Showing posts from February, 2013

Yarn Along: Road Fever Lily

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Lily Cardigan
I haven't finished the Grove Mitts or the Twined Fingerless Mitts but, hey, why not start another project! LOL. I actually needed a mindless knit for a long car ride and that's the real reason I started this project. This will be my first fitted garment and I'm a little worried about getting it to fit right.   Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Colorway 2425 (love this color!) 
Pattern: Lily by by Lene Holme Samsøe
Reading: Road Fever by Tim Cahill
I just finished this book and would only give it 2 out of 5 stars.  In the late '80's two guys attempt to break the world record for driving from the southernmost tip of South America to the northernmost tip of North America. They complete the trip in just under 24 days. There's not a lot to write about when you're stuck in a truck for 24 straight days. It's not like they were stopping to see the sights along the way. 

Instead of this b…

On Our Menu: February 15 - March 3

I have a busy week planned with lots of after-work activities so our menu is relatively quick and simple.

Winter Hiking: Devil's Lake State Park

Last Saturday Christian and I were in southern Wisconsin for an all-day grassroots festival. Instead of dodging deer on the long drive home we decided to stay overnight. Natural Bridge State Park was just a short detour on the drive from the festival to the hotel so we stopped in for a short visit before it got dark.

Sunday was chilly but the sun was out so we set out for a winter hike at Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo, WI. The woods had a lot of snow but we didn't need our snowshoes because the trail was so packed down. 

We started at the beach and hiked up, and up, and up the western bluff trail until we reached the top. There we were offered awesome views of the frozen lake below.

Devil's Lake is a very popular park in summer because it's not far from our state capital but the trails were peaceful and quiet in winter. I'm not sure how high up the bluff is but the people fishing on the lake below looked like ants!

The last time we were at Devil's Lake was i…

BSBP 7: Beads Mailed!

My partner for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party is Christina from California. Here's a really great article about her if you'd like to learn more. (click here)

Christina repurposes old bullets to create beautiful jewelry.

She also makes stitch markers out of old typewriter keys (I wonder if Lori paired us together because I'm a big knitter. Hmmmm...)

You can check out Christina's Etsy shopblogFlickr photoswebsite, and Handmade Artist shop. Whew! Busy lady!

In my excitement to mail Christina her beads I forgot to take a photo. BUT - here are a few images that inspired my selection:

I think I need a vacation. LOL!

UPDATE: To see the beads I sent to Christina, click HERE.

On Our Menu: February 11 - 17

I've been trying a lot of new recipes lately but they're all from the latest issue of Vegetarian Times so I don't have any recipe links to share with you! VT doesn't post their links until the next issue comes out. Bummer.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine's Day? Christian and I don't really celebrate per se. We're going out for pizza on Wednesday but that's only because we're getting our taxes done so it will be late by the time we get home. Then on Thursday I'm making Christian the same meal that I cooked for him for the very first time: Sliced Steak with Arugula and Moroccan Couscous. For desert we might have ice cream with One-Minute Mocha Cakes. YUM!

Here's what's on our menu this week:

Confession Time

Confession Time: I watch The Bachelor. I know, I know. The show goes against so many of my moral standards but it's like a bad wreck that I can't look away from! I really loved this weeks episodes because Christian and I have vacationed at some of the exact places where the show was filmed. You know one of the opening scenes of Episode 6 where Sean is crawling around on a big pile of logs? That's Moraine Lake in Banff National Park.

And Lake Louise - where Tierra pulled another stunt to get attention? Here's a shot from high above the lake including the chateau where the girls stayed. 

When we were there the place was just crawling with people. I wonder what it took to shut the whole thing down for a few days while they filmed...

Sean took Catherine on a snow coach out onto the Athabasca Glacier. We did that too!

Except we were with a ton of other people!

But we still had fun. The ice was over 1,000 feet thick where we were standing!

The Canadian Rockies are one of the most …

Yarn Along: Grove Mitts & Driving Sideways

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Grove Mittens
I finished the first mitt quite awhile ago but I'm ready to finally tackle the second one. This is a slow knit with each row requiring a lot of focus and concentration so it's not something that I can work on while watching TV. Yarn: Knit One Crochet Too Linus in Colorway 445 
Pattern: Grove by Jared Flood (one of my favorite designers!)

Reading: Driving Sideways by Jess Riley
I just finished Driving Sideways this morning and we're discussing it at book club tonight. I can't wait to hear what other people thought about it.  
I finished Christian's hat. It only took me about 6 tries to get something that I liked. LOL.

I knitted the hat long and folded the extra length up into the inside so a double layer would be over the ears. Then the stitched the hat closed. I kind of like how that turned out!

If I had the patience, I would have ripped out the ribbing one more time and decreased a few st…

On Our Menu: February 4 - February 10

I'm making 3 meals this week that have "chipotle" in the title. Better stock up on antacids! 

Bitter Cold

Last week here in Central Wisconsin our high temps that didn't even reach 0 degrees. But that wasn't the worst part. The worst part was that the windchill was at -20 to -30 degrees. In true Wisconsin fashion, if you don't like the weather you just need to wait a little while. Sure enough, on Tuesday of this week we were on the verge of breaking the record HIGH temps (we almost hit 50 degrees) and I drove to work in a thunderstorm and pouring rain. 

But now the bitter cold is back. Yesterday we once again had windchill advisories of -20 and -30. When it's that's cold I don't dare take Buster out for a walk because I worry of damaging his precious little pink paws. This morning was a little better (7 degrees with a -10 windchill) so I bundled up in my marshmallow snow pants and fur hat and we braved the cold for a little exercise. The boogers in my nose instantly turned to ice and the wind-forced tears froze in mid-drip down my cheeks.  Ah, Wisconsin...