March 30, 2013 Leave a comment

March is a really busy month for me; my husband and children all had birthdays this month! Now my kids have different Spring Breaks, too, so I’ve tried to make their favorite foods while they’re at home. At work, I have two co-workers who have younger children, and they both took off the week of Spring Break. That left me to answer to any pressing issues and picking up slack where needed. It made for a very busy month. I didn’t get to work too much on my knitting, but thought I would post a picture today to show the progress I did make.


This is the back. I have about 4 more inches of this to do to complete the length of the armholes, which start after the second section of color work.  I’m not tired of this project yet!

I had bought some Baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares a few weeks ago because I knew I wanted to make Molten Lava Cakes at some point while my kids were home. The four of us have gone on two Carnival Cruises in the past, and the sit-down dinner was always a highlight of the day. Not only was the food delicious, but, in addition to each night’s planned desserts, the lava cake was offered as a standard menu option. We have since been in love with these! I baked them for 12 minutes and the consistency was perfect; cake around the outside with a warm chocolatey melted middle. Top your cake with some  vanilla ice cream to offset the not-too-sweet chocolate flavor. You have to try this!!

Have a lovely Easter weekend : )



March 16, 2013 Leave a comment

The weather is beautiful here in Memphis, Tennessee! It was in the upper 70’s yesterday with the same expected today. I plan to finish putting out my sunflower seedlings, finish spray painting some doorknobs, and whatever else I come across that can be done outside.

I finished the second block of color on my sweater project and have started the second color work chart. Loving it still! Have a great weekend : )


Color block sweater

March 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Second block of color almost finished.

Second block of color almost finished.

Sweater update

March 3, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve been busy giving myself carpal tunnel this weekend, but making progress on my sweater project. I read a good blog on stretches for knitters, which I definitely needed!
Sweater2I started on the next block of color last night before heading to bed. With snow flurries most of the day yesterday, it was a perfect day to spend knitting.

My son’s birthday was yesterday, too, and he was home from college for the weekend. We had grilled steaks and corn, salad, vegetables, and rolls. He requested the same cake I made for him last year, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake. This year I did it in a Bundt cake instead of cake layers. He had a huge piece with ice cream. I made it most of the way through a medium-sized piece but it was too rich for me to finish!


I think I’ll make something similar for my husband’s birthday, but in German Chocolate, maybe with some Mounds Bars. That’ll ensure that I don’t eat more than a piece since I’m not a fan of coconut!

Still looking for fabric for my Wingback chairs I’m reupholstering. Hancock’s was having a sale but it’s still about $50 a chair, if I’m able to find fabric for around $10/yard. Most of the fabrics I really like are much more than that! Any tips from experienced fabric buyers out there on this problem? I would welcome help!

Sweater progress

February 25, 2013 2 comments


I’ve had to frog once already because my pattern got off, and I just noticed that I’ll have to frog again for the same reason. That’s what I get for trying to watch the Oscars and knit at the same time! That and sipping wine…

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February 23, 2013 4 comments

I’ve started a new knitting project. It’s a sweater for my future son-in-law. I subscribe to Vogue Knitting, and in the Winter issue there was a fabulous men’s sweater with some color work in it.VKW1213_27D
I ordered my yarn from Webs and have made it to the first color band. I love it so far!
I got my bedroom painted and have been looking around for some fabric to recover some wingback chairs I bought off of Craigslist last month. Still a work in progress. Next month will be busy with three birthdays (my husband and both children), and two different Spring breaks. My daughter’s will be spent most likely deciding on the venue for her wedding. She’s a bit stressed out by her future MIL already. They have family in Poland that need to make arrangements. I told my daughter that we can give them an answer by the end of March, and this should give them a good 6 months for planning travel arrangements. Don’t you think that’s long enough? DD is getting stressed out to the point where she is saying they may just go to the the JP! Of course, that would cut down on stress for all of us…But, no, I told her not to make any decisions right now about it, and to tell her fiancé to quit telling her what his mother is saying!

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Pool now completed!

January 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Pool now completed!

If you caught my earlier posts, you would have seen this in process. It’s been finished since the end of November, but I’m just now posting the finished product. We love it and can’t wait to share it with friends and family this summer!!

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