All projects are off the needles and done! The sleep sack finished up beautifully tonight, including a crochet edging on the neck and arm holes. I am very pleased with this as I made it up myself. You may remember the original pattern had no arm holes, and I was afraid it could pose a choking hazard if used as a sleep sack the way it was designed. I put the bodice on myself, without the help of a pattern. I think this will be perfect. I used Rowan Wool Cotton, which I love. It's great to work with.
Here are the longies I finished yesterday.
Today was busy, but still nice. I made Corn Chowder** and Corn Bread for dinner, which we shared with our friends, Luke and Sarah. The cornbread was a new recipe, but I'm a sucker for anything that uses my iron fry pan, especially when it requires melting 3Tbs of butter and then baking something in it. Yum! The recipe was great and I'm not sure what the negative reviewers were complaining about. I did go with the 4Tbs of sugar that another reviewer recommended, and am glad I did, but it was light and fluffy, while still moist with good flavor. I will be making this again, and will likely never need another mix! Then I made a batch of the Oatmeal Coconut cookies I love so much, which we shared with our other friends, Greg and Karen. A very social day, with lots of food and fun.
I'll share my new projects tomorrow, as I'm not cleaning up to take a break from knitting, as one friend asked, I just needed to get these projects done so I could start on more. Mini has been patient while I work on things for myself (Sweet Pea Coat), Husband (sweater vest) and new baby (longies and sleep sack) so I need to get something on the needles for her. Not that she hasn't received handmade goodies recently (washcloth for Valentine's Day and needle felted dolls), but she does love to now what I'm knitting her next, so I do feel a little tinge of guilt when she asks me, while I'm knitting, if what I'm making is for her.
**Here is my corn chowder recipe. I have very few things I make from scratch without the aid of someone else's recipe, but this is one I developed over years of fiddling. It got rave reviews tonight.
Take a large pot, brown up 3-4 slices of bacon, remove the bacon, leave the yummy fat in the pan, and use it to cook about 3-4 medium size potatoes that have been diced (peeled or not, however you like them), a medium size onion that has been diced, along with a little garlic, or a lot of garlic. I also put in a couple Tablespoons of real butter for the flavor.
Once onion is clear and before it browns you can add a small carton of cream, a 1/2 gallon of whole milk, 2 cans of cream corn and 2 cans of whole kernel corn. If you feel it needs more liquid, you can add more milk, some skim milk to thin it out, or a bit of chicken broth, which adds another layer of flavor. Throw in a bit of salt and pepper to your liking…I also grate a bit of nutmeg for a little hint in of fun in the background. Heat over a low to medium heat, making sure the milk doesn’t ever boil. Once it gets good and hot, turn down a bit, and let simmer. It’s done when the potatoes are soft enough to poke them with a fork with ease.
You can crumble the crispy bacon, and put back in before serving. I don’t like to leave the actual bacon in while it simmers, because I don’t like soft/soggy bacon. But if you do, you can leave it in there.
This is very yummy when made the night before, then let cool, placed in fridge overnight, and reheated before serving. Soup is always better the next day. The flavors really mingle when left alone overnight! I like to serve it with either corn bread or cheddar biscuits.