Monday, November 12, 2012

Big Blue Sweater

Progress!  It is being made!

Through all the activity over the last week; leaving my job, leaving my house, leaving the state for goodness sake......I have been furiously knitting on this:

Sweater for my husband.

You see we've been married nearly two years and living 630 miles apart for 4 years.


Ok ok, so yes we survived but now that it's over one of my 3rd or 4th thoughts was:

How on earth am I going to finish his sweater  now before Christmas?????????

Answer: when I get settled, one of my first orders of business will HAVE to be to either find a knitting circle in existence or to create one myself.  I did it once, I can do it again!  But I have a feeling I won't need to.  I'm pretty durn sure there are already knitting groups where I am going.

So here I am, after 4 years of trying to live together and what am I doing?  Figuring out a way to get away from him for a few hours every week to finish his sweater.


Find a job at a yarn store.  Dang.  Now THAT's and idea........

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dreams and Misdemeanors

Did I spell that right?

It's taken about a week for me to realize that yes, I did leave my job, yes, I am at a crossroads and no, I no longer have to hold back on confessing the truth about what's really important to me.

I've never been very good at pretending.

Change is a wonderful thing.  I know it's not always easy.  I know it doesn't always seem wonderful.  But the potential of my current situation get's me a bit choked up.  Call me silly (it's ok, go ahead) but the big dream of getting off the grid is composed of a bunch of little dreams that, when I think about them, make my heart swell, my head ache and give me butterflies in the pit of my stomach.

I really was born in the wrong century.

When I was working in my high-stress low return job, these are the little things I would dream about:

  1. working in a yarn store
  2. having unlimited knitting/spinning time (see above)
  3. having a table at a farmer's market/flea market to sell stuff we make
  4. renewing my love of gardening by actually doing some gardening
  5. singing in the church choir
  6. chickens
  7. giving Christmas gifts with heart
  8. taking the Cornell class on ornithology online
  9. writing a book about my hometown and all its foibles
  10. earning more merit badges from MaryJane's Farm Farmgirl Sisterhood
Think it's too much?

I'll be working on it, just you watch.  I've always enjoyed a challenge. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

World's Best Brownies??: RECIPE

Sorry folks.

I really need to remember what I say I'm going to do and then remember to do it.  Kind of hard if you don't remember what you say you are going to do in the first place, right? Uh huh.


I was going to post the recipe of the amazing brownies I baked for my husband IF they were deemed amazing and they were.....amazing according to him.  BTW he got an enormous kick out of my little obsession.  Kind of takes the wind out of a full blown obsession so therefore, I'm moving on to others.

Without further ado; the recipe:

from Cook's Illustrated (with some minor notes from me)

1/3 cup dutch-processed cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso (optional) (I skipped it but boy will I try it next time)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut in to 1/2" pieces

(TIP: Ok so most people might have realized this BUT it's very important that the water really be boiling or at least hot enough to melt the chocolate in the recipe, I did mine a little out of order and had to zap the mixture in the microwave, no biggie, but in other words: chop the unsweetened chocolate first!)

Place rack on second lowest position in oven. Preheat oven to 350.

Make a foil liner for a 9x 13 pan by turning the baking pan pan upside down. Tear a piece of foil the length of the pan, leaving extra (about 2 inches)  hanging down on both ends.  Form the foil over the outside of the pan, Then flip the pan over, and place the molded foil to the inside of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray.

Whisk cocoa and boiling water together in a large bowl until smooth. Add unsweetened chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted. Whisk in melted butter and oil. Mixture may look curdled at this point. Add eggs,  egg yolks and vanilla. Continue to whisk until smooth. Whisk in sugar until fully incorporated.  Using rubber spatula, fold in flour, salt, baking soda and bittersweet chocolate all at once, taking care to not over mix.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30-40 minutes. Do not over cook. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from pan using foil liner to lift brownies out of pan.  Cut when cooled completely.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


I've been stewing a lot lately on what to write on here.  How to talk about the fact that I finally left my job, moved all my stuff out and down to my parent's and am now patiently awaiting the arrival of my husband so we can go through all my stuff, pack it up and haul it out, with the help of my parents, to my new home in upstate NY.

I guess that kind of says it all doesn't it?  I have a tendency to get a little too deep on this blog, a little too profound.  And with all the changes in my life that are coming the best way to sum it up is:


Yes, so I'm leaving Indiana.  My family is throwing me a bash, I left my high-stress job and I am heading off in to the great blue yonder with 5,5 acres under my cap.

Waiting for spring so we can start building
A Chicken coop

And remodeling the 1800's farm house that's on it to eventually live in or convert to a shop....we aren't really all that sure yet.

Oh it's so exciting.

I know I've said it before but I'll say it again.

If you're dreams don't scare you to death then they just aren't big enough.

Here's to chasing your dreams!