Thursday, January 7, 2010

for dad

I knit a leg-warmer for my father, it fit him perfectly, and this makes me so happy I could cry. It is my father's story to tell, but I will condense it thusly:

My dad had both his legs amputated two years ago; one above the knee, one below. The longer leg often ends up uncovered by a lap blanket and gets cold. It occured to me that a warmer of some form was what he needed. I should not have waited so long. When he tried it on today, we were both really pleased. I will not wait so long to knit him another one. :) {details on my Ravelry page}

Also in the picture, yumminess thusly:

Cranberry Oatmeal Struesel Bars
1 12oz bag cranberries
3/4 c water
3/4 c sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground mace
1 c packed brown sugar
1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c butter at room temp
1 1/2 c oatmeal
1/2 c walnuts, chopped
::: cook first group of ingredients in a saucepan to boil, then simmer for 5 mins until the berries pop; remove from heat, add mace & salt
::: grease 7"x11" pan; preheat oven to 375 deg F
::: in a large bowl, combine second group of ingredients; add butter and mix, using hands until no small lumps remain; add oatmeal & walnuts
::: press half of the oatmeal mixture into the pan, bake for 10 mins; remove and spread cranberry mixture on top; sprinkle remaining oatmeal mixture
::: bake for 25 mins, until lightly browned
::: cool in pan on rack; once cooled, cut into bars.

yum. yum. extra yum. {I stumbled upon this recipe on the internet sometime last year, I can't retrace/retrace where, sorry.}


Sayu said...

you made me cry again... I bet he's so happy that you made it just for him!
I meant to make one for xmas but I just didn't get to it... you're wonderful.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox Sayu

I said...

He must be so pleased, Annri. Wouldn't be surprised if he asked for more. You're the best.

lucy said...

You are a sweet and thoughtful daughter!
I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Alison said...

Annri, I'm sure your warmer warms him inside and out. You are such a kind and wonderful daughter.

And those Struesel making those...a decidedly cranky me just got back from the grocery where the produce person informed me that they wouldn't be carrying cranberries again until next fall {???!!!}. I've been craving them since we devoured our last batch of cranberry chutney...How did you know? These will fit the bill nicely, plus they are much better with a cuppa. xo to you...alison