Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cookin' and Knittin'

So....I have been doing a fair amount of cooking lately. In an effort to "conserve" cash we cut out all take-out and all restaurant dining (no fast food either)-this has been since September. Even though I really like to cook, things have been getting a little boring around here. Sure the kids are happy with the 6 main menus I have been putting forth, but my husband and I, not so much. Enter Mom2my9 over at 11th Heaven's Homemaker Haven. I have been reading her blog for awhile now and am so-o-o impressed. She makes everything seem so easy and she has 9 kids. I have 5 and sometimes I feel so out of control!!! Anyway, she posted an entry over the weekend about planning and starting the prep for meals ahead of time. She even posted her menu - crockpot teriyaki chicken, rice, 'Chinese Buffet' green beans and Asian Salad. I decided right then and there to try it - I had almost all of the ingredients anyway, so I gave it a go. It was delicious and an unqualified success!! Everyone ate and had seconds of all of it - ALL OF IT - EACH KID - I still can't believe it! So I decided to make another dinner tonight:

Tortellini Soup
Homemade Bread
Fresh Cut Veges
Again - they all loved it. I'm not sure what has changed??
Recipe for Tortellini Soup:
1T butter
4 cloves of garlic, minced
9 cubes of vegetable boullion
9 cups hot water
19 oz pkg cheese tortellini
1-14oz can stewed tomatoes Italian style
1-small box chopped spinach
Grated parmesan cheese
*Melt butter and saute garlic for 2 minutes
*Stir in hot water and vegetable cubes
*Bring to a boil and reduce heat
*Add tortellini and cook until just tender
*Add remaining ingredients and simmer 2 minutes
*Serve with sprinkled parmesan
Along with the cookin' comes the knittin'. Always knitting at the end of the day :o) The bear above is for our new baby cousin who is almost 4 months old.
Started: 11/14/08
Knitting Finished: 11/18/08
Rest Finished: 12/6/08 - I hate finishing!
Needles: US7
Yarn: Bear: Vana's Choice - Color #130 Honey
Jammies: Knit One Crochet Too Fleece - Color #1293

Mini Bear for another cousin - this one has a keychain clip attached at the top
Started: 11/28/08
Finished: 12/06/08
Needles: US00 for bear - US1 for scarf
All of the thread is Royale Classic Size 10 Crochet Thread that was laying around. A long time ago a friend's mom gave me a whole bunch of this thread in all different colors and being the pack rat that I am, I kept it even though I didn't have any plans for it. Well - now I'm glad I did keep it!!

Another mini bear for above cousin's sister - also a keychain bear.
Started: 11/20/08
Finished: 11/28/08
Needles: US00 for bear, US1 for scarf
Same random batches of thread as listed above.
I still have a few more bears to sew together and embroider faces on. I am kind of all "bear'd" out now though and it is very tough to make myself finish these. It took me more than an hour to sew one bear together last night and I didn't even get to the face - I am unmotivated!!

Here are all three bears together to show the size of the mini bears. They really are fun to make :o)

1 comment:

KimP said...

Wish I could come eat at your house! (Ask VickiW - I eat at her house anytime she will let me.) The kids probably loved it all because it was made with fresh ingredients, and let's face it, you just can't go wrong with pasta and cheese. Yum!