What I’m Knitting Now

I haven’t done any updates about what I’ve been knitting lately, mostly because I was knitting a little surprise for my sister’s sweet baby. :)  I also knitted a surprise for my niece and nephew, Maggie and Cullen, back in February and sent it to them in Virginia.  I’ve found now that the initial knitting fever is over, I most enjoy knitting stuff for everyone else. :)

Here’s the infinity scarf/cowl I knitted for Maggie.  I couldn’t find a free pattern for a cowl for kids ANYWHERE, so I made one up. :)  I did it to match her hat I made her at Christmas.  It’s a K3 P3 rib.  I cast on 90 in purple Cascade 120 Superwash (similar Cascade yarn here) and K3 P3 on circular size 11 needles.

Hand Knitted Infinity Scarf Pattern for Kids | Oysters & Pearls Hand Knitted Cowl Pattern for Kids | Oysters & Pearls

I hope she loves it like I love her!  I also knitted Cullen another Super Soft Merino Hat to replace the one his dog ate. Boys… ha.

Next up was a bigger project!  A sleep sack for my new niece Elah!  I chose to teach myself how to cable with this project, and I’m oh so glad I did.  My sister LOVES owls, and this little owlie sleep sack was the perfect baby gift for her new baby.

Owlie Sleep Sack in Progress | Oysters & Pearls

Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat in Off White| Oysters & Pearls

Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat | Oysters & Pearls

And here it is on little Elah in her newborn pictures!  Next two wonderful, beautiful photos are by Ben Hall, a photographer and friend of our family in Blountstown, Florida.  Thanks, Ben!

Hand Knit Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat on Elah, Photo by Ben Hall Photography | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Knit Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat on Elah, Photo by Ben Hall Photography | Oysters & Pearls

Swoon.

Sadly, the hat is a little bit big for little bitty Elah.  She’ll be able to wear it for a long time, but in the meantime, she needed a smaller hat.  So I knitted this basic newborn hat pattern in leftover superwash cotton yarn to match the sleep sack (which Elah uses all the time – best knitting decision ever) to keep her little head toasty.

Basic Newborn Hat Knitting Pattern | Oysters & Pearls

Poor tiny gal had to have some minor office surgery a couple of weeks ago.  And I swear, I think she liked her hat, despite her face.  ;)

Harold had to try on one of Elah’s hats, too.  He’s feeling sorta left out these days.

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Needless to say, baby hats and sacks are my new favorite thing to knit.  It helps when someone else comes and takes professional pictures of said baby knitting.  :)

All my knitters out there: what are you knitting now?

Until Next Time

Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pie

So have I mentioned my sister’s baby, Elah, was born on Pi Day?  3.14.15: the ultimate Pi Day.  Whilst discussing this unique day of birth (and my supreme nerdiness), Marc and I started also discussing the merits of another type of pie, chess pie, and joking that Elah preferred “chest pie.”  You know that Discover commercial for “Frog Protection?”  It went a lot like that.

Marc: “Chess pie.”

Natalie: “Chest pie!”

Marc: “Chess pie.”

Natalie: “Right, Chest pie.”

Anna Jo: “Wait, what are y’all really saying?”

Natalie to Marc: “I think we’re on the same page.

So naturally, we had to have some chess/chest pie to celebrate!

I decided to make use of some Keebler mini pie shells rather than make my own, a) because cute, and b) because I’m all about some minor shortcuts these days, apparently. (I’m working on that whole “giving myself a little grace” thing.)  Anyway, I used this recipe I found on Epicurious for the filling and adjusted the bake time.  They turned out adorable and delicious!

Mini Buttermilk Lemon Chess Pies - Oysters & Pearls

Mini Lemon Buttermilk Chess Pies

adapted from Epicurious

ingredients for filling

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 2/3 cup whole cultured buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Plus 2 Keebler Mini Graham Cracker Crusts (Pack of 6)

instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk first 4 ingredients (sugar, brown sugar, cornmeal and flour) in a medium bowl until well combined. Whisk the eggs and remaining 6 ingredients (buttermilk, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest) in a large bowl (mixture may look curdled). Slowly whisk dry ingredients into wet. Pour filling into mini crusts and bake until custard is set around edges but jiggles slightly in center, 40 minutes or so, but start checking them at 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook’s Notes: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving. To make life easier, place mini pies on a large, rimmed baking sheet.  

These turned out to be such a refreshing little pie.  Rich, and just the right size.  Plus, who doesn’t love tiny pies?

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I love tiny pies.  Especially for tiny Pi Day babies!

Elah Ventry | Oysters & Pearls

 

 

I can’t get enough of this picture or these sweet cheeks!

Until Next Time

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Happy Good Friday!!

She Reads Truth Lent Study | Oysters & Pearls

I hope everyone has wonderful plans for this Easter weekend.  This is our first Easter with a niece!  I’m pretty excited about that. :)  I also love this phone background from the She Reads Truth Lent Study.  Feel free to snag it!  And check out shereadstruth.com to join in.

Easter was my Grannie Peacock’s favorite holiday.  I think.  She really liked a lot of holidays.  She just plain liked parties, I think. :) She always had a birthday party for my Grandpa on St. Patrick’s Day (it really was his birthday), and not long after, she hosted Easter for our entire huge, crazy family.  Some of my fondest memories EVER are of eating breakfast at her house and then spending the day hunting for Easter eggs.  Consequently, Easter is probably my very favorite holiday.  As an adult, it now signifies a lot more than just hunting eggs (ahem, see above), but it still is the official start to spring for me.  Also, bunnies are my favorite, too.

Each year, I treat myself to something from Williams Sonoma’s Easter entertaining collection, even though no one comes to our house for Easter.  (One day!)  Got to build my collection somehow, right?  Side note: I’m still kicking myself for not treating myself to the bunny cake stand last year. Anyway, this year, while perusing Walmart’s Easter section for kicks, I made a fateful discovery: dyeable, ping pong ball-like Easter eggs that you can decorate and keep forever!  They were 97 cents for a dozen possibilities, so naturally I grabbed four dozen.

DIY Golden Eggs - Oysters & Pearls

As one does, I decided to paint them gold.  I had seen and loved this extremely complicated DIY tutorial via Pinterest before – and let’s be honest, they’re gorgeous, but that’s just a Pinterest-fail waiting to happen – and y’all… this gal ain’t got time for gold leaf.  So, I just used Liquid Gold (also purchased at Walmart; this Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding is the same thing) and a cheap paint brush to create this dough bowl full of impressionistic gilded goodness.  I painted a couple of the eggs solid gold, and the rest I just dabbed gold on here and there for an artsy look that wasn’t too gaudy.

You could also dye these eggs like regular eggs, THEN paint gold brush strokes over them.  Or paint designs!  Or stencil your kid’s cameo on in gold!  Or write your Easter guests’ names on them and use them as place cards/favors!  OR WHATEVER OTHER IDEAS YOU CAN DREAM UP!

And as if those possibilities weren’t overwhelming enough, THEY ALSO COME IN CHALKBOARD FLAVOR.

Just FYI: I can’t find them on walmart.com! :(

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

I’m afraid I don’t have a table full of place settings just waiting for a family decked in Easter finery to sit down to pastel plates full of deviled eggs to show you.  I have a super simple centerpiece that brightens my days leading up to Easter without a lot of bright colors.  I plan to enjoy them for years to come, too!  Maybe when I build up that collection (and a family to sit around it) I’ll have more to show you.

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

But until then, it’ll do, pig.  It’ll do.

 (Babe the Pig reference anyone?)

Until Next Time