Monday, April 6, 2020

This and That....Week 4 of Quarantine

We are entering our fourth week of quarantine. My boys are on spring break but my husband and I are still working. We spent a very lazy Sunday getting "ready" for the week. I didn't do much more than finish a book and make sourdough bread. I finished The Nickel Boys. It was hard to read part of it but it was eye opening and I would recommend it.

I was making my dough and it was time to score the bread. As I was about to cut into it, my oldest walked into the kitchen and asked if I could do the Steelers football logo. Ok! Will do. It didn't show up well once it cooked but it was so delicious. We enjoyed it with dinner.

I use this recipe for my sourdough bread. It's so good!!!!!!

I have been knitting as much as I can during these past weeks. I am almost done with my 
Ninilchik Swoncho. I used all stash yarn and I love how it's coming together.

I needed to get out for a few minutes today so I drove over to a local marina and just sat for about 20 minutes. I watched a couple put their boat in the water. Makes me excited for summer. Hopefully we can go to the beach this summer!!!!!!! I saw online that Belmar cancelled all events through July 1st. :(

I put the kids to work in the yard today. Lots to do while they are on spring break. I came out to check on them and Garrett was in a tree and Chase was in the chicken coop.

Then Garrett locked Chase in the chicken coop. Boys...

I got this pretty jade plant today when I was at the grocery store. I couldn't pass it up.

I tried a new recipe today and it was a huge hit with the family. It was One-Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta.
I didn't add the bell pepper because my kids don't like them and I added some turkey sausage just to add more protein to it. I have three very hungry boys and this hit the spot for everyone. 

My brother-in-law is a state trooper and they were told that they had to wear masks on their shifts and they have run out of supplies. So I went to work and sewed up a few tonight. My sister had girly fabric and we figured he would't love wearing that!!! I had some fabric left over form my son's college quilt. I want to find another pattern that would let him put a filter in through the back. Right now I have a slot that it can go in the top. Thank you to everyone that is working in the world right now! I am lucky and get to work from home. 

How are you all doing? We are lucky to be safe and healthy. My neighbor just came home today after being in the hospital for 15 days. I saw the photo of him being hugged by his kids and it made me cry. It could be the poster for "Stay at Home". So thankful see him come home with his family. 

Hang in there everyone! Day by day....we got this.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Sourdough Pretzels

I made a sourdough starter last December and so far I have only made bread with it. Today I tried making sourdough pretzels. They were a nice treat for the kids (and myself!) during this quarantine time.

Here's the recipe I followed. I needed  A LOT more water than called for. I would also add a little more salt into the dough next time. I didn't have pretzel salt so I used my Trader Joes "Everything but the bagel" seasoning, some just plain kosher salt and the rest cinnamon and sugar.

Here's the stages of the process. They were delicious!

So we don't forget

I saw this posted on Facebook and I thought it was a good reminder. So here goes...

Just so I NEVER forget..... April 3, 2020
Gas price a mile from home was $2.10
School cancelled - yes cancelled till at least 4/30
Self-distancing measures on the rise.
Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other.
Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.
Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed.
Parks, trails, entire cities locked up.
Entire sports seasons cancelled.
Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events - cancelled.
Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings - cancelled.
No masses, churches are closed.
No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, then 10 or more, now 5 or more.
Don't socialize with anyone outside of your home.
Children's outdoor play parks are closed.
We are to distance from each other.
Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill.
Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towels, no hand sanitizer.
Shelves are bare.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE.
Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
Fines are established for breaking the rules.
Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
Press conferences daily from the President and Governor. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
Government incentives to stay home.
Barely anyone on the roads.
People wearing masks and gloves outside.
Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families.
If you cough, people wonder if you have it.
Life, as we knew it, slowed down.
This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.
Why, you ask, do I write this status?
One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted.
We have so much!
Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other - love one another - support everyone.
We are all one!
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Thursday, April 2, 2020


Being home every day has certainly given me TIME. Lots and lots of time. We are busy all day long but I don't have the end of the day rushing around that baseball season usually brings. To be honest, baseball season is usually EXHAUSTING!!!! I do miss seeing the boys play but I don't miss the cold spring games and frazzled dinner times.

I came across this post on a blog that I follow and thought it would be a nice thing to do for the boys this morning. The waffle batter is made the night before and rises on the counter overnight. You add the eggs and baking soda into the batter in the morning and then use your waffle maker for yummy waffles!

Thought I would share this in case any of you find yourself with more time to cook than usual. This recipe makes a lot of waffles. I think I made 7. I am going to freeze the ones that don't get eaten.

(my photo is terrible!!!) but it is what it is....

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Yarn Along: April 1

Happy Yarn Along Day! 

Here is what I am knitting and reading....

I started the Ninilchik Swoncho over the weekend. Using all stash yarn and some scraps leftover from other projects, I am loving this project. Cailtin Hunter makes such easy-to-knit patterns. Color work is my favorite. It flies off my needles! I love going row by row and checking off the line in the chart. Just one more row is what I always tell myself! Hah...hours later I stop when my hands cramp up.

I started reading The Nickel Boys last night. I have had it for months and didn't get a chance to read it yet. So now is the time! It's been highly recommended to me and to be honest I was nervous to read it because the subject matter is surrounded by abuse of boys. But after listening to a podcast: From the Front Porch, they picked it as the best book of the year and I decided to finally crack the cover open.

I also have a pair of socks on the needles. They have been keeping me calm while helping Chase with schoolwork.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy.

What are you knitting, crocheting, reading?

 Joining along with Ginny over at Small Things Blog for the monthly Yarn Along.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Quarantine Weekends

My cousin was admitted into the hospital mid-week and tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully I can now say that he is home and still recovering. I was so nervous and anxious about something happening to him and how scary this entire situation is world-wide. I had a hard time concentrating on work and helping Chase with his school work on Friday. So we hopped in the car at the end of the day and took a ride up to the beach. Some of the boardwalks are closed to keep people from getting too close. Belmar was open and there were people walking but overall it was quiet.

I spent my lunch hour on Friday going through patterns and my stash. I wanted to cast on something new to keep my mind busy. I love Caitlin Hunter and her patterns and after thinking of making the sweater you see on my computer screen, I decided on her Ninilchik Swoncho. I was able to put enough yarn together from my stash to make it.

Dalton and I enjoyed some Jersey Mikes for lunch. They are offering 50% off everything and free delivery. We are thankful to have great local businesses keeping us fed!!!

I am BINGING Homeland! OMG. I can't stop watching it!!!!!!!!!!!! OBSESSED! 
I knitted away on my new project and watched the entire first season in 2 days.

Enjoyed a fire on a nice Friday night. Bonus of this whole mess is that my teenagers are stuck home with us. It's very rare that they are home on weekend nights. It's fun to have them around. Not sure if they feel the same way! hah. 

More knitting and more movies. Charlotte's Web with Chase. I was a lazy bum on Saturday. Didn't do a darn thing! And it was wonderful.

Chase misses his cousin Shea so much. That's his sad face.

Our oldest is a die-hard sports fan and he loves his Steelers. He was so happy that NFL network is streaming the Steeler's Super Bowl win from 2009 tonight on YouTube. No sports has been killing this kid!!!!!!! And I love Sunday football days so much that I pretended it really was a football Sunday and made him some special snacks.

I'm ready for this all to be over and be back to normal. I know it's not going to be anytime soon. Homeschooling my youngest is harder than I thought it would be. Balancing work and the schooling is tricky. I try to have the best outlook possible. But man oh man.....I have my moments that I'm not the best. Tomorrow is another day and I'll get up, get dressed, make the food, wipe down the doorknobs, work, school, work, take a walk, clean up and knit when I can. 

Hoping you are all safe and healthy and hanging in there!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Quick hello

Hi friends. Just wanted to make a quick little post and take a break from working/homeschooling. I casted on another pair of socks! What??? I's weird to me too. I am finding that it's the perfect thing to work on when I am helping Chase with his school work. They are the Simple Skyp Socks. It's a free pattern. I made a pair last week and it's a very fun sock pattern to knit. So if you're looking for a sock pattern, I highly recommend this one. My sister, Andee turned me on to this pattern. She was right when she said it has "just enough" changes to keep you interested.

I am knitting them with Quince and Co. (the pink from my friend Carrie) green yarn is from Backyard Fibreworks that I bought a few years ago at Maryland Sheep & Wool. It's leftover from my Sunset Highway sweater.

We are figuring this whole thing out day by day. Everyone is doing their part and we are all getting along for the most part. I need more wine though......I ran out last night! Ah the horror!!!!!!!!!!! Also helps with the "everyone getting along" thing.

Hope you're all well and keeping busy. Cheers!