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December 12, 2015 Leave a comment

I’ve FINALLY gotten past the shoulder on the sweater I started some time ago! Yay! With blocking, it should look just fine. I’m calling it the Five Year Sweater. But I have finished other projects, so I’m not a complete knitting loser.

My daughter and her husband just got in from Knoxville for Christmas break and my son should be getting in next weekend. I’ve got some time off coming up and I can’t wait to relax and enjoy some time with the family doing some Christmasy things like driving through Shelby Farms’ Starry Nights, maybe going to see the Zoo lights and definitely going to see Sisters at the movies!

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Today I’m going to try my hand at making a Caramel Cake for my MIL’s birthday. This will be my first from scratch caramel cake I’ve ever tried. Pinterest is one of my favorite places to get recipes from. Last night I had my work Christmas party and took some Peanut Butter Balls–recipe also found on Pinterest–they were a hit!

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One more thing–my husband and I had gotten in a rut with our meals at night, either having nachos (not so healthy!) or take out or the same old thing like tacos or spaghetti. A coworker told me about Blue Apron meals, so I decided to try it out. We love it! We get a shipment once a week with the ingredients for three meals packed in a refrigerated box. There are three big colorful recipe cards with clear directions.

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Chili-Rubbed Steaks with Quick Kimche and Tomato Rice–delicious!

So far there’s only been one meal out of 24 that I didn’t really like and it was because of celery being in it. We’ve also tried some of the wine pairings, which has been a fun way to make each dinner even more special. You may think the cost sounds like a lot but we’ve saved money by not going out to eat. The meals are pretty healthy as well, and have introduced us to a lot of foods we never would have tried or thought to cook with, such as parsnip, kale, different varieties of cabbage, and celeriac. Some nights I’ll feel like I don’t want to cook, but once I get started, I enjoy it. I also like that after a few weeks, you can get a free meal to send to someone else to try.

Hope you all are enjoying December, too!

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Memorial Weekend

Let’s not dwell on how long it’s been since I last posted. We’ve had some life events, all good, that have taken up time and energy, along with wacky schedules, that have played into my online absence.

My daughter got married last July. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding, very small, with only family. She and her husband are still in school in Knoxville and live there most of the time.

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My son finished up his third semester in college, then decided to take a break to work and decide what he really wanted to do with his life. He plans to go back to school in the fall and major in Nursing (as of now!). I’m sure this has nothing to do with his decision to stay home for a semester, but his girlfriend did just graduate high school, and will be going to the same college as him in the fall.

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We took a cruise in December the week before Christmas with my husband’s brother and his family. We had so much fun! They have two little girls, ages 7 and 9. I was a little worried that it might lessen the enjoyment for my BIL and SIL, but it was great!

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I changed jobs at the end of March. Instead of driving an hour to and from a primary care clinic, I now work 10 minutes down the road at a testosterone replacement clinic! So much less stressful, and it’s working out really well. : )

My husband’s 50th birthday was also in March. I threw a big party for him with the theme of Doomsday Preppers. It was a blast!

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Also, my dad retired from his job, my sister graduated from her social work Master’s program, and there have been various health issues with some family and close friends. It’s been a year filled with all the usual happenings that make up this life.

I have been knitting along the way. When the new Hunger Games movie came out, I was immediately struck by the very vogue cowl Katniss wore in the opening scene. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because I was able to Google it that night and find a pattern someone had already posted that was a similar version!  I bought the pattern, got the yarn and went right to work. It didn’t take long. I then found that Lion Brand Yarn had also made a pattern, so I actually combined the two to make this:

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I’ve also completed a pair of socks, an afghan (made out of leftover yarn), a baby blanket, two baby hats, several boutique yarn scarves that I gave as Christmas presents, and I don’t remember what else! I still have a sweater to finish due to problems with the shoulders. It’s the one I posted pictures of last year, sadly. I plan to take it up to my local yarn store so Bridgett can look at the pattern to see if it’s written correctly. It may be just me : ).

Now to enjoy the day! Hope all of you have a good Memorial Day!

Merlin Season 4

November 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Merlin Season 4 is now available on Netflix! It’s family-friendly, adventurous, funny and entertaining. I recommend it!

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