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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Neighbors, Flowers, Socks & Food

Hello from the hills, where spring rains and blooms have been abundant.

The azaleas are bloomed out now, but they were profuse in April.  Can you believe it's May already?

We have new neighbors.  A nice quiet family moved into the cedar house under one of our Sugar Maples.

The mom is really quite the homemaker.

And the dad is an excellent provider.  They're expecting five little ones any day now.

I finished the socks.  The yarn is really nice, superwash merino.

What's for dinner.  Homemade Chicken Taquitos with sour cream and salsa.  They're delicious and much better for a body than the ones from the store.  Have you noticed the ingredient list on those boxes is about 2 inches long?

Hold That Tiger Iris

I'm not certain, but this may be the African Princess Iris. 

Hope you're enjoying Spring so far.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

DIY Designer Spoons

Hello from the hills! 
I spotted this cute lil fence yesterday while I was in the big city to pick up the grands for a visit. Love how short it is.  

This is the first year I've ever seen nuthatches at my feeders.  Go ahead and chuck it down little fellow. 
Have you seen the kitchen utensils in department stores with the wood burned look?  I like it, but I would never spend a fortune for it. (Click on pic to see the price for one, just one spoon.) 

All you need to make your own is a wood-burning tool, some modestly priced wooden spoons and a well-ventilated area in which to work.  Begin with clean, dry spoons.  Please, do NOT oil them until after you finish burning your designs on the spoons.  We don't want any unnecessary fires, now do we?  ;)
Clean, dry spoons.

The sky is the limit as to design, and I think these are a bit more interesting than the repetitive stamped look above.  

Continue onto the sides, handles ...

And backs for an all-over designer look, if you like.   Most manufacturers suggest using mineral oil (a petroleum product) for preserving and deepening the luster of wood grain for wooden utensils in the kitchen, but I use coconut oil instead and have not had any trouble with it.  Olive oil and some other oils will go rancid quickly.  If that happens just clean the utensil thoroughly with lemon juice and apply coconut or grape seed oil if you have it available.  Martha Stewart recommends grape seed oil because it is tasteless, so that's another option. 
Oiled with coconut oil to bring out the wood grain and add luster to the wood..

Added 4.10.16

Youngest sent me this cartoon.   Be very, very

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I started knitting a pair of socks with self-striping yarn over a month ago but had to rip the heels out twice.  Reading the directions helps, sometimes.  o.O  I'm a bit further along than shown here and aware that the stripes don't line up evenly.  Yeah, living on the wild side here.  ;)

Goodman spotted this rainbow on the hill above our a good rainbow.

See you soon...if those socks ever cross the finish line, that is.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Baa, Baa, Baa-ble

Baa-ble Hat, that is.  I don't know when I've seen a cuter hat pattern.  And lo, it's a free pattern that you can get by clicking here.
This gorgeous pattern is by Donna Smith - Pattern Photo
I made the one below using  avocado, off-white and navy Wool-Ease yarns.

It's been a while since I've done stranded knitting so I'm sure that shows, but it was a fun knit, anyways.

Food talk:  This was delicious; I cooked a small package, 8 ozs. of Baby Bella mushrooms for five minutes in 1/4 cup of grape flavored kombucha.   I normally fry mushrooms in butter, but this was a nice change.  Just a little kombucha gives mushrooms a wonderful flavor boost.

They're excellent for breakfast served with your favorite omelette and toast.

Carolina Wren wondering where all the black oil sunflower seeds went.
Looks like we're in for another round of winter for a few days.  Maybe I'll get to wear my hat.  Have a great week, y'all.  :)

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