isn't it pretty? and see how it matches the hotpad i inherited from my grandma? but i digress...
now a dutch oven is the sort of thing that when i see it being used on tv or on display at a store i say, "oooh i want one of those!" but when i actually get one, i have no idea what to do with it.
so..... i decided to make stew!
here's my stew "recipe"
bring 9 cups of water with your choice of flavoringto a boil. (i used to use bear creek's vegetable soup base,which i loved, but my cub foods quit carrying it. now i use something called, "better than bullion." you should feel free to use what ever you'd like.) my flavoring goes in at one tsp/cup of water, so i add in 3T flavors. you should follow the directions on your label.
take a pound of stew meat and trim off excess fat, and cut into bite-sized pieces.
add to the water and boil for an hour and a half.
while meat is boiling chop up the following:
one medium onion
one and a half sweet potatoes (or one super-large guy)
half a head of cauliflower
when you have 30 minutes left, add the onion.
when you have 20 minutes left, add the sweet potato and cauliflower.
now i also like to add pasta in, so read the directions on your choice of pasta's box and with that many minutes left, add in the pasta.
when the time is up! eat it!
this stew is tasty, but i think i need to do some research so that i can be using my dutch oven to it's fullest potential!
so today i went to the wonderland that is b&h photo. seriously, i need to take you there the next time you're in town- it's a nyc experience.
there amidst the sounds of languages from every corner of the world and high-speed conveyor belts zig-zagging every which way over head, i found my new love. it's a canon 50D and it is SPECTACULAR! really, really spectacular. unfortunately, my cold prevented me from doing too much outdoor exploring/testing today but here's a little taste.
my parents have two cats, and their reactions to my knitting couldn't be more opposite.
chuck, who is affectionately known as "old man," climbs onto my lap and falls asleep, he could care less what i'm doing as long as i give his ears a scratch every now and again.
izzy, on the other hand, is intently interested in my every movement. she will sit there staring at me for as long as i care to sit there and knit. then, the moment i leave the room, she attacks the knitting and tosses it everywhere. i've never seen a cat work so quickly. she can string insane amounts of yarn all over a room in the time it takes an unsuspecting knitter to refill her coffee.
while i'm awaiting my turn in the shower line, i'll give you the knitting christmas wrap-up.
mom's slippers - done!
lil's totoro - done!
kaia's stocking - done! (technically it was done two years ago... i just never took it's picture until now)
and last but not least, here's lily opening her stocking this morning. she would only ask santa for a deer family, so i don't know that it was much of a surprise, but she was definitely excited to get them!
as much time and gushing as i devote to knitting and photography- it has to be said that my number one true love is paper. cutting paper makes my heart sing. and, being that i'm a teacher, i probably do more paper cutting/collaging than any other craft.
so it was all too exciting for me to get to steal a few minutes from christmas knitting sweatshop to make a card for my angel paraprofessional, ms. barnes
and a travel journal cover for ellen and jon's impending trip to europe
so i am here in omaha, working away on my final holiday project, a blue totoro (rav link) for lily. i had reached the point in the decreasing at the bottom where i need to add the eyes and the nose, when i realized that i forgot to pack any black yarn to make the nose.
my mom is not a knitter, so she doesn't have a stash of yarn i can go to. but what she does have is my great-grandmother's sewing box. my great-grandmother both knit and crocheted, but this is her sewing box, so i'm only holding out hope to find a random scrap of black yarn in there somewhere (or maybe some black embroidery floss, i'm not too picky).
the drawers are full of thread, buttons, random bits and bobs.
but no black yarn. i found a bit of pink, red and blue, but no black. then, in the bottom drawer i find an old cigar box full of ribbons and binding tape. i feel that if i am to find any black yarn this will be the place...
i pull everything out and start to go through it, no black yarn, but i do find the following, which belonged to my great-grandpa (he worked for the boy scouts executive office).
i feel a bit like he may be mocking me from beyond the grave.
either way, i'll be making a trip to the yarn store today.
today we made recycled crayons (we used martha's instructions as a guide). we'll give most of them to lily's preschool as a holiday gift, but we'll keep a few for ourselves since they're just so much fun to color with!