Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Boutique Yarn FUSION


I hate to brag, 
but are these not gorgeous???
I love the process of making this 
boutique, art yarn which I call
It is a combination of a dozen or more
different yarns 
which has been cut and hand tied together.
When knitted it creates a unique 
color way and texture.

I have FUSION available in 
200 yard hanks, in a variety of 
different color ways
for the knitter, crocheter, weaver 
or fiber artist.


Or, you can purchase FUSION kits with
all the yarn needed
and pattern
to knit a slouchy hat or...


...cowl.

It's not too early to start some of 
those holiday gift projects!
Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

You've Come a Long Way Baby!


 This time last week I was attending a big event!



You've come a long way my girl!
(Indulge me...it's one of my favorite pictures.)


My little girl has become a big city gal!
This is the view from my hotel room.
I was in Washington DC for 
Kate's graduation from
George Mason School of Law.


Kate driving us to the ceremony.


Group picture before the graduation.





Proud parents!


Afterward we had an informal meal with special friends and family.


The restaurant was nice enough to specialize Kate's dessert!


Final pictures for the day.


Job well done Kate!
Now onward to that bar exam!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dinner for One


Cooking for one can sometimes be uninspiring.
But not last night!
One of my knitting buddies, Ann,
is somewhat of an urban farmer.
She lives in a spacious neighborhood
which gives her plenty of space for
gardening, bee keeping (her honey is to die for),
and raising four chickens.
On Wednesday she brought a dozen eggs
from her own chickens to our knitting group.
We happily divided them among ourselves.


Last night I had a wonderful cheese omelet for dinner!


Do you make omelets?  
They are so simple and good,
I make them regularly.
Since Ann supplied me with two eggs,
I made a two egg omelet by whisking
two tablespoons of water with the eggs.
I use an eight inch, non stick pan 
for this size omelet.
Melt a small amount of butter in the hot pan.
You can tell the pan is hot enough
if you drop a small amount of water into it.
If the drop bounces and sizzles,
the pan is the right temperature. 



Add the eggs and let them cook.


Tilt the pan and encourage the uncooked egg on top,
to flow to the outside edges for cooking.


Once the eggs are cooked
add any filling you want to one side.
I just happened to have some 
pepper jack cheese
which was perfect.


Flip the other half over the topping...


...and slide the omelet onto your plate. 


Thank you Ann for a most excellent
"dinner for one" last night!
Bon appétit!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Ever Changing Life


I am sorry to say I have been very lax with my blogging lately.
My life has been in a state of flux 
and it is taking me a bit of time 
to wrap my head around the changes taking place here.


My sister, Nancy and I have shared this house
for the past twelve years.
We have had a wonderful co existence since the beginning.
She created a lovely apartment upstairs for herself
and I had the space downstairs.
It was like having your best friend
as your closest neighbor.
We shared many meals, coffee in the morning 
and often a glass of wine before dinner.
We were in and out of each other's space constantly.
Whenever I had an idea and needed feedback,
up the stairs I would head to get her opinions.
We always had a ready companion in each other
for day trips, vacations, and treasure hunts.
(We both share a love of antique, consignment and thrift shops.) 

Another thing we shared was our mutual concern for our parents,
who live six hours away from us.
My Dad will be turning 90 next month.
Although he is sharp as a tack
and in reasonably good health,
he has been our Mother's caregiver for several years now.
Sadly, she suffers from dementia.

Nancy and I have been making 
regular trips to their home
to help in any way we could.
Within the past few months it has become
increasingly clear some changes needed to be made.

After a trip to them in early December,
Nancy announced she would be taking
early retirement from her job
and going to live with them.

So, we have been putting some things in motion
to facilitate that happening since Christmas.
Nancy moved this past Monday.

This is very bittersweet for me.
On the one hand,
I am SO relived my parents will now
have, not just anyone, but someone with them on a
regular and constant basis who really loves them.

On the other hand, 
 my best friend,
nearest neighbor
and sister have moved away.


Her apartment upstairs remains intact,
since she did not take furniture
and she plans to return as often as possible.
And, I plan to go to my parents and her
at least once a month.

Nancy has started a new blog to 
journal her experiences.
She has begun it not with the intention
of  amassing lots of new followers,
but rather for herself,
to keep record of her new journey.
If this experience resonates with you,
you can find her here.
I am sure she will welcome any insights
you may have gathered in a similar situation.

In the meantime, I am getting used to being alone in our house.
Perhaps this is the initiative I need
to start blogging on a regular basis again.
I'll be needing someone to talk to now and then.



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Got Sweaters?


I do!


I spent a couple of days last week
visiting my parents 
who live about six hours from me.
Along the way I was able to 
visit two of my favorite thrift shops.


And did I find some treasures!


From textures and colors,


to cables,


I found a mother lode of  sweaters!


If you need me during the next
several days...


...you'll find me in my studio 
happily making new
Sweater Pillows!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Yard Sale Wrap Up


I am happy to say
another Tree Street Yard Sale
has come and gone
quite successfully!


Nancy and I spent most of last 
Thursday setting out our wares
on the front porch.


As in the past,
our plan was to sell
all we could on Friday.


Then late in the afternoon we would
transition whatever was left
to the drive way and set up our
Bistro on the Porch
for Saturday.


We had an incredibly busy day Friday.


The weather was pleasant.
However, the predictions for Saturday
were not good.
100% chance of thunderstorms ALL day!

 
So this year for the first time
we had to combine the Bistro
with some remaining yard sale on the porch.
We lacked a bit of our
usual ambiance,



...but the food was plentiful,




and our customers didn't seem to mind.


We carried on through the dreadful weather
and had our most successful weekend yet!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Isn't Life a Bowl of Cherries?


Thirty plus years ago I had a friend named Kathy.
Kathy and I were friends by default.
Our husbands had been boyhood friends,
having grown up across the street
from one another.  
We became friends early in 
Kathy's marriage
because of our 
husbands' friendship.
We lived in different states,
but had periodic visits.
We welcomed all our children
into our circle
as they came into our lives,
four for Kathy,
one for me.
As lives became busier with
children, careers, and homemaking
our visits grew less and less.

By the time my marriage ended
ten years ago,
I had not had any 
contact with Kathy for some time.
As is often the case in divorce,
alliances form along the lines 
of "couple" relationships
("his" friends/"her" friends).
I moved ahead,
getting totally engrossed 
in forging a new life for myself
and never made any attempt to keep
my relationship with Kathy alive.

Then out of the blue
a few weeks ago,
I got an email from...KATHY!
She had stumbled upon
my Etsy shop and hence this blog.
She took the time to read my past posts
and reached out to me.
She tells me she read
ALL my blogs posts!
I can say without a doubt,
no one has done that except me!
I don't doubt her because this week 
I received the above three bottles of
Mexican vanilla in the mail
from Kathy as a result of my post of

Now Kathy and I are
reconnecting totally on our own
as two middle aged, divorced women
with grown children.
We will create a new friendship
based upon who we are now. 
Life is certainly
a twisty tale,
isn't it?

Now about that Mexican vanilla...
I used to make a wonderful
homemade vanilla ice cream.
But, with our current consciousness
concerning uncooked eggs,
I hesitate to share the recipe with you
because it is a "no-cook" one.
It also requires an ice cream maker
which I no longer own.
It was one of the many "things"
I shed when I reinvented myself
at Buttermilk Cottage.

I offer you instead a simple new
one I intend to try soon
with some of my
Mexican vanilla.

Easy Vanilla Ice Cream
2 cups heavy cream
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix the condensed milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
Whip the cream with an electric mixer
until stiff peaks form.
With the mixer on low speed,
slowly add the vanilla mixture
to the whipped heavy cream and combine.
Pour into a freezer safe container 
and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

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Thank you Kathy
for the Mexican vanilla,
I've been without it for quite a while.
But mostly, thank you for reaching out.
You've put the cherry on top of my ice cream!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's Almost Time...


...for our colossal
neighborhood yard sale
next week.


Buttermilk Cottage
has been a state
of total disorder
since last week.


My sister and I have been
pulling out,
organizing and pricing
all the "junque" we have
acquired since last year.


My entry and living room
have become a staging area
until we can take it all outside.


And I have been
baking and freezing
to prepare for our 
"Bistro on the Porch"
during the sale.

This yearly event
brings thousands of
shoppers to our neighborhood
each year.
We do our best to let them know
we're happy to have them!







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