Saturday, June 22, 2013

This is probably my favorite picture from the photo shoot and favorite exercise in the Arch and Curl Series.  Figure 8's.  Take at Port City Pilates in Wilmington, NC.  The only studio in Wilmington currently offering the beautiful movement system! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Card

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jasons Stocking...

So I finished Jason's stocking! 2 down 2 to go! I had an even more difficult time with the heel on this one than the first one. Bummer. I thought I would be getting better, not worse. That being said it still came out pretty darn good! I wish the instructions were more clear about how to pick up stitches for the heel. That would make everything so much easier! I can pick up the stitches on the top with no issues at all, its the bottom loops that are causing all the headaches. Maybe Jasper's stocking will go better. Third times the charm!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Christmas Stocking Project

So now that I finally have my Fair Isle chops I have started my Christmas stockings!! I did mine first so that if I completely blew it then I wouldn't feel bad about it. So far I am really happy with how it has turned out. I am not 100% sure about the i-chord I did for the hanging of the stocking, and the heel has some mistakes that I had to go back and correct but all in all...not bad. Thank goodness for Fair Isle, because if it wasn't then the mistakes would probably be much more noticeable!! I have started working on Jasons next. 3 more to go with 3 & 1/2 months till Christmas...I think I can make it!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lacey Lace Love

This cowl was my first attempt ever at lace and I have to say that I love it! Something I wish I had known beforehand is... Lace work requires ALL of your attention! This is not a style of knitting where you can just sit and watch TV. No sir. Lace work demands some respect and attention to be paid. Many mistakes and frustrated nights made me learn my lesson. So while this particular project almost made me burst into tears on more than one occasion I still love the finished project!! I learned my lesson and will definitely be making this again for myself. This particular cowl went to my dear friend Jenna for her b-day. Love her!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2 Delicious Vegan Recipes

Now let me first start by saying that I am NOT a vegan and have always been a big skeptic of this diet since I am a true lover of all things dairy. However, I decided to branch out and "not knock it till I tried it." These recipes come to us from the cookbook, "Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker" by Robin Robertson. She did not come out and state that these recipes were vegan in the recipes. I only noticed they were vegan until after I had already made them!!

Vegetable Curry
1Tb Peanut Oil
2 large carrots sliced on a diagonal
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2Tb Curry powder
1tsp ground coriander
1/4tsp cayenne pepper
2 large yukon gold potatoes, diced
8oz of green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can chickpeas, drained
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1.) heat oil over large pan over med heat. Add the carrots and onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 min. Add the garlic, curry powder, coriander, and cayenne, stir to coat.
2.) Transfer veggie mixture to the slow cooker. Add potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, and stock. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
3.) Just before serving stir in the peas and coconut milk. Season with salt.

I cooked this on high for 4 hours and it still came out great! So so sooo yummy!

Mac and "Cheese" Florentine

8oz elbow macaroni
1 10oz package of frozen chopped spinach, cooked or thawed according the package instructions
2Tb Olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews (I used regular ole cashew from costco that were salted)
1 3/4 cups water
1 can of white beans, drained and rinsed
1Tb miso paste (this is optional and I left it out b/c I couldn't find it)
2tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
pinch of ground nutmeg

1.) Cook macaroni in a large stock pot until al dente. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add the spinach and combine.
2.) Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, add the onion, cover, and cook until soft (about 5 min).
3.) Grind the cashews to a powder in a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth. Next, add the onion, beans, miso paste (if using), the remaining 3/4 cup water, lemon juice, dry mustard, cayenne, nutmeg, and salt. NOTE: If you are using the miso paste you will need less salt since miso paste is quite salty. Blend until smooth. Cover the pasta and spinach mixture.
4.) *This is where I think the recipe needs tweaking. It says to transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours. HOWEVER, when i did this only after 30 minutes the macaroni began to look like it was drying out. I can't imagine what it would have looked like after 3 hours!! Sheesh!! Sooooooo...I recommend you skip the slow cooker all together. Just transfer the mac-n-"cheese" to a large casserol dish, cover with tin foil, and warm in an over for about 30 min until it is heated through. That way it won't dry out and will maintain some of its creaminess.

This recipe really blew me away! I can't believe how tasty it is. While, I still love my regular dairy filled mac and cheese this is definitely a great alternative that I will most certainly make again!


P.S. Thanks to my sister in law, Lauren, who didn't mind at all that I stole this cookbook from her apartment!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Seed Stitch Baby Peacoat

This little peacoat for Lacey's baby boy due in Sept. came out soo stinking cute!!! Its been awhile since I have finished a knit and just been completely in love with the final product. Either the pattern instructions were completely frustrating, or the finishing of the garment was a drag and took forever, or the knit was just boring. Not so here. I really enjoyed making this coat! I know many knitters hate seed stitch but I am not one of them. I find seed stitch much more interesting than ribbing or the honeycomb stich I used for some cowls not too long ago.

I love the instructions for this coat, I love the hood, I love the buttons, I love the fit, I LOVE this little coat!! I will most definitely be repeating this one. Definitely. Message me if you want the patter.