Tuesday, September 27, 2011

comfort food

There are many things that we could describe as comfort food.  In our house, potato & cheese pierogis is one of them.  My husband is Polish, and his mother Sophie used to make hers plain boiled with some melted butter on the side. 

I, on the other hand like to sauté a bunch of sliced onions, in butter.  Today I added a small head of sliced cabbage to the onions, and just let it cook while the water was waiting to boil...

The pierogis only take about 2 minutes to boil because they are fresh.  I then drain them out and nestle them into the cabbage and onion mixture for another minute or two...

And there you have it.  Just serve with some sour cream and you have an instant comfort food dinner. 
y u m m y...

Monday, September 26, 2011

knitty labels

I have been looking for a really long time to find nice labels to sew into my knitting.  While browsing around on etsy.com I found these cuties and couldn't resist...

There were many styles to choose from but being the dragonfly lover that I am I picked this design.  They came packaged in a cute little handmade card...

If you have to have these for yourself you can find them here...
Love them!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

rock collecting

Today I decided to go down to the river in Glen Onoko Park to collect some river rocks.  I love how smooth they feel and I like trying to find the perfect ones.  I stick them in the garden for fun and my brother has been known to paint a few in the past.

The river was running high today so a lot of them were under water.

Along the walk I found this beautiful, tiny, bright red leaf.
I think mom sent it to me from heaven...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

arcadia cowl

I've been wanting to try this new Lion Brand Yarn "Arcadia"for a while now.  I bought two skeins on sale at AC Moore and knit up this cowl.  It's not very slouchy, but is dense and wooly and will be very warm this winter...

Sunday, September 18, 2011

kato & the bear

One minute I looked out the window and saw my brothers cat Kato just sitting out there.  The next minute I looked out and saw this guy.  Then I noticed Kato was still out there.  Kato is from Brooklyn.  He's not afraid of no stinkin' bear!  Okay Kato, please come inside now...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oooo, fuzzy!

Kato seems to really like the pink fuzzy blanket I am knitting...
So much for "Iron Mike Tyson."
Isn't it soft Kato?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

license to chill

Flemington Motor Vehicles
Oh the dreaded renewing of the drivers license.  I will never forget the horror of doing this in Brooklyn when I first learned to drive.  Today was an absolute joy.  Look at all those people ahead of me.  Hehheh.  In AND out in ten minutes.  I must celebrate tonight!

Summer is so close to over I can't believe it.
      I still never perfected my peach martini.  Well, it isn't over yet is it?

2.5 oz peach vodka
.5 oz peach schnapps
2.5 oz organic peach nectar
a squeeze of fresh lemon

Put this all in a shaker with lots of ice and shake till chilled.
Strain into frozen cold martini glass.

"If you drink, don't drive.  Don't even putt."
                                               Dean Martin

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

monet's garden

Just in time for Autumn my Monet's Garden is finally finished.  I really love the feeling it is knit with watercolors.  It was an easy knit and a good way to use up all the yarn I got at Rhinebeck last year.  I'll get a lot of use out of it!


Monday, September 12, 2011


My Uncle Artie said he never understood why the called butterflies by that name.  
"They're not made of butter and they're not flies!" 
 He feels they should be called 'flutterbyes'.... I agree.
  I knit this shawl in Cascade pima cotton. 
 It is bright and happy and beautiful!  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

little deers...

I know people think they're a pain, but being a city girl I can't help but get excited when I see a deer or two on our property.  They always stare at me with those huge brown eyes, and I always smile and talk to them as if they could understand me.  Such little dears......

Monday, September 5, 2011

punkin' ale

I do love a good pumpkin ale.
That's all I have to say.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

prøud frøg

Ever since I laid eyes on this little guy I've wanted to knit him.  When Mark's kids were little, they used to ask him what their last name meant.  He responded, "Proud Frog!"  The was his story, and we're sticking' to it...

Don't you just love him?  All green and cute?  The pattern name is Ribbit, by Susan B. Anderson.  It is a free pattern on Ravelry.  Go knit yourself a proud frog!  What a cutie!

Friday, September 2, 2011

AzZuKa tWo!!!

Just finished my second Azzu's Shawl, I knit this one as a KAL with Cathy & Tesae from Ravelry.  I absolutely love this Misti Alpaca Pima cotton & silk yarn...  The color is called "Guilded Lilies."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

hurricane irene

Spent the weekend with Hurricane Irene here in Bear Creek.  I took a walk later in the day after the storm passed to assess the damages.  Not too bad up here...

Friday, August 26, 2011

early morning walk

Woke up earlier than normal today, and decided to grab my camera and go for a walk.  The fog hadn't yet lifted around Bear Creek Lake, so there was all sorts of foggy goodness to see...

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Meet Kato, my brother Mikel's cat, otherwise known as Iron Mike Tyson. 
 He's from Brooklyn. 
 Don't mess with him...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

jim thorpe

In the ten years we've had a house in Jim Thorpe I never actually went to the Jim Thorpe memorial.  I pass it all the time on my way down the hill but just never stopped. So today I did...

I knew of Jim Thorpe mostly as an Olympic athlete and a football player but some say he was the greatest  athlete of all time...

James Francis Thorpe was born on May 28, 1887 in a one-room cabin near Prague, Oklahoma. Although there is much confusion on Thorpe's date of birth, this is the date according to his estate. He was born to Hiram Thorpe, a farmer, and Mary James, a Pottawatomie Indian and descendant of the last great Sauk and Fox chief Black Hawk, a noted warrior and athlete. Jim was actually born a twin, but his brother Charlie died at the age of nine. His Indian name, Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to "Bright Path", something that Thorpe definitely had ahead of him. 

You can read more about Jim Thorpe here..

The town of Jim Thorpe used to be called Mauch Chunk.
So how did Jim Thorpe get its name?
In the early 1950s, when the place was two adjoining towns, Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk, it was looking for a shot of publicity. It soon heard that the third wife of the late Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete, was offering his remains to any place that would build a fitting memorial to him. Mauch Chunk was ready, willing and able. The body arrived on Feb. 8, 1954, and the first monument was built soon after. And on May 18 of the same year, Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk were merged and renamed Jim Thorpe.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I've only been spinning plain, un-dyed fiber since I got my wheel last December.  I finally decided to splurge on something pretty.  

I found this hand painted BFL roving on etsy.com from this seller:

It is spinning up so nice and is lovely to work with.  I can't wait to see it finished!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

cats & chicken bags

Dad's cat Lucy, like most cats I know, love snuggling up into bags even if they belong to somebody else. My cat Callie loves this Vera Bradley chicken bag.  I've had it for years, and every time I unpack it a cat seems to find it's way into it and declares it theirs.


And just incase you didn't believe me...