Rooster in the Hen House

It was a rainy, foggy day today.  Lots of inside time for me and Paul.  I was knitting.  He was putting some car parts for sale on the line. [Has anyone seen “The Internship”?   The guy played by Vince Vaughn refers to going on the internet to going “on the line”.  It is a really funny movie!]  At one point he came down to the kitchen area, looking for a place to take a picture of his 1080 Super Duper Holley Destroyer Carburetor.  I actually forget the name of it. But it was something similar.  Since it was so cloudy, I offered for him to use my light box-esque area in my craft room.  I showed him how to set up the walls of the box and the light and he was off:


I helped hold and move the light so there would be minimal shadows.  And then I sort of photo-bombed him:


Can’t make him too comfortable in here right?

Then I finished knitting my Wendy Knits Mystery Shawl 2014 knit-a-long project:

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If you look closely in the top picture, you will see that it is a little wider on the left than on the right.  Want to know why?  Because I ran out of yarn!!!!  I was doing the weigh-your-yarn-as-you-go-use-one-third-for-each-section method and I apparently can’t do math or can’t read a digital scale correctly.  I ran out 17 rows before I was done.  Which equals about one and a half inches.   But, because I am who I am, I was in no way going to rip back. When I realized I was short – which was when there was about 2 yards left since it was in a bag and I couldn’t see it – I decreased every row for the last few rows that I could knit, then bound off.  I am still very happy with it and I bet you wouldn’t have noticed it if I didn’t point it out.  Right?

And how about THIS…..  I made no fewer than four things from our CSA veggie box this week.

Thing #1: Collard Green and Radish Slaw with Crispy Shallots (without the radishes)


An excellent was to eat your collards if you are not fond of them stewed to death.  It was really yummy.  Made without radishes since neither of us like them.

Thing #2: Swiss Chard Frittata


Also very good, especially if you want to somewhat disguise the taste of swiss chard by adding more cheese.  Which I do and which I did.  We tried sauteed swiss chard last year because someone said it was great that way.  We heartily disagreed, agreeing to each other that it tastes kind of like dirt.  However, we got it in our CSA box and didn’t want it to go to waste.  Great way to get your leafy greens in your diet.  The recipe I followed was given to us by our CSA but I linked up there to one with all the same ingredients.

Thing #3: Zucchini-Summer Squash Bread


My old standby from the Good Housekeeping cookbook but I omitted the nuts and I added lots more zucchini and this time I added summer squash too.  Excellent!  I linked you up to the current Good Housekeeping recipe since I can’t show you my book.  It’s a tiny bit different but I’m sure still tastes yummy.

Thing #4: Refrigerator Pickles


I don’t love cucumbers.  I also don’t like dill pickles.  But sometimes I like bread and butter pickles.  I don’t know how this has turned out yet because they have to sit in there for another few days.  I linked up there to the recipe but I did a combo of a few recipes because this one looked like an awful lot of sugar.  Hmmm.  Now that I think about it, maybe there is a pickling reason for all that sugar.

And, things may be looking up for Paul’s car:

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The engine went back in yesterday.  I heard a rumbling in the garage recently, which means it started.  But it didn’t run for long so I don’t know what that means.  Stay tuned.  (Because I know you are on pins and needles about this one.)

2 thoughts on “Rooster in the Hen House

  1. Those dishes look scrumptious! Paul’s hobby is kind of fascinating and exotic to me as I have little knowledge or handiness when it comes to autos. He gets a very cool pro garage and you will eventually get a very cool car – Dodge Charger? If it is a Charger that is the car the bad guys drive in “Bullitt” – famous car chase.

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