Episode 101: Christmassy

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Episode 101: Christmassy

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 101. Recorded Thursday, December 22, 2016. It's cloudy with spots of rain and 37° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

getting in the holiday mood with crafting! playing, listening, and watching fun stuff.

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Episode 100: Sweater Finishing and Favorite Things

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 100. Recorded Monday, December 5, 2016. It's cold with snowflakes earlier and 37° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

celebrating episode 100! :throws-confetti: these are a few of my favorite things! and finishing the sweater series for now.

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Episode 99: Sweater Series, part three

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 99. Recorded Monday, November 28, 2016. It's partly cloudy and 52° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

sweater series continues for NaKniSweMo with thoughts on sleeves or the lack thereof. played with multiple crafts over the holiday weekend.

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Episode 98: Sweater Series, part two

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 98. Recorded Monday, November 18, 2016. It's super windy and 48° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

sweater series continues for NaKniSweMo with my construction thoughts. stylin' in my new haircut.

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Episode 97: Sweater Series, part one

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 97. Recorded Monday, November 7, 2016. It's cloudy and 63° in Vancouver, WA this morning.

starting a series on sweaters in honor of NaKniSweMo. tons of fun stuff - crafty and giggly/geeky stuff - with good mindfulness too.

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Episode 96: October in a whoosh!

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Episode 96: October in a whoosh!

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 96. Recorded Monday, October 31, 2016. It's rainy and 55° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

October has wooshed by, and lots of things have been crafted and gamed and watched in the meantime!

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Episode 95: Colorwork Cables Cowl

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Episode 95: Colorwork Cables Cowl

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 95. Recorded Thursday, September 22, 2016. It's cloudy with sunbreaks and 63° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

my needles have been clicking away through busy weeks. playing more games, cooking interesting foods, and looking forward to OFFF. .

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Episode 94: Outside the Library!

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Episode 94: Outside the Library!

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 94. Recorded Tuesday, August 23, 2016. It's clear skies and 59° in Vancouver, WA this morning.

Join me from my outside space at the library with some stories. The story of a long hibernating pair of socks that were finished with #stashdash is spotlighted.

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Episode 93: Summer of #teamsasquatch

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 93. Recorded Monday, August 8, 2016. It's cloudy and 66° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

Lots of spinning finished for Tour de Fleece and knitting towards the Ravellenic Games with the joint podcast #teamsasquatch.

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Episode 92: Yarning is my Superpower!

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 92. Recorded Friday, July 15, 2016. It's sunny and 60° in Vancouver, WA this morning.

A new pattern release! Lots of spinning with Tour de Fleece and Team Sasquatch. Plenty more resting on the couch as my ankle recovers.

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Episode 91: Falling into Trifecta-ing

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 91. Recorded Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It's sunny and 75° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

A sprained ankle makes for more time to do all 3 of my favorite crafts! finding the grateful in small things.

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Episode 90: looking forward, part 2

Welcome to the Yarnings Podcast, episode 90. Recorded Saturday, June 18, 2016. It's partially cloudy and 61° in Vancouver, WA this afternoon.

the show-and-tell part of the #kdlbadventure, plus looking forward to other happy crafts into the summer.

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home renovations, phase eight

The last six weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, Phase 6, and Phase 7 for the before and progress photos and info.

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home renovations, phase seven

The last six weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5, and Phase 6 for the before and progress photos and info.

PHASE 7: panorama of living room, dining room, and kitchen

The construction phase is complete!

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home renovations, phase six

The last four weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, and Phase 5 for the before and progress photos and info.

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Much of the work is complete, and everything is falling into place!

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home renovations, phase five

The last four weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4 for the before and progress photos and info.

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The end is approaching!

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home renovations, phase four

The last three weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 for the before and progress photos and info.


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I am seeing so much progress!  Things are really coming together.

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home renovations, phase 3

The last two weeks, I've been posting about my home remodelarama, what I'm cheerfully tagging it when I make instagram posts. You can see Phase 1 and Phase 2 for the before and progress photos and info.

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So where are we at? another very productive week happened!

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home renovations, phase 2

Last week, I wrote about home renovations, phase 1. Let's see where we've come.

Much work went into the flooring over the course of the week. The entire downstairs is completely done with the that! The old trim has been nailed back up as well. Many of the big dings and problems in the walls have been patched. and more!

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home renovations, phase 1

Let me take you on a little tour. I live in a condo with my husband, for the last 11+ years. When faced with the choice between buying something that suited us better or staying here a little while longer, we choose to hang on here and make some changes we could enjoy for the next few years that would also improve resalability.

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Primary thing that has been bothersome the entire 11 years is a countertop dividing the kitchen from the dining room. One of the two drawers wouldn't open due to the refrigerator, and one of the cabinets was super deep and that made it super hard to get things out of it! Plus, a large stain on the carpet has always had to be covered because the previous owner couldn't get it out (and an additional stain from spilling coffee since!)

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blogging is alive and well!

I responded to a topic on Carla's blog and then worked it out into a guest post for her site this week.

CarlaBirnbirg.com: Is Blogging Dead? I say NO!

documenting in many ways
documenting my life in many ways!

one of my favorite quotes: (if I do say so myself!)

And it's what I can, when I can, in its own way, because those long hours I spent blogging aren't as realistic for me as they were when I was less active from my fibromyalgia! capture the moments I CAN to document what I CAN!

psst, if you haven't already checked out the What You Can, When You Can movement and book, you should :) I reviewed the book on episode 55 of yarnings.

Blogging for me is definitely about documenting, and that means more than this one place on the Internet, it's everywhere I share my life. It's not the same as it was in 2000 when I started. but ya know, I am not the same either!

Check out the post, leave a comment for Carla and about how blogging has shifted for YOU!

 

bday 39 mix

Every year, I like to go on a drive with shopping on my birthday. This year, illness struck our house at just the wrong time and it got postponed. So I'm finally getting ready to go again and had to set up my playlist to go along with. My bday mixes generally take some of my favorites and a few extra tracks I buy from my wishlist.

I had been meaning to get The Doubleclick's previous album I didn't have. They are such a fun duo, from Portland and I've seen them 3 times now in person. So Lasers and Feelings was added to the mix, and I put the other songs I have in the list in case we ended up with extra time, as sometimes happens when we get in traffic! I've just kickstarted'd their next one, President Snake, so I'll be continuing to enjoy their new silly geeky fun songs in the near future.

first song is always...

the first song is always..."

  • 1 - Ready to Go (US Mix) - Republica
  • 2 - Are You Happy Now? - Michelle Branch
  • 3 - Cherry Lips - Garbage. originally from the Krissy birthday mix from my dear friend Rina.
  • 4 - Fighter - Christina Aguilera
  • 5 - I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift
  • 6 - Loud Music - Michelle Branch. NEW! - a Michelle song I didn't have? sweet!
  • 7 - Let Me Go - Avril Lavigne feat. Chad Kroeger
  • 8 - There for You - Flyleaf. NEW!
  • 9 - This is How It Goes - Aimee Mann
  • 10 - Breathe (2 AM) - Anna Nalick
  • 11 - Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better - Joshua Radin
  • 12 - Hello Seattle (Remix) - Owl City
  • 13 - In My Veins (feat. Erin McCarley) - Andrew Belle
  • 14 - A Drop In the Ocean - Ron Pope. NEW! originally heard on Vampire Diaries
  • 15 - Come Back Down (feat. Sara Bareilles) - Greg Laswell
  • 16 - Possession - Sarah McLachlan
  • 17 - You Killed Romeo (feat. Steve Burton) - Jonathan Jackson + Enation. NEW! Steve wrote this, and it's been on my radar for a while.
  • 18 - Somebody Help Me (Theme from "Tru Calling") - Full Blown Rose
  • 19 - What You Don't Know - Jonatha Brooke
  • 20 - Miss Invisible - Marié Digby. NEW!
  • 21 - Gone Away - Lucy Schwartz
  • 22 - Life in Letters - Lucy Schwartz. NEW!
  • 23 - Beauty In Walking Away - Marié Digby
  • 24 - Fire - Ingrid Michaelson
  • 25 - Love Beside Me - Sarah McLachlan
  • 26 - Into the Fire - Thirteen Senses. NEW!
  • 27 - Down - Mat Kearney. NEW!

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Christmas Music

I've been a collector of Christmas albums over the year. I have a special affinity for Christian Christmas albums that feature my favorite artists or a good combination of traditional and original songs. Here is my current list in case you need ideas, listed from newest to oldest!

Francesca Battistelli's Christmas, 2012
Steven Curtis Chapman's Joy, 2012
BarlowGirl's Home For Christmas, 2008
Sara Groves' O Holy Night, 2008
Casting Crowns' Peace on Earth, 2008
Michael W. Smith's It's a Wonderful Christmas, 2007
Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong, 2006
Steven Curtis Chapman's All I Really Want for Christmas, 2005
Steven Curtis Chapman's The Music of Christmas, 1995
Michael W. Smith's Christmas, 1993
Amy Grant's Home for Christmas, 1992
various artists:
Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash, Tori Amos, Jaci Velasquez, Rebecca St. James, Jewel, Owl City, Plumb, Kari Jobe, Brandon Heath, Meredith Andrews. City on a Hill collaboration tracks.

TV season 2015-2015

My TV grid is a wee little grid this year. so much that it's just a mini post-it rather than a digital plan or a grand list. I've been making TV posts for years though, and so I wanted to keep with tradition and type it up anyhow :) Besides, it is a good problem to have when time for TV has decreased due to other life activities!

TV season 2014-2015

Over the summer, I almost made it through Scandal from the beginning again. Together, we finished off the last half-season of Leverage, and the last half-season that Netflix had of White Collar. We started rewatching Firefly. Besides that, it has been board games for us as a couple and podcasts filling up my alone time.

in order of priority...

  • T 9pm: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2 ABC. returns 9/23. to watch in real time w/E!
  • Th 9pm: Scandal, season 4 ABC. returns 9/25. to watch alone on Friday evenings on ABC app.
  • M 10pm: Castle, season 7 ABC. returns 9/29. to watch w/E on Tuesdays.
  • Th 10pm: Elementary, season 3 CBS. returns 10/30. to watch with E during the weekend.
  • W 10pm: Nashville, season 3 ABC. returns 9/24. watch on ABC app, alone as I find time.
  • M 8pm: The Big Bang Theory, season 8 CBS. returns 9/22, moves to Th later. watch with E during the weekend, maybe, if it still appeals to us after a few eps in - we were getting tired of it by the end of last season.
  • Agent Carter, New on ABC for midseason.

I did not watch promos for any of the new shows. And I trimmed back my list of existing shows substantially. And that's the story!

I've enjoyed making these plans for many years now. (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001).

 

oatmeal ala kristine

On exercise days or days I need my food to fill me up for longer, I love making oatmeal. the options for add-ins are endless and it's even a little therapeutic to watch it turn into the perfect consistency,

Boil together:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk or your other favorite milk.

When it gets well heated, be careful it doesn't boil over! now add:

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1T chia seed
  • 1T flax seed

Stir well, I use a wisk. Reduce the heat to a simmer.

Now it's time to pick your add-in favors. I almost always put 2T diced candied ginger (Trader Joe's Sweet and Spicy is good). Then I throw in a handful of other dried fruit like raisins, or dried cherries, or dried blueberries, or chopped dried apricots. You could add other flavors here like cocoa powder or brown sugar or spices like cinnamon as well.


Continue simmering until the consistency is thick - between 20-30 minutes cook time total.

Take off the heat and add 2 scoops of protein powder - I use Trader Joe's soy protein. Stir together, and put it in a bowl.

For toppings, you may also wish to add fresh or frozen fruit or jam, some nuts, a nut butter, and/or a sweetener like local honey, maple syrup, or my fav: ginger syrup.

Serve hot and enjoy!

are you Vivid and Brave?

do you live in a way that people see you as VIVID & BRAVE? Do you have a spirit of being true to yourself that shines out in your confidence?

I'm participating in Vivid & Brave's coaching group to help my words flow more authentically when telling my stories. I love stories, you know. I can't help but tell the background behind a craft project or the childhood rememberence that comes up when smelling an aroma. So when Christine (with a Ch!), a friend from many years of blogging, approached me about joining the Vivid and Brave coaching, I was excited to consider the opportunity.

 

What does VIVID mean to me? I want to let my sparkle show. Not just the sparkles on my eyes and headbands and jewelry, but the sparkle in my eyes from happiness. The glow of my skin from being healthy. The shine of my smile while telling a joke. The colors that make me smile, in my clothes AND in my hair!

What doss BRAVE mean to me? Standing out, not just fading into the background. Boldness in my beliefs and sharing truthful opinions. Sharing deeply with close friends. Talking about what I'm passionate about to a bigger audience, like my blog or a group of crafters.

My name is Kristine, and I want to live vividly and with bravery! What do you do in your life to live with this spirit?

 

pumpkin oatmeal

The breakfast invention today was really a last minute decision. Some days are like that, I look at my fridge and the thing I planned doesn't sound quite perfect. Voila! a container of pumpkin awaited - I've been using it in yogurt and smoothies this last week, and the rest needs to be frozen. So I whipped up this healthy and hearty oatmeal recipe.

The pumpkin and spices really give a warm flavor, and the chia seeds make it nice and thick. Then the honey at the end gives a touch of sweet, and you can adjust how much you use for your preferred sweetness level.

serves 1.

  • 1 cup liquid - I used 1/2 cup Almond Milk (Almond Breeze's Unsweetened variety) and 1/2 cup of cold tea.
  • 1/4 cup steel oats, dry
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin - pure pumpkin purée, not the pumpkin pie filling with extra additives!
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg, cloves, and ginger
  • 1t honey

Bring liquid to a boil. Add oatmeal and stir. Add pumpkin, chia seeds, and spices. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Serve with honey and another sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

 

blueberry fluffcakes

When looking for a new breakfast idea, I happened upon a ricotta pancake recipe that I was interested in. And then I remembered the almond meal in my cupboard and decided to try to use it too. What came out is a fluffy pancake, just lightly sweetened, with good lean protein, and healthy fats.

theredkitchen: blueberry fluffcakes

serves 1. may double for 2 or to freeze and make an easy 2nd meal!

  • 2T Almond Meal
  • 1/2t Poppy Seed
  • 1/8t Baking Powder
  • 1/4C Part-skim Ricotta
  • zest of 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/2t Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4t Honey (or more to taste)
  • 4 Egg whites, whipped
  • 5 fresh Blueberries per pancake (frozen blueberries could also be used if slightly thawed)
  • 1/4t Coconut Oil, or your favorite pan spray/oil

Combine the dry ingredients of almond meal, poppy seeds, baking powder, along with the ricotta, lemon zest, vanilla, and honey. Stir well to make a well blended mixture.

In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites - I used my stand mixer. Gently stir in half of the egg whites into the other mixture, and then even more gently fold the rest of the egg whites in to keep things fluffy.

Heat large frying pan over medium low heat and add oil. Spoon small mounds into the pan - I got about 5 pancakes in my largest pan to give them plenty of room to be turned. Press blueberries into each pancake. Cook 3-5 minutes per side. Serve and enjoy!

 

frittata

Do you have a meal that can work with a variety of stuff in the fridge? I think Alton Brown called it refrigerator velcro. Kind of like a "choose your own adventure" book, looking at what is in the fridge and needs using. Or plan carefully to have your favorite ingredients on hand, it's up to you :)

A frittata is basically the same as a quiche, but the quiche is baked in a crust. The core ingredients I use are generally the same:

  • eggs (or a combo of egg whites and whole eggs) and milk
  • meat (or a vegetarian meat)
  • vegetables (and seasonings/herbs)
  • cheese
  • a little oil or butter for sautéing.

serves 2.

1. Prep your pan: For a quiche, I use a frozen crust, places in a glass pan and placed in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes to defrost and toast up a little. For a frittata, spray a glass pan with some oil.

2. Sauté your veggies: over medium heat, use 1t-1T butter or oil to gently reduce and tenderize the firmer veggies:

  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • 1/2 chopped pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2T chopped green onions
  • 2T chopped fennel
  • other great options include leeks, broccoli, onion, jalapeño, riced cauliflower, cooked green bean pieces, cooked spaghetti squash, etc!

3. Prep your meat: lightly defrost frozen pre-cooked ground meat, vegetarian meat, or sausage links. Cut sausage links into small circles if using. Add cold meat to your veggies to warm through. Or if you have cooked meat like chopped chicken breast, no further prepping is needed, just add to your veggies.

frittata step 4

4. Finish adding veggies and herbs: spinach or kale is a great item to add to egg dishes - you can choose to use a frozen box of spinach (defrosted and drained) or a small bag of fresh spinach/kale, chopped roughly. Add this to your pan with the other veggies and meat. Slice up any fresh herbs you wish to add - see list below for ideas. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently place this veggie+meat+herbs mixture into the prepared pan.

  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (the dried variety)
  • 5-10 chiffonaded basil leaves
  • chopped bunch of parsley
  • sprinkle of lemon pepper
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10-20 olives

5. Cheese it up: gently sprinkle cheese on top of the veggies in the pan. I use a combo of a "normal" shredded cheese blend like 1 cup of cheddar or a Mexican blend, and then top that off with a small amount of a flavorful cheese like 2 ounces of sharp provolone or 1/2 cup crumbles feta. You could replace some of this with a lower fat option like Laughing Cow or a 2% version of your favorite cheese.

frittata step 7

6. Mix up the eggs and milk: in a separate bowl, combine eggs and milk and wisk well. How many? I've found that my pan fits 3 eggs and 1 cup of milk. You can do any combo of eggs to egg whites, just plan that about 2 egg whites are the same quantity as a single egg. I use almond or soy milk for this recipe, but whatever milk you have on hand should work fine.

7. Put it all together: slowly pour the liquid mixture over the pan. By doing this slowly, it will let the liquids flow over the other ingredients, getting into the nooks and crannies rather than overflowing or staying on the top! Place in a preheated oven at about 375° for 30 minutes. To check for doneness, stick a knife in the center of the dish and see if the liquid is set. When you take the pan(s) out of the oven, let them set for 5 minutes to give it a chance to set while it cools a bit.

 

Tip: if you did the refrigerator velcro idea to the fullest, your sink may be filled with leftover storage containers! This is good!

frittata step 8

 

 

 


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