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Blog Silence

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It’s been a week and a half since my last post.  I don’t like to go that long between posts because I know you are very likely checking every hour or so to see if there is a new post and I don’t like to do that to you.  But things got busy.  In that time:

There were several days of working at and filling in at the yarn shop.

There were two classes to teach. Finishing up the two socks on one circular needle class: IMG_2125

You may notice that there are only two sets here.  In the first class there were five!  I had three participants who didn’t make it to the second class – but hopefully they will finish their socks!

There was also the Bridgeport Cowl class: IMG_2157

Lots of fun was had with a very spirited group!

There was baking, which I’ll show you in another post.

There was cooking, which I’ll also show you in another post.

There was this fox in our yard:

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Paul and I were both frantically racing for our phones to take pictures and then realized that we couldn’t get a good picture because of the screen on the door….

There was helping to bleed the brakes on Paul’s race car:

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My job was to use that pole to push the pedal down and let it up when Paul said “Down” or “Up”.  A really taxing job, right?  It took some time so I brought my book.

Oh, and there was that book!  What a great book! Divergent by Veronica Roth (click there to get it on Amazon).  The first in a three book series, it is a fun, exciting, page-turning sci-fi book.  I’m not usually into sci-fi but I loved the Hunger Games series and this is somewhat similar.  There is a strong female lead character who has to deal with a huge coming-of-age life changing event.  The story just pulls you along and I couldn’t stop reading it.  From Amazon:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”

I HIGHLY recommend it and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

And then there was this:

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Do you see it?  It’s screaming at me “YOU MADE THIS BLACK STRIPE TOO BIG!!!!”   And do you see how far back in the work it is? I’m not going back.  And I’m almost done.

More posts coming about the baking and the cooking and the finishing of the knitting….and hopefully sooner than a week and a half from now…

The Best Cookie I’ve Had in a Long Time

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I saw this recipe for Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies on the Shutterbean blog and knew I just had to make them.  Besides Cornflakes and marshmallows, they have peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.  How can you go wrong?  I’ll tell you how – having crappy cookie sheets.  Luckily I did have some success and they are really, really, really yummy!

Most of my supplies:

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See how I did that semi-ying-yang thing with my chips?  Food styling at it’s best.

This recipe makes 12 humongous cookies.  After mixing up the dough, you scoop it onto a cookie sheet with an ice cream scoop, press down the domed tops and refrigerate them for at least an hour and up to a week.  Mine were in overnight.

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So, here is where I may have started going wrong:  I think I pressed the tops down too much, making them spread more.

I’ll give you a batch-by-batch play-by-play.

First batch:  Fancy schmancy Williams-Sonoma non stick, textured bottom cookie sheet…

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These actually looked pretty good, although maybe spread too much.

Second batch: Not as expensive but not cheap Wilton brand non-stick, dark cookie sheet….

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Too-done edges.  Maybe because it’s dark.

Third Batch: Cheapo, no-name cookie sheet….

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Way too-done edges.  Maybe because it’s cheap. (But look at that yummy marshmallow goodness in the middle!)

Fourth Batch:  Back to the Williams-Sonoma brand….

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Edges too done but middle less spread.  By this time, I think maybe my oven got a little hotter too.  Or I was afraid the middle wasn’t cooking because they weren’t spreading as much as the others so I cooked them too long.

Tracy’s (Shutterbean.com) looked so much better.  No weirdo edges. Nice, round, even thickness cookies.  By the way, I love Tracy’s blog.  She makes yummy food and takes wonderful photographs.  Check it out!

Take-aways from this recipe?

1) Use the fancy schmancy sheet.  It really did the best job.  I was trying to save time since you have to cool the cookies completely on the cookie sheet when they are done.

2) Push the tops down less?  Maybe?

3) VERY YUMMY cookies!  They were not perfectly round and the edges got burned but I broke off the too-done edges and the rest was delicious.  Crispy, buttery, chewey-marshmallowy, chocolately, peanut buttery.  So. Good.  The best cookie I’ve had in a long time. 

 

Christmas Week Tidbits

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Whew… What a week.  Holidays are so busy!  I’m giving you some tidbits of my week and we’ll return to regular blogging (if there is such a thing) next time….

Holiday Baking:

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Burned edges due to my not seeing the directions circled in red.  The middle was yummy!

Having a cold muddled my brain apparently, so I quit while I was ahead and didn’t make what I really wanted to make:

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I can only imagine how it would have turned out.  So, maybe I’ll make a middle-of-winter-we-need-some-cookies-and-cocoa cookie tree in February.

Pre-Holiday present giving and present preparation:

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The doodlebugs playing with magnifying glasses that Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul gave them.

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Making chocolate dipped and sprinkled pretzels for the grandparents and Miss Susan (my mom).

Holiday Gifting:

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My mom was the perfect recipient for the mismatched mitts.  She loved them.

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I got a popcorn popper – the kind you make with oil and butter drizzles down on the top!.

So we ate popcorn while playing Uno with Paul’s family:

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The popular “toy” that wasn’t a gift:

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An infrared temperature guage that Paul picked up on the way to my mother-in-law’s.  He bought it to take the temperature of the garage floor in preparation for painting (which didn’t happen – don’t ask).  It was used to measure the temp of the Christmas tree, the presents, foreheads and food.

Holiday Eating:

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My Aunt Christine’s famous clam puffs.  I ate many.  Oof.

My nephews in prime position for dessert:

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They are so cute.

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The desserts at my mother-in-law’s house.  Also oof.

Holiday week knitting:

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More on these later.  (I’m up to my ears in Ravelry, looking for new projects to teach classes on.)

Christmas week reading:

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1) Excellent murder mystery.  2) Excellent young adult but good for adults book. It made me cry. 3) Just started.

Check out this cartoon:

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Ha!

How was your week?

Something’s Cooking

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A few things are cooking around here today.

Our pole building is getting started.

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Yes, that man is standing in a very deep hole.  Exciting stuff, aside from the hassle of trying to figure out when they would get here and coordinating that with the building inspector who, because of our small town, has a “regular” full-time job in addition to his town inspector duties.  And, it’s raining:

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Ugh.  I feel bad for them.  They will go home to Pennsylvania for the weekend and come back on Monday.  Hopefully the building will be completed by Wednesday of next week.

In the meantime, my knitting is cooking along. Back on track with my Aaron’s Aran Sweater:

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That picture doesn’t show you much.  Sorry.   But I was also knitting the Treads tipless mitts to get ready to teach a class last night:

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Had to get to a certain point on the second mitt to do some demonstrating.  I forgot to take a picture of everyone’s projects.  I’ll get one at the second class when we do the fourchettes.

And, finally, in some real cooking, I’m trying to figure out which cake to make first:

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Martha Stewart’s Cakes: Our First-Ever Book of Bundts, Loaves, Layers, Coffee Cakes, and more  (click there to get it on Amazon)  What a great book. Have I said (lately) how much I love Martha?  So many yummy looking recipes and I want to make them all.  Today.  But I think I’ll just start with this pumpkin spice cake since I still have some pumpkin in the freezer: 011

Except I just realized I don’t have any butter.  Or cream cheese. Sigh.  Stay tuned.  I’m going to the grocery store.  Where I might also get the ingredients for this:

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