Are You Ready for Sandal Season?? ;-)

I thought this was a good time to share one of my new, fav nail care products. :-)

Check out my full review of: Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish an alternative to highly toxic, mainstream nail polish.

Hope sandal-season has arrived where you are. ;-) It has here in BC, its been sunny and warm all week. 

Be in E-Motion

Geraldine:

Isn’t this good advice? :-)

Thanks to Thrive Daily for this thought-provoking quote.

♥ Have a Safe and Happy Weekend! ♥ 

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Chickpeas: What’s Not to ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!

I’m a big fan of chickpeas.

I use them in all kinds of recipes: soups, stews, curries, hummus…

their nutty rich flavor and the unique texture they add to dishes too.

And they are sooooooo good for us! ;)

There are many health benefits derived from eating chickpeas, you can read more about that here and here. 

On the menu for supper tonight:

Slow Cooker Veggie Curry

And to add to this week’s snacks with crudites, crackers…

Fresh Rosemary Hummus

njfv appetizers

Both recipes are featured in:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Do you like chickpeas?

What’s your favorite way of using them in recipes?

Happy Cooking! :)

Walk In the Park Cardie

Walk in the Park Cardi Isn’t this a cute summer cardie? :-)

I happened to find this pattern while doing an online search this week for “fingering weight cardies” and finally clicked my way to the Yarnspirations.com website, where I found this lovely knitting pattern.

Although the yarn recommended and shown in photo (Caron Super Soft Light) is a bit heavier than the fingering weight stash yarn I currently have on hand, I think I’ll be able to make it work with a bit of needle/gauge tweaking. ;-)

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I love everything about it actually.

NOT too difficult but with just a bit of a challenge in the pattern section. And speaking of that, if you’ve been wanting to give charts a try, this would be an excellent pattern to start with. Easy but it still gives you some experience with following a knitting chart and also for using two yarns at the same time, when the colors overlap at the wavy parts. ;-)

I also checked out the Caron Simply Soft Light and it looks like a very nice yarn. Great colors too, including some ice cream shades” that would be perfect for summer and reasonably priced too.

And while you’re over at the Yarnspirations site, you’ll find a lot more great knitting and crochet patterns, for the whole family, many that are FREE and lots of luscious yarns to make them in too.

I’m really glad that I found out about the Yarnspirations site and this particular pattern. Now it’s time to get working on my swatch/gauge. I can’t wait to get started on this cardie! ;-)

If you’re making something right now, do share!!!

Happy Knitting! 

****UPDATE MAY 22nd******

I started this cardie (with the sleeves). Unfortunately, there are errors I’ve found in the pattern chart for size medium,  I have contacted the pattern website about this and they have sent the pattern back to the designers to correct errors.

I’ll update this post after that’s been done AND I’ve had a chance to test drive this pattern again. 

I love cats

Geraldine:

Mr. Cheddar picked this cutie as a reblog.

Good choice Cheddie!!😉

Have a fabulous and furrralicious (that’s Ched- speak for great) weekend. 🐱🐱

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Cats are the best.  I luv them.  I would love to have 18 cats one day.

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Another Movie Night Suggestion! :-)

Nuns on the Run

A few months ago, I posted about one of my fav movies (Matinee) and a brand of organic popcorn I like, you can read that post here.

Thought it would be fun to share another comedy fav movie with you today, this one starring a couple of very talented Brits, Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle.

Nuns on the Run:

is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen and it’s one that I’ve watched many, many times too. It’s that kind of movie. And for me, it’s been just as funny on the re-viewing as it was the first time, even though I already know what’s going to happen next. ;-)

Brian (Eric Idle) and Charlie (Robbie Coltrane) are small-time criminals who are fed up with their lives of crime and are now on the run from not only their gangster boss but also the police and the Triads. With no other way out, they duck into a convent, change their suits for nun’s habits and that’s when the real laughs begin. :-)

I won’t spoil the plot but suffice to say, this one is an oldie but still a real goodie, when it comes to comedy classics. 

Oh, one more thing, in the extra features included with the film, they even interviewed some real nuns to see what they thought of this movie. Most of them really enjoyed it, except for a bit of foul language. I thought that was so cool that they took the time to get that kind of feedback. But the movie portrays nuns for the most part as intelligent and street smart too, so what’s not to like, even if you are a nun! ;-)

Right now, it’s available at Amazon.com for less than $7. so this is a great time to get a copy.

Let me know if you give this one a try.

Happy Viewing and Week!

Shape

Geraldine:

Isn’t this lovely? :-)

This photo and inspiring words caught my attention as I browsed my WP Reader this morning.
And so much glorious green, my fav color. ;-)

Have a lovely, memorable weekend, G

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“What shape waits in the seed of you, to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?”

– David Whyte

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Product Review: PDQ Women’s Sport Sandals

PDQ Womens/Ladies Toggle & Touch Fastening Sports Sandals (5 US) (Black/Pink)

If you’re looking for a sport/walking sandal (as I was recently) you might want to check these out. :-)

My criteria for a walking/sport sandal was:

-lightweight but not cheap material

-easy to take on and off

-good cushioning in the sole

-plenty of air circulation so my feet don’t get hot wearing them for extended periods

-OK to look at

-reasonably priced 

Happily, I got all that and more, with this purchase. ;-)

I also was pleasantly surprised how reasonable the postage was to have these sent from the UK, less than $ 4. Wow, how cheap is that? And they arrived in less than a month, not like some other overseas purchases I’ve made that took a LONG, LONG time to get to our little city in Interior BC.

Mine are in the RED-GREY color, and again I was pleased. They are exactly as pictured at Amazon.

I’ve checked out VERY similar sandals locally, supposedly on sale for around $70. These were less than $30. so I call this a real bargain.

Hope you find this review helpful and let me know if you give these sport sandals a try too.

Happy Walking and Week! :-)

On the Needles: Simple Faroese Shawl

I ♥ knitting shawls! :-)

I recently found out about “faroese” type shawls, which are those shaped to stay on your shoulders without a shawl pin required. Click the link above to read more on Wiki about the traditional faroese shawl pattern, which is the inspiration for  many of the newer (and easier) versions of these classic shawls, including the lovely one pictured above.

SIMPLE FAROESE SHAWL

Is a pattern from the talented: Susan Sarabasha (aka Smokey Blue) and available for download over at Ravelry for only $1.99.

What a bargain and proceeds go to the American Humane Society or local pet shelters, even better!

I’m making this shawl in KnitPicks Stroll Tweed in the Dill Heather shade:

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I have 2 skeins of yarn, 460 yds. in total, which is enough to make the shoulder-sized version.

You can easily customize this pattern to make it a full- sized shawl if you prefer. But I like the look of the one in the photo, as it is. I think it’s just the perfect size and what a plus to have a shawl that you don’t actually have to keep a hold of or pin, when wearing! ;-) Shawl wearers, you know what I’m talking about. LOL

A big thank you to Susan for allowing me to share this lovely pattern and photo here.

Stop by Susan’s Ravelry page to see all of her other wonderful patterns too. A great selection to choose from. 

What are you making right now?

Happy Knitting and Weekend! 

Groovy Green Kitchen UPDATES, Now Available :-)

GGK II cover (front )

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The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups

I have updated the photos in both of my: Groovy Green Kitchen cookbooks (Kindle versions) and free updates are now available from Amazon.

Amazon.com has kindly informed me that they will be sending out notices to customers who purchased one or both of these eBooks previously, re: the update. But in case you don’t hear from them, you can also contact Amazon to get the free updates.

I was having issues with the photos in both of these eBooks, when zoomed in particular. They are now looking much better and I think have added to the overall presentation quite a bit.

I have less than an optimal set-up for kitchen photos at present, but with some photo editing that I did and some help from the talented: Lissa at Postcards from the Rain (thanks again Lissa!), they are now good to go.

I also suggested to Amazon that white borders on the zoomed version of photos (instead of the ugly brown they had previously) would look a lot better. They sent in my suggestion for consideration and woohoo, they have now made that change! :-)

I am also looking for more reviewers for both of these cookbooks.

If you like to cook and would be interested in giving one or both of these eBooks a “test drive” send me an email at:

veggiecook  @myway  .com (spaces removed), type REVIEWER in subject line

and we can go from there.  

Have a wonderful week and Happy Cooking! :-)

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