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As you can see, I’ve updated my recipe ticker to reflect the 4 recipes I’ve made.  But more about that in the In The Kitchen section.  The Olympics and Ravelympics are over.  I’m both relieved to have the deadline met and behind me, but my knitting is feeling a bit aimless these days.  I’ve already knit a pair of slippers since Closing Ceremonies and I have a shawl I could work on, but without the entertainment of the games and the pressure of a deadline, well, it just isn’t the same.  I did have a good time making the slippers though.  =)  They are the Bunny Hop Slippers from Craft Magazine.  Mine aren’t pink bunnies though, as you can see.  I couldn’t find a pink chunky yarn that I really liked.  The colors just weren’t right.  So, I bought some green Plymouth Galway Chunky and then dyed up some fiber in some coordinating (I hoped) green dyes and decided to go for it.  Where is the green dyed fiber?  Why, inside!  They’re called thrums and you knit them in as you knit the slipper.  They add for extra cushion and extra warmth.  I’ve tried them on several times and they are definitely cushy and they immediately began warming up my cold toes.  I haven’t actually worn them around the house.  They’re still too new.  =)  These slippers knit up super fast and probably cost $13 to make with $12 being the cost of the yarn.  The buttons were cheap buttons from JoAnn’s and the thrums were cheap wool bought from The Sheep Shed Studio.   So, the project was fun and cost effective!

In The Kitchen

I’ve been cooking in the kitchen again.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of two of the recipes I made.  The first recipe was called Hutspot.  It is a dish from Holland and seems like it is a basic “boiled dinner.”  The recipe says you can either use boneless beef chuck or venison round steak for the meat and I chose to use beef.  If my brother was somewhere nearby, I might have chosen to use venison since he hunts and does a fabulous job preparing deer.  I simmered the beef for about 2 hours in 2 cups of water.  Then added potatoes, carrots, and onion.  When everything is fully cooked, you remove the meat and mash the vegetables with milk and butter.  It was a warm, filling meal, but not as flavorful as we’re used to eating.  With this dinner, I also made Au Gratin Cabbage.  This was a perfect way to use up leftover cabbage from the borscht.  Again, it wasn’t the most flavorful dish, but it did use up the cabbage and some carrots (add some milk, egg, and cheese).  The milk and egg mixture seemed to settle to the bottom, but the cheese stayed on top and was a nice addition to the dish.

So, that was last week.  This week, I made Black Bean Sweet Potato Burritos and Apple Carrot Salad.  The burritos involved dicing up 3 cups worth of sweet potatoes and some onion.  After that, it was super easy.  You add black beans and then wrap the mixture up in tortillas and bake for 20-25 minutes.   Spices included cumin and cinnamon, so there is the flavor we were missing last week!  The Apple Carrot Salad is made up of shredded apples and carrots (of course) and mixed in a dressing of honey, lemon and orange juice.  You also add some shredded mint and raisins.  Again, a more flavorful dish than last week.  The fruit salad definitely balances out the more heavy burritos and is a wonderful salad for a rather dreary day.  The lemon and orange juice tastes like pure sunshine!

Out to the Garden

The worms are doing well.  We had a bit of difficulty figuring out how much moisture they needed.  I think the bedding gets dryer here faster than we were expecting.  We added some water to their bedding last night and they are definitely more active today!  I went down to the Worm Bin after making supper this evening to add the carrot and apple scraps (more moisture) and there was plenty of movement in the bedding.

Books, Books, Books

I quickly wanted to mention a website I joined late last year.  Goodreads is a place to keep track of the books you’ve read, books in your library, books you’d like to read as well as a place to meet people with similar reading tastes and to join reading groups to discuss books you’ve read or are reading.  I’m currently reading “Persuasion” by Jane Austen (with CraftLit) and am still reading “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” by Anne Bronte for a reading group I’m participating in.  You can participate in discussions and the social aspect of Goodreads as much or as little as you’d like.  Go take a look.

In the Dye Pot

Nothing is in the dye pot yet, but I need to get started on my fiber for my dye exchange which is coming up this month.  I’ve already got my fiber and my dyes, just need to get started.  Hopefully I’ll have an update for that in my next post!

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I’ve crossed the finish line for the Sweaterboard Cross in the Ravelympics. Yay! Here is my finished Slinky Ribs sweater drying on the blocking board.  Whew!  It feels really good to have one event out of the way.  Now to concentrate on the Fleece-to-Finished-Object event/Sock Hockey.  Here is the finished yarn I spun.  Pretty, no?  I’ve already started knitting up the socks in one of my favorite patterns.  I just have the toe left to knit on the first sock and then I’ll immediately cast on the second sock.  Pictures when those are completed.

Of course, no blocking project would be complete without the requisite deposit of cat hairs.  Sophie has decided to be the contributing cat on this one.   I spent most of the afternoon chasing Pumpkin off the sweater and then, in the evening, somehow Sophie managed to sneak up there.  Sigh.  Oh well.  What’s a few cat hairs among friends, right?

In The Garden

The worms for our worm bin arrived yesterday.  Yes, they came through the USPS.  Here they are still in their box and bag.  I had already prepared the bedding in the worm bin since I had been notified they’d were on their way.  The bedding is coconut coir, soaked in water and excess water squeezed out.  I then added a couple of handfuls of dirt from our yard so the worms would have some grit to help them process their food.  I also added a small bunch of potato peels buried in one corner so they’d have a snack if they were hungry.  Then, I introduced the worms to their new home.  In other words, I dumped them in!   Yep, that’s a pile of worms you see there.

I spread out the worms, breaking up any clumps as I found them, and settled down to watch them as they began digging their way down into the new bedding.  After watching for about 10 minutes or so, most had disappeared.  I put the lid on the bin, turned off the light, and left them to their new house.  It will probably take them a few weeks to recover from the traumatic journey to this new land, but eventually they’ll settle in and begin eating my vegetable scraps and getting on with making me some lovely compost/fertilizer for my garden.

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