how to knit a chunky infinity scarf

It’s December! It’s cold! It’s time for scarves and other warm things!

If  you’ve been into any retail store the past month or so I’m sure you’ve seen these chunky knit accessories gracing every display shelf and mannequin. I thought they all looked so warm and cozy and not to mention FUN to make so I decided to make one of my own. Since it’s made out of thick yarn and huge needles this is a quick project that is perfect to work on road trips (or really any time you feel like knitting). Keep reading to see how I did it! (more…)

Guinness recipe wrap up

I finally used up all 4 cans of Guinness Beer this past week! In case you missed any of the recipes, we can look back on where all that beer went.

1. Guinness Stout Stew Recipe. Ahh, the beginning of my Guinness explorations. A tasty stew made in the slow cooker so you can set it up early and forget about it until dinner time!

guinness stout stew

2. Kitchen Fail. Can numero dos had a sorry fate of exploding all over my oven. However, I did learn valuable lessons about the importance of reading recipe reviews and the potential irrelevance of cardamom. 

guinness kitchen fail

3. Guinness Stout Ginger Cake. Take 2 was much more successful and resulted in a very tasty, but not too sweet, Guinness Cake!

Guinness Stout Ginger Cake

4. 3 Ingredient Guinness Bread. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! A tasty 3 ingredient bread.

Guinness Bread

 So there you have it, 3 tasty recipes and one kitchen disaster! A good showing for that 4 pack of Guinness. Which recipes have you tried? Any other favorite Guinness recipes to share?

Man, that’s a lot of knit scarves

I think that maybe, just maybe, my scarf/cowl knit craze is starting to wind down. In case you missed any of them, check out recently knit scarves such as the chunky cowl, the simple scrap scarf, and the shimmery cowl. There’s patterns of all of these on my diy page, too! (Is that enough links for you?)

Now that you’re all caught up on scarves of knits’ past, here is the latest addition:

knit blue scarf

That’s right, look at that title pic! I remembered that I have tons of white board from my days as a student, and I should use it to my advantage rather than  have it collect dust in the closet. (plus I fear those sunny fence pictures are gone for the season)

These are actually second generation scarves. I made two others back before Christmas. I even commissioned some fabulous models to pose in them:

purple knit scarf

(but then I took their picture with my phone camera…)

red knit scarf

very nice ladies!

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

cable knit scarves

A Winter Stew (recipe)

Winter came to Columbus this week, so I found it only fitting to make a hearty warm stew for dinner (plus I got a subscription to a food magazine and it was in there, sounded good, and thought, why not?)

It’s a slow cooker recipe, which I usually try and save for week nights, but I’m glad I did this one on my day off because there was kind of a lot of prep.

My camera battery was charging, so I took all these pics with my phone…I was playing with the fun vintage settings…takes cool pics (and it’s not even an iphone!)

snow on leaves

The Ingredients:

  • 6 T plus 1/2 C flour, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 # boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 t EVOO
  • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 1 14oz can Guinness or other stout beer
  • 1 # carrots
  • 8 oz package mushrooms
  • 2 C chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 t dried thyme (you could go without this much if you wanted)
  • 1 C reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 C frozen baby peas, thawed
dredge the chicken

Dredge the chicken thighs in 6 T flour plus salt and pepper. Then cook half of it in a large skillet with 2 tsp oil, (2-4 mins per side) put that in the slow cooker, and cook the other half.

2 1/2 pounds of chicken?! “Hey honey, guess what you’re having for lunch this month?”

thick cut bacon

I went for the real bacon…no pre-packaged Oscar Mayer stuff for this dinner…I went straight to the meat counter.

Guinness winter stew

Cut it up and cook it for 2 minutes or so, add the 1/2 cup of flour, cook for a little bit longer and then add the can of beer.  Pour it all on top of the chicken.

side note: I now have 3 more cans of Guinness, and neither Brandon nor I like the stuff. I’ll have to find something else fun to do with them. Maybe I can find some ideas here: 100 Ways to Cook with Guinness…and perhaps a future blog post? woot!

Chop up the veggies. I had a helper with this. This is seriously what I saw the whole time. She was hoping that some carrots would *accidentally* fall (and sure enough, some did).

lucy waiting for carrots

Put everything in the pot! Add the spices too: thyme, garlic, salt and pepper

Winter Guinness Stew Veggies

Let it cook for 4-6 hours on high or until the chicken is “fall apart tender” and stir in the peas for the last 15 minutes. Bon Appetit!

Guinness Stew

Best enjoyed on a cold night! This made a ton, we seriously had plenty for dinner, lunch the next day and I froze a whole container of it for another night.

Music Monday: Listen up!

I don’t know that this is going to be a weekly thing, but I am always a fan of alliteration and wanted to share this with you. Cue in: The Barr Brothers

My brother-in-law brought these guys to my attention.  A couple of the guys used to be part of one of his favorite bands (The Slip) and now they have a new band with a harp which makes them way cooler. I am a bit partial to harps and I especially love seeing them in settings where you wouldn’t necessarily think there would be one. The music just good to listen to, but also interesting to watch the video because they are using some unique techniques to play their instruments, especially in the beginning (the harpist is playing with a bow).

It officially feels like winter in Columbus today; there is even a bit of snow on the ground! I’ll be a fan of this weather for approximately 6 more days and then I’ll be ready for spring. If only the weather gods would listen…

p.s. I made a new diy page that’s going to link to all my posts with patterns/directions.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

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