Posted in knitting

W.I.P. & a Recovery Day

I just started my first knit project that wasn’t a dishcloth or super simple shawl. I’ve wanted to try my hand at simple knit slippers, with the hope of gifting them for Christmas. I’ve not knit with 2 yarns together before, and found it to be a little bulky/awkward for the cast on and first 2 rows but then I settled in. I haven’t gotten very far yet. I’m not a quick knitter to begin with, and am feeling all discombobulated today.

Today is my recovery day after a double shift at work. And it was an insane shift. Funny how you can get through 16 hours feeling only slightly nauseous, come home, and then are exhausted. Unfortunately, we are under an Influenza A outbreak, and my employer, under the direction of Alberta Health, has made a 10 day dose of Tamiflu mandatory if anyone of us wants to work during the Outbreak. I don’t mind – it’s not just for my protection, but the protection of our seniors, as well. It’s given me the worst case of dry mouth I’ve ever experienced, though. Ugh. Anyway, I managed to sleep hard through the night, but am still tired and off feeling today.

Tomorrow I’ll put a movie on and settle down to this project seriously. 

Posted in life

After Thanksgiving Post

Working Nights through this week and celebrating Thanksgiving has it’s challenges, even if I am organized. We didn’t have our actual dinner until this evening, since the eldest kid had an exam early morning that he wanted to get through first. I try to be accommodating as possible to my children simply because their education is more important. And fourth year University is tough stuff.

Very thankful that Hubby managed to peel a huge pot of potatoes, yams and turnip for me Monday – it was a huge help. I pre-made my stuffing, brownies and pumpkin pie cake. And wrote out my plan of attack list, which I need because I’m awfully forgetful when over tired.

Managed to get through it all -made way too much food (although I doubt I will hear any complaints!) and came to work turkey sleepy. My only gripe is that my Veggie Loaf split at the very last step. Seriously. Frustrating. Anyway, thought I’d share my recipe for scalloped potatoes, which are a hot commodity at our house. Okay, not really a recipe. More my method.

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes

  1. Thinly slice your potatoes, enough to fill your crockpot about 2/3rds full
  2. Finely mince a whole white onion (or cheat like I do and put it in in your food processor)
  3. Grate cheese of your choice. (Generally Swiss because it’s usually the first cheese I see)
  4. Get out your cream. I’ll be honest, I use half and half. Make a small amount of vegetable stock, let cool and then mix with cream. 
  5. Assemble your spices – which are Himalayan pink salt, fresh ground black pepper and… wait for it… chipotle pepper powder. Really! I love the slight smokiness it gives the scalloped potatoes. And if you know me at all, you know I’d put it in everything. Okay, okay. Before I get called out on it, I confess to, in the past, throwing a dash of cayenne pepper in there for a little heat. But I didn’t, this time! Honest!

Layer your potatoes, onion, cheese, cream mixture and spices in your crockpot, ending with cheese on top. Cook on high between 4 – 5 hours. Every crockpot is different, but they’ll be bubbly and browned on top when done. Enjoy. Watch your children argue over who gets the leftovers. 😉

Posted in Blog

Feisty Blog

So where did Feisty come from? I like to think that’s who/what I am for the most part. I am an Aries, through & through. Stubborn. Persistent. Determined. I rarely give up.

I once read a Shakespeare quote out loud: Though she be little, she is fierce. Everyone that was here just pointed at me.

That is the story of how my blog name was born. Don’t expect all the posts to be full of fire! But don’t be totally surprised when I seem, um… passionate about something. *smirks*