Thursday, March 31, 2011

bathroom progress.

Yep, those are 1x2" tiles.
Yep, it took poor Winn (along with some help from his dad) a looooooong time to install them.
Yep, I feel kinda bad about that.

But it's lookin' real perdy so far, wouldn't you agree?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


While the baked ziti was in the oven this evening and the squash and zucchini and onion were sauteing on the stove, I snacked on some smoked Gouda and a glass of cabernet and watched Manly and his son through the window as they went outside to feed the chickens and collect the eggs. Over dinner we planned our catalog order of seeds for this year's garden, and we laughed when Shepherd put a fistful of pasta in his mouth and made a horrified face at the unexpected taste of spinach mixed in. And I sat there enjoying our sweet and simple life, marveling at a God who delights in blessing his children.

Monday, March 28, 2011

i'm in love.

With this home...

And these knitting needles...

I wasted no time in ordering a handcrafted set for myself from Stitch Diva, and I can't wait for the UPS man to arrive!

* Thanks to my friend Kelly for another great link!

Monday, March 7, 2011

at 10 months you...

* Are very close to being able to crawl.
* Cause your parents a lot of anxiety with the things you manage to find and put in your mouth (including popcorn kernels, the squeaker from inside a toy, an earring, and box elder bugs).
* Like to look at books.
* Have become a bit clingy at church or other crowded places.
* Make an engine sound with your lips while pushing your bulldozer around the floor.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

fantastic enchiladas.

And I do mean fantastic. And easy.

1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
1 1/2 c salsa
1/2 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I used fresh spinach because I had it on-hand)
2 t cumin
1/2 t salt
4 oz cream cheese, cubed
5 to 6 flour tortillas (we love to make our own using this tortilla mix)
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Heat in saucepan cooked ground beef, 1 cup salsa, spinach, cumin, salt, and cream cheese until melted/heated. Spoon 1/3 cup of filling down the center of each tortilla; roll up and place seam-down in lightly greased 8x8" baking dish. Spoon remainder of salsa over enchiladas. Bake uncovered @ 350' for 25 minutes or until hot. Add cheese on top and return to oven until melted. Serve with tortilla chips. (Makes approximately 4 servings.)

And just because I don't like to do a post without a photo, here are a couple of our other recent Emealz. Marinated pork fillets and spinach salad:

Baked tilapia topped with mango salsa and served with sweet potatoes:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

not-so-fairweather friend: a knitted neckwrap.

This hybrid scarf is designed to button around the neck on blustery days. There are no tails to tuck in your coat or leave flying around in the wind. It's a quick and easy pattern, so make one in every color for a little winter accessorizing! :)

Pattern: Not-So-Fairweather Friend
By: Betsy Cradic
Supplies needed: Size 15 knitting needles, one skein of Lion's Thick and Chunky yarn (shown in Grey Marble), and three 1 1/8" buttons

Cast on 25 stitches.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: P2, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P2.
Row 5: K2, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K3, P3, K2.
Repeat Rows 4 & 5 until neckwrap reaches desired length (approximately 2 feet), ending with a Row 4.
Next row: Purl.
Next row (buttonhole row): K2, K2T (knit 2 together), YO (yarn-over), K7, K2T, YO, K7, K2T, YO, K3.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: Knit.
Bind off.
Attach buttons and weave in loose ends.

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