Thursday, October 20, 2011

Just a fall fun one :)

 Found this nubby orange and green novely yarn in a clearance pile at Joann's Fabrics. It's called "Sprinkles" and it may be discontinued.  I added it to a tangerine blend and came up with this one.  Forget where I found the shawl pin. Gift for a friend to celebrate fall :)  

Ball Shawl Progress

Snag Close up

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mall Display

If I bought that gigantic ball of guage would probably still be wrong and I'd have to go out and buy another one :)

Knitting Humor :)

Bought this card yesterday at the "Yarn Garden" in Annapolis. I laugh because in my case, it's sooooo true :)
Here is the artist's link:

Mini Country Pot Pies

 Found this recipe in a "First" women's magazine but it can also be found at this link.

When I made mine, I substituted chicken for turkey and chicken gravy for the turkey gravy.  As usual I substitute dry spices for fresh. It turned out really good.  I had a couple of tablespoons.  I'm still in training for the Marine Ball :)  Excellent comfort food for a cool fall day :)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (whole wheat if possible)
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 tbs. olive oil
2 cups diced cooked turkey
1 cup frozen peas and carrots blend thawed
1/2 cup canned white beans
1 tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. poultry seasonings
3 tbs. flour
1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
1/2 jar (12 oz) turkey gravy
1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Heat oven to 400. Grease 4 ramekins. Unfold puff pastry; cut 4 rounds big enough to cover ramekin tops. Cut decorative shapes from scraps. chill dough until needed.
2. In skillet over high heat, cook mushrooms and onions in olive oil 2 min., or until onions are tender. Stir in next 5 ingredients. Cook 2 minutes stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle flour over mixture. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Stir in gravy. Divide mixture evenly among ramekins. Brush ramekin rims with egg; top each with dough round, pressing to secure. Coat dough with egg and top with dough cutouts. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
Serves 4

I need to get better with the pastry part of this recipe :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Marine Corps Ball Shawl Update

Update: It's not good.  The mohair one is looking very Little House on the Prairie.  The "Fruit Loop" shawl is very fruit loop. It does not scream Marine Corps Ball.  It screams "Take me to Hawaii or the Bahamas!"  The Vanna shawl was starting to look better to me.  I was almost done making it when the dog decided to walk across my lap. Her nail got stuck in the yarn, pulled it and now there is a big gap in the shawl. Maybe it will block out?  Maybe everyone around me will drink so much that nobody will notice.  Maybe the ballroom will be dimly lit? So I started another one in pinks and a little bit of taupe...not fuzzy.  And as a back up plan, I bought an off white silky shawl at Macy's today....just to take the pressure off....oh the shame store bought....ewww.  :)