Monday, December 29, 2008

getting my sew mo back

I think I've found it...that thing that went missing a couple years ago when I started knitting like a fiend. My sewing mojo is back!

Yesterday I rooted through my scrap stash, made a nice size pile...

sorted by size and shape, sort-of, lol

and started pressing it all nice and flat.

printed a few block foundations from my Foundation Factory program

and tried to visualize where I'd be going with it all.

A quilt is beginning to take shape in my head...scrappy fish, boats, flowers and baskets. At the foot (where it hangs off the bed) I'll have blocks that spell out our last name and our wedding date, aww, doesn't that sound romantic? That way I won't have to ask The Saint, "now what year did we get married?" My memory sucks!

Today the first two birdie blocks came together

On Saturday when Rena and I got to spend some quality together at City Knitting I finished the Engineer's Stocking Hat. Had to make the pompom for the end. It was the perfect finish, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by. Have a safe and Happy New Year celebration. See you next year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Greetings.
Everyone have a great one!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter '08/ '09, Day 1

Scroll down for knitting content, if you're not interested in the crappy, dreary winter weather we're having. All pics biggie-size if you click on them.

Blech! It's the first day of winter and I'm already wishing it was over! Dark and dreary.

Won't be going anywhere today in "Pete"...

and definitely won't be grilling anything either...


The wind is blowing like 60, as my Grama would have said, and it is still snowing. I don't know what the temperature is outside and don't want to know. I'm not planning to go out until I have to go to work tomorrow.

Today has been a day for laundry, wrapping packages and making The Saint's favorite soup.

It looks nice and Christmas-y with it's red tomatoes and green peppers...the chorizo and chicken make it good and hearty. Yummo, as Rachael Ray would's her recipe from 30 Minute Get Real Meals.

I've been doing a fair bit of knitting lately. Some gifty things that I can't show you until next Friday, LOL, and a new hat for myself.

Whatchu think of it?

It's called Button-Tab Knit Hat and I got the pattern off Ravelry. Super-fast and easy. Started one evening and finished the next. Fits me perfectly. And the yarn is very nice. Something I found on the sale rack at City Knitting. It's Schulana Colardino. I'll have to get someone to take a picture of it on me, later.

Other things that have flown off my needles in the past couple weeks include these cloths for my Mom...and these pieces that will soon be a purse for my grand-daughter, Jasmine...

this is the same purse pattern I made a while back for a swap It's in the 2008 Stitch n Bitch Page-a-Day calendar. It's called a Flapper Purse.

I think, being a 10 yr old, she'll like the sparkle that it has.

The yarn was a bitch on my hands though. Wouldn't want to ever make anything with it again in my lifetime!

Wish I could show you the rest of my FOs but, alas, Christmas is right around the'll only have to wait a few more days.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah Happy Solstice

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another LNYP

Wow, nothing like a little cold weather to drive folks indoors!

There was a nice crowd at the LNYP on Friday night at City Knitting.

Many gathered to knit, crochet, spin, chat and munch.

And a little show-n-tell...

our friend and fellow knitter, Brandon, is making this beautiful double-knit blankie for his super-cute new daughter. He has amazing talent, don't you think?

A fun time was had by all.

I made good progress on The Saint's gift, shhh, don't tell...he's getting felted loafers this year...I know I can tell you that because he doesn't ever read my blog...he'd rather spend his time playing solitaire on the computer than checking out what I'm telling you about the goings-on at Chez B, lol. Lucky for me huh?

Have to decide on the Christmas Eve menu this week...I'm thinking something the usual Chicken Enchilada Casserole...mmm-mmm...and Margarita's. Doesn't that sound Christmasy, hahaha! And I have a new favorite's very smooth and makes me toasty.

If you're interested in the casserole, here's the Christmas gift to all of you. I usually cut the recipe in half as it makes enough for about 12 people to have a nice size serving. With all the cheese and the tortillas being fried during construction it certainly isn't low-cal or's the holidays after all, and those crummy eating rules don't count again til January 1st right? Enjoy!

Caroline's Very Good Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This dish is put together in layers, similar to scalloped potatoes.

8 chicken breast halves w/ bones
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 - 4 oz cans chopped green chilies
1 lb Longhorn cheese - grated
1/4 lb Monterey Jack cheese - grated
1/4 tsp ea - cumin, salt, chili powder
1/2 tsp leaf oregano
2 lrg onions - coarsely chopped
1 pkg - 12 - corn tortillas
salt & pepper
cooking oil

Salt & pepper chicken, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees until it falls from the bone.

Cool then debone the chicken - save the juice.

Chop onion, shred cheese (or buy already shredded cheese at the grocery) and open chilies.

Combine soup, chicken stock, chilies (and drippings from breasts if desired) with seasonings in a large saucepan. Heat, stirring frequently.

Heat oil in a fry-pan and dip tortillas in hot oil for a few seconds each to soften then drain between layers papertowel.

In a large, Pam sprayed, glass baking dish, appropriate for the amount of ingredients you have manufactured, start layering...3 tortillas, couple hand fulls of shredded chicken, some chopped onion, cheese...pour a bit of the sauce from the pan, salt and pepper to taste, repeat these layers until you fill the dish and use up all ingredients.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 min until bubbly and browning.

We like to add a bit of taco sauce when serving, you could use your favorite salsa.

Serves 10-12

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Happy Thanksgiving

Yes, it was.

Good food, good company and an all around good time. We put out the good dishes...

while we chowed down on the cranberry salsa that Rena made. There was deep-fried turkey, mashed taters, squash and green beans. Yummy!

Hope all of you had a great holiday too.