a betsy for my girl…….

Yarn stash

Last year I had planned to knit a hat each month, and while I did get pretty close… I failed to get them all photographed before they went off to the heads of loved ones. This year my goal is to have a finished knit per month – remember to photograph each one – and only knit from my stash. I do have yarn for a shawl and a sweater in there…. so it won't all be one skein projects…. but certainly heavy on that side unless I come up with some creative ideas (like the shawl I started last month!). Luckily we have a few babies arriving this year!

My January knit is another Betsy. I really, really love this pattern. This is my third one. All the details can be found on Ravelry. I knit it up for Sophie – and now all three of us girls have one. The yarn is Apollo in Jelly Bean by Luna Grey Fiber (love!)

Betsy 1

Betsy 2

Her betsy

Photobomb mutt

Girls

Complete with a photo session overtake by Maggie who was very concerned about what was going on. Sophie said maybe she wanted a hat too. And that does fit into the one skein project category…. hmmm….

 

xo,

s

 

yarn along….

Bitters and yarn along

Yarning along with Ginny today. 

I started this shawl pattern this morning. We had one of those busy, busy days with lots of driving and waiting. I figured a new knitting project was a good way to pass the time….. and it was. Well, maybe not the part where I was talking to other moms while the kids were rollerskating, because I ended up having to pull the whole thing out and start over. I misread the pattern and totally goofed up the increase. I'm not sure if it would have mattered too much, but I decided to pull it out anyhow. I'm using Handmaiden yarn from my stash. I have three colors that complement each other well, I'll show you the others next week. I'm determined to knit projects only from my stash this year…. it's really gotten out of hand…. the collecting part. So I really need to knit it down a little!

The book was my Solstice gift. It's wonderful! I've made a few batches of bitters recently and gotten into using bitters more for cocktails (and mocktails right now). I love books broken up seasonally, and of course beautiful photography is always a bonus. It's really worth checking out.

Dinner is calling, so I have to run. Hopefully by the end of tonight I'll be back to where I frogged this shawl!

xo,

s

 

ginger + blueberry + beet smoothies

Yesterday I turned 36.

I’m on day 11 of an elimination diet and I really had a few minutes where I was kicking myself – no chocolate on my birthday? What was I thinking?!?! But it turns out that a super amazing delicious dessert can be made from cashews, honey, coconut oil and lemon juice. And it tastes very similar to lemon cheesecake. Yum.

{Can I pause for a moment and say that I really dislike the word diet? It has so many negative connotations. I think taking a break from our normal eating, even if it’s very healthy, and really nourishing our bodies is important. In traditional ways of eating, people did this several times a year…. often with the change of seasons… and it’s this really simple beautiful way to support ourselves and kind of check in. And how often do most of us take the time to really check in with ourselves?}

So, three of us in the house are on this elimination diet. All for various reasons. My two reasons are to work on inflammation and give my digestive system a rest. Also, elimination diets are a common protocol in holistic healing and I feel that I should try one myself before I suggest a client take one on. We have 30 days with no eggs, gluten, dairy, soy, red meat, sugar, chocolate. No caffeine or alcohol either. It’s slightly modified for our needs and what we know might be causing some issues for us as we’ve done something similar in the past. While it sounds pretty restrictive…. it hasn’t been bad. There is so much we can eat…. and shifting from grain heavy meals always makes me feel lighter and more vibrant. Hello smoothies and tons of veggies! After some holiday splurging I feel like all the systems in my body are saying “what, you do still love us!?”

Joe & I have been drinking smoothies almost every day. Mostly green. Sometimes purple. This one is by far his favorite…. so I thought I would share it with you guys. It does have to be made in a high speed blender….. root veggies are rugged little veggies to blend up. The sweetness of the beets, carrots, blueberries and the heat of fresh ginger mixed with a little citrus orange punch are totally delicious. It’s a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory goodness (phew, that was a mouth full!) And the color! Beautiful! It’s a win-win. (also, if I don’t overdo the ginger, my kids love it too!)

 

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GINGER + BLUEBERRY + BEET SMOOTHIE

2-3 meal sized smoothies

 

1 handful of fresh mild greens (spinach or kale are good)

2-3 small beets, peeled and cut into chunks

2 small carrots peeled and cut into chunks

(you want more beet than carrot – about three parts beet to two parts carrot)

1 banana (fresh or frozen)

1 generous cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)

fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into quarters (I like to use a 1×2 inch chunk – and the kids drink it – if it’s just Joe & I, I use more)

2 TBSP 100% OJ juice concentrate

3 cups water

 

Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy. (use the smoothie cycle if you have a vitamix) Enjoy! If you happen to have access and enjoy the flavor of turmeric, a small chunk of peeled fresh turmeric is AMAZING in this smoothie (about an inch by half inch piece).

Frozen blueberries and bananas make the smoothie more thick and creamy. I freeze bananas by the bunch full and keep them in the freezer to add to our smoothies.

 

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A FEW MORE REASONS THIS SMOOTHIE ROCKS::

Beets provide your body with magnesium, iron, folic acid (great food for pregnant and nursing moms!), and they are a tonic for the liver, cleansing your body.

Carrots have 400% of your daily vitamin A needs, are a good source of vitamins B & C,  help protect your vision and provide anti-oxidants.

Blueberries have more anti-oxidants than any other fruit. And they’re delicious. Enough said.

Ginger reduces inflammation and stimulates circulation in the body.

 

Enjoy!

xo,

s