Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There's no place like home...



What an incredible whirlwind of discovery the past three weeks have been! Our cross-country road trip has come to a close, and as wonderful as it's been, we're oh-so-happy to be home! I promise to share pictures and tales of where we've been, but in the meanwhile, I'll share what books I picked up along the way as well as a much better photo of the yarn I picked up in Lancaster County (Karen A., the shop, Lancaster Yarn Shop, is in Intercourse).

My four new books include two new cookbooks: The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook which I picked up in Mansfield, Missouri, at Rocky Ridge Farm (!!) and Amish Cooking, a small collection of interesting recipes we bought primarily for the pretzel recipe. If you've never had a pretzel from the Bird in Hand bake shop in Lancaster, you simply must! Perfecting the homemade pretzel has been added to my to-do list. :)  [correction: my dh informed me that we did not get pretzels in Bird-in-Hand but rather at a family-owned ice cream shop/dairy farm (the name of which I cannot remember, so sorry!) we visited while on our tour through Amish country, a fact that doesn't change how delicious they were!]

Practicing Hospitality is full of practical encouragement, and Tower of Babel, picked up at the Creation Museum, looks to be quite the interesting read and has given Daniel and idea of what his senior thesis might be in another year (can he really be that old? Sigh.).

Knitting? I have to admit I actually did very little knitting over the past three weeks -- much less than I thought I would. Although my hitchhiker didn't grow by even one stitch, I did manage to finish a black pair of my cabled mitts (a special request by my mom for her b-day) which I posted while in Pittsburgh on our way out of town (have I mentioned my family is originally from Pgh.?). What I did work on during all those hours of driving, and am just about finished (!!) is the knitting and writing of a cabled beanie to go with my mitts pattern. I did, in fact, finish one, but it turned out to be a bit smaller than I wanted (would fit a child rather than a teen or adult), so I'm reworking it to be bigger and hope to have it finished by this weekend for test knitting. :)

Can't wait to see what you've all been up to...

How about you? What books are you reading? What's growing in your yarn garden? How's your summer going? Please share in the comments and join me at Ginny's.

~Lisa

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44 comments:

  1. welcome back home, I'm glad you were so busy you knit very little. If you did not bring any knitting you would have been sitting around wanting to knit!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen; you are so right! About the only knitting I did was in the plane on the first day, in the car as we drove all day on our way home, or at my uncle's house in Pgh. It was comforting to know it was there if I wanted it. :)

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  2. It is my dream to go on a cross-country trip someday! The books in your stack look so interesting!

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    1. We used to go back east to visit family every summer when I was a kid; it was good to take my own children and give them similar memories! Hope your dreams come true!

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  3. Glad you made it home safely!! I was in Intercourse last year for my cousin's wedding; he and his wife now live in Lancaster county. My aunt and uncle and cousins stayed at Bird-in-Hand. I should have gone yarn shopping there, but did not.

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    1. Sarah, the Lancaster Yarn Shop is in a neat older home if I remember correctly, but then it could've been built to look that way as is popular today. She had a sample of a shawl similar to (and designed by the same gal) my hitchhiker that I wish I'd written down the name of! Lancaster is beautiful country. :)

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  4. I can't wait to see pics from your trip. That must have been a great experience. I usually end up knitting far less on vacation then I intend to. Oh well. As long as you had fun, that's the most important thing!

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    1. Lord willing, I'll get pics up this weekend. :) I really did think I'd do more knitting while driving once we got to the plains and western states, but we enjoyed talking and viewing the scenery so much that the needles just weren't moving...

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  5. hello lisa,
    welcome back home!! i have that cookbook from laura ingals wilder,too.your knitting knitting looks wonderful!
    have a wonderful day,
    regina

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    1. Thanks, Regina. :) After being away for three weeks and doing NO cooking (we did buy things we heated in our hotel microwave) for three weeks, I'm eager to spend lots of time in the kitchen trying new recipes! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  6. I hope to take a cross country trip someday. What an adventure! Looks like a great pile of books and projects :)

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    1. Such wonderful memories we have of our adventure! Hope you get to do it yourself one day. :) Looking forward to some inspiring reading! ~Lisa

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  7. Looks like a great trip and wonderful books! Very nice knit!

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  8. Sounds like you have been having a wonderful time! I recently read The Amish Knitting Circle collection and it included a few amish recipes. Have you tried anything from your cookbook yet?

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    1. I wish I could say I had tried something new in the kitchen this week. Crazy us got home on Sunday night, spent two days pulling life back together, and then drove to the Oregon coast to join our church's camp Wednesday - Thursday. I'm hoping to settle in a bit today and try a new recipe this weekend! Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  9. So glad you have grand time and it seems you have returned refreshed!

    Love your pictures!

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    1. Refreshed, inspired, and with a renewed sense of purpose and perspective...being away for three weeks does wonders for a person (I hope to do a post about what the Lord taught me while I was away). :)

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  10. Welcome back! :) I always feel a sense of home when I see those "welcome to Washington" signs! It sounds like a fun trip! I wonder if my library might have the Laura Ingalls cookbook that I could borrow...

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    1. I only wish my "Welcome to Washington" pic had been a prettier one...it is so beautiful here! We tried to snap photos of all the different state's signs when we entered each one, but sadly we missed one or two...I thought it might make a fun scrap book page for my daughter. :) I don't think I was aware that you are also in WA, and there you are serving in the Yakima Nation. Blessings to you!!

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  11. Love those cables! I hope you got a chance to visit some yarn stores while in Pittsburgh--we have some pretty good ones! ;)

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    1. Sadly, I didn't have time to yarn shop while in Pgh; we spent two days & nights with my uncle who housed us, fed us, and served as our tour guide through old Braddock where I was born. We visited Kennywood, too, but then had to be on our way west and drove out of town wishing we had another couple of days...

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  12. Welcome home! The boys were so pleased to have a postcard from Daniel! Looking forward to hearing all of your tales of travel!

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    1. Hi Keri!! So glad the postcard arrived! See you next Thursday, Lord willing, when music lessons start up again. :)

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  13. I have crossed the country twice and flown to other countries as well, but there is nothing more filling to ones soul, that returning to the familiar. Welcome home my friend. I am glad that your trip was exciting and gave you a chance to see a bit of Amish Country. Intercourse and Bird of Hand are quite popular in Lancaster County at any time of the year :0) Be blessed today! m.

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    1. I have never flown out of the country (although I have crossed the border to both Canada and Mexico!)... "Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home" is all I could think as we made our way back! Even though I spent the first 10 years of my life in western PA (PGH), we never visited eastern PA! It is absolutely gorgeous. :) Will be by to see what you've been up to...

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  14. Oh my goodness - how jealous am I? I can't wait to hear about your adventures, especially to Rocky Ridge Farm! :o)

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    1. Oh, Hannah! Rocky Ridge, what an inspiring place! What the Wilders did to improve their land even though Almonzo was lame in one leg...amazing! Lord willing, I'll be sharing this weekend. Blessings, ~Lisa :)

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  15. What yummy looking yarn...makes me ready for fall.
    I am just peeking in on everyones progress this Wednesday. I should be working on my Grocery bag rug...yes frugal me is knitting with plastic bags.
    Keep on Knitting.

    With All That I Am
    Carrie - The Handmade Homemaker

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    1. knitting with plastic bags? Whatever are you creating with them? So curious!

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  16. Love the cable pattern! Lovely ...

    Enjoy!

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  17. Pittsburgh???? I'm originally from Pgh, too!! (Did they start yarn-bombing the bridge downtown??? I heard that's scheduled for sometime late summer!)

    Of course, I've had a pretzel from Bird in Hand.....and even MADE a pretzel in Lititz...is the pretzel factory still there? It's been ages! Fun trip!!! Welcome home. (We leave tomorrow!! busy summer!)

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    1. I don't know a thing about the yarn-bomb thing... So what part of PGH are you from? I was born in Braddock, my grandparents owned a home in Swissvale, and we lived in Forest Hills until we moved west in the mid-70s. Have a great vacation! ~Lisa

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  18. gorgeous yarn and those cables look like a lot of fun perfect for a hat.
    Enjoy the new cooking adventures.

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    1. Thanks, Mistea. :) New cooking adventures begin this weekend, Lord willing!

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  19. I love the knitting sample you photographed!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! How are your mitts coming along?

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  20. There really is no place like home, I completely agree. And those cables are lovely (such a pretty color, too...remind me of fall, which I'm ready for!)

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    1. Fall, yes...my favorite season, although having been away, I'm in no hurry! Still so much to do here on the homestead before then!

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  21. Welcome home! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I didn't know there was a Laura Ingalls Wilder cookbook - I'm such a fan of her books I'll have to see if I can get hold of a copy too :) We've been keeping busy travelling, and tomorrow we are off to visit our son in Canada. So glad you had a nice time!

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    1. Thanks, April! Sounds like you're enjoying your summer with travel. :) Have a great time visiting your son! Hope his classes have been going well, although he's likely off for the summer. Hope you join you for Hearth & Soul soon. :) ~Lisa

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  22. I've enjoyed reading about your trip. We've had a whirlwind month so I know how wonderful it is to be home.

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    1. Thanks, Shara! I wish I'd had time to post more photos; hoping to do that this week (thought I could do it over the weekend, but we all see how that panned out...). Life is full, and that is a good thing! ~Lisa

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