i’ve done pretty well on the list of works in progress that i posted last march:
- pastel green baby afghan (crochet) – still working on it (i started this over 5 years ago and pick it up every once in awhile…it’s getting there!)
- blue king size afghan (crochet) – frogged and gave the yarn to my mom
- red, green, and black granny square afghan (crochet) – finished (and love it!)
- grey cardigan (crochet) – finished, but dissatisfied with the final product
- burgundy cowl scarf (knit) – finished, and made a matching earwarmer
- blue and grey (will be) felted bag (knit) – still working on it
i’ve also put a major dent in my box of yarn – i’ve been pretty good about not buying any new yarn and using up what i already have. since it’s a new year, i thought i should set some goals to give my creations direction in 2013!
- finish the two wip’s above
- crochet a sweater that i actually like and wear!
- begin work on t-shirt quilt
- refinish the sewing table i bought at the thrift shop last summer
- knit something more complicated than a scarf or hat
- add some healthy, easy dishes to the recipe repertoire
- improve my cookie, cupcake, and cake decorating skills
that will probably keep me pretty busy, eh?
my family had a sad thanksgiving this year, as my grandma passed away on saturday. it was fairly unexpected, but we are taking comfort in the fact that she was sick for only a brief time and passed away at home, having seen many of her family and loved ones in her last few days. i’m so grateful that i made it home in time to see her on saturday afternoon, just a few hours before she was gone. she was adamantly opposed to going into a nursing home, so i am sure it all went as she would have wanted – had she made it through the weekend, she would have been going to the nursing home on monday.
for her memorial service, i made a collage of photos using a tri-fold foam board and some mod-podge. i used about half the photos i picked out, and the other half will be put on a bulletin board with a note that people may take a photo if they would like. after the service, i am giving the collage to my mom.
a sad project, but i’m happy with the way it turned out. lots of tears mixed in with the mod-podge.
that’s what i want to do with this cake! but alas, i can’t dive in just yet. the fella and i are headed to his folks’ for thanksgiving, and then mine, and i wanted to bring a treat for the festivities. since i’ve been trying to lose weight (and have lost 10 pounds so far!), i was on the hunt for a recipe that wouldn’t break the calorie bank. pumpkin cake to the rescue! this recipe uses greek yogurt instead of butter or oil, egg whites, and fat free cream cheese for the frosting. with 9 slices (the recipe says 16 but i think 9 is more realistic), they are only 285 calories per piece! the fella got a little confused at the grocery store and didn’t know that there is a plainer greek yogurt than vanilla, so i skipped adding vanilla to the batter. i hope it tastes ok! the fat free cream cheese doesn’t blend as nicely as the real thing, so next time i would probably compromise with a low-fat, rather than fat free, version.
update: this cake was gross. 😦 sad!
sugar, spice and everything nice
isn’t that pretty?
we bought a bunch of apples that it was clear we weren’t going to get through before they started to go bad, so i went in search of some low-fat apple snacks to make with them. enter cinnamon and sugar apple chips! slice up some apples, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on them, and bake. how easy is that?
they do take awhile and unfortunately, my bedtime arrived before they were *quite* finished. so, some of them were still a little soft and not the intended crunchy texture – but still delicious!
so obviously, i needed to crochet yet another hat, right? i’ve been wanting to make a newsboy hat for quite awhile. despite looking at seemingly hundreds of patterns, i never found one that i liked – or if i did, the projects on ravelry discouraged me because they either didn’t look that great or people said they needed to heavily modify the pattern. then i found this pattern, complete with tons of successful project photos and comments, so i decided to give it a try. i love it! it took about 3 hours and the instructions were very easy to understand. the only modification i made was leaving out one row at the end of the main cap because i didn’t want it quite as slouchy. it’s perfect! haven’t added buttons yet because i didn’t have any laying around. maybe i will add some eventually, but this is wear-in-public-worthy as is. the brim was pretty floppy originally, so i shaped it and sprayed on some starch and that seemed to do the trick. the fella isn’t always a huge fan of my crochet creations, but he even thought this was a pretty stylish hat!
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