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The last fresh basil

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This weekend marked the last of the fresh basil from the garden. I celebrated the best way I know how… cooking. We enjoyed a homemade white pizza with a base of freshly made pesto topped with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. The eldest loves to make pesto in the food processor, I know it won’t be long ’til she’s experimenting.

The pasta was super easy, my son squeezed the cherry tomatoes into the pasta dish, tore the basil, parsley & oregano, while I cooked the angel hair and steamed the broccoli and chopped the garlic. Our secret is to let the hot pasta and broccoli sit on top of the herbs and tomatoes until ready to serve. Then we just toss with olive oil and parmesan cheese, sit, serve & eat!

Enjoy! My Mom the health teacher shared this with me and I just had to pass it along.

Finished just in time



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I think I set a knitting record for myself, a hat in a week. I love it, and finished it just as the weather is getting cooler around here.

Knitting basketEarlier in the week while it was still sunny, dry and warm, the monkeys were out playing, so I joined them outside with the knitting basket. Of Course!

l_1600_1200_ECB41BF2-BF1F-4BE6-9675-9C0677551FF9.jpeg Quickly the contents were snatched up an incorporated into the arranging and rearranging of the fall produce on the picnic table. The balls started to unwind and there I was spoiling all the fun, trying to discourage my monkeys from tangling themselves up in some beautiful locally raised and spun wool. I’m such a mean Mama.

l_1600_1200_EE467CC3-B31C-4DC7-A444-99A9499DAE93.jpegThis was the final masterpiece and I was summonded to take a picture. “Mama, can you see the face?” said my eldest, I really have creative monkeys.  I love this picture it has nearly all my favorites, except of course, my 3 favorite monkeys!

p_1600_1200_909A8EE3-52E9-47F2-9D2C-94E8FB8987E2.jpegSo I cast on a hat the other night. I’m using this pattern I found for free on Ravelry with this yarn in cedar. I love the color. It’s knitting up so fast and I brought it to a meeting my husband and I had to attend. He couldn’t believe I was knitting during it, secretly I think he was jealous he couldn’t be playing on his iPhone and still have that be socially acceptable during the meeting.
I’m loving its progress, although I was a bit concerned that it would be too tight, but I tried it on today…. snug but I’m sure it will settle into its stitches as soon as its off the needles and washed. Perhaps this weekend some time….

Fall 09On my drive into work today I was not particularly looking forward to my shift and was moping a bit to myself. The sky changed as I turned the corner and I couldn’t help but take a few moments on the street to enjoy it. The autumn sun was bright, the wind was picking up and twirling a gorgeous spectrum of leaves. It was just breathtaking. I rolled down the window and tried to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this spectacle. As I got out of the car and shook the leaves out of my hair, my whole self felt more charged up and rejuvenated. I could feel the  Goddess Mother Nature at work here today. Thank you for allowing me to be present for this moment of wonder.

My first class

Clasica beginnings

I’ve signed myself up for my first ever knitting class. I need to give all the credit to my friend for the gentle push. I am going to knit the cover sweater coat from the fall issue of Interweave Knits. The instructor substituted the the yarn, we’ll be using this. I’ve choosen the milk chocolate brown and it has been a delight to knit with.

I must confess… I NEVER swatch! Never have, never until a few days ago that is. I originally cast on using the recommended needles and got about 1.5 inches along and started really sweating the fact I had NOT swatched. I purchased 4 skeins with 478 yards per skein = a LOT of knitting! I did not want to get close to the end and be severely disappointed. This is supposed to be a sweater for me, right? If I cried while frogging, would it felt?

So I broke the yarn, swatched as directed, and guess what? It came out perfectly to gauge! Relief, frustration, and now back to some serious knitting! I’m supposed to have 19 inches of stockinette done by Sunday for class but am only at 5 inches with 2 parties to prepare for…. I see a lot of coffee in my future.