Coconut Oatmeal

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1 cup of coconut water

3/4 Coconut milk

1/2 Cup of steel cup quick oats

2 Tbsp raw sugar

An assortment of toppings, some of my favouites include dried cranberries, dried apricots, slivered almonds and mini chocolate chips.

This recipe makes oats for one greedy person (me) or enough to share with your loved one.

There are many ways to cook your oats, I choose quick oats because I can’t plan the night before what I want for breakfast the next morning. I also like a little bite left in my oats. So this is how I cook them;

In a sauce pan, bring to the boil the coconut water and 1/2 a cup of the coconut milk.

Add in the oats, turn the heat to medium low and pop a lid on.

Cook the oats for around 7 – 10 minutes, I stir every so often and do the bite test.

When you have reaches your softness preference, stir in the remaining coconut milk.

Pour into the bowl(s), sprinkle with sugar and pile the toppings into the middle.

Nom nom F.

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IMG_5859.JPGAutumn is being a tease in the city.  We’ll have a few days of cool temperatures, and gorgeous chilly nights, and then it will turn around with a weekend like this past weekend. In the 80’s, a teensy bit humid, hot. The good news is that I’m starting to see the first little signs of the season’s change: a blush of red in the trees, leaves collecting on the ground, purple autumn flowers. Florrie says that the leaves at the Croakery are starting to turn. All we need down here is one good cold snap and it will quickly tumble downhill into color. I can’t wait. Yesterday I caught myself daydreaming about being home when it’s snowing. It nearly made me feel something similar to homesick.  lol Aren’t I a funny one?

Have a great week!

-Marie

LYS: Brooklyn General Store

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My good friend is currently obsessed with the new TV show Outlander. She’s also been taken with some of the heroine’s knitwear so she asked me if I would help her design and make the capelet that is featured in the show. She needed to purchase some wool for the project and I thought it would be a good excuse to visit one of the local yarn shops that I had never visited before. Being a Queens girl I don’t get to Brooklyn very often, but I had heard that Brooklyn General Store was a wonderful yarn/sewing shop and I had been meaning to visit it for a while.

I took the F train to the Caroll Street stop.  It lets out onto Smith Street, which is a busy street filled with shops and restaurants. Lunch was in order. We settled on eating at Wilma Jean, one of those chef-y Brooklyn places that specializes in fried chicken. The food was pretty great. Juicy fresh chicken, tater tots (!!) and a gorgeous, deep red, vinegary house made ketchup. The cornbread was pretty good, but it was a bit dry and lacked a little flavor, though the salted molasses butter helped. I had a root beer. I haven’t drunk a root beer in ages. It was a good thing.

After our late lunch we strolled west, down the tree lined streets filled with brownstones.  I do love a brownstone. Even though it’s brimming with tight trousered hipsters, artisan cheese and baby carriages, Brooklyn is also full of charming neighborhoods. I have to give it that.

Brooklyn General is a really cute shop, living up to its too-cool-for-school Brooklyn reputation. Sadly that reputation extends to the staff there. I’ve worked in retail for over a decade, so my standards of customer service are rather high, admittedly. The women did greet us, but it was a bit chilly and perfunctory. At one point while browsing we were asked if we needed assistance, so that was encouraging. When we were ready to pay for our purchases, we stood at the counter for a minute or so while the chatting women behind it ate potato chips and finished their conversation before acknowledge our presence. Not exactly the way to treat paying customers. So while the shop has charm, and a decent selection of fabrics and wool, it’s certainly not worth the trip to Brooklyn, at least for me. I did get two delicious skeins of Madeline Tosh DK there. I can’t wait to start knitting that up!

On my way to the train home, I stopped in at Smith Canteen for an espresso. Such a cute coffee shop. I’m a complete ninny though, and left my bag of wool there. I didn’t even notice it was gone until I got home, and at first, I thought it had become a sacrifice to ye F train gods. I was about to resign myself to disappointment when I remembered the coffee shop and me setting it up on the shelf above where I sat and sipped my coffee. I tried calling the shop, but wasn’t able to get through to anyone, so I emailed them. They replied pretty quickly and said they had found my wool. I made the trek back the next day and retrieved it. Thank you Smith Canteen!

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So, it finally happened. I missed a picture!  I took last week off from work, and I went upstate to the Croakery to visit Florrie for a few days. Between travel, and knitting, and cooking, and drinking and fun my picture taking was quickly forgotten.  I did take a picture in a park near Florrie’s little house in the woods, though, :-) so that will be my stand in picture for last week.

This Monday in the city is a little bit grey, a little bit cool, a little bit breezy. The reason that they covered up our friends General Sherman and Victory is that they are renovating Grand Army Plaza. They’ve been ripping the whole thing up with jackhammers and bulldozers for a couple of weeks now. According to the sign it should be quite pretty once they’re done.

I hope you all have a great week!

-Marie

Free Pattern: Astoria Cowl

astoria Cowl 4

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Here’s a free new pattern for you for this beautiful, crisp September morning.

This textured cowl is a great beginning knitter project, or an auto pilot knit for a more experienced knitter wanting something easy and familiar to do with their hands. Its knit in the round so there will be no seams to sew, and the simple pattern is completely reversible.

Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter is a great vehicle to showcase texture, and it blooms and softens up beautifully once blocked. It’s still a wee bit on the scratchy side, as wool goes, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have overly sensitive skin, but any yarn would be fine for this piece.  I hope you enjoy it!

Download for FREE on Ravelry

Pattern Notes:

Finished Measurements

7.5in (19.5cm) wide
28in (50.8cm) long, folded in half 56in (142.24cm) circumference Finished weight – 4oz (113g)

Suggested Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed (100% Targhee-Columbia Wool) 140yd (128m/50g)
Colorway shown: Snowbound
For project: approx. 320 yards (293m, 113g)

Needle

1 pair US8 (5mm) 16” minimum circular needles, or needles to obtain gauge.

Gauge

9 stitches & 12 rows per 2 inches in stockinette stitch.

Notions

Stitch marker

Darning needle for finishing

Pineapple Lime Ice Lollies

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Makes approximately 18 mini pops

You will need:

1oz plastic shot glasses – or other popsicle molds

1 ripe pineapple – juiced (easiest done in a juicer)

Will make roughly 3 cups of juice

Reserve 1 cup of the pulp (remove any hard bits or eyes)

2 limes – zested and juiced

1/2 cup tequila (optional)

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Mix everything together in a shallow freezer proof dish. For a family friendly treat, omit alcohol.

To avoid rock hard pops and to give them a nice flakey texture slightly pre-freeze before you fill your pop molds. This will also help your stick remain upright during the freeze.

In the shallow dish, freeze for 10-15 minutes, gently flake with a fork, replace in freezer. Repeat once more. Spoon into molds, and insert popsicle sticks and freeze for at least a couple of hours or overnight.