Monday, November 10, 2014

Moving, Unpacking, Knitting. My World!

Oh boy has it really been THAT long since I've written to my internet friends?

I seem to be dropping the ball on this!

After moving a few times and a terrible slum-lord experience I decided to take the summer and spend it on the farm!

While there I did more gardening then knitting and had an absolute blast! It was wonderful spending that time with my family and even more wonderful seeing my daughter become closer with Oma and Opa.

Lately I've been knitting a lot of boot cuffs. If you haven't seen them before, they are these cozy little mini leg warmers that go at the top of a boot to keep the wind or snow from coming down your boot.

VERY cute. I love them.

These are a few of my favorites!







































Boot Candy Boot Cuffs














Kylie Boot Cuffs







































Leaves Boot Cuffs


Are those just the coziest looking things ever? I love them! Once I am done the order my friend made for a few pairs I am pretty sure I am going to knit a few pairs for myself!

Keep Stitching!!

Rachel

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Long time no see!

Oops! I have seemed to have neglected my blog lately! Things have been craaaaaaazy in my house!!!

Hmmmmm What have I been up to.

Not a whole to be honest, I've been doing a lot of organizing, de-stashing. But not a lot of creating going on around here!

I decided since we're sick with colds in our house I'll start a project to get my started on my Christmas knitting. Since I like to plan ahead!

I'm loving the idea of socks lately, so I am casting these on today at nap time.

Easy Peasy Socks

Source

I have already knit 1 pair of socks for my daughter, she doesn't LOVE them but I do, they are a bit big as well so hoping she will grow into them by this winter. 

Now I am off to go pick some yarn!!

Keep Stitching!!!

Rachel

Monday, February 10, 2014

Back to the Sewing Board

I've been debating for a long time what I wanted to do with my daughters baby clothes. Now that I am for sure done having babies I wanted to do something special. I also don't want to hang on to them for forever while I make up my mind!

So last week I started sorting through her clothes, humming and hawing on what I would do.

I finally decided that I would make her a memory quilt.

This will be the biggest project that I have tackled! It will be beautiful. White boarder with colorful vertical striping with all her adorable baby clothes and a matching binding.

I already started the process. It is A LOT of work but I know she will cherish this quilt and will take it with her as she grows. I hope!

It will be a double quilt, so it will be able to grow with her for a while. :)














Thursday, December 5, 2013

Vegetables and the meal time battle

The title speaks for it self.
My toddler does not like vegetables. At. All.
As a vegetable lover, its frustrating because she doesn't know what she is missing.
BUT sometimes. Mom wins the battle and I have a full happy toddler unaware that shes blissfully eaten a bowl full of vegetables.
Enter the Veggie Beef Spaghetti Sauce.
Now you all are probably saying that you've done this before and never worked. But this worked.
Here's how you do it.

Pan fried a pound of ground beef with 1 small minced onion and 2 cloves of fresh garlic and a dash of salt, pepper and soy sauce.

In a pot. Boil 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled/cubed, 2 large carrot peeled/cubed, 1 sweet pepper (red, yellow or orange doesn't matter) and 2 stalks of celery. Cook till soft.

Then blend in your blender will it is a puree adding water as needed.

Once that's done, add 1 can of tomato paste and about a 1/4-1/2 cup of ketchup.

Add cooked meat and simmer over a low-medium heat.

Add some Italian seasoning, more salt/pepper and other spices as desired. (I like to add a bit of everything and some ground ginger).

This freezes well. It tastes yummy. Not strong in the  tomato flavor but enough to trick your kiddo into thinking its just the same old sauce.

You can also blend the meat and onion if you have a wee one not ready for chunks of meat.

It was a huge hit at our house today. Enjoy!!

Rachel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

All the little things

There have been some major changes in my life lately. I won't get into the details now.
As I write this, my rambunctious two year old has planted herself on my lap and is reading a magazine. She stops and points out all the things that interest her and asks me what things are.
I've come to enjoy these little moments with her more and more as I realize she is not going to be little much longer.
It is a sad reality.
I also have been knitting a lot more. In the summer I bought yarn with the idea that I was going to knit at a sweater for her but tossed the idea when the Antler sweater I started was too small. :(
So I casted on the Marigold Slouch hat and haven't looked back. The deep plum color will look awesome with my coat and there is enough yarn to make a pair of mittens as well.
I would say I'm half done, which is a good thing because it is getting cold out!
The little things like getting to knit more, read with my daughter and stand at the windows and watch the snow fall is apart of my life now.
And I'm not complaining one bit.
I love the little things. :)

Keep stitching!

Rachel

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free Baking

Now that fall is here, this marks the start of fall baking for me!!

This means more muffins, breads, dumplings and other yummy stuff. Especially crock pot meals! MMMmmm!

Last night I had a craving for something pumpkin flavored so I searched high and low for a yummy recipe and came across this one.

My gluten free baking has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few months. They have become less grainy and dry and more fluffy, moist and gluten like.

Which is a good thing if you miss gluten like I do.

So my substitutes were to swap out cup for cup of the flour with gluten free flour and added about a teaspoon of xanthium gum.

Don't use too much or your muffins will be heavy, and slimy. No body wants that.

I would also suggest you putting your batter in a ziplock bag and cutting a hole in the bottom like a piping bag and filling your muffin cups that way. I found that they didn't fill out and up like normal muffins so they stayed in the same shape that they were in when I put them in there. So I have some wonky looking muffins!

Mine probably could also have used about 3/4 of a teaspoon but I can't complain since they taste so good!

Speaking of which, I am off to enjoy one of these muffins and a cup of tea!



Enjoy!

Rachel