Saturday, November 24, 2012
Today was a successful day for knitting. I finished two projects. The first was easy. That was this hat which is a pattern called "Regular Guy Beanie". It was a free pattern that I found on Ravelry.
Then, I spent the afternoon hanging out at Knitting Next Door where I learned how to do the Kitchener Stitch to finish this little sweater. The pattern is called the Wallaby. I have been working on it since August when I took a class. It is the first sweater that I ever knitted. It's a little small for me, however.
After a wonderful trip to Minneapolis, it is nice to have some time to relax back at home. I am sipping my new tea, Roasted Chestnut, which I got at the Tea Source, out of my new mug, which I bought when we went to Dunn Brothers Coffee on Thanksgiving Day. I won't be drinking coffee out of it, but I like to collect mugs to drink my tea out of. We always like to spend time at coffee and tea shops. I think this is an especially good cup to have, because Colin's last name is Dunn. I have been spending the morning knitting, journaling, and sipping this delicious tea.
Friday, November 23, 2012
We did things a little differently this Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving, Mom and Jacci headed for Arizona. So instead of our usual Thanksgiving Day meal, we had our Thanksgiving dinner together on the Saturday before. For Thanksgiving Day I drove to Minneapolis to spend the time with Lisa and Colin and to meet Colin's Mom and her partner, Nancy.
The temperature on Wednesday was an incredible 58 degrees. Winnie and I even stopped at a rest area and had a little picnic along the way. That night we all went down to the Stone Arch Bridge to walk. The weather was beautiful and so were the lights of downtown Minneapolis.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Applesauce in the Crockpot
Peel, core and slice apples. I filled my crockpot to the top. For every 4 apples add:
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar (I used 1/2 T brown sugar, 1/2 T Splenda)
Combine in the crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 4 - 6 hours. When the apples are soft, use a potato masher or fork to mash them. Voila! Applesauce!
It is delicious warm or cold. I placed mine in individual containers and froze about half of them. What a treat!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Today was Election Day at Phillips. This was made possible by two of our teachers who set up this amazing day. They thought of every detail. All of our kids registered to vote a few weeks ago. The polling place was set up with everything from voting booths to a table to check in and pick up your ballot. The fifth graders were our poll workers. Students even received an "I Voted!" sticker after casting their ballots. It was amazing.
The results were compiled on a chart. We even had an Electoral College. By the way, Obama won!
Before voting, my kids watched this fun video which explains the whole election process.