Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Growing!


After more hours at my computer 
than I like to admit,
I have a new web site!


This is in addition to my Etsy shop.
Etsy has been very good to me
and I certainly am not leaving it.
But, the general consensus among shop owners is
to not have all your eggs in one basket.


Since hosting for my
domain is due 
to expire this month,
and all I ever used it for was
redirecting traffic to the Etsy shop,
I decided the time had come for
my own stand alone site,
with a shopping cart,
allowing me to sell directly.

This will be a work in process 
for quite some time.
Just now I only have my 
knitting bags, needle cases 
and FUSION Yarn and kits
listed, but I will eventually
have my entire line there.
So come over and check it out!

By the way,
you can also find me at

Friday, June 3, 2016

What's for Dinner?


On Wednesday and Thursday of this week it was
Lemon Butter Salmon
with Creamy Barley and Zucchini Salad.
Yum!  I cooked it myself!


But I had some help.
After several months of thinking about it,
I finally decided to give Blue Apron a try.
I heard about Blue Apron a couple of years ago
when my friend Susan's husband gave her
a gift subscription as a Valentine gift.
Since, they have enjoyed culinary nirvana.
My first box came on Wednesday.


For the plan I chose,
three meals a week, each meal serving two,
the box arrived, via FedEx,
nicely packed in an insulated bag,


 with cold packs.
Since I am a family of one just now,
my box will supply me with six dinners each week,
AND, the bonus of only needing to cook three times a week
for those six meals!


Inside, everything is individually packed and labeled.
The produce included was farm fresh.


Two separate grains and a pasta will each complete a meal.


 Fresh meat and fish were all shrink wrapped and cold.



Each of the three meals also had a little brown bag 
of "Knick Knacks."


This was included for the dish I have already cooked. 
I haven't yet opened the other two little bags.


Finally, were the recipe cards.
One side shows the finished dish
and ingredients.
The other side shows a step-by-step 
instructions.
Each meal takes less than an hour to prepare.
Each meal is less than 800 calories.
And I will say,
I could not eat all the food for 
the salmon dish either night.
It was very filling.

I am very much looking forward to not having that
inner debate every day of
"what can I have for dinner..."
not having to do as much weekly grocery shopping,
and trying some new dishes I might not otherwise try.

What's for dinner tonight?
Chicken Piccata
with Fusilli Pasta & Garlic Chives.
Bon Appetit!

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 app├ętit!

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!
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