Good Stuff

Two posts on "what I'm knitting" are in the works, but because things have been a little busy, there are no pictures of progress.  Therefore, today I'd like to share with you what other blogger/friends have going. 

The Gluten Free Girl and the Chef is one of my favorite cooking blogs. Notice I didn't say one of my favorite gluten free cooking blogs, because Shauna and her hubby Danny make some of the best food you'll taste anywhere.  This post, about the IFBC, lists a ton of wonderful cook books that are not GF.  If you love food, love to cook (and even if you don't), you'll love Shauna's blog.  I'm drooling for her cookbook which should be released soon! It's here!

Next, I bring exciting knitting news. Anne, of Wooly Wonka fame, and Lori, of Oceawind Knits fame, have teamed up to create the Ennea Collective, an e-zine of spinning, knitting and weaving.  I can't wait to see what they spin up (October!).

And, here's something for you now (no waiting)!  Miriam Felton has published her first book, a treasury of patterns for commercial or handspun yarn.


Inside Twist and Knit you'll find patterns for socks, shawls, scarves, mitts and cowls, each with a unique lace pattern. Miriam used both handspun and commercial yarns for the patterns, which offer the knitter versatility, variety of yardage, and weight of yarn, needed for a design.  The book is available in print or as a digital download. If you're on Ravelry, you can download collectionsRav_linkredyarnball of 3-4 patterns, or the complete book, to your library.  Please check Mimknits for full details or questions.  Later you'll learn about the two skeins of handspun pictured, along with a shawl I test knit for the book. Hey-more to come!

And, there's more! Amy has designed a sock that may bring back Mr. Sock Mojo. The plan is to invite Mr. Mojo to be my guest, and main squeeze, at the Knitters Retreat.


The yarn, should also be an attraction for Mr. Mojo, as it's The Woolen Rabbit's Pandora in the Forever in Blue Jeans colorway (be still my heart).  (Speaking of Woolen Rabbit, tomorrow is Kim's birthday!) 

Now, back to Amy!  If you have trouble fitting a sweater to your body type, check out Amy's Fit to Flatter tutorials (and her sweater patterns).  She's truly onto to something.

The Weekend in Pictures (and few words)


The pedicure was fun and I opted for cute flowers (ala TeresaC, however no blue toes).


Amazingly, we had chicken nuggets with oven fries for dinner.  The recipe for the nuggets is from Gluten Free Girl and it was yummy! (Yes, we made fry sauce.)


We did a little happy dance after finishing the puzzle (1,000 pieces and 24x30"). 


The pansy garden was planted (4 pots full) and I'll love watching it grow.

The bonus was warm weather all weekend (albeit a little cloudy).

Sunday we went to the Artesian Well and filled three jugs full of extra good drinking water (Smith brews beer with it). 

Housewithapurpledoor  Paintedhouseonaves 

While driving to the Salt Lake City Cemetery (where family is buried) we enjoy looking at the older homes.  The purple door caught my eye (I've always wanted a bright red door), as did the Trompe l-oeil vine.


The City cemetery is full of history, and it's a beautiful, peaceful, interesting place to visit. This man lived right, eh?  The new headstone is my favorite. We should all live as "Marvelous Marv" did.

Tasty Tuesday III


Several friends have birthday's in March (so do I), which means there are many celebrations throughout the month.  Saturday I took a gluten free carrot cake to my needlepoint class, as it was Suzy's birthday.  I'm the only person who needs to eat GF, but everyone loved it.  Beverly Hills makes fabulous cakes and the GF chocolate is to live for. Who says you need to be denied good food if you eat GF?  Not me!

Happy Monday!

Thanksgiving was wonderful!  The perfect recipe was a long weekend, good food (Smith's lamb was exceptional!), delightful family visits, a movie (weak on plot, but full of great Rock and Roll!), and a ton of time to relax.  It was heavenly.

The yummy food didn't stop because the apple crisp was gone. On Saturday we bought a lemon tart (from Whole Foods) for Sunday dinner (leftovers).  With frozen blueberries (warmed in a pan, crushed as they heated, a good bit of sugar, a touch of lemon juice, dash of salt, and vanilla) a nice tasty sauce was made to pour over the top. Ir made a quick and fabulous treat.


Now, it's your turn to share your favorite T-day memory.


Roasted salted pepitas are one of my favorite snacks and my favorite way to eat them is mixed in yogurt (besides just popping a handful in my mouth). They add extra flavor and a delightful crunch, however, they are almost always seasoned with wheat and brands without wheat are quite expensive. My new BFF, Google, led me to an easy, tasty recipe and this weekend I whipped up a batch of my own. This new lifestyle is challenging my lack of kitchen prowess, but so far I've been able come up to the plate (no pun intended).


After carefully measuring out a double dose of ingredients, the largish batch came together quickly, filling the whole house with the nutty aroma.  This is mighty tasty treat, but next time I'll know to add a bit more cayenne and a touch more temari (my addition was a sprinkle of kosher salt).


For nine years I have had constant pain on the left side of my body.  Some days it was mild, other days it would hurt so much I could hardly breath, but it was always there.  Over the years I have been sent to physical therapy, told to eat right, told to exercise, told it was fibromyalgia, told to relax...  Overall I just dealt with it by ignoring it as much as possible and I stopped seeking a solution.  It would not be allowed to rule my life, stop me from living as I wished, or change my daily routine and overall it didn't.  After a few days of being wheat/gluten free the pain was gone, it's still gone after 10 days and I expect it will stay away.  The discomfort and nausea from eating is also gone.  After each meal I wait for the waves of pain, nausea and bloating to come, but they never do.  I feel renewed, amazed and thankful.