I finished up my green mittens and gave them a nice blocking. I also baked some yummy molasses cookies. Winter weather is on the way! Jane is here because she ‘helped’ with the mitten blocking, and Ethan because he helped take mitten pictures while I was wearing them.
PS – you can see how sunny and warm the weather was yesterday in Ethan’s picture, it looks a bit different today.
PPS – thank you for your Cyber Monday Orders!! They are all being shipped today, just ahead of the snow storm :0)
PPPS – the cookie recipe is on my food page (tab at the top here) and the mitten pattern/yarn info is here .
I baked up some chocolate cupcakes for Jerry’s birthday. Ethan gave him Monsters University on DVD as a gift so I used that as my inspiration. I think I got the colors right, my fingers are still blue and purple, I just couldn’t quite manage Mike Wazowski’s texture.
I found a pretty pumpkin for a great price to be our Thanksgiving centerpiece. I’m thinking of finishing off some of these hexie pieces (made two Summers ago) into a table runner. I haven’t quite worked that out yet but I have them on the table waiting for inspiration.
Thanksgiving will be small and simple at our house this year. The turkey is thawing and I think I have the sides planned and all the ingredients on hand. I’m doing all the cooking myself for a rare change and looking forward to it – really.
I hope your week is starting off well!
PS – I have Christmas decorating plans brewing on the back burner! Too much time on Pinterest this weekend I think…here is my Holiday Board. Between now and Christmas I also have 2 more batches of birthday cupcakes to create, good thing I have a Cupcake Board as well!
I’ve spent a marathon week (sunrise to sunset) in the sewing room. I have made really good progress despite every bit of technology I own turning against me and the best efforts of two boys to sabotage my careful plans.
All individual Impie, Hattie & Bea orders (except 1) have been shipped and my Hoffman shipment, about 50 more hand-made items, is coming along nicely. I’ve shared a picture of yesterday’s view near the post office.
I did a bit of late night knitting, only a small portion has had to be pulled out because I was half-asleep… and I made a cheesecake and served it two ways. The recipe is on my food page.
I have updates for the fundraiser which I would have shared this past week during my Rocky Mountain Wednesday post but since that never happened…I’ll save it for next Wednesday.
Have a good weekend, I’m heading back to the sewing room.
There’s been a fair amount of eating going on around here. Here’s a small sample and some recipe recommendations.
Grilled cheese with spinach and a little onion on tortillas or you could call them quesadillas – sort of.
Smothered chicken casserole, use what you’ve got, I made this one with bacon, mushrooms, spinach, shallots, and Jarlsberg cheese piled on stir-fried chicken and baked.
French Onion Soup, recipe on my food page, I used that same Jarlsberg cheese on these – yum!
Crab Rangoon Dip – recipe here.
Tiramisu with raspberry – store bought, I put it in a fancy glass and plopped a berry on top!
Cookies made with my new favorite cookie recipe!!
It’s been a busy week, I’ve done some sewing, cooking, knitting, cleaning… I’ve also made an enormous mess by deciding it’s time to clean out closets and change things around in my sewing room. It probably wouldn’t be so bad if I just picked one spot, finished up, and then moved on to the next, I mean that would be the sensible thing to do. Instead I demolished three rooms and made a ridiculous mess in the hallway. I’ve got to stick with it now, I’ve committed an entire floor of the house to my little project.
Instead of letting you see the mess (that’s never going to happen) I’ll show you some sewing, Impie, Hattie & Bea items – now winging their way to Hoffmans…some new yarn, it’s so handy that the yarn shop is right on the way home from UPS and the streets are mostly open between here and there now….and some cooking, I made homemade applesauce, so good and so easy, I never knew!
click here for the Apple Sauce Recipe I used as a guideline (I made a few adjustments after I cut more apples than this recipe calls for)
I made up a tiny little batch of Russian Tea Cakes last night. I used this good old reliable recipe. I don’t know about tea but I love these with coffee. I usually don’t have sweets with tea for some reason.
In other news…
I leaned how to knit a bobble last night, I’m about to start an Agatha Christie book I’ve not read before, I’m growing a sweet potato vine, and it’s raining.
I don’t know if that is technically correct but that’s what I’m calling them! I used this recipe – with a few tiny changes. I used salted butter so I omitted the salt, I used whipping cream instead of buttermilk and I sprinkled some of the scones with turbinado sugar and left some un-sugared. And of course you can see I used a combo of blueberries and raspberries. We enjoyed these on Saturday and Sunday, and I may have one with my coffee in a bit.
I do think one of the best things about Summer is the fresh fruit and vegetables. We have a new market in town that has their own farm and also sells lots of very fresh, very local produce. Between that, the farmer’s market, and my own little garden I’ve had the yummiest fresh ingredients to cook with this week.
Also – thank you to Amber for the jar of delicious lemon curd (freshly made).
The Recipes –
Blueberry Pancakes (Krusteaz box mix – I cheated, just fling in some fresh blueberries)
Lemon Curd (by Amber & Alton Brown)
Roasted Carrots (with thyme from my garden)
Quiche (with fresh spinach)
Grilled Cheese Caprese (fresh tomato & basil – from my garden)
the last two recipes can be found my food page.
Happy fresh eating!
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I have a brown knitting project – almost finished, and a brown stitching project nearly done as well. I baked some rolls til they were nicely brown and I’m sprouting some lentils – they sort of look green……
I needed some color! While playing with beads to make my little sun-catcher, I also made up a set of stitch markers for my knitting….and then I made a few more. I will add some of these to the webshop Boutique shortly but I thought I’d have a giveaway too. So…if you would like your name in the hat for the set shown on my day book, please leave a comment here :0)
Drawing to be held Friday, August 16th.
PS – I used the good old Miracle Bread Recipe for the rolls (add more sugar and raisins) and found the info about growing sprouts here. I will tell more about my knitting and stitching when I finish them up.
I really like things with coconut. I’ve tried a few macaroon recipes but was never quite happy with them. When I saw these I knew they’d be worth a try. I’m very happy to say these are wonderful. I don’t usually like to take short cuts by using pre-packaged, pre-made ingredients but for these, I’ve decided not to mind so much :0)
Here’s the PIN – if you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, a click on the pin should lead you to the source, this isn’t always true but I usually check to make sure they work before pinning.
I did swap pure vanilla for the almond extract on these. I can’t imagine that much almond in this recipe, it’s a perfect amount of vanilla however. I mixed the milk and vanilla right in the can. I went with Pillsbury Big & Flaky crescent roll dough, I only used 3/4 of the tube. Using the Big & Flaky means fewer seams to deal with but I don’t see that they are really that big of an issue with this recipe anyway. This is so quick to assemble, and clean up – no mixing bowl or measuring cups needed. I didn’t really measure anything for this, I used a 14 oz bag of coconut (a little more than the recipe calls for) and squeezed what seemed the right amount of vanilla in the milk and like I said mixed it together right in the can, use half the coconut and milk below the crescent roll dough and the other half on top (you drizzled the milk over the coconut) – Another keeper!