Trix

The weather was GORGEOUS on Sunday so we let Trixie hang out with us for a bit. She mainly stayed in the backyard, eating grass and hunting invisible aliens.

She eventually got stuck on the other side of the back fence and couldn’t figure out how to get back in! She tried digging under, and climbing over, and nothing worked!

Check out how high she got before falling off, though. Go, Trixie, go!

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Hike to Oyster Dome

T and I have been trying to hike more this year, and we’ve already gone on a few really good ones (and a few bad ones… I hate crowded hikes!). In an effort to avoid the crowds, we went up to Bellingham for this one, and it felt SOOO good to get out of Seattle.

About halfway up we had an incredible view of the Strait of Juan DeFuca. Gorgeous. I really love this area, and we had such beautiful weather today.

Oyster Dome hike

Oyster Dome hike
The views were amazing, and the weather was lovely, but I think the best part was when I was high-tailing it down the mountain and I almost stepped on this snake!
The snake I almost stepped onEeek!

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What I’ll be doing today

I recently ripped out my Ingenue because it just wasn’t working. The yarn was too thin for the pattern (they recently renamed it “MadTosh DK” instead of “MadTosh worsted”), the neck wasn’t wide enough, and I’m still not sure about the yarn color. I haven’t decided what the next metamorphosis of the yarn will be, but I REALLY want to knit another sweater.

Problem is — I knew what I wanted to knit, but I just couldn’t find the right pattern. I wanted something like this Blue Sky Alpacas Scoop Neck Vest, but with sleeves, and I did not want to have to do any math! Luckily I just found Mary Jane from Twist Collective and it is PERFECT. (OK, it’s not perfect… I’m not going to do the stitch detailing, and I might do less puffy sleeves, and much more of the ribbing, but at least the general shape is perfect. And it has sleeves!)

I already knew what yarn I wanted to use… but tracking it down (especially in the colorway I wanted) was rather tricky. Yesterday it was finally delivered to my greedy little hands and I cast on last night!

A sweater awaits

Filatura di Crosa Zara - 1746

Now I just have to figure out what kind of shoulder increases I want to use. It’s been a while since I knit a sweater – I’d forgotten how to knit paired increases! But I’m loving having something on the needles again! I’m planning to work on this for most of the day today, so hopefully I’ll make some good progress!

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Plopping!

I think it’s funny that I haven’t talked about my hair AT ALL on this little blog because I’m actually kind of fanatical about it in real life. I have naturally curly hair (type 3B) but it didn’t get curly until I was about 13 or 14 (puberty, anyone?) and so I love talking to other curlygirls about their hair, because I still feel like I’m trying to figure out what works best for my hair, and I love sharing what I’ve learned with others.

I recently stumbled on something that is so easy and produces AMAZING results. And it’s nearly free! I’m talking about plopping. But first, I’ll just give you a quick run-down of my hair routine, in case you’re interested. 🙂

First – I only use conditioner. I stopped using shampoo over a year ago and I haven’t looked back! I will use shampoo every month or so, or if my hair feels particularly grimy (like after a couple days of sitting around a campfire) but other than that, it’s just conditioner. And I usually stick with Dove, Herbal Essences (the blue one), or some kind of tea tree oil conditioner. My hair responds really well to that, but it’s expensive, and I don’t want it to become immune to the product. 🙂
Also! I wash my hair EVERY MORNING. I probably could get away with every other day, but I just don’t feel awake if I don’t shower. I could also probably wrap my hair in a flour sack if I didn’t want to re-wash it, but I never think of that until the conditioner is already in. It’s just habit to wash it everyday.

Next – I comb through it wet with a big comb, ring it out, then run some Herbal Essences curly mousse and gel through it. (Aveda’s curly products also work REALLY well for me, but again, they’re spendy, so I might just keep them on hand to use for nice occasions.)

Then – I plop my hair like this using a BIG flour sack. I then finish getting ready, and after about 10-15 minutes I remove the flour sack, give it a light shake, and I’m done! I then don’t touch my hair for the rest of the day.

I think plopping (or plunking) has really helped make my hair be more consistently curly, and it’s right up there as one of the single greatest advancements in my hair regimen.

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New (to me) shoes

I just had a good feeling when I walked into Goodwill yesterday! I found these beauties immediately. I can’t wait to start sewing up some cute summer skirts and dresses to go with these. (Fabric is on order … now I just have to wait!)

(I also found a short-sleeved cardigan that looks exactly like this, except without the hood. Love.)

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oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

I’m not a big snacker, but I love me a good cookie. I’m pretty simple in my tastes… usually sticking to chocolate chip, chocolate-chocolate chip, peanut butter, peanut butter chocolate chip, or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies … but last week when I saw Leslie’s blog post about oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, something clicked. And I just HAD to make them. Because OMG that sounds like the BEST COOKIE EVER. (She chooses the best cookie recipes!) I’ve actually had a string of bad luck with cookies lately (they tend to flatten when baking and come out REALLY crispy) and these are no exception. (But that actually works for this cookie.) I still can’t figure out if it’s the oven, or the baking soda, or the butter (or the fact that I don’t use parchment paper??), but I’m going to keep baking until I get to the bottom of it!

chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies
chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies

Based on Martha Stewart’s recipe, but I halved it so it only made ~24 really big cookies:

1.5c old fashioned oats
1/6c (2-1/2T whole wheat flour)
1/2t baking soda
1/2t baking powder
1/4t coarse salt
1/2c granulated sugar
1/2c packed lt brown sugar
1/2c (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4c natural peanut butter
1 lg egg
1/2t vanilla
1c whole salted peanuts
1c semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat sugars and butter on med speed for ~5mins. Beat in peanut butter, then egg, then vanilla. Mix in dry ingredients, then mix in peanuts and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 13-15mins. (lined with parchment paper?)

I think what I like best about this cookie is the oatmeal and whole peanuts make me think these are “healthy” so I don’t feel guilty having one with (or for) breakfast. 🙂

p.s. Woah I just found this recipe, and this one, and this one. I want to try them ALL.

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Our Herb Garden

We don’t have as much room to garden in our new house as we did in our old one (although I did suggest that we rip up all the grass in our backyard and plant rows of beans and corn, and T was on board with the idea!), so I started a little container garden for our herbs. I really miss being able to snip fresh herbs when making dinner. (Although, admittedly, I’m also really bad at meal planning, so having such a variety of herbs in close proximity has saved me numerous times.) Now I just hope they don’t die! (I’m talkin’ to you, basil!)

Dear herbs, Please don't die. Love, Me

My little lovelies

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