I have been doing a fair amount of knitting, but most of it was for a gift so I couldn’t tell you yet!
Our dear friends Frances and Jackson are expecting their first baby, well, any day now. Now, I just can’t let anyone I love have their first child without getting at least a stitch or two of knitting. I really enjoyed these projects!
The first gift I made was a baby bunting using this pattern, which I actually found using Pinterest! (For knitters and crocheters, the pattern is also available on Ravelry as Top Down Baby Bunting by Amanda Lilley. Also listed in my projects. For those of you who aren’t hip to Ravelry, it’s sort of like Facebook or Pinterest but specifically for yarn crafters.)
I absolutely loved this pattern. I used Berocco Vintage Chunky yarn, which was also lovely to work with.
The next pattern was something I actually sort of went looking for. I had seen something similar and knew that Frances and Jackson were fans of Hayao Miyazaki’s films, and it turns out Totoro was Frances’ favorite as a kid! This is the main character from Totoro:
Sorry the picture quality is so bad. For reasons no one can know, I took this with my cell phone instead of my camera … and for those of you who haven’t experienced Hayao Miyazaki, I highly recommend any of his films! and I forgot in my original posting to include the pattern!
The last project did involve a needle, though not of the knitting variety. I whipped up this cute little onesie for baby to wear when he feels like getting a little dressed up:
I’ve been saving up a few things to post in a new Etsy shop soon, and you can expect to see a few more baby tie onesies there!
One of our favorite restaurants in Indianapolis is Broad Ripple Brewpub. They have great food, great beer and are a great place to take groups. Their menu holds an appealing variety and their specials change weekly. One of their specials are jalapeno poppers. When we ordered them the first time, I was expecting a pretty conventional popper. What came out were halved jalapenos in a delicious cheesy sauce. I attempted to recreate those poppers.
The first time I made them I just put a little block of cream cheese in each jalapeno half. The second time I made them I mixed freshly chopped garlic with cream cheese and filled the halves with that.
The next step is covering the jalapenos with shredded cheese. I use mozzarella and freshly shredded Cabot sharp cheddar and any other shredded cheese hanging out in the fridge. This batch includes shredded Mexican cheese blend. If you didn’t put garlic in the cream cheese, sprinkle a little garlic powder on now.
The final step is to bake them. I bake them at around 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and I like to let it get a little brown and crunchy around the edges, about 15 to 20 minutes.
We do jalapeno poppers several ways, but these so far are my favorite!
Filed under Food, New recipe
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and tried to stay cool! I found this great recipe that was a hit at the party we went to. It’s super easy, and perfect for any summer party! Enjoy!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 cups ice
- 4 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (I used bottled RealLemon)
- 1 lemon, sliced into rings
- 1 lime, sliced into rings
In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer. Cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
Fill pitcher with ice. Stir in simple syrup, vodka, juice, lemon and lime slices.
I used this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunnys-hard-lemonade-recipe/index.html with a couple of modifications. For example, I bought a bottle of vanilla vodka rather than buying a bottle of plain vodka for the same price and a $12 vanilla bean. I also tripled the recipe, which made just under two gallons. I used two limes instead of one and one really huge lemon.