September 25th, 2011Lazy Weekend

I spent most of the weekend working on something that is ridiculously easy and yet so rewarding…making chicken stock. Friday night, I thawed a bag of frozen chicken parts and threw it into my stock pot with the few random carrots and onion I found in the house. The next morning, I grabbed a few more veggies after I dropped Lisa off at the soccer field where she helps coach the Tot’s team.

Mirepoix

I threw all the trimmings straight into my stock pot, simmering away on the back of the stove. A mirepoix went into a fresh pot with butter and mushrooms. The meat I picked off the previous night’s stock, as well as wild rice, roux, fresh chicken stock and milk, joined the vegetables to make a very tasty chicken and wild rice soup.

Wild Rice

I ate soup and contemplated knitting on Vivian while watching Georgia Tech play UNC, but I got too caught up in the game to do any knitting.

Vivian Cardi

Today, I watched the girls play soccer, but it wasn’t our day (season). I still couldn’t tell you what the rules are, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it. This was only my second game as a “soccer mom” (I can’t believe I’m a voting demographic). I’m thinking the games would be improved with more food on the sidelines. Cookies for everyone next game!

Game 2

September 23rd, 2011I Know How to Make Things!

High school can be trying.  It’s even more of a hassle when you’re trying to keep warm during class and your only option boils down to a sweatshirt.  The school dress code forbids wearing jackets during school because they cause a “distraction.”  Anything with buttons or a zipper is classified as a jacket, as far as the school board is concerned.  This brings us back to sweatshirts.

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Take your average teenage girl who has spent most of her morning primping and getting her hair just so.  Then drop them into a cold classroom and hand them a pullover to keep warm.  So much for hair.  I wanted to give Lisa a wider range of options that would both keep her warm and not mess up her hair.  In the ultimate act of paternal sacrifice, I picked up my knitting needles to seriously construct something for the first time in two years.  I dug through long forgotten yarn and found two skeins of Cascade 220 Heathers in a teenager approved color.  After all the other back-to-school shopping, I needed this project to be as cost effective as possible.  I pulled out my copy of Fitted Knits and prayed that my intended project would pass muster.

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She gave the go-ahead and then (*gasp*) I pretty much knit it without wandering off or getting distracted by shiny things.  Once it was all finished and blocked, but before Lisa could wear it for the first time, we ran into a tiny issue…

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