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2017 Summer Knitting List

May 25, 2017
2017 Summer Knitting List

I don’t know about you, but summer seems to have an expectant sort of feel to it. Those longer days really make a difference. They make me feel like I can get more accomplished. I’ve been inspired by everyone’s summer reading lists (and have made one of my own), but it also made me think about my summer knitting list. I’m planning to participate in two great knitalongs; one in June and the other in July. These will be my first KALs, so I’m pretty darn excited. I’ve also got a few other projects in the works (you know, because people keep making babies). I’ve got high hopes for this summer, so lets hope I can hang on to my productivity. Without further ado, here is my modestly compiled 2017 Summer Knitting List! 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Elijah

Elijah

Isn’t this the cutest pattern? Ysolda Teague is one of my favorite designers and Elijah is one of my favorite patterns of hers. I’ve knit Elijah a few times before; always as a baby gift. I think it’s perfect. Cute, sturdy, and choking hazard free. Plus, I just love elephants. The only bummer is that it requires the use of double pointed needles. Like really, you can’t use circs. I’ve tried. (I do, however, switch to circular needles whenever possible.) This time, instead of going with the regular greyish-blue that I always use, I’m using a speckled pink! I’m really excited with how it’s turning out. And yes, I do keep singing Pink Elephants of Parade from Dumbo while I’m knitting…

2017 Summer Knitting List - Tegna

Tegna

Doesn’t this sweater just make you want to go take a long walk in nature? The sweater is Tegna, by Caitlin Hunter.  It’s going to be my very first knit along! I’m thinking of a slightly cropped version (not too cropped, I don’t have any high waisted pants..) knit in Quince and Co. Finch in Honey. I’ve always loved that colorway and I have just enough yarn to make it work. It looks like such a cute and versatile top, and I haven’t worked on a sweater in ages, so I’m eager to get started. 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Gully

Gully

I posted about Gully once already, but I am super excited to knit this in July. Brooklyn Tweed is hosting a KAL in July for their new yarn, Vale. I just got mine in the mail and it is scrumptious. Even The Hubs was like, “oooh, soft!”. The yarn seems sturdy and bouncy, but light, so I’m looking forward to working with it. If you’re familiar with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft or Shelter, Vale seems much more uniform and consistent and not quite as rustic. I think it will produce a beautiful fabric. I chose Gully for this KAL because, as much as I love knitting shawls, I rarely wear them. I’m hoping Gully can get a little bit more use.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Yoda HatBaby Yoda Knit Hat

Alright, this one falls squarely into the “all my friends are having babies” box. I should really just keep a stash of baby knits ready. The Hubs has a friend who just found out he and his wife were expecting and he fully intends to raise a nerd baby. Star Wars, Harry Potter, the works! I thought that this hat would be a cute nod to the interests of the parents, and plus, its just fun! Can you picture a little Yoda baby wearing one of these? You can bet I’ll me making one if The Hubs and I ever have kids.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Del Sol

Del Sol

I’m mentally calling Del Sol my August knit. Let’s be real, June and July are already booked by KALs. That leaves August for this sexy little tank. Del Sol can be made in either a cropped tank or a longer tunic and I cannot for the life of me decide which one I want to do! The tunic looks so chill and laid back, and I can see myself wearing it, but that tank is calling to me! I love the cropped look and could see myself layering it over dresses… I’m torn. What do you think? Which one should I pick?

Wishful Thinking Knit:

2017 Summer Knitting List - Muna Jumper

Muna Jumper

I am in love with this sweater, but I don’t know that I will be able to finish it during the summer. It looks so casual and comfy. It actually looks way cooler than me, so I’ll have to step up my game if I want to wear this one. I actually really love knitting with bulky yarn, so I can see this knit being right up my alley. The only think I don’t love is the ribbing…Not for the appearance, but for my hands. I’m willing to tough it out anyways for a sweater this cool. If this doesn’t get knit during the summer, it may have to be number one of my Fall knitting list. 

So there you have it, my 2017 Summer Knitting List! I’d love to hear what plans you have in the works for the summer. What projects are you itching to start? Anyone else doing any of the knitalongs with me? Let me know and we can be KAL buddies!

 

Food Lifestyle Recipe Whole 30

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

May 11, 2017
Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

If you are like literally everyone on the internet, you’ve probably seen the hilarious series of videos by movie star Chris Pratt, “What’s my snack?”. If you haven’t, go watch..We’ll wait.

The Hubs had been enamored with Chris Pratt of late because #lifegoals. He has been eagerly watching the “What’s my snack?” updates, and saw one that we just had to recreate. During this segment, Chris Pratt’s snack is cucumber egg rolls.

Ever since this episode, The Hubs has been itching to make his own cucumber rolls. Which means he’s been itching for me to make cucumberrolls…even though he claims to be the better cook (It’s okay. We’ll let him think that.).

Here’s how it went down:

The Hubs: I want to take those cucumber rolls for lunch on Friday but I don’t have time to make them *pouts* (He knows I’m a sucker for the pout.)

Me: Aww, that’s okay. I can make them for you.

The Hubs” *perks up* Really?? Can you?

Me: You know, you could have just asked me.

I’m pretty sure he just likes to break out the pout to see if it still works on me (Spoiler alert: It always does.)

So without further ado, here is our my recipe for Chris Pratt’s Cucumber Rolls:

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

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Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls

  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don’t own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste. Go light on the mayo here because the cucumbers have a lot of moisture and you don’t want things to get runny (ew). Also, I find that this Whole 30 mayo is suuuper salty if you use too much, so start light.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  3. Let’s get rolling! Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with your alfalfa sprouts. I’m not a huge fan of alfalfa, so I didn’t use much, but feel free to use more if you’re into that kinda thing. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Rolls
  4. Serve to your very appreciative husband.

These cucumber rolls are best eaten immediately, but can last about a day in the fridge. After that they get a little too watery from the cucumber. The best part it, these cucumber rolls are Whole 30 approved!  They make a great snack or side dish to a Whole 30 meal. I think they’d be super fun to bring to a party if you need a Whole 30 option. Any other Chris Pratt fans out there? Did you have a favorite snack from his series (Don’t say Chris is your favorite snack! I know you’re thinking it. Don’t say it!)?

Chris Pratt Inspired Cucumber Egg Rolls
Serves 3
Egg salad rolled in cucumber slices for an easy Whole 30 snack!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cucumber
  2. Alfalfa Sprouts
  3. 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  4. 2-3 tablespoons Whole 30 compliant mayo (we use Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise)
  5. Dill Weed to taste
Instructions
  1. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into long flat pieces using a vegetable peeler or slicer. Set the slices on paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.
  2. Make your egg salad base. Chop up your eggs into little bits, or use one of this nifty slicers that we somehow don't own. Mix in your mayo and dill weed to taste.
  3. Lay 1 or 2 slices of cucumber on a flat surface like a cutting board. If you are using 2 slices, make sure they overlap and are similar in length. Spread your egg salad mixture along 2/3rds of the cucumber. Top with alfalfa sprouts. Starting from the egg salad end, roll your cucumber slice up like a little piece of sushi. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
Adapted from "What's My Snack"
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Food Lifestyle Mini Monday Whole 30

5 Things Saving My Whole 30 Right Now

May 9, 2017
5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

All right! Week 1 of Whole30 Round 2 is in the bag! I’m feeling pretty good. Still hungry all the time, but sleeping like a rock. I had my first super realistic food dream (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…), and we’ve handled our first party of Whole 30 Round 2. Let’s just say, I’ve never seen The Hubs feed red velvet cake to a toddler so intently. He was living vicariously.

Even though I’m feeling good about Whole 30 Round 2, The Hubs and I are having one of those phases where there is not enough time in the world. It’s moving too fast. Somebody slow the clock down, please. We’re feeling a little rushed. Since I’ve been scrambling to get it together, here is a list of 5 things saving my Whole 30 right now:

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Snap Kitchen

Snap Kitchen saved my life on Day 1 of Whole 30 Round 2, when I realized that I did not plan an appropriate lunch. Luckily Snap Kitchen has a whole set of Whole 30 options to chose from. Imagine, Whole 30 compliant food that I didn’t have to cook! There are Snap Kitchen locations near both my office and my apartment. Score! It’s great to know that I can grab a quick, compliant lunch there. I can’t wait to try more of their options. Also, Their cauliflower is amazing!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Canned Olives

Ya’ll know that a major Whole 30 struggle for me is that I am always. hungry. Like, all the time. One of the suggestions of the Whole 30 Forums for the constant hunger was to incorporate more fat into your meals. Nut butters work well for me, but another suggestion was olives. Olives can be tough because of some of the additive that they use. Using the handy dandy Whole 30 Additives Cheat Sheet, I was able to determine that Trader Joe’s canned black olives were Whole 30 compliant. So I bought a ton. They make my life so much easier.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Kalua Pig

Okay. You have to try this slow cooker recipe. It’s so simple. The end result is both amazing and versatile. The recipe is by Nom Nom Paleo, and she has not steered me wrong during this Whole 30. We bought the pork shoulder on Friday night (we used 2 lbs instead of 5) and cooked it in the crock pot overnight. It called for Hawaiian red salt, but we just used Himalayan pink salt instead. It was in about 11 hours (the 5 lb one in the recipe cooks for 16 hours.). The next morning I shredded it and we’ve been using it all weekend. On potatoes. With tostones. In this delicious breakfast concoction. It’s a Whole 30 lifesaver recipe for sure!

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Topo Chico / Kombucha

I’ve decided to delve into the realm of Kombucha on Whole 30 Round 2. Kombucha is tricky in that it can have sugar in it, but it is usually added as part of the fermentation process and is not present in the finished drink. As long as no sugar is added after the fermentation, Kombucha is fair game for Whole 30. The first time on Whole 30 I was afraid to try Kombucha because I was afraid of picking the wrong brand that might have added sugar. Since it’s my second time on Whole 30, I’m more willing to experiment. After perusing the Whole 30 forums online, I decided to start with GT’s Trilogy Kombucha. I’ve been mixing it with Topo Chico (mineral water) because I’ve heard that it can have an, umm, moving effect if you drink too much. It’s my little special treat drink and yes, I drink it out of a wine glass. Don’t judge.

5 Things Saving my Whole 30 Right Now

Sweet Potato Hash

For breakfast. At HG Supply Co. Under bison burgers. With chorizo.  I am living for sweet potato hash. Whether it’s cubed, shredded or in hash browns, it’s the perfect vessel for just about anything I want to eat. Especially fried eggs. Mostly fried eggs… Last night, The Hubs and I experimented and came up with a recipe served on sweet potato hash that was seriously good. Like, it might need it’s own blog post. Because I love sweet potato hash.

Are you like The Hubs and I in feeling like life is moving way too fast? What do you do to slow things down? Is there anything saving your life right now? I’d love to hear about it!