Showing posts from April, 2016

At the Finish Line

I'm finally coming close to finishing my boyfriend style sweater. The design is by Versaciknits and it's called Pour Moi (for me in french). I chose this pattern because it's similar to just about every sweater in my closet. It covers everything I like to cover and is the most flattering style for my shape. The sweater on the cover of the pattern was knitted in Madelinetosh Sport, which is 100% superwash merino. Since this is the first adult sweater I've ever knitted, I felt the investment in Mad Tosh was a risk I wasn't willing to take. I've got a few unfinished sweaters sitting in bags in my closet, so this attempt was likely to meet a similar fate. I started this project more than a year ago. And it sat. And sat. And sat some more. Then my daughter decided to take up knitting. Now, this was a dream come true. I've always hoped we'd have an activity we could enjoy together. We both like to garden and I've suggested we weed my garden together. She …

Mom's Machine

So my mother's sewing machine is set up in my sewing room/spare bedroom. Nicole from the podcast "Hue Loco" offered up a pattern and tutorial on her blog for a "Holiday Project Bag". So I bought a yard of daisy fabric, a yard of yellow "bee" fabric, a 12" zipper and some light weight interfacing. The first attempt didn't even resemble a knitting project bag. The second try went better. My daughter was thrilled as she was carrying her shawl project in a plastic ziplock bag. Cute and practical. I'm going to change-up the pattern and make the bag larger in the future. Something this fiddly shouldn't be so small.
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Glad to be Grilling Again

You're absolutely right. This is not Lemon Grilled chicken. It's a lovely, pink rose (my favorite color rose) that's sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. 

But let me tell you about Lemon Grilled Chicken. It's delicious and easy to make but it's not as pretty as a rose. I'm going to explain how to prepare it for yourself. It's healthy and quick and you'll want to make it every week all summer. Here goes...
I like to start with boneless, skinless organic chicken. You still get a nice moist meat without the grill flaring and flashing back at you. And there's less fat so there are fewer calories. Even if you don't care for dark meat, try this recipe. The lemon lightens it up.
I grill 6 boneless thighs for 3 of us. Put a food storage bag in a bowl to stand it up. In goes the juice of one lemon, a few grinds of sea salt and pepper, either fresh or dried Rosemary - about a half teaspoon of it or a tablespoon of fresh, chopped. Then add a couple …