Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Obsessions


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 eventsbut 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!


3. Kombucha


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!  ♥


14 comments:

  1. Just wanted to let you know that your radio silence was noticed and you have been missed. That being said, I totally understand why things have been quiet around here and be assured that we'll be here when you have more time for us :)

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    1. Thanks Chantel! ♥ It's readers like you that keep me blogging!!! :)

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  2. as old as we all get, summer vacation will never stop being a thing. i hope you're having a nice relaxing time as much as you can and don't feel like you need to post and put pressure on yourself for us. do your thang. knitting is gross in the summer (who wants to think about cardigans with all this lovely beach weather?) and kiddo and family takes precedence. also i know you have pickled and make jam, have you ever made dilly beans? easy and great and in season (here anyways), worth a shot! quick and dirty you can skip making them shelf stable, refrigerator dilly beans are awesome too and way faster :)

    http://foodinjars.com/2009/07/dilly-beans/

    happy august! :)

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    1. Hahaha, thanks Laura! :)

      Oohhh...dilly beans!! Thanks for the recipe/link!! I LOVE green beans and can see these not lasting that long in the house!!

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  3. Sending good thoughts to you and your family! I love kombucha! I used to make it before I got pregnant. It's really quite easy once you have the stuff. And it's even better when it's made in small batches and you add your own flavored. Yum! And sooo good for you!

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  4. Above post from Sarah. RavID: violingirl76
    My posts from the phone always seem to get screwed up!

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    1. Thanks Sarah!! :) No worries, my phone always acts up and lately it's been posting things on Facebook and the like, at least 6 times!! Modern technology... ;)

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  5. Finally! Yah! A post! Yup, you were definitely missed. I kept checking in :) What is important is family-knitting and your blog audience will always be around when you're ready!

    Sunny

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Sunny! :) And double thanks for checking in on the blog...even when there hasn't been a post in weeks!!

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  6. Welcome back! I've been knitting and spinning a bunch - and even started my holiday gift-making endeavors in the vain hope that I won't be panicking come December!

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    1. Thanks Stefanie!! :) Oh man, good on you for getting started on the holiday gift making!! Every year I vow to get a head start...yeah...I never learn! :p Good luck!!

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  7. You've been missed but you have your priorities right - family first. Don't forget to take care of yourself too. We will be here when you are ready to make your return to the blog.
    Hugs,
    May

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    1. Thanks May!! :) The Mister has to remind me to take care of myself too! But really, crafting and blogging makes me happy, so I always feel bad when I neglect the two!

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  8. I love Kombucha as well, but it is expensive to buy the beverages in stores. A friend of mine has the live culture that you need to make it and I'm thinking about getting it from him and 'growing' (?) my own. Well worth the cost saving. Kombucha on!

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