Thursday, March 5, 2015

Brain Tumor Surprise

Well, If you think I have fallen off the map,  you are right.  You see, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, had a craniotomy for partial resection and now am undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.  The outlook is  good, but face it, brain tumor is never good news...  I will write more later, but that is where I've been. Prayers appreciated.

And yes, I have been knitting, though with challenges.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Favorite Kitchen Tool

With fall here and the polar vortex approaching, my favorite tool will come into play more and more. The Fagor  3 in 1 Multicooker is so handy. I love that I can brown in this, then switch to crockpot or pressure cooking mode, eliminating extra dishes.  It has so many uses and takes up hardly any room, replacing other items in my kitchen. My crockpot and rice cooker have been relegated to the basement.

We have been purchasing grassfed beef from an Amish Farmer and have loved the tenderizing method of pressure cooking. Dried beans can soak quickly and cook to perfection in much less time. Our grandmothers have been using pressure cookers a long time, but the new ones on the market are so much safer. I love that I can cook things that would normally take hours in in under an hour!  It is such a time saver.

I use the rice cooker mode for any rice and even quinoa.

Pinterest is a great place to search recipes for your pressure cooker.

It's time to get ready for winter!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Rest at Murphin Ridge

My husband and I had a great getaway at a quiet bed and breakfast in the heart of an Amish Community. I read an entire book and knitted to my heart's content.  It was a perfect time away.

“After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth...The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” 
― Elizabeth George SpeareThe Witch of Blackbird Pond

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fiddlehead Mittens

It's been a long time since I posted any knitting projects.  There has been some activity but it has been peppered with the birth of a new grandchild, travels to visit children and getting my home in order.
These mittens, however make up for any lapse.  As a lover of delft and anything blue and white, these hit my sweet spot. They are for my daughter and I'm hoping they serve her well as it is reported that the Polar Vortex will be here again all winter.

Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Light
2 skeins blue
1 skein ivory
Size 3 needles

The lining is attached to the icord cast on as shown. Another mitten is basically knitted and then turned inside. Very warm indeed!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Until That Day Comes

I don't know about you, but I need hope. This song. Listen.

Someday, I will show you what I've been knitting. This year is getting away from me but I will be back.

Friday, February 21, 2014


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