Monday, March 31, 2014

April update

We still have snow

Daytime temps are in the upper 30's
Nighttime temps are in the teens
A hen is wanting to sit on eggs
Frieda is laying and 1 goose is still laying

3 strand cowl (ravelry pattern)
Used 4 different yarns
1 homespun sea foam green
1 homespun black
1 boucle black
1 fun fur black
Needles US 35
Cast on March 30
Seamed up March 31

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March onward

Finished something in March.
Pippi's socks
Cat socks (over in ravelry)
I used US 3's
Baby ull yarn
Some reclaimed wool from a sweater
And end of day yarn
Cast on February 8
Wove in ends
March 4

Monday, February 10, 2014


February 2014
many things happening,
mostly knitting.
trying to do
with a pair of socks for Pippi.

still knitting through Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitters Almanac
this month
so far baby hat is done.
and working on 
after the sweater/tunic/dress
is baby booties and a diaper cover.
the last 3 should go fast!

the days are getting longer
but still cold and windy.

we finally have DSL
after 9 long years.

Little Mama Mallard got munched by an owl.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Week 2 of 2013

Today is officially the 12th day of Christmas.

the temps are still quite warm here... up into the 20's and 30's F.

need to get motivated to butcher the geese.
ballet restarts as do piano lessons.

this week's goals are:
butcher 3 geese and 1 rooster
also figure out how to put pictures up in here.

on the chicken front getting 6 eggs every other day,
so averaging 3.5 eggs a day.

A New Year

Wow! it is 2013
deciding to do new goals.

  1. Clean up kitchen each night.
  2. Read to tot
  3. knit each day
  4. Clean out catpan weekly
  5. blog weekly
I hope to add to this, but this is a good start.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Are they Scones or Biscuits?

Are they Scones or Biscuits?

Whatever they are still delish.

I needed a snack for Tot's morning snack.
Found a recipe for Lunchbox treats.
hmmmm.... looked interesting 
but it was written in weights, Americans use cups.

So I searched and came up with some other recipes
to make a conversion possible.

Delightfully soft scones

  • 1/2 butter (100 g) butter softened
  • 1/3 c (75 g)  sugar 
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 2 C (225 g) white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • good handful of golden raisins
  • 1/4 C (4 TBSP) milk
Preheat oven to 350 (175 C).
Cream together the Butter and sugar, add vanilla and beaten egg.  Sift together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.  Stir into sugar mixture, it will be stiff.  Add raisins and milk.  Mix together gently.  Lightly knead.  roll out 1/4 inch (5 mm thick) and cut into 12 circles or separate into 12 balls and mash into appropriate thickness.  bake on cookie sheets or bread stone. ( i used a pampered chef round stone).
bake at 350 (175) for 12- 18 min.  use a toothpick to check for doneness.

Monday, January 2, 2012

a new beginning

May the lessons learned in 2011,
not be repeated in 2012.

Well Facebook successfully almost killed this blog. During 2011, i realized that i was posting so much over there that the info was getting lost. I really need to keep better records of what and when i am doing things. So i will at least attempt to post weekly in here.

A new year, and the temps are quite chilly. -22 F to be exact.
Already things learned:
  • make sure board closing chicken coop is firmly in place or the door will open up. not good considering it was the coldest night of the whole winter.
  • put sawdust down before it gets really cold, the ducks will freeze to the ice and pull out their feathers on their bellies.
  • butcher when temps are warm. still have 3 to many geese and 2 to many roosters.
only getting 1 egg a day so far.

in cleaning:
  • Day 1- purged old sheets (4). looks good in the closet.
  • Day 2- tossed out old spices/seasonings/herbs, outdated canned goods, and cake mixes. Also tossed out old phone books, and assorted papers that tot has brought home from school.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday sky
(between snowfalls)

tot playing in today's snow...
about 4 inches of the stuff.
Holly wants to play too....
Hugo wants to play w/Holly.
(he plays so hard in the snow!)
Align Center
no eggs... wondering if Holly isn't eating them.
The goose is limping again.

Now for the finished knitted items from January

Drop Stitch Moebius cowl
yarn used: lion brand trellis
this is an ick!
a Coffee corset
(free Ravelry download)
knitted with Malabrigo
(wonderful stuff)
Fire in the Head fingerless gloves
(erratas in the pattern)
yarn used: was some previously dyed w/Kool Aid
used US 6 dpns and got a child's large size
My grandmothers slippers
yarn: 2 strands of Dusty Rose Red Heart
size made: child shoe size 9

To Russia With Love....
Pattern: Scrappy Hat (archived)
yarn: 1 strand of fun fur and 2 of grey/black boucle
has been donated and already snatched up as a
chemo cap.