Friday, April 4, 2014

Sidelined,on deck,benched and flagged...

 Sidelined, benched and flagged!! What does this mean???
 Its been a good month of a house full of sick children. I am starting to feel like Nurse Cratchit! I wont bore you with details everyone is on the mend. So blogging has gotten Sidelined. However, here is what I  have been creating to keep myself sane. From cooking to crochet and all else in between here is what has been going on and lots for you to take away.

Here is what is on deck craft wise...

So blogging got sidelined a bit ....On deck are tons of sock yarn..I joined Romi's mystery kal on Ravelry which should be pretty much skill wise on my knitting level but I keep making a repeated mistake ( it has happened  for me before with projects like shawls which start at a point and increase) I think I have it but it I restarted it over 8 times!!! Which then benched my Hermoine's everyday sock.
I'm on the second sock and really want to get it finished So can start a new pair. I will not have more than one pair of socks on needles!!! This would be a mistake...You see I know myself and that would just lead to many many single socks! So I benched the Mystery Kal along with it so I could make my Comfort square block for my sister's knitter Kal/Cal which will become a blanket for someone having a rough time.
I used the Starry Eyes pattern which is my favorite for these comfort squares especially a s some blocks will be knit. It's a denser pattern. It's from the book Encyclopedia of crochet by Donna Kooler. If you crochet please give it a try. You wont be disappointed. 
Now you asked what has been Flagged?
 My name is Donna and I have a problem ...I have joined one to many "A-Longs" I have flagged myself from joining anymore ...I am in a Crochet A Long,  2 Knit A Long's, Stitch A Long. You get it gist. I am addicted to them!!I love how they keep me on task and meeting new friends. Having the camaraderie  has made this long winter bearable. Have I have hit my limit??? Is this my rock bottom ??? Well, if so its a good bottom to hit!

Now to the good stuff...

Cream Cheese Brownies
These brownies are Ghirardelli double chocolate box mix and if you add cream cheese filling they become even more divine. Simply in a seperate bowl add
  • 1 8oz package of 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar ...I used sugar in the raw and the amount of sugar is to your liking
  • 1 tsp vanilla
So mix this all together and after you but the brownie mixture to the pan and spread it then add the cream cheese mixture and swirl it in. Bake according to the boxes directions or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
Mushroom Farro Soup

This was a concoction on a dreary day and was a hit...Soooo good and filling!
Warning...its open of my "about" recipes..No real measurements Sorry!! It is just an Italian genetic thing.
  • The Trinity ... 2 carrots  2 celery stalks with leaves & 1 sweet onion
  • Mushrooms I used white and baby bella for this rough chop and some sliced about 2 cups
  • 1 container Imagine NO-chicken broth vegetarian
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Farro or barley 
  • 2 tsps marjoram 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 to 3 tbls cream ...I used heavy but you could use light or even half and half but I wouldn't suggest milk
Chop the trinity and saute in a heavy bottomed pot with olive oil about 2 tbls.till they begin to soften then add mushrooms and continue to saute until the begin to soften as well. Add the broth, water and seasonings. Simmer this for about 10-15 minutes. Now add the Farro and cook it until it's tender. Now turn off the heat and add the cream and stir. Enjoy with a slice of  good bread  with some melted shredded Fontina cheese on it.

I started spring cleaning the house this week and may have overdone it...So the picture of the chair is where I will be for the rest of the day catching up on my KAL/CAL/SAL'S

I hope you have a sunshine filled weekend filled with some ease.
Be well !

PS Game of Thrones starts on Saturday! So excited!! Are you a Thrones fan?


  1. Oh these yarn cakes are eye magnets! I too have messed up at beginning increase sections too and have had to frog. Concentration, concentration application. Glad to read all of your babes are on the mend. The bugs this year are enemy #1.

    1. Ahh the bugs this year have been awful! Do you still believe that I am still having trouble with that knitting project!! I cannot be distracted at all while knitting it!

  2. Nice finding your blog! I love that you have flagged yourself for too many KALs, lol. I just started an afghan one... OMG, that is really overly crazy, I don't have time for that!

    1. Hi thanks for visiting my blog! I am soo behind on all the A- longs!! Yikes!

  3. Oh I know all about blogging getting sidelined for sure! Nurse Ratchet! You crack me up! I'm envious of your needle skills...I gave up long ago! But the that I can do and they look delicious! Thanks for sharing them!

    1. Nice to see you Dani!! You definitely have to try some of the recipes and let me know!

  4. same here, I didn't realize you had a blog either! thanks so much for stopping by!! I must try those cheesecake brownies!!!!