Thursday, August 1, 2013
During the month of June I was pretty quiet on the blog due to project bag production and vendor planning, which meant I didn't have time to do much else and that resulted in a rather small Obsessions list. Well, I'm sad to report that July has seen no improvement in this department. If anything, I pretty much went MIA and had made only ONE blog post. Bad, bad Blogger!! So sad, I know. It wasn't from a lack of wanting to blog or having stuff to blog about, because trust me, I have a hefty list of things that I want and need to blog about. But July was quite the tough month for me. I don't want to go into detail, as I'm not ready to go completely public with such personal things, but a lot of the month was unintentionally dedicated to my little family and the health concerns and diagnoses that we are still dealing with. When I was mentally able to, I would concentrate on project bag production and vendor planning for upcoming events, but just like June, July had been another somewhat of a boring month.
In the meantime, when my mind wasn't thinking about my family and what lies for us in the future, I was thinking about these things:
1. Single Skein Projects
Here's a little secret: I haven't knit that much all July long.
Crazy, right? I think I need to take mini vacation, pick up the needles, and get lost in the stitches. I think my brain really needs it. And lately I've been thinking a lot about single skein projects. Not only can I not commit to anything huge right now (like a cardigan), but I've been itching for something small with almost instant gratification. Also, come the end of August I'm going to need 4 teacher appreciation gifts. So you can see why single skein projects have been on the brain as of late.
What are your favourite single skein patterns?
2. Homemade Popsicles
We've been having quite the lovely summer here on the island. In my part of the city we get the beautiful sun, the heat, AND the refreshing, cool ocean breeze to soothe things down a bit. But that doesn't we can't have our sweet treats! Enter: homemade popsicles. The Munchkin used to never be fond of popsicles, but this year I thought I would try a bunch of recipes to see if any will strike his fancy. So far pink lemonade with slices of fresh strawberries (as shown above), white grape juice with fresh fruit slices, and leftover "chocolate" strawberry smoothie are the current favourites and by golly, I think the Munchkin is now a popsicle fan!
I think the smaller size popsicle mold did the trick. Previously I used the regular old plastic stand by that you see in big box and dollar stores, which have all proved to be too much for the kiddo. After a little Google-fu I discovered the Zoku round pop mold and learned that they are the perfect size for both adults and kiddos alike. Although, with that said, I'm thinking I should also invest in the mini pop mold for those days when the Munchkin has way too much energy and really shouldn't be consuming more sugar than he needs to!
For months I've resisted giving kombucha a try. Mainly because the idea of drinking something that could resemble vinegar to the taste buds really didn't appeal to me. Nonetheless I was still curious about it and thought about it often. I finally told myself to grow a pair and "lady up", and boy, am I sure glad I did!! To my utter surprise and delight, I discovered that kombucha is actually quite tasty! Since that first sip I've been guzzling this fermented tea beverage like there's no tomorrow, to the point where lately I've been thinking that I should start brewing my own!
I don't drink carbonated beverages often but I'm quite surprised that I don't mind the fizziness of kombucha, which carbonates naturally during the fermenting stage. I tried to share my love of kombucha with the Mister and Munchkin, but one sniff of the liquid sent the two of them running in the opposite direction. Oh well, more for me!
So what has everyone else been doing this summer so far? Or has everyone vacated this blog? If you're still around, let me know what's up! ♥