Friday, December 23, 2011

Sweater, take 2

B's sweater:

This one is better than the R's in some respects. kfb increases work better on the yolk of the sweater. And artistically, the stripes are nicer. But I wish I'd made it about 3 inches longer. And the cast off edge on the bottom could have been looser.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The finished product

Here is R, wearing his sweater.

I finished B's just this evening, but haven't taken a picture yet.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Almost Christmas

December is always such a busy month leading up to the holidays. I've been spending very little time on the computer lately. Having two mobile trouble makers in my house takes a lot of time and attention. I did finish R's sweater, and it fits nicely. I'll eventually post a picture. I'm nearing completion on a similar style pull over for B. My baby elf hats and button scarves are selling really well at the co-op gallery. It was nice to take a gamble on some new items and have them sell so well. I need to get some new things churned out for the post Christmas shoppers. I really wanted to make the kids each a sweater this year though. It's been a nice change of pace to knit for my family.

Speaking of family, I am so excited because my parents and sisters are coming down here for Christmas! It's the light at the end of my tunnel after a what's shaping up to be a long, stressful, expensive week. I'm so looking forward to not traveling this year. Spending Christmas here, with the kids instead of on the go.

I've done really well with my second hand gift shopping. I've had to buy very few things new at full price. A shirt for my dad, a gift for J, and one thing each for R and B's stocking. Everything else has been bought second hand, or on clearance (a couple of items for my sisters), or homemade. I have one person left to arrange a gift for, and it's proving to be a little challenge. This person is difficult to shop for anyway.

Sounds like B's awake after another miserably short nap. She's in a big, bad sleep regression right now, and it's making me batty.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Work in Progress

I'm knitting a sweater for R. It's a top down, seamless pull over. I'm hoping to have it done before Christmas.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

3/4c salted butter
1tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4c white sugar
1 3/4c all purpose flour
1/2c of your favorite jam or preserves

blend the egg, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Slowly add flour until it forms a nice dough. If it's a little sticky, add a bit more flour until you can easily form the dough into small 1-2in balls. place the balls on a cookie sheet, push the center in with your thumb. The trick to filling the centers with jam is to use an icing bag, or simply cut the tip out of a plastic sandwich baggy. squeeze the jam into the cookies. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. My first batch made 24 cookies, but they were a little on the large side. They will spread some on the pan, so be sure to set them a couple of inches apart.

The Verdict: J and I liked them a lot. They'd be good with a nice cup of tea. J said they were decadent. R didn't care for them as much since they weren't chocolate, nor did they have frosting. I think you could up them a notch by drizzling chocolate on them, or powdered sugar.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough

1c all purpose flour
1c salt
1/2c water

Mix together adding flour and water as needed to make the dough stiff enough to roll out. Roll flat and use cookie cutters. Poke a hole in the top for an ornament hanger. I baked mine at 220ish for about 30 minutes. The ornaments were very hard and dry and beginning to brown slightly on the bottoms. I let them cool and harden for a couple of hours, then let R paint them. I might have helped paint one or two ;)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving recipes

Because I don't want to forget next year, I'm typing up my recipes for stuffing and pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Pie:

2c. fresh pumpkin puree
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
pumpkin pie spices
1 pre rolled crust

mix together, pour into pie shell, bake for 15min at 425, then turn down to 350 and bake until knife comes clean out of the center. (about 20 mins for my oven, which bakes hot)

Stuffing for turkey:

1 9x9 cornbread, baked the day before, then crumbled
1 sleeves crackers, crumbled
1 egg
1 can cream soup
left over bread scraps, whatever you have- toasted
enough chicken stock to make it all moist and clump together.