Friday, February 22, 2019

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage #135

Thrifty Things Lately at Harvest Lane Cottage!

Hey Y'all,

  It's been downright cold around here. I haven't even wanted to go outside. I have resigned myself to a winter without snow, but it sure would be nice if some of y'all would send some down to southwest Missouri for me! Some of you have had way more than your share this year. We used to get a fair amount of snow here when we moved here in the nineties. I hope the weather pattern changes again and lets us enjoy winter again. We've had a couple icy days that closed school, but they don't compare with the fun of snow days.

  I hope you find an idea or two to save some money this week. Please share your ideas with me, too.

 God bless!
Here's how my family has been thrifty lately.

  • I made half a pound of bacon go for four BLTs. 
  • I made apple crisp with some apples that were a bit bruised.
  • Amy made egg salad with eggs on sale at Aldi.
  • I'm saving up my yarn scraps to make a Helix hat.
  • We made chicken quesadillas with leftover chicken breasts, Mexican blend cheese from Aldi, a couple of cut up peppers, a cut up onion, some flour tortillas, and a little butter. It's hard to beat such a simple kind of yum.
  • We are still using the piano given to us many years by our friends the Freemans. It could use a tuning, but our girls have been able to learn to play. It's changed their lives. They actually love to play and sing worship music. Thank you Deb!
  • Staying home more means less gas used.
  • Interlibrary loan has kept me from buying some books I want to or need to read.
  • YouTube has lots of great tutorials.
  • I've used free knitting patterns found on Ravelry or Pinterest.
Well, that's all that comes to mind. Please share what you've been doing in your home. 

Have a wonderful, creative, happy week!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On My Needles... What I'm Reading... February 20, 2019

Hello all!

  I finished the book Christy last night.  I'm looking forward to discussing it next week in my book club. I'm still reading some others a few paragraphs at a time. My main emphasis is on Between Two Shores. It's a riveting book that can make time slip by too quickly. I'll share a review in a week or two.

  I have been knitting the black ribbing for the Alaska Hat that I am doing as a knit along with my friends Laura and Missy. It's nothing to look at right now, so I'll share next week.  It will be a bluish purple background with black pine trees in the foreground. It's the most challenging colorwork I've tried. I might need to pray while I knit. ~smile~ Seriously though, it will be line upon line, precept upon precept.

  I don't believe I shared photos of the dog sweater that I knit for Penny last Autumn.

 The pattern is one that I bought from Craftsy which is now called Bluprint.
It's called Clifford Dog Sweater Knitting Kit Bluprint Collections

  I'll probably knit another sweater with a few adjustments. I would like it to be a bit snugger around her neck. I think it will stay on better. She has wiggled her way out of it a few times. Generally, she seems to like it. I never thought I'd be the one to knit a dog sweater, but to see her shake when she's cold—well, my momma's heart couldn't see her shivering and not try to help.

  Well, for my knitting friends, enjoy this cool weather. I'm thinking about trying socks when spring comes. Then come summer, I'll probably start knitting hats or gloves for charity again. Perhaps I'll look through my photos and see if I can find some other things that I've knitted and share them next week.

  Now, I'm going to go get busy with some cleaning so that I can spend a bit of time knitting without guilt.

 Be blessed, and talk back!

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Husband of my Youth

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2019 Finished Knits
4 Hats

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Answering Questions

Have you ever written a blogpost then misplaced or forgotten to publish it? Yup, it happened to me. Rather than make Amy wait until next Autumn to answer, I'm going to just do it right here and now. 

Do you have any questions for me? I'd love you to answer any of these questions you'd like in the comments or on your blog then send me the link.

From my Daughter Amy

My Questions for You:

Windy or rainy autumn?

Do you like chai tea?
Yes, especially chai tea latte.

Tea or coffee?

If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Vermont. I'd also visit Mrs. White while I was there.

Since I'd be traveling, I'd stop by Karla H. and Karen Andreola along the way.

Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
I like most kinds of soup.
I especially like beef stew and cream of broccoli.

What color of leaves do you like best?
I vote red maple leaves!

If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?

Sweater or hoodie?

A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
Apple cinnamon. My husband doesn't like hazelnut.

Cookies or brownies?