Summer, 2016

We enjoyed an outdoor concert, “Dancing Under the Stars the other evening – the temps were gorgeous, it was breezy and everything felt magical.

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We’re having our first real heatwave (expected to last a week) here in NY. Fortunately, the humidity is not bad – I could breathe!:)

Me and hubby enjoyed shopping (mainly window shopping) today. We visited K-Mart, I was in search of beauty items (nail polish, eyeliner, etc.).  I always enjoy HomeGoods and love seeing their ever changing items. The baskets, pillows and large glass floor vases were calling me name.  I picked up some of their amazing bottles of spice and some new cloth dinner napkins.

We enjoyed an early dinner at Applebee’s and shared a full rack of ribs…mmm. There is nothing like ribs to knock me off my vegetarian mode..lol The frozen strawberry margarita was (and is always) refreshing.

 

Keeping it together, stitch by stitch…

With all the craziness going on in this world I’m grateful for my hobby of Crocheting/ Knitting …it helps keep my restless hands busy and anxious tendencies in check.

I also use some of the helpful practices given (below).

Working on a few charity projects, these prayer hearts will be sent to women who are grieving the lost of an infant (2nd and 3rd trimester).

This turquoise baby blanket is for friend’s newborn baby boy. I love working with this cheerful color.

Simple practices that help:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22085/7-simple-practices-that-will-help-you-beat-everyday-anxiety.html

Headbands for Craniosynostosis


With a lot of craziness going on in our country, and the world, I gladly turn to my hooks and needles to create inner peace.

Summertime = more colorful ☺ cotton on my hooks & needles. I’m still whipping up cute girlie headbands. I’ve added another charity cause for girls with Craniosynostosis.  One of my friends sends care packages, a few times a year that will be added to care boxes they send to families. So, I have decided to do some of these for them as well.

 

 

 

Confetti = Summer fun

Looking forward to Summer outings and working on smaller projects – easy to carry around  and in bright colors. Today, while sipping on rich iced coffee and working on a few hairbands for my 10 y/o niece – she rocks headbands! I love this cheerful  ‘confetti’ cotton yarn with single crochet stitch and a matching flower.

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Happening this weekend: Outdoor Art Festival weekend

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We lucked out with beautiful weather today (rain expected tomorrow though). A lot of people and many families came out to enjoy. I brought a small WIP with me and “crocheted in public” while listening to the folksy/jazz band play.

The art work is exquisite – paintings, handbags, jewelry, stained glass, accessories, etc. I came home with these studs. Just a small birthday gift for me as I start the month off celebrating my special day.

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Memorial Day 2016

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Grateful for and in memory of those who served and gave their lives for our freedom, in the US.

Rye Playland and the Veterans  Administration celebrated and honored all of the service members with a tremendous picnic, entertainment & air show by the Marines. Included was a free day of rides at the amusement park.
The weather was perfect, and being by the water (tye soubd) we had a lovely breeze all day.

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Dollar Tree – Grand Opening

Finally, White Plains gets a Dollar Tree store today!!
I had high expectations since every DT I’ve ever been too (out of NY) is a large well stocked and varied discount store. So, I was excited & anxious to see what ‘freebies’ might be offered to the first guests.

Well, the grand opening was delayed 2 hours as they waited for the “money man”…really people!? Ugh. Meantime, a dozen or so customers waited outside. Finally, the guy arrives, loads the cash registers. The employees gather outside for the obligatory group shot. Doors open!!

Inside is clean, stocked well but wait, it’s not a very large store!!😦  Why didn’t they use the entire existing space that the previous retail store had!? YGBK (you gotta be kidding). It looks like they’re using it for inventory – how bizarre! Oh, no freebies or coupons for the guests! *Sigh* Wow, no ‘whoop di-do’ here!

So, it’s not a large store. They have the usual dedicated aisles for cards, helium balloons & gift wrap, toys, stationary items, spices/food items, a large frozen food area, bath and cleansers, etc. Some sections are smaller than others. I was expecting a larger area for decorations/holiday stuff. I hope the seasonal section of supplies expands. It makes changing it up for the holidays easy on the pocket. I found this cute RW&B scarf for the upcoming USA holidays. #score I also picked up some cleaning supplies. Compared to other local ‘discount’ stores this is the best place for cleaning supplies – some other places charge over $3 for the same cleanser. So, that’s all, for now.
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‘Canoes’ on the menu…

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I made the first (of many to come) Summer squash dishes tonight.

Thinking of my mom and how she made these with the pounds and pounds of squash the neighbors up at our Summer cottage would share with us every year. She had to get creative and these were always a hit with all of us although, the squash she used were 10″+ (not like the ‘babies’ I used).

We call them ‘canoes’.

Slice each squash/zucchini lengthwise, scoop out the center. That extra squash gets chopped up and added to the meat filling. Use any ground meat, I used Turkey, which I sautéed with green pepper, onions, garlic & Sazon seasoning – does not contain MSG – unlike other brands. Once the meat filling is done, scoop it into the ‘canoes’ and place in a baking dish coated with olive oil.
Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 25-40 minutes, you can sprinkle with your favorite cheese during the last few minutes of cooking. The squash should be fork tender and roasted.

The ‘canoes’ can also be filled with a savory rice, like the side dish (arroz con gandules) I made (above). I served with a side of cukes and plantain chips.

 

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s day in heaven, mom.

Love and miss you on this first Mother’s day in heaven.

I’m glad you are at peace…

Gardenia

Can’t beat free!!

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Reaping the rewards of “sweeping” (entering sweepstakes). I won a nice freebie: Rollerball fragrance, “bombshell” from Victoria Secret.  – $18.00 value
Has a light floral fragrance = perfect for Spring.:)

Yarn on the menu…

Started the weekend off with a trip out to two NJ yarns shops with a bunch of friends. We visited, Yarn De Vous & the Lion Brand Outlet. I saved my yarn purchases for the outlet store where I’d get serious deals. I also picked up two circular knitting needles: #8, 24″ & #10, 32″…for the throws I intend on making ☺

 

 

WIP on my H hook…

Newborn size vs teeny preemie size…

Crocheting using Caron one pound yarn & Bernat for accent stripes.

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So much smaller than this newborn baby hat
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Making a dozen of these for the preemie hat project of my Stitch & Bitch.

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On my hooks…

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I laid down my knitting needles for the weekend to crochet some newborn hats for our hospital project. Using Caron One Pound yarn. A lot of Pink & Mint!!
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I’m still knitting the wash clothes …halfway done for my 30 count goal.

Knitting pretty…

I’ve made #4 out of 30 knitted washcloths. I’m adding them to my ‘TLC packs’ for my Spring donation to the women’s  shelter. Going to wrap it around a bar of soap.

I’m enjoying using Cotton (Peaches & Creme) and working with the variegated yarn, in Spring colors!!:)
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Happy Spring!! Happy Palm Sunday and the start of the Holy week.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day, 2016

In White Plains, NY

I wore one of my mom’s scarves, Green, of course. The day was a little special thinking of how much she would have enjoyed celebrating herself. As we walked to the parade I felt her presence.
The weather was perfect!

Cotton, cotton and more cotton

 

I bought these gorgeous cones (14 oz) the ‘Seabreeze’ goes beautifully with this baby blanket. The striped ‘Limeade’ will make neat wash and dish cloths.

Lily Cotton (hot green) meets Peaches & Creme cotton (Seabreeze)

I decided to make a bunch of washcloths with the leftover cotton. They’ll go into my “TLC packs” for the ladies at a local shelter… along with soap, a toothbrush, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday

Using my favorite cotton making a few dishcloths. Also  on my needles, a cotton baby blanket #GarterStitch
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Together we’ve done a lot…

 

I’ve done a lot of crocheted items: hats, scarves, cowls, lapghans, and fingerless gloves for our charity projects. Added together my Stitch & Bitch donated in excess of 200 stitched items. I am grateful as a group could offer so much.

On my #8 needles today is a sunny, lighter weight baby blanket (for a friend’s baby). I’m using Caron Simply soft for Spring & Easter.

Christmas treats

Making edible gifts and keeping it simple & healthier.
I used 1 pound of Almonds, some Cashews and Walnuts  (I also love using salted Peanuts). Use whatever you like!

Melt 2 baking bars, I used one Dark chocolate (so it would not be too sweet) & one 60%. I used the double boiler method to melt over the range.

Spread the nuts out on wax paper and coat them in melted chocolate. Allow it to set for several hours then break into chunks and wrap in cellophane bags for gifting.

 

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Mom’s Cheese Ball recipe for the holidays

My Amaryllis and Christmas cactus are in full bloom – so beautiful!!

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Being the the first Christmas since my mom died I’m having sentimental moments of sadness. Everything about the holidays remind me of mom. She had a zest for celebrating and enjoying even the simple things in life. I take after her there as well.

I go on celebrating all the great things in life and know that she is resting in peace, and my guardian angel.

In honor of my mom I’ve entered a recipe contest submitting her favorite Christmas recipe for the buffet. She made is every year!

I like that this is simple and can be made a day or two in advance of your party.

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Mom’s Cheese Ball:

1 block of cream cheese

3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

2 stalks of scallions (diced)

1 teaspoon of dried dill

2 teaspoons of dried chives

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

After one hour resting time in the refrigerator roll the cheese ball in the nuts and wrap in saran warp and frig until ready to use.

Chopped Walnuts (I used) or Pecans

Mix all of the above in a medium sized bowl, rolled into one large ball and place in the refrigerator for an hour. After an hour take it out and gently roll the ball in the nuts making sure to cover the entire cheese ball. Wrap in saran wrap and leave in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I serve it with pita chips/assorted crackers and sliced apples.

 

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