Saturday, December 19, 2009
Cookie #1 - back in the mid-70s, when we lived in Suquamish, Sunset magazine did it's annual cookie spread and mom and I made these brown sugar cutout cookies in the shape of pine trees. They were finicky on the cooking time - easy to burn. But were nice & crunchy if you got them right. Sort of like gingerbread, only not spicey. I remember we thought them rather bland at the time, but for some reason, I really want them! Mom has no memory of these cookies. Web searches have turned up nothing. Colin made me some brown sugar cookies from his 1001 cookie recipes book, and they're good. And he pressed cute little shapes into them, and they were pretty & tasty enough to give away. But they are tender, not crispy. So, not quite a match.
Cookie #2 - I want a round chocolate cookie with turbinado sugar around the edge. So, looking for an icebox/refrigerator/freezer type cookie that you roll into a log, roll the log into turbinado sugar, and then cut into slices & bake. I'm being finicky and not finding a chocolage refrigerator cookie that looks just right.
Plus, did I mention that I don't really like making cookies? So when I find one that's sorta close, I start gathering ingredients and then think "but it won't be quite right anyway" and wander off.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
- Pasta with Chopping-Board Pistachio Pesto
- Crisp Brick-Fried Chicken with Rosemary and Whole Garlic Cloves
- Little French Fudge Cakes
conquer enemies, lead armies,
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Like the napkins? I sewed them up the night before (not my fault, I ordered the fabric 2 weeks ago, but it didn't come till Tuesday), and he's been liking them. The fabric line is Rocket Scientist from In the Beginning fabrics. Seemed so Max, had to have it. But he didn't need another quilt, so napkins it is!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I ordered Max some Clone Wars gear for next year and we tried that out too. Backpack & lunchbox were a hit (crazy glasses optional):
For lunches, I did the bento approach again. I packed a ton of food everyday, since both Max and I were worried that he'd go hungry (he had quite an appetite Mon & Tues, trailing off at the end of the week). I always see these bento lunches for preschoolers that fit into one of the single layer boxes and think "no way, that's not enough!" - perhaps that's why we're so amply proportioned in my house. Or perhaps they're not for 6 year olds - probably both :-).
- Carrot/zucchini/apple muffin, canned mandarin oranges (single layer blue box)
- Wheat thins, cherries, and cream cheese (thumbs down on that from Max) (top of double layer blue box)
- Turkey octo-dogs, ketchup, carrots and zucchini (thumbs down on the veg) (bottom of double layer blue box)
- Fritos (in the goldfish)
- Cherries and Ritz crackers
- Bologna rollups (on toothpicks), mini-Bel cheese, frozen peas, carrots
- More muffin, with peaches
- Apple slices with caramel dip
- more Fritos in the fish (these became his "on the way home" snack all week)
- Apples & dip
- Muffin & cantaloupe
- Wheat thins & bologna rollups
- Crackers, baby-Bel, chicken salad, and green beans with edamame (saved this layer for home, then didn't eat - thumbs down, I guess)
- Muffin & peaches
- Chicken pot pie insides, biscuits (leftovers from dinner the night before)
And he got to bring along his space shuttle utensils in a re-usable snack bag I got on Etsy.
- Ritz crackers, raspberries (from the Bellevue Farmer's Market trip on Thursday), cantaloupe
- More octodogs & ketchup, carrots & zucchini (snubbed again)
- Mini scones with jam, Wheat Thins, Laughing Cow cheese wedge, blueberries (from the Farmer's Market too).
And after Thursday's trip to the Farmer's Market, we had a few too many plums and I had a hankering to try out a plum cake recipe. Found one on the KCTS9 site that looked yummy, and it certainly was. Piping hot out of the oven:
Sweet, yummy goodness. Max and I enjoyed it. Colin had a bit of the cake part, but was not interested in the cooked fruit (as ever). Day 2, cooled off, Max agreed with Colin that the fruit part was "blechechechyuck". I thought it was fine, but then I like squishy foods.
P.S. I've been obsessively re-reading all of the Harry Potter books, and Colin just started in on them behind me. He amusedly read me a line from "Chamber of Secrets" where Mrs. Weasley sends Harry a Christmas package with a hand-knitted sweater and "plum cakes". So that's where the need for plum cake came from. Hmm.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
What kicked it all off was a bench cushion.
I liked the fabric so much, I bought 15 more yards and made some lined panel curtains for the living room. These took forever and I was thoroughly sick of them by the time I was done, but they look nice and that's what I was after. Remind me that curtains are a good thing to buy.
Knocked off a couple of little bags for my manager at work (she was using Starbucks paper bags for her totes - couldn't have that!). These are so easy - placemat bags like Noelle made a few years ago. 2 hours max! Perfect.
And then, for the first time in years (and I do mean years, maybe decades), I had a hankering to try making some clothes again. Here are some summer skirts - can't get good shots of them on my own, maybe I'll try again with help.
Poppies on gauze - really full skirt with lots of panels & godets:
Brown embroidered linen drawstring skirt with cargo pockets (hard to see here, but it's all about the fabric anyway):
This one was a copy cat of Cyndy's camo cargo skirt - same pattern, although I didn't realize that until I was nearly done. I learned from her frustrations and skipped the fussiness at the waist - just threaded the drawstring through buttonholes instead of outside the band under twill tape. It did take me 1/2 an hour and lots of study to remember how to do a buttonhole, though.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A few things we've done recently that were fun:
- Biked ten miles along the Sammammish River Trail with Noelle & Patrick, plus Max on the new trail-along bike we got from a coworker. Max did just great, pedalling along. Was a bit tired - 10 miles was a bit much for the first time out. Need to do it again!
- Hiked down to Snoqualmie Falls with my team at work. Down made my legs all jiggly and up made me red faced and sweaty, and then we sat down for lunch at the lodge. Icky sticky me, but very yummy food. I need to get back into shape. Won't help the red & sweaty, but will help the huffing & puffing.
- Wandered around Poulsbo & Bainbridge with Mom & Lisa. Loved seeing the old stomping grounds and getting blown about on the ferry. Miss all that. Ferry rides are shorter than I remember. And our little farmhouse is now a sports complex. Time passes, things change, but Sluys Bakery remains.
- Max's first "lemonade" stand - actually a juice stand. Talked him down from lemonade at $5/glass a few weeks ago to juice (which we actually had on hand) for 25 cents a dixie cup. He enjoyed it, and really enjoyed the $4.75 he pulled in. The hand made sign was a bit hard to read from the road, but folks knew what it meant anyway. Kid + box + sign = first business venture, awwwww. Thanks for your support!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Aren't these pretty? I love my peonies! They're such flowers!
The pink ones are in full bloom and the white ones are on their way. Wish my lilacs would do something - wonder what it takes to get the three scraggly specimens I have here as full & lovely as the one tree we had at our old house.
p.s. - forgot to mention that these flowers brought a whole bunch of little tiny ants with them. Max was rather entertained, but disgusted at the same time to have ants on the dining room table. The flowers spent the night outside to try & encourage the ants to go away - hopefully they all hopped off and won't be in our house today.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
- Great weekend downtown with just Colin & me. Thanks Noelle & Patrick for keeping Max happy & entertained - no way to repay that service!
- Fun with family - good to see and hang out with nearly the whole Boise contingent.
- Dinner and play with friends - always fun to hang with the Sather's.
- Time spent sewing up a cushion for the entry bench.
But next year, let's skip:
- MRI for extra-cautious doctors.
- Conferences and firedrills at work.
- 13 kids under 7 at the house.
- Layoff, cutback, and random economic news stress - gotta stop paying attention!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
What'd be on my "Happiness Project" list:
- Choose consciously
- Choose health - eat the fruit, go for the walk, bring back yoga
- Be the mom/take responsibility
- Make time for the things you love to do
- Make time for the people you love
- Embrace meal planning
There must be more, but that's my short list for today. What would you put on your list?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Lack of highlights lately, but Colin updated you on the Leavenworth trip and Lisa on the Spokane trip, so not much to say. Busy times, with computer time at home losing out to sleep, or reading (lots of reading of a pile of mysteries by Deborah Crombie, not to mention the rest of the Twilight series in January, thanks for the books Kris!), or watching ABC shows online, since DISH/Fisher-ABC are feuding in my area so I can't watch it on TV anymore. Sigh. I'm way behind on all my shows - I realized in December when they went off the air that I was recording 7 shows on ABC, and I just am not keeping up with them. How tragic, no? Well, no, not really :-).
Working on a sock in the knitting world. Donna & I challenged each other to try socks at the last Day of Crafts and Sewing. I was halfway when I got to DOCS, then ripped back and redid the heel and now I'm 3/4 of the way. Not a lot of progress. I should have picked a pattern other than plain stockinette - so dull. Plus, I really doubt I'll ever wear them, so the motivation is low. Could tackle another sweater, but must do math first. I sure hope I have a chance to relearn basic math while Max learns it the first time; I could use a little help.
Happy Valentine's Day everybody.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
For your viewing pleasure, some things I finally finished near the end of 2008.
- Yarn: Knit Pick's Telemark in Colonial Blue
- Pattern: Gathered Pullover from Interweave Knits
- Needles: size 7, circulars and dpns
- Modifications: Lengthened the sleeves a bit, skipped the yarn overs in a row across the bust for obvious reasons.
Started in Feb '08, finished December 30th, 2008 (whew! Less than a year :-). Very wearable. Slightly scratchy - dang wool.
Elisa's Nest Tote for Ann
- Yarn: Knit Pick's CotLin in Morrocan Red (Ann's signature color!)
- Pattern: Elisa's Nest Tote from The Purl Bee
- Needles: I forget - size 9? 10? Who knows
- Modifications: none but my occasional mistake
Pattern is still fun the second time and doesn't take too long, although I stretched out working on it over months. Was fun to make for Ann in red.
Morningside Neckwarmer for Colin
Late-minute Christmas idea for Colin. Sadly, kept screwing up, so it didn't make it by Christmas, even though it's only 1 ball's worth o' knitting. Sigh. The pattern's only two rows of just a few stitches, repeated all the way in the round, no purls or anything. So, I really impressed myself when I realized that I'd managed to flip the stiches inside out halfway through. Jeez.