knitionary, the recipes

I've found a way to keep the Knitionary recipes organized and easy to find.  I've started a new blog called Knitionary, the recipes that you can find here.  I know you'll find it much easier to search for a recipe.  So, if you remember that Knitionary published a soup recipe you'd like to make, you'll be able to find it easily on the recipe blog.   I have a set of labels, or tags listed at the right hand side bar of the blog to make your search much easier, plus I'll have links from the original post.

Remember Rene's beautiful Harvest Brunch?  The Tomato and Onion Tart recipe is right here.  It is tagged with appetizer, first course, harvest, summer, tart, tomato, and brunch to make the search much easier to find.

I am very proud of my Roasted Tomato Sauce.  It's tagged with sauce and tomato.

I also love my sugar cookie recipe, it never fails to get raves.  Find it here.

A few weeks ago Knitionary went to Carole and Bill's for
 a San Francisco style dinner in Bad Girls Book Club Eats Again.
The Strawberry Marzipan Tart was as beautiful as it was delicious.

I love to cook and entertain and share the recipes.  
Our friends love to cook and entertain and share the recipes.  
I hope you'll stop by Knitionary, The Recipes often!

This blog won't change, you'll still find the same knitting and gardening and entertaining posts,
but also find an easier way to access the recipes.  xoxo


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When Pioneer debuted last month, and when talking with my knitting friends, it wasn't so much, "Which one are you going to knit?", but more, "Which ones are you going to knit"?  Pioneer by Martin Storey is filled with beautiful fall and winter designs.  Lots of cable and texture in gorgeous wools for both men and women.  The book uses this description,  A collection of hand knits for both men and women inspired by the pioneer look of the Midwest and hand crafted lifestyle.  I predict this will become one of those classic books that people will be knitting from for years to come.  I'd like to show you a few of my favorites.  First up are the three I'll be making from this book.

My absolute favorite, Homeland, large cables using Rowan Big Wool.  I'm knitting it in pale blue.

Love this easy wearable vest, Schooner, using Pure Wool Aran.  I am using a pale gray Rowan Tweed.

Heath in Big Wool, will be making this for my granddaughter's 13th birthday.  Wool shopping with her this weekend!

Frontiersman in Big Wool.  Best looking men's sweater ever.

Settler in Pure Wool Aran.  Very wearable.

Quilt, the cover girl, intarsia in Creative Focus Worsted, also in men's version.

Shelter, a classic cabled cardi in Pure Wool Aran.

Wilderness using Creative Focus Worsted.  Love the textured stitch.

Dwell, a beautiful honeycomb cabled cardi in Pure Wool Aran.

Crockett in Creative Focus Worsted, also in women's version. Beautiful cabled windowpane check.

Have you started your fall knitting?

The links!

If you don't live near a Rowan stockist, I recommend Jimmy Beans online store.
Prompt service and I often get free shipping.

Pioneer, the book of 14 designs for men and women, by Martin Storey.
Pioneer, the designs link on Ravelry.
Rowan Pure Wool Aran available at Royal Yarns.

flowers I've loved

 Looking back on some past posts I thought it would be a nice
to have some of my prettiest garden flower bouquets reappear.

Almost every bloom courtesy of my own lovely hard working backyard garden.

I tried to link most pictures to the original post.

This ball dahlia is prolific and comes up year after year.  The name was lost years ago.

A David Austin.

Sometimes the most simple arrangements are the most effective, here David Austin's St. Cecelia.

Zinnias, this is in my living room today.

Helleborus, they last easily a month as a cut flower.

Mums, daisies, and dill, from a post simply called "a dinner party".


Zinnias, the post "you had me at bacon".
Mostly glads, zinnias, white Shasta daisies and dahlias.  From the post "Sunday's Bouquet" about our garden.
Long lasting protea from the market from my "St. Patrick's Day" post.

The first of the tree peonies are as big as a dinner plate, 
look at how tiny the wine glass looks in the lower left corner.
This is from the post, "splendid dinner party".

Roses mix from an adorable "baby shower" I gave last summer.

Lilies and yellow Graham Thomas roses with some store bought touches.

Snipped lilies from a friend's garden who was on vacation.  She said I could!

St. Cecelia rose and other David Austins.

Dahlias and roses.

Giant fragrant magnolias that smell like lemon pie, shasta daisies and nicotiana.

Dill, roses and dahlias.  This was from "Let's Party", a fun summer party we had last year.
I still pick nasturtiums through fall, here in "fall dinner party".

Pink Simplicity rose buds.  This Jackson Perkins rose bush for me is in bloom almost year 'round.

Camellias love living in California.  This single is one of my favorites and blooms late winter.
A winter arrangement with leaves and antique medicine bottles from a pretty post,  "a winter dinner party".

In the process of drying hydrangeas.  How to is here.
A friend brought these tulips in a mason jar as a hostess gift, so simple and pretty.

Purchased alstroemeria, post from "A Neighborly Party".

Green leaves and lilies from "my romantic table", my most viewed post ever.

Apple blossoms decorate this Easter table a few years ago.

David Austins in a silver bowl, from "A Rosy Luncheon."

I used The Pilgrim roses all over the house for one of my favorite luncheons ever, Fellowship Luncheon.

Graham Thomas roses decorate the champagne set up.

This is one of my prettiest posts, "peep", our Easter table with purchased alstroemeria.

Roses with sedum and zinnias.

Pink Simplicity roses from Jackson Perkins, blooming for me in December!  Picture from my "post Christmas dinner party".

Tree peonies and David Austin roses.  Looks like ballerina's tutus, from "make it fast."

David Austin roses.

Rose mix.

David Austin's Graham Thomas, gorgeous yellow from a gigantic, healthy bush.

Lovly mix of David Austins, mostly The Pilgrim and St. Cecelia.

St. Cecelia.  Sigh, prettiest bouquet ever.

Narcissus, I have a tiny patch, that's all you need, so fragrant. 

Dahlias and orange nasturtium.  Nasturtiums re-seed and grow wild in our veg garden.
Rose mix with oregano and nasturtium.
Red Simplicity roses.

Pink Simplicity roses.  We planted 25 in the front as a hedge and use hedge clippers to prune.  So hardy!
David Austin's The Pilgrim, a large and hardy bush.

A florist bouquet given to me as a gift.

Tulips from the market, from the post, "Swans Again?"


Daffodils and paperwhites.

I remember these roses smelled amazing!


David Austin mix, the fragrance, unbelievable, from a Mother's Day post a few years back.

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