Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Another snow day!

It was barely an inch of snow, but enough to wreak havoc on Kansas City! The roads were slick, there were accidents and pile-ups, and everything was cancelled. I found myself with an unexpected snow day!

After doing the necessary, (laundry), I decided to bake some bread. I just wanted something plain and simple, and I didn't want to make a sponge, since it was already after noon when I started. I ended up with some simple buttermilk honey bread, though, of course, I had to change the recipe! I soured some soy milk with vinegar to make the "buttermilk"; I subbed canola oil for the butter; I used half whole wheat flour and half white flour. I ended up with 2 beautiful, brown loaves of bread, begging for soup, which is what I will make for dinner.

While the bread was rising, I decided to pick up my knitting. As I was doing the dishes, I realized that I have given away every single dishcloth I have ever knitted! I started a ballband dishcloth with leftover Sugar 'n Cream; hopefully, I'll finish it tonight. I'm using scraps of yarn, so the finished colors may be quite different from the way it looks now!

I want to also post some pictures of my latest socks. These are knit from Cherry Tree Hill Super Sock yarn, gypsy rose colorway. I really didn't like the bright pink color while I was knitting them, but I love the overall final effect, so I guess they know what they're doing! The pattern is a simple garter rib from "Sensational Knitted Socks." This is the first time I tried the garter stitch edging on the heel flaps, which came out neat and pretty. These socks go in the mail tomorrow to my friend Martha, my roommate from college. Happy Birthday, Marth!!

Finally, I'll start introducing you to our zoo. Three cats, two dogs, one hamster. It seems like every time we get the camera out, the animals have to see what's going on and get their pictures taken, too. First is Duke, our biggest ham bone! (Isn't his head gigantic?) He likes to be in the middle of everything, and do NOT try to give any other animal affection without giving Duke an equal amount, or more.

Secondly, his partner in crime, Noel. The fastest dog on the planet, I am not kidding. She can RUN. She also has a great set of lungs and barks at any being who dares to cross her path, real or imaginary.

The rest of the menagerie will follow soon...


Sunday, January 28, 2007

Entering the Blogosphere...

Here I go, stepping into the land of Blogs!

This is mainly to communicate with friends far and wide, and perhaps to make some new ones. I was trying to come up with a name for my blog to include things I am passionate about, and things I will probably write about. I am a vegetarian and love trying out new veggie recipes, so I will probably talk about that and post some recipes here. I am a certified yoga instructor and love yoga, so I will discuss my search for a yoga studio and teaching job here in my "new" home town of Kansas City. Finally, I am addicted to knitting! I am sure I'll want to talk about my knitting projects and post photos of my finished objects.

I am a homeschooling mother of three. Of course, I am passionate about my family... what mother isn't? I am also a tennis novice, hoping to improve, which is taking a LOT of work :-)

Our family recently moved from southern California to the Kansas City area. It is very different! Despite missing our friends and southern Cal lifestyle, we are really enjoying Kansas City, especially the NO TRAFFIC part! People are very friendly here and we've already made lots of new friends.

So... new home, new year, new blog!