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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Out and About

We will be out and about starting tomorrow as we begin our holiday celebrations with family. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yarn Along 11/19/2014

 
I've actually been doing a little knitting this week.  I was inspired by the Anthropologie Group on Ravelry to try my hand at a simple project.  I absolutely loved this sweater designed by Eileen Fisher. The pattern is in the fall issue of Vogue knitting magazine

This photo is from the Vogue site and is the sweater I wanted to make -- at least in spirit.

 
Of course, I am rubbish at matching someone else's gauge.
I also didn't want to go out and buy the magazine.
So I decided to make my own "Inspired by" sweater.
 
I pulled through my stash of yarn and found some Laines Du Nord Dolly Maxi
in a soft, pearly gray I had bought some time ago.
I made my swatch and I was off and running.
I decided to go with a smaller neckline and a little less slouchy,
but the overall effect is the same.
I also used a heavy enough yarn to make a warm sweater.
 
With this weekend being a lot of up and down time and
then a full night in the ER
I managed to make this sweater in record time and all the knitting was finished in 5 days.
 
 



 
 
On the reading front --
I've been enjoying a book on CD
while I knit.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Long Weekend -- Chatter

Thank you all for the birthday wishes.  I spent Friday with my grandson and daughter and then we had a huge family dinner that night.  It was a great way to start the weekend.  Then Saturday we decided on a somewhat whim to spend the day turning the guest room into my "studio" because we rarely have out of town guests and I "more than rarely" have a project going...lol.  We did a lot of rearranging things and moving some things and I now have a start on organizing it all.  My goal for this week is to get the sewing stuff all unpacked.  I'm super excited about this!  Sunday was kind of a lazy day for us and I continued spending some time organizing things.

I was all set to post last night, but ended up spending the night in the ER with my sister.  Literally from 10PM last night until 8:30AM this morning.  Needless to say I am dragging today. They're still not sure what is wrong, but they have sent her home with meds and orders to see her doctor if she worsens.

On the upside -- daughter has been accepted to college!  We are excited and at this point we've finished everything but her orientation, which will be next Monday.  It is with mixed emotions that I celebrate with her.  I know we raise our children to go on and be competent adults and that is the goal, but I also know my little girl is growing up...and she's the last one home.  Definitely mixed emotions.

 
Typical little boy fashion --all toys out of the basket
and all boy in the basket.

After our dinner, family hanging out.  My daughter, niece, nephew and grandson.
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another Year

November 11th was my birthday and I can't believe another year has gone by.  My husband and daughter surprised me with some knitting patterns -- a few from Ravelry and then these wonderful books and an order of yarn from Knitpicks.  I got to chose the yarn
and I'm just waiting for it to arrive.
I see lots of knitting in my future!

 
Tonight we're having an extended family dinner for my birthday
because it was what worked best for everyone's schedule.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shrimp Alfredo (Partial pressure Cooker recipe)


Shrimp Alfredo (partial pressure cooker recipe)
 
1 tbsp. olive oil
8 ounces of corn spiral pasta
Several cups of raw shrimp (I prefer to remove the tails) but you can put them in with the tails
2 ½ cups of chicken broth
1 tbsp. minced garlic
 
Cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.  Quick release. Drain.
 
While that is cooking make your sauce.
8 ounces of cream cheese
¾ cup of parmesan cheese
1 stick of butter
1 cup of milk
Parsley and pepper
 
Melt butter in pan, stir in cream cheese, and add the milk and cheese. Whisk until smooth.  Heat on low heat.   Add a touch of parsley and pepper.  Stir in the pasta and shrimp.
 
 
I used gluten free corn pasta from Aldi.

 
Bulk purchased staples (Sam's Club in my area)

 
Alfredo Sauce

 
Toss it in the pressure cooker and let it do its thing.

 
Everything all mixed together.
Sorry the photo isn't better. 
It kept steaming up the camera.
.
 
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Few Projects

I guess I qualify as having project ADHD...lol...but I always have multiple projects going. This past week I worked on several things.

I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.  Check out what everyone else has been making and reading.


 
This cardigan is for my grandson.
I used leftover yarns from other projects,
but I do not have any buttons in my button stash that work.
I'll be looking for black buttons this week
and hope to use a coupon I have to get a good price.

 
I've given my windows for my stained glass project a coat of sage green
paint to help them stand out against my cream colored walls.
They were originally a creamy white and didn't  have the pop I wanted.

 
Sorry about the upside down photo.
These were some simple stamped cross stitch pieces I worked on.
I'll be using these on the table during Thanksgiving.

 
This is an afghan I am working on.
The colors aren't the greatest in this photo, but I took it at night.
This is all yarn from my stash
and is my work a few rows each day project.
 
So that's what I've been working on.
Does anyone else have any projects going?
 

 
My reads for this week came from the local library and both
were kind of mindless police
suspense type books.  I actually enjoyed reading them
at the end of my days because my mind was too tired to
concentrate on anything heavy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tortellini and Meatball Soup (Pressure Cooker Recipe)




Tortellini and Meatball Soup
(Adapted from Great Food Fast by Bob Warden)
 
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tbsp. onion powder or a small onion, sliced (I used onion powder because of one of my children.)
1/3 cup of dried celery (or 1 cup sliced celery – I used dried)
2 carrots, diced
6 cups of chicken stock or broth (I used water and bouillon)
16 ounces of frozen Italian meatballs (I used turkey)
1 bag frozen cheese tortellini
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dried basil
Salt and pepper
 
Sauté your onion and carrots (celery if you aren’t using dried).  Put everything EXCEPT tortellini and spinach in the pot.  Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.  Quick release.  Add the tortellini and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Quick release.  Stir in spinach to wilt.  (Salt and pepper to taste…I found mine didn’t need any.)
 
 
I served this as a meal with fresh bread.