As many of our long time readers know, my 12 year old, Jaci has type 1 diabetes. She started using an insulin pump about 5 months ago. An insulin pump is fantastic because instead of giving herself 6 injections a day, she only has to get one injection every 3 days.
Because she doesn't make her own insulin, this pump gives her a constant drip of insulin. ...read more
This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique' rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color. Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to ...read more
My husband and I bought some pricey sunglasses before we left for our honeymoon two years ago. I was hoping that a higher price would equal quality and I've found that to be true. However, since my over-sized sunglasses do not fit into the protective cases sold in stores, my sunglasses are often tossed into my purse without protection, resulting in ...read more
Did you know July 10th is National Piña Colada day in Puerto Rico? If I had my vote I would have a Piña Colada day every week in my household! Piña colada literally means "strained pineapple". There are several recipes for this famous cocktail and I happen to think this one tops all the rest.
You will need: a blender, ice, rum, pineapple ...read more
Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess. I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap.
Nostepinne's can be as ...read more
Have you ever heard of a vegetable spiralizer? Me either, until today when Mom introduced us. I'm normally not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. They pile up so easily, falling into disuse and crowding my cabinets. But the Spirooli, (the brand I got to play with today), has now made my list of must have's. This tool slices effortlessly ...read more
One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something ...read more
There are just 3 things you need to know about Earl.
1- He is my best friend's Dad
2- He makes hands down the best brisket
3- He shared his recipe with me and now I'm going to share it with you.
Why be selfish with a recipe which can only be described as love on a plate?
Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of a cow. ...read more
Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles.
I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was ...read more
The weather is getting so nice here in Northern Utah, it only makes sense for Emily and I to put away the sewing machines and play out in the garage for a bit. Emily was inspired by the recent cute growth charts she'd spotted on pinterest, and came up with a modern twist on them to go with her decor. I admired her finished chevron wooden ...read more