New Passion

As far back as I can remember, I have loved to string beads with my Mom. I can remember sitting on our kitchen floor before I was school age and stringing patterns of beautiful colored beads. So, this year, I treated my Mom and I to a beginning beading class for her birthday. We each made a bracelet.

Here’s mine:

Bracelet Mom and I loved our class! In fact, we bought the supplies to make several more pieces. I can’t wait to get started!

Creative Cooking

Today, I had a craving for something fresh. Since I had a few minutes, I headed to Whole Foods and did a whirlwind trip: two packages of grass-fed stew meat, a bag of multicolored new organic potatoes. organic asparagus, an organic eggplant, a red onion, mushrooms, and a handful of green olives.

Once home, I browned the meat in olive oil, red wine, salt and pepper. I added multicolored bell peppers and garlic to my list of ingredients. As the potatoes steamed, I sauteed the other vegetables. Finally, I tossed all of it together, added several diced olives for some added flavor, and served with Romano cheese.

I’d post a picture of it properly dressed for serving, but it’s gone! 🙂

Finally, Some Progress!

I have attempted the White Diamonds knitting pattern in Leisure Art’s Our Best Knit Baby Afghans at least five times. In truth, it is probably closer to ten. Still, I refuse to give up because I have a bag of yarn dedicated to this particular pattern.

I’m a self-taught knitter and not terribly confident about my skills. So, I sat down with Teach Yourself Visually Knitting this weekend and reviewed basic knitting stitches. I love this book! It helped tremendously in teaching me how to move my hands more effectively. And I’m finally making real progress!!

(This is just a test run. I will probably knit this entire skein of yarn with this pattern as practice, then pull out the yarn I bought originally for this project.)

White Diamonds Knitting