Thursday, June 26, 2008

About to start some new projects!

I'm always excited about starting new projects. Sure, I have a blanket I've been crocheting since January that still needs a border. Okay, sure, I have a scarf that I've been knitting since before Z2 was born. But I'm tired of those projects and I want to start something new!

So, after looking on Ravelry ad nauseum, I've decided on the Child's Placket Sweater from Last Minute Gifts and Branching Out from Knitty. For the sweater, I'm going to be using two skeins of Auracania Nature Wool that my sister gifted me. It is a lovely blue-green color that I think will look really nice knitted up into a sweater for Z2. For Branching Out, I'm going to be using Classic Elite Wool BamBoo in a beautiful pumpkin. I think I purchased 3 skeins for $10 on Ebay which was a fabulous deal! I used it to make a Bainbridge Scarf not too long ago and the yarn is really a pleasure to work with. I thought I only had one skein left (not really enough to do much) but when I checked my stash to my happy surprise, I've got two!

I generally choose to do two projects at once. One is a little laid back and mindless while the other requires my concentration. The placket sweater is the "mindless" project that I can work on while the children are up and about. The scarf is the one I will work on after they've gone to bed.

I also want to crochet myself a small hairnet to cover my hair when I go out. Wrapping my hair (no matter how light the fabric) causes my scalp to get really itchy and irritated. I found some Patons Grace yarn (100% mercerized cotton) in my stash (I have some black, blue and a tiny bit of purple). I think I'll use the black because it's the most versatile. This is another "mindless" project, even more so than the sweater. I could be finished the hairnet in a day or so. I doubt that will happen though.

It's great to use up more yarn from my stash! I'm going to get started tonight.

Oh, P.S., the "absolute best homemade veggie burgers" I blogged about a while back are really the absolute best! ;)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pizza Night

Nothing thrills Z1 more than PIZZA. He absolutely loves it. A few weeks ago, I read somewhere that Papa John's pizza crust and sauce is vegan so basically you can get a vegan pizza from Papa John's if you omit the cheese. Well, they probably thought I made a mistake when I asked for a pizza with every vegetable they had but without cheese or any other kind of animal product on it. So the first pie I got had cheese on it. They let me have that one for free and I gave it to my niece and nephews. Our vegan pizza was tiny and cost about $10--way too much. Z1 loved it although me and the hubby agreed that it was lackluster. (In fact, my niece and nephews weren't impressed either). So I decided to make a go of making my own pizza. Now, I had tried my hand at it before with less than stellar results: the crust was still raw and the pizza sauce was undercooked. But I'd learned from my mistakes, purchased a pizza stone and got to work. I made a delicious pasta sauce, sauteed some onions and green and red peppers, lightly steamed some broccoli, sliced some green olives, and made vegan sausage crumbles. I made the pizza dough (very simple now that I've been making my own bread for some months now) and added a tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the dough. I baked it lightly by itself on the pizza stone just to ensure that it was fully cooked and then piled the sauce and other toppings on top. Delicioso!

Fresh out of the oven:
Fifteen minutes later:

I also made some pumpkin bread. I cut down on the sugar and it was plenty sweet. It was a bit crumbly so I will definitely add an egg replacer next time. All in all, it was quite tasty and a great way to finish!
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