Archive for May, 2012

Some Firsts for me :)

I chickened out on wearing the skirt to ride on Sunday but… I wore a dress out riding yesterday. Yay me! I rode to the commissary with some friends. It was a last minute trip and I had just come in from running so I ran inside and threw on a dress and headed back out the door. It was awesome! Dresses are such easy outfits. While at the comm we decided to head to the Hofladen (farmer’s store in their house) to buy some local honey. I picked up an extra passenger (sweet 5 year old girl) and off we went. We found a little old lady with what we wanted and I had to speak 100% German to her to get it. So proud of myself. I guess I’ve been paying closer attention than I thought over the last 9 months because I really didn’t think much about it at the time. I just went in and asked for it, how much it was and she told me about the different kinds. On the way back we picked up an extra bike (keeping track that is now an extra kid and an extra bike on the extra-cycle LOL) and then rode home to get the big ‘uns from school. It was a great sweaty, sunburned day and I slept like a log last night. 🙂 plans for this weekend: Bike Camping at the Rod and Gun club! I’m so excited. Still working out gear/dog/kid hauling logistics but I think it’s all going to fall into place beautifully 🙂

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Strasbourg and Bikes

We visited Strasbourg yesterday with some friends. We started out at Les Montagnes des Singes in Kintzheim. The kids had a great time, no bikes here.

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Then we wandered around Strasbourg for awhile looking for the Cathedrale Notre Dame, which we found.

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Then I started taking pictures of bikes.

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The Dutch bakfiets was my favorite but there was also a Kona Paddy Wagon.

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And then tons of these Velhop bikes all over. We saw them chained up all over the city and even saw some with child seats on them. I’m thinking a bikeshare program that failed? I’m going to do some more research.

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We even finished the day out with an xtracycle siting! I was too slow to get a picture so you’ll have to enjoy this one instead.

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Now wish me luck, I’m off to try cycling in a dress for the first time 🙂

Avocado Tuna Salad

This is my favorite tuna recipe. I found a similar recipe in the magazine Clean Eating and then adapted it for my own personal tastes. I don’t really measure things when I cook but I’ll do my best to give a “recipe”

2 pouches Tuna packed in water
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 of a very small yellow onion, minced
1/2 of an avocado, smashed
2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing
Old Bay Seasoning or salt to taste

Mix it all together and serve on a whole wheat bun, delicious! I think I’ll go have another.

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Humid Knitting

It was a soggy one today. I went for a run and my clothes were sticking to me. I haven’t worked on my Olearia in a few days now so I decided it was time to pick it up again. I did two rows and am out of yarn. As soon as the kids are in bed I’ll work on my Russian Joining skills once again so I can knit and watch The Vow tonight 🙂 I’m so exciting!

Pile ‘O Knitting in my lap 🙂

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Sand!

I made this last night for the kids and I can’t stop playing in it! I’m going to go get some play-do moulds today and let them have at it later. I found the recipe through my favorite new blog The Imagination Tree. The recipe can be found here. I changed it a little bit though and used Tortilla flour at the recommendation of my friend C. It really looks like sand and sort of feels like it too. I hate sand and this is fun to play with. Here is what I did, you need 5 cups of Tortilla flour and one cup of Baby Oil.

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Mix together well in a large bowl, it works best if you just use your hands. And then you can start making sand balls!

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Now I did use Baby Oil because C gave me hers after making this for her kids. My kids have petroleum sensitive skin so I just made a small batch for now and if it doesn’t bother them I will let them continue to play. It’s not very “green” but it was economical (free!). I might try another batch with olive oil or peanut oil to have something nontoxic and green. For now I’m using the “sand” as therapy for me 🙂

So I’ve been knitting again

This is what I am currently working on. It’s the Olearia sweater. I’m knitting it in Merino Print Superfein by Lana Grossa and I love it. I’m calling it Muddy Rainbow Puddles 🙂 I’m knitting a size 4 for Cady to wear in the fall. So far it’s looking like I have the size right on.

20120521-092922.jpgThis I have finished recently. I started it in November and then ignored it for a long, long time. It turned out beautiful but yellow is not really my color so it will most likely end up gifted. So watch your mailboxes! The pattern is called Saroyan and it’s knit in Malabrigo Merino Worsted (my fave) in the color Pollen. It’s so squishy, I love it!

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For now I’ll keep plowing through on the sweater but I have big plans for upcoming projects. Let’s hope I don’t lose my motivation 🙂