Giraffe Graphghan Again!

Here we are again!

Look at those eyes!

Look at those eyes!

I can’t believe that I have finally made it this far!  Not too much farther to go to finish this up.  I just need to focus and continue to work on this consistently and it will be done soon!

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Baked Apple Pie Fries

Doesn’t this sound delicious!!

Baked Apple Pie Fries

Baked Apple Pie Fries

The picture from the recipe.

The picture from the recipe.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Frozen Pie Crusts with Apple Pie Filling.

Start of caramel sauce.

Start of caramel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

My carmel sauce.

This really looked icky so we didn’t even try it.

What mine looked like.

What mine looked like.

I was really disappointed.  The filing oozed out while they cooked.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

After cleaning them up they looked like this.

I pulled them off the cookie sheet and cleaned them up a bit.  They actually tasted really good, but I won’t be making them anytime soon.  Too much work and too much waste.  I wonder how I could make them without having them ooze???

Boy having fun.

Boy having fun.

Why?  When I see a clothespin, I don’t immediately think about putting it on my nose!

One Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables

This was the perfect recipe for this evening.  To prepare this one, the vegetable are cut up and marinated in one zip lock bag, the chicken is marinated in another zip lock bag – the bags are left in the refrigerator for a couple of hours then placed in the pan to cook.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

Recipe from The Make Ahead Cook Book.

We had a really busy afternoon so being able to prepare ahead of time was great.

Picture from the book

Picture from the book

Mine looks like this.

Mine looks like this.

This is the closest in appearance to the book as I have come thus far.

Two thumbs up!

Two thumbs up!

Everyone liked this one – we will be making this one again when we have a busy afternoon!

Weaving Fail and Save

While in Redding my daughter and I visited a local yarn store and saw a beautiful woven scarf.

The beautiful scarf.

The beautiful scarf.

I fell in love with it and asked the woman working at the store what yarn was used and what dent reed was on the loom.

Another one on the loom.

Another one on the loom.

Here is another one of the scarves on the loom.  Isn’t it so pretty?

All warped up and ready to go.  So excited!

All warped up and ready to go. So excited!

As soon as I got home, I warped up my loom.

YUCK!!  This is how the weaving turned out!

YUCK!! This is how the weaving turned out!

This really looks terrible!  After posting to a weaving facebook group that I am a member of, someone pointed out that my warp is much more spaced out that the store sample.  ARGGH!!

Selvage ugly!  So frustrated!

Selvage ugly! So frustrated!

Even when I was a new weaver, my selvages never looked like this!  This is really the wrong yarn for my warp and my reed.

Weaving with a different yarn.

Weaving with a different yarn.

I went to “the stash” and pulled out some nice purple yarn that went nicely with some of the colors in the warp.

Love the subtle striping that is showing up.

Love the subtle striping that is showing up.

I am happy with the resulting cloth, but it is not the delicate piece that I was hoping for.  I still have enough of the warp thread to put on a smaller dent reed and try again – which I might do once this is finished.

Redding

My oldest daughter and I went to Redding for a long weekend.  My dad was in the hospital (he is now on the road to recovery) and we wanted to visit and boost his spirits.  While we were there we managed to get out and see a little bit.

An overview.

An overview.

Sundial Bridge.

Sundial Bridge.

Nice art.

Nice art.

Lovely mosaics.

Lovely mosaics.

Native drought tolerant plant.

Native drought tolerant plant.

Native drought tolerant plant - butterfly magnet!

Native drought tolerant plant – butterfly magnet!

We visited Sundial Bridge and the beautiful gardens right next to it.  I loved all the plants in the garden.  Not only were the plants California Natives, they were all drought tolerant – I took pictures of all my favorites to see if we might be able to incorporate them into our own landscaping.

Chicken Baked in Foil

I am totally enjoying trying out all of these new recipes!!  I’ve been trying to make one each week.  This week I tried this one…

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

From The Make-Ahead Cook Book.

Photo from the book.

Photo from the book.

Fresh veges.

Fresh veges.

These are my veges – I substituted regular potatoes for the sweet potatoes because I didn’t have sweet potatoes on hand.

Before cooking.

Before cooking.

I forgot to take a picture after it was all wrapped up and ready to bake.  The foil packets were fun to make!

After cooking.

After cooking.

Boy did it smell so good right after we opened up those foil packets.  Everyone LOVED this meal – WooHoo!!