Friday, July 18, 2014

JORD watch giveaway

Something new and different for me to give away and tell you about.  A watch.  But not just any watch.  This is a JORD watch made of diverse and sustainable wood from around the world.  JORD is actually a swedish word that means earth, soil and land. (Gotta love that.)  And guess what?  They are made in the USA.  St. Louis to be exact.  Yep, just a bunch of friends with an awesome, innovative idea that they put to use.  All natural.  I'm all in.
In recent years, I have gotten away from wearing a watch.  Probably because I always have my phone with me or near me to check the time.  But let's face it.  Watches are more than just about the time.  They are a timeless accessory that is not only functional but totally fun to wear.
JORD watches are one of a kind.  No two are exactly the same because of the natural materials, so each one is unique.  They are super light and also unisex. (I had a jeweler remove links.)   Each watch is presented in a beautiful wooden box which adds to the beauty of this watch.  Opening mine was a true treat.
I'm wearing Fieldcrest in Natural Green.
{Filedcrest :: black}
The awesome peeps at JORD would like to give away one of their watches to one of my readers.  The winner will receive a coupon code valued at $120.00, same price as the Fieldcrest.  The winner may choose whichever watch they would like in the Fieldcrest series or choose to put it towards another model and pay the difference.  The code will also include free shipping.  If you can't see your lovely self wearing one, enter for another!  It's an awesome gift.  Please leave a comment here before Wednesday July 23, 5pm EST, and I'll have the random generator choose a number.  And send your husband, boyfriend, lover, fella, son, friend over to enter as well.  I am smitten with these watches and I think you would be, too.

Enjoy your time!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

we went to vero beach

 Where my parents new neighborhood has glorious Oak lined streets.
 Where the sunrises are well worth getting out of bed to experience.
 Where beach days are not unappreciated.
 Where my girl still likes to play in the sand.
 Where my three children still hit the water all together.
Where knitting happens.  (And progress is made!)

Where the time with my parents goes much too quickly but fills each of us with memories, laughter and and a whole lotta love.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

we went to michigan

It was our first time to Upper Michigan.  I certainly hope it's not our last.  What a special spot.  
We rented a suburban and hit the road.  I knit all the way there and then didn't pick up my needles once over the course of 4 days.  I soaked it all in and if anything was in my hands it was my camera.  
 Frankfort Lighthouse.
 Sleeping bear dunes. Jumping is mandatory.
 Flipping into Lake Michigan.
 At Point Betsie Lighthouse.  The sunsets are epic.
Point Betsie Lighthouse.

And the Michiganders?  Some of the most gracious of hosts. And so darn proud of their state.  I would be, too.

Hope your fireworks were the most beautiful you have ever seen.
Happy weekend!

Friday, June 13, 2014

scape me!

 I have been waiting for these beauties for a pretty long time.  Summer of '10 to be exact.
So, when they showed up this week in my CSA box, I was beyond thrilled.
The recipe is simple.  
With three little ingredients.  
But one of those ingredients is parmesan cheese.  
Cheese. Oh, yes.  I'm onto a new food venture.  Omitting dairy from my diet.  I've tired a lot of things over the years, I know.  And you've been there for them all. There was the ice addiction.  (I kicked the ice eating habit and started taking iron pills.) There was the green smoothie challenge in May '10.  (I've been drinking a green smoothie 4-5 days a week ever since.)  Then there was the gluten-free attempt where I went gluten free for 3 months to try to help my excema.  (It did help, and I still watch my gluten but am not gluten free.) I tried going fully raw.  (That lasted for 3 days. I like some of my food hot.) And now,  now I am attempting to eliminate dairy from my diet.  Why?  Well, I have read a lot of studies about dairy.  And the one that really caught my eye and made me get serious about giving it up was that without it,  it can help eliminate asthma symptoms. (There goes my friend Michelle's eye rolling.) I have been an asthmatic my entire life, so I figured why not give it a try.  To be free of my inhalers would be a dream.  (I may just prove you wrong, Michelle. :) )
So, I made a version of parmesan cheese.  It's not bad, either.  And the scape pesto?  Fabulous!

Cashew Parmesan:
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (You just have to get over the name.)
1 tsp salt

Scape Pesto:
7-8 garlic scapes
1 cup parmesan cheese (The real stuff or the cashew parmesan above.)
3/4 cup good olive oil

Put all ingredients in a food processor and let it do it's thing.

You can use the pesto as a dip, or tossed with your favorite pasta, or with your zuchinni noodles, or as a spread on a sandwich.  I made hummus and threw in a big spoonful instead of the garlic.  Yumm.

Enjoy your weekend and your yarn!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

summer '14

It's official.  School is out.  
So looking forward to once again doing not much of anything and a little bit of everything.  
Kids:  "Mom, this is so queer. "  
Me:  "I know!  Isn't it wonderful!"

I've been making them jump since '08, I wasn't about to let Charlie's last year of high school go without a final group jump.  He'll be off to college in the fall.  Super, duper hard to believe.

Happy summer!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

chive blossom vinegar

I just love the recipes that come alive with the changing seasons.
I have seen chive blossom vinegar recipes sprinkled on the internet and found some blowing in the wind so decided to try some of our own.
These little flowers are so beautiful, I almost hated to cut them for this purpose.  Almost.
I used this recipe but forgot to boil the vinegar before pouring on the blossoms.  Two weeks in a dark spot in the kitchen to see if it made a difference.  So looking forward to it.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

may

I seriously don't know what has happened to May. I was thinking that it just flew by without much happening. I decided to look through my photos so that perhaps I could feel a little better.  And I did.
Life was lived.
Beautiful moments happened.
::  spent a weekend in kiawah :: rode bikes on the beach :: i knit ::  my parents came for a 10 day visit :: they brought their adorable dog lily :: we ate outside for the first time since last year  ::
 i made our favorite chocolate chip cookies, weekly :: we enjoyed a lovely mother's day ::
i survived Charlie's senior prom :: i worked.  a lot :: i knit :: the house was shown ::  i practiced yoga :: i made pancakes.  and ate five ::  i knit  ::  i cut libby's hair ::
 my car was taken to the doctor.  it still is not back ::  i won a yoga workshop with my handstand photo on instagram  :: i knit :: i contemplated eating a raw diet.  i tried it for three days  ::  i let andrew have more kids over than usual  ::  we went to see ingrid michaelson :: i laughed.  a lot ::  i ripped out my sweater  ::  i cast on, again :: 
we celebrated a friends birthday with wine, homemade ravioli and a delicious salad  ::  we decorated the house for memorial day  ::  we had fun contests  ::  i knit ::  we went to a memorial day parade to show love and support to all who serve and have served  ::
we gathered to remember those who served and celebrate our freedom  ::  we swung on an awesome tree swing  ::  i made vintage picnic food using my grandmothers recipe's  ::  fell in love with a wood watch ::  i went out on lovely dates with my guy ::  i knit :: we started counting down to summer break ::  i listened ::
 i picked the iris's from my garden as soon as they bloomed ::  i had a lovely visit from my friend Kristyn ::  i signed up for my CSA and can't wait till next week  :: i knit ::  i went to two wine tastings  ::  we planted basil  

May has been lovely.  Hope yours has been, too.

See you in June!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

start again

 It took me 7 weeks to get to this point in this sweater.
And 24 minutes to get to this point.  
I knew it. The entire time I was knitting that it just felt too big. I decided to take it off the needles and try it on for size.  I was right.  Tooooooo big.
I stared at it for an entire day.  And then did what we all sometimes need to do.
I cast on again last night.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, May 09, 2014

it's time

Everything has a time.  Along the journey we have been traveling the time has come to put our house on the market.  That has kept us extremely busy.  Three big purges (huge, really) have happened with the help of my awesome mother and sisters.  It feels great.

We will say goodbye to our loving home with a ton of awesome memories.  Looking forward to our future with excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead.

Happy feet.  Gotta have them.

The random number generator chose #21, Miso Crafty Knits.  Please email me with your address and I'll be sure happy feet will land in your mailbox.

Have a Happy weekend!

Monday, April 28, 2014

happy feet

I adore this book.
The title makes me smile.  The photography is awesome.  And the patterns are ADORABLE!  I tried to limit my photos to 5, by choosing my favorite 5, but then ended up with 10 and then I noticed that most of them are on the cover.
If you are new to socks this book is for you.
If you have made a million socks, this book is for you.
Inside are patterns for everyone you know.  It's sort of like looking at the socks and knowing who you could immediately make them for.
The book is filled with over 40 items to knit for your "knees and toes".
Each sock seemed to have come with their own personalities.   For your own special peeps!
If you have never knit socks, no need to worry.  The fundamentals are all there, including the sock vocabulary.  There are top-down patterns, toe-up, afterthought heel and tube or spiral sock.  A section with tips and tricks as well.
A sock book at the perfect time.  Summer time knitting.  Socks are easy to transport and easy on the lap.
Sixth & Spring would like to give away a copy of happy feet to one of my readers.  If interested, please leave a comment here before Friday, May 2nd, 5pm EST.   I'll have the random number generator choose a number.

Oh!  And I forgot to mention here, but for those instagramers who would like to try to win a set of place mats, hop on over to my instagram ( lesliefriend ) and either regram my pic of the placemat  (with the world drawn on it) or just hashtag one of your pics with #giftofgreen and you will be automatically be entered to win a set.

Happy days to you!