Buffalo Ranch Slow-Cooker Snack Mix

If you saw the first episode of my podcast (!!!) you heard me mention a cookbook that I was given for graduation from my sister and brother-in-law!

This cookbook is the most fun cookbook of all time.

It is called The Cookies and Cups Cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky  (who actually also has a really wonderful blog also called Cookies and Cups!) The little preview/tagline on the front of the book is very inspiring – “125+ sweet and savory recipes reminding you to *always eat dessert first*”

Can’t go wrong with that, haha!

And! Its not just desserts in the book, there are two sections in the back… one for actual dinner meals (the pizza in there looks amazinggggg) and one for snacky foods, both sweet and savory!

Judging by the title… you could probably tell I went with one of the more savory options, haha! This snack mix was so so so easy to make – my fiancé and I made it together, he was in charge of the seasoning and I was in charge of all the dry ingredients and taking care of the crock pot.

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The fact that its made in the crock pot is super wonderful! You can just leave it (for 3 hours!), stirring every 30mins and then you let it cool to crisp up a little bit… then its time for nom nom noms!

Its got various Chex cereals, pretzels, cheezits and peanuts covered in this delicious ranch-y, worcestershire-y sauce.

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In the end, we did make note of some changes that we might want to change for the next time (because there will definitely be a next time!)

  1. lessen the cook time – some of the pieces ended up being a little burnt (but thats okay in the end, it just added extra flavor, haha!)
  2. Add more peanuts! You can never have too many peanuts, haha
  3. We’re thinking about maybe adding more seasoning to make it more punchy – it was delicious, but it could definitely hold some more kick to it! Whether that’s making it more spicy, or adding things like garlic powder or onion powder.. who knows! It’ll be fun to experiment :P

 

First podcast episode! – Testing the Podcasting Waters

Its finally here, guys!! I’m so excited to be publishing this, I’ve been thinking about this for a loooong time. And now its time to share it with everyone! Great thanks and shoutout to my parents who got to pre-watch it and give me feed back <3

So without further ado … here is my first every podcast episode!

Show notes!!

Segment Suggestions!

works in progress

– finished objects

– Things to be knit

– Spinning

– Occasional Baking

– Life/Wedding planning

Let me know what you guys think!!

What I’m knitting on right now…

– Cinnamon Girl Cardigan by Amy Christoffers of Savory Knitting

          — out of Cascade Eco+ in the color Pumpkin Spice

Buccaneer Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska of Lete’s Knits

  — out of Madelinetosh Merino Lite and also Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails
       the main color is Flycatcher Blue (I think I have lost the ball band >.<)
       Unicorn Tails are Neon Peach, Antler, Antique Lace, Button Jar, and Edison Bulb (in                that order)

Things to be Knit

– the Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

  Out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
        The colors are Wonderland Heather, Blossom Heather, Cadet, and the main color will           be Oyster Heather

Where Can you find me??

Facebook

Twitter 

Instagram

Ravelry

Thats it, guys! Thank you SO so so much for watching and giving me a shot, I really appreciate it! I hope you guys come back for the next episode which should be next week sometime!

Whats been happening?

So, its been awhile since I’ve written. Which I know I said I’d get this back up and running again, my last post and that was forever ago. Total fail on my part, I know. But… this time, I’m serious about getting things working again. I have some things up my sleeves that are pretty exciting!

Whats been happening in the mean time? SO MUCH. Its one of those things where you don’t realize how much has happened in a span of time until you sit back and think about what all has happened. But in this case… there are two huge ginormous wondrous things that overshadow everything else, haha.

  1. I finally graduated from Texas A&M University!! I have a BA in International Studies with a minor in Business and a minor in French (but no, my French isn’t incredible, haha). To everyone who’s stuck with my blog, patiently waiting while I worked on school and occasionally wrote posts, thank you thank you thank you. You are amazing.

    My family came to College Station to see me walk the stage, bright and early in the morning (it started at 9am, eek! Thank goodness for dads who are willing to do starbucks runs for everyone ;) We then headed back to Houston for even more exciting things which will make more sense after I talk about thing #2

  2. On July 10th, 2017, my boyfriend proposed! Which is such a fun story. I’ll be telling on the blog sometime in the near future, don’t worry!

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes ❤️

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    Theres so much I could say about this – I cannot wait to start the next chapter of my life with my best friend. I realize since I haven’t written in a long time, not everyone might have known I was even dating someone, haha! This was not the first time Sam and I had dated, interestingly enough, but thats another story!

    Our wedding date is January 14th, 2017 – just 149 days away! But who’s counting ;) We have a lot of big things already taken care of – mainly the venue, my dress (!!) and the photographer! With leads on almost everything else, so the planning is going very nicely!

Now I’m focused on wedding planning and not on class lecture notes, essays, and making sure I have enough scantrons for my classes! Which is a wonderful trade, I couldn’t be happier!!

I’m making a comeback! As a little idea of what I have in mind for my blogging and fibery future, it might include a podcast (whaaaat, yes a podcast!) and maybe some hand dyed yarn! But I’ll still post about my knitting projects, wedding plans, baking/cooking adventures and whatever else might pop up in my mind!

[color] [big things ahead]

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Hope everyone is doing well, thanks for sticking around! Keep your eyes peeled for new posts and exciting new things!

Knitting life lessons and adventures…

the WEB’s facebook shared this the other day, and I thought it was so wonderful I wanted to share it with you guys…

Its from a blog called Wonder & Wool written by the lovely Rebecca, and the blog post is titled “6 Life Lessons I have Learned because of Knitting“. I thought 6 of these lessons are spot on! First glance, I was thinking “Oh yeah, thats totally true of knitting”. But then thinking about applying the same things to life, its also true!

All of them hit home, but more so on 1, 2, 3, and 6.

For me, #1 and #3 kind of go hand in hand a little bit… Putting yourself out there can be hard sometimes, especially when you don’t know the other person so well or at all! Not for everyone, of course, but it can be scary!

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So while I was in Paris, France studying French at the University of Sorbonne (yes, my arms look kind of like chicken wings, haha) I made it a point to find a yarn store if I could, and if they had a knit night, I would go. Even though I didn’t know if there were any English speakers of any level or anything that would make it comfortable for me the first time.

Did some Googling, found both L’Oisive Thé and La Bien Aimée, and had gotten a comment on Instagram that L’Oisive Thé had a knit night and I should try it out!

So, thats already achieving #1 on the list… thanks to knitting! Going out in Paris trying to find a place I had googled and hardly knew anything about it… That was a challenge!

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(La Bien Aimée had just opened up and were still in the process of getting the sign up.. but its super noticeable because of it’s bright yellow color!)

I visited it the first time before knit night, and met some incredible people (who were American!) and were so welcoming. Made me feel right at home! And that was just the first time visiting! Bam, theres #3.

I continued to go the 5 weeks I was there, and enjoyed myself immensely! L’Oisive Thé is also a tea room, so there was delicious food and tea and cake involved d^_^b And yarn!

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The owners (they’re both run by the same people!) were so so sweet (also originally American, and spoke English) and I had so much fun. The knit nights resulted in a room full of fun people, multiple languages being spoken, good food and drink, and of course, yarn.

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I love how yarn or knitting, or anything that involves fiber crafts, can so easily bring people together. I met people from all over the world in this one yarn shop! All of them had fascinating stories and I had so much fun listening to them!

Being a knitter in that kind of environment makes it really easy to make friends, I think. Which was wonderful, because I was in a foreign city where I didn’t speak the language very well… but there were English speakers and also some incredibly nice and understanding Parisians who helped me with my French, haha.

If you’re ever in Paris… I cannot recommend enough L’Oisive Thé and La Bien Aimée. You MUST go there… they’re within walking distance of each other, so you can easily visit both ;-)

What kinds of things have you learned from knitting? I could go on for awhile the things I’ve learned from it, but I want to hear from you guys!

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Chip Banana Bread Advantures

The other day I spontaneously made some banana bread. Which is the baking I love the best, haha. When you know you have the ingredients, or know where you can get them easily, so you just decide to take a study break/procrastinate and make some yum yums!

I had 4 over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter that I didn’t want to go to waste. They were either going to be cut up and frozen for smoothies or they would be banana bread. The whole idea of bread with chocolate won ;-)

So, to Pinterest I went, in search of the best looking banana bread recipe. I was definitely not disappointed, haha. The one I found from a blog called Sweet Delish did the exact opposite of disappoint… I’ll be reusing that recipe again and again. You can find it and the blog here — it looks like there are so many fun things to try!

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The batter was incredibly easy, I whipped it up in about 10-15 minutes. I did add some things though! Nothing of huge consequence, haha. But I think it made the bread better, and I will be doing it that way again, haha.

In addition to just the regular chocolate chips, I had about a 1/4th of a bag of peanut butter and milk chocolate chips left, so I decided to just throw the rest of those in there. And holy banana! (No pun intended, haha) that was incredible. I also added in cinnamon (I just estimated it, nothing precise!)  to the dry ingredients and added an extra banana because I had 4… and wanted to use all of them, haha.

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It was the perfect bread to go with a huge cup of tea… Agh, writing this makes me want to make some right now!

Sweater To-Do List

So begins another school year! Here we go!

New schedules, new routines, new events… and new knitting projects (you probably could guess I was headed in that direction, haha)

Over the summer, I was constantly collecting and being inspired for things I wanted to make for the fall, whether it be sweaters, cowls, shawls, hats, mittens, socks… ALL THE THINGS.

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I cannot wait till the colder weather gets here, then I can really go crazy and be able to snuggle up in my handknit-squishy-goodness.

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I got into the the habit of taking pictures that would give the illusion (“its all an illusion, Michael”) of it being an autumnal season. It made me feel better for obsessing about fallish/wintery things.

Once I got back to the wonderful United States of America, I sat down with my mom and we planned out what we’d like to make, and put together lists of things that we wanted to make, including yarn ideas that we would either find in our stash or purchase.

So here are a couple of sweaters that I cannot stop thinking about making, haha. I want to cast them all on now and then I can wear them… in the nonexistent cold weather. My time will come! Eventually!

  1. Wolf River by Melissa Schaschwary — I’ve already started this one, actually… and its going incredibly quickly! Very easy construction.
  2. the Ingrid Pullover by Isabell Kraemer — Oh my goodness, I’m always a sucker for colorwork. Not too much, but slightly more spicy than a beginning colorwork sweater.
  3. Holly by ANKESTRiCK — These seems like the perfect comfy pullover with a couple little design elements thrown in there. This is probably what I’ll be doing next!
  4. Artichoke French by Laura Nelkin — I have the yarn for this sitting on my shelf! I think it’ll be cast on soon ;-)
  5. Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan — When this first came out, I wasn’t a huge fan of the shape of it, but when I saw it knit up when we were visiting Loop in London, I was sold. It is absolutely stunning! And also very in style for the fall, I think.
  6. Season’s Promise by Melissa Schaschwary —  Another one of Melissa’s patterns, haha. I love them so much! This looks like a cozy pullover with some fun texture to keep things interesting!
  7. Stay the Same by Veera Välimäki — Gotta have a fingering weight cardigan/pullover in there somewhere, haha. Though it has potential to take an incredible amount of time, it is SO cute and SO much fun.
  8. Old Romance by Joji Locatelli — It reminds me of the cardigan/lace version of Stay the Same, haha. Beautiful, playing with the colors would be fun. And interesting construction too.
  9. Jamestown by Amy Christoffers.— Cables. Slouchy. Free pattern. Beautiful.

Thats it for right now.. There are many others that I have saved in my queue, but these 9 are in the front of my knitting mind right now… Just waiting to be made. That being said, there are so many other things that are not sweaters that I can’t wait to make, haha. I’ll post about those later ;-)

Returning Home…

So, my blogging every week didn’t really work out that well… But I’m glad took the time that I was abroad and was able to submerge myself in the beautiful and magnificent historical monuments and pieces of art that was available to me.

Thats what pictures are for, right? ;)

Instead of bombarding you with ALL the pictures now, I’ll post a couple every so often. I’m also thinking about possibly putting them all online in a place where you can go see them easily. There were so many things that I was able to see and I was able to take so many pictures. Many times I wished my friends and family were with me to see all the incredible sights. But thats what pictures and story-telling are for :)

In other news! I’m starting my senior year this year, graduation is right around the corner (or a year away, haha). As you might have also noticed, there have been some changes around the blog!

Brand new… everything, haha. The About page hadn’t been updated in three years… so thats new and fresh, haha. The header and layout is brand new. Woohoo!

I have big knitting plans coming up – ideas, possibilities and inspirations. Hopefully they’ll all end up working out, but who knows. There are constantly new things being published… and all the knitters out there will know and sympathize with me, that its very easy to get distracted by all the new patterns and yarns being released :)

Being home has been wonderful. I’m so happy to be home – 10 weeks away from my bed, my friends, my family, and my cat was incredibly hard. But, of course, in the end, it was worth it. I’m definitely a better and wiser person because of my study abroad experience, and I wouldn’t change any of it.

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Above is getting ready to  tearfully go through security on May 27th… and below is a tearful (but happy tearful, haha) reunion on August 8th.

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Its amazing what being away for 10 weeks can do to a person <3