Friday, May 9, 2014

watermelon salsa

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Watermelon Salsa 

One of our family's summer faves; a fresh twist on a picnic and barbecue staple!

4 cups finely chopped watermelon (no seeds)
1 cup finely chopped cucumber (no peel, no seeds)
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet pepper - red, or your favorite color
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh mint leaves

4 tablespoons honey
1 lime, juice of, that is (no seeds)

Optional: 
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

Combine honey and lime juice.  Combine all fruits and herbs; toss in honey and lime juice to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.  Serve with tortilla chips. 

Make more!!  


Thursday, May 1, 2014

off the needles



I recently finished this shawl... for myself.  This yarn languished more than a year in my stash, as I contemplated whether I should write a pattern for it.  I go to all these yarn shows, wearing store-bought sweaters and my favorite hoodie; I'm a great knitter, and I looked like a scrub.  So in the end, I decided knitting it and wearing it was more of a priority than being able to say I designed it myself.  

Yarn:  Pure Qiviut from Windy Valley Muskox, 3-ish skeins of Red Valor, one skein of Scarlet
Pattern:  NoFa Shawl from La Maison Rililie - great pattern, easy to follow.
Mods:  I did modify the striping sequence because I did not know for sure how much qiviut I had, and I wanted to use it ALL!  

I think I finished this last week, but hadn't taken time to block it, which made me sad every time I went somewhere and thought, "I could be wearing my shawl if I'd block it already!!"  This week, I did finish a sample knit, as well as a sweater that was commissioned, and will NEVER be posted on my blog.  What we do for friends. 

I also planted a lilac this week!  Maybe it's time for a new header picture...