Hobbies

Fish

Papa has encouraged me to always stop and look at the fish counter when I am shopping. I am notoriously bad at buying fish (I had a fish bone phobia after a bone caught in my throat as a child), but he scored some cod on super sale recently which I enjoyed cooking, so I am trying harder. I saw some monkfish at an incredible price. I rarely even see it on sale here, let alone at a 40% discount. Darina Allen had a recipe I wanted to try, so I forged ahead.

It was involved (roasted red pepper sauce)


Papa was appreciative, but also eager to impart his knowledge. As a child his family simply dipped the monkfish in melted butter.

It was divine. There is no going back. It was like lobster, without getting itchy shell juice on my hands!


That same weekend we tried to see if the fish had woken up at Spot Pond.

All we caught was plastic debris that we gathered for the trash can


Conor held out for a bite but it wasn’t to be

Discovery Night

On April 6 the school organized an exceptional evening focused on acknowledging all the different cultural, religious, neurological and family differences and similarities in our school community. I don’t have much to show for it on the blog, because I was pretty busy! I made a poster about traveling internationally, made Irish scones for the food tasting and I was asked to do videography again.

Ton of scones


The night was a great success. I particularly liked the “neurodiversity zone” that showcased all the various learning tools that can tailor learning to students needs. There was a ton of hands-on and sensory tools to try out and all the families were highly engaged.
The video is much more difficult to edit. There were so many themes on the night, and each grade had a different project to document… I have been going to the local TV station during Eamon’s naptime, trying to use the editing software without getting too many pins and needles…

While he sleeps…

Doro Wat

I spied some berbere spice at Whole Foods one knit night. I LOVE Ethiopian Food and have not been able to find anything that compares with our favorite Ethiopian restaurant in Tucson. So I determined to try some Doro Wat (chicken stew). It definitely needed some extra flavor, and some more time to develop (tasted better the next day) and I didn’t have any injera (bread for eating with) but it was a commendable first try, for sure.

I didn’t add a ton of berbere because my spice tolerance is way lower than my Arizona days!


I also decided to make some extra boiled eggs because I had been craving an egg salad sandwich for weeks. I pulled out all the stops and added everything my nana used to add to hers.

Just needs bread

Tyrus’ Christening in South Carolina

My godson Tyrus had a birthday and christening celebration that I was lucky enough to attend with Eamon. It was really fun to catch up with family and get dolled up for a special occasion.

Eamon and mummy, Eamon sporting the handknit linen blend vest and bowtie I made Conor for Donal’s wedding

Tyrus and his smash cake

Eamon and Tyrus got on really great together

Happy to be there for my godson. Thanks Papa for holding the fort at home.

Conor Turned 7!

The day after we got back from Ireland was Conor’s 7th birthday; a busy day, with a mini van that wouldn’t start, school, swim classes… Still time for celebration of course.

Lucky boy got a 3DS


I had to collect my car from the dealer straight after swimming, so my plans to make “French chicken”, Conor’s favorite, (it’s basically either roast chicken or braised chicken thighs) were scuppered. We detoured on the way home to Friendly’s…

He got a special song


This is what a jetlagged 7-year-old looks like in the baby blanket Farmor made him:

Mommy is melting


The party request was a sports theme again (of course): Mario and Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. I cooked up hot dogs per the birthday boy’s request (most parties have pizza without fail, so there were some surprised comments from the kids but most of them packed in a couple!) I also sprayed mini Oreos with gold edible spray to look both like a gold medal and a gold coin from Mario. The cake was the sheet cake I used last year, but with the frosting that comes with the recipe (yum): Martha Stewart’s Texas Sheet Cake.

Mario is in the lead


Racing

Four-Month Laceweight Project

The blog has been extraordinarily quiet knitwise. I was doing a secret project for my mother-in-law’s birthday, but it took a lot longer than I envisioned. It was laceweight mohair and incorporated a simple “spin stitch” effect, where you put the stitches on a cable needle and spin it either clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on the row. It turned out really well.

Spin Stitch Scarf and Wrap by Churchmouse Yarns


Spin Stitch Scarf and Wrap

Both sides are pretty

Still a Premier Knitwear Model

I might not be able to get Eamon to do everything I want, but I can still get him to wear knitwear! Since I know this phase will last a very short time (comparative to the time and effort put in!!!) I am using every opportunity.

Marcia’s Pembroke Karen’s handiwork

By the way, if you notice my images being displayed in all different ways over the next while, some shoddy, some slightly askew, I am having to play around with CSS, tables, etc, because wordpress changed its “upload by URL” feature to actually upload images, hence maxing out my storage allocation. So now I am writing the HTML myself, sourcing my images from flickr (which is what wordpress was supposed to be doing!!!) but wordpress doesn’t want to read my “styling” points, so it’s a bit old skool, with coding hacks off various helpful sites.

A Nerfy Nintendo Christmas

Santa delivered some rather large Nerf guns to the boys this year. Eamon is thankfully too young. He got some cool Duplo and ball toys.

Learning to unwrap


Delivery for Daddy


Lighting the pudding


The rest of our Christmas can basically be imagined by freeze framing this next photo for two weeks… The NES Classic that Daddy lined up at dawn for three mornings in a row was quite a hit, especially with Daddy…

Zelda