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24. November 2011 13:08
by Jobo
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Passing the time?.

24. November 2011 13:08 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Being off work is taking some getting used to?. 

The first weird thing? is that I?m actually ?done? done with that job, and when I return to work after the baby, I actually will be going back to the Hospital where I worked previously.  So not only am I finished of work and going to be home for an entire month before the baby gets here? I?m actually feeling a bit of a loss from knowing that things are just ?over?.  It will be fine to be back working at the hospital I?m sure, but at the same time it kind of feels like a chapter is ending.  It?s a bit strange to be so nostalgic about the whole thing really.

The other weird thing is the complete lack of a routine I have going on.  I try to get up reasonably early in the morning, but with no specific place to be at any specific time, I?m finding it a challenge to feel accomplished or organized in any way.  I?ve been doing some knitting, trying to take some naps, get some errands run, and even doing some baking (see Cinnamon Buns below? oh so yuimmy!) and still haven?t found my pace completely yet. 

Here?s hoping things get a little more comfortable soon :)  On the positive side ? the little beastie is growing and progressing just as planned.  In fact s/he is kicking mommy in ribs as I type this!

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13. October 2010 11:01
by Jobo
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Thanksgiving... and the Apple Fairy comes to Visit

13. October 2010 11:01 by Jobo | 2 Comments

This past weekend, Marky and I decided to get all domestic and creative and go apple picking.... and then make our own Apple Crumble Pies to freeze like my Dad does every year.  Near our new house there is a small organic orchard (Beamish's Orchard in Warren Grove, P.E.I.) that we drive by regularly, so we decided to go and check it out for ourselves!  They were making homemade fresh-pressed apple cider that afternoon - which is delicious by the way! - so we got to see how that works too :)

Orchard

Though it was a grey day, it wasn't overly chilly or wet, so ideal I guess for apple picking in the end.  The orchard has around 3 acres of goodies, with various types of apples.  We chose to buy some cooking apples... I think they were "Freedom" or "Liberty" or something like that.

apple 

Just because the apples were organic doesn't mean they were any less beautiful or perfect than the covered-in-pesticide variety... Of course there were a few wormy bits and spots here and there, but very delicious!

appletrees

I had agreed to make 2-3 pies... but somehow the best laid plans got out of hand... and we ended up buying quite a lot of apples.  More than I had originally intended for sure.

We also brought home a few liters of the delicious pressed cider.  I can't believe how much better cider is than regular apple juice... there is just NO comparison on that one.

ruttiger and daddy apples2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we got home... the *supervisor* inspected the apples we picked... just to make sure they were *edible*.

pieingredients

Getting ready to bake my little tushie off...

Marky and JonJon took care of the peeling and chopping... and I took care of the crusts and crumble.  The pies went into the over 2 at a time... and the house smelled like an apple pie factory.  The kitchen was demolished (ugh, 8 pies worth of mess is a lot of mess) but the final result was worth it:

applecrumblepies After baking... cooling :)

What's that you say?  where's the 8th pie?  Why silly, it's over on the other counter... half eaten!  Seriously... did you think I could convince 2 fellas to help me in the kitchen for that many hours and NOT feed them some?  I'd have been tossed to the curb for sure!

applecrumblepie mmmmm pie!

ruttiger and daddy apples

Of course, we had to let *the boss* try some of the spoils as well... and since he isn't really a fan of crumble, he settled for munching away on a plain apple.  He has a thing for the apple skins... and was in Heaven!  Snuggling on daddy's lap with a whole apple?  Seriously.  Happy. Bunny.  (he ate the skin off about 1/3 of the apple... in case anyone is upset by my lack of portion control)

All in all... a successful baking day :)  Happy Thanksgiving All!

8. September 2009 07:30
by Jobo
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Big Big Blueberry Bobbins... say that 5 times fast!

8. September 2009 07:30 by Jobo | 6 Comments

If you are a Maritimer... Blueberry season is almost over :(

Every August there is an abundance of delicious local blueberries, delicious to eat as is, or bake with, or freeze to use later...  and in my house - even the fiber I've been spinning is Blueberry in colour!

Fiber Notes:

- "Blueberry Whip" Colourway

- blend of Merino/Alpaca Bamboo/Silk 60/40 (This is what it says on the bag, I don't know the original blend proportions)

- From Belfast Mini Mills, Belfast P. E. I.

I started with 2 bags of 4 ounces each (8 ounces total) and made each of the individual plies on my old regular sized Traddy Bobbins, and then plied onto my new Jumbo Bobbins.  (That's how I got a continuous skein so freaking big!)

This fiber is like cotton candy in a bag.... sweet and soft and smooth.  I am not sure exactly how the roving was prepared, but the mix was very light and airy.  The Merino/Alpaca Content was dyed a lovely navy or blueberry colour, and the silk/bamboo component dyed light blue almost turqouise with some white through it.  In places it seemed as though all the fibers were completely blended and were indecipherable, but other areas where the shiny ribbon of silkiness was quite visible.  I was unsure how this unevenness would show in the yarn, but because I was planning to do a traditional 3-ply, I knew that even if some of the light colour showed up exclusively in places, the other 2 plies would tone it down.  

Check That Bobbin! She is Full!!! with 250 yards of continuous yarn... love that length! 

The end result is a heathery blue yarn, 3-ply of course, at approximately worsted or light worsted weight.   With the super jumbo skein and her little sister (not shown) I have about 350 yards of yarn, so definetly enough to make some mittens, and maybe a hat or something too?  This yarn is a gift for someone, so it will be up to her what to make with it.... I'll make her photograph it for you to see when it's done.

mmm Blueberry... hanging out with our Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Collection.  Showing the Geek Colours today aren't we?

As I was spinning this blend, there were some areas where the silk/bamboo seemed to "slub" a little, but you can't really see it in the finished yarn.  I find 3-ply is great for smoothing out any imperfections in diameter and is pretty forgiving.  It is really hard to capture the sparkle and shine of this yarn in a photograph.  In the sun, the shiny bits really gleam, and the dark blue looks even darker of course next to the glinting bits.

I am pretty proud of this yarn!  I am really just starting to "design" yarns with specific purposes in mind.  I am still practicing keeping my plies even so I will get the desired yarn when I am finished.  I still need to set the twist in this yarn, but other than that I think she is done and ready for gifting (I won't tell you who, in case she is reading :P)

and... you can't have Blueberry Season without having some Blueberry Baking! 

Mark's favorite... homemade blueberry pie - homemade filling, homemade crust, happy Husband.

 

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