Saturday, July 24, 2010

Packin' it in

I've been keeping an eye out for a little backpack for the Big I but haven't been able to find anything. Then I came across this pattern. What do you think of the results?

Big I was very insistent on that fabric. He grabbed the bolt from me in the store and put it on his lap in the cart. I offered a few other options but it was always 'green one!'.

I love that there are no zippers or snaps or anything else to foil little hands. The little flap at the top is all there is. I added the front pocket and the top loop as well.

As soon as I showed him the finished product this morning, he immediately started shoving his two bears in and out.

We put it on his back and he was off for adventure for the morning along with his faithful, um...rabbit.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beer, Pizza and Pretzels

You would think by the title we were entertaining a bunch of frat boys at the house, but it was actually just dinner tonight. I made some pizza using this recipe for beer dough from Penzey's.

Note, when the recipe says it makes a big batch, they are not kidding.

I made up two pizzas, which hardly made a dent in the dough supply. They were pretty good, but one was overbaked and Craig commented that it was more like a pretzel on the edges than pizza crust.

'Pretzels' you say?? Coming right up!

We used this recipe for the boiling/baking parameters.

15 minutes later, they turned out very nicely!

It should be noted, I still have enough of that dough in the freezer for at least three more pizzas.


I finished a hat for Big I for this winter. Of course, I didn't think to try on last year's hat to see how it fit until after I finished the new one. Yes, the old one still fits fine. (Fortunately so does his coat.)

Anyway, doesn't he look like his cousin B-man in this picture?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Pants

Craig got some new hockey pants. He was so excited, he had to share his enthusiasm.

Big I seemed quite comfortable, if a little confused.