Monday, May 7, 2012

Bread, Chips, and a sweet moment

You might be wondering just what the 2nd photo represents?  Broccoli Chips!  I just made them for the first time using the recipe from this book.  There are so few "chips" on the plate because I couldn't stop eating them long enough to snap the picture!  Mark was kinda "meh" about the chips.  I guess "more for me!" is a bit bratty?

Inspiration for attempting the bread came from this blog.  Everything Rae writes is just how it was for me too.  All my efforts prior to using this method were time-consuming and produced dismal, inedible results.  I am thrilled to be able to make edible bread for so little money and effort!  (victory dance)  This will really help as we are transitioning to our new life of simple living.

I made another new recipe of raw beet salad today but didn't like it nearly as much as the previous recipe.  It was still OK to eat, but it's hard to settle for "OK" when there is such a delicious recipe available.  Although today's version won't make it into my regular recipe rotation, I am pleased with myself for trying something new and staying on course with my menu plan.

Something wonderful happened when I woke up!  Joaquin patted my head.  It was just a dear little moment.  I am always patting and stroking his head and today--he did it back :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yarn Along - Vest and Goats and Sheep...

Joining a favorite blogger today in her weekly Yarn Along.  Ginny says:

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

Joaquin (the cutie-pie with the digger trucks) helped in choosing the yarn colors for his vest and now I just need to put it together and knit the arm and neck bands. I am always scared to do that part so have distracted myself by starting a new knitting project. I'm not alone in this approach, am I? Isn't that one of the paths to starting so many projects before finishing the one at hand?  
I do love the Lucinda Guy book "And So To Bed".  If you haven't seen it, it's a visual treat.

I am reading about Sheep because we just got the oh-so-adorable goats. (My brain just works this way so you have to have some patience.) Turns out, the goats aren't quite the mowers we had envisioned. Of course, they have other really valuable qualities so they are still "keepers". They are mini-dairy goats, age 1, twin girls named "Mocha" and "Latte". Mocha has the brown eyes (of course) and Latte has blue that actually look white (like the foam on a latte) Sometimes I call her "Caramel Latte" because she has caramel drizzles on her cute little face.

Now I want mini-sheep too so they can mow our lawn and keep us amused with their cuteness. I found out AFTER acquiring the goats that sheep are better "mowers".  In addition to mowing, there is the wool factor--so perfect for all my plans for making Waldorf dolls and toys. I am looking into the Babydoll breed of miniature sheep. Isn't that name too, too precious? I can make baby dolls out of Babydoll wool and include a tag with a picture of the actual sheep who provided the wool. Well, that's the dream anyway.  We'll see what our landlord has to say (no pressure, Scott)...

I am enjoying the "Sheepish" book tremendously. Easy and entertaining read.  What are you knitting and reading?