Monday, May 19, 2008

Productive weekend

Despite the fact that I was on call for work this past weekend, I had a very productive weekend. I decided to make apple jelly, as I can't find any in the stores that don't have high fructose corn syrup in it. And I could go on and on about the evils of HFCS. I have cut out as much of the foods that contain it as possible. But, here in the good ol' US of A, that's a hard thing to do, since our society seems to be addicted to it. But, since I love apple jelly, this was the only way I was going to get it the way I want it. And I have pics to share. Up first is the ingrediants that I used:

Apple juice (yes, apple juice), lemon juice, sugar and powdered fruit pectin. Simple enough, huh?

Next are the pots that I used:

One to sterilize my jars, one to sterilize my lids and one to cook the jelly in.

My jars, upside down to heat the lids so they'll seal.

The finished product. I did change the recipe a little to cut back on the sugar.

And, you can't have homemade jelly without some homemade bread. So, of course I had to make some of my famous breaded bread.

Other than that, I made 2 kinds of homemade enchiladas, black bean, refried beans and taco rice for dinner. And all of that on Saturday. On Sunday, I got up and made french toast for breakfast. Then made another small batch of apple jelly, as well as starting an Amish Friendship Bread starter. So, we'll start having yummy Friendship Bread in about 9 days.
As far as knitting, I got the first sock of the pair for Miss PJ done. I'm making her a pair for wear while in the hospital having the baby. I'm using some Tofutsies in pink/mauve colors, since that the only pink I'm going to get to knit for her. I should get the other sock done in no time flat this week, as Katie has 3 games this week on Monday, Wednesday and Thrusday. Oh, and I'll have a little time to knit, while my car is being serviced at lunch.
I hope everyone had a happy and productive weekend. And Happy Knitting!

Monday, May 12, 2008

FO's to show

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. For my Mother's Day, we had a great lunch at the Asian Gourmet. And I was able to sit, knit, and enjoy a beer, all while watching the first 3 Indiana Jones movies that I dvr'd on Saturday. So, I have 4 FO's to show today. Granted, they're not huge projects, they're all quick knits, but FO's all the same. So,with no further ado, here they are:

First up is Baby Bib O'Love #4 for Miss PJ's baby, which is due May 28th.

Next up are bibs that would have been for Miss PJ, if she was having a girl. Since she's not, they are going to one of the sales reps at work, and he and his wife had a girl a few months back:

Then, we have a project that I found to be fun and very green. They are Re-usable Swiffer clothes. As much as I love my Swiffer, I hated to buy the disposable clothes all the time. And this project is made better by the fact that I can get 2 clothes out of one 50gm ball of Peaches & Cream cotton. There will be plenty of these made in my house, and probably some for Christmas gifts, too.

Well, tonight Katie has a softball game, I just hope it warms up, as the current temp is 63 degrees, windy and cloudy. I don't really want to freeze my arse off, like last week. At least I remember my jacket this time around.

Oh, and an update on the free Valentine Lace Sock pattern. It is now available for free pdf download. Just visit here to download it.

Happy Monday Knitting!