Monthly Archives: February 2011

Gone Astray

I’ve been working on a project for a week or so and had big plans to talk about it today…

but as life would have it, things changed.

On Thursday evening Goose tells me that she’s been working on a Social Studies project at school and has volunteered me to sew the project outfit.

Hmm, I say. Who are you studying?
John Sevier.
Okay, so when is it due?
Okay, I’ll see what I can do.

On Friday I Googled John Sevier to see what I was up against. If you’re interested, he looks like every other white-haired-wig-guy of that time.


On Saturday, we headed to Hancock Fabrics for a pattern and some felt. I also grabbed some white yarn for the wig.

On Sunday I finished it all up.. and may I present to you… John Sevier.















This was a fun little coat to make. I went with felt because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to hem any of the edges.  A+ for me on that idea… Felt made the job so much easier.  In fact, Goose helped with a lot of the sewing!

The wig was a hoot to make also.  It’s just a crocheted hat with clumps of yarn stitched in.  Looking at it now, I suppose I should have trimmed it up a bit.

Goose was pleased with the outcome too.  She was pretty excited to show the class.  Let’s hope all goes well.



Filed under Family, Sewing

Vegetable Non-Sense & Soup

I love soup. Love it! It’s so good and an easy choice for any meal.. especially lunch. Pop the top, stir in a splash of water, throw it in the microwave and tada! Slurp it down. My favorite is vegetable soup. This sounds weird followed by what I’m about to tell you… I dislike almost every type of vegetable known to mankind. Vegetables just don’t do much for me (minus the health benefits of course).

A few weeks ago, Goose wanted to eat at Panera Bread. She ordered the Broccoli Cheese Soup and I got their yummy Tomato Soup. When we got our order.. I high-tailed it back to our table to escape all the people trying to squeeze down the line… That’s when I noticed both soups were Broccoli Cheese. Broccoli in soup isn’t in my top 5 picks.. but rather than push my way back up the line I excepted the mistake.

So where am I going with all this vegetable non-sense?

I’ll tell you… I’m now very much in love with Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s so good that I wanted more..and so did Goose. So, I Googled the recipe. And from the online pages of I present to you something so delicious..

a copycat recipe for Broccoli Cheese Soup:

1 tbls. butter, melted
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups half & half
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli
1 cup carrots, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese


Saute onion in 1 tbls. butter

In another pan, cook melted butter and flour , whisking over medium heat for 3-4 minutes

Slowly add half & half while continuing to whisk

Add chicken stock, while continuing to whisk

Once it starts to simmer, let simmer for 20 minutes

Add broccoli, carrots and onions

Cook over low heat until veggies are tender

Add salt and pepper

Pour in batches into blender and mix or use immersion blender

Return to pot and over low heat, add cheese, stirring until well blended

Stir in the nutmeg


Filed under Cooking

Ugliest Socks Ever!

My challenge was to make something, anything, with this yarn. I bought it a few years back because it was a super deal and the colors made me giggle.
It’s UGLY, right? I’ll be nice and withhold all label names..  but I will say that when I searched the distributor’s website, the makers responsible for this yarn was no where in sight. Can you blame the distributor for ditching it? It screams 70s. Do you see it? Orange and green? Kitchen appliances, right? I would have guessed that it had been laying around for years!

Okay, so now that I’ve talked trash, let me say.. I’ve grown very fond of this yarn’s ugliness. And even better, I bought it at Big Lots for $1.00 a ball. 1 buck. Or $2.00 for a pair of hand knitted socks! WooHoo! Can’t beat that!

YOU might say I paid too much :), but I think I got a heck of a deal! The more I worked with it, the more it grew on me… and now, I think it’s so ugly that it’s adorable!

Of course these socks are for me.. I don’t think anyone else would want them could love them they way I do. Ugly – yes. Outdated – perhaps. Quirky – absolutely.

But they make me smile, and that’s what it’s all about.

Of course I’ll wear them with boots. 🙂


Filed under knitting