Episode 69 Radio Silent Ended

Finally back to the microphone. Sorry for the detail.



Episode 68 Where’s my MOJO at?!


Working on Vonica using my Rhinebeck yarn from Miss Babs Yowza – Whatta Skein!.


Space Cowboy Fiber -Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm

New Fiber from First Draft shop

I have been reading

Defending Jacob, by William  Landay

Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah

Food For Thought:

Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packs

1 package Stuffing mix; chicken flavor
1 1/4 cups Water
4 Boneless skinless chicken breast halves
4 cups Broccoli Florets
1 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices Cooked bacon; crumbled
4 tbsp Ranch dressing divided
– Oven to 400

Directions: – Spray 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil with oil.   – Combine stuffing mix and water.   – Spoon 1/4 of the stuffing mixture onto the center of each foil sheet. – Top stuffing with a 6oz. chicken breast half.   – Top chicken with 1 c. broccoli.   – Sprinkle with 1/4 of the cheese and 1 slice of bacon, crumbled.   – Drizzle with 1 T. ranch dressing   – Bring up foil sides and fold to seal, leaving room for heat circulation inside   – Place packets on a cookie sheet and bake 35-40 mins  – Remove packets and let stand 5 mins   – Cut sits in foil for steam before opening  and enjoy.

Episode 53 London on my Mind

Visit http://hopewoodcrafts.etsy.com

Stick & Strings:

Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier using butterfly super 10 yarn in a dark navy color

Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs

Purple fleece has the best spinning class ever! if you are locate check it out!

Currently renting a louet s 51 from Portland Fiber Gallery

Unwind Yarn Company

Min Knits podcast

Join our Ravelry group for Happycrafter207 podcast

Food for Thought:

Saratoga Lemonade

2 bottles Moscato
1 pink lemonade concentrate
3 C of  Sprite (more or less, depending on your taste)
Fresh raspberries

Emptied all of the liquid ingredients into a pitcher and stirred.  Then I mashed
about half the raspberries and put them in.  Placed the rest of the raspberries
in the glasses

Episode 49 Debut

Hopewood Crafts Debuted Our yarn line. Had a great show at the Fiber Frolic

Strings & Stings:

Sothia link to my project page so you can see the color combo

add to my queue

Fable by Jennifer Lang

Whippoorwill by Carina Spencer

Dont Forget to enter the June Contest -linked the thread here

Food for thought:

Blueberry Streusel Muffins


                                                            2 cup(s)  all-purpose flour
                                                            1/2 tsp  baking soda
                                                            1 tsp  baking powder
                                                            1/2 tsp  table salt
                                                            1 large  egg(s)
                                                            3/4 cup(s)  sugar
                                                            3/4 cup(s)  reduced-fat sour cream
                                                            1 tsp  vanilla extract
                                                            1/4 cup(s)  fat-free skim milk, divided
                                                            2 cup(s)  fresh blueberries, washed and picked over
                  Streusel topping      2 Tbsp (s) of melted butter                                                1/4 cup (s) sugar1/4 cup (s) flour


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Place muffin liners in a 12-hole muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat egg with 3/4 cup of sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and beat until thoroughly combined; blend in vanilla extract.
  • Add half of flour mixture and half of milk to sugar mixture; beat until just combined.  Add remaining flour mixture and milk; beat until smooth.
  • Fold in blueberries and fill each muffin liner about 3/4 full; set aside.
  • To make streusel topping, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup each of sugar and flour. Pour in melted butter and combine with fingertips. Divide crumb mixture over muffins; gently press into top of muffin batter with fingertips.
  • Bake until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pans for about 10 to 15 minutes and then transfer muffins onto racks to cool completely. Yields 1 muffin per serving.

Episode 47 Feeling out of sorts

String & Sticks:

Knuckle Busters have seen the light of day…one has been completed and the right hand is about 40% done

leethal Twitter Mystery Knit-a-long! so fun I highly suggest this as a side project

Mr Greenjeans sweater I must decide on yarn. thinking i might want to try tanis fiber in the green label aran weight in Cobalt or Dream in color  classy.

Airport knitting will be my Dolecetto

Food for thought:


5 T Maple Syrup

1/2 C orange juice

1/4C ketchup

2T steak sauce (A1)

1/4t salt

1/4t pepper

1T onion powder

1T garlic powder

Put all of this into a mason jar and shake till mixed well…place protein into a ziplock bag, pour Marinade into bag and put in fridge for a few hours..grill and enjoy. I have used on chicken tights and pork chops

Episode 46 Time is flying by

MY Birthday Cake

Stick & strings:

Finished my Honey Cowl

still working on my Sothia and picked back up my Knuckle Busters.

The sweater that will hit the sticks next will be Mr. Greenjeans by Amy Swenson which was in Knitty Fall 2007

Food For Thought:

Frosting (makes a great match for last shows chocolate cake)

2 1/2 Tbsp Flour

1/2 c Sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 c Milk

1/2 c Shortening

1 tsp Vanilla

On medium heat mix flour & milk in a saucepan while stirring constantly cook until thick (will be like thick glue) Let cool. In a mixing bowl cream together sugar & shortening once that is complete add the flour mixture and beat on high! for 5 full minutes. add the vanilla and stir to ensure it is added mixed together. Whenever I have add this frosting I have DOUBLED the recipe! I suggest doing this.

Episode 35 Key to Sucess

Sticks & String:

Finished: 2 Items-GO ME!!

One Cable Mitts

I finished Cayden’s Christmas sweater AND I AM SO PROUD OF IT!!! Diplodocus by Kate Oakes


Now I am currently working on

Dean Street Hat with the rolled brim for Gerry

Bon Bon Mitts

And I am thinking about cast on for myself soon

Effortless cardigan by Hannah Fettig (did you know she is from Maine)

I also like the Catkin ALOT!

Food for Thought:

Key Lime Tarts:

24 key lime cooler cookies or nilla waffers (or similar type cookie)

8oz  cream cheese (softened)

1 Egg

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbs Key Lime Juice

1 Tsp Lime Zest

Whipped Cream to Garnish and additional zest if you want for Garnish as well

Preheat 350 F

Fill mini muffin tin (or reg size) with paper cupes and spray cups with nonstick cooking spray place cookie in botton of each cup

Mix filling: Beat together cream cheese, egg, sugar, key lime juice, zest until smooth Fill the cups to the top. Bake for 10-12 mins then remove tarts to cool. When completely cool top with garnish if you like.

By the way here is a great suggestion for a new Podcast you might like

2 knit lit chicks About knitting and books- alot of fun!

Episode 32 Cant stand “toast”

So the PC repair company called and told me my laptop is toast. So I am still in the same boat with the podcast….but at least I have things setup on Gerry’s desktop and we will be looking for a new Laptop over the next month or so. Maybe Black Friday will have good deals for me.

So Halloween was Monday we didn’t have a single Trick or treater. kind of sad but Gerry was happy he has gotten Halloween candy in his lunch box each day since.

On Halloween night we did have another issue. My hot water heater decided it wanted to become toast! as well. We didn’t have hot water at the house for 3 days, lucky for me my dad owns a plumbing company. He was able to hook me up.

Gerry got the Bee supplies he ordered so we have bee hives living in our garage without any bees till spring.

Stick & Strings:

I have finished my Caelum sweater for Ethan. I think it looks great. I ordered butterscotch colored stone buttons I am waiting for them to apply to the sweater. It currently is on its blocking board.

My traveling woman shawl is also on the blocking board.  These boards are awesome I highly suggest them.

I am swatching for my Diplodocus I love this sweater and want to make sure it will fit cayden.

Check out all Tot toppers designs

That should cover it:

Clue for SAL

This step is your quilting step…this is really going to be a special touch to your quilt. There are two main ways to quilt the 1st i would call free motion quilting and stitch in the ditch.

You will need to check out your sewing machine because all of them are different. Free motion quilt your machine needs to be able to drop the feed dogs.

this is just a general quilting video


this talks about the settings or your machine bu remember each machine is different


here is a video free motion quilting


lcvday’s Channel-she has 450 video. GREAT CHANNEL FOR QUILTING check her out


and here is a stitch in the ditch video


Food for Thought:

Homemade Marshmallows:

1 cup (240 ml) cold water, divided

3 – 1/4 ounce envelopes (21 grams) unflavored

2 cups
(400 grams) granulated white sugar

1 cup (240 ml) light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


4-5 cups (460 – 575 grams) confectioners’ (powdered or icing)
sugar, sifted

 Lightly butter, or  spray with a non stick vegetable spray, the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Then sift about 3
tablespoons of confectioners’ (powdered or icing)
sugar onto the bottom of the pan (this will help release the set marshmallow
from the paper).

Place 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold water into
the bowl of your electric mixer that is fitted with a whisk attachment. Sprinkle
the gelatin over the water and let stand until gelatin softens, about 15

Meanwhile, in a heavy two quart
saucepan, place the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold
water. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a
boil. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let boil for about three minutes to
allow any sugar crystals to dissolve from the sides of the saucepan. Remove the
lid and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Increase heat to high
and boil, without stirring, until the syrup reaches 240 degrees F (115 degrees
C), about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

With mixer running at low speed, slowly
pour the hot syrup into the gelatin mixture in a thin stream down the side of
the bowl. Gradually increase the speed to high and beat until mixture has
tripled in volume and is very thick and stiff, about 10 minutes (looks like
thick marshmallow cream). Add vanilla extract and beat to combine, about 30
seconds longer.

Scrape marshmallow mixture into the
prepared pan and spread with a damp offset spatula or rubber spatula. The
mixture is very sticky so just smooth it out as best as you can. Dust the top of
the marshmallow with another 3 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and let
stand, uncovered, at room temperature until set, about 12 hours.

Remove the marshmallow from the pan by
first running a small sharp knife around the edge of the marshmallow to loosen
it from the pan. Invert the pan onto a large cutting board that has been dusted
with confectioners’ sugar. You might have to use your fingers to help loosen the
marshmallow from the pan. Peel off the parchment paper (the marshmallow will be
sticky) and dust the top of the marshmallow with confectioners’ sugar. Cut the
marshmallow into squares using clean kitchen scissors, a pizza roller or a sharp knife.
Dip the cut sides of the marshmallows in additional confectioners’ sugar. Shake
off excess sugar and store the marshmallows in an airtight container, at room
temperature, for up to two weeks.

Makes about 24 – 2 1/2 inch

Episode 31 PC Medic Stat

my poor sick computer, thank you for being patience while I try to make the corrections here to get the podcast out.

NO MUSIC this week, sorry I know it stinks!

Stick & Strings:

My Traveling woman Shawl is DONE! just needs soaked, blocked and pictures!

I am now working on Caelum for my nephew Ethan.

I love this pattern Diplodocus by Kate Oakes.

That Should Cover it:

See details here

Food for Thought:

Roasted  Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar


1/4  cup Vegetable or Olive Oil
2 pounds Sweet Potatoes, peeled and  sliced
1/4 c Brown Sugar
2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1  teaspoon Coarse Salt
1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper


1. Preheat the oven  to 375 F.
2. Pour the vegetable or olive oil into bottom of 9-inch x  13-inch baking dish. Heat the oil in the oven about 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Remove the baking dish from the oven and add the sweet potatoes. Toss  in the vegetable oil to coat evenly.
4. Bake the sweet potatoes about  20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes of baking time.
5. Combine the  brown sugar, ground cinnamon, coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper  in a small bowl.
6. After the initial baking time of 20 minutes or  so, sprinkle the sweet potatoes with the brown sugar mixture.
7. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes.
8. Stir the  potatoes as necessary during the final baking time to ensure they cook  evenly. They should be brown and begin crisping.
9. Remove the baking  dish from oven.

Episode 30 Once bitten twice shy

Episode 30 Podcast

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Candy Company

Paula Dean’s Restaurant Lady and son

Costal Knitting in Beaufort SC

Pinterest? Follow me! let me follow you!

That should Cover it:

I goofed! the measurements were not correct- I am so very sorry. Good News you will still have a quilt and I have a few idea on how to correct the error.

Please see the Ravelry thread

Stick & String:

Traveling woman shawl-made 3 repeats of Chart A.

Dolcetto by Dani Berg

Food for Thought:

Granny Smith Apples Wedges

Honey Comb

Cheddar Cheese…layer the items together and EAT…the 3 flavors are GREAT!~

Please remember to tell me about your Holiday Gift idea for people like teacher, mailman, and coworker. Contest!-each idea gets a entry…please use a new post for each idea

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