Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
On the other side I needle-felted this warning. :-)
I was getting rid of some of my cookbooks when I came across an old bread-making one. Flipping through it I saw a photo of clover leaf rolls and it brought back memories. My mom used to always make clover leaf rolls and I loved them. I loved pulling them apart into their three equal bits and putting a dot of butter on each third before eating. I decided that I needed to make some. I made ours with pumpkin and they were delicious.But, they must be eaten this way - pulled apart in thirds. My poor husband was going to just slice his in half and put butter on. Lucky for him I was there to guide him. ;-)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here they are after felting.
So, naturally (!!), I needed to get more sweaters. We were on our way to visit a friend when we spied a $5 a bag sign at a thrift store. My lovely hubby pulled in and I picked out every wool sweater I saw. Seven of them. We found a few shirts for W and went to pay thinking that we would have two bags full and get all that lovely goodness for only $10. Needless to say that I was tickled pink when the woman at the counter took a look and said that we would need to roll them all up tightly to be able to fit them into a bag. She proceed to roll all those big wool sweaters up into tiny rolls and cram them all into a grocery bag. I love her. ;-)
This top one is already ear-marked for a project. I want to cut the front open so that it is a cardigan and then do some needle felted embellishments on it. I found inspiration here.
And I'll need to turn one of them into one of these bags. But I still need enough for my quilt so maybe I actually need more sweaters. ;-)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
And not a speck leftover.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Needless to say we were very happy. We took the time to sit right down in the sunbeams and while we basked in the sun we listened to Here Comes the Sun as is our tradition now.
I'm sorry to say that Sunshine On My Shoulders didn't make the cut this year as the CD was out in the car. But just in case you really want to hear it (and I know that you do) here it is...just for you. :-)
Soon enough all the animals joined us to get their dose of sunshine too.
This also tends to be the time of year that my thoughts turn to spring cleaning. I whir through the house seeing what I can get rid of; wiping walls down to get rid of fingerprints, Hotwheel tracks and other assorted messes; vacuuming in places I never normally get to and *gasp* even cleaning the windows. I know that in another month it will be Gardening Time (said with much reverence) and that
I also like to get moving on using up some of the fruit and veg. in the freezers that I tucked in their at harvest time. Having four large freezers plugged in all the time plays havoc with my conscious. Funnily enough when you cook up massive pumpkins and freeze all the pumpkin puree you then need to Do Something with the hundreds of pounds of pumpkin in the freezers.
Thankfully we all love pumpkin muffins and I can see the need for many, many batches of muffins to see us through all our cleaning efforts and then all our gardening work.
Edited to include recipe for muffins.
My third grade teacher's pumpkin muffin recipe (only slightly altered...no, really!)
3/4 cup oil (I use grapeseed) (originally called for 1 cup)
1 cup sugar (originally called for 1 1/2 cups - use your own tastes as a guide)
2 cups frozen pumpkin puree
3/4 raisins ( I do half with and half without because I always double the recipe)
2 1/4 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix wet ingredients in bowl. Mix dry ingredients together in another bowl. Combine and blend. Fold in raisins. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes (depending on size of muffins). Enjoy! :-)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Clouds with silver linings...Cool trees on hikes...Hikes along lava fields...past some wild goats finding a driftwood swing along the hike...
and the flowers....I love me the flowers... And my favourite hike on the 2nd island we went to was this one - on the Kalalau trail along the Na Pili coastline.that stretch of beach was where we were headed.
It was one muddy hike. Critters like crabs... red-footed boobies... whales...(you can just see him breaching there - not a great shot as it was taken from up high above the ocean at the lighthouse)
A canyon hike...
And enough down time for knitting warm woollies for our return...
If you want to see a few more pics I've posted on our shared blog too.
On our way to the airport to come home my 13 year old said to me, "Being here is like hitting the 'pause" button." That really struck me. As a person who for years has wished for a pause button to slow things down in our lives so that we could take time to enjoy it more I really liked hearing that from my son. Our month on the islands is like a pause button and we are very blessed to have it. We spend our time with no have-tos and only want-tos. It was a very good month indeed.
P.S.- thank you all for your comments and compliments on this blog. I was away all month so not able to respond to them all but I appreciate them very much.