Crochet

I’m wanting to crocket.  I’m doing so well with knitting I thought it might be fun to learn something new.  Grandma Poll gave me a few crochet needles in with all the knitting needles.

When living at 8,000 feet your internet access may be limited.  I have tried and tried to use pictures and text to learn how to crochet, with no luck.  So… I finally went into town and downloaded some YouTube videos to learn.

Hopefully soon I’ll have updates with new crochet patterns I’ve learned.

Fingers crossed!

My Morning Glory Muffins

When Nate and I were in Cambodia, Nate fell in love with some of the muffins we would buy.  Just the other day, Nate was asking me if I could try to make them.  Knowing me, I had to make them as healthy as possible!  So, I found a few different recipes and mixed up what I thought he would like and be healthy at the same time. Here is what I came up with…

Kristie’s Morning Glory Muffins

 

Muffins

Ingredients

Dry 

  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c ground flax
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 unpeeled carrots, shredded

Wet

  • 2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray muffin tin[s] with oil.
  2. Add all dry ingredients together in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and combine well.
  5. Divide batter into the muffin cups.  Bake 20-25 minutes.

Add a little butter to the top of your warm muffin and enjoy!

Birthday Weekend

This past weekend was my birthday.  Nate, my brother Dan, and the Donnelly’s (friends of ours) went to Horse Camp for the weekend over near Crested Butte.  We had a great time.  The only really eventful part of the weekend was when I was forced off my horse.  I would say Zana bucked me off, however, Nate and Dan both said I bailed off.  Either way, Zana gave me a birthday I won’t soon forget.

I thought I would share some of the pictures from the weekend with you…

Nate and I on the first ride on Friday.  We stopped at a very beautiful overlook.

Nate and I on the first ride on Friday. We stopped at a very beautiful overlook.

 

The guys doing what they love... glassing for [and finding] elk!

The guys doing what they love… glassing for [and finding] elk!

On our ride on Saturday [my birthday].  We got to see so many beautiful wild flowers!!

On our ride on Saturday [my birthday]. We got to see so many beautiful wild flowers!!

Riding on my birthday.  Got to see beautiful new country.

Riding on my birthday. Got to see beautiful new country.

 

Post-fall!  Dan had a great idea to throw me in the 45-degree stream.  It felt amazing!!!  Lynn is keeping me company.

Post-fall! Dan had a great idea to throw me in the 45-degree stream. It felt amazing!!! Lynn is keeping me company.

 

Nate is making sure I'm ok after my fall.

Nate is making sure I’m ok after my fall.

 

This sure is pretty!

This sure is pretty!

 

On Sunday Nate and I went for a car ride since I couldn't get back on a horse.  It was fun seeing new things.

On Sunday Nate and I went for a car ride since I couldn’t get back on a horse. It was fun seeing new things.

 

Isn't Emerald Lake gorgeous?!?!?

Isn’t Emerald Lake gorgeous?!?!?

 

I had to make Nate take a picture of me.

I had to make Nate take a picture of me.

 

Birthday s'mores!!!!

Birthday s’mores!!!!

Celtic Cable Knit Dishcloth

Grandma Poll was so crafty. My family still has ceramic dishes she made, Christmas knick knacks that we pull out in December, I even have a painting she made hanging on my wall.  She was well known for her amazing cross stitch abilities turning white fabric into pieces of art.  I still remember wearing mittens, gloves, and hats that she had knitted for us as kids. And she tried to teach me to knit.  She gave me needles and my mom had a knitting book.

But I never did learn.  That was until after she passed away.

She had so many knitting needles that I had no clue what to do with but when I saw them sitting there in a box, no one else wanting them, I thought they deserved to be used.  So I started knitting.  And trying to learn to was a very slow process but I’m getting somewhere.

This is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to knit… but isn’t it worth it?!?!?

Celtic Cable Knit Dishcloth

I found the pattern from Pinterest (don’t you just love Pinterest?) and followed it to a ‘T’ — well, except for the parts I messed up on but please don’t look too close for the mistakes.  If you want to attempt it for yourself, you can find the pattern here.

Do you want to follow me on Pinterest?  Well, by all means feel free.