Thursday, December 27, 2007
A lot of hugs to you Deb for all this lovely gifts. I love it all. I recieved this delicious gifts from Deb. You are one of a kind. I am sorry I first got time to show the pictures now. The gifts was opened the 24. december.
1. Interweave Knits Magasin - Holiday Gifts
2. The Crime Santa Cruise
3. An CD with Christmas Music
4. A Christmas ornament
5. A recipie how to make Eggnogs Cookies. I will try baking them for the 31. December Evening.
6. 100g handpainted yarn from Colinette my favorite color
7. A snowman (Finger Puppet) with a peppermint flavored candy stick
Thank you very much Deb for the gifts. I love it all. You really are a sweeti.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Thank you Irene and Happy New Year
Monday, December 24, 2007
nutcracker, and toy soldier. A kit to make a beaded medicine bag, some Plymouth cotton yarn, body wash,lotion and lip balm, candy, coffee, a beautiful fabric decoupaged serving dish, The Knit It Holiday issue, and the book, Shrouds of Holly by Kate Kingsbury, which I can't wait to read. And some great recipes I can't wait to try.
I am really overwhelmed by Barbara's generosity - thank you so much Barbara.
But there is more!
Next I opened the package from Karen - and once again was overwhelmed! And once again could not fit everything in one picture. There were little notes on each package - lots of fun.
There was a container of Ginger Snaps, and some Cinnamon Plum tea - which was inspired by the book she sent - A Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich - Visions of Sugar Plums (how clever is she!) a recipe for Lebkuchen (German Honey Bars) a pop-up magnifier to help with that small print, an adorable keychain sock blocker with a pattern for making a mini sock to put on it - and some Opal sock yarn to make it with! I think that will turn into big socks for me though! There was also a cute mini stocking that I have turned around the wrong way in the picture - it has a star on the front of it.
And, if you look closely, under all of those goodies is a Trader Joe's bag - I never have enough project bags!
Thank you so much Karen - again, I am overwhelmed by your generosity!
I feel like I'm am so blessed to have found all of you wonderful "whoduknit" friends and hope that all of you will be spoiled as much as I was today!!!!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
One was Penny's bookmark and the other was Jane's green socks.
I loved the explanations Penny put as to why she thought a bookmark was a neat thing to knit and the fact that I just love all kinds of bookmarks anyway.
I am partial to anything green, especially socks my newest passion in knitting.
Both projects are awesome, so I made an executive decision to award both entries a pair of wooden sock blockers.
Since I'm still in the motel and using Chuck's laptop, can Penny and Jane please email me your shoe size and address to mail the blockers. All of my addresses are stored on my desktop at home.
Congratulations to Penny and Jane!
And to everyone else, I really enjoyed seeing your projects and reading a description of what you would have made if time had allowed!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Just imagine our cool murderer standing there in her pink ensemble, complete with pink socks!
Check out the beautiful socks at www.yarnissima.vox.com
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
This package came at a time when I need cheering. Thank you very much Joan. And I hope You and everyone here at WhoDuknit have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!!
Merry Christmas from Marielle and Santa too!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Anyway - today I recieved the most lovely box from Patty in Florida. And at the risk of spoiling things, Patty, by next week you are going to know why - before I opened the package - I was having a giggling fit! It is such a small world...
Anyway - I recieved a lovely recipe parchment! A recipe for Jeff's Double Batch Dutch Babies (try saying that real fast) that looks so good....I just think a sample should have been sent too!! LOL!
A lovely Christmas tin with handmade crocheted snowflakes in them which will go on the tree tonight....I know you made them Patty and I thank you so very much. I love those snowflakes. I once tried to make some...yeah....I didnt cherish those like I am going to cherish these!
A book I have never seen before and cant wait to start - complete with a bookmark - The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson.
Holiday ornament balls filled wiht kisses and reeses pb cups (you know - those things I have been craving and snarking since Halloween!!) And the CUTEST "Gold Antler Reindeer" with more candy. He is so cute - I am going to have to put him up high to keep him for myself from my grandkids!
Great gifts - the swap was great fun - thank you so much Patty!!!!
I hope everyone is surviving the storms that seem to be covering most of us. We were supposed to go see Beauty and the Beast yesterday afternoon and Lindsey's Christmas Concert at Baldwin Wallace College was supposed to be yesterday evening. Everything was cancelled. It wasn't that we had that much snow (about 6 inches) but the wind kept everything blowing around all night.
If any of you caught any of the Browns v. Buffalo Bills game from yesterday, you saw what the big boys got to play in . . . silly game.
I remained ensconced in my home all day. We finished decorating and I finished most of my Christmas cards (I think).
Therefore, you all know how very excited I was to get a package from Penny this morning.
There is a bag of wonderful candy (which I am going to hoard and limit myself to one, maybe two, well, possibly three a day). A mystery ("Sugar Cookie Murder"). Two lovely crocheted ornaments -- they don't show up in the picture too well, but they are very lovely. Some handcream (my hands greatly thank you), a little notebook and a bookmark.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I recived a very awesome Holiday swap package from Jane this week. Great knitted sheep and lama oraments, chocolate, and lots of cool reading material! The best treat was the custom note cards she made for me! I am thinking I might have to order some more from her!
Thank you so much Jane!
Friday, December 14, 2007
What a wonderful prize I received. A great sock pattern and some lovely yarn to make the socks with. One skein is of Kroy and funny thing is I have two other skeins of it and neither of them have the same dye lot. Even this third is a different dye lot but the colors are not really that much different from each other. There is also a skein of Bernat Hot Socks which is photographed upside down. Sorry about that. There was a lovely note included. AND there is some delicious candy. Here is a close up of all the candy.
I can't tell what these photos look like on the blog but they seem fine in my camera.
Thank-you Joyce for my prize.
Anyway, since this story was about mystery books being sold in a cafe bookshop I made a bookmark. The shop should have bookmarks for sale or give one with every book purchased. Here is a photo of the one I knit. It is made with Grace cotton and is probably a bit bigger than what it should be but I like it. Here is a close up of it.
You can find it here: http://grannys-garret.com/pattern/leandra_e.pdf. It is bookmark Leandra which I got from Pattern Central here: http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/bookmarks.php if the the first link doesn't work.
It is an easy knit and does make a good gift whether given with a book or not.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Post your favorite recipe for using up those Thanksgiving leftovers by Sunday, December 2 and your name will go into a drawing for a cookbook put together by the kids in my school as a fundraiser. (Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving - post a recipe for using up any leftovers!)
Friday, November 30, 2007
BUT I also make my chicken pot pie recipe and it then becomes turkey pot pie. The best part of the recipe is you don't have to poach the turkey first. You just cut up the turkey into bite size pieces. Of course, there is a sad part to this as when I poach the chicken I do so in wine!!! AND when you use leftovers the you don't get to use the wine.
Anywho, here is my recipe (note the turkey is highlighted):
Chicken (Turkey) Pot Pie
1. Poach 5 – 6 chicken breasts/or one to two turkey breasts depending on the size of the turkey breasts (or use 4 - six cups of leftover chicken/turkey) for about 11 minutes in some white. Cool and cut into chunks. You don't really have to poach cooked chicken or turkey.
2. Sauté one medium onion until golden
3. Make a roux by mixing together
½ cup butter
½ cup flour
½ cup white wine
4. Remove from heat
2 ½ cups milk
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp basil
1 tsp cayenne
6. Heat about 15 minutes to thicken
4 cups mixed veggies in total (2 - 3 cups mixed frozen veggies & 1 -2 cups frozen peas (I usually don't use peas but broccoli and cauliflower
8. Place in pans, add pie crust (see below for recipe). It can be frozen at this point.
9. Brush with egg wash
10. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until brown
Robin Hood Instant Pie Crust Recipe using cold wine instead of cold water. (4 – 5 tbsp = 1/3 cup). Follow directions on box (mix the wine with the dry ingredients, roll out and place on top of pie. There is no need for a bottom crust.
1 (12 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
8 ounces mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground turkey - I use the dark meat chopped really fine
salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Set aside in warm water.
In a large heavy skillet saute mushrooms, garlic and onions. Add turkey and cook until mushrooms, garlic and onions are tender. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat, and stir in spinach, parsley, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Stuff the cooked shells with the mixture, and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover with spaghetti sauce, and sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until heated through.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Turkey noodle casserole recipe with noodles, cooked diced turkey, cream of mushroom soup, Cheddar cheese, curry powder, and seasonings.
1 package (10 ounce) frozen peas, thawed under cool running water
2 cups diced cooked turkey (or ham)
1 1/2 cups cooked noodles
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 can (10 1/2-ounce) cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Combine turkey, noodles, and peas in a buttered 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Sauté onion and mushrooms until tender; blend in soup, milk and seasonings and cook, stirring, until well blended and hot. Pour soup mixture over the turkey and noodle mixture; top with shredded cheese. Bake in a 350° oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.Serves 4.
As you can see, this is a very flexible and adaptable recipe. It can be made with chicken/turkey/pork, fresh or frozen vegetables, cheese whiz or grated cheese. It is good made one day and reheated the next so you can have leftover, leftovers!
20 oz frozen broccoli (or fresh broccoli can be used - don't even bother cooking it)
4 cups (or more) stuffing (you can also make a box of stove top)
4 cups (or more) cubed turkey (you can also use chicken - just be sure its cooked first)
2 cans cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup (or combination)
2/3 or large jar of cheese whiz or 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar
In large casserole or 9x13" pan, put broccoli in pan (it doesn't need to be thawed or cooked - just broken into pieces)
Sprinkle cubed turkey onto broccoli
Mix soup and cheese
Pour soup mixture over turkey
Spread stuffing over soup mixture
You can refrigerate it for up to 24 hours prior to baking or bake immediately.
Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let set for 5 minutes prior to serving.
Now my brother, who loves to cook, but is a notoriously picky eater, makes the chicken version of this recipe for mucho lots of family and pot-luck type events. This is recipe. Read it with the idea that he as an adult, still doesn't like most vegetables and still doesn't like any of his foods to touch each other:
1 - 20 oz. package of cut frozen broccoli (Not sure why anyone would put this in here, could be a mistake)
6 large chicken breasts, cooked and cut-up
2 cans cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup
2/3 or large jar of Cheez Whiz (Mmmmmm) [1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar works too!]
1 large box of stove top chicken stuffing (Use both packs in box) - can be left over stuffing too
1. Cook chicken and cut up
2. While chicken is cooking, make stuffing per directions on package.
3. Put uncooked, frozen broccoli in bottom of 9x13 pan. (Consider throwing
pan out at this time) [if using fresh broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces, don't even bother cooking it (why bother using it anyway?). Just cut it up and put in pan.]
4. Mix soup and Cheez Whiz together.
5. Place cut up chicken on top of broccoli. (Or if following suggestion at end of step three, then place chicken in a new pan)
6. Pour soup/cheese product mixture over chicken.
7. Spread stuffing on top.
8. Refrigerate or bake.
9. 50 minutes prior to serving: Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
10. Let set for 5 minutes. (Take opportunity to look around for something else to eat)
11. Serve. (Only if you have to!)
1 to 2 1/2 cups cooked diced turkey or chicken
1 (4 oz.) can of mushrooms
1 T. minced dried onions
1/4 tsp. Tabasco
1/4 tsp. marjoram
1 (10 1/4 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 13 oz. can evaporated milk
1 (8 oz.) package spaghetti, broken into pieces, prepared according to package directions and rinsed under cold water
1 (4 oz) package grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Combine first seven ingredients and mix well. divide spaghetti into 3 equal parts. Cover bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish with layers of a third of the spaghetti, half the turkey mixture, and half the cheddar cheese; repeat, ending up with a layer of spaghetti. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees or until hot and bubbly. Let set 10 minutes before serving. Can be made in advance. Serves 6-8
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you are looking for an easy way to use up sock yarn, check this site out. It is at Mason Dixon Knitting. Just pay attention to the 4" square. Being that I have no sense of what 4" is (my first square ended up 6"), I hacked off the end off a 6"x4" index card and stuck it in my bag. Your gauge can be whatever in order to get a 4" square and then send them off . . . spread the word!
Have a good one.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
As for the mystery, what can I say? Obviously, I am in this group because I like mysteries!
Thanks Jane for drawing my name and sending me these prizes.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Then came the treat:
How about that? Did I love it?? OH, yes!!! And how on earth did you know what my favorite candy when I lived in Chicago as a kid was ??? I haven't seen them since 1967!!!!! The Candy Corn! And YES; I ATE THEM, RIGHT AWAY!!!!! Before my kids or grandchildren even saw them!! Scarred stiff I wouldn't get them all, every single piece. Terje was allowed to taste ONE, and he just looked at me, wondering what on earth I was talking about when I told him how much I loved this candy! The others were allowed to sniff the plastic! How old I am??? Not much...eh.....51.....and 1/2....and a some days more..... So now I'm waiting for someone to send me some Hot Tomales!! Haven't seen them either...But I suppose you can't send THEM in the mail.... *LOL*
Saturday, November 10, 2007
With the holidays approaching, I know that we are all stressed out with last minute shopping, knitting, etc. and it can be an expensive time of year, but it wouldn't be any fun without including our whoduknit friends in our holiday plans - so let's make this swap an easy one, while keeping the postage down as well.
You will be sending your pal:
1.A holiday ornament (handmade if you have the time!)
2. A holiday themed book This could be a mystery, a knitting book, craft book, cookbook - whatever - and a previously read book is perfectly fine.
3. A favorite holiday recipe
4. A holiday treat
Sign-ups begin today and end on Sunday, Nov. 18. Partners will be assigned shortly after that. This won't be a secret swap so you won't have to worry about anonymous e-mails. The deadline for mailing packages will be December 15. Of course you may want to mail earlier if you are mailing international.
To sign up e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address, and whether you are willing to send international or would prefer a pal in your own country this time.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wow, I want to give a great big thank you to Kim Smit from Canada. I got the bestest swap package of all. Just look at all the lovely yummy goodness that came in a huge box all the way to MO. There were knitting needles with a ghost on the top. There are pencils and a pen from Canada, a keychain that says Canada. A huge tote bag that was all folded neatly into a little nylon holder about 2 inches wide by 3 inches long. Very portable to carry when I go yarn shopping. It will open up to hold a LOT of yarn. I got a thermometer, beautiful yarn, candy, stitche markers, and two books to read. One of which is The Cat Who series (my favorites and one I haven't read). There are teas and a crochet book. I feel so spoiled. Thanks again Kim. I love everything. And here is a picture so you all get to see my goodies.
Monday, November 05, 2007
I nearly forgot to write at this blog but now it is here. I know it is a couple of days ago is was Halloween, we do not celebrate in Denmark. But more and more people are making pumpink faces with light - mostly families with small children. I think the tradition will come in Denmark in a couple of year.
I recieved the gift from Dee for more than a week. She really a sweetie. Every gift were wrapped in orange silk paper. I recieved a crime which I look foreward to read, a bookmark from her trip to Africa- very beautifull, the trick was 2 ballons, the treat was a lot of chocolate - I wonder why it is not at the picture. I thank you Dee by my heart.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
AND of course here is my Solara trying to get into the action. LOL
Thank-you again Mindy. I will be putting this on my blog sometime on Sunday.
Hey did you gals all remember to turn back your clocks?
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Thank you so much Vigdis. This is a really great treat!
Friday, November 02, 2007
Answers to Halloween Riddles:
1. Why didn't the skeleton cross the road? He didn't have the guts.
2. What do ghosts serve for dessert? I Scream
3. What was the witch's favorite subject in school? Spelling
4. What kind of pie do ghosts eat? Booberry
5. Who did Frankenstein take to the prom? His Goulfriend
6. How can you tell that vampires likes baseball? Every night they turn into bats.
7. What's a cold, evil candle called? The Wicked Wick of the North
8. What kind of hot dogs do werewolves like best? Hallowienies
9. What's Draculas favourite pet? A bloodhound
10. What kind of music was inspired by mummies? Wrap
11. What do you call serious rocks? Grave stones
12. What do birds give out on Halloween? Tweets
13. What kind of boats do vampires like best? Blood Vessels
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Second - for the Bone Harvest project contest. The winner is....Sheila for her fingerless mitts.
Please e-mail you address to me (email@example.com)
I have to say that I enjoyed some of your ideas that never happened like the
mittenless fingers (I think your DH should join the group Barbara!) and the lemonade socks (some lemonade koolade will be on its way to you Penny!)
and this photo doesn't do it justice.
The book is The Segwick Curse by Shawna Delacorte
Two skeins of Lion Brand, Fancy Fur in brilliant blue
A pattern for a fuzzy neck gaiter
A candle and candle holder
Grapefruit foot massage cream
and, finally, a magnetic notepad.
Thanks Mary. It is a great package.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I had told my husband about the book one day over lunch and that it seemed that several folks were knitting fingerless mitts. He said, "I think you should knit mittless fingers." This is what I have to live with every day! Yeah, it is worth it!
"Thank heaven you saw me!" exclaimed Ted Long as he feebly helped make fast his battered yawl to Dr. Hall's chartered fishing boat.
Hall reached over the side and assisted the bedraggled yachtsman aboard.
Long staggered into the shade of the cabin and sagged upon a berth. He removed his cap to wipe the perspiration from his brow, revealing a bald, freckled head.
"Drink this," said Hall, holding out a cup of water.
Long gulped it frantically, asked for a second, and when he had downed it, told of his ordeal.
"Bill Smith and I were sailing for Bimini when the storm hit us. The sails, rudder, and radio went in the first five minutes. We barely managed to keep afloat.
"We drifted five days, lost. Three days ago our fresh water supply gave out. Bill went crazy with the heat and thirst. He started to drink the ocean water. I tried to restrain him -- I hit him. He -- he struck his head against the starboard rail. He's dead! It's my fault!"
Hall climbed into Long's disheveled yacht. In the little cabin he found Bill Smith laid out on his back, dead. The criminologist studied the bruise on Smith's jaw and the one at the base of his skull.
Back on the fishing boat, he warned Long grimly, "You're going to have to tell the police a better tale than the one you told me!"
Why didn't Hall believe Long?
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I recieved my packet from the summerswap yesterday. It is an amazing gift. Look by yourself.
1. 6 pencils
2. A red purse
3. A broche with roses
4. A blue silk scarf with red roses.
5. A note book
6. 2 skeins of green Fun Fur from Lion Brand Yarn.
7. Patterns for Christmas stuff.
8. A Weaving Loom
9. Maeve Binchy book This year it will be Diffferent and other stories. A book with Christmas stories.
10. Grounds for Murder - a puzzle with secret puzzle images. A story of John Lutz.
11. Knitting needle no. 1.
12. A blue bag with roses. Is useable for knitting.
All from Anita Holmes. Thank you an a lot of love.
Have a nice day. Irene from Denmark
Monday, October 08, 2007
Thanks for playing! The correct answer was......
Mandy killed her uncle. It was afternoon when Carrie looked out the bay window and saw the sunset, so the window must have been facing the west. However, Mandy claimed to have seen the sunrise through that same window, but the sun rises in the east. Carrie learned from a distraught Mandy that they had argued recently, and she had come to settle their dispute, although Steven had already disowned her and refused to re-include her in his will, so, in a fit of anger, Mandy shot him with a revolver hidden in a kitchen cabinet for safety precautions. Her uncle had also fancied a drink and was on his way down to the kitchen when she was taking her glass of water back upstairs.
There were 12 correct answers, and the winner of the drawing is.....
Safiyah is the newest member of our Whoduknit group. Congratulations on your beginner's luck!Send me(firstname.lastname@example.org)your mailing address and I will send out your Halloween Mystery package.