Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
2 C. flakes of bran cereal (I say flakes of bran because I buy a store brand... cheaper)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I have a beautiful baby girl who is gracefully (by day) cutting 7 teeth, three of which are molars, OWWWWW... By night she is not coping quite as well. I am up with her 3-4 times a night; although I must thank my husband... last night he stayed up all night getting ready for night shifts, he bottle fed her... but she still wanted mommy cuddles. I physically didn't have to get out of bed to get her, he brought her to me. I feel a little more rested today than I have in about a week... ahhhhhhh, thanks hun ;)
Today is a different story, fevery boy cuddling with some buddies on the couch watching cartoons... I think he's okay... and is quite enjoying all of the tv time... this is a rare treat... tv is usually left for when mommy is getting dinner prepared... usually! I have been known at times to use the tv as a distraction so that I can get some stuff done around the house.... and I don't feel guilty about it either. We all need our mental-health moments.... my mental breaks involve me, baskets of laundry, sunlight and borax. I seem to be able to clear my head when I'm doing the laundry, sometimes these are epiphany moments for me... anyone else like that?
Anyway.... I do plan on getting to the corking project today... it's going to be some kind of free-form, organically-shaped scarf... yeah, I know, makes no sense at all... just like me :)
Sunday, January 10, 2010
What is it???
It's a corker.
Remember back to when you were a little girl just emerging on the crafty-yarn scene? I do. This was my first introduction to anything to do with the knitting world. It's a little tool that lets you create loooooooong knit-stitched wormy tubes that you can coil into hot pads, throw rugs or anything else your crafty little mind can think up.
This particular corker is only about 8-10 years old, I can't quite remember exactly when I purchased it, but I do know I purchased it through a Regal catalogue for like 6 dollars. The corkers I remember from my childhood were plastic as well, but much smaller than this one. The one in the picture is a jumbo corker, meant for use with chunky yarn. I've also seen much-much older corkers made of wood with metal or nail pegs.
I found mine yesterday, nicely tucked away in it's original unopened package, at the bottom of my yarn bin. I've pushed it aside for the past, well, 8-10 years, and just yesterday, while looking for something new to craft, I decided it was time to break it out. I also found the yarn, a nice fall-ish coloured variegated soft acrylic, in the yarn bin.
I spent every spare second I had yesterday with my corker in hand... mind you, every spare second in my world doesn't really amount to much time at all. Sooooo, between changing diapers, readying snacks, playing with three babes, throwing on a load or 5 of laundry, yada-yada-yada, blah-blah-blah... I managed to cork a worm that measures about 2 metres in length....phew!
Now! What does one do with a 2 metre long knitted worm, you ask? Well, let me tell you....I spend every spare second today, and the next day, and possibly the next day adding more metres onto what I've already got in hopes of getting enough out of the probably-discontinued skein of yarn that I'm using, to hopefully end up with something useful so my scarce spare seconds aren't completely wasted.... wow! say all of that 10 times fast!
But, seriously, I have something special in mind for the yarny worm, maybe for me or a friend.... and I'm quite excited to see the finished product.... stay tuned for a picture of the wormy masterpiece, lol ;)
Thursday, January 7, 2010
My wonderful husband gave me the best mini muffin tin for Christmas... it's a Wilton Elite non-stick dark muffin tin.... I LOVE IT! It makes 24 beautiful mini muffins that release from the pan wonderfully. I adapted my pumpkin spice muffins, I ran out of pumpkin, and made apple oatmeal spice instead... all three babes loved them (I say loved as there are only a few left from a batch of 24).
Here's the recipe.... try it and tell me what you think....
Oh! Sorry, I didn't take pictures... but trust me... they were the cutest little guys!
Apple Oatmeal Spice Muffins
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. oil
1 c. unsweetened applesauce (I used 2 motts unsweetened applesauce cups, the lunchbox size)
1/4 c. water
1-1/4 c. flour (I use a blend of white and whole wheat, but you can use what you prefer)
1/4 c. oatmeal
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and prepare your pan with liners or grease if you don't have a fantastic pan like me ;)
I generally like one bowl recipes... less mess... sooo, first mix all of your wet ingredients together very well with a fork, then sift your dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients. I think this is the most important step as it ensures there are no lumpys in your baking powder or soda. If you don't have a sifter, then I do recommend that you mix your dry ingredients in a separate bowl with a wisk or fork to break up the lumpys.
Mix everything together just until the dry ingredients are moist and there are no visible floury bits... don't over mix, you may end up with very tough muffins :(
Spoon into your muffin pan... I almost fill mine to the top as these are muffin tops that I really don't mind bulging, if you get what I mean... wink-wink! Bake until you can just start to smell them, open the oven door and press your finger in the middle of one... if it spring back up, it's done... if it doesn't, it's not, bake a minute more then test again. They will be a little golden when done. I'm sorry but I generally don't use baking times... I tend to do the spring and smell tests. And! Every oven is different, mine cooks very hot and very fast.....
Have fun baking. I hope you enjoy them, we sure did ;)
Monday, January 4, 2010
This was my tree, the last morning before we took it down. I spent a quiet morning with my tea in hand and wishing I could keep it up all year; but knowing that would just be insane... what would my neighbours think seeing my tree still up well into the summer??? I'd be known as the crazy Christmas tree lady or something silly like that.... Oh well, I have my pictures to remind me... until next Christmas.
Christmas came and went really fast...as it always does. We had so much fun. We don't go crazy with the gift giving, but the kids don't go without either. I think there's a line that sometimes gets crossed when it comes to the getting of the presents. My husband and I are striving to raise well adjusted children who are grateful and appreciative for what they have and what they receive. So far I think we've managed fairly well. The kids are ok, I guess we'll keep 'em... just kidding, they're the best!
My mother-in-law and father-in-law stayed with us for a week and that was great. The opportunities to see and spend time with them are few and far between so we relish any time we get with them. The boys thought getting to wake Gran and Gramps on Christmas morning was just about the best thing in the world. They've flown back to where they came from, as all snowbirds do; but we'll see them on skype from time to time and they'll return again in the spring and stay into the fall.... not with us, but at their summer place.
I did manage to get all of my crafty gifts done...the day before Christmas! Next year I hope to get everything done just a little earlier... less stress that way. And! I made a super cute tutu for my beautifully sunny niece... no pictures of it though... had to wrap it almost the moment it was complete.
2010 resolutions???? No, I don't make resolutions, they never stick. I do however plan to be more crafty, stock my etsy, and pick up some more courses so I can finish my early childhood diploma sooner, rather than later. We'll see...I have a whole year to accomplish something.... right?
All the best for a fantastic 2010! Cheers!