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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Progress - Waiting Room Knitting

Good morning,

Here's the progress on the Waiting Room Knitting Project. I am only working on this project while sitting in waiting rooms. It is a small project that fits into a small tote bag that I can grab as we walk out the door.  It's amazing how much gets accomplished!

This is an intarsia knit hat that will go into the shop when complete.  

I love intarsia knitting on small projects such as this.  I make up the patterns as I go along which makes it fun.  On larger projects, such as sweaters, I have to develop a consistent pattern for front, back, and sleeves.  That's fun, too, but doesn't feel quite as fancy free and "doing my own thing" while knitting a hat.

I have several other projects in process, too, that are larger and that I work on at home. 

What are you making now?


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Crock Pot Ribs

Good morning,

Do you ever wake up in the morning and start to ponder what you'll make for dinner that evening?  It happens often here.  Ha!

Well, I knew I had a package of four country ribs and plenty of time, but didn't know exactly how I wanted to prepare them so I made up something new.  The crock pot was a good idea because I planned to spend part of my day re-potting plants and draining the fish pond, so I didn't want to spend much time in the kitchen during the afternoon.

I started loading the crock pot with a layer of carrots and onions all chopped into fork size pieces.  I added a bottle of beer, then the four large ribs arranged on top.  I put dabs (a technical cooking term according to my mother) of citrus jam and crushed garlic on top and added pepper. 
I wanted something "tomato-ey", so drizzled some catsup over the top.

I put the lid on the crock pot and set it on high for the first three hours, then down to low for the next four hours. An hour before serving, I removed the ribs to a flat corning ware dish and drizzled another bit of catsup over them.  I popped them into the oven for that last hour so the most recently added catsup glazed on the top.
The house smelled fabulous all day and the ribs were delicious.  I served them with the carrots and onion from the crock pot, steamed cauliflower and broccoli, applesauce, cottage cheese, and pickle.  I've been serving extra veggies instead of potatoes recently. 
For dessert we had banana bread that I made in my Mom's old Sunbeam Mixmaster.  Does anyone else remember when entire kitchens were harvest gold color?

The banana bread was delicious.  By the time I downloaded these pictures about 48 hours after I took them, the banana bread was gone so I missed taking a picture.  It was pretty.

All the best,


Friday, August 18, 2017

Exceedingly Hardy Hibiscus

Good morning,

This little Hardy Hibiscus is exceedingly hardy!

It is growing from a crack in the curb in our parking area near our garage.  When we've pulled the cars in too far, it has pushed the curb slightly out of place and this little plant found that spot to grow.  I cut it back often and need to get out there and dig it out, but now I think I'll just let it grow for awhile.

We'll be having the blacktop replaced soon anyway so we might as well let this little blossom have its day in the sun. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Waiting Room Knitting

Good morning,

While we are waiting for routine doctor appointments, I'm knitting in the waiting room.

The project in the image above is a hat that is my current take-along project.

It's amazing how much knitting gets done during these waiting times!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wendy's Weekend Haul

Good morning,

Last weekend, Wendy and Catherine competed in AKC Agility Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wendy competed both days in various events and brought home the ribbons you see above.  The First and Second Place Ribbons on the right were won during agility runs.

The two Title Ribbons are in recognition of two new AKC Agility Titles now belonging to Wendy.

We are so very proud of our Wendy and Catherine!

:),  (proud Mommy smile)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bagel and Coffee!

Good morning,

It seems to be time for a good food post again.  :)

My Honey and I were our running errands when we stopped at Bruegger's Bagels for a bagel with salmon and cream cheese.  Bruegger's House Blend coffee completed our lunch. Although we drive by several times a week, it has been years since we've stopped for a bagel treat.

My goodness, we'll surely do this again soon!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Snowball Flowers

Good morning,

I took today's images across the street from our home at one of Xavier University's buildings.  The building is a home that has been converted to university offices.  It is not uncommon for deliveries to come to our home instead of the XU office.  I was delivering a package we received by mistake when I stopped to take these pictures.
When I was a child we called these snowball flowers, but I'm sure someone will tell me their correct name. 

So pretty!