Sunday, April 21, 2013

I'm Not...

I'm not sure what to blog about, so I thought I would go with that as my theme.

I'm not sure I will ever trust my Visa card again. After last December's credit card fraud, when someone helped themselves to an airline flight compliments of my credit card, I have been hit once again. This time I was better prepared, having made a list of which charges were linked to the card. What I wasn't prepared for was the replacement card's chip not working.

I'm not going for a walk on the trail any time soon. My neighbour phoned to tell me that when she and her husband returned from walking on it they found nine wood ticks clinging to them. Eewww! I don't mind the occasional bear encounter, but there's no way I want to meet up with a tick.

I'm not the world's best photographer, but this double rainbow was so spectacular even I managed to capture some of its beauty. This was the view from the front of our house.




I'm not cooking anything for dinner tonight. It's Sunday, and several years ago I retired from making Sunday dinners. This officially makes Sunday my favourite day of the week.

I'm not sure what to do about my garden. I hate to put lots of time and money into it and then end up selling the house. Even worse would be not putting in a garden and not selling the house. I'll probably compromise and add just a bit of new compost, and stick with planting some basics like lettuce, kale, peas and beans. Nothing extravagant, but enough to keep us supplied with veggies should we remain here in Kamloops.

I'm not going to get tired of knitting baby things any time soon. I love how quickly baby projects knit up! Here are some cotton baby bibs I knit for our new great niece.




And a sweater for grandchild #1, knit with Excelana, a vintage British yarn.




And finally, I'm not sure what to do with a box of ripe mangoes.




Any suggestions?

33 comments:

  1. I should start knitting that baby blanket I did for our friends baby.

    Mango lassis: Mango and yogurt blended together or blend plain mango and stick it in the freezer to use later in smoothies.

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    1. I like the idea of freezing some of the mangoes. The mango lassos sounds good, but I don't have any plain yogurt. I found a mango coconut ice cream recipe I might try. Maybe I can make it when you come up!

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  2. What about mango chutney? Your cardigan is very cute, I made that one for a friend recently.

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    1. I haven't ever made a chutney before. That's a great idea!

      I am always amazed at all the beautiful baby things you knit. Did you blog about the cardigan you made?

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  3. Love the rainbow picture. I made a chicken and mango bake a while back. Use 2 red peppers, 2 mangoes, Chinese 5 spice, mango chutney and Greek yogurt all whizzed together until smooth and poured over the chicken breasts or thighs with some reserved cubed mango and bake in the oven. If I find the recipe I'll send it to you.
    Patricia x

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    1. That recipe sounds really good! I would love for you to send it to me if you find it. Thanks!

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  4. I love the bibs. I never think of making these, but they look simple yet gorgeous.

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    1. A friend told me these are now her "go to" bay shower gifts, so I thought I would give them a try. Apparently they get very good reviews from moms who have used them. The pattern is in the Mason Dixon knitting book. Here's the link:
      http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-bib-o-love

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  5. Beautiful knitting! I love double rainbows, we get them sometimes too. I'm sorry to hear about the CC fraud, how frustrating. I would feel worried about CC's too. :/

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! The credit card thing is especially worrisome when I am traveling. I count on being able to have the card to cover costs like gas, food, etc. I do have a second card, which is what saved me on my trip to my mom's. I didn't have any US cash with me, and I had filled my gas tank. My Canadian debit card won't work for payment in the US, so without that second Visa I would have been in a lot of trouble! From now on I will have to make sure I have some cash with me.

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  6. Love the theme, nice idea.

    Great rainbow photo, we love doubles. That cardigan is adorable.

    Mangos wouldn't last around here long enough to need to be processed, so I'm no help :)

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    1. This double rainbow was especially bright. It was the time of day, along with the way the sun was coming through the clouds that made it seem to glow.

      Which kind of mangos do you like the best?

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    2. The large Red mangos, when they are perfectly ripe and soft. Yum!!!!!

      Although I also remember sitting in my aunt's tree in South Africa eating the little sugar mangos, I'm sure we ate them skin and all, juice running down our faces....

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  7. Mango cheesecake!!!!! I have a recipe that uses three mangoes and it is so good. Unfortunately it is in a recope book so I can't link you.

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    1. Cheesecake sounds yummy! I am getting so many great ideas for the mangos I might need to buy another box when I go to the store this week. :-)

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  8. Mango ice cream..... puree them and then whip up some double cream, (i think you call it heavy cream) and mix together and freeze. Also works well with condensed milk though is a different texture

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    1. I was actually thinking about mango ice cream. I found a recipe for one that uses coconut milk, but now I'm thinking heavy cream would be even better. I didn't know you could use condensed milk to make ice cream. I will have to Google and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the idea!

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  9. Knitted bibs! Why didn't I think of this when my grandsons were babies? Definitely an idea to pass on to my knitter daughter who is always knitting baby stuff for friends. I love the matinee jacket too and wish I had a baby to knit one for. :-)

    The view from your house is spectacular. As for the garden dilemma, I think having some crops growing would make the house more attractive to buyers - all that potential.....

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    1. I hadn't thought of knitted bibs either until a friend told me that is what she now makes for baby gifts. As far as the matinee jacket goes, I have been waiting for e very long time for a grandchild so I could knit some of the cute baby things I keep putting in my Ravelry queue. :-)

      I think you are right about the garden. Having veggies growing in the garden boxes will hopefully be a selling feature.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  10. I'm not getting tired of knitting for babies either! The projects are so fun and satisfying. :-D

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    1. That's it exactly - they are fun and satisfying. And fast! I can knit up a baby sweater in half the time it takes to knit just the arm of an adult sweater.

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  11. I'm not sure what to comment on first. :) I'm a big fan of double rainbows,...and Rebekah's suggestion about the mango lassis is a really good one, because they are really good. The sweater is beautiful. One of my dark secrets is that I actually enjoy helping my wife shop for baby clothes when she's preparing for a baby shower. They're just so cute!

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    1. I made a mango lassis today. I had never had one before. You're right - they are very good!

      I promise not to tell anyone about your secret. :-)

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  12. aww look at the baby knits! Gorgeous! And a whole box of ripe mangoes - wow!

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    1. Baby knits are my new favourite thing to make. I have several of your patterns in my Ravelry queue, waiting to be cast on now that I have a grandchild on the way. :-)

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  13. I'm late to this (as usual) and haven't read all the above comments so forgive me if I repeat somebody's suggestions...

    Mangoes -- yes, chutney! I've made an apple and golden raisin chutney for pork chops that is delicious. I'll bet mangoes would go well with that too. (If you want the recipe send me an email...kimcsmith79 AT gmail...etc.)

    Beautiful rainbow. I wonder what causes a double rainbow vs a single one?

    Your gardening conundrum -- what about planting some veggies in pots? That way if you move you can take them with you.

    Nice post about "nothing", lol.

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    1. Mango chutney sounds very good, and I will email you for that recipe for the apple and raisin chutney.

      I found the following information about double rainbows:

      While a primary rainbow is visible when light is reflected once off the back of a raindrop, a secondary and usually dimmer rainbow is spotted when light is reflected twice in a more complicated pattern.
      The colors of the second rainbow are inverted, with blue on the outside and red moved to the inside. The second bow appears dimmer or cloudier because much more light is released from two reflections, and both bows cover a larger portion of the sky.

      Thanks for asking the question. I learned something new!

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  14. Those mangoes look like the real thing -- "Alphonso"? are they called? We won't get them here for another month or so, from Pakistan. Enjoy!

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    1. I think the box said they were Ataulfo mangoes from Mexico. They look like the Alphonso mangoes, so either they are the same and go by a different name, or they are very closely related. I like these so much more than the regular variety of mango the store carries throughout the year. They will probably disappear from the shelves in the stores here about the time they appear over in Scotland. :-)

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    1. Thanks Kirstin! It was a fairly easy pattern but I was happy with how it came out. :-)

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  16. I have never seen knitted bibs before - but why not? They're an absolutely brilliant idea! Gorgeous Cardiagan too - must be so nice knitting for a grand baby. If only babies didn't have to grow so fast - I'm finding knitting for the bigger kids so time consuming by comparison. Oh those Mangoes wouldn't last more than 5 seconds in this household - if they are not eaten as is, they are chopped up to go with ice-cream. I rarely cook Sundays either. have a lovely weekend! Mel x

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    1. I know. The idea of knitted bibs hadn't occurred to me either until my friend told me about them. The great thing is they can double as a wipe-up cloth if the need arises!

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