Saturday, November 26, 2011

My New Favorite Sweater

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be a test knitter for Anne Hanson's newest sweater design; Blümchen

I love my finished Blümchen.  Not only does it fit perfectly but it was such a fun and very easy knit that Im currently shopping for yarn for a second one!

If you are looking for a well fitting and flattering sweater this is the way to go.  I used Knitting Notions Classic SuperwashMerino in Pumkin Spice. 

The finished sweater may give the impression that it was difficult or challenging to knit, but I promise it was quite easy.  The lace pattern is easy to remember and I knit the majority of it while watching tv with Andy in the evenings.  I even brought it to our knit group and worked on it while catching up with the girls.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Finished Product

As promised and better late than never - a drum roll please - our Turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Andy and I started our own Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago and have really enjoyed it.  Andy takes the week of Thanksgiving off for a staycation.  We watch movies at home, usually go to see a movie in the theater and work on some projects around the house.  It's relaxing and fun and we both enjoy the time away from everyday stress.  One of the best things about our Turkey Staycation is that we have our Thanksgiving dinner early in the week and get to enjoy it for the time we are home together.  It's less cooking over all for me too heh.

Today is our feast and the turkey is in the oven. I will post pictures of the finished product later. 

This is the best and easiest way to make a mouthwatering, moist, people knocking down your door (you know who you are) to get more turkey:
Thaw, rinse and pat dry the turkey you wish to cook.  Take a knife and very gently separate the skin from the breast and body.  Place pats of unsalted butter under the skin with the following:
fresh sage
fresh rosemary
dried bay leaves
Then rub the top of the turkey with unsalted butter

In the cavity of the turkey:
fresh cracked pepper
ground sea salt
a few sprigs of parsley
2 - 3 green onions
minced garlic
2 small stalks of celery

In the turkey pan lay a couple of carrots, stalks of celery and a cut up onion and then place the turkey on top of these.  This will help to make very savory drippings for the gravy.

Cover lightly with foil and bake at 325F  for the proper time for the weight of your bird.  Baste occasionally.

Im quite squeamish and toss all the "stuff" that comes inside the turkey.  We won't discuss this anymore as Im starting to gag at the thought!