Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yarn, Hash, and a Nodule

 The new yarn...

Madelinetosh Merino Light in Mourning Dove

And Whitewash.

I have plans for the Mourning Dove already. It's a beautiful one-skein project that I'm excited to begin. But first I'm finishing the Blue Squares Blanket. It's true! I have it crocheted together and am working on the edging, which is taking longer than I expected, but I'm enjoying the process. I have less than 1.5 rounds left to go. Then I'll photograph it this afternoon and show it to y'all tomorrow. Can you believe I'm on the finishing touches? I really am! Yipee!

When I went to buy the Mourning Dove Madelinetosh yarn, I couldn't resist buying an extra skein of another color. They were having FREE SHIPPING! I had to get my money's worth. I got it at Paradise Fibers, and the free shipping offer is good until the Sunday at midnight.  Don't forget to use the coupon code "JULYSHIP." There is another code for buy one get one free AND free shipping for Rowan Fine Art Sock Yarn too! Yes, it's expensive, but sometimes it's worth it to spend a little extra on some good yarn, especially if you're making a special gift for someone. I could never afford to buy "good" yarn all the time, but that's what makes it so fun and special when I do. When these two skeins came in the mail Thursday afternoon, I told the Captain I was going to go lay down and take a nap and snuggle with my new yarn. Hee-hee. And I did!

By the way, I ordered this yarn on Tuesday afternoon and received it on Thursday. Lightening fast delivery, and it was FREE.

I am not being paid in any way for this post, I'm just really impressed, that's all. Plus, I've had to BIG cups of strong iced coffee and I'm kind of yammering on. I'm a wee bit buzzed.

Heather asked a question about cooking the Hamburger Hash I mentioned yesterday, so here's how I make mine...

Brown a pound of seasoned hamburger meat with one chopped onion.
(Salt, pepper, garlic powder)
Get it really brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add at least 1/4 cup of veg or canola oil to your pan drippings.

Add one package of frozen hash browns to the pan.
Use high heat and DO NOT STIR.
I like to use Potatoes O'Brien by Ore Ida.
It has peppers and onions in it.

The trick to great potatoes is to get them really brown. The best way to do that is by not stirring too much and using high heat. I let mine cook 5 minutes before stirring, then let it sit another 5 minutes, stir, and so on. It took about 20 minutes total. (Season your potatoes the same way you did the hamburger while they are cooking.)

When they're good and brown, add back your hamburger and onion. Serve with cheese on top, Frank's Red Hot (Louisiana Hot Sauce), ketchup, soy sauce, or whatever your little heart desires.

We're having our leftovers today for lunch inside flour tortillas with cheese and salsa.

 Thinking, thinking, thinking...

Singing, singing, singing

This bird has something wrong with his head.
He has some type of GIANT nodule on the side.
Can you see that? Eww.

Now that I'm sufficiently grossed out, I'm gonna go eat lunch.

See ya tomorrow with the Blue Blanket Reveal!


  1. Can't wait to see your finished afghan~
    Love the recipe!
    You take great pictures!!!

  2. The two skeins of yarn you purchased are beautiful is one of my favorites. Your hash sounds heavenly...I know I would love to make it and I can for my husband and son. I however am on a low salt, low fat, low colestoral and low sugar diet. Looks great though.

  3. You always make me smile! :-) The yarn is gorgeous. I agree about splurging every once in a while on special yarn. Thank you for the hash recipe. I haven't seen the potatoes with the green peppers, I'll have to look. Enjoy your coffee and lunch. Heather

  4. Beautiful yarn!! Sometimes we have to give ourselves a treat, don't we ;-). Looking forward to seing what you're going to do with it and also seing your finished blanket! That hamburger mash looks great, thanks for sharing. Happy weekend greetings, Nata

  5. Poor little bird. It is kind of gross, though. I've never had hamburger hash but it sounds good, like one of those old-school stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals.

  6. Oh you will never be the same again after using the Tosh yarn. I have one skein of it and I am not sure I will ever use it, it's just too pretty! I am looking forward to seeing what you make with it. :)

    Wishing you a lovely day sweet friend.

  7. Yarn is beautiful! Thanks for the recipe. It looks like something my hubby and grandsons will eat. Me too! :-)

  8. Those skeins of yarn definitely look fancy! I look forward to seeing what you do with it. That bump on the bird makes me wonder if it's a tick? I did a closeup of a bunny and it had a big icky bump on the side of it's face which I deduced was a full tick. Ugh. I'm crocheting cotton flags today!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Life is too short for cheap yarn my friend. If you are making something nice, always pay the price, it makes all the difference in the world.

  10. Paradise Fibers is MY yarn shop here in Spokane. Pammy Sue, you would not believe that store. It!'s huge and has so much yarn. And looms. And spinning wheels. And fiber. It's amazing. Come visit me and we can go shopping there together. Yes please!!!!! I go and just wander around and pet the yarn every so often. It's very close to my house.
    The hamburger hash looks really yummy. I'll have to make that someday soon.

  11. Gosh you have wonderful self control. With that yarn, I'd be dropping everything to start using it. I have a scarf in mind that I'm dying to make but don't think I have enough of the yarn I want to use. Am being forced to wait till I finish sorting and de-stashing in my craft room which now has to also house my desktop pc, desk and all the bits and pieces that go with it. Its becoming a nursery and my new grandson will be worth all the effort when he arrives early December. :) .... Shhh you're the first to know !!

  12. That Madtosh is beautiful. I always wondered about the whitewash color, and your picture confirms how pretty it is. Looking forward to the blanket finish!

  13. Love the yarn...cannot wait to see what you make with it. I am gonna have to try your hash recipe...I love hash. A trip to the store may be in order for today to pick up some potatoes.

  14. Wowie, that hamburger hash looks so good!!! Greg would love that!!!
    Great pics of the birds and dog. Poor birdy with a nodule!
    Love your new yarn. I feel the same way. I don't buy expensive yarn, or expensive fabric very often. I am a bargain hunter though, and when I find a great buy, I enjoy it so much! I had to laugh when you said you were going to take a nap and cuddle with your yarn. My friend Jae and I always do the same thing when we hit the quilt shops. When we break for lunch, we bring our haul into the restaurant with us, and touch it all!!!
    Happy Sunday girlfriend!
    xo Kris

  15. My my what minds we have! I bought the same yarn yesterday at my LYS it's called Magic. It is so pretty, I'm make a friend a shawl with it. I'll take pics and post to my blog for you to see.
    I'm making that Hamburger Hash for lunch today! It sounds so yummy and I happen to have all the ingredients. So away I cook! Yum!!

  16. I love your yarn it's beautiful I took break down and buy the fancy yarn and it is so soft you cuddle it a lot. I am going to have to try your hambuger hash it looks yummy for sure I love one pot meals. I always enjoy your blog. Poor birdie may have cancer as animals get it too. Love your fur babies they must keep you busy.

  17. What beautiful yarn! No wonder you were tempted into a second skein. I look forward to seeing what you make! xx

  18. I completely agree. Sometimes we just have to buy the good stuff, and it does make it more exciting that way. I've been hungering for some Tosh for a long time now. Lucky!

  19. Gorgeous pics of crochet works and of the blue rug... I have caught up with the news around your part of the craft world.. I was very interested in your drive pics as they look so peaceful.. Thanks again for sharing .. hugs Pat :))


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