Knotty Witch

Cooking, Crafting, Dreaming…it's what I do

This look like a good time to you? January 30, 2011

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But it really was. It helps that the “pencil” protruding from my hand is in fact a latex prosthetic from our local costume shop. DD and I spent some time there this afternoon at a free make-up class.  It was, as many of the best things are – a last minute type of thing. S.S and I just noticed the sign out in front of the store while we were on the bus on our way home yesterday. I called Sammy right away, knowing she’d be thrilled to attend. Unfortunately, it was a bit short notice for her to find any one to go with – so I went with her, and I’m glad I did. We had a really good time there. It’s been a while since we’ve had any “Mommy-Girl” time, as we call it.

                                         This definately fit the bill.


Really? January 24, 2011

Filed under: Crochet — knottywitch @ 11:52 am


So, on my quest of crochet patterns to make thoughtful and sweet little gifts for those I love this Valentine’s Day things have taken an odd turn here. There is an overwhelming demand for the most basic/simple thing I think I’ve ever made. Slippers that have been lovingly and laughingly dubbed as “Slocks” by my family. The pattern can be found here at Bev’s Country Cottage . I made them for Christmas in 2009. Last night, my brother even stopped down here with his on to show me the holes and pulls he’s developed in his; to strengthen his plea for a new pair.

                                        So, Slocks it is.


Nothing much… January 21, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottywitch @ 1:12 pm

I’ve been working mostly on simple little things. Laundry, mending (finally!), and cutting up my recycled fabric stash, meaning old clothes that are too far gone to be passed along any other way.

We’ve discovered a way to watch t.v on the computer. Well, not discovered exactly – I mean, there’s commercials all over for it, and on the shows we do watch there’s always the added “if you’ve missed an episode go to www. someplace dot com” at the end. I just finally decided to take a look at what’s out there. Yesterday, I was watching the first two episodes of  Downtown Abbey at Love it!

Today won’t be much more exciting. Marketing, working in my room. I’m sure I’ll find something to watch while I work. I’m really just posting to be sure I’m not disappearing again…


4 More Sleeps January 17, 2011

Filed under: Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 10:25 am

That’s how Hubby and I count the time until he’s home again. He left for another week working out-of-town this morning. He’s been gone for almost an hour, and I already miss him.

Next week, he starts a new job – one where he will be working locally. For another 3 months, any way. After that, he’ll be back on the road, in Buffalo or NJ. Buffalo would be nice, most of his family lives there.

While he’s on the road this week, I’d like to get things in better order so I can actually enjoy the time he’s home again. We changed rooms around a bit over the weekend –  the kids traded spaces, and , well the kids did it themselves. There’s a little tweaking (cleaning,organizing) left to be done…

I’d better get moving though, only 4 more sleeps to go!


Laundry Soap Recipe January 15, 2011

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Laundry Soap ing.

Years ago, I read about home-made laundry soap recipes online in a forum that is no longer available.

There were many shared, both liquid and powder, I’ve always preferred the powder. Even when we lived where we had harder water, I would just put the powder into a jar with hot water, shake it up to dissolve and then put it into the machine from there. For me, it’s more of a storage issue. It takes less room to store 6 months worth of detergent in one container in powder form, as opposed to jugs of liquid. Plus, I have a tendency to lean towards laziness to be honest, and the powder is much easier to complete. There are many recipes for H.M detergent still to be found, I’m sharing with you the one we use.
1 -55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1-76 ounce box of Borax
2 – 5.5 ounce bars of Fels-Naptha laundry soap finely grated.
Combine all ingredients well into a large (we use a large cereal container) container with a good lid. Shake it up a bit if you’d like.
To use, just add 2 tablespoons worth per load.
It does not suds. This threw me off for a while at first. I tested it against a national brand name, and it won – hands down – for us. For a while, I wasn’t able to find the ingredients to make it where we’d moved to. I had forgotten all about it until we bought this house and my Father bought me front loading machines. These require “He” soaps, which are more expensive. Ironically enough, where they differ from ‘regular’ soaps, (aside from in price) is they are low sudsing. Seems the agent in ‘regular’ detergents is damaging to the belts in the front loading machines.
For under $11, I can make enough soap to do laundry for the 6 of us who live down stairs, 3 who live upstairs and it lasts us about 2 months per batch.

I went back to school today January 14, 2011

Filed under: Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 10:27 pm

No, it’s not that I’ve gone back to school to further my own education. I went to try to keep get my son on track with his. I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice it to say, he’s grounded.

It was so much easier with DD – she was homeschooled, lol. At least I knew what was going on then!


So, DD comes into the kitchen and says –

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  “I don’t get it, you guys cook so much, but we never eat any leftovers.” That reason is two-fold. First, as I mentioned before, we freeze portions of most meals for Hubby to take on the road for lunches the following week (or weeks) ahead. Second – we eat the left overs alright – we just make new meals from them. That roast we had last Sunday, on Monday it was in the soup for dinner. Ironically enough, it’s what was on the stove when D.D came in and made her query.

The recipe on the back of the bag of lentils called for ham and celery – both of which we did not have. So we diced up the roast, and added carrots instead. I sliced up a small loaf of bread that was getting a little hard, buttered, seasoned, and toasted it on the oven. Voila, we had the perfect winter fare on the table in 30 minutes.


I am *so* laughing at myself! January 13, 2011

Filed under: Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 4:11 am

My S.S. and Me 😉

There are not many pictures of my S.S and I together in adulthood. This is strange, because we’re together so much. Of course, I’m usually on the other end of the camera, and she’s doing her best to steer clear of it all together…The last picture of just her and I is from when Hubby and I were bringing her to the hospital – not one either of us wants floating around the ‘net. Trust me, I’ve seen it!

This year, we’ve promised each other to work on changing that. Starting with New Year’s Eve, we did. This is us at the gathering we had with our neighbor and friend.

Momma & her Honey

Here’s the funny part. Remember my “User error” issue I was having with my camera? Well, because of that, we dug out my old camera for the pictures. I slid in a card, but couldn’t transfer the pictures to the card – which is how I upload them to the computer. Then, I couldn’t find the camera. I found the wire to transfer the photos from the internal memory – but no camera. I wasn’t sure if it was left next door, and always forget to ask Hubby if he put it some where when we talk on the phone. Well, today – while putting away some of his paperwork – I found it in a drawer. WooHoo – now I have to find the cord – again. First, let me see if I can get the pictures to transfer to the card. No go. Open it up, and look at the card – it’s not the S.D card – it is the holder type card that is supposed to be in the slot in my computer when not in use to keep dust and junk from that port. Major DUH. No wonder the pictures wouldn’t transfer!

                                                      Oh well, all better now.

All together now!


My twist on Olivia’s Butterfly January 12, 2011

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Finally, some of the promised pictures of Olivia’s Butterfly I wrote about just before Christmas. I mentioned I made one for my DD in Red Heart’s Plush Yarn, and then I made her a scarf with the butterfly design on each end as well. The pictures are not the greatest, and she’s not such a willing model any more – but here they are none the less!


Packing a Lunch January 11, 2011

Filed under: In the Kitchen,Random Ramblings — knottywitch @ 1:45 am


Well, Hubby is off to work for another week. The only way I can ensure he eats semi-healthy with the $15 a day per-diem he gets for working out-of-town is to send him with food as well. Seriously, the only other option for him eating 3 meals a day on that at all would be a dollar menu – and that’s not particularly healthy fare. At least, his choices on them are not!

This week, he’s got 2 containers each of turkey soup, venison stew, baked ziti, chicken with creamy basil sauce, and the tenderloin dinner we had for today as well. He also has pasta & sauce, mac&cheese, several baked potatos, tuna fish,peanut butter and jelly, bread, fruit, and a variety of canned goods to balance out the meals he cooks on the road.

During the week, when we cook, we’ll set aside plates in the freezer for him to take to work for the following week. So far, it’s working out fairly well. Of course, there are some meals we’ll have during the week that just don’t freeze very well, so we’ll double up – so to speak, on others.