Monthly Archives: January 2013

Indulgence

I indulged this week.

And wow has the definition of indulgence changed since become a mama. Yes, my indulgence was going to the library by myself. I was just planning on dropping our nearly overdue library books off in the drive-by drop slot but instead I walked in. I zoomed right by the children’s section and into the grown-up area. I strolled around, even stopping to look through some “recommended reading” binders at the resource desk. I actually looked up a book in the computer catalog. And then I browsed…and kept browsing. It was wonderful.

If you have a toddler you know that the library experience is almost exactly the opposite in every aspect. I do love going to the library with D and he looks forward to it as well, it’s just never a relaxing experience by any stretch of the imagination.  Although, I’m happy to say that he no longer takes all the books of the shelves as he runs along. He also is out of the phase where he’d run away from me, find an inconspicuous corner and fill his diaper. I don’t know why he would do this but it happened several times. Perhaps the library was a bit too relaxing and comfortable?

When I’m at the library with my boy I rarely find books that I’m really excited about, mainly because I’m just trying to grab something as quickly as possible. But I picked up some good reads this time as well as some good movies (I know I’m a little behind considering Babies is from 2010 and Food, Inc. is from 2008).

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Have you read any of these? What should be next on my reading list?

 

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French Press Cozy

Because even a french press should have a hand-knit sweater.

This pattern is ridiculously easy but still took me a few tries to get just right. It fits on our Ikea french press that has a 12″ circumference, I think it’s a pretty standard size but I wrote a few tips on how to make it fit your own french press. First you have to take a look at where my yarn came from.

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Pretty cool, huh? This sweater was given to me by my aunt because she figured I could use the yarn for something. I’m going to have a ton of it once I take the entire sweater apart so I’m sure it will show up in several projects. I love free yarn! This is another sweater that I made using another sweater (from the thrift store). Can you believe I knit an entire sweater for under $5? The buttons actually cost more than the yarn.

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Alright, so here’s a pattern for that cozy…

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French Press Cozy
Supplies:

  • yarn–I’m a somewhat unsure as to what weight the yarn I used would be so checking your gauge is important. I think it was pretty close to a worsted weight. Use wool for best results.
  • size 8 needles (circular or straight, doesn’t matter!), or whatever size needed to obtain gauge.
  • 3 buttons

Gauge: 15 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches

Pattern:
Cast on 72 stitches. VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to make the buttonholes as you knit. Instructions for them are at the bottom of the pattern.
Work a k2 p2 rib for 2 inches ending with WS
Row 1: Decrease 14 stitches evenly over a knit row.
Row 2: knit
Row 3: p to last 4 stitches, knit those last 4 stitches
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece measures 6″ ending with a WS. Work in a 1×1 rib for 1.25″ and then bind off.  Sew on buttons and you’re done! Make yourself some coffee to celebrate!

Buttonholes: make a buttonhole on RS at 1″, 3.5″ and 5.5.” To make the buttonhole: k2, yo, k2tog, continue in pattern to end of row. As you can see from the picture I placed a button at the bottom of the cozy and two inside the handle. If these measurements won’t work with the handles of your french press it’s easy to measure and adjust.
You can either fold the ribbed edge over or pull it up when you’re not pouring…keeps everything cozy and warm.
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Pinterest To-Do List

A few weeks ago I decided to look through my Pinterest boards and see what I’ve actually been pinning the past few months. Sometimes I just pin away without every really looking at what I’m pinning. I have 1,180 pins to date (it will change in the next few hours I’m sure) and maybe 20% are things I’ve actually done.  It’s not that I don’t want to do all these crafty ideas I see but more that they get lost in my crazy pinning addiction, buried under more and more ideas.  Ideas stacked on top of ideas and none of them fully realized.  Here are some things that I want to actually do in the near future.  This is my to-do list, published for the purpose of accountability.

This one is already underway…just need to sew everything together!

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Thankfully I don’t need to know Chinese (?) to figure this project out…you’ll understand if you click on the picture.

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The color combo is fantastic!  I don’t know if having two blankets in my to-do list is really a good idea but I figure you can never have too many blankets.

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I’ve been eyeing this shirt tutorial for awhile now.

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And I need to make some rugs for the kitchen…

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And then of course there are a ton of toddler/kid ideas that I want to do with Dieter.  Maybe I’ll do another post soon with that to-do list. Seriously, what did I do before Pinterest?  Oh yeah, I had to come up with my own ideas…I couldn’t just take everyone else’s.


Why I know I’m a mom…

1. I’m no longer grossed out by the food scraps at the bottom of the sink.

2. I can eat a snack I don’t want to share better than a CIA agent keeping a secret.

3. After touching poop, pee, puke and other nasties I do actually believe what my mom always said: “hands are washable.”

4. Multi-tasking has become a necessary art form. Just try and ask your husband to change a diaper while on the phone or keep a toddler entertained while making dinner (without turning on the TV).

5. Thomas is blue and so is Gordon. Percy and Henry are green. James is red…

6. Dressing up means wearing a white shirt.

7. Going to the bathroom with the door closed is a special treat.

8. I put my hands in my coat and find: a paci, a red, hot wheels car, a pair of mittens and a fruit strip wrapper.

9. My rear view mirror is often angled towards the car seat, not the rear window. I know this would irritate many a drivers ed teacher.

10. My kisses now have healing powers.

11. I actually listen to the song lyrics on the radio and have become overprotective when it comes to what my child hears.

12. I’ve researched every sleep training method…at three in the morning.

13. I would consider planning a vacation to Disney World before I’d consider planning one to Paris (albeit a bit begrudgingly).

14. There is no longer such thing as an impromptu date night with the hubs, unless of course it’s a Red Box movie and ice cream.

15. My heart no longer resides in my body but rather belongs to the most amazing two-year-old boy.

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How do you know that you’re a mom?


Another Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (sorry)

I know I just posted a recipe for chocolate chip cookies but I have another one! Well it’s chocolate chip cookie bars, so similar. I have a sweet tooth and although I’ve cut down A LOT on my sugar intake I like to have a little something sweet sitting in the kitchen every once in awhile or I’ll go find something if a craving hits me. Usually that would be a Dairy Queen Blizzard, any flavor will
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So here’s another gluten-free sweet treat for you (and me) to enjoy.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl except for chocolate chips.  Once you’ve thoroughly mixd everything add the chocolate. Divide the batter between two greased pie plates.  Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown and set in the middle.  Let cool before cutting.

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Funny side story:

I have an impact on my child in more ways than I thought.  Tonight I was taking a picture of my supper, which has become a really annoying habit, because I never know if something will become a blog post or I might want to put it on Facebook.  Dumb, I know.  But you should look at my parents Facebook pages before you wonder where I got this from.  As I’m putting my phone down I hear D say, “take picture DT’s supper”.  I chuckled because obviously he feels that taking pictures of your food is important…and normal (gasp!).  And then he wanted me to take a picture of him, he was moving so it was a blurry.  What a cutie :).

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Hiding in the craft room…

This is a confession post of sorts. I’m a horrible finisher when it comes to knitting projects.

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One sock, nearly finished.  I love it…why is it not done?  Oh yeah I started this over two years ago.  Maybe someday…

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Lovely 100% wool scarf.  Well at least half of a lovely 100% wool scarf.

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A sweater I started for Jeremiah.  I actually took apart another sweater I knit him that was too big and started this one.  Now I’m worried this one is also too big.  Sigh.

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A baby blanket.  Not overly attached to this one.

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108 squares cut from sweaters to be sewed into a cozy blanket.  It will be awesome when it’s done! If it gets done…

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And finally another sock. This one actually is completed and just needs it’s partner, which I am working on right now, I’m proud to say!  I started the first one only about 4-5 months ago…

All in good time.  What are on your needles right now?  And what is laying unfinished in your basket?


How to do Bread Better

There are some things our family can’t give up too easily. Example: bread and tortillas. My two boys love their bread and tortillas. Jeremiah has a sandwich EVERY day for lunch. Granted he works on the road so options are limited. D-man, well he loves his “tatas and salsa.”

Funny story. Our family will often repeat what D says when we find it particularly amusing but when your mom says “tatas” instead of tortillas it’s not quite as endearing as a two-year-old saying it. I could tell she agreed when she scrunched up her nose and said something to the effect of “that doesn’t sound right.”

Our lives are consumed by that little guy.  He’s awesome.

I digress. We’ve cut out a ton of grains from our diet since moving towards eating Paleo but it’s been difficult to find a suitable sandwich alternative. So I’ve dabbled in the world of soaked grains. To put it in the most basic terms grains contain elements called phytates which make the grains difficult to digest as well as take nutrients OUT of our body. Sound weird? This is a better explanation.  Soaking your flour in an acid before baking with it helps break down these phytates and helps your body out in the process.  And it’s not a new concept by any means; sprouting, soaking, and fermenting where all methods used by our ancestors.  I’m still trying to find ways to lessen our intake of grains but this method has helped us out a lot and I’ve used it in several different recipes.

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Pizza dough with soaked grains (plus mashed carrots in the sauce….he’ll never know)

  • Pizza Dough
  • Bread
  • Granola
  • Pancakes
  • Cookies
  • Oatmeal

This is a great resource.

And here is my pinterest board where I keep adding the soaked recipes I want to try out (or already have).