FO Friday! Rising Sun Shawl

C’estĀ fini!

One WIP off the needles and into the soaking tub!! I’m loving how this turned out!

The pattern is easy to memorize and pretty quick to knit.

I do have a bit of my Japanese yarn left; I might make one of those knitted necklaces out of the leftovers.

Now on to my other WIPs!!

Stay tuned…

Fiesta Salad Recipe

Long time, no recipe. The weather and my garden are stirring up some inspiration in the kitchen. Today, I present a simple Quinoa salad.

Ingredients :

1 cup uncooked Quinoa

1/2 bag of Wegman’s Tex-Mex Blend veggies thawed but chilled.

Or you could get fresh corn, red and green bell pepper and onion. I just used what I had on hand and what I know Spawnbeast will eat.

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of lemon and lime juices

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of fresh parsley or cilantro (or both, I’m not a cop.)

Salt and pepper to taste


Cook and chill quinoa. After the chill, add in veggies and set aside.

In a small bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients together to taste. I suggest adding the lemon and lime juice in parts in case you don’t like things as tangy as I do.

Once mixed, either chill until serving time or dig in!

It was hard not to eat the whole bowl while chicken was grilling!

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!!

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Garden Hoe!

I’ve been taking advantage of this awesome weather to get my garden going. We’ve spent a lot of time outside and I think it shows. This is the mostly lively my deck has looked since we’ve lived here.


It’s hard to tell, but I have scaled back. Only a few veggies this year. I’ll be helping out with another garden and I don’t want to overwhelm myself. I am trying some pest-free plantings.

Spawnbeast has also put his mark on the deck. Kid loves whimsy and wind chimes. How can I say no?


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Springton Sheep and Wool!

Springton Manor Farm had its annual sheep and wool today. I hadn’t gone in years. It was quite an event: much larger than I remember! I packed up Spawnbeast and the wagon

If you’re a long time reader, you know that Springton is the place I got married. Life has come full circle. I came here as a kid, had my wedding here and now I’m bringing my kid here. We saw the new lambs, piggies and the goats. We even got a special peak at the baby chicks. One of the rangers noticed Spawn looking into the chick warmer and they let us in, VIP style. We also saw Alpaca and the Lancaster Spinners. There were a few vendors selling yarn but I was more interested in kettle corn.

Needless to say, I’m beat! Off to another adventure tomorrow!




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Friday Thoughts

This sudden cold snap blows. It makes napping in my hammock difficult… Oh yeah and other outside tasks. It does however make for excellent cleaning weather.

Friday is a good day to tackle dust bunnies and daydream. I was deep in random thought when I was about to dust the TV cabinet. Moving my Swiffer wand like a seasoned maestro and humming a Wiggle’s song, I was startled out of my trance.


This is a Dala Horse. I bought one to remember my cousin. It dawned on me that it’s been six months since her passing. It’s amazing how time has flown by. I think of Lori often, I wonder what she’s doing and whose she sitting next to in the big Buffet Dinner in the sky. Grief is such an odd thing


I’m not sad, this isn’t a sad post. It’s a reflective one. While some of the morning was spent with Lori’s Dala horse, the rest of the morning was productive. Cold weather makes me a busy cleaning bee. We’ve been reorganizing the house. My lady lair has once again been replaced with spawnstuff. It’s all good, I still have all my stash tucked away. While cleaning, I got to admire the one tree that hasn’t lost all of its blooms to storms and wind.

The bestĀ part is that it’s not my tree!


Time to get back to work. I want to leave myself some knitting time! Happy Friday!


Stay tuned….