Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Pumpkin Muffins:
-Cut 1 pie pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. 
-Roast at 350 face down in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes until very tender. Allow to cool. 
-Scoop out flesh and then stir well to blend. 
-Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. 
-Butter or oil muffin pan if not nonstick. 
-Meanwhile, whisk together 1¼  cup whole wheat flour, 1 cup oats, 2 tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp baking soda, 1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, ¼  tsp ground allspice, ¼  tsp ground cloves and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. 
-In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 stick melted butter, ¾ c. brown sugar, 1½-2 cups pumpkin puree, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. 
-Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined, then stir in ½ cup cranberries and 2 TBS pumpkin seeds or walnuts. 
-Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. 
-Cool slightly on a rack.

Halloween Pics!

The whole gang! (I'm in the back behind Luigi)

Zoe from the Firefly TV series

Princess Leia and Obi Wan Kenobi. (She MADE those costumes!)

Sarah Palin posing with some of the Rebel Force!

Jordan (the flower) and her dog Cedar (the bumblebee)

Me, Jordan and Cedar

When video game characters have to get day jobs (pt 1)

When video game characters have to get day jobs (pt 2)

Cheshire Cat

When video game character have to get day jobs (pt 3)

Hope everyone has an awesome Halloween!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ep 39- Sharing is Caring

~Welcome/ Intro (Sorry about the neighbor's dog barking in the background!!!)
~Audible is still supporting the show! Click here for your free audiobook download!
~Contest Sponsor
  -Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast is donating a Longaberger basket!
  - Share a recipe for a hot drink in the Ravelry thread!  Vote for entries once I've locked the thread!
~ Sweater forecast:
  Cold and rainy means sweaters all week! :D
~ Knitting:
Finished the practice wedding shawl, and got a pretty wedding dress!  I gave the practice shawl to my mom, and asked her to wear it for the wedding so we can kind of match and she loved it!  Worked a bit each on the baby sweater, socks and am currently swatching for the Cassidy cardigan for the Knitmore KAL!
Finished the spinning for the Tappan Zee cardigan!  Yarn is now drying after being set last night! Can't wait to start knitting it!
~ Free Entertainment:
Yarnings Podcast with my awesome friend Kristine (with a K) is a new show!! She is fantastic, give her a listen!
~ Sales!
   - JoAnn Fabrics is having an online sale through the end of October where ALL their yarn is 25% off!
   - Shipwreck Beads is having a sale through the end of October on over 7300 different beads including seed beads and some Swarovsky Crystals!
~Tip of the Week:
Sharing is Caring- My mom and I are sharing a set of crochet hooks because I wanted the tiny ones and not the bigger ones, and she wanted to bigger ones and not the tiny ones so we shared
~ How I Saved the Week:
The wedding dress I picked out (Alfred Angelo Style 2100 if you want to check it out) is awesome!  The dress on the rack fit me perfectly, there was NOTHING wrong with it, the color is perfect so we got the one off the rack!  Because a few people have tried it on, we got a 15% discount on it! Yay!
~ Worth It!
Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Retail: $9.99  8 oz, 465 yards of heavy worsted/ aran weight  100% wool with lanolin
I LOVE IT!  Softens a ton when you wash it, I've never found a knot (I've knit with this a lot).  Takes dye really well, and most importantly, it is such an awesome value!  Its a really good workhorse yarn and I love it!
~Contact Info:
Email me!
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824


Ep 38- Lifelines

Sorry I didn't post shownotes, I probably didn't talk about anything interesting anyway...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ep. 37- Discriminating Customer

~Welcome/ Intro/ Thanks!
~Show Sponsors: 
This week's show is sponsored by Audible! Download a free audiobook of your choice and get a free 2 week trial by clicking here!
  And, Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast has donated a Longaberger basket to this month's contest winner!
Visit the Ravelry group page and share your favorite hot drink recipe!
~Sweater forecast:
 In the PNW this week, mostly sunny with a high chance of sweaters in the mornings and evenings!
~ Knitting:
  SO MUCH KNITTING!  Still working on Baby Cabled Raglan Cardigan for sis's baby, finished the fingerless mitts I started 2 weeks ago, cast on a baby hat and still knitting on the Bumbling Smooshy socks!  Going to cast on soon for the Flicka Hat from the Knitter's Book of Wool, using some Abstract Fiber Colorwork and the Falling Stars Cardigan from KnitPicks!
~ Spinning:
  Almost done with the BFL for the Handspun Tappan Zee! I love BFL!! Already done with Cormo, next up is SW Merino!  Yay!  Also, yesterday I worked at the Schaefer Meadows Fiber Festival in the Sunset Fibers booth, and in exchange for me working, Linda gave me a Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle!  I also got a pound of Jacob fiber which I am planning to spin and knit for Aaron! He wants fingerless mitts and a headband... :/
~ Free Entertainment:
Chrissy the Great has rejoined the podcaster community!  She took about 6 months off, and has just posted episode 63 last night of the Manic Purl Podcast!
   - KnitPicks Kit Sale!  The Falling Stars Kit is only $26!! That's 17 balls of yarn!
   -  JoAnn Fabrics is having their Columbus Day Sale!
   - Little Knits has some awesome deals too!!!
~ Tip of the Week!
If you have a bad experience at a shop or store, let the owner or manager know.  If you continue to have that bad experience, don't go back!
~ How I Saved:
I got some sock yarn from JoAnn for Buy one get one half off (total: $7.50) instead of buy 2 for $9 because I paid attention to the ad!
~Worth It!
Clover 9" bamboo circular needles.  Retail: $14.99
The needle tips are only about 1 1/2 inch, I had to hold my needles differently which affected my gauge, and my hand cramped up! I would never recommend these to anyone and I will probably take them back and get my money back.  Terrible, not worth it at all, even half price!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ep. 36- Laugh until you cry

~Welcome/ Intro
~Last month's contest winner:
 TeamMom aka Tera!  Congrats!
~October Contest:
 Share a recipe for delicious hot drinks! It will help warm the chill out of your bones faster than turning on the heater!
   Contest prize: A Longaberger basket donated by Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast!
~Sweater Forecast: A new segment, where I tell you if its sweater weather or not!  This week: No.
~ Knitting:
Finished the first of the cabled wristers, and started a Cabled Raglan Baby Sweater for my sister's little girl!  I also bought an awesome button for it! Yay!
 I published the TDTU pattern!  Search TDTU on Ravelry to find it!
I've actually been doing some!  I'm going to spin 3 different colors together and knit the Tappan Zee!
~Free Entertainment:
Knit Knit Cafe with Abby and Ben- Super fun!
The Knit Wits with Carin and Rick- hilarious!!!
~ Garden:
We canned 7 jars of salsa using tomatoes from our garden!
~ Sales!
   - KnitPicks book sale! All books are 40% off!
   - Webs Grampa's Garage Sale! Tons of yarn for over 50% off!
   - Madrona published the Overview!  Lots of free events and demos! Come to the PNW!
~Tip of the Week:
Laugh until it hurts!  I've noticed that I am less inclined to make an impulse purchase if I'm feeling really good, so do something that makes you really happy and laugh until you cry!
~How I Saved the Week:
  I made salsa instead of buying it, made muffins and tea instead of going out to a coffee shop and used free yarn to make a cute sweater!
~ Worth It!
 The Expectant Knitter by Marie Connolly
Retail: $27.50, 30 patterns
I like the patterns, lots of top down seamless stuff, lots of really practical baby things and the patterns are well written and the photos are lovely.
HOWEVER: The author inserts MEDICAL ADVICE into the book, which is absolutely inappropriate.  If it was just a book of patterns, it would totally be worth it, but as it is, I would not buy it.  A library book for sure.
~Contact Info:
Ravelry: Roue
Twitter: Roue0824

Ep. 35- OFFF Recap

I pretty much just talked about lots of food!  Sorry for lack of notes!

TDTU Sock Pattern!

I hope you all enjoy it!  Let me know if you have any questions about the pattern and I will be happy to help!

Thank you to all my test knitters, this pattern would have been a big pile of mess without you!
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