Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Shout out to Knit Picks

Just have to tell everyone how pleased I am with Knit Picks. Someone on Ravelry had bought a kit from them, and had lost the instructions, and they sent her new instructions by email. I thought that was pretty cool. Someone else said they'd broken a needle and was mailed a replacement. Very cool.

My problem was of my own doing (and my kids). I bought a swift from Knit Picks a long time ago. Any of you that know my financial situation know that, even though it was a Knit Picks swift, it's still a lot of money for me. Anyway, the kids love to play with it, and lost the screw that holds the "rack" part in place--the big wooden screw. For a couple of years I've been using a rubber band that sometimes holds it in place, usually doesn't hold it at all, and I end up winding with one hand and holding it up with the other. And wishing the whole time I had a solution.

So I thought, "Hmmm...why not ask? I'd be willing to pay for it. Maybe Knit Picks can send me one". So I wrote to customer service and tried to explain it the best I can which screw I need. Amber wrote me back the next morning and said that they were sending me both screws and I should have them in a week.


How wonderful is that??? I know some people have had bad experiences with Knit Picks. Some people dog them because their shipping takes too long, or they will put LYS's out of business. I just want to say thanks to Knit Picks for their great service--you've made a customer for life!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lynnette's Throw-Together-in-a-Blizzard Hamburger Concoction

We just got 14" of snow, and I'm not going to the store. So I went through my pantry and fridge and threw together what I had--and it turned out! So here goes:

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small can mushrooms (you can probably use fresh, but I had canned)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can beef broth (or cup and a half of water)
1 1/2 cups Minute Rice
salt and black pepper to taste

In large, oven safe skillet, brown ground beef. Drain. Stir in onions, garlic and mushrooms and cook until onions soften a bit. Add both soups, beef broth and Minute Rice and stir.

Put entire skillet in 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until rice is cooked. Should be creamy, but not soupy. You could probably add some cheese on top if you had it (I don't). Enjoy your daughter telling you that you should "throw together" dinner more often!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday--Peace