Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy Day After Christmas!


So I’m sure most of you have heard the news reports- there was a blizzard in the Midwest & we had A LOT of snow. This is me in our sidewalk yesterday after we shoveled & our neighbor went through with his snow blower. We actually got more snow after this so imagine the snow now up to my waist. The snow drifts are definitely the worst- I think an extra couple of inches of our neighbors’ snow was dumped in our driveway. In our backyard part of the fence is covered & it’s just one big snow drift from our yard to the neighbors. We keep asking the neighbors if this is normal- they keep saying no, but we’re starting to get suspicious. The upside to all of this is there’s so much wind we’re not worrying about snow accumulation on our roof!

On another note, thanks to all the traveling & snow days over the past 1 1/2 months, I’ve gotten tons of knitting done! 2 pairs of socks, a hat, the sweater below:

Really happy how this turned out! It was some stash yarn of my mom’s & it’s perfect. The pattern is by Meghan McFarlane, Shalom Cardigan. I think it took about 5 days to knit- I highly recommend this for anyone who wants a quick finished product!
I’m making really good progress on the February Lady Sweater- hope to finish the sleeves today & then block it tonight.
On a completely different note, I’ve been doing lots of cooking/baking. I made Chili 3000 on Christmas Eve- this has to be the best chili I’ve ever made! Thankfully Penzey’s Spices ships & you too can enjoy the great chili spices! I also made a Pumpkin cake from the Cake doctor. We had Sausage Strata for Christmas breakfast & homemade pizza for Christmas dinner. Luckily this all makes lots of leftovers so we’ll be eating well while snowed in!

Random Tuesday

I know it’s been awhile since posting- a lot has been going on & I’ve been really busy.

First there was the trip to Arizona where we visited my Grandmother. I also met my new second cousins & brought them quilts (of course). Here’s Rocco w/ Brayden’s quilt:
Then after battling some snow on the drive home, Omaha was hit with a blizzard. Here’s a bad pic of some of the snowdrifts in our backyard:
So while all of Omaha got 3 days off, I still had to work (this is the downside of working from home).
Then J’s parents came to visit for the weekend. His dad loves to bake & we made an Eggnog Black Bottom Pie! It was great because he taught me how to make a custard- I’ve tried this before I failed miserably, now I think I might be able to attempt this again. The pie was delicious but there’s none left to take a pic of- it was that yummy.
Then I went to take his parents to the airport yesterday morning & we got hit with more snow (do you see a theme here?) Luckily they were able to get home. Luckily I was able to drive home ok- my Civic didn’t fail me, even though it didn’t like going uphill into our garage (side note- how do people with automatics drive in the snow? And the Omaha REALLY needs to consider making studded tires legal- that would have solved several of my problems.)
On the quilting front I’m working on a T-shirt quilt for a friend. Currently still ironing on the interfacing to all the t-shirts.
On the knitting front I’m making a February Lady Sweater for myself. Still on the bodice, so not much progress there.
So that’s about all I’ve been up to recently. However, soon I will be going on a trip where *gasp* there WON’T be snow! And a double plus- the temps there aren’t in the single digits!!!!

Sha-Recipes Holiday Swap

I co-moderate a recipe swap group on Ravelry & Kelliebelle hosted a holiday swap for us!
My secret partner was Cheryl & I got a great big snowflake dish cloth, 4×6 recipe cards (very nice & much needed!), 2 kinds of chai tea, 2 kinds of apple cider mix, a crinkle cutter & a recipe for Holiday Pumpkin Bread!
This is always a great swap & I can’t wait til we do this again!