Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

We hope the new year brings you much joy and happiness.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Car Knitting

I am in the car driving quite a bit.  Some of my driving is on the highway, other times it is in town, stop and go.  I generally like to keep a simple wash cloth knitting project as my companion on the road.  Stop lights are great opportunities to get a little knitting done and I've also found myself stopped in the mountains as they are working on the roads.  Might as well accomplish something.
While knitting a vanilla sock is easy I've found it not conducive to knitting on the road.  It's not as easy to put down and pick up as a wash cloth is as a wash cloth is knitted on larger needles.
 This year the yarn of choice has been Bernat Handicrafter Holidays in red.  It's a cotton yarn with a metallic filament. Yes, that means it sparkles!
I make these wash cloths to give as gifts.  They are great stocking stuffers for my children who like them and use them.
I knit the basic wash cloth pattern starting with 4 stitches and increasing to 60 stitches and then start the decreases. 
I can knit without looking at my work and keep my eyes on the road ready to move.
You will notice the bottom wash cloth is orange.  That was some cotton yarn I picked up at Tuesday Morning.  My son goes to the University of Texas in Austin.  Need I say more.
This week I am packing up the Christmas packages to be mailed and will be including these sparkly cloths. 
 And just an FYI:  I do not knit while my vehicle is moving. That would be akin to talking or texting.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Turkey Pot Pie

Today was one of those working days where you  have to step back and say "Really!!!!!!!!!"
And yes with all those explanation points and a few more.
And now that I got that off my chest let's talk about Turkey Pot Pie.
Jim and I did the Thanksgiving holiday together at home,  just the two of us.
 I cooked turkey dinner for us and all the trimmings but sadly no dessert as he is not a fan.
  We could have easily fed  a few more.
Okay maybe 10 more.
I bought a 14 pound turkey.  It's the smallest I could find.
I light dark meat  and Jim likes white so turkey breast does not cut it.
So needless to say we had turkey leftovers.
We take the paper and the Sunday Parade magazine had a recipe for Oh My! Turkey Pie
I decided this was a good way to use up some of our leftover turkey meat.
And of course I couldn't resist making a few changes to  the recipe.
The recipe is start forward and easy to follow.
You do need to remember to take your sheet of puff pastry dough out of the freezer about 1 hour ahead of time so it can thaw. 
I sautéed only the onions and added 2 cloves of fresh minced garlic.
I eliminated the carrots and celery and used 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables which included the peas.
I also increased the amount of turkey to 2 cups.
I  didn't have the right size ramekins so instead used mini loaf pans I already had.
The recipe serves 4.
The Oh My! Turkey Pie's were tasty and I can highly recommend making them.