Monday, January 31, 2011

A good needle-workin' gal always has a tapestry needle with her.

P.S. My white angora sweater shed all over my black skirt. Will not pair those two again!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Tonight I made my great-grandmother's potato-rivlet soup recipe and it is ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmazing! Perfect for a cold night and so flavourful despite the minimum amount of ingredients and time. (Hers does not have garlic, but I am a garlic fiend!)

What you will need: 3 potatoes, garlic, 1 onion, flour, 1 can of corn, (or 1 ear of fresh kernels cut off), bacon (what you have or what you like) 1 egg, milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper.

Chop & dice 1 onion, garlic (however much you like), & 3 peeled potatoes.

Sauté the onion until translucent, and sauté the garlic briefly after. Add a Tablespoon of flour and cook even less than the garlic. (about 1 min) Add: 1 cup of chicken broth, 2 cups of milk, the diced potatoes, and the corn. Bring to a boil, and while that cooks for 5 minutes make the rivlets:

3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 tsp. of salt, and 1 egg. Mix it up, and drop gumball-sized lumps into boiling liquid. (I found it was very powdery so I add to 'form' rivlets with my hands) Cool it all on a simmer for 10 - 15 more mins. While cooking, cook up bacon however you'd like and right before serving crumble it in, and add salt and pepper to taste. If liquid gets lower than you'd like, feel free to add more milk and/or chicken broth. You can also add evaporated milk or heavy cream at the end if you'd like.

Mmmm! So simple and only takes 15 - 20 mins.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dinner tonight!

Tonight for dinner, we made sliders! The bread was homemade.

For our side, I decided to try tomato basil soup as I looove it, and my plain tomato soup is lacking.

The basil is home grown, and it was amazing! This is my tomato soup from now on.

Then, we watched 'Big Fish' and ate Neely's BBQ Popcorn:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dinner that I nearly lost my finger over...

But everything sans the pasta is homemade, and two ingredients are home grown! So... YAY! Well worth it :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Helper Elves...

Sometimes a knitter gets tired, and needs a little help; that's when animal training comes in handy...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What I made for my sister on her birthday...

Today is my sister's birthday and I made her some things!

I made my sister some mitts that I thought she would enjoy as she is a singer.

They're not perfect, but they are my first stranded colourwork attempt, and I'm proud.

I also baked her some of my lemon-almond poppyseed bread, which she loves:

It's complex so I don't make it too often. It has almond extract as well as lemon zest; it's also covered with an orange juice glaze on top. It's more like a cake than bread! lol

Speaking of cake, I made her red velvet cupcakes for her cake -- everything made from scratch:

And I tried a failed attempt at hershey's kisses inside the cupcakes. Note to self, when cupcakes have cream cheese frosting and need to be refrigerated, kisses inside solidify.

Oh well... they still taste good!


Monday, January 10, 2011


I've always wanted ivy growing on my walls, but for now sweet potato vines will have to do.

Publish Post

Sunday, January 2, 2011

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The hat I'm knitting now will be named: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May