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We Finally Have an Update for Ya’ll!

Last night the teen girls stayed the night with us. We had a blast! I teach them on Wednesday nights and have fallen in love with them. I love kids, even teenagers! Anyways, we watched “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”. Yes, I guess I just felt like I needed a good cry! I’m not going to do a movie review, but it’s about a couple who have been told they cannot have biological children (like us), and they are trying to adopt.

Well,  I have a good update today… I got an email, from DHR! Yay! The email said that our case worker finished writing up everything and now it is just waiting for approval! I have spoken on the phone (a few months back) directly to the supervisor that is to write off on our paperwork, so she knows how anxious we are to become foster parents.

Hopefully it won’t be much longer! THIS IS REAL YA’LL! Honestly, I have no idea how long it will sit on her desk for approval, but wouldn’t it be so cool if it happened this week?

We could be getting kids really soon! I think I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m scared. It feels more ‘real’ now then it has before. I know this is just the beginning.

What if the kids hate us? What if they see us as the enemy? I’m trying so hard to remember all those classes we took 7 months ago. Why did this take so long? I feel like I’ve forgotten everything! I really need to read through our classroom materials for a refresher course.

This is crazy!

Pray for us. Pray for our family. Pray for the children. Pray for me. Please!

And, go watch “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”!

Teen Girls 205Here are my girls!  Aren’t they beautiful!


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I Finally Made Bread Pudding.

I am a huge ‘Chopped’ fan.  But I get so angry because just about every episode someone or both of the final two contestants make bread pudding!  It drives me insane, because the judges want something different and original.  I just feel sorry for them because they have to eat so many bread puddings.  Meanwhile, my husband would love to be a judge with all that bread pudding!

I haven’t had many that I like.  Mostly because there are raisins and nuts in them.  Ick!  But after watching so many ‘Chopped’ episodes, I thought “hey, it looks pretty easy”.  And I was right.  I didn’t follow a recipe, but I did look at some recipes to see what actually goes into a bread pudding.  #1 ingredient bread of some sort.  Since I spent all day yesterday making homemade bread, I had plenty of yummy  rolls and a loaf.  My homemade bread is actually whole wheat and I put some flax seed in there for extra healthiness.

Jeff loves Banana’s Foster, so I thought I’d spice his up with some bananas and brown sugar.

This recipe will make two individual servings.

first, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 024thinly slice 1 banana.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 027lay them on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil (i used parchment because i’m out of tin foil).

cover them in cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter or coconut oil.

bake for 10 or so minutes.  you want them soft and the sugar melted.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 031next whisk together:

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 tbs vanilla

1tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup of sugar ( i used brown and raw sugar)

birds, bread pudding, for sale 033 birds, bread pudding, for sale 036 birds, bread pudding, for sale 038next chop or tear your bread, rolls, whatever ya got lying around.

fill your ramekin.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 039pour your wet mixture over your bread.  smoosh bread around in the mixture so it’s all wet.

next, get out your bananas.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 044they should look something like this.  now turn your oven down to 350 degrees.

birds, bread pudding, for sale 048i didn’t want bananas in mine, because i don’t like bananas, but for Jeff’s i just smooshed them in there and mixed it all around.  (i’m so technical with my cooking terms).

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bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  stick a knife in and if it comes out clean then they are done.  you don’t want them to be browned.

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My Very Own Special Yarn. Knitted Sweater Project, Post V, The Finish Product, Modeled.

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I finally finished my Spring Sweater!  Now you can see it all put together!  If you missed the previous posts detailing the construction of the sweater start to finish you can see post IV here, III here, II here, and I here.

If you want the pattern for this sweater you can find it here.

What is so special about this sweater that I have done 5 (yes 5)  posts?  That would be the fact that the  sweater was made by hand,  down to the yarn.  I mean, it was made the way they did back in the day, like hundreds of years ago!  My friend ordered the sheep wool (roving), dyed it an spun it up on a wheel.  Yes, a wheel!  Like the one on Sleeping Beauty!  How cool is that!?!  Props to her for being so amazing and bringing back an art form that could be close to being lost.  Spinning!  I’m so impressed by her talents and I am 100% pleased with the results of my yarn she shipped to me.  Isn’t it beautiful?

Handspun yarn 010I’m a sucker for all things fiber, especially yummy, plush, Merino wool!  It’s like knitting a cloud!  The subtle thick and thin of the yarn gets me weak in my knees!  The variations between the grays were perfect and look so lovely in my sweater.

For the pattern:  I knit mine a bit wider and two inches longer than recommended for the size S.  I wanted it to be loose, so it would look cute with skinny jeans and boots, or a pencil skirt and flats.  So I guess I made the size large?  I am also not very good at lace work, so I knit the lattice on top as loosely as I could.  It’s very plush.  I did block the bottom half of the sweater, but more of a mist blocking.  After I wash it I will properly block and hang to dry.

Here are some more shots.  I love it layered under denim or a military jacket.  Oh and for those of you who asked, yes it is very soft, cozy, and comfortable.  It is also warm, but not too warm since the top of it is knitted loosely and it has no sleeves.

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Have you learned any ‘lost arts’ lately?  What do you like to do in your spare time?  Any hobbies?  I’d love to hear about them!

 


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My Very Own Special Yarn. Knitted Sweater Project, Post IV, The Sweater Has Been Knit.

It took me about 5 days, but my sweater is knit!  Yay!  I haven’t seamed the sides in these pictures, because I wanted you to get a visual of how it was knit.  Next time I make a sweater I will try to adjust the pattern so I can knit it in the round.  I think it would be quicker and more even.  Plus, no purling!

The lattice/lace work was a pain at first.  I think I ripped it out 5 times.  It looks a little uneven, but that could be something as simple as not having your tension the same each day.  I made my sweater wider and longer than the pattern called for.  I wanted it to be a loose sweater.  The image from the pattern the sweater is so short, so I added 2 inches.  I wish I would have made it 3, but what’s done is done.

Also, as you can tell from the pictures, the back lattice work is longer than the front.  That is intentional.  I didn’t want the lace to come down too low in the front, even though I will be wearing a tank top under this!

I’m pretty happy with it.  I haven’t made pictures of me in it, but that will be next, so you can see the finished product.

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My Very Own Special Yarn. Knitted Sweater Project, Post II, Spinning of the Fiber.

I’m super excited to share this post about the making of yarn with you all.  My good friend has done SO much work to make this yarn for me.  In this post you will see how she spins the dyed fiber into yarn and then plys it together.  It is such a beautiful art and is so rare to find someone who has the skills and know how to make yarn!

Hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn is the best!

If you missed the first post about dying the roving check here.

Spinning the fiber

Spinning the fiber

To make it easier to spin I do some predrafting

To make it easier to spin I do some predrafting

You can see the fibers stretching out.

You can see the fibers stretching out.

the skinny fiber drafted out. This loosens up the fibers to make it faster to spin.

the skinny fiber drafted out. This loosens up the fibers to make it faster to spin.

drafting and slowly letting the twist in

drafting and slowly letting the twist in

The bare yarn all spun up into singles ready to be plyed together to make the finished yarn.

The bare yarn all spun up into singles ready to be plyed together to make the finished yarn.

To get all the yardage I can, I made a center pull ball to ply from both ends after I went through all the rest of singles.

To get all the yardage I can, I made a center pull ball to ply from both ends after I went through all the rest of singles.

The bare yarn on the niddy noddy which is used for skeining up the yarn. This one makes a skein that is about 2 yards.

The bare yarn on the niddy noddy which is used for skeining up the yarn. This one makes a skein that is about 2 yards.

The greys all spun up. The darker ones are on the top and the lighter ones at the bottom.

The greys all spun up. The darker ones are on the top and the lighter ones at the bottom.

A lighter (on the left) and darker (on the right) ready to be plyed together to make the finished yarn.

A lighter (on the left) and darker (on the right) ready to be plyed together to make the finished yarn.

The massive amount of grey yarn on the niddy noddy (with a photobomb by my son who also really liked this yarn).

The massive amount of grey yarn on the niddy noddy (with a photobomb by my son who also really liked this yarn).

the skeins washed and thwacked and hanging out to dry. It is crazy how much water yarn can hold! I wish I had a picture of my husband and I wringing out the grey. It took It took 4-5 days to dry!

the skeins washed and thwacked and hanging out to dry. It is crazy how much water yarn can hold! I wish I had a picture of my husband and I wringing out the grey. It took It took 4-5 days to dry!

Stay tuned to see the finish skeins…I received them today!  I can not wait to get this yarn onto my needles!