Yarn Along: June 19, 2014

From small things:

Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

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Project I’m working on: A wedding shawl

Books just finished: Dark Season, The complete First Series

Currently Reading: Practical Paleo, Eat Like a Dinosaur, It Starts With Food, and Wicked Appetite

I’m not a fan of vampires novels, period.  I yet to read Dracula and I heard that would totally change my mind, but I just don’t have any desire to read it.  Well, while at SnB two weeks ago, we were talking about the Kindle First program.  I pulled up my Kindle app and was looking, when Val exclaimed, “Oh Look!  This book looks awesomely horrible!  Let’s read it!”  I should note, we often discuss books that we read that were awesome and recommend the group to read, and of course, when we come across some horribly written books, we also discuss.  So I read it, and Val didn’t even finish!  Yes, it’s that exciting…  The book was written in a way that it’s like someone read a book and is summarizing it.  There is no depth to the characters and there isn’t any character building at all.  On top of that, it’s about vampires.  UGH.  Needless to say, I will not be paying and reading the complete second or third season of the books, even though there were a lot of unanswered questions.

To combat that horrible writing, my bitches told me that Janet Evanovich is a great writer who is also pretty funny.  I can’t wait to start that!

As for the Paleo books, well, recently I noticed that I haven’t been able to get up.  I know that having a infant/toddler is exhausting, and I’m not getting younger, so my body needs more rest.  However, we are talking going to bed at 10 and can’t wake up at 7 here!  Even though I am not an early riser, I usually only need about 8 hours of sleep and it is alarming that I couldn’t get up.  And just a few weeks ago, I went to a Holistic Moms Network group meet up at the Y.  I met a health coach there who is planning a seasonal detox in July.  I started reading more about detox, which led to a website called Balanced Bites by Diane Sanfilipo, who created the 21 day sugar detox, designed to kick the sugar habits to the curb.  She wrote the book Practical Paleo and it is an amazing book!  It explained things simply and I was ready to change my eating habits and lifestyle right then and there.

I got talking with a co-worker, who recommended the “It Starts With Foods”, which talks about the Whole30 Program.  She’s been on it and she lost 12 lbs and reduced a bunch of her chronic health issues just by changing the way she eats and cut out dairy, sugar, grains and legumes!  So I decided to give it a shot but modify it, since I’m not sure I want to go cold turkey in it.  I ended up having whole milk yogurt with fresh fruit in the morning, salad with spinach, lettuce, mushroom, chicken or sausage, quinoa, hard boiled eggs, olive oil and vinegar.  I did this for a whole week, and I magically was waking up at 5:30am without alarm!!!  I felt better, I noticed that I’m not hungry between meals so I’m not constantly looking for snacks, and I even picked up walking during lunch!

Needless to say, I am sold about this type of eating and lifestyle.  I borrowed Eat like a Dinasour so I can figure out how to get the Little Lady to eat this way.  So far, so good!  I’m sure there will be experimenting on the recipes later here!

As for my project, I am slowly working on the wedding shawl for a friend’s future wife. I’m really hoping it comes along quick, fater and easier!

So what are you reading or what are you working on?

Weekending

From “Pumpkin Sunrise“:

“Weekends are for memory making, relaxing and enjoying quiet moments of our days.”

My friend WifeMomKnitter has been doing the weekending post for quite awhile now.  I really enjoy blogging and would love to start again, so I figure I start here.

This weekend started out with a sick baby who couldn’t go to her last swim lesson for this session.  Poor Little Miss had the Hand-Foot-Mouth disease last weekend and is still fighting with whatever else is in her system that’s causing her to be super congested.  None of us have slept all that well because of the constant waking and crying.

Little Lady on the other hand is strong and healthy as an ox (she was born the year of ox, I wonder if that has something to do with it?) and I’m hoping she stays like this even with her baby sister being sick.  We went to soccer reluctantly – she was okay for the most part, but towards the end, she was tired of playing, again.  She loves watching the big kids play soccer every time we drove by them, and always says she would like to play, but when it’s the actual soccer lesson time, she lost interest rather quickly.  I think we will be sticking to swim from now on.  Speaking of swim, she will probably be in her last Ray class this next session and move on to Starfish, that means she can swim 15 feet with her face in the water and flotation device!!!!  So proud of her!  I still remember when I first took her to the pool and she was all scared and wouldn’t let go!  Oh, did I mention that she now swims to the deeper side of the pool and jumps right into the super deep end???  I wish Little Miss will be the same when the time comes…  Right now she cries instantly once her toes are in the water!

Then we have a nice visit with Grandma!  While the girls are hanging out with her, I was able to get away to the library to borrow a few books!  We also got a Tinker Bell movie that we haven’t seen.  I love my library!

Sunday started out a little rocky, since Little Miss didn’t sleep very well, which means none of us slept well either.  But I made breakfast for everyone and after relaxing a bit at home, we piled in the car and went to the local farm to pick some strawberries.

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The Little Lady and I did most of the picking, and it only took a little time since there are still lots of strawberries left to pick from.  I think next year, I’m gonna try to do a little strawberries planter with her since she loves strawberries so much!

We end this weekend by cooking up some specialty sausages from Whole Foods and big bowls of salads with beets, cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, red bell peppers, spinach and lettuce.  It was beautiful to look at and just as yummy to eat!

So, how was your weekend?

A Weekend In Autumn

I love the fall. I love it so much I chose an beautiful autumn day for my wedding. Alright, alright, technically my wedding day was just a couple of days prior, but still, you get my drift.

But seriously, what’s not to love? The weather finally getting cooler with the sun still shining. They day isn’t completely too short yet, so when I’m driving to and from work it is still light out. But most importantly, the activities involving with apples and pumpkins are just fun for all ages.

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We went apple picking at Lymans on Sunday since the day was gorgeous and perfect. When we got there, we ended up picking asian pear and peaches instead of apples, since the Little Lady had just recently went to an orchard as part of her school field trip and brought home some apples.

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And since we were already there, why not get a pumpkin?

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We took home five peaches, six asian pear, a sugar pumpkin, and a carving pumpkin. And I’m sure we’ll be back to get some apples down the road.

While at the Orchard, my budding photographer asked me to show her how to use my camera, so she can take pictures. Well, I have to say she didn’t do too badly!

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Fall Is In The Air

This morning, my weather app on my phone told me that it was 50 degrees.  BUUURRRRR…  Considering not too long ago, we were all still basking in the close to 100 degree weather, it is quite a change.  And honestly, I would love to have days like this everyday!  The crisp air in the morning is turning the leaves a bit but the warm days still let us enjoy the outdoors.

Needless to say, I seized the moment and took the Little Lady to the park in the afternoon, after a great swim lesson at the Y and a brief nap in the car.

Can you tell she loves the swing?  And making faces also!

This morning, she woke up bright and early like always.  We hung out a bit and decided that we will go apple picking after breakfast.  We weren’t sure where we wanted to go but ultimately decided to go to Lyman’s since they have lots of varieties of apples, plus pears, peaches and pumpkins currently.  They also have a corn maze, in case we were up to it.  Plus you can’t beat their farm market and outdoor picnic area!

After arriving, we spent quite a bit of time looking for Asian pear, but we were too late in the season.  We only picked three the entire time we were there!  By then, the Little Lady was hungry again for lunch, so we decided to skip the apples and go straight to the farm market for lunch.  But before we depart, we all agreed that we need to at least go look at the pumpkins.  Well, I think we got a winner.

 

We enjoyed some lunch along with apple cider out in the picnic area by the pond.  We watched the ducks in the water and bought some cider, apples, fudge and apple pie from the farm market.  After sitting on the couch for awhile, the baker in me decided to look up some apple muffins recipe, since David mentioned it while we were in the market.  I was surprised that of all the apple related things they have, the one thing they don’t have are apple muffins!  I did some research and decided to go with the Ellie Krieger’s Apple Muffins.  She is known for substituting items to make the food healthier.  Plus I have all the ingredients on hand – minus the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I had to look up the difference between that and regular Whole Wheat Flour.  Turns out that it was different enough to make baked goods taste different!  Hmmm…  Well, all I have is whole wheat flour, so I decided to go with 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 all purpose flour along with the original 1 cup of all purpose, just so the muffins won’t taste too dense.  And instead of the Golden Delicious apples, I subbed it with a Jonamac.  Jonamac is a bit tart, but I think it is great for baked goods since sugars are usually added anyways.

Yup, my Little Lady is big enough to help me cut things!  The first time she helped me cut hot dogs to make dinner.  It was just the two of us home so I was busy watching her than taking pictures, but this time, David was home, so we now have photo evidence of an almost three year old with a knife!  No worries, it is a special kid’s knife I bought just for her, and used only when adult supervision is available.  She is so excited when she can help me in the kitchen.  I think I need to make this baking business a regular activity so she can get used to it.

Our muffins turned out to be pretty large.  We shall see how it taste after when they are cooled down a bit.

So how have you enjoyed the nice weather?

Podcast

I know.  I still need to do a post on the Ravellenic wrap up, and I probably won’t be able to do that this week since my folks are coming on Wednesday to stay for a week.  I am super excited about this since I haven’t seen them for a year!  Granted, we see each other through google hangout, but it just isn’t the same.

Speak of visiting, Sheryl and dad came visit this weekend.  We had a great time and the Little Lady is very happy to finally see her GG in person!  We will see them again in November!

Now back to the topic, Podcast.  I had come to the realization how behind I am on this podcast thing. I consider myself pretty tech savvy and into computer stuff, but I am like a dinosaur when it comes to podcast. I got a quick lesson at SnB on Thursday, but both NutmegKnitter and Wife”Mom”Knitter have iphone/ipod, and I own no such devices.  I am a android base person and I had no clue on how to find the episodes!  So I did some research.  Come to find out, there are such thing called the podcatchers.  They are basically software that gather all the different podcast that I wish to subscribe and updates as time goes.  It’s kinda like google reader for all the blog post you subscribes.

Now my questions to you, my readers – if there are any of you left, are these:

  1. Which android podcatcher do you recommend?  is it worth the money you paid for?
  2. What podcasts do you like?  So far I only know of Craft Lit, which I have yet to start listening to since I want to get a good podcatcher loaded onto my phone.  Plus I haven’t had time to listen lately, but want to have everything lined up when I do have some time!

Three Years

It’s hard to imagine that three years had gone by since our wedding.

And this is probably the only photo evidence that we will ever have that you actually have a ring.

Love you, babe.

Fall

Do you feel the crisp in the air?  The temperature has dipped down below 50s in some nights!

To celebrate fall, we went to pick apples and pears at High Hill Orchard.  I’ve done some research on organic orchard, and although High Hill isn’t certified, but they practice as one.

We climbed hills to find apples and pears!

What are you looking at, Mama?

Apple!!!!

More apples!

A little help from daddy up top.

Woooooo... tractor!

Just a note – David was cut out of frame so he really was next to her.  No baby was left riding the tractor alone.

We also got apple cider and pear cider from the farm stand, along with Cinderella pumpkin, which we forgot to take picture of.  We had a ton of fun and probably will be back before the season ended!

And did you notice that cute sweater she was sporting?  It’s the Baby Hepburn Crop Coat by Crystal Guistinello.  It was a test knit – way overdue.  But it is done, and super cute on babysquared!  Now, if I can only get her to wear the other sweater so I can take some pictures…

There and Back Again

Well, it’s been a whole 2 weeks since we’ve been back from vacation.  If there is one word that can sum it up, then it would be HOT! I don’t think it was ever that hot up by the river.  I’ve been going for 5 years now, and this is the first time it is unbearable, resulting me going into the 65 degree river.  Yes, I went into the river to cool down.

Both David and I took Friday off so we can pack.  Well, you see, David was in Mexico City for work till Thursday and didn’t get home till midnight.  So we didn’t pack at all!  Till Friday morning.  We went on our merry way around noon, and started our track towards Utica, to see David’s grandma. We arrived at Utica just in time for dinner.  Grandma had made pot roast for us.  YUM.  We pricelined a local hotel to stay for the night, and our Little Lady wants nothing to do with the crib, so she shared the giant king size bed with us.

Saturday morning, we met up with David’s mom, Sheryl and dad to make our way up to the cottage we rented, sight unseen.  When we finally gotten there, we were pleasantly surprised.

The cottage

“Hi!!!”

Freighter in our back yard!

Just look at that view!!!!  My breath was taken away and I was excited.  We’ve seen pictures online, where we found the cottage, but pictures just don’t do its justice.   David’s two uncles, aunt, and grandma also came up to hang out for the day, and meet our little lady.  Sheryl made some awesome skewers for dinner and everyone raved about it.  Just look at them!

Oh the pretty food. YUM.

Double YUM!

David’s brother Danny arrived later the same day, and David’s brother Terry, his wife Page and son Colin arrived Sunday afternoon.  By then, it was SUPER HOT.  So hot, our little lady has heat rashes all over her legs 😦  So hot, that Dad and I ended up driving an hour to get a portable AC so we can at least cool the main room for the little lady. Of course, the weather didn’t cool down till Saturday, when we were packing to leave.  I guess at least the packing wasn’t too bad.  And instead of describing of all the thing we didn’t do, why don’t I show you what we DID do during the hot weather, minus capturing Colin going into the water, me going into the water, and the movies we saw at Drive-Ins… (we saw Toy Story 3 and A Team on Tuesday night, and Despicable Me on Friday night, they are all good!  totally recommended).

Hanging Out

Cousins first meeting

Auntie!

HOT

Hot AND Sleepy

This is what you get when you try to take a picture of me!

Go Cart!

A full rainbow encountered on the way home