine in it and not something worse.
He knows that he can have fun and even compete without any extra energy. Even if he never beats the girl with the caffinated jelly beans, I'll make sure he knows who the real winner is.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
253 rows knitted in under 2 hours. Only a few setbacks, and a ton of new knowledge gained. Whew, I'm going to bed!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
And I'm happy to say that I love them all. Now, I have needle cases for my long straights, short straights, and both lengths of dpns.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
1. I talk so much that I can't believe I could come up with 25 things that everyone doesn't already know about me... but here goes.
2. I've never had a bloody nose.
3. I am happy to be the mother of sons.
4. Because I like to get dirty.
5. I love to knit.
6. No, really. I LOVE knitting.
7. Not so much crochet, though - but I'll do it out of neccessity.
8. I love knitting and making stuff for other people.
9. It makes my day when they love what I've made for them, and they wear it / use it.
10. I am so proud of every one of my four sisters. We are all so different, yet so much the same.
11. I've always thought it was a big responsibility to be the oldest of 5 girls.
12. I hate commercials about female products. I almost always change the channel.
13. I think it's hilarious when people throw up. I can't stop laughing at their sad misfortune.
14. I hate being cold, but I love working outside, especially in the cold.
15. I try to learn something new every day.
16. I have minors in art and vocal music.
17. I'm the first and only female fisheries biologist in Kansas.
18. But I admire 99% of my coworkers, especially the old, salty, crass ones.
19. I have the best friends in the world.
20. Until 2 years ago, I hated the color pink. Now, Pink is my favorite color.
21. I have a blog. It's (mostly) about knitting.
22. Mollydoodle is the first dog I ever liked. I think I might even love her, even though she puked on both my leather purse and my antique hand-hooked rug last week. And took an 8-lb crap on the kitchen floor.
23. Our other dog, Bocephus, sounds like Cartman when he talks.
24. I used to think my aunt was a complete dork for talking for her dog... but now I do it all the time.
25. My parents drive me bonkers, but I love them.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Aaron models a hat/scarf/mitten set I made for his auntie Em, using Berroco Peruvia in the Raku Glaze colorway.
Purple cabled socks for my SIL. (She loved them!) Size 0 circulars, knit 2-at-a-time with Louet Gems in eggplant. Toe up flap heel is wonderful... now I need to see if I can duplicate it on my next pair.
Socklets for my MIL, in my own pattern. 1x1 rib for the cuff and the top of the instep, doubled fingering weight yarn on size 3 addi turbos.