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Location: Peru, Illinois, United States

I am married with 2 grown sons and 1 granddaughter. Cooking and crafting have been in my blood all my life, and I am self-taught in these areas. I am not much of a talker, but I look forward to sharing my hobbies with you -- hopefully with humor.

Friday, June 02, 2006

What's Cookin'?

Most of today was spent at my parents' house cleaning, cooking and baking for them. My mother needs to be in a nursing home, but my father refuses to put her there, so I go over a couple times a week and help out. My dad requested potato salad, baked beans and ham. I also made them banana-nut bread.

I said I wouldn't start any new knitting projects until I finished some that are already started, but I was weak. After seeing someone post a picture of their finished socks from the May kit of the Socks That Rock Club, I casted on mine. I only have about 2" of the cuff knit, but it seems too tight. I am going to frog it back and try to get the gauge right this time.

Not that I need any more yarn, but I also just ordered 4 skeins of Socks That Rock lightweight yarn and the "Circle Dance" sock pattern. The yarn colors I ordered are: Farmhouse, Sherbet, Tanzanite and Torridon.

I probably won't get much knitting done tonight, since I have to practice for my Hammered Dulcimer music lesson tomorrow. Nothing like waiting till the last minute. Now I am off to find something to fix my hubby for dinner. I wonder if he would be satisfied with a cheese stick???

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Moore Cookies

My father has a sweet tooth that is driving me crazy. He has me baking the same cookie recipe over and over again. They are good cookies, but come on . . . He is wearing himself to death trying to take care of my invalid mother, so I guess he does deserve a treat once in a while. I hope you enjoy this recipe also.

Moore Cookies
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening or margarine
2 beaten eggs
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups coconut
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 pound dates (8 ozs. chopped)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream margarine and sugars. Add eggs, mix well. Add flour, baking powder and soda, dates, nutes, coconut and oats by hand. Dough is stiff. Shape into balls (fairly small ones as these cookies spread out). Press down with a fork (I just used my finger to flatten them out a little). Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Makes 6 dozen.
On the needles, I have my own pair of the Sixth Sense Socks that I need to complete. They are being knit with Opal yarn Crocodile 2 CR-11.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sock Success!


Sixth Sense Socks
using Opal Dreamcatcher 1232 yarn

Finally - - I have finished knitting my first pair of socks. After 1-1/2 years of trying to teach myself to knit, I just completed a pair of socks for my darling hubby. This is only the second item I have ever knit -- or should I say completed item ??? You don't want to know about the 50+ knitting projects I have going on the needles. Anyway, I now feel confidant, unstoppable, an official knitter! Those 50+ projects will be finished in no time. But wait a minute . . . I now have an empty set of sock needles . . . and there are some beautiful sock yarns looking right at me. I just saw a gorgeous sock pattern earlier today . . . .