Cooking

This week has proven to be quite busy for me. We’re having company this weekend so we’ve decided to do a bit of rearranging and cleaning. With this on top of working on my shop and writing, I’ve been too beat to pick up my crochet hook at the end of the day.

Earlier this week, however, I finished my cowl. Funny that I finished it when the weather is now in the 70s! Even ifย  I can’t wear it for a while, I do enjoy looking at the colors. I’ll model it soon and have a bit of a Tah-Dah post in the next couple of days. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was gifted this cookbook for Christmas from my MIL. It is filled yummy paleo recipes. For health reasons I need to eat a gluten free diet, and although I’m not strictly paleo, I’ve been using many different recipes from this book. One of my favorites is the sandwich bread.

(I baked it during the evening so I didn’t have the best lighting while taking pictures.)

I made the bread using almond butter instead of cashew butter. It is a bit cake-like compared to regular bread (it might have something to do with the almond butter I use), and I find it perfect for breakfast, slathered with Nutella. So yummy!

The recipe is also on Danielle Walker’s blog. It’s very easy to make — and that’s coming from someone who is not a natural in theย  kitchen. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For dinner tonight I am making chicken tikka masala from scratch in my slow cooker. It is a simple enough recipe found during a few Google searches. I’m hoping it turns out well. As I’ve mentioned, I don’t necessarily like cooking, but I do want to start making wholesome meals on a regular basis that J and I can both eat together. x

Quilting

I had a wonderful time by the seaside. This picture was taken after a rainstorm, and the ocean was a bit rough. The fog still clung closely to the water, painting a dreary, yet gorgeous scene.

The next day we went on a hike through the forest. Everything was still a bit wet, damp, and cold until we made it to the top of the hill and above the fog. We noticed a lot of fallen trees along the way, probably a result of the previous storm that had blown through a few weeks ago.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a hike like this and I’ve decided we need to make more of an effort to get away from the city and back into nature. I have a dream of living in a cottage in a forest or a country setting. Hopefully someday that will come true.

While away I read through some of the crafty blogs I follow and came across Cozy Things blog post about quilting. I have never quilted before — all of the cutting and measuring always seemed to be a bit daunting to me — but I was inspired by how she was making her quilt without worrying about all of the technical stuff. I decided to give it a go, especially since I have a huge pile of fabric scraps waiting to be used…

This isn’t even a fraction of the fabric bits and pieces I’ve had stored in my closet. It’s time to give them some life!

I don’t have the patience to hand sew my quilt, so I’m using my machine. It’s definitely imperfect… It’s definitely going to be a bit funky and uneven, but I don’t mind. I’m having a lot of fun with it. x

Monday

Happy March!

I’m still working on the border for my granny stripe blanket. Almost there! In the meantime I’m debating whether or not I want to go on to another big project once I’m finished (I have my eyes set on the Ripple Blanket), or start on some littler projects. Blankets tend to take me a long time to finish, but in the end it’s so satisfying to see my colorful creations brighten up the living room.

I’ve also been going through my paper ephemera and fabric while I update my shop. I gathered up a few of my current favorites. I love all of the bright colors together. They are just wonderful designs of an era gone by.

The tiny flower fabric patterns that seemed to be popular in the 70s never fail to make me smile. I’m looking forward to spring!

Tomorrow I’m off for a seaside adventure. It should be a relaxing and enjoyable time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Currently

I have several crochet projects I am currently working on. The first is my granny stripe blanket, with colors inspired by Attic24’s blanket. I’m almost almost done; just need to finish the border!

I am also working on the Cosy Neck Warmer pattern, although mine is turning into more of a cowl than a neck warmer. These are all Stylecraft DK colors I got for Christmas. I thought the colors looked absolutely great together. It has kind of a spring/summery feel to it. It’s nice to work on it during these grey, stormy days we’ve been having…

Not that I don’t like this type of weather. We’ve sorely needed the rain, and it’s a nice feeling to be cozy, watching it all from inside. x