Since I haven't written a post since 2010 I thought I'd start out with a catch up. I'm updating you all on what I've been up to for the past year. I finally got my driver's license and I've been fulfilling my hiking dreams. I've hiked many Pennsylvania and NY trails including the PA Grand Canyon, Rickett's Glen, and Niagra Falls. I've also been doing a lot of gardening and crafting. We bought a house in 2013 and I've been loving having my own garden. I started knitting again, and plan to start spinning soon. Here are all of my projects: http://www.ravelry.com/people/SaveRoom4
Here art the crafty items I have for sale at the moment: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HomegrownHand
Pictured Above: Some of my hiking and camping adventures 2015
Pictured Above: I've been gardening and crafting
Feels good to be back on livejournal. I've missed all of this. <3
About time for a blog update! Sorry my entries are so long, but I can't blog too often. I make sure to update my facebook photo albums regularly and then compile my favorite things here on the blog when I get a moment.
In chronological order I will start here 10-8-2010, Octavian's little friend from the neighborhood, Maddy came over to play. I have a few really cute pictures of them both playing together, but this one of Maddy is just completely adorable.
(Pictured Above: Little Maddy)
(Pictured Above: Occytober)
(Pictured Above: New boots)
The kids aren't the only ones playing in our front yard. We've got critters too!
(Pictured Above: Squirrel)
Now it's time for the usual Food Pron! These cream cheese bars are delicious, but very very rich and sweet. Just one is more than enough.
(Pictured Above: Mashed Potatoes)
Sugar cookies, absolutely PERFECT! Just make sure to bake them for only 5 minutes, and don't make them too thin.
(Pictured Above: Sugar Cookies with orange + vanilla icing)
(Pictured Above: Pumpkin Waffles)
(Pictured Above: Banana Cream Pie Bars)
(Pictured Above: Mommy's new hairdo + Oc turned 3)
(Pictured Above: Octavian's Birthday Cupcakes)
"Mama Tuck's Squash - Carrot Cake" (I used 3 cups carrots + 1 cup squash) I used these 2 recipes as guides:
(Pictured Above: Cinnamon Buns)
I used this recipe, sans the raisins: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Heavenly-Ci
(Pictured Above: Fresh Pumpkin Pie)
(Pictured Above: Aftermath of the Pumpkin Pies)
(Pictured Above: More Aftermath)
(Pictured Above: Super yummy biscuits)
I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Buttermilk-B
(Pictured Above: Blueberry wheat waffles)
(Pictured Above: Banana Muffins)
Keep it Knitty!
We have been keeping busy at the Tucker house. Octavian's been playing up a storm. Our neighbors have a lot of fun with him, and his friend Archer came to visit. Archer is super cute and welcome anytime!
(Pictured Above: Octavian playing guitar w/the neighbors)
(Pictured Above: Archer + Oc)
I've been spinning, dyeing, and knitting, nothing finished to report though! I've been knitting so slowly on Jerome's socks, shame on me. I've also been cooking, baking, and playing Peggle on XBox. Jerome has been fixing electronics, playing Peggle w/me, and eating my food!
(Pictured Above: Overnight French Toast)
The french toast was AMAZING! My husband loved it so much. I used the syrup I made for the french toast on the ham.
(Pictured Above: Ham and Potato Soup)
Then I used some of that ham in this potato soup! It's super filling and hearty, got rave reviews on allrecipes. I added farmer's cheese to the butter mixture, and then onion powder, parsley, garden fresh sage, and garlic to the stock.
(Pictured Above: Zucchini Cake)
(Pictured Above: Cherry tomatoes from my garden)
Oh and I briefly spotted a baby bunny in the garden! It hopped away somewhere but I enjoyed the flash of cute while it lasted!
That's all! Keep it Knitty!
How are you? I'm swell. =) I sent a lot of you out there invitations to join my newsletter e mail list via Facebook. Everyone has been so nice, and I've gotten a lot of new members! (Thank You!!) I'm going to be focusing the newsletter on shop updates. This past weekend I listed some new fiber batts + new sock yarn.
I guess I've taken a little knitting break, only because I've gotten so much zen from spinning. I have a lot of knitting WIPs though, and I'm not going to let them turn into UFOs!!! Especially not Papa Tuck's socks living in my pink leather Bass purse.
(Pictured Above: Papa Tuck's socks)
Today had beautiful weather. I got to wear Leisl for the first time this year, that felt good - especially because I'm about 20 lbs lighter than I was in it last year haha.
I had an interview at Verizon today that seemed promising so please wish me luck! I really think this one is a good match for me, but only time will tell... it was encouraging either way.
Well I'm going to spin a while + then watch a movie with Papa Tuck. Love you all!
I hope you're all doing well. I had a really good last week, and off to a good start on August as well. Tonight's farm jog was super extra magical, one of the farms had PONIES out in their pasture. Yes! Little precious PONIES!!! And the cicadas were deafening. I heard nothing but cars, and then turned a corner and found myself in the middle of a cicada jam band.
I don't have pony photography, but I caught the fluffy sheep mingling on film last week.
(Pictured Above: "Wait up guys!")
That sheepy better get it together! Survival of the fittest, ya know?!?!?!?!
I wish I could live or work on a farm... in the meantime I treasure my little garden! I discovered my first ripened tomato which Octavian called dibs on, and I harvested some carrots.
(Pictured Above: First tomato)
I put myself back on a low-ish fat diet. Trying to avoid as much sugar and fat as possible so I can stay in my clothes! Since I lost 30 lbs I had to buy all new clothes, and I plan on sticking with the new threads. My baking obsession has got to smarten up, and this is the start:
(Pictured Above: Low Fat Blueberry Bran Muffins)
Everyone LOVED the muffs, and the whole two batches were gone in a weekend! I was surprised, my husband didn't even consent to butter offered to his muffins! I highly recommend the recipe.
The KDG shop is on a roll. I think it's looking very pretty these days. I just love the newly listed cardigan, mostly because it's so comfy.
(Pictured Above: Knitty Kitty Cardy)
Thanks for tuning in! Until next time,
Keep it Knitty!
I'm still doing really well. Trying to appreciate life and make the most of every new day no matter what. This morning I started off with a run through Amish country, corn + ducks + horses + Amish buggies, blues sky, and nice weather (wasn't too hot at 7:30 in the morning). Octavian has been enjoying summer too. Here he is playing out back on our patio. He had a bowl of water and some old shampoo he used to give his smurf a bath... and my door.
(Pictured Above: Octavian washing my door)
I made more zucchini + carrot muffins, also filled up my beloved heart baking dishes. I brought muffins into Nike, I hope everyone liked them!
(Pictured Above: More zucchini and carrot muffins)
I've been doing a lot of fiber work. I'm also knitting my Ishbel shawl, and looking forward to making a triloom with Jerome. Below are batts for a sock yarn that I'm currently plying.
(Pictured Above: Sparkling Pink Lemonade Twice Carded Batts)
I also have a new handspun sock yarn in my etsy shop and I dyed a new line of sock yarn sets, tea themed. I really love the new sock yarn sets I hope they take off.
(Pictured Above: Orange Spice Tea)
Today I made 6 apple pies! I didn't expect to get so many little pies out of one bag of apples! I followed Betty Crocker for the filling, and my usual crust. The nutmeg smells BANGIN, makes me crave Autumn so badly.
(Pictured Above: Apple Pies)
(Pictured Above: Octavian's slice)
Lastly, here's a photo showing off my cammo smile (my teeth are still broken) and my 1 year 5 month old dreadlocks.
Keep it Knitty!
I had a very satisfying day! I made potato salad, slow cooker chicken, and a strawberry pie. Nom nom nom.
(Pictured Above: My Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie)
Octavian is so cute!! Look at him enjoying his dessert.
After a lot of cleaning + laundry + my pilates video, I finished my first fiber dyeing session in months! Fresh green.
(Pictured Above: Fresh green wool + alpaca)
(Pictured Above: Octavian + me, today)
Keep it Knitty!