Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pan Protectors and Scrubby's for the Kitchen

A while back I made these red scrubbers for the Kitchen with Red Heart Scrubby yarn. It is easy to knit and it makes great scrubbers to clean up stubborn messes on your dishes. They wash up great and you can use them over and over.

I found this next project on Pinterest to make pan protectors instead of using paper towel. I am using some of my stash up and protecting my new pans! 
Since I got this set of pans I have been using paper towels to separate the pans so they don't scratch.I never thought about knitting these doilies - this is why I love Pinterest! Here is an easy pattern and you can make these while you are watching Lifetime movies or Netflix this summer! The pattern is called "The Almost Lost Washcloth"

The Almost Lost Washcloth:
No. 8 Needles (U.S.)
Cast On 14 stitches and knit back
  1.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 2 stitches and knit back
  2.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 4 stitches and knit back
  3.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 6 stitches and knit back
  4.  Knit 4, yarn over, knit, leaving 8 stitches and knit back

Cast off 4 and knit to end – knit back (should be 14 stitches on the needle)Repeat for 14 points - Leave enough yarn to sew sides together and go around circle and draw circle together. - Tie ends in a double knot.
Lucky is very helpful with my knitting! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pizza from your garden!

My daughter sent me this recipe for homemade pizza crust. We like to make pizza with our basil leaves and small tomatoes and a little bit of Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. The basil is growing great this year, I bought the cherry tomatoes for this pizza. I did plant cherry tomatoes this year however I have never had much luck producing tomatoes; although I'm very good at growing the plant. If you have any recommendations please let me know.

Here are the photos of the pizza. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we do!

1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
½  teaspoon white sugar
½  cup lukewarm water
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
Stir yeast and sugar into lukewarm water, using a fork. Let stand in warm place until a creamy layer forms on top of the water, about 10 minutes.

Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix olive oil into four and stir for 2 minutes. Pour yeast mixture and beaten egg into flour mixture and stir to make a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead until springy and smooth, about 8 minutes. Place dough into a floured bowl and cover with a piece of plastic wrap wiped with a thin film of olive oil.

Let dough rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down and roll out to desired shape.  

Lucky says have a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Rhubarb Crisp

I was on a rhubarb kick a few years ago and I planted three rhubarb plants. Two have taken off and produce an amazing amount of rhubarb for us. One little plant just barely survives year after year. I have transplanted it, but still it's not happy. Here is a photo of my rhubarb, iris and hollyhock patch! My grandmas Iris plants did very well this year

I wanted to share this easy recipe for rhubarb crisp. It's easy and delicious!

Total time: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
2 cups sliced peeled apples or sliced strawberries
1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla Ice Cream Optional (but delicious!)

1.  In a large bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add rhubarb and apples or strawberries; toss to coat. Spoon into an 8-in. square baking dish.
2.  In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, butter, flour and cinnamon until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly and fruit is tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired. Yield: 8 servings.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lacy Wrap

This lacy wrap pattern was found on Patternworks, I used the same yarn they recommended. It is a very easy pattern and I really like the way it turned out. I also purchased the removable buttons from Patternworks. The buttons have a removable screw and can be put on any scarf or sweater. They make a nice finishing touch. This wrap definitely requires a little something extra. 

My daughter models it so nicely!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Convertible Cowl

Whenever I go get my tires rotated or checked, I end up at the yarn shop while I wait; this always leads to purchasing something. I know that I could just go to the yarn shop without this excuse, but I really don't need anymore projects! Last fall while waiting, I went into the yarn shop and I saw this cowl displayed. They usually have the pattern displayed with the sample, but this time I had to ask about the pattern. Turns out, it was on Ravelry. I went home and purchased the pattern. I love the idea of changing it by buttoning it differently. I already had both the yarn and the buttons, and they just seemed to work together for this versatile pattern. Below are some process pictures of the cowl and the final product.

I am always drawn to anything green! I should look that up and see what that means.
Here is the link to the pattern: 

Here is the cowl completed! 

I think it turned out great, I would recommend this pattern! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Back Roads of Montana

We have had the most beautiful spring weather here in Montana. We decided to go for a drive and ended up on a dirt road. We had spectacular views of the mountains. I have attached a few photos from our drive to share with you.

Lucky loves to go on rides! 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Welcome Lucky!

I have been looking for a new dog for over a year now, after our little Pomeranian Ivy died. She was 10 years old and diagnosed with a tumor, it was a very sad ending. It took me a long time to decide to get another dog. I checked the humane society website daily, I looked at an adorable litter of puppies from the shelter and two year old pug who needed a home, but neither seemed to be the dog that fit. I was not sure that adopting a puppy and working would work for me at this time. I kept looking. I even told everyone at work I was looking for the right dog.  

Two weeks ago a friend from work sent me a text to get down to the local shelter, saying that "There is a cute dog that would be perfect." The old owner turned him in because they traveled too much. I saw the photo, filled out my paperwork, and was the first person at the door when they opened. I was not the only one; there were a total of at least 26 others as well as several calls about this dog. I went in on Friday and saw Lucky, who was very nervous but very friendly. He is a 5 year old white Schnauzer. I left that day thinking that I would not even stand a chance with so many people interested in him. 

My daughter and I were driving by the shelter on Saturday and I said, "Lets go see Lucky. I just want you to see him." We took him out to the greeting area. He was busy marking his territory, but when I called him, he came running and jumped on my lap. I asked them when they would be deciding on who got to adopt him and she said "I just decided and it’s you!" They offered a weeklong "babysitting" trial period which we could see if he liked his new environment and we could check out his behavior to see if we fit. After two days, we knew we wanted to adopt him.

Lucky is now formally adopted, well actually it's more a "re-homing" situation. I feel very fortunate to have this dog in my life.  He has been in our home for two weeks. I'm very glad I waited to find the perfect fit and give this dog a forever home.