Polkagris Kerchief

One June day in my Instagram feed popped up a teaser for a NEW knitting design by Kate Davies. I hadn't knit her designs before but they ALL are stunning creations if not a bit daunting to my knitting experience level. Ok, maybe I'm not giving myself enough brain credit - I could knit some of her intricate patterns but I don't have the patience or concentration level most days so I simply admire and dream-knit over them. Her husband does the photography on landscape and design models - you have to check her style out if you haven't already!

So, this new design, Polkagris Kerchief, looked extra lovely and simple and absolutely something I would/could/needed to knit! {Pattern also available for purchase on Ravelry.} I knit it mostly at the pool over the past month and truly love how it turned out. I'm already thinking of casting on another!

Yarns used:
Everyday Fingering / On The Round, colorway Fiasco
La Brebis Marled Sock / Knit Crate

Grilled Chicken Sliders with Pineapple, Red Onion and Peach Preserves RECIPE

In summer when the days are long, hot and humid, I don't make big, involved dinners. I like big-tasty meals but during the lazy, dog days of summertime, I'm not always in the mood to prepare a dish with 10 steps or equal amounts of ingredients. So tonight's meal was a make-it-up-as-I-go-along concotion which sometimes never works out and other times is the best meal ever. 

The result was pretty darn good, if I say so myself. It's the small things in life that really make me jump for joy so this was clearly a winner, winner, chicken dinner!


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts {pounded out thin} / I used Open Nature Air Chilled Boneless, Skinnless brand and highly recommend.
good Olive Oil
grill pan

Kosher salt
Black Pepper
Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 can Dole Pineapple Slices {cut each slice in half}
1 small Red Onion, sliced thin
Peach Preserves {I used Spring Valley Farm and Orchard brand, from local Farmer's Market}

Slider-size Buns
Baby Spinach for salad side {my current favorite dressing Girard's LIte Champagne Dressing}

Wash and pat dry chicken breasts. Place chicken breasts in larger ziploc bag and seal. Using mallet or rolling pin, pound them out thin. On meat cutting board, cut each in half or quarters, depending on size of chicken breast. Mine were larger so I was able to get 3-4 pieces out of one breast. Generously season ONE SIDE with Kosher salt, Black Pepper, and Garlic Powder. 

Swirl 1-2 Tablespoons Olive Oil in grill pan and once hot, place chicken breast pieces seasoned-side down in pan. Pour lemon juice over chicken breasts in pan. Cook over medium heat until golden brown and turn pieces to cook other sides.

While second side is cooking, heat oven to 350 degrees F and toast slider buns to your liking.

Time to assemble your sliders!

On a small platter, open buns and spread peach preserves on one side. Place chicken slider on the other side and top with pineapple slice and red onion. Sandwich the goodness together, display on platter and serve with spinach salad.

*These would also be good with bacon and/or Monterey Jack cheese slices.

August Book Club

Our poll has closed {a week ago and I'm finally posting the results!} on The Sampler Girl Knits & Reads Book Club // on good reads! // and our August group read will be SOMETHING IN THE WATER by Catherine Steadman. 

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Come join us!

June Book Club

The JUNE reads for The Sampler Girl Knits & Reads Book Club are . . .


Want to join us in a read along?

Happy Reading and welcome, June!!

Yoga Bunny, Books for Living, and Book Club Announcement !

NEW Book Club

I've started a BOOK CLUB on Good Reads : The Sampler Girl Knits & Reads Book Club. The group will read two books every month. You are welcome to read one or both or just join in the discussion! I will pick the initial books for kick off month, June!, and then will offer Polls thereafter for members. There will be a thread in the group for members to add book titles for suggestions for future reads. Discussion Questions will post on the last Thursday of every month.

For details click HERE

Happy Reading!

Yoga Bunny // book review

This picture book is absolutely adorable. Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo is a picture book masterpiece in story and illustration that young children will really enjoy. Bunny practices his calming and relaxing yoga poses while his busy woodland friends scamper by. Bunny invites each to join him in doing Yoga but they don't have time for it! 

Bunny stands strong in Warrior pose, reaching for the sky. Two mice stop and wonder what Bunny is reaching for and want to reach for it too! They join in and soon after, the other friends come back and practice in the poses as well, finding that Yoga does help them calm, relax and be less angry.

Children can participate with Yoga Bunny in the poses. Loved it. Five stars!

The end papers show Yoga Bunny's poses. A gem of a book.

Harper Collins has a short trailer on the book . . .

Polkagris Kerchief

One June day in my Instagram feed popped up a teaser for a NEW knitting design by Kate Davies . I hadn't knit her designs befo...