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A Sunday Update of This and That

There are a lot of things going on for me in the book world in the next couple of weeks. I am doing a re-edit for Erich Penhoff’s Savage Roads, the first book in the Savage Series. I have finished the edit on the second book in the series, A Savage Death and it will be published mid-month. Watch here for the publication announcement! Aren’t the cover’s great? They are by LLPIX Photography. If you like high action, unusual characters, and wonderfully drawn international locations, you are going to love these two books. The third, unnamed volume will be hitting my desk soon, and I can hardly wait!

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Today I am hoping to finish the edit for Kelly Graham’s Eyes of the Many. It seems like all of the books I am working on these days have killer covers!  This one is awesome too, isn’t it?  I will add the name of the artist later. Currently, my list is being developed of different cover artists who have been recommended to me, or who I have found myself that I really like and who do a great job. Watch for it to show up soon.

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Coconut Lemongrass Chai Tea

A few things of a more personal and “just for fun” nature!  I just made a big pot of Cucumber Mojito tea, after guzzling about a gallon of English Tea this morning. I finally took a minute to order more tea from Tea Guys (woo hoo!) so will be receiving more Pu-Erh (an aged black that my housemate is addicted to), Darjeeling (my favorite straight black) and smaller bag of Coconut Lemongrass Chai . It is very refreshing, and besides, who can’t love something that is this pretty when it comes out of the bag?

I also threw in small bags of Watermelon Lime Green Tea (hey, my two favorite flavours, gotta try it, right?)

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Morning Americano Black Tea
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Watermelon Lime Green Tea
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Gotta have my Dunkin’!

Along with these, I am also trying the Morning Americano which I am hoping will sort of make up for the fact that I have always been addicted to coffee, but really need to cut back (but I am NOT giving up my Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut Coffee!)

In other news, I am working on a cover for my 7-cup tea pot (isn’t it a hoot? It has a matching cup that goes with it…)

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Fun Teapot!
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Grecian Lovely from Really Wild Tea Cosies

So, I am using the Really Wild Tea Cosies book by Loani Prior again. The pattern is Grecian Lovely. Of course, I have to do things differently, right? So my Grecian Lovely is a bit brighter than this one – the side I am working on looks all neat and tidy, huh? Well, of course, it doesn’t really look like that on the other side – LOL!!  Of course, it will be good to get a cosy made for it, seeing as how this one’s ‘skirt’ is a bit short!

Well, 4-pot covers aren’t really made for 7-cup pots, huh?

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Teapot showing it’s bottom . . .
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Starting on one side. Flat knitting on each side.
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What a mess, huh?
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New Directions In Lace
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Eggplant lace yarn from See Jayne Knit.

Oh, and I signed up for a class at Craftsy.com called New Directions in Lace.  I can take the class any time I want, in stages, so any time I get a moment to play with it, I can do it. Cool, huh? It is a really beautiful pattern, and I have this lace-weight yarn from See Jayne Knit.  It will be interesting to see if she can make me more of this, as there are 825-yards and I need about 1200-1300 yards!

Well, enough piddling around. Time to get to work on Eyes especially as I am really looking forward to it!

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I Knit While I Read

I admit it. I am one of those crazy people who can’t function unless I am doing something with my hands.It used to be, when I only read print editions of books, that I had to figure out a way to hold my books, turn pages, and knit or quilt at the same time. Now, with my Kindle and Nook (yes, I have both, what can I say?) I can prop up the book and knit at the same time. How cool is that!

Plymouth Yarn Company has new Encore line colours out that are NEON!

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I bought the yellow, green and pink (and wish I had bought the orange, but my budget is sooo tight) and paired it with the 0848-Navy Blue.

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I am making the Infant size Einstein Coat, better known as the Baby Albert, from Sally Melville’s The Knitting Experience Book 1:The Knit Stitch, Inspiration and Instruction.

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einstein coatThanks to Kaleidoscope Yarns in Vermont for the photo of a completed child size sample of the Einstein Coat. The coat I am making is the Baby Albert Coat, the infant size. As you can imagine, mine is going to be quite a bit different!

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The stripes of the completed portion are for the bottom portion (running up-and-down). The top portion and sleeves are sketched out, and will be quite fun, I think! Hang in for a look at it as it goes along! I will sell it when it is done (one can always hope!) on my Etsy page.

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Cick to go to my Etsy Page!

The tea cozy is me grabbing bits and pieces of fiber out of my ‘leftovers’ pile, spinning them up,then plying them into a two-ply, nubby yarn, then knitting them together. The top is simply a heavy piece of left over yarn woven into the top and pulled tight.  Boom! My take on one of Loani Prior’s ‘knit-flat’ tea cozies from Wild Tea Cozies and Really Wild Tea Cozies.wild

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jester Thanks to Morgan at Morganised Chaos in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia for the photo of her Jester Tea Cosy. I am working on mine from bits and pieces of Noro Worsted Weight yarn. When it is done, I will post here.

 

 

 

And yes, before you ask, I am as scatter-brained about my knitting as I am about everything else! I have more UFO’s, both knit, quilt, and stained glass, than I like to admit!

The Heather Hoodie is almost done, I am just getting ready to put the button band on, but it has been so hot, and by now the flippin’ thing is so heavy and hot to work on, that it is in a drawer until the weather cools down! Will post a photo when I pull it out again……..

Cranberry or Cherry Bittersweet Chocolate Walnut Scones

I love scones. One of the best things about my trip to England was sitting in one of the many castle gardens and eating scones with real clotted cream and English Tea.

This isn’t exactly the scone I ate in England, but these are absolutely delicious!

Cranberry or Cherry Bittersweet Chocolate Walnut Scones

b-cherry-scones-24 cups All-purpose flour
2/3 cup Granulated sugar
4 teaspoons Baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Unsalted butter — chilled
1 cup Heavy (whipping) cream
2 large Egg
3 teaspoons Vanilla extract
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate morsels
1 cup Toasted coarsely broken — walnuts*
1 cup dried – cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and distribute them over the flour mixture. With a pastry blender or two knives used scissors fashion, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, stir together the cream, egg, and vanilla. Add the cream mixture to the flour mixture and knead until combined. Knead in the white chocolate, walnuts, and apricots.

With lightly floured hands, pat the dough out on a floured work surface to a thickness of 1 inch. Using a sharp knife or even a pizza cutter, cut into triangles. Bake scones on non-stick baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Place baking sheet on wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer scones to wire rack to cool. Serve warm or cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Makes 14 to 16 scones.

* To toast walnuts, place the walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes, shaking the sheet a couple of times, until the nuts are fragrant.

The Tea Guys Came Through!

Tea GuysIt was cold, rainy and miserable all day and all I wanted was to curl up under one of my quilts, read and sip tea. Thank goodness the Tea Guys came through! Yummmmmm…..

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I got two lovely cups (my Pyrex tea cup holds 14 oz) from one tablespoon of the tea. This is just a ‘stock’ photo of a cup like mine. Mine came with a glass infuser with a lid. I took a picture of my cup and pot, but my drive for my micro drive seems to have decided to die an ugly death, so you get stock photos!Pomegranate Pear Tea

I hope I never break my mug and infuser – I can’t find another Anywhere!   I tried the Pomegranate Pear first. As soon as I opened the beautiful silver package, my senses were overcome with the scent of pears. Yummy! One of my favorite fruits. The brewed tea itself was a joy to drink. The pear comes through first, the tartness of the pomegranate sharpening the flavour. The tea pieces bloomed fully into big chunks of pear and beautiful bits of pomegranate. Yes, of course I ate the pieces! 

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Tomorrow morning? Darjeeling!

Recipes with Tea – Beyond the Cuppa!

I just ordered specialty bulk teas. Darjeeling, English Breakfast and some other specialties….Will let you know how it goes . . .

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I chanced upon an old contest in Food52 for The Best Recipe With Tea and it really got me thinking! Before I get into more gyaan, here are some of the recipes I liked from the contest entries, that did not win!

Tea Smoked DuckChai Spice BiscottiEarl Grey cured SalmonTea Crusted Tofu

Which one are you planning to try? I really want to see how the Chai Spice Biscotti comes out, and am Slightly craving for the Tea crusted Tofu 😛

As for the tea I intend to use, it HAS to be a Teavana blend for me! Especially since I have a Buy One Get One offer on it…

Do like the post if you found it interesting. And do share your Tea based recipes in the comments with a line or two 🙂

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