January 27, 2012

How To: Make a Pom Pom YouTube Video

Here is a past blog post that I decided to make into a YouTube video for you all to enjoy!

January 18, 2012

YouTube Giveaway Contest

 Here is my first contest of the new year!  It's quick and easy and the winner will win a surprise prize handmade by me! 

All you have to do if view my new YouTube video and leave a comment below it in the comment field or on facebook.  I will then pick a winner Monday Jan 23rd via Random.org.  Easy as pie! 

Good luck have fun and please share, the more the merrier!

Happy Knitting!

January 15, 2012

Vegan Chickpea Salad

I LOVE chickpeas and salads so I thought why not share one of my recipes with you!  This recipe is a little time consuming only due to the fact that the chickpeas have to soak overnight in the fridge and then cook about an hour or so until tender so prepare in advance and give yourself lots of time...in the end it will be worth it!

To start, pick through the chickpeas and discard any ones that look to be bad.  Place in a bowl with plenty of water to cover (by at least an inch or two) and refrigerate overnight.  You will notice them swelling up and getting bigger and bigger!

The ingredients you will need are:

2 cups dried chickpeas
Half a cup red wine vinegar
10 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons fresh minced oregano
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Half a cup pitted kalamata olives
Half a cup sun dried tomatoes
1 small bunch of green onions, sliced

Drain the chickpeas and place in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for approx 50-60 minutes or until tender.  Drain and let cool.

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, garlic, all the herbs and salt and pepper to taste.  Add the cooled beans, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and green onions, mix really well until everything is blended together.

Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy!
Hope you like it!!!

January 9, 2012

~2012~ The Year of New Beginnings...

    Wow, 2012...when did that happen!  In the words of the late great John Lennon: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans" how true is that.  Life has been busy as I am sure it has been for all of you, a lot of new changes as well to embrace.  I will  hopefully be making more time for this blog which has been lacking the past 8 months or so...so once again I hope you can join me on my journey, a smorgasbord of the many things that life has to offer.  All things positive leading into 2012, new beginnings, happy endings...

I have still yet to organize my main studio in the new house, on my list of never ending things to do...but hopefully will find some time today to get at least some organizing done, in between putting the laundry away, house cleaning, knitting, cooking, and all the other wonderful callings that being a domestic house goddess has to offer...loving every minute of course! 

The last project for 2011 was to make a few different pairs of slippers, the pattern was embellished from one found in a "Creature Comforts" pamphlet, simple but a lot of counting and making sure that both slippers turned out the same which always seemed to be a challenge! 

What's on your needles for the New Year?
Happy Knitting!