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Hats Off to January, 2010~ January 28, 2010

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I finally got a pic of my hat, and finalized the WIP~

Ta-DA!
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It was so easy, I’m already thinking I’ll make the girls each one. I’ve started a 2nd one tonight, while Hunters blanket is drying, and will send his Birthday Blanket out tomorrow~

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This was so easy, I’m already thinking I’ll make the girls each one. I’ve started a 2nd one tonight, while Hunters blanket is drying, and will send his Birthday Blanket out when the first of 3 hats is completed. I feel like I’m running the gauntlet,  as each time I begin a Gift project, my time is already run short~ I’ll keep plurking along until they are done,  and we’ll begin all over again.  The hourglass keeps spinning…

back to knittin~check ya laters!
Sandra

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Super Bowl Recipe Blitz Continues : Spinach Artichoke Dip January 22, 2010

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 1 can Artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup chopped frozen spinach, thawed
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste

Place the spinach and artichoke hearts in a saucepan, with enough liquid to just cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain.
In a separate saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil until the garlic is just translucent. Add the cream cheese and stir to a paste. Add the spinach, artichoke and seasonings, mixing well.

Pour dip into a serving bowl in the middle of a serving tray, then arrange corn chips, toasted garlic rye cocktail slices  and crackers around.  Then step away from the platter before you are flattened by the stampede!

Planning Ahead for The Super Bowl ~ Sausage Cheese Balls January 22, 2010

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DH and I began thinking about what we’ll be serving this year for Super Bowl Sunday.
Here’s the line-up:

Sausage Cheese Balls
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Antipasto deli tray
Assorted cocktail toasts, crackers and chips

Sausage Cheese Balls

Betty Crocker and Bisquick® present:
Sausage-Cheese Balls

Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 45 min
Makes: About 8 1/2 dozen cheese balls

3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease bottom and sides of  cake pan or cookie sheet.

2. Stir together all ingredients, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place in pan.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) Heat oven to 375ºF. Decrease Bisquick to 2 1/2 cups; stir in 1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.

Do-Ahead Tip

Want to make these Yummy cheese balls ahead? You can:

~ Cover and refrigerate unbaked balls up to 24 hours. Bake as directed.
~ Cover and freeze unbaked balls up to 1 month. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brown.

~ Bake as directed; cover and freeze up to 1 month. Heat oven to 350ºF. Place frozen balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until heated through.

~Bake as directed; cover and freeze up to 1 month. Place 6 frozen balls on microwavable plate. Loosely cover with waxed paper. Microwave on High 45 seconds to 1 minute or until heated through.

The best part, you don’t need to cook the sausage before using it when making this recipe!

DH suggested we have  Spinach Artichoke Dip with Garlic cocktail toasts, and a nice antipasto tray complete with Riga-Tony’s salami, real fresh mozzarella, olives and assorted condiments.  I’m going to sneak the Cheese Balls in because he’s not big on Bisquick-type recipes, but I know he’ll enjoy these~

Cami’s Books: Book Giveaway – Counting the Cost by Liz Adair January 19, 2010

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Book Giveaway – Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

Set in Depression-era southwest, award-winning novel Counting the Cost is about Heck Benham, a handsome, hard-riding cowboy, who sees his life turned upside down when Mrs. Ruth Reynolds moves from back east into Heck’s homeland. Ruth and Heck challenge the social rules of provincial New Mexico as they fall in love. That love is challenged as she faces the reality of living as a cowboy’s wife and he finds he must choose between her and the life he loves. This riveting story of choices, consequences, and the cost of redemption rings true because it’s based on the lives of Liz Adair’s ancestors. In fact, the pictures on the cover are of the people whose lives are shadowed in the book.

Book Trailer – Counting the Cost

http://www.sezlizadair.blogspot.com

http://www.lizadair.net

via Cami’s Books: Book Giveaway – Counting the Cost by Liz Adair.

Knitting Techniques : The I-Cord January 19, 2010

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The Knitted I-cord: “I” is for “Ingenious”

The venerable Elizabeth Zimmerman rediscovered and named the I-cord (the I-cord, called a “stay lace,” was mentioned in Victorian needlework manuals). The “I” stands for “idiot” because Ms. Zimmerman thought the technique was so simple anyone could do it.
The I-cord is simply a tube knitted in the round with two double-pointed needles (I’ve done it with a long circular needle, too).

I-cordThe I-cord is one of those things in knitting that is endlessly useful. The technique is somewhat idiot-proof, once you get the hang of it, and it’s also really mindless knitting—the I-cord is something to do in front of the TV or with a good audio book on board for sure!

Here’s a quickie tutorial:

With a double-pointed needle, cast on the desired number of stitches, 3 is a good number. *Without turning the needle, slide the stitches to other end of the needle, pull the yarn around the back, and knit the stitches as usual; repeat from * for desired length.

(The illustration above shows knitting the stitches after you’ve slid the them to the other end of the needle.)

Here’s a really easy Vickie Howell video tutorial (check out her way-cool tatt on her arm!):

I’ve worked a short I-Cord, as a real illustration. I’m a Lefty Knitter, so it’s going to be opposite of what the above illustration shows, but I tried to duplicate it as closely as possible; you get the idea.

I-Cord

These are great for making a tie for a poncho, eyelet closure for a knitted blouse (stay lacing) or strings for a cap.

Reminds me of my elementary school days when I first learned how to make a Daisy Chain with dandelions 🙂

Look out, Danica, there’s a New Indy 500 Champ on the Horizon! January 16, 2010

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Just a quick update on Baby Girl, with a new picture to share~

The Kiddo is going to be 1 year old in about 4 weeks, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone since I last got to hold her, new from the hospital.That was the longest 2 months of my entire life, until they were able to release her and I could make the trip south to finally get to see and hold her.

Zooom, Baby!

She is just about the cutest little thing, always has a smile on her face!

Watching the Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Playoffs. I’m fannin the Colts,and they are charging ahead, 17- 3 in the 3rd quarter… OMG. RAVENS INTERCEPT A THROW, RUN FOR 40, TACKLED AND FUMBLE>>>COLTS POSSESSION!

I’m nearing the end of the 3rd Woodland Lace Doily-this time it’s for D. I should just do the entire alphabet, LOL!

A few weeks ago, I ran out of the green just 9 dtb’s from the last green row, and was lucky enough to get the last ball at WalMart yesterday-same dye lot even, and I bought the original ball back last Summer~

I love this color, and plan to make one for myself next.

Woodland Ferns and Lace Doily

Pattern from South Maid Book 364, Special Doilies For Special Times

Back tothe Playoffs,

Laterz~

The Secret Window~ January 15, 2010

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Omigosh, is that the house on Watson Wy? :=) I know that house!!!

WOW, that was a surprise!  What were the chances this picture would get recognition?



Me and Mom, 2002

That was the last time I got to hold Mom.

I had just moved to Wisconsin, ready to pick up the pieces of my shattered life,  when I got the call. Dad was seriously ill and in the hospital, and I needed to go back home to take care of Mom~ and my world fell apart all over again.

You see, Mom had Alzheimer’s and Dad had been caring for her for the last several years before anyone even knew what was happening. Oh, I’d get the “we don’t want you to worry…”,  but those words alone were enough to drive me crazy with worry. But I was a million miles away, raising 2 little ones, and 2 teenagers.

I had no idea how bad things were, or the things he’d had to resort to, to keep her out of trouble. He had to unplug the microwave every night, so when Mom got up in the morning for her routine muffin treat for breakfast, she wouldn’t burn down the house. The last muffin Mom attempted to heat, was set for 4o minutes-about 39 too many. The smoldering remnants were tossed unceremoniously in the trash can out back.

I remember thinking how sketchy her letters had become, then they just stopped. She would tell me on the phone, she couldn’t quite put things down to words, and I would tell her  it was ok, I’d rather talk with her anyway. Then dad told me about the time she insisted something was wrong with her Singer 2010 sewing machine. It was one of the first electronic sewing machines, and Mom loved her sewing, made all her own clothes for years.
Nothing was ever wrong with the sewing machine; Mom had simply forgotten how to operate it. How frustrating she must have become, especially when the repairman told her 3 times,  there was nothing he could do… so she quit sewing, altogether. She loved to read her romance novels, but those too, were gathering dust on the shelf.

Dad had taken all the knobs off the range top, too. They were put out of reach in the cabinet, alongside the remains of seasoning packets that had gone out-dated many years before.

Dad came home from the hospital just 3 days after I flew in. He spent his remaining 5 days in a hospital bed, in the living room. I stayed with him  and we watched the Giants almost win the Pennant that year. When they lost, I saw the light go out in his eyes, then he settled back to complete his final journey. We spent the next couple days in each other’s company, neither of us speaking much, just happy to be together again. Most of the day, he just stared at the painting  of an Italian Villa on the wall above the T.V. Mom bought the painting when Dad was stationed in Germany, and although I don’t remember where she bought it, I remember the Street Painter and the day she picked it out.

I imagine Dad was taking his mind back to the home of his father and family, back to Italy.

Sometimes I can almost see him there in the painting,  now hanging in the Guest bedroom. I feel I’m still close to him in that way.

Think I’ll go upstairs and sit a while~

G’night.


a doily I made for Mom, in her favorite colors~

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb January 14, 2010

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the most odd movie, but a classic!

Current Mood: Organize (pattern books) NOW!

I want to get all my knit and crochet patterns together in a file cabinet, in hanging folders. Maybe there will be room in the bottom drawer for WIPS, and sock yarn.

Currently, I am using a file cabinet as a mouse table next to my computer, it sits between my chair and Mike’s. Since I always bring my knitting to work with me, I would love to have everything right here at my fingertips~ when I print off a pattern, I can just pop it in a clear page protector, and drop in the top drawer. Most of my patterns are in flat plastic storage boxes, but the lids are getting brittle from age, and they are all collapsing in on themselves…

I’m always searching through volumes of booklets, printouts, leaflets, and books, for this or that doily, sock or whatever. Like just now. I had to find a sock pattern for a fellow knitter, and after tearing the Guest Bedroom apart, I finally found it, in a binder beside my side of the sofa where I knit on Sunday’s. I almost forgot that was there!

Yes, Virginia, it’s time to ORGANIZE!

Back to my movie, blog ya latrz!

S~

HAITI RELIEF LINKS January 14, 2010

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You can make a difference.

On Tuesday, January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the capitol, affecting millions of people.

Here are a few ways you can support the recovery efforts and help victims rebuild their lives and communities:

You can make cash and in-kind donations on the following sites:

Doctors Without Borders
Red Cross, UNICEF (1-800-4UNICEF)
Direct Relief, Yele Haiti
Partners in Health

World Food Program, Mercy Corps (1-888-256-1900)
Save the Children
Lambi Fund
The International Rescue Committee
Care

The following organizations are accepting SMS text message donations in the US only (which will be added to your phone bill):

  • In your SMS text, type message “HAITI” and send to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. * you will receive a confirmation if your SMS text is successfully sent.
  • In your SMS text, type message “YELE” and send to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts

If you would like to donate more, please visit one of the above sites.

Our prayers go out to every single Soul who is affected by this tragedy.

Hinááh bee atiingóó éí naashá
On the Trail of Life, I walk in beauty
Nizhóní naashá
In Harmony I exist, I walk in beauty

Memories are made at The Pontiac Plant ~ January 14, 2010

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I have a tendency to look back more often, these days. The holidays will do that to you.  We miss the people who are no longer with us, and wish we could share our joys and sorrows with them.
They probably would prefer we didn’t~ raising kids is a hair-raising experience. They make your hair turn gray, furrowed brows, crows-feet and lipstick bleed lines.

That’s why I don’t wear lipstick-that, and it’s so pretentious, and messy.

I used to do lot’s of things I don’t do anymore. Like wear skirts, and hairspray. Both of those things went flying out the window about 15 years ago. I let my hair down and like it that way. Sorry, Mom, but yes, it’s long now and going to get longer before it’s over. I still love you and I miss you bunches…

my Graduation present : ’60 Pontiac Tempest

I can almost feel the heat coming off the stucco walls~Look! an open window-maybe I can peek inside and things will be just like they were back then……c’mon, jump in my car and let’s take a ride down Memory Lane,  go have a  look!