Family Sandwich

I am so tired of making meals for my kids that they won’t eat. My kids routinely refuse the lunch I make them. That means the meal ends with them eating very little, usually just the fruit and vegetables on their plate. I put their leftover lunch in the fridge and they have it for dinner. The grumble, but they eat it (for the record, I’m a good cook, I just don’t allow my kids to eat chicken nuggets or mac and cheese every day).

After meal after meal of complaints I threw up my hands in frustration and created a meal I could live with serving and they would actually eat. I took a loaf of take and bake bread, put meats and cheeses that I know they like on it. I added lettuce, tomato, mustard, and mayo – all things they like. I cut slices and they ate it happily.

I called it at Family Sandwich and they raved about it for days. I’m quite proud of reframing a party sub as a family meal.

Please share your most frustrating story about what your kids wouldn’t eat with me. I want to feel better about my picky little ones.

Virtual Knit Night

Dear Blogville,

Ivy and I are getting together to knit this weekend. She comes over for wine, cheese, and knitting a couple of times a month. If you’ve been visiting my blog for awhile you probably already know about this.

This week we’ve decided to change it up. This Saturday at 7:30 PM CST (Chicago time, if you want to easily google it) we are inviting you to join us. We will have a Skype call open for anyone to join us. If you want to join us for knit night drop me a message on Raverly or Instagram and let me know. I’ll need your phone number or e mail to send you a link that night.

I hope you will join us for some knitting and chatting. Please join us from the comfort of your home with the beverage of your choice. We are a delight. Trust me.

We are not always this fancy.

WIP Wednesday

All I have on the needles is a ribbed sock. I’m making socks as a graduation present for my niece. I told her I would make her anything and she requested ribbed socks. These were supposed to be my March cast on, but I needed some mindless knitting for when we are out and about, so I cast them on early.

I’ll be starting a pair of slippers as soon as I print the pattern, as I finally had to throw my worn through pair away. The hole grew too big to bother to wear them. I don’t wear shoes in the house and always wear slippers, so I’ll focus on getting them done quickly.

What are you working on this week?

Toasty Mittens

I finished my Dreyma mittens today. They might look familiar, as I made a nearly identical pair for my sister for Christmas. I made one change when knitting my mittens, I added an inch to the cuff. I want my wrists to stay nice and toasty.

These mittens are knit out of Ístex Léttlopi on US 4 needles, so they should be incredibly warm. I hope I don’t have to use them until next year, but I live in Iowa and it is February, so I’ll probably need them soon.

I hope you are working on a project you enjoy.

So Many Great Things

I should be writing a Sock It To Me Monday post, but I have too many things to tell you about and no photos of my sock, so you get run on sentences full of excitement instead.

Yesterday I went to a friend’s birthday party. She throws the best parties. Last year on her birthday we painted fox canvases. She threw an amazing BINGO party last spring, just because. This year it was a paint your own pottery party. I painted a yarn bowl and got some knitting done, all while eating the best monster cookie ever. And I was able to spend time with some of my best friends. It was so great I didn’t even mind when I got a text from the owner telling me my yarn bowl broke and I would have to come back in to make a new one.

Later that night, John and I went on a date. We ended up at the 80s and 90s themed pub in our neighborhood, because there isn’t much walkable that is open on a Sunday night. I enjoyed the pizza we shared, and the spicy ranch oyster crackers were really great to snack on, but the bar is so popular it was crowded and loud. I felt so old, wishing they would turn the music down. We did get a nice walk in before dinner, and it was nice enough to leave our coats at home.

This morning a friend came over for coffee and we sat around chatting for a couple of hours. It was wonderful. I love it when my day starts with conversation and friendship.

It was nice enough today for us to go to the park in fleeces. The kids were a lot happier to play without bulky layers.

When we got home from the park the last of my birthday yarn from John had arrived. I’m planning to make the Arachne sweater later this year, with significant changes to make it more appropriate for my Middle Aged Mid-Western body. I am going to be the coolest mom at the pumpkin patch this fall with my spider sweater and sugar skull dress.

Are you a podcast person? Have you listened to The Happiness Lab with Yale Professor Dr. Laurie Santos? It is amazing. I learn something from every episode that I can use to make my life happier, and I already consider myself a happy person. Please listen to this podcast and tell me how much you love it. Because you will love it.

Have a great Monday. I promise to tell you all about my current socks later this week.

I Didn’t Even Go to the Yarn Store

Yesterday I had a really great day. It was full of surprises and fun.

John is still suffering from his man cold. I wanted him to get some sleep (and to get the heck away from a pouty man with the same cold I have), so I packed up the kids and went to visit my cousin. I figured the kids could jump on her couches (she encourages this) and I could talk to her for a little bit.

The most incredible thing happened. The kids were entertained for 2 hours. Really entertained. They played. They watched train videos on YouTube. I was able to sit and knit and chat with my cousin. The kids are getting so big! I hate how fast they are growing, but I do like that it is possible to go somewhere and actually enjoy myself.

Not only did I get to relax, she let me raid her stash for slipper yarn. I’ve worn through my French Press Slippers and need to make a new pair. I’m going to make Women’s Felted Slippers, which I saw on another blog (Marilee? Alissa?). She only had single skeins, but I’m going to make it work. She also gave me some fabric clips that I’m excited to try when sewing as well as when seaming knits.

When I got home I discovered the cutest fox enamel pin from Bonny in the mail. It is adorable. I love foxes. John and I got married in a park, and at the end of the ceremony a fox walked by. I quickly added the pin to my collection. I am so thankful to have made such a good friend through blogging. This community is so great.

I had such a great day yesterday. It was like I went yarn shopping, but instead had a relaxing day with family and a note and present from a friend to brighten my day. I am so thankful for the life I get to lead.