Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yarn Along: Dismemebered Bears

This week I have something to show for the yarn along. These bears were started back in November or December and they were meant to be Christmas gifts. Ahem they are now going to be Easter Bears

Some are starting to look good coming almost together at least now they have limbs.
 These guys are on their way to having limbs.
 Reading right now?  Well I pick up this book and carry it around everywhere and read a page when I can.

These magazines are the treat of the week can you blame some of my favorites.  I got the Crochet World because I can't resist the cover.  Cupcake potholder are too cute perfect for when we have our baking sessions.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just me and my sea glass alone

Ok remember how in my last post  it was going to be a quieter week on the blog well I guess I had something else to say. It's still been a quiet with the weather unusually warm like summer what a tease for us New Englanders because there is usually snow or cold weather in March not bathing suits and flip flops.  So with weather like this into the car I go with a bag off to the beach becasue for me it's sea glass collecting season.

Notice how I said just me no kids.  It's been some time that my husband and I have been living apart and the kids spend time with each of us.  Today was the first time I think ever that I was at the beach alone (although did meet a friend for a little while)  and coincidently I did run into my kids they were there too.  Gave them a hug & kiss & smiles but then we parted ways just today and for a couple of more days.  A very surreal moment but still a happy moment.

Happy to be away from them?  Well this past March was probably the first time I had been away from kids aside from birthing babies at hospital.  It was also the first in over 12 years that I have been alone.  Alone with myself, my identity and my thoughts.  I am quite different alone at 36 than 12 years ago.  The math 36-12=24. Yikes that's a long time!  It's getting to know me all over again and better for them when they return.  I'd say it's a happy alone reaquainting with myself.  

I have found that today was a good and some days maybe harder going forward but I can say I'm having amazing days (yes even with the kids)  and that I'm truly living a life that is more of my authentic self.

So I guess I did have something to say this week.   Oh and this bag here is half filled with 13 pounds of sea glass.  Now that is weight I don't mind carrying around.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Warm Week

It may be a bit quieter in this space this week.  There is lots of sunshine and warm weather in New England and signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Hoping to spend more days outside playing, knitting, crochetting, treasure hunting and reading.
Have a great week.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Missed Yarn Along

I missed the yarn alog yesterday but it's ok I don't have anything to show for on the needles this week.  Although I am enjoying these reads.
Enjoying Taproot it's all over the place right now.  Found Knitting Block by Block at the library and well that got my wheels turning.  Reading The Romeo & Juliet Code from the kids section at the library so far I'm liking it.  Found at Barnes & Noble the purple book it's got some natural homemade remedies for health, beauty & home.

This is the most dangerous book of all Cookies, Pies, Breads & Tarts.  The desserts and breads are mouth watering do not read when hungry or tired like before dinner or bedtime.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been wanting to try this chocolate chip cookie recipe. I was wondering even with my substitutions could they still be that good?  According to the kids the answer is yes they loved them. These cookies are not as sweet and taste really good.  My version with the changes I only made half the recipe.

Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1/2 cup dairy free margarine
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a cup mix 1 1/2 Tbs oil, 1 1/2 Tbs water and 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon soy milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour

Preheat oven 350 degrees and grease cookie sheets.  In a bowl cream together margarine, sugars vanilla and baking powder mixture.  Then add oil and milk.  Mix till smooth then add dry ingredients.  Mix well it maybe crumbly not like a regular cookie batter definitely use an ice cream scooper and drop onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes the cookie will be light in color but the sides will be brown. 

They are not like a regular chocolate chip cookie and yes they did stay puffy.  Yummy :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekend Fun and Banana Bread

From Saturday to today...

:: Browsing a really delicous and dangerous baking cookbook.
:: Loving the local  library.
:: Finding fun scraps from a local quilt shop.
:: Apple crisp for dessert.
:: Making up a recipe chicken paella.
:: Found a good banana bread recipe that vanished.
:: Coffee in the warm sun tastes better.
:: Having a really warm Monday outside cleaning out the car, reading, scavenger hunting and more...

Came across this banana bread recipe on the box of Corn Flakes here is my version that I made allergy friendly and it cooked through and tasted good.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup dairy free margarine
3/4 cup sugar
In a cup mix 3 tablespoons oil, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 2 teaspoons baking powder.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5x3 inche loaf pan.  In a bowl sift together the dry ingreadients and set aside.  In another bowl mix margarine, sugar and baking powder mixture till creamy.  Add in mashed bananas and blend well.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix till smooth. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes. ( Do not bake more than 1 hour it will burn.)  Insert toothpick it should come out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes in pan and then remove from pan.

Note this cooked through really well considering I had to substiture the egg.  The original recipe is from Kellogg's cornflakes and one of the ingredients was the cereal but I ran out.  Oh well another time.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Monday Links on Sunday

This is the usually my Monday links post but I don't know if I'll get to it tommorrow so thought I'd post it today.  Some more links I found that I love from this past week.

-BB Cream great to make my own make up concotions.
-I should make flowers like these for the winter because then I know I can't kill them.
-This pork chop recipe looks yummy something I could finagle someday.
-This on my table would make me more addicted to crochetting.
-What creamy corn dip?  Have to try this. And how about the Key Lime Pie?
-I would love to make these fun earrings.
-I'm alway collecting essential oil recipes like this.
-Love this round afghan I'm almost afraid to click on the rest of the links.

Hope you're having a good weekend. I'm hoping  to share some pictures this week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

Joining in on the yarn along a day.  I meant to post this yesterday but time ran out so today is a new day. 

 Finally finished this bag from Crochet Today.  I had been eyeing this bag for a while and thought it would be great carry around other projects in progress.   Love the size and design.
 This came in the mail a couple of days ago so excited because it's a lovely read. 
Phew loving these two things today!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Links

As the weeks have gone by I have been pulling up the blogs and reading them which spurs more ideas in my head. Unfortunately I haven’t been on the internet long enough when I’m out to leave comments and jump from page to page so I have a lot of tabs up to reread later.  These are some of the ones that I have had up lately.

:: She’s right these curtains are groovy.  Even though I haven’t done it I love red work and blue work embroidery.
:: I need another cowl like this one. I’m thinking in orange.

:: Love these hearts.
::  I'm thinking this table would be awesome in house with toddlers.
:: These truffles look delicious and the body scrub sounds like what I need.
:: I can’t get this rug out of my head and this one.
:: Love this wreath for the spring.
:: Some vinaigrette recipes which will be awesome for summer. 
Can't wait to see what esle comes up this week in the blogs.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dumpling Soup

When needed to warm up and feel cozy make dumpling soup.  I sort of made this up last week I thought I had a picture I guess I was wrong but it was good and we had leftovers so the next night I made rice to go with it and it was just as good.

Chicken Dumpling Soup
1 16 oz bag of pork or chicken potstickers
32 oz container of chicken or vegetable broth
1 carrot
Soy sauce packet or 2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup cooked diced chicken
4 cups water
1-3 stalks of green onions chopped (optional)

1.  Check the directions on the bag of potstickers to see if they need to cook for 2 minutes or 8 minutes.  The time may vary whatever it may be be sure not to overcook.
2.  Wash and peel the outlayer of the carrot then peel the the rest of the carrot so it's these thin shreds.
3.  In a pot combine water broth and soy sauce packet.  Bring to a boil.
4. Then add chicken, carrots and posticker.  Cook covered till potsticker are heated through (see directions on package for time.)
5.  Ladle into bowls sprinkle with on greens.
Feel warm, smile & enjoy.
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