Goals For March – Update – How Did It Go?

Okay so I started my Goals for March post exclaiming how fast February went – and then March zoomed past and we’re almost a week into April! So here’s how I did on my goals list for March.

Chalkboard with March written in white chalk along with pink cherry blossom. Search bar in the middle of the image reads "Goals for March"

So this is where the goals come in, just some things that I want to achieve in March.

  • Complete the test crochet for The Pigeon’s Nest

Well, all the squares are made – the challenge I’m currently having is to do with the sleeves. The “made to the pattern” sleeve feels too baggy but the “Hannah’s smaller version” sleeve is too tight around the top of my arm – so that’s going to take some figuring out maybe. And need to take some photos of it… so I’ll be back with them but in the meantime take a look at the #YesYouCardiCan highlight on IG.

  • Catch Up on Reading

So this one went a bit to the wayside as a couple of the authors I really like released new books (And I found other authors that are new favourites too!). In fact, I managed to read 10 books in March.

I was also given a book by my Dad while I was back in the UK (it’s an ARC of Love Radio by Ebony laDelle – he’d won it or something but decided it was more my thing. The tagline on the front is “Tune in for the YA Romance of the Year” – yup add it to the TBR pile!. As the launch is in May, I’m going to attempt to write about it too once I’ve read it).

  • Take Part in #MarchMeetTheMaker

This one went completely to pot – as I expected it would. Why do I think I can do these everyday challenges? I think with more planning I could do it but I’m just not on it enough at the moment. Also #MarchMeetTheMaker is aimed at small businesses/creators so I struggled with some of the more business-related prompts. Maybe I take this year’s prompts and see if I can come up with answers between now and next March or something like that.

  • Plan Blanket

Originally I had drawn up a plan and had ordered the Aria Blanket yarn kit (from Wool Warehouse) for that. However, when I opened the kit and saw the pattern for the Aria Blanket was included I changed my mind. It still fit the criteria of “as colourful as possible”. There would be lots of ends to fit in but it would be worth it.
At present I am one square into Row 4 (and that’s since Saturday). I’ve got a train trip coming up, so I’m hoping I might get some more squares done while I watch the world go by. However as the blanket is “join as you go” I might have to do some creative planning so I’m not trying to juggle the blanket on the train too.

  • Take a Solo Flight

So I classed this trip back to the UK in March as a Solo Flight. I was the only adult and had no children in my care. It was up to me to get myself to the airport and through everything and onto the flight. When we went to sleep, I was a little worried that I’d sleep through the alarm or wake everyone up. So Chris set his alarm too so that he could make sure I was up. I’d done what I could to minimise waking people. It was just time to get some sleep and get myself out of the apartment. I did it. Now where should I go next?

Goals For March

Where did February go? We seemed to jump straight from Valentine’s to Fastelavn and that was it February was gone. I don’t know about anyone else but 2022 has taken a little while to get going properly. I have this “Got to be Productive” drive and sit down and write a list and then my get up and go runs off and I realise I’ve done nothing I set out to do – or did stuff but nothing from my list… so it’s time for my goals for March – hopefully, I can get some of them done! (Especially with Rex starting Vuggestue, maybe I’ll be able to focus more right?)

Chalkboard with March written in white chalk along with pink cherry blossom. Search bar in the middle of the image reads "Goals for March"

So this is where the goals come in, just some things that I want to achieve in March.

  • Complete the test crochet for The Pigeon’s Nest

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me sharing posts and stories of the Yes You Cardi-Can test crochet and the designing/creating stages from Mrs P. I was selected as one of her “Test Team” and so I’ve been working on that around other bits and bobs. Last night I realised that the yarn I purchased from Hobbii DK had come in 50g balls not 100g balls like I thought so I will be off to order some more. Also trying to decide whether I add in some more colour or some more white to break up the colours a bit more. (I’m also planning on making a second that is one colour so that it goes with more things!)

  • Catch Up on Reading

At the beginning of 2022, I shared my Twelve Months, Twelve Reads, Twelve Friends list. I got delayed getting started which is why we’re in March and I haven’t read any of them yet. Once I finished City of Bones (First book in our Cassandra Clare/Shadowhunters Buddy Read), I started The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. This took a little while to get into and in the end, I took too long from when I borrowed it and the Libby app automatically returned it. So that’s paused at 23% until I can borrow it again. In the meantime, I’ve moved onto Year One by Nora Roberts and hope to finish it soon. (EDIT: When I finally finish this blog post and hit publish it’s actually the 9th and I have already finished this. I’ve taken a few days off as I’ve been trying to focus on other things and get in more sleep as I’ve had a cold).

  • Take Part in #MarchMeetTheMaker

I often set about trying to complete these one-a-day type challenges and often fail. This time I’m really going to work on it and try to keep up. I’ve got the list, I’ve got some ideas – hopefully, I can make it happen. You can follow over on Instagram at HannahJPlans. You can also follow the hashtag here and see what others post too.

  • Plan Blanket

Someone we know is going through a really rough patch at the moment and commented that they could really do with a decent blanket. So, once I’ve finished the YesYouCardiCan then I’ll be starting a blanket for the lovely person.

  • Take a Solo Flight

I guess technically in a way, my first solo flight was back in October but I had boys with me so I think of that as my first “as the only adult” flight lol. This time it’ll be me, by myself. Also because of how early my flight is that day, I’ll be solo travelling as soon as I leave the apartment. But it’ll be very exciting because my parents will be on the other side of the arrivals door and I haven’t seen them since Christmas when they came to visit for New Year.

Recently Off The Needles: Special Stripy Blanket

  • Pattern: Special Stripy Blanket in Stylecraft Special Chunky (Source)
  • Needles: 6mm Knit Pro Zing/Addi Fixed Circular Needles
  • Yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky
Folded up knitted blanket

Back in 2020, I was given a gift voucher for Wool Warehouse. Great idea, and very me but what do I do with it? I wanted to make sure that I got something that was a proper project rather than just using it on an odd ball here and there. In the end, I went with the Special Stripy Blanket.

Rex added the cut off ends from my rubbish pile to the blanket for the photo


I started it, probably once it was cold enough to think about casting it on but then it got put to one side as I did other things. When I was packing my projects to bring with me to Copenhagen I decided that I’d bring the blanket. It was a big enough project to keep me occupied, while I got my head around where the best (for me) yarn shops were. In the end, I found 5 to begin with, but since being here nearly 5 months I’ve found some others too. I packed it up to bring it with me to Copenhagen and recently got it back out again to try and work on it. I decided that I needed to work on what I had already but also work on “stocktaking” what I have and keeping better track of the projects that I am working on and have on my “to be done” list.

I’d been documenting where I was up to for quite a while over on Instagram. This was shared back in November while I was still working on it. It took a little while to remember to alternate for the purl stitches which create this grid pattern across the blanket. Along the way, I found a couple of tricks for turning the stitches the right way around or dropping them and picking them back up again the right way.

I had it finished and it sat around for a few days while I got to sewing in the ends – I was definitely stalling and trying to avoid it but got there in the end!

Do you have any projects currently on your needles or hook?

How We Made Yummy Sausage Rolls in Denmark

Leading up to Christmas there were various foods that we were going to miss out on. Where we could we found alternatives and a few things involved trying to make them at home with the ingredients we could find. One of these was sausage rolls. Here in Denmark they are often called Polsehorn and are dough wrapped around the sausage rather than puff pastry.

Two homemade sausage rolls on a plate - ready to be eaten! Yummy!

After discussing it in one of the expats groups over on Facebook, when we made our second lot recently, I snapped photos and set about writing down what we did so others can join in too.

Ingredients

I have included links to the products we used when making ours but they are available at different supermarkets too.

  • Medister Pølse (We used the Julemedisterpølse from Rema1000 for our Christmas ones but the normal Medister Pølse works great too. If you’re in the UK or can only get normal sausages these work too. The pack this comes in is 500g)
  • Butterdej or Ready Roll Puff Pastry (You can make you’re own if you’re so inclined but we go with ready roll – it’s a lot easier!)
  • Ribgele (or your chosen jam – this is Red Currant Jam but Cranberry Sauce would work great if you have some leftover from Christmas).
  • Egg or Milk (if you want to brush it over them before cooking but we didn’t bother with that bit!)

Instructions

  1. Cut open the end of the sausage and squeeze out the sausage meat – you’ll find that the Medister Pølse is too thick if you try to use it as it is within the pastry.
  1. Open your pastry and unroll it onto a baking tray. Using a knife or the back of a dessert spoon spread out the Ribsgele (or Cranberry Sauce etc) across the pastry. You want it evenly spread but not too thick.
  1. Next you’re going to equally split the meat into two rows across your pastry. You’re going to want to make sure it’s not too thick so that you can wrap the pastry around it.
  1. When ready, cut the pastry across the middle, then fold one side over the sausage meat followed by the other side. Then turn it so that your join is on top (this will help the filling not to escape once it starts cooking (I learn this from getting it wrong!)
  1. Once you’ve rolled it over so that the join is at the bottom, cut your big sausage roll into 4 equal sections – if you want to go for smaller sausages cut into eighths. You might find squashing down the ends helps to keep the filling in too.
  1. Cut two slits into the top to let the hot air out or poke a fork into the top of each of them. If you want to, you can brush with egg or milk at this point. I prepared them on the paper the pastry comes wrapped in, then moved them to a new sheet of baking paper on a baking tray before putting them into the oven.
  1. Put into the oven at 200C (fan oven) for 30 minutes. It might be a case of keeping an eye on them depending on your oven.

Once they have finished cooking, remove them from the oven and either enjoy hot or cold.

2022 in Books: The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins

It is said not to judge a book by its cover. The Forgotten Guide to Happiness was one of those books that I did judge and picked it based on the front cover – how pretty is it?

Sometimes happiness can be found where you least expect it…Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Green has never been good at making friends. She’s perfectly happy to be left alone with her books. Or at least, that’s what she tells herself. Nancy Ellis Hall was once a celebrated writer. Now eighty, she lives alone in her North London house, and thinks she’s doing just fine. But dementia is loosening Nancy’s grip on the world.

When Lana and Nancy become unconventional house mates, their lives will change in ways they never expected. But can an unusual friendship rescue two women who didn’t realise they need to be saved! An irresistible story of love, memory and the power of friendship that readers of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Lido will adore.

This was a light read that was good to get the year started with. The story follows Lana, a struggling writer who has just had her follow-up novel turned down by her agent Kitty. Her first novel had been a success so she had the pressure to live up to that but also what happened next with her characters. Although there is romance in the story and it is talked about, it’s nearly always on the back burner and doesn’t feature heavily like other authors might have done.

Alongside her book being turned down, the story starts with Mark, Lana’s boyfriend (and inspiration for the hero in her first book) leaves her for a free-diver named Helga. Lana soon finds herself struggling to make ends and practically homeless but soon an opportunity to help with Nancy presents itself.

After the disaster of a meeting with her agent, Lana heads to the pub to commiserate and bumps into Jack. He tells her that his stepmother is also a writer, which she shrugs off – little does she know that Nancy will help to change her life!

At this point, Lana moves in with Nancy and they become unlikely housemates.

Lana’s character was likeable but sometimes needed a good telling off as she could sometimes come off a little selfish that every action was for her own good not for the good of those around her but she was relatable as well as flawed just like we all are.

Nancy’s character is both endearing and heartbreaking. Dementia has definitely had its effect on her but she still has a sociable personality, which in turn causes it’s own issues. Even being an elderly lady with dementia she still has so much to offer to those around her. You can feel the other’s frustration with her but also their love for her too.

The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is a warm and easy read, it’s tender and inspiring. The characters are charismatic and likeable, they do have their flaws – but that adds to the different layers you get in a person.

Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books for providing me with a digital ARC for review. All opinions are my own.


This year I’m attempting to document more of the books that I read rather than them just falling into my Goodreads account and being forgotten about. You can follow my reads this year here. You can also see other blog posts I’ve written about books and reading here.