Sunday, December 23, 2007
I did this early in the month. I had never made a yule log before, I had never made buttercream, genoise cake or Meringue mushrooms so this month was an adventure.
I started with the mushrooms, they looked to be the easyst to put aside and come back to later. They came out pretty good. The meringue was fragile though, 3-5 mushrooms died when the stem was attached.
I put them aside in a plastic bag for a few days, I needed at least one whole day to make the cake.
Well the genoise cake was interesting, I am not sure if it came out right. It tasted ok and rolled so I went with it.
I however had troubles with the buttercream. It kept breaking and curdling. I finally got it so that it did not look that bad. I think that part of my problem was that room temp was not warm enough for my butter. I keep my house cold in the winter. I got the rolled cake fine but decorating it was a puzzle to me. I have not seen many yule logs before. So I just put mushrooms everywhere. I then wrapped the whole thing up and took it to work. It was way to sweet for me. They ate it.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I come home and slept off and on for a few hours. I would sleep and then go down stars to watch some TV and then sleep some more. Today I have been drinking water and going to the bathroom much of the day. With brief naps interspersed.
I am hoping to be better enough to go to knitting night on Thus. I am one some pain meds so I am still a little loopy. I am small now. It is a little different when I look at myself. I now need to get new bra's and shirts. They took 3 lbs, 1360 grams from the left side and 2lbs, 907 grams from the right, so now I am under 160 lbs. This would not be a weight loss plan of choice.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The recipe starts out with Potatoes. They are to be boiled and them mashed. The potatoes and the water are used in the bread. The potatoes add tenderness to the bread. The bread was to be made by hand. It has been a while since I have made bread that way, I tend to make the dough in the bread machine and then bake it in the oven. So this was different.
Here is the ingredients, this is a savory bread, no sugar involved. It mixed up fairly easy but is a wet bread at this point.
The next step is to have the dough rise, which when your house is only 58 degrees Fahrenheit is interesting. I had them in the sun and let them rise for longer. We could do anything that we wanted with the dough. I decided to make cobblestone bread and a some rolls. Cobblestone bread is a savory version of monkey bread. I ended up with a little more left over so I rolled up some bread dipping seasonings in the other loaf.
The cobblestone bread was being nibbled on before I could even get a picture. The rest of the bread came out well. The rolls were eaten pretty quickly but the rolled bread was around long enough to get stale. I used it in my stuffing. It come out so well that I am using this for my next batch of stuffing next month.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
- How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced?
- How long have you been knitting socks?
- What are your favorite fibers to work with?
- What is your favorite color?
- What are your current WIPs (works in progress)?
- Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.).
- What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from.
- What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?)
- Name some of your hobbies.
- Name some of your favorite movies?
- Do you like to read?
- Do you collect anything?
- Do you own an iPod or mp3 player?
- What are your favorite type of knitting needles?
- What knitting notion could you not live without?
- Who are some of your favorite designers?
- Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.)
- When is your birthday?
- Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)?
- Do you have a Ravelry ID?
- If you had a sheep, what would you name it?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I finshed, Yaaa!!! It came out a little different than I wanted but it is still cool, or warm in this case. Here it is already to be mailed. I just have a few more things that I want to put into the box to go with.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
8 cups, peeled and sliced apples
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup apple sauce
1 cup liquid, soy milk, water or juice of any kind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour, I use white wheat All-purpose would also work
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
preheat oven to 350 degrees
grease pan, 9 by 13 with cooking spray, I used canola oil spray.
In a large bowl mix apples with 1/2 cup sugar and the cinnamon.
Combine flour, salt and baking powder into a small bowl.
In a good size bowl mix the apple sauce and the sugar, the sugar will not dissolve all the way. Whisk in the eggs, then the liquid and vanilla.
Then fold in the flour mix to make a smooth batter.
Pour half of the batter into the pan, spread it around. Place the apples on top.
Pour the rest of the batter over the apples, try to get all of the apples covered.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is crusty and golden.
This can be served hot or cooled down.
Monday, October 29, 2007
With this the person or persons that wins gets the book when it is sent to the publisher, a year ahead of when you can buy it. The second part of the bid allows that winner to decide of the person or persons being Tuckerized lives or dies. We, my family and someone that my mother had just met had the winning bid on gettingTuckerized. Someone else won the living or dieing part.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I signed up to be a Sockapalooza Sock Savior. I started the sock but it turns out my gauge is off so I have to rip and start again. I have not gotten that far and I did not like the toe so I am not that heart broken. I need to redo my math for less stitches so when I start again tomorrow it will not take as long. Here is what I have done before it gets ripped.
My back still itches. I reacted to all of the grasses, not much else. I did react to rabbits a little bit. This makes me wonder if I will not like angora yarn. At this point it has cost to much so I have not done anying with it. T he most unfun part of all of this was that for a week before the allergy test I could not take anything. I spent most of the weekend with a box of tissues. Now I am on Allegra, a nasal spray and some eye drops. I go back in 2 weeks. I am debating on weather or not to get allergy shots.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Well I have 12 Jars of peach sauce and I have started to make apple sauce. I will have more of those, it is easier and cheaper to make.
I am also done drying peaches and have started drying apples. I have a nice amount of dried peaches though.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This Sat. is the last day to get peaches from the Farmers Market. After this weekend it will be apples. There is less of them because of a late freeze. There was no plums this year which bummed me out. I loved canned plums.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
It is not so much the fact that I have to drive some where else but the fact that the layout of the store is total different. I was looking for canning lids and I had to walk all over to find them. They where not where I thought they would be. I have this to look forward to.
Friday, August 31, 2007
The personal trainer was a good idea. She is helping me get the right machine work done and is helping me figure out what stretches to do. It is just that 2 days ofter my first session with her I am starting to feal the effects. I have to go tonight to more too.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I forgot to enter the first one but I will enter the second one. That and I love Zero's Etsy's stuff.
-So here's the challenge: Post about your favorite yarn. You must post a picture and let us know why it's your favorite yarn. Please leave links too, in case someone might want to get a little of what you got!
Right now my Favorite yarn is Socks that Rock. I have used it for fingerless gloves, mittens, shawls and socks of course. I am glad the I signed up for the sock club this year. I will be getting August's yarn soon.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
On to other things, I got a membership at 24 hour fitness. It was $750 for 3 years with the 4th year at $29. This works out to less than $20 a month. This is a very good deal. It also comes with 5 personal trainer visits. My first one is on Monday. I am hoping for some suggestions of stuff I can do to strengthen my back. This should help with the back pain.
I need to stop writing, it is just a little hard to come up with what I really want to say. That and my spelling is going down hill.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Getting a tree cut down is not cheap. For the 2 larger trees it was $600 and for the 2 medium trees it was $300. The large tree was rotten all the way to the ground and a little lower. This is the one that would have hit my house. I am very glad that it was cut down before winter. One of the other trees was rotten as well.
Now that the big tree is gone I get so much more light downstairs. It is nice. Where 2 of them come out it would work as my garden.
I finished clue 3. Yaa! I am liking the pattern a lot. It is however big, right now it is 22 inches wide. The person that I am making it for is just a little taller than I am, 5 foot 3 inches, so I am shorting clue 4. Now that my family is gone I hope to have it done by next week.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Bifteck Hache a la Lyonnaise (Ground Beef with Onions and Herbs), A French Burger
Spiced Smashed Potatoes
One of the things that will change what I make is how hot it is.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Today was also the day that my mother went home. She was able to get an earlier flight home, she like that.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Wow, I love what I got from my pal. The little box for stitch markers is very cool. I already put it in my walk around project bag. The magnets are very cool and strong. The card made me laugh. I love the color of the yarn, I have not used bamboo in my socks so it will be a new experience.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Jacho was at the Hospital and that made every one at work run around like a chicken with it's head cut off. So I have jest not had time for many things.
I did get to go to the movies, Transformers was very good, Hairspray was way better than the first one, Die Hard had a plot sort off and No Reservations was a cute chick flick. I was able to knit during 2 of the movies. Then I for the the gusset and I was not about to try to keep track of increases in the dark.
On my Sock Pal sock I am on the heel of one and getting ready to start the pattern on the other. It is looking good. I am a little worried that it might be just a little big.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I am mostly frustrated with the whole thing. I had everything planed, work, vacation, having someone here. Now I have to do this all over. There are some good points but right now they are a little hard to see.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Well I did not finish clue 2 before clue three came out but I did not do to bad. This is at line 139. There is a row that I goofed a little. Can you see it? I am likening the pattern. I do most defiantly have to pay attention when I knit.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Well it is Monday. I called the Dr.'s office where I am getting the surgery to find out how the insurance was going. They did not have the right address for the pre-determination. So I spent 2 hours on the phone getting it. The insurance company says that they normally take 30 days to go over these things. Ummm my surgery is scheduled for 2 weeks from today. So I am a little nervous. Especially because the insurance only takes this if it is mailed in. So I do not know what is going to happen.
I can not have it latter this summer because I have to go to a school in Aug for a week and another school in Sept for a few days. I called my Mom and she calmed me down. She said that if it can not be done tis summer I can have it done the 17 of Dec because she has 3 weeks off and can come out then. This has its good points. So now I will be doing things as if it will be aproved in time but I will not stress near as much.
I promise that m next post will have knitting pics.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Make a grocery list
Clean House, this one is very important and I have alot to do. I am a clutter.
Figure out what all I am feeding people.
make a list of the tings for my Dad to fix around the house. I any have him for a week so it can not be that long.
clean out at least 1 drawer in my dresser for my Mom, she will be here for close to 4 weeks.
Friday, July 06, 2007
- What are your foot measurements? (Please give shoe size, length and circumference.)
I wear size 9 ½ shoe. My foot length is 10 inches, foot circumference is 8 ½ inches. I also have high arches.
- How long have you been knitting? How would you rate your experience? (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.)
I started knitting in March of 2006, I think that my experience is in the intermediate range.
- What is your favorite color?
Blues, Purple, Greens, jewel tones.
- Your least favorite color?
Bright neon yellows and oranges
- Do you have a favorite fiber?
Anything as long as it is superwash
- Do you have any allergies to certain fibers?
- Do you have an Amazon, or other type of, wishlist? (If so, provide the link.)
Yes, this is a book list, mostly of books that have not come out yet. I use it as a reminder.
- What techniques, if any, would you like to learn?
Not so much learn but I would like to get better at Cabling and lace work.
- Do you have a sweet tooth?
Yes, I like chocolate but do not mail any right now. It will just melt. I also like jelly beans, hard candy, black licorice. Cookies as good to, I like them cruncy.
- What are your favorite snacks?
This time of year it is fresh fruit or veggies. I go to the farmers market on Sat.
- What is your family situation? (Children, Husband, Pets...etc.)
Only my brother.
- Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Metal, plastic or wood?
I use most of the time Knit picks circulars. They are pointy.
- Besides socks, what are your favorite items to knit?
- Is there a pattern, (sock or otherwise), that you are dying to try?
Something by Cookie A.
- Do you like to read? What are you reading currently?
I read all the time. I am one of those people who have to read before I go to bed. Right now I reading Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and listening to Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce.
- Do you collect music? (On an iPod or MP3 player.) What kind of music do you listen to?
I have an Ipod. I listen to all different kinds of music, county, pop, bluegrass, Celtic. It really depends on my mood. I also listen to lots of books on my Ipod. I use audible.
- Is there anything you collect?
Clutter, not what you thinking of I am sure. Books really. I have 7 bookcases mostly full. It is not a family room it is a gaming/library.
- What are your hobbies, aside from knitting?
- Are you participating in any other swaps or knit alongs?
I am in mystery stole 3 and sockapalooza. I am almost done with the sockapalooza socks.
- Do you have a favorite scent?
Fruity or foody. I do not care for floral sents.
- When is your birthday? (You don't have to add the year if you don't want to, LOL
It is in Jan.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Mystery Stole 3
I am right now on row 83. It is going pretty good. I have found that knitting with charts is not a good idea if I am tired. I kept having to tink back. I am using 2 different bead colors. A lilac bead for the body beads, and a peacock color bead for the edging. You have until the 9th to sign up for it. Coloring the chart helps.
I am not starting to clean for my parents visit. I can not afford to have professionals do it this time. So now I have to do it, sniff sniff cry cry. They will be here late the 15th. I am planing on cooking the turkey that I have in the freezer with all the fixings. This way I have left overs for the rest of the week. Less cooking to plan for. The State Fair starts when they are here so I think that they might go. It will most likely depend on the weather.
The last one was about knitting with pencil roving. It was very cool! The net time I when to the LYS I had to find some. I found some rainbow color roving. I think that I will use it in a double strand felted bag pattern.
It is getting warmer and I do not have AC so it was warm inside by 1pm.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
1. Where is your cell phone?
3. Your hair?
5. Your sister?
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night?
8. Your favorite drink?
9. Your dream car?
10. The room you're in?
11. Your shoes?
12. Your fears?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?
14. Who did you hang out with this weekend?
15. What you're not good at?
17. One of your wish list items?
18. Where you grew up?
19. The last thing you did?
20. What are you wearing?
21. What aren't you wearing?
22. Your pet
23. Your computer?
24. Your life?
25. Your mood?
27. What are you thinking about right now?
28. Your car?
29. Your kitchen?
30. Your summer?
31. Your favorite color?
32. When is the last time you laughed?
33. Last time you cried?
This was from TamboWrites.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
I got the yarn and beads today. I am still not sure which beads I am going to use but I love the feal of the yarn. I will be using zephyr yarn in Vanilla and some beads. I do know know right now which beads I will be using my choices are White, Light Blue, Peacock, Root Beer, or Lilac. I figure that I will decide after I see the first clue.
Yaa!!! I got my scarf today and it came with the coolest stuff. I love the smell of the lotion, vanilla and the soap, I love the smell of cinnamon. It is the perfect type of tea and I am eating some of the Chocolate right now. This scarf is perfect, it is wide enough and I love the color.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
My zucchini has to blossoms! This is very cool, especially because the plant is only around 7 inches tall.
I admit that my front yard does not look all that great, but my brother and I have been digging it up. Only about a 4th is done right now but you can see that we are making an effort. When I got home tonight there was a note in my door say I need to mow my yard are they will get the city to make me do it. This annoyed me and made me mad and sad. I am like it will be done.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday was fun. A few different clubs got together and all knit in public. At the most there was 30-40 people there. The funny thing was right after I got there 2 people asked me to teach them how to make socks from the toe up. Widdershins by Brooke Chenoweth Creel is a good pattern for toe up socks, it is the pattern that I am using to make the undulating rib socks.
Then I went to a Stash Bash Yarn Sale and Swap that one of the knitting groups that I go to was holding. It was a lot of fun. I traded for some cool sock yarn and got rid of most of the cotton yarn I had. When I knit with cotton my hands start to hurt.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Nightlife and Moonshine by Rob Thurman
Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
not bad but I like her other books better.
Singing the Dogstar Blues Alison Goodman
Night Lost by Lynn Viehl
One of the better ones till the end.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Any way for the most part it was a good vacation. The only problem was the flight out. My connecting flight was though Dallis, Fort Worth on a day where it was closed in the morning due to thunder storms. We did get a flight out though, I was worried because it was air force graduation that day as well and most flights out were booked. Instead of getting to BWI at 5:20 pm my brother and I got in at 2:40 am and did not get to the hotel until 5 am.
I was up at 8:30 to go to the Natural History Museum. Well really to get my sister and her children ready to go.
Monday, May 28, 2007
When I get back I will be planting beans and more cucumbers I am not sure if I will be planing anything else. I will just have to see.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I made 2 different kinds of bread this Saturday. I changed about half of one and only kept the idea of the second one, I like the name, Chocolate Loves Vanilla Bread. Are they my recipes now? Susan's Basic White Bread I used soy milk instead of milk, butter instead of oil, less salt, white wheat flour instead of bread flour, halved the recipe and added around a half cup of cubed cheese. I also used a bread machine to mix and rise the dough. Is this enough of a difference to call it my recipe?
With the Chocolate Loves Vanilla Bread I used a different sweet bread base, one I made up years ago and used chips as well as ground chocolate. this really is a recipe that I changed everything but the name. I think that if I go with a different name I could claim it.
Anyway they came out pretty good. The cheese bread needs a little more cheese and next time I make it I am going to use whole wheat and white wheat. It came out just a little to soft.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
I got this from Waste Of Valuable Server Space.
Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting (?)
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dyeing with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I planted rhubarb in front of the house. I like rhubarb and the leaves look really cool.
Here is my garden so for this year. This is a straw bale garden, which really means that I will not have to weed. In the Wal-o-Waters is 2 cherry tomatoes and a cucumber. When I get back from my brothers weeding I will plant some green and purple beans. I am debating on planing some melons. It really depends on the weather, whether or not the growing season is long enough. First frost has been as early an the end of sept. and as late as late oct. So it is a gamble.