Friday, October 31, 2008
Fridays are unofficially called "goof off in school day". I have not shared this name with the kids. Our work load is a little less than the rest of the week, so this frees me up to “kick it up a notch.” While we start every school day with memory work, on Fridays I try to do a memory game of some sort. Last Friday we played memory hopscotch.
This idea came to me via H.O.T.T. Tips newsletter from Amy Pak. Amy puts out an amazing newsletter! She gives great ideas for history unit studies and other teaching tips - she puts a lot of time into these newsletters. They have been a tremendous help!
My kids are a bit young to play hopscotch “professionally.” So the rules were adjusted and the game was quite informal. Questions are asked and the one that knows the answer gets to toss the bean bag and hop along! It is nice to have a little change of pace for me and the kids. Yet, please, don’t tell them they are learning!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The life of this project began as a design idea for a relative in WI who was looking for a small table and so I drew up a design and saw the initial project completed by my Grandfather in his shop in Cable, Wisconsin.
Having seen the project in photographs I decided that it would be a fun project to build for myself and so I began to construct a matching pair the first of which is seen here while the second is entering the final stages of construction. (See future posts for details!)
I am holding this table hostage here at our home in Northern VA to encourage my parents to come and visit, because, “Happy Birthday Dad!”, this one’s for you.
I am going to attempt what seems to be the impossible – finishing a knitted project. My sweet MIL (mother-in-law) taught me to knit this year, and I am forever in her debt for introducing me to this headache that I have had ever since.
I taught myself to crochet about five years ago and I have enjoyed this pastime. Yet, in so many ways, I wish I had learned to knit before I learned to crochet. There are so many things that are just done so much easier with crocheting. For instance, if you make a mistake crocheting just pull out the stitches until you are to where you made your mistake. In knitting this is a grueling process of pulling your stitches and sticking them back on your needles and hoping you didn’t drop any stitches.
Now that I have gotten my complaining out of the way let’s move on to what I love about knitting: knitting has a nice, calming rhythm and I love the feel of knitted items. I want to get good at both knitting and crocheting for there are many fun projects that incorporate both.
So this is my first real attempt to finish a knitting project. No more playing around with the needles pretending I am busy (Quiet! I am counting!) It is time to get down to work and make something with this new skill! I will be posting a picture of my work each day. I hope this will keep me motivated to finish.
Besides it would be nice to have a new scarf this winter!
Note: Scarf pattern is Meandering Rib Scarf.
"The only place where housework comes before needlework is in the
dictionary." ~Mary Kurtz
Thursday, October 23, 2008
"When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at
Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with
legs?" -G. K. Chesterton
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
(Josh post) My lovely wife is always encouraging me in new creative endeavors and after seeing the enjoyment that she has had sharing her projects and thoughts here I have decided to join in (after much prodding to do so) and share some of the things that are happening on my side of the family too. As with anything, starting is always the most difficult part and so instead of wringing my hands and looking for just the right type of thing to begin with I've decided to start with the thing that I am most often doing which is design.
People often have a lot of conceptions about what I do as a landscape architect and most of them usually revolve around a central idea which is, "Landscape Architects, you guys draw dirt...right?" Well to a certain extent that's true but fortunately my days are also full of a lot more.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
If you are ever in the area stop by, it's just such a pleasant place to shop. My husband loves to shop there and makes a comment about it every time we get in the car with our bag of groceries. If you can please a husband on a shopping trip you have stumbled on something worth while! The Farmer's Wife has a lovely bakery, deli, and dairy section. They are now carrying meats from local farms, and they carry local produce. They have just about everything you need to stock your pantry, and a good amount of organic items. The main reason we continue to go back is the milk! Milk sold in glass bottles - there is nothing better! If you live in the Mid-Atlantic area please take a moment and go to Trickling Springs Creamery's website and see if they have local delivery locations near you. You will not be disappointed! I would love for those of you that have bought milk or other products from Trickling Springs Creamery or if you have visited The Farmer's Wife in Remington to please leave a message and share your experiences.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
New things should come in pairs (it's safer that way). So with the new starts, should come a little celebration with a new recipe. And with the new season upon us- Pumpkin Rolls it is!
My daughter is in Kindergarten and was introduced to a new letter this week. The letter "B"! And every new letter should be celebrated with a fun project! "B's" project was making "BUTTER"! How fun and arm tiring. So do a little celebrating with us!
1 pint mason jar
1/2 C heavy cream
Pour cream into mason jar. Put lid on tightly. Hand to child and cut them loose, shaking wildly. The cream will turn to whipped cream and it will feel like nothing is moving in the jar. Keep shaking! All of the sudden you will see the walls clear and you will be left with butter and buttermilk! YUM!
1T yeast (SAF yeast- the best!)
1 C warm water (or you can heat up the buttermilk left in jar)
1/3 C honey
3T butter- melted
1/2C powdered milk
1C canned pumpkin
1-1/2 t ground cinnamon
3/4t ground cloves, nutmeg, and ginger
4 to 5C all-purpose flour
You can easily make this recipe by hand kneading or using a mixer with a bread hook. I used my food processor with the kneading blade.
1. Dissolve yeast in water in food processor. Let sit for 15 min. Yeast should be nice and bubbly.
2. Add all ingredients but the flour. Mix for a few seconds.
3. Now add one cup of flour at a time until the sides are clean. Let it knead for a little longer, then place in oiled bowl.
4. Cover and let it rise for about a hour until it has doubled in size.
5. Punch down and separate into 32 pieces. Roll into balls and place in two greased 9" round pans(16 rolls per pan).
6. Let rise for about 30 minutes, until double in size.
7. Place in oven and turn on to 375 degrees. Bake for 25-35 minutes. They should look nice and golden on top. Brush with a little butter while they are warm.