Snow Unexpected!

DayBreak by Stephen West
Snow in October?! Not something that happens very often on the East Coast. Thankfully, me and the Mister didn't have big plans this weekend and so I took advantage of the extra indoor time to do a little cooking and baking... and yes, knitting!
First up, I made Oat Bran Bannana Cranberry Cakey Loaf! (Yes, I totally made that up...because well, that's what it is!) I literally just followed the directions on the back of the Oat Bran box for oat bran muffins, except I mushed up fresh cranberries and 2 sliced and slightly mashed bananas into the mix. Poured into an 8x8 square baking pan, baked it for 10 minutes and voila!
Oat Bran Banana Cranberry Cakey Loaf

Next, I finally found a use for Mr. Pumpkin. While he was happily sitting by the windowsill looking all orange and plump, the weather was getting me down and a nice hot bowl of soup sounded right. So I had my pumpkin and I had an onion, add a couple spices like pepper and cumin and we had ourselves a yummy lunch!
Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

  • 1 medium-sized pumpkin, peeled & diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Carrots, 1 cup chopped (optional)
  • Water
  • Olive oil to sautee veggies
  • Half & half or heavy cream (I used fat free half & half)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste (Never such thing as too much pepper, in my opinion!)

Drizzle medium-height sauce pot with olive oil. Sautee pumpkin, onion and carrots over high heat until onions turn translucent. Fill saucepan only half way to the top with water. Cover and let cook until pumpkin is soft, or you can easily stick a fork through a chunk. Turn stove off. Pour a about a half cup of half & half (I used fat free). Add spices. Pour pot contents into blender and puree to your heart's content! I like mine with a few bits and chunks.

As for Halloween, I didn't have any plans until my friend invited me and the Mister to a party Monday night. I also I didn't have a costume, so I got it into my head to whip up Tiny Owl Knits' Deer with Tiny Antlers Hat. It was such an easy knit!-- I cast it on Friday evening and spent 3 hours Saturday morning finishing the rest!
Fawn in Headlights... or Goat Girl??

The pattern called for aran weight yarn, but I remembered that I had some KP Wool of The Andes still in my stash, and just doubled the strands, which worked out perfectly! Also, instead of knitting the pink of the ears, I used my new embroidery skills to stitch up some spare pieces of felt. Unfortunately, I didn't get to the antlers, but I'm still very pleased with the results.  Maybe I'll just be a 'Fawn in Headlights' or 'Goat Girl'... either is acceptable at this point.
Beginning to LOVE Embroidery!
And finally, I put a big dent in my Daybreak! Every colorchange gets me more and more excited about casting off! I'm also amazed I was able to find colors that are incredibly close to the design-seeeds color palette! I may just cast off this week. 
Needless to say, despite the snow it was a very productive and crafty weekend!