Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Perfect Meatloaf Pan

OK...so this isn't knitting, but I thought that others might be interested anyway.  The other day when I was at Michael's Arts & Crafts, I had 2 different coupons.  One was for 20% off Entire Purchase and the other was for 40% off of a Bakeware item.  

Michael's has "A Seen On TV" section, so I spotted the Perfect Meatloaf Pan and I got it with my coupons!  (The link takes you to Target, but it's the only place I could find to show you what I was talking about.)

So, I made my usual meatloaf recipe, which is very moist.  I use 2 lbs. of 92% lean ground beef and I baked it at 350 degrees for 2-hrs.  Well, it did come out perfect!  I was really pleased with the results.  The meatloaf was so easy to lift (use oven mitts) and tip onto a plate.  The bottom wasn't soggy or anything, so this pan is a keeper.  I give it thumbs up.

Clean up was nice and simple too.  I did use a cooking spray as per the instructions.

Happy cooking and eating and knitting.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

New Knitting Book (Baby Knits)

Sorry that I have been away for so long, but with a new grand baby in the family I'm sure that you understand.

So, there hasn't been much knitting getting accomplished, but that's OK, because babies only stay little for so long.  I'm enjoying every minute of it.....even when my DD had to stay here a few days and no one was getting any sleep.

The other day, Hubby and I went out for the day and I had some coupons for Michael's Arts  and Crafts, so off we went.  Sadly, I couldn't find any patterns books or yarn that I wanted.  There seemed to be more crochet books than knitting books and I found that to be very frustrating.  But, I wasn't about to let the coupons go to waste, I eventually found....of all things, a pattern book with baby items.

It's called 60 Quick Baby Knits from Cascade Yarns.  The more I look through this book the more I like it and I can't wait to get some 220 Superwash yarn from Cascade.  I know just the place, too.

(Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)

There's a LYS that is about a half of block from where my Mom used to live, and I don't think that I have been back there since she passed.  I think that I'm over due for a visit.

I love the sweater and color that's on the cover of this book.  There's lots of sweaters, mostly for baby girls and just 3 or 4 items for baby boys in the book.  As soon as I get done with my son's afghan I want to cast on a hooded sweater for a little guy that's due in early Sept.

I'm thinking about knitting this one:

Hooded Pullover p.134 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)

Or this:

Sporty Cardigan p. 12 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)

Sporty Cardigan-back p. 13 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)
I like this, too:

Fisherman's Pullover p. 138 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)

Need a tux?

Tiny Tux p.158 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)
And....how cute is this?

Sheep hat p.6 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)

Sheep hat -back p. 7 (Photo copyright of Sixth & Spring)
So, it looks like I'm going to be a 1-trick-pony for awhile with all the baby items in my future. 

Happy Knitting!!!

A Little Lavender Shrug