Monday, October 27, 2008

Can I post every day for 30 days????

I will soon find out. I have decided to join NaBlPoMo 2008 - click the link on the sidebar for more info or to sign up if you dare.

One thing for sure you'll have lot's of great boring, interesting, boring posts from me, aren't you thrilled? No, don't answer I don't want to get my keyboard wet with my sad tears.

See you in November - I have to wrest my brain so I can think of something articulate to say - now I know what you're thinking - that will take some time, you are right!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Don't Hate me just because.....

I am 95% finished my Christmas shopping. It's true, but I hardly believe it yet myself. I was on a mission this year to not get caught up in the last minute shopping that always leaves me feeling very unsatisfied. Now I have made a gift or two, and that has also helped to ease the shopping burden. This past weekend I decided I was going to finish my packages that get sent to the west coast. I am making a 'Sasket' for my Dad and his fiancee(oh they just got engaged). A 'Sasket' is a gift basket with Saskatchewan made products, including some knitted dishcloths for her and a pair of slippers for each of them. I had a lot of fun buying stuff for it. I found some nice Hemp soaps, Saskatoon syrup, jam, hot cider, sparkling cider and tea as well as pemican. I think they might enjoy it. My Dad is from Saskatchewan originally so it is a gift focused on where he came from, I hope they both enjoy it.

So because I wanted to finish up the gifts that get sent away I thought I may as well just bite the bullet and finish up. I want to mail the package to B.C. at the end of the month. I'm a little worried about packaging and keeping everything safe and secure, especially since I have the bottle of sparkling cider in it, we don't need that to break. My mission now is to get the right size box and plenty of packaging materials to prevent anything from breaking. I can't decide if it's better to use Canada Post or the GreyHound bus.

In any event this will hopefully mean that once Advent comes I can just focus on the season and not all the commercialism. I am looking forward to Christmas baking, watching the favorite movies and time with family.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Here is my Mr. Snowman, I'm ready for winter now. The snow we did get has nearly all melted, but it won't be too long that we'll have enough snow to make a real Mr. Snowman.

It was fun to make, although I kept getting a huge cloth when using 4mm needles as the pattern suggests...I have no idea what my gauge was like, I went down to 3mm needles - and I didn't enjoy using them. I am going to look in my needle stash for some different ones to use. It may be hard to see from the picture but I used Bernat Handicrafter Christmas yarn and there is a silver thread with the white. I think I'll be making a few of these.

Pattern was purchased at Knits by Rachel.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mr. Jack o' Lantern

Here is Mr. Jack o' Lantern
DH purchased him at Michael's when he went on sale. I am quite impressed
by how he looks all lit up. He's quite a lovely fall decoration. Every night he gets
all lit up to make the living room feel all cozy.We've been watching and waiting for him to go on sale and he finally did! Sometimes it pays to be patient.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Our Thanksgiving Snow

This was our Thaksgiving gift - it was definitely beautiful! It felt more like Christmas rather than Thanksgiving. It was a nice picturesque snowfall. When we got home from dinner on Sunday we took Oliver out and he had a blast. Snow is one of his favorite things.
It won't be lasting as today we have rain and highs of 4c and up to 10 by Friday. So I enjoyed it for the moment. It was good weather for curling up to watch movies as a family and get some Christmas knitting in.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Well this weekend many of us Canadians will be sitting down to our traditional Thanksgiving meal and giving thanks. There are so many different traditions but here is a sample of what we serve for this holiday dinner.
Roast Turkey with stuffing and gravy
Mashed potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Homemade perogies, filling this year are potato and cottage cheese and potato and onion
Cabbage rolls(usually the ones with rice and onion, no meat)
saurekraut and sausage
wheat berry salad
homemade buns
homemade cranberry sauce
Pumpkin pie(is what we normally have)
Apple Pie(something different this year)

So what's on your table for Thanksgiving dinner?

Wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving
spent with good food and good family times!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I'm being stalked by a snowman

Sure he looks all cute and innocent but just wait to you see what he's been up to.

It started one balmy summer day when he appeared in my mail along with some money saving coupons. He winked at me and told me to get my name in soon so he would be reserved for me in time for Christmas. He was beautiful. Mr. Snowman has a train that drives around the base and a lovely Thomas Kinkade town inside that lights up! Look at him shine!

Now I was tempted, I carried that little postcard offer card around with me for a long time. At one point it even made its way to the car. But alas, I did win and it never did make it's way to the mailbox. I had a moment of weakness where I actually cleaned the car out looking for the postcard but it was gone - I figured it was probably for the best.

But recently I was at the collectible today website browsing for something else(which cannot be named for security reasons) and there he was smiling at me. I was weak, I can admit it and I added it to my shopping basket and got as far as the checkout. Then I was smacked out of my dreamlike state into reality when I saw the price for this little guy. I quickly got away from the site and didn't look back.

That must have got Mr. Snowman all upset as he was determined to have a home with me for Christmas. I started getting last chance emails from him, we've reserved him just for you as long as you come back today, well the today stretched into tomorrow and on and on it went.

He got even more creative this week. I was leafing through my latest Canadian Living magazine when a card slips out and wouldn't you know it - it was an order form for the lovely Mr. Snowman. I don't know how he was able to pull that little trick but he is darned and determined. I got my latest 'last chance' email from the little bugger today.

I'm holding strong though, at almost $200 it's hard for even a die hard snowman collector like me to rationalize spending that kind of money on myself just before Christmas. We'll see how long I can resist his persistent daily emails.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Baby Bibs O' Love

This first bib was done using Elmore Pisgah - Peaches and Cream in a pastel ombre. I followed the pattern for Baby Bib O' Love from Mason Dixon Knitting to a T. They knit up very quickly and are good for t.v. knitting.

This yellow one was made using Daisy Ombre from Peaches & Cream. The pattern is again Bib O' Love but I did a Feather n' Fan on the bottom to make it a bit more decorative.
These are going to go with the booties I made earlier for our nieces Christmas present - she is due later this month. Theodore Bear didn't mind modeling the lovely bibs!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Kettle Cooked Rice Pudding

We are having our first rainy day in weeks and it's a nice break from the unusual hot weather we've been having. I can't remember a time where I've needed to keep the window open all night in October and to complain of how hot it is - we haven`t even needed to turn on our heat yet.

Today I am going to sit and knit and watch some movies and relax. I am craving rice pudding and this is the best recipe I`ve ever found. I am sure you will love it if you give it a try - this is the epitomy of `comfort food`.

1/2 cup long grain rice
4 c. Homogenized Milk(no skimping here)
6 tsp. white sugar
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c. raisins

In a heavy saucepan add milk, rice, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Partially cover, leaving space for steam to escape....cook for one hour.
Uncover. Increase heat to med-low and continue cooking, until pudding thickens, about 20 minutes. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Chill in the fridge - or serve warm.

This reminds me of the Cozy Shack rice pudding - but it's even better because it's homemade.
NOTE: This is a picture I snagged from the internet, mine isn't made yet - I might take a photo of ours when it's done if it doesn't get eaten up too quickly!