Sheared Bliss

WiP Wednesday
December 4, 2013, 1:02 pm
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My current main WiP:

Looks a little bit too much like the view out my window:

I need a hit of color:


Happy May Day
May 1, 2013, 8:00 pm
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The maypole dance has been cancelled.

White Christmas
December 25, 2012, 3:30 pm
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In a rather unusual display of seasonally appropriate weather, we got a lovely dusting of sparkly snow last night.  After opening stockings this morning, we went out and played in it.

This is what happens . . .
February 3, 2012, 8:19 pm
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. . . when you let a rodent forecast the weather.

That’s CodeMonkey’s “I love shoveling snow” face.  Let’s zoom in, shall we?

This is after about 24 hours of snow.  It’s still snowing.

P³OW Granola
November 2, 2011, 4:42 pm
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Snow day!

Hm, that looks kind of familiar, doesn’t it?

I used my unexpected day off to make granola based on this recipe.

P³OW Granola

  • Peach butter – 1 cup
  • Pecans – 1/2 cup
  • Pepitas – 1/2 cup
  • Oats – 2 cups
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup
  • And a half teaspoon each of salt, cinnamon, and ginger

Mix everything together, spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 325º for about 35 minutes stirring every 5 to 10 minutes.  Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Yum!

Feelin’ Blue
April 9, 2011, 11:25 am
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I’m sorry that things have been so quiet around here lately.  My excuse is that things are decidedly not-quiet at work right now.  Unfortunately, the not-quiet work situation is going to prevail for at least another week and a half so posts will probably continue to be a little sparse until then.  By way of apology and distraction, here’s some baby lamb cuteness.

Last weekend we had one of those freak spring snowstorms that we get in Colorado.  The temperature dropped about 40º over the course of just a few hours and by mid-afternoon it looked like this.

PioneerCelery and I were at the museum and ended up lambsitting because PioneerT was concerned that Maggie was too cold out with the other sheep.

Miss Maggie had a busy day of eating lunch, exploring the cabin, nibbling on the rug, and supervising our other project for the day . . .

. . . indigo dyeing!

I’ll be doing another indigo dyeing demo with PioneerJ at the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event on Saturday, April 16th from 10 to 3.  Stop by for some wooly goodness.

Orange You Glad
November 15, 2009, 11:19 pm
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It’s been a snowy weekend here – just right for getting things done around the house.  CodeMonkey re-caulked the downstairs bathtub and put up mini-blinds in my office.  This means that we only have one set of blinds left to put up in the whole house then we can move on to curtains!  I cleaned (the kitchen and bathroom are so sparkly now!), did laundry, and cooked.  There was black bean soup and cornbread for dinner then, because the snow had me craving a little sunshine, I improvised a cake.

Orange You Glad Cake

  • 2 oranges
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter – melted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Zest both oranges then cut them in half and juice them.  You should get about 3/4 cup of juice.

In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients – flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt – and whisk to combine.

In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the orange juice, the cream, and the vanilla extract and stir to combine.

In a third bowl (the work bowl of your stand mixer if you have one) combine the orange zest, 1 cup of the sugar, and the butter and cream together until well combined.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat until combined.  Add a third of the dry ingredient mixture and beat to combine.  Add half of the cream mixture and beat to combine.  Add anther third of the dry ingredients and beat to combine.  Add the rest of the cream mixture and beat to combine.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients and beat to combine.  Beat until light and fluffy.

Scrap the batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

After you remove the cake from the oven, use a skewer to poke it full of holes.  Put the last 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1/4 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and boil for about 3 minutes.  Pour the hot orange syrup over the cake (slowly so it soaks in instead of running over).  Eat immediately or let cool, cover, and keep in the refrigerator.  Tastes like sunshine.

Yes, there is a piece missing.  What?  It was yummy.