It’s Monday

summer scenes

Scenes from the weekend

Hello and hap, hap, happy Monday to you! Too perky, too early? Yeah, I think so too.

Good morning… said in my best quiet early morning voice….

Where to start!?

  1. Bungalow update ships. Now that’s exciting stuff!!
  2. The tomatoes are coming in – in a big way! Tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, cheese and a little bit of wine. Don’t you just love those easy summer dinner/not really dinner kind of nights?
  3. Is that a new pattern I spy up there in the collage? It’s been a ages since we’ve released a new Plucky pattern…. something new coming up this week!
  4. Not even sure how I stumbled across this article. I assure you I wasn’t searching google for stirrup pants. I have been shaking my head ever since. I can’t. I just can’t. However, I am looking forward to getting my flannel shirts out of storage….

It’s Monday. We got this, right? Right!




Found my colors for #3 above!

One Dish Delish! A Contest


Contest time!

One of the great joys of living in a locale that has distinct seasons is that each season carries its own sights and smells. This is the time of year when we say goodbye to summer, filled with the beauty of lush greens and the smells of something sizzling away on the grill. As autumn comes upon us, we begin to think a bit more of indoor cooking. There is nothing quite like opening the front door and being greeted with the aroma of something wonderful. It’s funny how the simple smells of a particular spice or a favorite recipe that has been simmering away can trigger memories and instantly make you feel comfortable.

Do you have a favorite one-dish recipe? Is the dutch oven (or crock-pot) your best friend these days? Do you have a never fail, make ahead soup or stew that you turn to at this time of year? And, let’s not forget about desserts…brownies, cakes, cobblers, crumbles and pies, oh my! If it fits in one dish, we invite you to share it with us. And, if your recipe comes with a story, even better. We’d love to hear it!

We are opening a new contest thread in Ravelry for our ONE DISH DELISH contest, as well as inviting you to post your recipe here in the comments section on the blog. Entries will close at Noon Eastern on Friday, November 6th and winners will be selected. And, you know we will have prizes! Of course, adding your recipes to our own personal collection makes us all winners. Thank you for playing along. Now let’s get cooking!


Beat The Heat Dining – A Contest


Beat-The-Heat Dinning

It has been so fun to read all the Morzo Orzo stories of reunions, house guests, alfresco dinning and too-hot-to-cook dinners on the fly. The only thing left to do is have a PHOTO CONTEST!

How do you and your family take your Morzo Orzo? Chopped? Finely diced? Doctored up? Super spicey? More cheese? No Cheese? Quinoa instead of orzo? Let’s see some photos!


If you haven’t had a chance to taste Morzo Orzo yet – no worries at all! This a ”Beat The Heat With Foods of Summer” photo contest. It can even be a photo of something you want to try, a photo from a magazine, anything that lends itself to our Beat-The-Heat theme.

Please hop on over to the new Beat-The-Heat contest thread and post your photos. You have until 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 30th. And, of course there will be prizes!


Nameless Gnocchi OR Name That Dish!

Ox close focus

No gnocchi picture (I was too busy eating) so Ox will have to do.

It’s really cool to have a foodie as a sister. Hayley reads cookbooks and restaurant reviews before bed. No matter what city we find ourselves in, Hayley has a mission to visit one restaurant and another and another. But, best of all, Hayley cooks. Very well and often! She is fearless and posses’ instinct, imagination and a well developed sense of adventure. While desserts and hor d’oeuvres (love a good cheese plate or crudités) are my forte, Hayley hits the main course out of the ballpark, time after time. So much so that I ask Hayley what I’m going to eat when we go out. Why bother when she loves to choose and it’s always so good?!

I would like to share with you a dish that Hayley invented last week and brought into the studio for lunch. We all went nuts. But, it doesn’t have a name! And, what do we do when something new needs a name??? WE HOLD A CONTEST!

Below is a list of ingredients and a general description of the dish. Once we have a name for it, we will prepare a recipe card for you in a downloadable PDF. And, of course there will be prizes! So, warm up your mental taste buds and help us name this delish dish! Here is the list of the main ingredients with the detailed list/recipe to come after the contest is finished.


Chicken breast




Lemon zest

White wine


Doesn’t is sound great? Once the ingredients have been prepared and the selected herbs and seasoning have been added (you will find these listed in the complete recipe PDF once the contest closes), this dish is tossed and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

We look forward to hearing your suggestions in the comments below (I moderate the comments so if you do not see your entry right away that just means it is awaiting moderation). We will pick a winner (and some runners up!) by Noon on Friday! The prize(s) will be yarn and swag – not quite sure how to send Gnocchi to the winners.

Bon Appetite and let the contest begin!


Completely random ~

First things first. The contest. Well, I’m certainly in good company. So many of you want to master colorwork this year as well. Alright knitters, so where do we begin? Now for the winners of the Color Affection kits~

Sam ~ This year is for steeking. I love colorwork and have yet to do a sweater so this year I will do a version of Paper Dolls and steek something.


Lori ~ …. “the best tip i learned was to work with short pieces of wool. i love fair isle but didn’t love untangling all those strands (even two becomes a giant mess quickly). and bobbins were just as bad. so now i cut strands maybe 1 to 2 yds in length and work (holding both in my right, traditionalist here) letting the wool dangle and untangling is a breeze, the strands mostly undo themselves. then, so you won’t be bothered with millions of pieces to weave in you will want to spit splice as you go along.….”

Congratulations Sam and Lori! I have sent you confirmation emails. As soon as I hear from you your kit will be on its way.

Now for the random part of the post:



Downton Abbey. The clothes. The house. Bates & Anna. Matthew & Mary. Sigh. Watch it. You’ll be glad you did!


Peanut Butter Chicken with cilantro lime rice. A friend recommended this and I’m so glad she did. Couldn’t be easier and what great flavors!


Ships & Seaside Cowl
Ships & Seaside Cowl – great stash buster!
Here & There

Here & There – Plucky Primo Worsted, Medieval & Bisque

a hat for paige

Dittany Sprouts – Plucky Primo Worsted, Bisque

What are you watching, eating and knitting?

big plans ~

knitting plans

Big knitting plans for the rest of the week. Sound crazy? Sure it does. There are weeks that go by and not a stitch is knit (sad but true). I fully intend to make up for lost knitting time this week. Yarn is wound and ready to go – now the only thing that remains to be seen is if my hands and wrists will keep up with my will to knit. In the que for the week:

Commuter – primo worsted- Barely Birch (FUN buttons) and Elmer T (more fun buttons!)
Phaedra – primo worsted – Humphrey or Fat Fish Blue
Thisbe – primo worsted – this months classics
Albina Armwarmers – handspun from Sock Summit

And maybe, just maybe at least cast-on for Mustard Scarf (to use another fun button).

Before I go, I owe you a few contest winners. You guys are so clever. I must say, I get the biggest kick out of your comments and suggestions! Several observations (nothing scientific here, just quick observations)…. you love reading the classics (Pride & Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird) and cannot get enough of caprese salad or anything from the grill. There were a few surprises and ‘excuse me, what did you say?’ moments. For instance –  salmonberry pie?! What? I have to do some research on that one. And one suggested recipe that has already been tried, tested and enjoyed this week. Thank you, everyone for your great suggestions. For some fun reading suggestions and tasty recipe ideas I highly recommend going back through the comments.Oh, and I have one quick recipe suggestion for you guys. Try them, you’ll love them.

So, back to the winners of the tangled mess~


Favorite Book I’ve Read Recently: Uglies It made me think
Favorite Food this Time of Year: Salads and Watermelon It’s SO hot!

I’d love a chance to win!

Sarah Louise:

Love the giveaway! My go to recipe this time of year is Salmonberry Pie. It’s a super simple recipe I learned while living in Alaska – SO delicious (and addicting).

and last but certainly not least….


holy giveaway batman! love it!!! my fave book is a hard one to pinpoint… but every summer i like to try to read great expectations… love charles dickens. and recipes this time of year? well if i had a garden.. THEN i’d have an answer for ya for sure.. but what i wish to me making now? canning canning canning.. maybe pizza sauce and pasta sauce, and salsa. yep i need to go on a tomato hunt.

Congratulations! If you could contact me at thepluckyknitter at gmail dot com with your contact information I will get your prizes mailed to you next week. Thanks again for playing along!

blueberry lemon buttermilk cake ~

Do yourself a favor~

Please. For the love of all that is lemony good, make this cake at your earliest convenience. You’ll be glad you did.

Purely Random ~

Sometimes you just need to work through the blogger’s block. So, a purely random post it is!

what i'm reading....

Reading~ Dare you to open this and not smile. Photobooth Dogs.

Watching~ Modern Family. Hilarious. Serious bell laughs hilarious.

Knitting~ Just finished September Circle (What’s not to love about a new finished object which also happens to be an entertaining knit, highly wearable and beyond cozy?!). So I’m thinking a Baulstrade may be up next? Cowl season is, after all, upon us.

September Circle

September Circle

September Circle

Working on~ An update! Friday, October 8th. Whoohoo! More pictures and information to come tomorrow. But, until then a little FYI – a sneak up through the day on Friday the 8th. Hope to see you there!