Hostess of The Sampler Girl Podcast ... Here I journal about my knitting bliss, what's on & off the needles, life raising 2 boys, making good eats and finding God's mercies every morning. Tea, yoga, and dark chocolate make it ALL sweet.

28 October 2014

Grace kitty

It's hard to believe but Miss Grace has been with us 5 months already! It seems as if she's always been a part of the family. She is so precious and my little shadow. Pleased to say she follows me around everywhere I go in the house and is quite the little love bug. She's 1yr, 5 months old and quite settled in to her cozy digs here. Grace is most affectionate and loveable to all of us; she's super gentle and so patient with my 7yr old who pets her over and over and over in her face. She loves the love. 

This picture above was taken as she spotted nothing on the wall and drew it to my attention. Then she went back to an evening snooze. Yarn, and especially moving yarn passing from one knitting needle to the next, fascinates her and she will pop that paw toward it if given the chance however if I say, No!, she stops and that's that. She'll cram her whole self wedged up next to me and then I can't move, for hours. How can I? Love her.

25 October 2014

podcast episode 38: (Video) Mom joins me for yarn talk!

This week's episode is very special ... The Sampler Girl Podcast went on location ... to my mom's house! My mom, Lucy Willis, is my guest today -- tune in for knitting talk, and more!, fun.

me - bzmama on Instagram / tanyamarie on Ravelry / the sampler girl on Twitter & Facebook
mom - lucysyarnpocket on Instagram / LucyLW on Ravelry

The Sampler Girl Podcast Group on Ravelry - be a member to join in the fun!
Merry KAL - thru Dec 31st
Socktoberfest KAL - thru Oct 31st
Sampler Book GIVEAWAY - ends Oct 31st
Anne's Imagination Cowl KAL - Dec 21st

Tanya was wearing her Triangle Kerchief/Shawlette
Lucy was wearing her Tan House Brook Shawl

Mom's Wips
Knitting Class Project, Purse by Jane Crowfoot / Rowan Yarns
Zack's Christmas Scarf, yarn by Wool Sundae Yarn Parlour, Mint Chip Fingering
Vedbaek, Shetland Wool, Charcoal colorway, from Island Wool Co.

Mom's FOs
Sock Class, turkish heel construction - Neighborhood Fiber Co, Worsted, Columbus Circle

Tanya's Wips
+ my shawl design - stay tuned!!

Tanya's FOs

Other mentions and Shout Outs!
Atomic Knitting Co in Wales (Matryushka stitch markers)
Wys signature Yarn
Eden Cottage Yarn
Voolenvine Yarns

Disa of Disacraftworks Podcast
Cara of Knit All the Things Podcast
Brianne and Linda of Knitworthy Podcast
James of The Dancing Geek Podcast
Kay and Dan of The Bakery Bears Podcast
Jeanette of The Bookish Stitcher Podcast
Sarah of Fiber Trek
Sjomajin's Podcast
Arena Travel - Stitchtopia (Mom's cruise to Norway / Rowan yarns)

22 October 2014

Are you hungry?

Then you might want to try making this for dinner! It's soooooooooo good. You'll thank me. Really. AND it makes enough for leftovers. 

Spaghetti Pie
1 1/2 pound ground beef
1 (24 oz jar + a few oz from another) Marinara pasta sauce
1 box spaghetti, cooked
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
2 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a deep 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Brown ground beef in skillet, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until the meat is cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and drain the excess grease, if any. Add pasta sauce to meat and set aside (no need to heat sauce).
Place cooked spaghetti in baking dish and sprinkle Parmesan evenly over the top.
In a small bowl whisk eggs and add cream, milk, garlic salt, to combine.
Pour egg mixture over the Parmesan and noodles.
Pour meat sauce over the top and spread evenly if needed, then sprinkle with mozzarella.
Bake 45-50 minutes until cheese browns and sauce bubbles. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

21 October 2014

podcast episode 37: knitting weather, knit a longs, and graffiti Grace

Whoooooosh! The Autumn days have swept on by and finally I snatched some time to podcast an episode this morning. Hope you enjoy listening.

bzmama on Instagram
tanyamare on Ravelry
The Sampler Girl on Facebook
thesamplergirl on Twitter
the sampler girl on YouTube - a few video clips here

Anne's Imagination Cowl + KAL in The Sampler Girl Podcast group on Ravelry ... enter to win prizes! / design worked in Jill Makes Stuff Windham worsted, colorway Lichen / 220 yards / size US 7 needles .. inspired by Anne of Green Gables' imagination! Free pattern until Dec 1st and then it becomes paid pattern. 

Sockheat Hat / KnitsomniacDesigns Sleepy Sock yarn, size US 4 needles / did 4" of ribbed brim and 5" of stockinette before decreasing

Hedgehog Washcloth, size US 6 needles / Plymouth Yarn Jeannee Worsted Cotton & Acrylic blend, colorway #0020

my shawl design - stay tuned!

Join The Sampler Girl Podcast Group on Ravelry and participate in knit a longs and fun, fun fun!

SockToberfest KAL runs thru Oct 31 / prize 2 skeins Sock Hop by Dancing Leaf Farm Fingering colorway Polar Vortex, 373 yards each skein

Merry KAL runs thru Dec 31 / prize Miss Babs Yowza Zombie Prom colorway, 560 yards

Simply Samplers GIVEAWAY ends Oct 31 / enter to win this book!

Graffiti Grace, excerpt read from Ann Voskamp's book 1000 Gifts Devotional

*Music Credit: Jim Reeves, May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You

15 October 2014

Fall good eats

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
1 package thinned, skinless, boneless chicken breasts 
sliced Baby Swiss Cheese, 1 slice per chicken breast
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cup Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place chicken in a 9X13 pyrex baking dish. Top with slices of cheese. In a bowl, mix together the soup and broth. Pour/spread this mixture over cheese-d chicken layer. In another bowl, mix together stuffing and melted butter. Spread this mixture on top of soup mixture.

Bake for 45 minutes.

**I served ours with green beans and drop biscuits ... with a side of apple butter!
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Another good eat I prepared recently ...

Crockpot Taco Bake (a Fall family favorite)
1 lb ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 cup water
1 package low-sodium taco seasoning 
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
2 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce, no salt added
1 can black beans, drained 
1 (8-oz) box pasta / bowtie or shell macaroni works well

On a medium heat, add olive oil to a skillet and brown ground meat in skillet with onion. Drain.
Add the water, seasoning packet, drained can of black beans, can diced tomato and cans of tomato sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes. 

Stir in pasta and transfer to crockpot. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours. During the last 1/2 hour, sprinkle 2 cups shredded colby jack (or your desired type) cheese).

**I serve ours with tortilla chips or corn casserole ... depending on what the whim is. Good for leftovers!

Happy Wednesday!

02 October 2014

podcast episode 36: Sock-Toberfest + Needlework Book Review/GIVEAWAY!

bzmama on IG
tanyamarie on ravelry 
The Sampler Girl on Facebook
thesamplergirl on Twitter
the sampler girl on YouTube - a few video episodes there


Anne of Green Gables inspired design of mine ... stay tuned!

*200 member GIVEAWAY ... winner is ... listen in!
*OUTLANDER KAL - winner is ... listen in!

Join The Sampler Girl Group on Ravelry to participate

Simply Samplers: Easy Techniques for Hand Embroidery by Cheryl Fall, copyright 2014 / enter for a chance to win the book now through Oct 31! Thread on The Sampler Girl group on Ravelry.

*Music Credit: Ingrid Michaelson, Over the Rainbow

30 September 2014

podcast episode 35.6: Part 1 & 2 / KAL update ... joining in the #annealong

Show Notes!
bzmama on Instagram
The Sampler Girl on Facebook
thesamplergirl on Twitter
tanyamarie on Ravelry

This episode is in 2 parts - the first updates you on the current KAL going on in The Sampler Girl Ravelry Group: Outlander KAL that ends at Midnight EST tonight!! Prize: 2 skeins of yummy Outlander inspired yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings

And the second shares with you some of my Anne of Green Gables affection and the current KAL going on in little skein in the big wool's Ravelry group - pattern of Anne inspired shawl by Paula of Knitting Pipeline podcast. This was my view getting ready to record. Oh I love Ann with an E!

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Happy Tuesday!