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15 December 2014

podcast episode 43: Gifting the Knitting


two more pairs of fingerless mitts / gifts!
One Hour Hat, design by Eveli Kaur from Estonia / gift!
Starkfield Hat, design by me / gift!
4X4 Rib Swatch Cowl, design by Anne Featonby /gift for me!
Goldeneye Shawl, design by Taiga Hilliard / gift for me!

scarf design by me coming soon - stay tuned!

*Grinch project bag from Halcyarn on etsy
*Loop bag, beyond adorable triangle shaped zipper notions pouch in Maryushka doll fabric and darling sheep stitch markers from my Mom!
*I won knitting themed coasters from The Bookish Stitcher podcast and they arrived

1st PODIVERSARY GIVEAWAY WINNER: Donna in Melbourne, Australia!
***Merry KAL - ends December 31st
***Anne’s Imagination Cowl KAL - ends Dec 21st.

08 December 2014

French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole

That got your attention, eh? Well, it's delicious! I saw the recipe on Pinterest this morning and knew it had to be dinner tonight. Simple, quick and comfort food bliss. Leftovers too!

French Onion Chicken Noodle Casserole
1 generous package boneless, skinless chicken tenders, cooked! = 4 cups
(I sprinkled mine with kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder then cooked in olive oil in skillet before cutting up for mixture.)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
16oz container of French Onion Dip
1 cup Cheddar & Jack cheese blend, shredded
12 oz no-yolk egg noodles
1 1/2 cup crushed (in your hands) French Fried onions

Cook egg noodles according to package directions and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray pyrex 9X13" pan with cooking spray.
Combine chicken, soups, dip, and cheese in a large bowl. Stir in cooked egg noodles.
Pour mixture into prepared pan.
Top with crushed French Fried onions.

Bake for 30 minutes - yummmmm!

01 December 2014

Episode 42: tidings of knit joy


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fingerless mittens / Christmas gift / Berroco Vintage and Imperial Columbia Worsted from stash yarn / size US 7 needles

Christmas Bunting / Bunting Fit for a Queen / US size 2 needles / stash yarn

Ribbed for your Warmth Cowl / Berroco Vintage, Impeccable Solids / size 8 US needle

Firefly Chai by Kati Mohr - gift - thank you, Cara!
Little Colonnade by Stephen West - gift - thank you, Julie!
Stella by Janina Kallio - purchased!
Invisibility Cloak by Daniela Richardson - purchased! - co-host of Caffeinated Knitting Podcast

***300 Member Giveaway WINNER  ... daniGIRLCO - Dani in Colorado

1st PODIVERSARY GIVEAWAY - ends December 9th
Question to enter: 
Please tell me what is your favorite food!

Winner will be chosen at random.
Enter ONCE for your chance to win the following Jane Austen treasures AND yarn:
:: Sense & Sensibility tote bag 
:: Jane Austen bookmark 
:: Jane Austen blank note cards 
:: skein Socks that Rock yarn, colorway Sky Blue
Merry KAL - closes December 31st
:: 560 yards Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein in colorway Zombie Prom made in USA, 100% superwash Merino :: Drawstring Project Bag, donated by halcyarn on etsy :: FLOW magazine
Anne’s Imagination Cowl KAL - closes Dec 21st.
$25 Etsy gift certificate
$7 or under Ravelry pattern of your choice


::music credit Angels we Have Heard on High, sung by The Indigo Girls

28 November 2014

still thankful

The day after Thanksgiving. 

Mom made the best-ever turkey yesterday. It was delicious. I took pecan pie and was pleased after never having made one before, that it was well received and really, really good. My sister in law made a cheesecake with a sour cream topping which was to-die-for and I enjoyed a piece for my breakfast late morning. The dining room table was so festive; mom always does such a lovely job at making it cozy and inviting. Here was my place setting. In the sweet bag were crack-yourself-nuts and candies! 

And today, my day began with Ravelry, knitting, and tea. Oh and several headache pills because I was migraine-stricken in the night but thankfully, am doing soooooooo much better now. Blessings abound.

25 November 2014

2 days till ..

It's beginning to look a lot like ... Thanksgiving! 

Rumor has it that my mom has purchased the turkey for our family's feast on Thursday. This makes my husband soooooooooo content. Just the knowing that it's oven-countdown is fast approaching! I'm making pecan pie as well as mashed potatoes because said husband can't have Thanksgiving without it. When I was growing up, we'd have baked mashed sweet potatoes mixed with brown sugar & orange juice topped with marshmallows. Can you guess which was my favorite part? :) So, we didn't have mashed potatoes that I remember and that soon changed when I got married to my New Englander guy, who deems it a traditional side dish. We all have our own traditions and warm cozy feelings of nostalgia, don't we? Did you listen to yesterday's podcast episode's ending thought?

While making my grocery store list for pie ingredients and such, I was re-acquainted with one of my cookbooks called Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie. Mom gifted the book, autographed, to me in 2005 when she was at Plimoth Plantation. The cookbook is such a treasure trove for the history-loving foodie; it's filled with recipes from earlier times and converted to modern kitchen know-how. There are many familiar Thanksgiving recipes like Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie and Classic Karo Pecan Pie!! If you enjoy collecting cookbooks and love holiday foods, then you must get this book.

Did you know?
"There was not a single eating fork to be found in Plymouth in 1621. Both the English and the Wampanoag People ate with knives, spoons, and fingers. Knives were used both to cut and to convey 'gobbets' or morsels to the mouth. In New England, no eating forks have been found on any archaeological sites predating the early 1700s, and significant numbers don't appear until a few decades later." 

"Sarah Joseph Buell Hale was born in New Hampshire in October 1788. Mrs. Hale lobbied hard from 1847 through 1863 to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday. New Englanders and their descendants, wherever they settled, tended to observe an annual Thanksgiving. Mrs. Hale felt that the celebration brought out the best in people, and possibly under the influence of her own fond recollections of the day and a rising awareness of America's uniqueness, she began to advocate a national observance."
-Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie by Kathleen Curtin, Sandra L. Oliver, and Plimoth Plantation

24 November 2014

podcast episode 41: thanks-giving

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1 year Podiversary GIVEAWAY - thread open on The Sampler Girl group on Ravelry / prizes!! (donated by a lovely podcast listener) from Jane Austen's House Museum: Sense & Sensibility tote bag, Jane Austen bookmark, Jane Austen blank note cards, and 1 skein medium weight Socks that Rock yarn, colorway Sky Blue / enter to win! - ends Dec 9th

Sockhead Hat
Starkfield Hat ~ my design!
Boot Cuffs ~ simple pattern notes on my Ravelry project page
My First Fingerless Mittens

Gilbert's Scarf
Raspberry Cordial Shawl (no 3!) ~ my design!

300 Member Giveaway
Merry KAL
Anne's Imagination Cowl KAL

Holiday Traditions / excerpt from Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach shared & read

*Music Credit: Ingrid Michaelson, Over the Rainbow