And the cold continues. There is talk of a 'warm up' this weekend, with temperatures actually rising above the freezing mark. (The forecast is for the high to be 33 degrees Sunday. Above freezing, but not by much!!) So I keep knitting and waiting for Spring! I finished the Lucy bag and will felt it this weekend. It's a strange design. The longer strap will go through the shorter strap and cinch the bag shut and become the shoulder strap. I think it will be a fun bag to carry.
I've also turned the heel on my Monkey sock. It's actually quite a bit further along than even this picture. I hope to finish it today. Then I start the process of going through my patterns and my yarn stash and trying to decide which socks to cast on next. Decisions. Decisions.
I cast on a hat with my white handspun, but it just wasn't the right pattern for the yarn. (I do plan on making the pattern soon though, because I love it!) I decided to do a simple scarf. I am doing a knit-purl pattern for row one (ending with a knit) and then straight knit for row two. I really like how it is coming along. I think I will add some fun fringe to the ends as well.
Now to Sumo. I have a confession as far as he goes. I have turned him into a beggar, which I think is about the most undesirable trait a dog can have. But it's really not MY fault! You see, when our dog Nikko was in her last days, one of the few joys she had was eating. We had rarely given our dogs people food, but I started giving her little treats whenever I was in the kitchen because it made her happy. And, of course, I couldn't NOT give Sumo a little something something. Now Sumo wants a little something something every time he knows that we are eating. And being so darn cute, how can one resist????
Continuing with Sumo, he does love the snow. He loves to bury his face in the snow. Every time we let him in after he's been out his whole muzzle is covered with snow and he looks so happy.
The other thing he loves to do when he's outside is bark in our neighbors' direction. They have 2 labs, and Sumo loves to try and communicate with them. I think he wants to know that he's not alone. I'm starting to seriously think that we may need to get him a puppy. Has anyone introduced a puppy to a 12 year old male Lab? I just don't know how he would do. He does seem to miss Nikko an awful lot!
Now on to some cooking. I realize I haven't shared a recipe in some time. This is a recipe I got from my good friend Renae. It is a family favorite and also one we make at all of our Scrapbook (knitting) Get-Away Weekends!
Garlic Chicken Pizza
4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1 cup sliced green onion
4 cloves minced garlic
4 Tbsp. rice or white vinegar
4 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 Tbsp. olive or cooking oil
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (or less)
2 - 15 oz. (12”) Boboli breads
2 Tbsp. oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella and/or Monterey Jack
4 Tbsp. sliced almonds
1. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces. In large bowl combine 1/2 of onion, garlic, vinegar, soy sauce, 1 Tbsp oil, red and black peppers. Add chicken. Stir to coat. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature.
2. Drain and reserve marinade. Heat oil in pan, add chicken and stir about 3 minutes.
3. Heat marinade in separate pan. Add cornstarch. Stir until heated through. Add to chicken and stir until thick and bubbly.
4. Spoon onto bread shell, top with cheese. Bake at 400 degree for 12 minutes. Add remaining onion and nuts on top and bake additional 2 minutes.
Until Next Time.....