pink memories

I just couldn't help myself.  I cast on for Pink Memories... the yarn is so yummy.  Even more than these snickerdoodle bars which says A LOT.  Cause they are our favorite.  Especially Charlie's.  And I sort of made them for him.  He is home from OSU.  Yippeeeeee!  (It always amazes me how early the Colleges let out for the summer.)

chalk lots mothers day sale

Hey friends!  I forgot to mention that the Chalk Lots are on sale to celebrate MOM'S DAY!
Available in either Graham Cracker or...
Licorice.

I have the most wonderful memories with my kids gathered around the table with Chalk Lots.  Drawing, doing homework, playing games and leaving funny notes.  They are always on our table.  The best is when their friends come over and leave us funny drawings. It truly makes me happy down to the core.

Chalk Lots helps get our kids engaged with their sweet mamas!  Unplug and draw funny faces, play games, work out those times tables and write lots of LOVE notes! (Not to mention, a list of their chores!)

In celebration of our amazing moms, aunts, grandmothers and sisters out there in the world, Chalk Lots are 25% off through May 9.  Enter THANKYOUMOM at checkout.

the most delicious pancakes

Holy Moly, Happy May!
I haven't made pancakes consistently like I did when the kids where younger.  If you've been visiting here for a while, maybe you remember how much we loved our pancakes.  Especially on Saturdays.  Well, I started working on Saturdays and the pancakes seemed to have moved to the back burner.  Cereal became the new Saturday special!
Yesterday I pulled out the old recipe.  I forgot how good these are.  And I thought I'd remind you, too.

Pancakes:
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cup flour
2 TBLS sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1-2 tsp vanilla

Separate eggs.  Beat egg whites stiff.  In another bowl, mix the egg yolks with the milk and oil.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Stir until combined.  Fold in egg whites.  Use a measuring cup (we like the 1/3 cup) to ladle batter onto the skillet.
We have been known to add mashed banana to the batter.  Or blueberries.  Or chocolate chips.  Whipped cream is always a favorite topping, (beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla) as well as warmed fruit.  (In small saucepan warm 1/2 cup berries, 1 tsp sugar, 3 tbls sugar.)
Breakfast for dinner?

the story of the ice cream sandwich.

 This is what happens.

After you send your sixteen year old a text requesting his cookie choice.  
I've made ice cream sandwiches before.  But not for a while.
And when I looked back to find the recipe we love,  the link had been removed.  (ack!)
So, I found a new recipe.  Made the cookie.
Piled delicious ice cream on half of the delicious cookie.  
Placed the other half on top of the ice cream.
Popped them back in the freezer to harden.
And made a big delicious mess when I cut them.
Then I froze each delicious mess in its own paper sandwich bag for a warmer day.

The kids rated them a 10.  I would like to find one with a softer cookie, like the last recipe.  This is the one we will try next.

Happy weekend! xx

**UPDATE!  A very awesome Abelian (Dot) found the old link!  Thank you, Abelien!**

elen progress

It's one of those chilly spring days where drinking hot tea and knitting all day sounds like a dream.
I've been working on Elen in hopes of finishing at the end of this month.  However, I'm 100% positive that won't be happening.   Short rows were worked in order to achieve that scooped bottom.  (That's the back pictured above.)  I reworked it a couple of times because I wasn't paying attention to the mesh pattern.  I think it's smooth sailing now.

And, oh!  I have a new project in the wings.  The yarn arrived today.  Can't wait to cast on.

spreads

Does this look like you just want to take a big bite of this?  I know!  That's what happened when I saw The Pioneer Woman make a batch of these spreads on her Snapchat.  
I immediately went to the kitchen and starting baking.  I can't believe I didn't see this recipe back in 2009 when she first published it.
They are SO good.  And SO easy.  Andrew and Libby went nuts over them!

Happy Weekend, friends!

P.S.  I used butter.  Not margarine.  :)

happy feet

These are most definitely the happiest socks I have ever made.  They truly make me smile.  
It took me about 10 tries to get the cast on just right so that the stripes added up.  But finally... It worked.
Oh, did I mention it took me a couple of months to get this yarn because of how quickly they sell out.   They update on Thursdays and sell out pretty quickly, so if you're looking to make a pair, set your alarm!  (That's what I finally did.)

Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks omitting the stitch pattern with a Slip Stitch Heel
Yarn:  Trailing Clouds - Mind the Gap
Needles: Size US 2
Made for:  Libby's happy feet