New Project: Learning how to knit!

Hey y’all,

So I have started a new project today! I am going to teach myself to knit. In the past, I have never really been into knitting. My grandma tried to teach me when I was about ten, and I started a scarf. All I knew how to do was a simple knit stitch and I have spent the past 9 years or so working on this scarf which is about a foot long now. Today I gave up on that and used the yarn and needles I have to re-learn the basics.

So I took to Pinterest to find some tutorials and I found this link here to be very helpful and straight forward. Today I worked on casting on, re-learning the knit stitch, learning the purl stitch, and casting off. I think for the next few days I’m going to spend a bit of time practicing these basics before I attempt a real project. My first attempt went really well. I remembered the knit stitch and the purling was a little tricky but I think I got the hang of it. Casting off was definitely rough so I’m going to spend some time on that.

These are some photos of the progress I made today!

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A few rows of plain knit stitches

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Followed by a few rows of purl stitches

I’m going to post some updates of my progress and any projects I actually start! Do any of you knit? Any tips and tricks for a newbie?

Lest we forget : Remembrance Day Post

Hey y’all,

Today I thought I would share a few words because it is Remembrance Day here in Canada. Remembrance Day, celebrated on the 11th day of the 11th month, is a day to remember veterans and soldiers who have served and are still serving in our military, and armies all over the world. This tradition began at the end of the First World War and has continued ever since. Throughout our country, and other countries, ceremonies and moments of silence are being observed.

For me Remembrance Day has always been an important day. In elementary and middle school, we had ceremonies in the gymnasium with videos that always made me cry, a band last played the last post, and military members sitting along the sides. At my high school, John McCrae SS, named after the famous poet/doctor from WWI, we held a ceremony open to the whole community.

Even today, Remembrance Day is still important to me, especially with a loved one active in the military. I am still not sure about my feelings concerning today’s military and how the world works, but I do know that all active and unactive soldiers and veterans are some of the bravest people out there. So today is a day to take a moment to appreciate and remember the sacrifices they have and will continue to make in order to protect our country and people.

In Flanders Field – Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Fall Nature Photos

Hey y’all

I just wanted to share some photos I took earlier this fall when I was out on a walk with my mom. These were all taken by me, at Jack Pine Nature Trail in Ottawa, in September.

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My favourite picture ever of a chickadee with its wings out.

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Leaves changing colours.

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Red leaves.

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Chickadee.

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Blue jay at a feeder.

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Interesting plant I had never seen before, called a White Baneberry.

Thanks for looking everyone! Have a wonderful day!

Snack Time: Microwave Mug Brownies

So I have a serious sweet tooth.

If it’s not meal time, I want to be snacking on something sweet. This usually cookies or ice cream because that’s what is in the house. Sometimes, when I’m weak, I’ll buy candies or what not at the store and stash them in little containers around my room. Lately though I have discovered a new treat. Mug brownies. One day I was desperate for something and we had absolutely nothing in the house. I remembered that making brownies and cakes in the microwave was a possibility, so I started googling. The results were wonderful and it is now my go to snack. It’s delicious, quick, and the ingredients are almost always on hand.

From start to finish, the total time is not more than 5 minutes. Cooking time is only 1 minute in the microwave on high! Follow the steps below for deliciousness in a mug.

  1. Start by melting 2 tbsp. of butter/margarine in the microwave (usually about 15-20 seconds)
  2. While the butter is melting I usually start to gather my other ingredients.
  3. Once melted, add 2 tbsp. of water, a splash of vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
  4. Next stir in 2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  5. Next up is 4 tbsp.  of sugar and 4 tbsp. of flour (heads up the flour is the hard part, I usually do 2 tbsp. at a time)
  6. Microwave on high for 60 seconds.
  7. Your brownie will look like it is not fully cooked but trust me, it probably is. (Although every microwave is different so I could be wrong)
  8. You can add another ten seconds if you like, but the bottom will start to overcook and that’s no good if you want a moist, gooey brownie.

So I hope y’all try this out next time you’re craving something sweet and chocolatey! You can always add to this. Put a scoop of ice cream on top, or some whipped cream and fruit. The options are endless!

Enjoy! have a wonderful day!