The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within. William C. Bryant
While there is no sun today, these words this morning filled my meditations with hope. February is short, and her days are lengthening! In Pittsburgh we will gain 28 minutes of daylight this month! There is lots of good things going on this month, and here are a few of my favorites!
Knitting all the things: Socks, Bang-out-a-Carbeth, and Lopi-Along will consume my knitting time. My knitters heart is all a-flutter about so much fun knitting! I swatched for Carbeth yesterday and got gauge. My Lopi is underway, and I will cast on those socks today! It’s a good month to be a knitter!
Appreciating pen and paper as I begin on my letter writing journey this month. I have my list, if you commented here, watch your email for my request for your snail mail address!
Queue up some binge-worthy TV! My queue includes Top of the Lake on Hulu and The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Retribution on Netflix.
These are the things occupying my mind on this first day of February. Want to see more things? Head over to Carole’s where all the good things are!
I am still working on shedding these last 30 lbs. I got a bit derailed over the holidays and was feeling disappointed in myself…that is until I took my measurements this morning. I have lost 3 more inches which I am entirely crediting to Pilate’s!
The three tubes became one!
Now, if you’ll excuse me I am off to do a bit of a happy dance, and my Pilates! And, then knit a bit! I am wondering if I can get Stopover done by tomorrow… Happy Almost Friday, err Thursday everyone!
Oh, and if you want to see more things head on over to Carole’s!
That question is the equivalent to nails on the chalkboard for me.
But, sometimes all you need is a bit of inspiration!
I pulled from my blog annals the recipe for Sichuan Pork Noodles from The Splendid Table. I want to tell you all how easy and good this meal is, and it is equally good with ground turkey. It makes a hearty amount, so if there is just two of you, there will be leftovers! Add a bit of the noodle water to the leftovers and it reheats beautifully!
Vicki shared an Instant Pot recipe for Lentil Soup. I made it yesterday and wow! It is super easy and good! And, if you are making this in the Instant Pot, in less than 30 minutes you have dinner on the table! Changes I made: I only had French green lentils (Le Puy Lentils) in the house, so next time I would reduce the Instant Pot cooking time as these lentils need less cooking time. No spinach in the house either, but I did have frozen asparagus. I cut the spears up and added them in after the cooking time was done, covered and waited for them to warm through. You could make this soup on the stovetop easily and in about an hour. This soup was a big winner and will be in the rotation again this winter!
Pizza! I make a pizza dough from a recipe from Peter Reinhart’s free Craftsy class that is really very good. But, you need to think in advance to make it, which is not always plausible in my household. However, TJ’s to the rescue. They have these WONDERFUL pizza crusts that come 2 in a package. Brush them with olive oil, toast them in the oven for a few minutes, top them with your favorite toppings from traditional to not so traditional. We love them topped with pulled pork, barbeque sauce, a bit of cheese, and sliced jalapenos. They are so good with anything you top them with and so easy!
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