Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Recipe for Crisp, Fall Yumminess

I've fallen for apples! No, really! I have! So much so that Mr. Pretty and I went apple picking on Sunday. Dorky Pretty did not remember her camera, but we picked two baskets full, and then I came home and promptly made my first apple crisp...ever! It was so very good that I have to share! I mean, just look at the picture...

Are you drooling? I'm drooling again, even though I've indulged for the past three nights in a row! (Good thing we walked 7 miles on Sunday, too!) The recipe is bits and bobs of several recipes (pies, cobblers, crisps) I've used and/or looked at over the years, and here it is!

Apple Crisp
For the Apple: 
     Peel and slice up enough apples to cover the bottom of a 9"x 13" pan (I did 6 or 7 medium apples)
     2-3 T lemon juice
     3/4 c sugar
     1 tsp. ground cinnamon (more or less, to taste)
     1 T cold butter (use butter, the real stuff, trust me)

For the Crisp:
     1/2 c oatmeal, uncooked
     1/2 c flour
     3/4 c brown sugar
     1 tsp ground cinnamon
     1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
     6 T cold butter (again, use the real stuff!)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Using extra butter, or non-stick cooking spray (I'd always use butter, it's better!) grease the bottom and sides of your pan well.

3. Peel and slice enough apples to cover the bottom of your pan. Toss with lemon juice, then with sugar and cinnamon, until all are evenly coated. Pour into greased pan. Cut up 1 T butter, and place evenly on top of apples.

4. Mix together oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, then cut in butter with a pastry blender (or two knives) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Evenly sprinkle over apples.

5. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes (watch closely at the end, so as not to burn your crisp)

6. Scoop into serving bowls as soon as you can get it out of the pan without burning yourself, and add a generous scoop of premium vanilla ice cream (if you're into that kindof thing), and enjoy!

Oh, and because this is a knitting blog, here's a little tease of another secret project!

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope that you are enjoying some cooler weather, and maybe doing a little baking, too! 

Knit in Good Health (as soon as you have some of that apple crisp)!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shhh! It's a secret...

But the cats know about it...

Heck! I almost knit a tail into it the other day!

Still, I can't show you the whole picture for a little longer... BUT, I can show you these:


Don't drink coffee? Use them for a fancy chai tea!

Or for that steaming mug of cocoa! They fit disposable and reusable cups from all the popular coffeehouse chains!

Such a pretty little knit, and so fun in these fall colors! Bonus! With fall finally making its appearance, we're all tending to keep a hot cup of comfort nearby, which makes a knitted coffee sleeve a perfect coffee (tea, cocoa) companion! :) Is this another "I-have-to-knit-a-bazillion-of-these" obsession? Maybe. Probably. Well, a bazillion...or at least until I run out of yarn. So far, I have 5. :)

What's your obsession?

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit yourself a cozy in Good Health!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Leftovers

I took approximately 137 pictures while visiting Mork, Mindy and Peanut. Approximately. After editing out the just-too-blurry and way-off-center and what-was-I-thinking??? photos, I was left with 88 nice photos...or 88 photos that I can at least crop a lovely image out of, and a quite a few that are totally awesome! Of course, I only showed you 23 family photos on Saturday, the best and brightest, to be sure. But there are a couple more that I had intended to blog, until they got kindof lost in the digital shuffle of it all...like this one:

Reminds me of a time, not too long ago (relatively speaking, because 7-10 years is long ago to some) when I spent a lot of time at baseball fields with yarn in my hands...you know, like this:

Mork had a couple of softball tournament games while we were in town, and it was awfully fun to watch him play ball again! (Bonus, his team won the tournament, and he was named MVP...proud mama!) What was even better was this: almost every time he was up to bat, we told Peanut to "Cheer for Daddy!" So, she stood up, faced the field and shouted, "Go, Daddy! Go, Daddy! Go, Daddy! GOOOO!!! Hit it HARD, Daddy!!!," while excitedly jumping up and down and clapping. (Gah! The cute!) When he reached a stopping point (on first, second or third base), she switched to a chorus of, "Yayyyy, Daddy!!!," and all that cheering wore her out, to be sure!

Yes, ball fields and knitting just seem to go together in my world...and so do little girls and cute, hand-knit sweaters. My life is good. 

Speaking of good, since coming home, I've made lots of good progress in the knitting department...such as a finished Brickless shawl,

(By the way, thank you Auto Awesome, for the fabulous edits to my clothesline blocking...welcome Fall!)

and a half finished pair of Christmas Socks, pair 7 of 7, if you're keeping track!

There's also some secret knitting going on, but that's...you know...secret...sooo, yeah. That's all I'm going to say about that. :) 

Are you doing any secret knitting? Are you doing ANY knitting these days? Tell me about it!

And Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Some Big News!

Ok, since I've teased it, let's start with this:

That's right, Mork and Mindy are expecting another Pretty Baby! Bonus, it's a girl, and Peanut has already dubbed her "Princess Pants," so let the pink (and purple and teal and yellow) knitting commence! Actually, it already has...and here's a sampling of the latest:


::Wow! That's a lot of yarning, Pretty!::

Why, yes. Yes, it is! But I recently had many down hours of car travel, so my needles (and hooks) were pretty busy! You see, we visited last week, and we all did lot of fun things...like going to their local Zoo! And while it wasn't her first time to feed the giraffes (her fave, by the way),

and it wasn't her first time to feed the birds,

or the other animals,

this was the first time she has agreed to ride the merry-go-round! She was a little nervous at first, but eventually she got the hang of it, and really had fun!

We also went to play at the mall..."Lookit 'dis, Gramma!"

Wow! What else can you do? Oh! I see, you can play on the slip and slide!

That makes a girl hungry, doesn't it?

Then there were the barbie dolls...

...walks to the playground...


...and the knitting...

...and the modeling of socks and sweaters...

Man! What a fun trip! Thank you to Mork and Mindy, for having us in your home, and for continuing to make sure that we faraway grandparents can still be such a big part of your lives. You really don't know how much that means to us. We love you all, as much as we love cupcakes (and that's a LOT)! maybe even more!

Thanks for stopping by to share in the adventures, dear friends. 
Knit in Good Health!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Busy Hands!

My hands have been SO very BUSY lately! Christmas socks, Frozen hats, Peanut sweaters...gah! So much yarn (and so little time, as the saying goes)! So, to celebrate these busy hands and fingers, and because the thermometers are all telling me that winter will be here before I know it, I've done a little pampering for my busy hands! Enter these pretty mitts...

It was pretty difficult to get a good shot of both the color and the pattern in these stunning, colorwork mitts, but when I changed the camera angle just a bit...

Yep. BOOM! That's what they look like, pretty stunning (if I do say so, myself...and I do)!

How have you been pampering your hands as you prepare for the cold, dry weather brought on by Ol' Man Winter? Now is the time to take a breath and invest in those hands that will do all of the holiday creating for your family, and I'm so happy that your little break today included a moment on the Pretty Knitty Blog! 

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!