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There’s nothing like spending a rainy Sunday afternoon consuming lots and lots of delicious chocolate.  I’m enjoying homemade gluten free brownies and Silk Chocolate Almond Milk.  Delicious!

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Knitted Aviatrix Baby Hat

To make this knitted Aviatrix baby hat, I used blue, DK Weight yarn (Weight 3) that my brother brought me from Peru.  I believe that it is baby alpaca.

I used the pattern here.  It was a very good pattern, with pattern variations based on the yarn weight you planned to use, as well as different sizes for hats.  It also had a glossary with some explanations of techniques.  I did need to watch some YouTube videos, but the pattern recommended doing that.

This hat was knit on straight needles, and not in the round.  I think it turned out really well.

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I made the Rib-Eye Stir-Fry, Dan Dan Noodles, and Greens from Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes Cookbook.  This meal was delicious.

I omitted the Szechuan pepper, Chinese five-spice powder, baby bok choy, bean sprouts, cilantro, and scallions.

I used green beans instead of sugar snap peas, EVOO with chili powder instead of the chili oil, gluten free pasta instead of the egg noodles, gluten free soy sauce, and agave nectar instead of honey.

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Here are the basics of what I can and can’t eat:
No dairy for breakfast
15 g carbs at breakfast and snacks, 30 g for meals (including starchy veggies)
No white rice, white potatoes, or white bread
No corn or products with corn (that’s new)
No wheat (that’s new)  – includes bread and pasta
No sugar

I can have tons of meat and veggies.
I can have half a sweet potato, 1/3 cup brown rice, 1 slice of wheat-free bread, 1/3 cup wheat-free pasta, or 1/2 cup peas with a meal.  I can have 1 cup of winter squash, but I haven’t found a way to make it taste good yet.

I really love snacking on carrots, bell peppers, and drinking green smoothies (with kale).

I had a fantastic dinner the other night of two cheeseburger patties (no buns), carrots, and sweet potato spears.  I plan to learn to make a lot of easy stir fries, as I’ll be eating a lot of rice.

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Wheat-Free

In addition to being on a diabetic diet, I’ve been asked to go wheat free.  What’s your favorite wheat free bread?  Please leave a comment for me!

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Knitted Cowl

A cowl is like a scarf, but it’s connected in a circle.  That’s my definition, at least.

I got this pattern from Purls of Wisdom.  I used Lion Brand Organic Cotton Yarn, which is quite lovely.  I used size 13 circular needles.

 

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I used a recipe from The Food Nanny Cookbook for crescent rolls, and I filled them with chocolate!

Word of advice:  once the dough has finished mixing in the bread machine, move it to a larger container for rising!

 

I did a mixture of chocolate chips and shaved dark chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll the dough into circles and cut into eighths with a pizza cutter.

 

Add chocolate and roll up.

 

 

Let rise.

 

Bake and brush with melted butter!

 

 

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This is Part 2 of 2 for sewing a red ruffle shirt.  Click here for the instructions (Tea Rose Home).

So far, we’ve sewn the ruffles on to the shirt.  Now, it’s time to make the fabric roses.

Cut strips of fabric according to the instructions.

To make the string, just pull the t-shirt (jersey) fabric.  It stays shaped like a snake!

Sew the rose strips down the middle with a gathering stitch (long stitch).

Make your ruffles.

Fold the ruffles in half lengthwise and sew them round and round into a rose.

Add the roses and the string to the collar.  I ended up trimming the length of the string.

I wanted to tack the ruffles in place, so I pinned them down.

I used my machine to tack the ruffles in place.

I ended up only tacking them in place at the ends of each ruffle.  Voila!  The completed ruffle shirt!

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We played Ticket to Ride and my husband won (this time).  We still had a great game.  We each had the same number of completed routes (11), and he only had a few more trains in his longest route than me.  Overall, it was a good time!

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Learning in Spain

I recently typed this up as a grad school assignment.  It was a great memory, so I’m posting it so that I can have it written down.

When I was an undergrad, around the time of my observation and student teaching semesters, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Spain with my sister for three weeks.  We attended a small school (http://www.gadir.net/) so that we could immerse ourselves in the Spanish language, food, and culture.

I will confess that I was terribly homesick the first week.  I almost went back home.  I also didn’t have a clue how to converse in Spanish.  My previous Spanish education had been mostly on how to write, but not necessarily speak Spanish.  I remember that when we first got to Spain, my sister had to do all of the talking for me.  By the time we left, however, I was able to communicate.

The school was great.  We would have a grammar class in the morning, go for a break, and then have a conversation class in the afternoon.  The break was fun, because the students and teachers would all go around the corner to a cafe.  The server was great, as he would correct our Spanish and teach us how to properly order our food and drinks.

The school also offered trips around the city and to neighboring cities.  One day, we took the train to a fair in another city.  That was an experience!  We went from tent to tent, one for beverages, the next for dancing, one after another.  The school offered flamenco classes, for the local sevillanas (folk dances).  My sister also led me to a local dance studio, where I took additional flamenco classes, as well as ballet classes.

My experiences learning to converse in Spain helped me to be a better teacher, as I was able to hold conferences with parents in Spanish , and work with bilingual students.  I’ve made many mistakes, mostly with my Spanish, and I’ve had tons of misunderstandings, as I am not even close to being fluent, but I still love when I can understand and converse with someone in Spanish.

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Goals for This Year

I don’t want to call my goals resolutions, because people often don’t keep their resolutions!

Here are some of my goals for this year:

*Finish reading the Old Testament and finish the accompanying OT Bible Study from 2010

*Read the New Testament

*Learn how to play each hymn in my hymnbook on the piano

*Continue to progress with jogging – it would be nice to jog a 5K miles nonstop and later a 10K

*Lose a small amount of weight to be healthier

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