Belts

The snow is quickly melting, several small streams have formed across our land and squishy mud is everywhere. If the number of loads of sopping wet laundry is any indicator the mud and water is a mighty powerful lure for three small boys and a puppy. Since we’re outdoors so often I thought it was time Sasquatch had his very own collar. Plus, the boys all want belts (just like Dad’s) so they can carry their leathermans around properly. This weekend I got the paracord out, made Sasquatch a collar and started on the first belt.

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Is It Spring Yet?

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Slowly the days are growing warmer. A patch of grass is emerging high on the hill. Although, to get to it, you’ll have to cross a field still covered in a good 2 feet of snow. Some days we still get occasional flurries and brisk winds but they are starting to be outnumbered by “warm” (around 45F) sunny days.

The list of Spring chores grows: daily milking has begun, chicken and goat pens need a deep cleaning, hooves need a trim, and soon there will be a garden to cultivate -once the snow melts.

And some fences need mending….

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Despite the growing workload and the general muddy mess spring brings we’re just happy to be spending a little more time outdoors.

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And just because she’s cute….

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On the Go-veralls

After figuring out how to knit and purl my first project was a pair of On the go-veralls. Noah was 2 or 3 at the time. It was a bit ambitious but I wanted to knit something besides a scarf. Why not jump in with both feet!

100_1223 100_1224Luckily for me they turned out well. Now, I think the yarn drapes  a bit too much. They are super comfy!

Ever since, the On the go-veralls have been on my mental make again list. So when my Grandmother sent me a lovely knit baby blanket plus a skein of yarn I knew just what to do with it.

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Even though I made the 0-6 month size these are pretty big on Molly right now. I thought they might be as the leg was looking more like a sleeve for me! However, my gauge was spot on so I went with it. During the hip section I had an ominous feeling that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish. Luckily I had a little wool left over from one of the Liza Rose scarflettes. So I added it in as stripes. Together they were exactly enough. Funny how that works out sometimes!

I expect Molly will fit into these in another 2-3 months (around 6 months).

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Best Ever Pecan Waffles {GF/SCD}

Have you ever tried to bake up some grain free goodness? Likely you ended up with grain free but not so good results. I know I have. Every new grain free recipe feels like a gamble. How will this recipe turn out? Good? Edible but not quite like the real thing? Or just a huge waste of time and ingredients? This time fear not. These pecan waffles are the best!

DSCN5903I adapted this recipe from Eat Well Feel Well. Eat Well Feel Well is one of my favorite grain free, and Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) complaint, cookbooks. If I’m trying to maximize my chances for tasty grain free results, or make a special meal, this is the cookbook I turn to. These pecan waffles are quite filling. For the best results use a food processor or blender.

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Pecan Waffles

2 cups unsalted raw pecans (use soaked nuts if you can), or pecan meal

4 eggs

1 stick butter- melt 6 Tlbs for the waffles. Use the rest for greasing the waffle iron.

1/4 cup honey

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

Preheat your waffle iron. Warm up your oven (200F) if you want to keep them warm or just serve as they’re ready.

If using whole pecans grind them into a fine meal in the food processor, otherwise place the pecan meal in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend well-till smooth and then run the food processor a bit longer for best results.

Grease your iron. Add 1/4 cup batter and cook until the waffle is golden brown. Keep warm or serve. These waffles cook a little faster than regular waffles so keep an eye on them until you get a feel for how long they take.

Top with honey cinnamon “syrup” and bananas sautéed in butter and a touch of coconut oil. For the syrup combine 1 cup of honey with 1 Tlb cinnamon.

Freeze any leftovers. I think they’re tasty right out of the freezer but you can thaw them and reheat them as well.

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Enjoy!

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A Shalom-Inspired Cowl

 My Shalom cardigan is done! Well, except for the buttons. I used up every last bit of the Twiggy with just enough yarn left to weave in the ends. I found one never used skein of the same yarn – but its no where near enough yarn for two sleeves. So my Shalom will stay a vest. Since Spring has yet to show its face around here, and to use up that last skein, I decided to make a Shalom inspired cowl.

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Using the same twisted stitch pattern as the Shalom I cast on 78 stitches. After 3 ridges (of garter stitch) I knit 25 rows and ended with 3 more ridges. I used larger needles -size 10 rather than the size 4 I used on the Shalom. While this cowl won’t keep the stiff winter winds out it will be perfect for the (hopefully coming) warmer, but still chilly, Spring days ahead.

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Play Dough

  Here’s one for the kids.

This play dough recipe is quick, easy, and handles just like the store brought kind. Plus, it doesn’t leave your hands and table covered in salty (or any kind of ) residue like so many homemade recipes for play dough do. A  batch of play dough would make a great sugar-free addition to any spring – or birthday – celebration.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 Tlb veggie oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

Combine all the ingredients in a pot on your stove top and stir till you have a thick dough. Remove from heat and knead smooth.

Add food coloring of your choice to color, and glitter, if desired.

This recipe can be doubled (or tripled but you might need a bit more muscle to really stir it)

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