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A List

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Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we move on to the preparations for the next holiday! In the meantime, here is a list:

1) This happened since the last post…

It didn’t last long but I didn’t really welcome it.

2) I made the Meatballs Marsala with Egg Noodles from my new Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites cookbook

They were DELICIOUS! Looks just like the picture in the book, right???

3) I finally snagged a skein of the Gauge Dye Works sock yarn in the All Together Now colorway:

I got obsessed with it after seeing a finished sock (click on the link up there to see it) and missed out on  two of the shop updates before finally getting this one.  Starting it soon…????

4) Here is what happens when you temporarily lose your TWO Portuguese knitting pins:

Found one at the bottom of my knitting bag and the other attached to my sweatshirt that went through the wash.  I predicted this would happen the moment I started learning this technique.  There is nothing like opening the little tin you have for storing your knitting pins and finding it empty.  Thanks to The Google for the knitting pin hack.

5) In other knitting news, it was Shop Small Saturday and I did….

….at The Spinning Room.  It was BUSY in there! (I made a tree with my purchases, in case you couldn’t tell.)

6) How about some Smudge pictures?  He is growing and creating kitten-y havoc around here and we love it.

 

Plopped right down on top of my knitting and started purring, looking for some pats and scratches.

 

 

More Pumpkin

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You might remember I posted a little while ago about my love of all the pumpkin things….

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The love continues with this so very yummy pumpkin bread from Smitten Kitchen:

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It had this yummy cinnamon-sugar crust on top and it is delicious.  I brought it to The Spinning Room and the class participants and customers agreed!

Speaking of knitting classes, here are the in-progress slippers-to-be-felted:

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And here are the beginnings of the Miss Winkle scarves(with pumpkin bread):

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And here are the beginnings of the Superhero Hats (all being made for girls!):

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And speaking of more pumpkins…. I showed you my Spice Pumpkin that I made on the trip to Rhinebeck:

 

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Well, I can’t stop making them…

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I’ve actually made five but gave one away and I’m about to start another one.  Pretty soon I’m going to have a whole patch full.

A Few Things

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It’s been REALLY HOT around here these days.  And HUMID.  I don’t do well with that.  I’m a terrible wimp in the heat and humidity and more importantly– the things it does to my HAIR.  Horrendous.  Baseball hats and barrettes with a million bobby pins are my friends.

So, what did I do the other day?  I had to take Paul’s ’69 Buick GS for an inspection so, smart-wimp-in-the-heat that I am, decided to do my errands in it while I was out.

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No air conditioning.  No power windows.  No power brakes.  Standard transmission. E-X-T-R-E-M-E-L-Y  slow traffic behind a dump truck on the way up The Hill making the trip home twice as long.  Never mind the fact that Paul keeps this car so clean and well-dusted (which on any other day is a great thing) that my purse kept sliding off the seat and things were flying out of it everywhere.  You can imagine my mood.

On another note, I took some pictures of my Miss Winkle on the mannequin and I just love it even more:

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These really show the color well and it really is my most favorite purple in the world.  Really.

And lastly, I made these:

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Blueberry Crumb Bars from Smitten Kitchen. Go make them.  Now.  And then enjoy them this weekend!

The Garden – Finally! And a knitted thing. And a goodie.

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We’ve been working on the garden, trying to improve it and make it easier to be a garden.  It has taken us a while but finally we have our garden in!

We used to just have an 8×8 square of dirt with a fence around it and I would have to walk in and amongst the veggies to weed and pick.  But now we have two 4×8 beds with a border around them for me to walk and a fence around the whole thing:

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It’s so great!  I can’t wait for all my veggies to grow.

Also, it’s been so cold we didn’t know if our peonies were ever going to bloom (our forsythia bush didn’t, and our flowering crabapple trees didn’t and our rhododendrons didn’t).  They looked like this for ages:

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But this week they finally bloomed!

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In knitting news, I finished my What Alice Found cowl:

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I love it!  I especially love the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals yarn.  It is a dream to work with.  This will be a class on July 23 at The Spinning Room if you are local and would like to participate!

And now it’s on to working on my not-terribly-secret-but-sort-of-secret project for my college bound nephew…

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In baking news, my friend Deirdre, owner of The Spinning Room, gave me some rhubarb from her garden!  So I made this Rhubarb Snacking Cake from Smitten Kitchen:

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Excellent!  Make it.

Also, did you know that there is a magazine out there for everyone?

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“Chickens” !!

It Was Hot.

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A couple of weekends ago was Memorial Day and Musclepalooza at the track.  And I’ll tell you what: IT. WAS. HOT.

I pretty much melt when the hot weather comes, and I turn into a whiny, sweaty, kind of pain in the neck.  But this time, I really tried to rally because this event only comes twice a year, and this year we are not going to as many events as we usually do, so we have to make the ones we go to count.

So, we went and Paul got his time trials in:

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While he did that, I did my best to find a spot to sit with the ATV in the shade.  Because, it was really hot.

And I tried to knit on my What Alice Found with my fan:

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Didn’t really work, because it was too hot.

And, have I said it was hot?  It was.  So in between rounds we had to just sit still and drink beverages:

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And then, before Paul could even get his first elimination round in, at about 2:30pm, after a whole day and part of the afternoon of HOTness:

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And we all ended up in the trailer:

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“We” = Paul, me and the car.  After waiting for a while to see if it would stop, it didn’t, so the event was rained out.  And then it was nice and cool.  We’ll be back for the one in September.

In other news, the Doodlebugs’ mom had a birthday and we made her some Confetti Cookies from the Smitten Kitchen blog:

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They had so much fun and were so excited about giving them to her and wondering whether she would share the cookies with them.  So cute.  They were then extremely excited when I informed them we would have to taste-test them to make sure they were ok to give to her.  So we did that after having lunch al fresco:

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They are SO. YUMMY.  Mr. Doodlebug asked if maybe I might make them for their birthday.   Even if you don’t like sprinkles, you might like these because they get baked into the cookie and you don’t really taste them so much.  But what you do taste is a really great, tender and cakey butter cookie.  And they LOOK so festive.  And really, they are just really good. Go make some.

A Little Knitting. A Little Broccoli.

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A little knitting to tell you about today!  And broccoli.

I finished the Lophelia cowl and I. Love. It.

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Here is me wearing it before blocking and with it looking more purple than it really is:

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Then I blocked it on the deck since it was a gorgeous sunny day:

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It grew, as it does, while blocking and now drapes very nicely in the front.  This cowl is so comfortable because it has short rows in the front the make the back less bulky (read: HOT) and hence, more of an accessory to compliment an outfit, rather than an item to keep you warm in winter.  LOVE. IT.  Class coming up at the shop in July!

My Second Story Tee is 1 1/2 arm edgings and a neck away from being done, so hopefully you’ll see that next time.

And since I finished the Lophelia, I had to start something else, so I started the One Way Tee which is from the same Interweave KNITS magazine as the Second Story Tee. I’ve barely started so I can’t show it to you yet.

Then there was the broccoli.  Hands down the best way to eat broccoli:

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Crispy Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic from Smitten Kitchen.  Ok, Broccoli Salad is also pretty up there.  But, have you tried it crispy????  Seriously, you won’t be able to stop eating it.  So good.  Thank goodness we went to BJ’s this weekend and I got a two pound bag of it.

Frozen

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It. Is. So. Darn. Cold. And Windy.  So, you are getting more complaining.

Sunday at 5 pm it was two degrees, but minus 33 with the wind chill.  It had stopped snowing and we didn’t get much but it was blowing and drifting around like crazy.

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Definitely a weekend for staying inside…. after a quick trip to the grocery store where we saw this:

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It’s about time they put “about”.  People can get pretty crazy about your item count.

When we got back home, we stayed in.  Because It. Was. So. Cold.

I made Martha’s Parker House Rolls:

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Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.

And Smitten Kitchen’s Oven-Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Garlic:

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Also, Oh. My. Gosh. So. Good.  It has three ingredients.  Chuck roast (I used shoulder), A 28 ounce can of tomatoes (I used crushed) and whole, unpeeled garlic cloves.  So easy.  I also added a few carrots and some onion.   Because we like them.

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That was our Valentine’s dinner.  (Although Paul says I’m his Valentine every day. So sweet.) It’s really hard to take a nice picture of pot roast.

I also did some knitting with the Gilmore Girls:

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And by the fire:

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And finished my Heaven and Space during Downton Abbey!  Ta-da:

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It will look nothing like this when it is blocked.  I’ll show you that next time.

I also got to finish reading my current book:

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Excellent.  I loved it.  The writing is great.  You can get it here: All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

“See?” I said to myself.  “The cold isn’t so bad.  Didn’t it feel great about getting a book finished and finishing a knitting project?”   “Why, yes.  Yes it did.” I said back.

Then, we woke up today to this:

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In a part of the house we close off a little and don’t keep as warm.  But not this cold.

So we did this:

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And got this:

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FROZEN PIPES.

Random Friday Things About The Busy Week

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1) 576 stitches on the needle now for my lace circular shawl:

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2) Lace looks like a big old mess when it’s on the needles.  Plus, I’m pretty sure it will go much more slowly from here.  And, knock on wood, I haven’t messed up yet.

3) I’ve been stuck on level 70 in Candy Crush on my phone for months.  So, I decided to start a new game on the ipad.  Got to level 70 yesterday and cruised right through.  What the heck?

4) I made this:

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Spinach and Strawberry Chopped Salad from Joy the Baker.  It was yummy. And sort of healthy.  Lots of veggies, but also bacon and gorgonzola cheese (probably more than the recipe called for….).

5) The doodlebugs and I found out that sidewalk chalk rocks.

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6) And I made these:

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Blue Sky Bran Muffins from Smitten Kitchen.  Also yummy.  And healthy.  Not too sweet but still tasty. ( I used yogurt thinned with milk in place of the buttermilk.)

7) I’m listening to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon  (second book in the Outlander series) in the car.  I’m getting a little bored and I’m only 8 hours into a 43 hour book.  Does anyone know if it gets better?

8) And then there was this:

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I brushed up on my learned-17-years-ago cake decorating skills.  Crumb-y top coat and a messed up flower, but otherwise, not too shabby.  It was also yummy.  Also, I couldn’t find my round cake pans so I had to make it in a glass dish.  Good thing – I would have totally run out of frosting if I had used the round pans.

9) It was also good thing that I took these pictures of the flowers on our crab apple trees the other day:

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Because we had a supercell go through our town and now they are all gone….

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(That is a one-inch piece of hail.)

But the bleeding heart came through fine:

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10) Because of the supercell, the power at the yarn shop went out and I had to cancel my knitting class.  I hate it when that happens.

11) Aside from Paul having to jerry-rig our just-found-out-it’s-broken sump pump, and needing to re-grade some areas around the new garage, all is well. Bring on more summer stuff.

Mother’s Day Baking

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This is waaaaay late, but it was a busy week around here!  I did a whole lot of concocting in the kitchen for Mother’s Day last weekend.  To begin with, the doodlebugs and I made an olive oil sugar scrub for their mom:

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….complete with using glue and paintbrushes and tissue paper to decorate the jar.  I got the sugar scrub recipe here.

Then I made more sugar scrub for my mom and my sister, involving much less glue and much less mess:

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Then is was on to the baking!  I made Joy the Baker’s The Best Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and they really were the BEST.  So yummy and buttery and chocolatey and GOOD.  A couple of things different from “regular” chocolate chip cookies:

Brown half the butter…

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You just can’t go wrong there.  It smelled so yummy and nutty.

Scoop, flatten and chill the dough….

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You MUST make these.  By the way, I LOVE the Joy the Baker blog.

Then it was on to The Smitten Kitchen’s Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Bars:

You are supposed to cut the strawberries and rhubarb into a small dice.  So I started with the rhubard by slicing it lengthwise  and it did this:

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….which made it really hard to dice.

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Also VERY yummy!  My turned out a tiny bit mushy and it was because I put in too much fruit.  I thought a few more strawberries and a little more rhubarb wouldn’t hurt.  Then as I was putting the crumble in the pan, I saw that I didn’t have quite as much as I should for the amount of fruit I put in there.  But still and all, they were really yummy!  And by the way, I LOVE The Smitten Kitchen blog too.  Both blogs are silly and fun and always have great recipes.

Finally, it was on to overnight French toast (which I compiled from several recipes online so I’m not linking to one here):

Melt butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a pan:

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Then pour it in a baking dish.

Mix up eggs, half and half and vanilla, and cut up the French bread (which I got at Panera and it is really really yummy as regular toast too):

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Then proceed to forget to take any more pictures.  I layered the bread in the baking dish, poured the egg mixture over it, put it in the refrigerator overnight, took it out and let it come to room temperature while we drove to Connecticut, put it in my sister’s oven for 40 minutes.  It was really yummy.  That butter, brown sugar on the bottom gets caramelly and the tops of the bread get toasty-crispy.  Three totally successful recipes that I will definitely make again.

While in Connecticut, we brought my sister our old couch.  Ours came in and her old one went out to the truck, where my 11 year old nephew proceeded to hang out:

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He’s so silly.