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Aquarius

January 20 – February 18

Wonderful news comes from far away, Aquarius, possibly involving writing, teaching, or publishing. Creativity combines with heightened intellectual ability to bring success and good fortune to your door today. You might spend the day in a daze, waiting for it to sink in, and the evening celebrating with friends. This trend is likely to continue for the next few months. Make the most of it.

I am liking my horoscope today…I am almost done with my “Pony Tail Hat” pattern.  Then its off to be test knitted.  Writing that pattern was a lot harder than I thought it’d be.  Knitting it “off the cuff” so to speak was much easier =)

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I am making a beef roast in the crock pot today for dinner.  I love using my crock pot to make really awesome tasting meals.  I have a med size chuck roast, it would easily feed a family of 4, In the frying pan with about 4-5 Tbsp. veg oil I brown the meat on both sides.  In the crock pot I put about 1 c. beef broth and 1 c. V-8.  I add some celery, cut in 1” chunks and about 6 carrots also cut into 1” chunks.  I remove the beef from the pan after both sides have been browned and I set the meat on top of the vegies.  I season the meat with garlic powder, celery salt and cracked pepper.  I could add some potatoes and I usually do but I am going to have mashed potatoes instead.  I let this cook for 4-6 hours.  We love southern style sweet tea, I make it by the gallon!  Here is my recipe for southern style sweet tea…I use 3 lg. Luzzianne tea bags, ice tea maker, 1 gallon of water and 1+ 1/2 C. sugar.  Of course you can alter the amount of sugar according to your taste.  The real secret here is the tea that I use. I love Luzzianne tea!!

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DSCN3936The snow storm Wednesday afternoon that left many Washington D.C. commuters stranded on the BW Parkway and I-270 was just a minor event here in La Plata.  We got about 2” on the white stuff.  It was very wet and clung to the branches of the trees, I stepped outside as the snow was falling and I felt like I was in a “Currier and Ives” Christmas scene, =)

DSCN3940the roads were only wet when I headed off to work. 

DSCN3937I was the only car on the road…I did pass by two pick-up trucks.

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I finished my cabled cowl Wednesday!  I am very very pleased with the finished garment…

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Knit with Noro sock yarn, Berroco Alpaca and Starlight fingering weight yarn. knit on sz. 9 circular needles. I’ll have more info on www.Yarnfreak2007.blogspot.com

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DSCN3904I LOVE cinnamon buns!  I love to eat them I love  to make them and I love to share them…  my Grandmother,God rest her soul, was an awesome baker and cook.  I made these today because it was cold and gloomy outside.  

DSCN3913I followed the recipe exactly, this one is a keeper!  I used my Kitchen Aide mixer to knead the dough.  That machine is a true workhorse…I could not have done these with out it.

Classic Cinnamon Buns : www.familycircle.com

Makes: 14 buns

Prep: 20 minutes
Rise: 2-1/4 hours
Bake: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1  cup  whole milk
  • 1  envelope (1/4 ounce)  active dry yeast
  • 1/4  cup  warm water (100°F to 110°F)
  • 3  tablespoons  granulated sugar
  • 2    eggs
  • 1/4  cup (1/2 stick)  unsalted butter, melted
  • 4-1/2 to 5  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  •   Filling:
  • 1/2  cup (1 stick)  unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1  cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  cinnamon
  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1  cup  raisins
  •   Glaze:
  • 2  cups  confectioners sugar
  • 1 to 3  tablespoons  milk

1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and let stand until cooled to room temperature.

2. Meanwhile, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, eggs and butter. Beat in cooled milk.

3. Gradually add the flour and salt, scraping down side of bowl, until a soft dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and knead the remaining flour into the dough, adding more flour if too sticky. Knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. The dough will be soft.

4. Grease a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.

5. Coat two 9-inch round baking pans with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottoms with waxed paper; coat paper with spray. Prepare Filling: Mix butter, both kinds of sugar and cinnamon together in a medium-size bowl.

6. Punch down dough. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to an 18 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread the butter-sugar mixture over the dough. Sprinkle with nuts and raisins. Starting on one long side roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch seam to close.

7. Cut crosswise into 14 generous 1-inch pieces. Arrange 7 pieces, cut-side down, in each prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot until buns double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes. Or cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the following morning.

8. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover pans and bake buns until they are golden-brown and bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes.

9. Glaze: Mix confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk as necessary, to make a smooth glaze. Invert buns to a serving platter. Drizzle glaze on top of buns (about 1/3 cup per pan). Serve warm.

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HONEY ~ HONEY~ HONEY

 

I got up this morning with a nasty tickle in my throat.  Over the next few hours that “little” tickle was growing into a full blown cough!  What to do…What to do…I hate taking medicines, then I remembered a sweet little cure and it was right there in my spice cabinet…HONEY!  I got my tea cup and heated some water, Oh boy this is going to soooo good!  MMmmmm a cup of hot tea sweetened with some honey!  I opened the cabinet door and there sat my honey bear, but wait…where is the honey??  I grabbed that cherub-faced bear and…whew…there was just enough for 1 cup of hot tea.  My parents neighbor used to have several bee hives and the honey was simply divine! But a bear wandered into the neighborhood and demolished the hives…it was a sad, sad day.  so begins my quest “oh-line” for some honey…

Mtn. Honey has a nice variety of natural honey.

bee hivesphoto from MNT. HONEY

Variety Box of Honeyphoto from MTN HONEY

When you order Mtn Honey you are truly getting the Best Honey in the World. The Webbs attended the first ever World Honey Show, in Dublin, Ireland. With 21 different countries represented and over 400 entries, our Sourwood Honey won top prize of "BEST HONEY IN THE WORLD"

You can bet I am ordering myself some of the sourwood honey,The Sourwood tree is also called Lily of the Valley tree, growing 40 to 60 feet tall. 

Sourwood is most abundant in the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The Sourwood tree blooms in late June through the month of July, during a period when few other flowers are blooming. Just reading this: 

“Sourwood honey is extra-light to light amber color and extremely aromatic, with a distinctive rich honey flavor. In local markets it commands a premium price. When it comes to quality and taste, no other honey can match Sourwood Honey.”  Sealed the deal for me!  I want the BEST and I am willing to pay that for this delicious golden honey, I just wish I had it right here right now!  =)

Honey is being rediscovered as a natural source of energy that also offers a unique combination of nutritional benefits. In addition to being a concentrated energy source, honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Honey is an instant energy-building food. Honey is virtually free of bacteria and rarely spoils.

Every spoonful of honey has potent antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Including the following:

  • Honey helps reduce chest disorders and coughs. It soothes sore throats.
  • It improves chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, sinus problems and allergies.
  • Honey hastens the healing of wounds. Reduces inflammation.
  • Honey helps sooth the skin and clears many skin disorders. Its amino acids and vitamin C speeds the growth of healthy tissue.
  • Honey facilitates the digestion and assimilation of other foods.

HEY…that nasty cough that was aggravating me is GONE, totally completely gone! Thank You “HONEY”

be sure to check out their web-site for ordering information

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Today was mom’s Birthday, I usually fret over what to get her…She always tells me “Lisa, you don’t have to get me anything…just come over for dinner and visit”. I still wanted to get her that special something …So I had to put on my thinking cap and I came up with this wonderful gift idea,

The Back Porch Collection

At Christmas Mother had talked and talked about this new show about 2 gay fellows living in up state New York on a farm and raising goats.  I’d seen the show and I knew about the soaps that Mother  talked about, I could tell she was…smitten, no…that’s not the right word, but I knew right then what I’d get her for her “special day”.

The Back Porch Collection $48.00 gets you 4 very large home made bars of hand made soap, each month has a unique aroma, they’re quite lovely.  Summer smells just like a warm summer day, the light aroma of fresh cut grass.  Winter has a crisp smell just like a cold crisp morning the Autumn soap has  hints of clove, allspice and maybe a hint of juniper and then Spring reminds me of all the pretty aromas of flowers bursting with color.  The soaps come in a cute box with a “screen-door” style lid, I just loved it but more importantly Mother was head over heels about her gift! 

The Back Porch CollectionThe bars are quite large…Mother, bless her heart, said to me later on  “they are just nice to use”, I think she’ll just admire them for a spell and enjoy those heavenly aromas.  I did offer her a suggestion about using the soaps…I am going to knit 4 pouches from some cotton yarn that I have.  Each pouch will have a drawstring and she can then take a paring knife and shave off a few slivers off one of the bars of Beekman soaps place them into the cotton pouch and use that when she takes her shower.  That will extend the life of the larger bars of soap and no worries about her beloved Beekman soap melting away on the soap dish.  BEEKMAN 1802 GOAT MILK SOAP is a handmade and chemical-free soap using the maximum possible percentage of pure goat milk. Its unique high butterfat content ensures that BEEKMAN 1802 soap is one of the most moisturizing bars available, while its chemical-free recipe makes it ideal for sensitive skin.

 

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Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
Aquarius:
Feb. 16-March 11.
Pisces:
March 11-April 18.
Aries:
April 18-May 13.
Taurus:
May 13-June 21.
Gemini:
June 21-July 20.
Cancer:
July 20-Aug. 10.
Leo:
Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
Libra:
Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
Ophiuchus:
Nov. 29-Dec. 17. 
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

If you’re the type of person who relies on mysterious-sounding locations of stars to determine your personality and outcome in life, get ready to be shocked.

The field of astrology, which is concerned with horoscopes and the like, felt a major disruption from astronomers, who are concerned with actual stars and planets. The astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars was pushed by about a month.

my birthday is Feb. 8, under the “old” horoscope I was an Aquarius, now according to the “new” horoscope I am a Capricorn…interesting 

Daily Horoscope: Capricorn Capricorn Daily Horoscope

News might bring exciting opportunities for increasing your income, Capricorn. Perhaps you will learn of ways to start your own business. Maybe the demand for people with your skills has increased. You might discover the efficiency some new technology for managing your finances.

Daily Horoscope: AquariusAquarius Daily Horoscope

Discussions could bring some exciting information your way that alters your thinking slightly. You tend to be oriented toward social, political, or humanitarian issues, Aquarius. Today you might have the chance to put your talents to work. Someone could ask you for assistance. You have the mental and physical energy to go for it, so it’s likely that you will, though perhaps not right away.

 

But who exactly is Ophiuchus?

So, what kind of creature is Ophiuchus? The illustrations that have emerged (old prints from shortly after the time of Gutenberg, it seems) portray some sort of heavily muscled person holding on with difficulty to a veritable anaconda in the sky…Those born under Ophiuchus are said to have lofty ideals, enjoy longevity and are inventive.

I am sure that we have not hear/read the last of this…

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My Pony-tail Hat
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This is my 1st knitting design.  I am very proud of this!  today I am going to write the pattern and give it to several knitting friends and let them knit this hat, that way I can see if I’ve written the pattern correctly.  then I’ll post it on my Favorite social knitting web-site.  the pattern will be available for $5.00.                             

DSC_0083This hat was the very first, I’ve since knit several others and I’ve made a few changes…the first change is the pony-tail sleeve (the place where your pony tail exits the hat) I decided to make it a little smaller/tighter.  It holds the pony more securely now.

DSC_0084This hat was knit in highland Donegal wool, its made by Elann, www.elann.com  it’s a dream to work with!  I am off to the drawing board (knitting board) =)   My wrist is feeling much better…if my carpal tunnel begins to act up I’ve got the remedy 1) ace bandage, 2) ice pack 3) low dose pain med. 

Happy Saturday….=) 

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Rustic Scarf

I got my Lion Brand catalog in the mail the other day along with my Knit-Picks catalog.  I enjoy these two site immensely, they have excellent quality yarns and accessories they give you “free” patterns.  In the Lion Brand catalog I read about combining 3 different yarns  to get a desired effect, the example in the book made me want to try…this is where I am:

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I am using Lion Brand sock yarn in Lemon Drop and Taffy. Then I have some Knit Picks yarn, Wool of the Andes in “semolina” and a skein”sapphire heather” , and my last skein is “Starlight” in color way 102, it’s a vey thin strand of mohair with an iridescent strand. It adds a nice little touch of sparkle. So I am knitting with only 3 strands. The mohair, the sock yarn and the Wool of the Andes. The Mohair is never removed, I randomly change the color of the Wool of the Andes and the Lion Brand sock yarn, but only 1 at a time.  You will get this very interesting color change throughout.  I am working this scarf with a garter stitch edge and a slip stitch through the body.  I am very very pleased with the  scarf!  Very Pleased indeed!

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I am really liking the Mohair strand with that hint of silvery iridescent that pops randomly, and I know the scarf is  “short” right now but it feels like its going to have a nice soft drape. I am in love with this very easy and fast project…so I have to ask myself should I keep it for myself when its done or will I gift this lovely little work of art…Hum…what to do?

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I’ll leave you with a parting shot of the big room, where its comfy warm and those howling winds are kept outdoors, Brrrr stay warm! =)

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The Lottery

horoscope for Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Although you can be quite clever, don’t put too much stock in finding a verbal solution to a social situation today. Your ability to turn on the charm now is a mixed blessing, for it also allows you to evade an important issue by dancing around it. Acknowledging your vulnerability with someone you trust is much better than acting like a know-it-all. When you admit that you don’t have all the answers, then others feel like they have something to offer you for a change

My lucky number is 5

Your personal Tarot card for the day

Your personal Tarot card for the day
The Hermit: Like a child full of wonder, gaze into the mysteries of your inner life.

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I bought $30 in Mega-million tickets last week when the jackpot was up to $340 million dollars.  I won $15.  I saw the couple in Washington State that won, I am happy for them…I still wish it was me however.

 

Jim McCullar, Carolyn McCullar

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jim McCullar arrived at Washington state’s lottery headquarters with $8 in his pocket — all singles. He left a multimillionaire, with the oversized check to prove it and a promise to manage the money for his family’s future.

"The legacy is going to go generation, after generation, after generation," said McCullar, flanked by his wife Carolyn and two of the couple’s adult children. "We’re not going to blow this."

The family stepped forward Thursday to publicly claim their half of the second-largest lottery jackpot in history. Whoever is holding the other winning ticket, purchased in neighboring Idaho, remained a mystery.

At a news conference in Washington’s capital city, the McCullars took hold of the ceremonial $190 million check, marveling at all those zeros. Jim McCullar, 68, then promptly handed it over to Carolyn, 63.

"We’ve been married 41 years," he said. "I know what to do with this check."

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