December 27, 2010
I'll be a busy, busy bee this week. Here is what I want to get done:
1. Get organized: I have a binder full of patterns--some originals and some that I found online. My goal this week is to go through this binder and figure out a method to the madness. I bought some dividers yesterday and have an idea for how to keep track of said patterns, my yarn inventory, and potential projects.
2. Complete craft projects in progress: namely my apron and some better-late-than-never Christmas presents.
3. Make 2011 planner
4. Clean out the kitchen: I got some lovely new cookery for Christmas (thanks family!) so I definitely need to get rid of some old pots and pans that I never use.
Lots of stuff. Hopefully I'll have time to record some of it.
December 26, 2010
Here is a collection of photos that represent some of the more memorable aspects of this Holiday Season...or at least those that I had the time and energy to take.
1. Our Christmas Tree
...and its many eclectic ornaments.
3. Gingerbread Man gift tag
4. Semi-disastrous holiday baking session
5. Holiday Candy Wreaths
6. My poinsettia and the Abominable Snowman
7. Evan and our new afghan.
8. Krampus cards for our Merry Krampus Party. Handmade by XXXLittWear and they arrived on Christmas Eve.
9. Christmas M&Ms. Minty goodness.
10. Embroidery floss. This floss belonged to my grandmother, who was an excellent craftswoman, master cook, and beholder of all holy handmade knowledge. Apparently she would get embroidery thread through friends in Mexico and saved every last scrap. When she passed away 5 years ago, her children--my father and his sister--inherited her belongings, including knitting needles, crochet hooks, and embroidery thread. And now some of its been passed onto me.
11. Christmas: An American Annual of Christmas Literature and Art, Vols. 31, 35, &36 (1961, 1965, & 1966, respectively). History, music, poetry, art, cultural anthropology.
12. Vintage Pyrex: an early birthday gift from my Grandmother.
13. It's a Marshmallow World by Dean Martin. Definitely in my top 5 Christmas songs.
14. Krampus Festivus beer Christmas tree. All 400oz consumed.
15. New little friends: piggy and alpaca finger puppets procured by our friend Jordan from a woman in San Francisco.
16. Post-Krampus Festivus breakfast: mini boyfriend-made pancakes with peanut butter and satsuma oranges.
December 18, 2010
I also picked up a bunch of satsumas. Citrus sounded good.
And now I'm off to do baking and crafting. Pictures coming soon (hopefully).
December 11, 2010
Instead I'll share photos and thoughts from my shopping last Saturday.
A new vendor has moved to the market: a Christmas tree lot! The market was lovely last Saturday: a little damp, not too chilly, and filled with fresh pine scent. The Christmas tree lot has squished all of the other vendors closer together, a new arrangement that I actually like. Although, I'm sure I would feel very, very differently if I had experienced this new configuration later in the day when it is busier (aka filled with people who are oblivious to how their actions affect others and/or are at the market with coffee in hand and child or pet in tow).
All I really needed this time was an onion and parsley (for making chicken broth), but I ended up getting some other goodies as well. I figured that fingerling potatoes would be nice, as would some heirloom carrots, which I roasted with cauliflower (yum!). I sampled a bit of satsuma and then picked up 4. And I also got something that I've never tried before. If I remember correctly it's called rapini. It's the green leafy veg on the right; I've seen it at the market for quite some time now, but I was wary of trying it. Happy Boy always provides preparation suggestions alongside its produce and for some reason the thought of sauteing this green with olive oil and garlic sounded really good. So I picked up a bunch and prepared it as such. And I have to say that I liked it--it kinda tastes like kale, but is much more tender. It also cooked quicker, but the yield was less than I had expected. At any rate, I think I'll get it again.
Oh, well. It happens. It's called cardoni. According to Internet sources it is a vegetable that resembles celery in form but is actually related to artichoke hearts and is a favorite in Italy. I couldn't find many recipes but I knew that we had to try it. So I braised it in chicken broth, white wine, lemon juice and tarragon--just like how I braise artichokes. One source that I found gave two words of advice: 1) soak the cadoni in salted water to remove the bitterness, and 2) cardoni is cooked when it is fork tender. I followed these instructions, but unfortunately it did not turn out very well: the cardoni was way undercooked and really, really bitter. I still haven't decided if I'm going to try to make it again. But it has disappeared from the supermarket, so I guess I have some time to think it over.
December 3, 2010
A chunky scarf with beautiful buttons and a choose your own style twist: the buttons are fully functional and allow the wearer to style the piece in any way she wants--as a scarf, a loop, or a twisted cowl (pictured).
December 2, 2010
December 1, 2010
November 30, 2010
I believe that I used needles one size smaller than the pattern called for. I also freestyled on the increase a little bit to add some extra detail. The only tricky aspect of this pattern is making sure that you keep your stitches straight; I had to troubleshoot on a few occasions, but I really like how they turned out.
November 29, 2010
November 27, 2010
Can you name this mystery vegetable?
*Its about 2.5 feet long, and no, it isn't celery.
Bonus points and my great thanks for preparation suggestions and recipes.
November 23, 2010
Felt Christmas ornaments (on Etsy soon)
that I displayed on a purple Christmas tree.
Nice touch, I think.
And catnip buddies (of course).
I think I did pretty well. But next time I won't bring as many vanilla whoopie pies.*
*didn't sell a single one!