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Easter Eggs

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Happy Easter Sunday!

To celebrate, some friends and I got together on Friday evening and dyed some hardboiled eggs with food colouring. I love how the colours turned out, and using tape made such fun patterns. I also made some hot cross buns, and generally enjoyed a bit of time off work and school (although I’m still writing papers…).

It’ll be after Easter by the time most of you see this, but in case you want to save it for future reference, I wrote up a tutorial for dyeing eggs with food colouring a few years ago.

I hope you are all having a wonderful long weekend!

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Pickles, cabin fever, and sick days

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This week is the first week this year that I just feel so done with winter. Maybe it’s because we had a big storm the last few days, or maybe it’s because I’ve got the flu and have been cooped up at home, but I’m really looking forward to warm weather and fresh veggies and sunshine.

Even as cabin fever sets in, I’ve been enjoying the extra time to work on my red brick cardigan (I’m almost done the body – details on Ravelry) and have watched a few good things on Netflix. Some more episodes of The X-Files, and about half of a really interesting documentary about the Barkley race. I’d love your recommendations if anyone has watched anything good lately.

I did manage to make some pickles earlier this week, though, in an effort to hurry spring along. The cucumbers were just imported garden ones from the grocery store, and I made up a brine and stuck them in the fridge. I tasted one a few days ago, and although they definitely still need more curing time, the flavour profile is promising – just the right balance of vinegar, dill, and a hint of garlic. I used this recipe from Food in Jars, omitting the onions and packing them all into one big quart jar. The amount of brine listed in the recipe was still perfect, though.

Wishing you a lovely long weekend, friends!

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Weekending

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It’s noon, I’m still in my pjs with today’s crossword and a huge cup of tea, so the weekend’s off to a pretty excellent start! I’m planning to spend this afternoon working on a test knit baby vest while the cat is lounging in the sun patches. Here are some of my favourite things from around the internet this week to start your weekend:

Apparently a small kitchen can make you a better cook… I’ve already got the tiny kitchen, so now I just need to make the time to make something interesting, I guess?

I know lots of people doing interesting and unique and wonderful things, and I think that this might be the thread that connects them all – Start Before You’re Ready. Because “sucking is the first step to being sorta good at something”.

I’ve always wanted to learn to play chess, so Chess Academy is now on my list of things to check out soon.

This playlist is going to be the soundtrack to my weekend.

Seamless is my latest blog discovery and it’s absolute perfection. Beautiful knitting with pretty yarn, delicious food, stunning photography – it’s a treat to read.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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Family Day Hike

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We had a long weekend this week with a Monday holiday, so I took the opportunity to go for a short hike with some friends at Crothers Woods. It was actually pretty warm but it did start to snow somewhat heavily while we were walking. Other than making the trails a bit slippery, it was nice and made for some pretty pictures. I’m excited to go back in the spring and try out some of the other trails… it’s hard to believe that in a few months the landscape will be green and completely transformed!

The woods are pretty easy to get to from downtown – there’s a bus that runs from St Clair station, and it’s about a 15 minute ride, followed by a 10 minute walk. The walk to the park isn’t particularly nice (it’s a pretty industrial part of town), but it’s an easy walk nonetheless and worth it. The entrance is tucked away in the back of a Loblaws parking lot, which led to some wandering around confused before figuring out how to access the trail.

I hope you’re all keeping warm in the snowy weather!

Happy Friday, friends!

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Holiday-ing

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Happy new year! I can’t believe we’re already into the first week of 2016. I had a really lovely, although busy, Christmas with my family. I’m still on break until next Monday, so I’m cherishing the time I have off. I’ve been doing lots of knitting, some reading, crossword puzzles (a recent obsession), and working on some new designs- a shawl, and a hat.

I hope you are having a lovely start to 2016!

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Lately.

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I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away. I’ve still got one exam left to write on Tuesday, and then I’ll be off from classes for over two weeks, which sounds wonderful. On top of studying, I’ve been frantically trying to knit on the last few Christmas gifts for this year.

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season so far! Are you frantically knitting as well, or are you finished your Christmas knitting?

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Rainy fall walks.

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We had our first snow this morning, which of course signals the time for me to post these very late fall photos. I went on a walk with some friends through a local park in October, and even though it rained, we still had a lovely time. It was a kind of misty rain that left everything a little shiny, which was perfect for photos.

I hope you all had a lovely fall- do you have snow yet? Our has melted already but I’m crossing my fingers for more later in the week.

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Catching up.

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It’s fall! The weather is so much cooler here and I love it- it’s the perfect weather for knitting and wearing handknits. Classes are good, although now that I’ve decided not to apply to grad school this cycle, I’m excited to graduate and maybe have a break from writing papers.

I’m still dyeing yarn, which is so fun, and I’ve done a few fibre festivals in the past few months. They’re my favourite- knitters are the nicest people.

Although I’m sad to see some summer favourites go out of season (peaches, strawberries, and tomatoes, namely), I’m also loving fall foods. Apple and pumpkin flavoured everything, please. And we did manage to can a bunch in August- lots of fruit jams, and some salsa and tomato sauce. The salsa is especially good- I’ll try to post a recipe later this week in case you’ve still got some lovely tomatoes.

Has fall weather arrived full force to where you live? (And please leave me your favourite apple and pumpkin recipes below… I always need more!)

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Presqu’ile.

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Our annual family camping trip to Presqu’ile provincial park was a few weeks ago, and it was, as always, lovely. Although we got some rain on the first and second days, the weather cooperated for the rest of the time and we spent some sunny afternoons at the pebble beach. We did some hiking, a bit of exploring, and ate too much ice cream. Overall, it was exactly the break I needed since my summer has been so crazy.

Happy Thursday!

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Summertime.

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I feel like the last two months have just flown by, and I can’t believe that I’ll be back in classes again in a few weeks. There have been so many fantastic days this summer, though, and I’ve felt so grateful to be working at such an amazing job, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and visiting beautiful places. The next few weeks are packed full with exciting plans too.

How have your last few weeks of summer been?

(Knitting pictured- NYC Socks)

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