Sunday, September 7, 2014


Ive made a good dent in the skein using for the bamboo stitch cowl.  I started the weekend at about row 4-6 and its now around row 26.  There is still a bunch more to go til the end of the skein.


I am pleased with how this stitch is letting the colors come through.  Wonderful jewel tones throughout.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thinking of cool

Its getting to be that time of year again in the northern hemisphere and thoughts are moving towards warmth (even tho its still hitting 90’s on some days).  Im blaming start of school for most of this.

I picked up this lovely ball of bulky yarn during the  PDX 2014 Yarn Crawl earlier this year


I wanted to so something fun with it but a heavy pattern (cables and such) would be lost in the multi colors of this yarn.

Ive chosen to do a cowl using the bamboo stitch.  I think it will create a nice cowl that will show off the colors as they should be while still being able to see some of the stitch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I noticed, after consuming my awesome dinner tonight that I don’t think Ive shared my vegan stroganoff.

Below is an email I sent to minion the elder in hopes that he might – I don’t know, make dinner for me earlier this summer.  Alas that didn’t happen but the email is quite funny as I went to the extremes to explain where things could be found in various corners of the kitchen.

AND it explains the whole prep of my stroganoff.

Now there is MEAT in the version below. (GASP!)  Have no fear, Ive also included the vegan alternative which I also love to use.

Now for the distructions!


Below is my 'recipe' for stroganoff.  If you can get the sauce started and the pot and pan washed that would be wonderful.

I will let you know what is going on as soon as I can.  At this point I should be home at a normal time but anything can happen.

Let me know if you have any questions



Place the following items in a bowl

5-6 tblsp flour

2 tblsp Nutritional Yeast

1 tsp garlic (on the counter)

1/2 tsp pepper (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

2-3 tsp oregano (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

1 tsp paprika (in a jar - second shelf of spice cupboard)

3/4 cup milk

whisk together


3/4 broth

1 3/4 cup box mushroom soup


Set aside 

Slice up some mushrooms (6-7 should be fine).  They are in the fridge in the second drawer.  Leave them out and I will cut the rest up.

In the large pan

1/2 cup minced onions (in jar in fridge)

Cook on Med until onions look a bit wilted and soft.


½ - 1 tsp minced garlic (in fridge by the butter, in the door) and cut up mushrooms

Cook until mushrooms are reduced (3-5 min)

Add ground chicken (in the fridge, second drawer.  Use the Mild Italian) (for total vegan use Italian seitan)

Add sauce to meat mix and cook on med – low heat until sauce mix thickens

Turn heat off sauce

In the large pot

Add water about 1/2 way.

Cook on high (dont let the flames go around the base of the pot)

once at boil, toss in some salt, wait for the water to calm down

Add spiral pasta (second or third drawer to the left of stove)

Cook for 11 min.


Add pasta back to pot

Add Sauce



Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello There!

HELLO!  Its another one of those ‘wow its been a long time since Ive been here’ posts.

Its been a good summer.  Minion 1 has turned 17, he will be a senior this year (wow!).  Minion 2 is almost taller than his dad.  I would have bet that he would have done that before end of summer but he has a few centimeters yet to go.  Maybe by Christmas…

We were able to get a way from the world at least once this summer.  It was a wonderful break from everything.  And no cell access made it just that much better.

I have been working on projects.  The tree bag has been placed on hold for now, more for me needing to snag yarn from another project than it being grounded.  And Ive been keeping up on DL’s blanket and various cross stitching

Proof of doings!

Spring Breeze shawl


LHN Simplicity


And here’s to not taking so long for the next post.


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bah, Excuses!



I had perfect excuses going on this morning.  It was late (after 8am), had a late start and much to get done.  Farmers market was high on the list and a possible breakfast out.  Oh and walking with Leslie and getting the monthly challenge items done for today,

I started telling myself that I would get the challenge items done now and do the walk later.

We all know what would have happened.  No Walk.  I knew it.  Every time that side of me tried talking be through all that needed to be done, Do the walk Later, walk later.  Just do it later.

So I took charge, got changed and got my walk on. Earned my shower!

So I was a bit late getting the rest of the items on my list done.  I need to take care of ME first.

High notes:  Its been almost 2 weeks since I took charge again and already I can feel changes.  My face is feeling thinner, my forearms are feeling thinner.  I didn’t notice that type of change last year.

My main focus this month is the walking and my June Challenges.  Ive been doing pretty good at keeping up with the days.  Im a bit behind with squats (hehe) but for the most part Ive been doing the best I can to stay with the course.

How about you?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Keeping it moving

A brief update of where things are at before I go fall into bed.
Work is crazy but even with that we’ve had just beautiful days.  You know the ones where its perfect and the sun is becoming you to come out and enjoy it and it really is warm not jus fooling you into going outside without at least a sweater and walking for more than 10 min isnt going to make you sweat like you’ve been in a race.
So Ive had to get out and revel in the wonderfulness of PNW spring – and take others out into it with me.
Walking has been going on, around the blocks of downtown we go.  Then, for most days so far, when I get home and after dinner has been made I get in another 3 miles.
Im getting 10k+ in steps daily now – WOOT!
Oh and still keeping up with the 30-day challenges.
And now Im off to bed!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Challenge Yourself

Ok  I still don’t have update pics – too lazy to keep the projects out and get the phone ready and then get everything just right and then the wait for the picture to be backed up to G+… the excuses go on and on.

For those.

But not for other things.

I let myself go a bit this year.  As of Dec, I had a great thing going.  Lost over 30 lbs and a good number of inches and then just blah. 

We started bringing animal protein back into the house, eating lots more pasta and I stopped moving.  Which got me growing (booooo!)

And as much as I want to blame the afore mentioned (and yummy) items it all comes down to the moving.  Or not moving in this case.

So on making no more excuses and just get MOVING!

Starting after Memorial day (cause that was a wonderful not doing anything day) I got moving.  In fact today marks 7 days of moving.

7 days of walking to Leslie Sansone 3 mile walk (heart healthy version), actually moving away from my desk – getting outside and walking around blocks.

I also started a few 30 day challenges on June 1 and today marks 2 days of doing these. 


(more can be found here

So my goal for June is a full 30 days of challenging myself. 

I cant wait to see what happens.