Pearls of Wisdom: Get Inspired (with Podcasts)

Anyone else obsessed with podcasts? I practically live in my car, and podcasts are such a source of inspiration for me. One of my recent favorite podcasts is called, “How I Built This.” 


NPR’s How I Built This
It is so inspiring to hear how successful entrepreneurs got their start and built their businesses. I especially loved this episode with Jim Koch, founder of Sam Adams Brewery. My favorite bit was when he started comparing life to mountain climbing (a theme throughout his life), and discussing the difference between “scary” and “dangerous.” He felt leaving his corporate job was “scary,” but not dangerous, that the truly dangerous thing to his soul was staying in that corporate job and not following his dreams. 

These podcasts are not only inspiring, they often have incredibly helpful tidbits for aspiring entrepreneurs, too. For those that never stop learning (oh hai there!) these podcasts are not just entertaining and inspiring, but are little learning opportunities you can squeeze into an already busy day. 

What are your favorite podcasts? Help me build my list. 

Mom Meals: Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Work ends at 5:00 pm. If I’m working in my office, I get home around 5:45 or 6:00 pm. Adella Grace hits the hay between 6:30 and 7:30 every night. This leaves approximately 20 minutes for dinner prep. The struggle for mama and daddy is very, very real. Enter this easy peasy chicken and rice casserole.


I dug out this family favorite recipe for chicken and rice casserole from the handwritten cookbook my aunt Lori gave me last night, and I’m so glad I did! Wheat mixed it all together (along with a couple edits we made) while I bathed baby.  Win/win for errybody.

Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Ingredients

– 1 cup Minute Rice (we used the multi-grain medley with brown rice, red rice, wild rice & quinoa)
– 1 rotisserie chicken, picked off bone (can substitute one large can of chicken)
– 1 can cream of mushroom soup
– 1 soup can water
– 1 small can evaporated milk
– 1/2 stick unsalted butter
– 1 can mushrooms (could use fresh if your fancy/have gobs of time on a Tuesday night)
– 1 jar pimiento peppers (I added this one, can opt out)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter. Mix all ingredients well (we do this right in the Casserole dish).  Pour into 9×13 Casserole dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top. Serve with a salad or quick sautéed greens, etc. to make a complete meal.

PS we just discovered this variety of Minute Rice – it’s great! (PS no paid ad here – Wheat just found this in our local grocery store and we really liked it!)

PPS please excuse all the terribly iPhone photography today… and refer back to paragraph one. ;)

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

What I’m Knitting Now: off the needles and on them

After nearly 8 months, my Shibui Knits Slope Tank is FINALLY finished! Shibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearlsShibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearls

I think the little lady is a better model than Mama is. :)  But this is my biggest project to date and this girl is SO excited!  It turned out much shorter than I had anticipated (perhapssssss I should have done a gauge swatch after all…) BUT I really adore it!  I love the drape, the shape, it fits perfectly, and the yarn is divine.  However, the next time I want to make my own tank top, I’m probably going to sew it. And lesson learned: Saturday night and Sunday morning, I gauge swatched for the Bracken sweater by Little Woolens for AG.  It’s going to be gorgeous, I think!

Bracken Sweater by Little Woolens | oysters and pearls

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To save this for myself, I researched my favorite knitting blog, Fringe Association, for gauge swatching tips and as always, I found exactly what I needed.  These are super helpful links if there’s anyone else out there in need of them!

How To Knit A Gauge Swatch

Swatching In The Round

How to Account for Gauge Differences

Sources and Yarns:

Tank Top:
Yarn: Shibui Knits Twig in Tar, via Fuzzy Goat
Pattern: Shibui Knits Slope Tank
Susan Gordon Pottery Necklace, via Maiden South

Swatch:
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Bulky in Canyon, via Fuzzy Goat
Gauge Ruler, via Maiden South
Y’all not Ya’ll Coffee Mug, via Maiden South
Pattern: Bracken by Little Woolens

And don’t forget, tonight is #maidenKnitNight at #onetwothree!  Join me for stitching and sipping! We’ll be there from 6 to 8. :) Hope to see you there!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls