Monday, December 20, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
She picked a place in Ft Lauderdale and we arrived Friday the 08th for a week in the sun/not sun.
Apparently Florida is having record breaking cold temperatures.
Don't laugh-- I know there is not snow here like back home, but there has been snow in Florida, orange crops are freezing and iguanas are falling out of trees (They are cold blooded ad when there is a cold snap they fall right out of the trees).
Monday morning it was colder in Miami in the morning than Juneau Alaksa--no joke!
So, the first full day here it was cold and rainy. We managed to get to town to buy groceries right before the rains hit.
Andrew looked at maps and travel guides and figured out if we took the trolley--we could get to the grocery store easily, and for 50cents.
We had a nice big walk before finally hailing a trolley--took some pictures on the way.
A pink house for Brenna:
(these signs make me laugh)
The grocery store:
(We took this picture for the kids too--they LOVE the movie "Because of Winn Dixie"
We had a great lunch at a seafood place (Clam Chowder and Clam Fritters for me, burger for hubby)...and came back.
We got to do a video chat via skype with the kids and family who were visiting with Hubby's brother and wife in Toronto.
We also had our first hotel/microwave cooked meal:
Friday, January 01, 2010
This is my Sister In Law, Lindsay's recipe (Hi Lindsay!)
We tried it out tonight and it was awesome!!!
(The highlighted sections are the ingredients she omitted when making it.)
I also tried to make Roti, recipe from here.
(I think I need more practice with that one)
* 4 chicken breast
* 2 tbsp butter
* 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
* 1 tbsp minced garlic
* 1 1/2 tbsp grated gingerroot
* 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
* 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
* 3/4 tsp ground coriander
* 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* 1 can (28 oz/798 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
* 1 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
* 1 tbsp brown sugar
* 1/4 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
* 1/3 cup light sour cream (not fat-free)
* 1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
* 1 tbsp cashew/almond butter
* Hot cooked basmati rice (optional)
1. While chicken is baking, make sauce. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook slowly, stirring often, until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add gingerroot, chili powder, turmeric, ground coriander, cinnamon and cumin. Cook 1 more minute. Add drained tomatoes, broth, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
2. Transfer the sauce to a blender and purée until smooth. Return puréed sauce to pot and heat. Stir in sour cream, cilantro and cashew/almond butter. Add cut-up chicken and mix well. Cook just until chicken is hot. Serve over hot basmati rice, if desired.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Happy New Year to you!
I know a lot of people have had a rough 2009--ours has been somewhat stressfull with some things going on with Aidan..but we are happy and settled with life right now..things could always be worse.
I'm not usually one to make resolutions...I aim to improve my life whenever I see the need... but this is a good spot to post some Knitting/Spinning goals.
(pictures to be added later)
This year saw me attending my first Knitting retreat--it wont' be my last!
I dyed yarn for another Sock Club and would welcome any opportunity to do so again.
I started a Wool/Fibre Club and that has been resurrected , starting in January for 2010.
(I have been asked to start a yarn club also..that is a big possibility!)
I aquired a floor loom and hope to get some time to use it very soon (tomorrow too soon??)
Knitting: Knit more from my handspun--that's the point of having handspun right? I always seem to have little bits..either not enough for a project, or too chunky for what I want..which leads me to my next goal
Spin: with intention for projects. Plan out my spinning and do my very best.
Learn some new techniques and practice them (ie; woolen long draw) bu at the same time have fun with my spinning--fun yarns, artistic yarns!
Process and spin my first sweater from a fleece (I have several fleeces sitting, waiting to be worked on--some a very generous donation from a friend, as well as one that I purchased with a specific sweater in mind)
Yarn in general: Dye in more volume and with inspiration. I see colours everywhere and get ideas for things that I don't jump on right away. I need to strike when the iron is hot and motivate myself to do better.
Learning: I want to do more in the garden, want to learn to weave and make some things, sew with patterns and make things that I will use!
What are your crafty goals??
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
and I tried some Masham wool--different..
Haven't spun this up yet, but I intend to!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I haven't participated in the sales part the past 2 years (first year I didn't have anything made and last year I wasn't able to attend).
This year I had some things in that sold (yeah!)--I didn't get pictures of them before submission though :(
This guy I made from some Handspun local Shetland..and stuffed him with wool
(it's a Sheep in case you can't tell :) )
These are some little baby mittens I whipped up the night before--Handspun Targhee, from this same yarn.
I also put in a baby had that I had knit last year but it didn't get entered:
The wool is from the Spunky Eclectic Club (last Easter I believe)
I spun on the Sunday afternoon and helped clean up.
It was a good weekend, sales were down only slightly and everyone seemed to have a good time!
Next year, I need to get going early (hear that self: get going) and have a stash of different things.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009