Recording the journey…and knitting

*This Moment* March 30, 2012

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember


Thank you to Soule Mama to starting this wonderful tradition


FO March 28, 2012

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Here are some of the things I have finished lately.

Some socks for Gavin from Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Graffiti Colori 6 Ply.

I crocheted a lace bowl and stiffened it.  This one was gifted to my mom.

This Tribble is destined to leave me to a new home!

I am still plugging away at my top down sweater and Easter eggs.


Cabbage rolls! March 27, 2012

This is a great meal, it does take a bit of prep and time.  I have made with beef, meatloaf mix (beef and pork), and chicken.

1 head of cabbage

1 lb ground beef

1/2 cup instant rice (or already made rice)

2 15oz (1 28 oz will work too) cans of tomato sauce (crushed tomatoes are my preferred)

1 med chopped onion

1 cup fresh chopped mushroom

1 Tb caraway seeds

1 pressed clove of garlic

1 tsp lemon zest

Salt and pepper to tast

2 tsp sugar

2 tsp lemon juice

2 Tb corn starch

2 Tb water

First step is to bring a pot of water to boil with a little salt.  Core the head of cabbage, carefully put the head in the boiling water.  When the first leaf is loosening up from the head, carefully remove and continue until you have at least 12 limp cabbage leaves, this time I used 15. Let drain.

Mix Ground beef, rice, 1/2 cut of the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, caraway seeds, and lemon zest, onion, and mushroom.  Place about 1/4 to 1/3 cup  (I use 1/4) of the ground beef mix at the steam of a cabbage leaf, roll the leaf around the beef mix, tucking in the sides as you roll.  Place the roll seam side down in an ungreased baking dish.

Mix remaining tomato sauce, sugar, and lemon juice; pour over cabbage rolls and bake at 350 deg until done (about 45 min).

Carefully pour the liquid from the baking dish into sauce pan. Mix corn starch and water and stir into the cabbage liquid.  Heat to boiling and stir until thickened.  Serve sauce with rolls!

I served this dinner with pirogi, caramelized onions and mushrooms.


Birthdays! March 26, 2012

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This was the weekend of the Birthdays!  Happy birthday to my  Brother-in-law, and to my sweet cousin Hailey.

It was also Grandma Doris’ birthday!  She is my Husband’s Grandmother and she turned 90.  She has Three children, nine Grandchildren, and eight Great-grandchildren .


Boo Boo Buddy! March 21, 2012

Recently Gavin bumped his leg and wanted a bag of ice for it.  All I could do to protect his skin from the ice was to clumsily wrap the bag in a towel.  I was not happy with the situation and truthfully neither was Gavin.  Searching for a better solution, I came up with my little Boo Boo Buddy.

I came up with the pattern my self.  I takes less then a skein of cotton yarn and son odds and ends.  When all made up, just slip the bag of ice inside and snap close.

A bag to hold ice packs or ice cubes for the application of ice to boo boos!

By Jessica King

This is a design by Jessica King, please don’t replicate, or copy this instruction sheet to sell (any duplications for personal use is fine) or sell the final product with out permission. Please contact Mamazoya at Ravelry for questions or permission.


*Cotton yarn-I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream. Less then ½ a skein was used, so could be really good for using up scraps

*Size 7 American needles

*Three or so sew on snaps, I used size 1

*embellishments; scraps of fabric, buttons, embroidery floss, other scrap yarns, sewing , yarn and embroidery needles.

Gauge is not important!

To make the bag:

Cast on 45 stitches, knit even until the piece measures 6 inches. Next row, bind off 22 stitches, knit to end. Next row, bind off one, knit to end. Knit even for about 3.5 to 4 inches bind off.

This is up to you now! I suggest adding embellishments before sewing the bag closed, I also would not embellish the back. Try adding ears or paws or what ever to make your Boo Boo Buddy yours!

Once everything is on, sew up the sides of the bag and the bottom. Sew on snaps, I sewed on the “male” part first, rubbed a pencil on the snap bump and rubbed the bump on the corresponding side to accurately place the “female” side of the snap.

Now your buddy is ready to use! If using just ice cubes, place them in a resealable plastic bag.

I would love to see what you come up with!

Link to the Ravelry down load


6 and Counting March 19, 2012

This past Sunday marked mine and Tim’s sixth wedding anniversary.  We had a great weekend!

First thing Saturday morning, Gavin was picked up by his Auntie Becky and Uncle Tyler for a three hour ride to their home to spend the night!  They had so much fun, watched lots of movies, played a lot, and got to go to a hockey game!


Now our adventures were darn cool too!  A very cool and smart sister-in-law, got us tickets to see Show Boat and the Lyric Opera of Chicago!

The show was absolutely fantastic of sets to costuming to the absolutely divine singing!  We started by taking the Metra to Chicago

had wine and a light dinner at the bistro, saw the lecture before the show, found our seats,

at intermission had coffee and dessert, saw the rest of the show, and as soon as the lights went down booked out of there to catch our train home that was leaving in 8 min!  Did I mention it was the 3rd warmest March in record, or that it was St Patrick’s Day? Yeah that was one crowded Train!

So on Sunday we went down to retrieve our boy and visit with my sister and Brother-in-law. Everybody had a great time and we were thoroughly wiped out!



We all have the Ick March 14, 2012

It’s true  and that’s why there have been no posts and I don’t plan on posting the rest of this week till this thing is shaken!  Until then, enjoy these lovely photos taken by Tim.