Wednesday, April 26, 2017

For Wool Wednesday I've got a few recently-finished objects to share. 

#1: For a friend's baby shower, I made the Puddle Jumping Cardigan Mini from Amy Herzog's You Can Knit That. I opted not to do stripes, because I needed to knit it as quickly as possible, and I only had one color of yarn on hand. The pictures are not very true to color. While blue is probably an unusual choice for a little girl, it's more of a purple-y periwinkle kind of blue than what might be considered a traditionally "masculine" blue. It's hard to tell, but I chose a set of buttons on which two feature a flower and two feature an apatosaurus. For more details, you can check out Ravelry.

#2: When I bought the dinosaur/flower buttons, I also picked up a set of three tiny elephant buttons on a whim, and enough time elapsed between the baby shower and the birth that I just had to knit something else. Serendipitously, I was close enough to done with a sweater in the same color, and I knew I was going to have at least one skein leftover. These buttons were just too cute to resist, so I whipped up a little hat to showcase them. Find the details on Ravelry.

#3: When the guy I'm dating jokingly (kinda) expressed envy of the infant recipient of the above knitting endeavors, I knew I wanted to surprise him with something handmade, too. The idea for this hat popped into my head, and I ran out to get the yarn. I wanted black with purple stripes, and I wanted a yarn that would look and feel nice without any "fussy" care instructions. Turn a Square from Jared Flood is my go-to pattern for man-hats. If you want to make one of your own, you can head over to Ravelry for the full scoop.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This dish started with a recipe for chicken tortilla soup and ended up as a soup lacking both chicken and tortillas. I always seem to put my own spin on things...

No-Chicken No-Tortilla Soup


  • 2 cans of beans
    • I used what I had on hand: 1 can of black-eyed peas and 1 can of kidney beans. Black beans or chili beans would also be great choices.
  • 1 can of Mexicorn
  • Half of an onion, diced
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne powder
  • About half a cup or so of chicken broth
  • Cilantro, finely chopped
  • Avocado, chopped and drenched in lime juice to prevent browning
  • Limes, cut into wedges


  1. Drain the beans and Mexicorn.
  2. Dump the beans, Mexicorn, and diced onion into your slow cooker.
  3. Generously sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin.
  4. Add however much cayenne you can handle!
  5. Stir.
  6. Add vegetable broth to your desired level of "soup-iness." I'm more of a chowder/chili person, so I tend to go lighter on the liquids.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Cover, and let the slow cooker do its thing for 8-9 hours on low.
  9. Before serving, top with cilantro, avocado chunks, and a lime wedge or two.