Friday, March 27, 2015

spring break is finally here

Well, in about 1 hour we are headed to the airport.  London here we come!
We have plenty of things on our list.  I'm a little overwhelmed that I won't get to do half of what I want us to do and see. (And then there is my own separate list which includes Liberty London and Wool and the Gang!)
I made Libby and Andrew a little journal this morning.   Well, actually, I printed British Flags and glued them to the front of moleskine journals. I have been trying to use a journal a little more.  So, I thought maybe they could get into a habit of it also.   I added some lines to get them started.  I'm bringing a glue stick and some Japanese tape so that they can add memorabilia to them.  Let's see how that goes for Andrew.  I can just see myself with the glue stick at night.  Ha!
I put my sweater on hold and packed toasty.  Much easier to transport.  I know I mentioned my new thumb technique.  I promise to share when I soon.  Airplane knitting is my f a v o r i t e!
 My sweet neighbor made chocolate chip cookies for us when we moved in and shared the recipe.  Have you ever tried Tate's cookies? Well, if you are a fan of thin and crunchy, you have to try these.  We think they taste just like them!  Packing a few of those in our carry on.  As well as these bars.  

See you soon, friends!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

the perfect love

It truly is a match made in heaven.  And this cookie may be one of our new favorites.  I had Andrew search for our cookie this week.  And this is what he came up with.  
 I read the reviews and followed some of the comments to freeze the peanut butter balls before assembling.  I definitely recommend that step.
 Then make the chocolate cookie dough and form into balls.
 Flatten and fill with one of the peanut butter balls.
Wrap the chocolate around the peanut butter (hello, love).  
 Surround the entire peanut butter ball and roll back into a ball.
Roll ball in sugar and bake.  
You then have the perfect, most delicious ball of goodness.  
See how some of the cookies are smooth and some are cracked.  The cracked cookies are the ones where I followed the recipe.  But then before I baked the second cookie sheet, I decided that perhaps my dough was too dry and I added 1/8 cup of softened butter.  (By the way, I only ever use butter.  Never margarine.)  They definitely contained the peanut butter better, but they were also a little crisper.  Both were amazing.  Honestly, amazing.   I was able to make 28 cookies today.  We have 8 left.

I'm thinking you should remove your butter from the fridge now.  So it will be soft for your weekend of knitting.  And baking.

Friday, March 13, 2015

progress

I think that was one of the fastest weeks I ever had.  With absolutely no time to bake.  
However, knitting happened.  I'm starting to see some progress on my Princess Fiona.  The front and back are joined and the lace pattern is started.  Although, it did gave me a little trouble, as I was knitting it along the right side, not the left.  Ugh.  Ripped it out and ready to start again.  
Into my second skein of chickadee.  Love to see the pile dwindle.  

Happy Friday the 13th!  

Thursday, March 05, 2015

fig newtons

I have been waiting to make these cookies.  But something was always happening to the ingredients.  First, I accidentally grabbed dates at the store instead of figs.  Then, someone (Andrew) drank the apple juice.  Hey, who ate the orange!

Homemade Fig Newtons. Libby and Andrew both scrunched their noses.  But the adults in the house made "mmmmm" noises.  Time consuming, yes.  Something to try if you like fig newtons?  Heck yes.

I'm making a little progress on my sweater.  If only I would have noticed that I was knitting the neck increases out of the armhole.  Just ripped it back.  I'm not going to sleep until I join the fronts.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

the cookie + the project

 I was in a hurry this week because of our Chicago trip, so I used the recipe box in my brain.  We never tire of this bite of deliciousness.
And finally I have cast on once again for a sweater.  It feels so good to be working on smaller needles and a bigger project.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 27, 2015

spotted

We took an overnight trip to Chicago.  And while shopping on Michigan Avenue (who am I kidding... b-lined straight for Crate and Barrel) spotted B. A. Friend chalkboard place mats.  To say I was thrilled is an understatement.  They have been carrying them for a few years, but this was the first time I saw them in the store. You can always still purchase them here and here.

P. S.  My bag is a Kelly Moore Bag.  And I LOVE it.  It's a camera bag that fits everything! The bag is only 2 pounds which makes it PERFECT for traveling. I didn't take my camera with me on this trip but still carried the bag.  Cause it just so happens, to fit all the yarn you need.  What could be better!

Happy Friday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

change

May 8, 2009
February 1, 2015

The Only Thing That is Constant is Change.  -Heraclitus

Different window, different house, same girl.  I just can't believe how the time goes.   So grateful for the photos.  Going to recreate some for the boys, too.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

winter

We had a snow day yesterday(well, cold day) so I spent the day at home.  Doing a few of my favorite things.
 I knit a hat.
I made the worst biscotti under the sun.  (Total fail.)
And a dinner that hit the spot on a freezing winter night.
Grateful to be at home.

Happy weekend, friends!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

bars to go

So, last week, Steve and I took a little trip to San Francisco.  We spent an awesome night in the city and then headed north.  Wineries along the Anderson Valley were visited and we ended up in a special spot; Elk, California.  We had stumbled upon this gorgeous community a couple of years ago and couldn't wait to get back.  
I swear it is Heaven.  Heaven on Earth.  
When traveling I alway fill my bag (although, not as much as my sister does) with snacks.  Usually nuts, bars and various trail mixes.  (I love taking a trip with my sister.  Hello, cheese.  Hello, crackers.)
This time, I decided to play around with a recipe and make bars to take on our trip.

Wrapped individually, they are perfect to throw in your bag.  I've been keeping a few in my knitting bag for when I'm out.   They aren't as good as the cookies I've been baking but these taste like a little bit of delicious goodness.  My cookie monsters seemed to think they were alright.  And the man on the trip with me loved them.  So, there ya go!  

Bars to go:
2 cups oats
1 cup nuts (I used 1/4 c walnuts, 1/4 c sunflower seeds, 1/4 c blanched almonds, 1/4 c pumpkin seeds)
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients in a food processor fitted with the mixing paddle.  Line 9 x 9 backing dish with parchment paper.  Spread mix evenly in pan.  Bake 350˚ for 25 minutes.  Let cool and cut into desired size bars.  
Wrap and go!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

love day

I have so much to share about last week.  Including a fabulous yarn shop that we stumbled upon.
But first I wrapped up Toasty.  And past around a little love.
Hope your day was happy.  And you feel it not only on the 14th of February, but every day of your wonderful life.
xx,
leslie
P.S.  I scrolled down to the February 1st post and now I'm headed to the kitchen to make Chocolate Chip cookies.  Don't do it... unless you want to end up in the kitchen making cookies for dinner.