Congratulations to both our Cross Country teams this Saturday morning (9/-7-13)!!! Girls came in 3rd and boys came in 5th. This is a big accomplishment for us. Thank you parents for the tents, signs, snacks, Gatorade, rides and everything else. Go eagles!!!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Huntington Middle School the week of September 16th – 20th. Please let me know if you can volunteer a few hours of your time during the school day to help. Get in touch with Lisa Ketchum if you can work/volunteer, especially Thursday from 11:30-3 pm
If you have students who would come to an after school tutor, please make Mr Brison aware of the need/viability. There is a posting to get one right now (afterschool/recovery tutor) several days a week. If there is enough demand, we might get more than one. There are plans to perhaps get a late bus (4:05) for kids who stay for tutoring, activities, etc.
Really. Call or email him and let him know if your child would take advantage of these things!
Next HMS PTA meeting will be Tuesday Oct 8 from 6-7 pm
Last week Zadokite Wood was drawn to get a little prize for “Caught Being Good”! Yay! Also nominated were Christie Robbins and Ali Weidenhammer (sp?). Good job girls! It Does Matter how you act, what you say…
I’m past the armholes now and pondering how to continue, with help from my fb friends 🙂
I’m using MOSTLY Mark Bittman’s recipe for fast yeast bread http://simplycooking.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/fast-yeast-bread/
but I’ve put extra ingredients in the dough (the idea for adding canned pumpkin came from a recipe in “Breadtime Stories” with mashed squash in the dough), mixed it in my bread machine on “rapid” cycle until it stopped for the rise, put the dough in an oiled BIG loaf pan with the top also sprayed with oil and let it rise in the warm oven (heated to 200 and then turned off, before I put the bread in) for 25 minutes. Took it out, let the oven heat up to 425 for 5 minutes. Brushed the loaf with water and sprinkled with kosher salt, put in the oven for 15 minutes… then I’m going to turn it down to 350 and bake 15-30 minutes longer.
1 cup milk, warmed
4 T butter, melted
1/2 can pumpkin, warmed (I put those first three things together in a pyrex cup in the microwave)
~2 T honey
~1.5 cup oats
1 t salt
2 t yeast
~3.5-4.5 cups all purpose white flour (started with 2 cups and kept adding about a half cup at a time as the bread machine was mixing, until it wasn’t sticky anymore)
This came out quite yummy, fairly tall, pretty golden colored.
The second time I made this bread, I divided the dough–about half I used to make a monkey-bread cinnamon-bun thing in a round cake pan, dividing half of the dough into a bunch (24 or 32? I forget) little pieces, dipping each in butter and sprinkling with cinnamon sugar–the other half of the dough I baked in a smaller loaf pan (a one-pound loaf, I think). My husband thought the bread was very good with gjetost (brown Norwegian whey cheese). It was good for sandwiches and yummy with Nutella spread on it and also good hot with butter to go with homemade soup.
I am working on crocheting a “pinwheel” sweater like the one I knit a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, I am not as skilled with making crochet-stitches/patterns that come out looking the way I see them in my head, so the nice little ridge/hole things (like on the shoulder of a raglan sweater) that I like so much on the pinwheel/circular sweater are not coming out the way I want. At least not yet. Maybe I can perfect them in the future.
I am using a fat “M” hook and Bernat Mosaic yarn. The yarn is very nice (not scratchy or awful to work with) acrylic and has LOOOONG color repeats like Noro, but is machine washable.
I started with a short chain, slip stitched it into a circle, crocheted 8 sc into the center of the first circle. Mark beginning of round, but spiral continuously around– Next round, 2 sc into each stitch. Next round, *sc, 2 sc” around. Then *sc, sc, 2 sc” around. *sc, sc, sc, 2 sc” around. I think I got up to about 5 sc stitches and then 2sc. Then I marked the circle into 8 wedges and did increases at each wedge-marker. When I got to about where the marker was, I did a ch-1 and then the next stitch I sc through only the back loop, then continued with sc-ing around. I took this photo when it was almost time to make the armholes for the sleeves–it is almost as wide as my shoulders.
My previous posts about the knitted circular sweater make with Noro Kureyon and Plymouth Boku yarn https://goodnessgraciouswv.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/noro-circular-sweater-the-saga-begins/
Also found this post http://thelaughingwillow.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-version-of-pinwheel-sweater.html
where she crocheted a similar sweater! 🙂
Might try this DROPS one sometime, too http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=5501&lang=us
I have been crocheting “sock monkey” and owl hats with earflaps for a little over a month. They are pretty fun and I get lots of compliments. 🙂
Anyhow, they are for sale! Most of the hats are $20 each. I can do them on request or you can buy one (they are a little more expensive in the CommonGround Shoppes in Huntington, WV’s Heritage Station downtown–because they take a cut) that I have made already. Not much on my etsy shop at the moment, but you can visit my Facebook page, if you do facebook. I’m Goodness Gracious WV. Comment here or there and I can make arrangements with you–whether you are local or need me to mail them someplace. Shipping would be about $3 for first class USPS in the US, more for Priority Mail.
Some pictures of hats I’ve already done: