Brain Weasels

...catching butterflies

Payton Agility Picture
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My husband took this a couple of weeks ago at agility.


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Clockwork fishie
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Lacy Scarf - First Attempt :)
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I cannot for the life of me refind the pattern. It was printed out for me at a yarn shop in Nova Scotia.


And a close up of the pattern.

Maple Syrup Mousse
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I got my latest edition of Organic Gardening magazine yesterday! it had this lovely recipe for maple mousse using a ton of wonderful real maple syrup and heavy cream.  It's delicious!

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Xmas Gift
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My father in law wanted a Christmas ornament for his tree that makes him think of us... So I made this.

Beef Stew
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I finally got it. I finally made the perfect beef stew. 



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Beaded Cashmere Scarf~
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I had no pattern, just some wool and some beads.


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Starved Rock State Park
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A friend and I packed up the doggle and headed to Starved Rock State Park which is by far the prettiest place in Illinois (within any driving distance to me!)

I find the place to be absolutely magical.


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I made scrummy mitts. From this pattern. It's a simple pattern and I've made these mitts before. They take a good evening to make and a good bit of hot tea. 

This is how my latest pair turned out. 


Cute. Fun. Nothing special except... This is the first project I've made from the yarn that I spun myself. What I found most interesting is how uneven my spinning still is and how it effects the lost of projects. It made this one pretty and interesting. The yak was much more even. However I simply could not spin it on my wheel. It had to be done with the drop spindle. I haven't the skill and the fiber is far to delicate. 


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Delicious Disaster
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Alex made me cupcakes for my birthday. He made them from scratch, but we simply opted for a can o' frosting. Having some raspberries in the freezer I looked up from butter cream frosting recipes and decided to try one... I thought I had all the ingredients, but I was mistaken. 

Where the recipe called for 16oz powdered sugar I only had 4oz. I had already started when I realized this and the grocery store was closed. O.o

I made the frosting anyway and decided to whip some heavy cream and fold the raspberry, butter, powdered sugar mixture into the whipped cream which didn't go so well... Not to be defeated I threw everything back into my kitchen aid mixer and whizzed it on high which made a strange goopy mess which I put into the freezer and then forgot about... 

It never got hard. It's like this strange soft serve. I spooned it onto our cupcakes and my husband said "Don't forget how you made this!"

It's freaking delicious. Cool, sweet, tart, soft, creamy and awesome all in one bite. 

Yes that's it's natural color.



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