Thursday, May 29, 2014

....asparagus bundles

Fresh asparagus in bundles of 5-6 spears.
Wrap pounded thin (1/4 in.) chicken breast~about as long as a dollar bill around each bundle.  Secure with toothpicks or since I had no toothpicks, wrap and put the overlapping ends face down.
Brush all chicken and exposed asparagus with olive oil.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bake 350 ° for 20-30 minutes.   ( I actually put mine under the broiler after that to give the chicken a little color, they still looked a little peeked)..
Remove from oven and sprinkle freshly grated cheese. (optional)  I used a little medium sharp cheddar and mozzarella.  I put it back in the turned-off oven for a bit until it melted.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

....I knit, therefore, I am...not gonna have cold hands next Winter!

Picking up and knitting the lining on to the mitten shell.

Absolutely the softest yarn I have ever touched and knitted with.  It was dreamy. It's from Blue Sky Alpacas. It's 100% baby alpaca. Colorway #812~Blue Cheese.
Turn the mitten inside the lining to measure where to knit to before the decrease.  I didn't knit it in this position.  I just pushed it in there to measure.

The shell is knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca (it's an alpaca/wool blend)  Colorway: #6201 White and #6243 Navy.  I purchased all of these from Alpaca Direct. (  There customer service was top notch.

This shows the lining inside on the right. The mitten on the left has not had a lining added yet.
I purchased the pattern on Ravelry.  They are called Northman Mittens by David Schulz.
My first mittens with lining.  The instructions were well written and easy to follow.

Friday, May 16, 2014

our selfies.  me on the left, the daughter on the right.

A great day at the Indiana State Museum.