Thursday, November 30, 2006

My Beautiful Apron!

Thank you so much to the very talented Ann for my fabulous apron! I ADORE this apron...the colors are perfect and the workmanship is just exquisite...right down to the felt flower embellishment! There are even some sparkly rhinestones for a festive flair. Could a girl ask for anything more? Not me...

She also sent very yummy recipes on the cutest cards that match the apron! Plus the nicest soaps...one is wrapped like a chocolate bar and smells like yummy chocolate chip mint ice cream...2 bars that look EXACTLY like lemon bars (which I got a recipe for the real cookie bar)...and a magic bar of beautifully scented soap that I am using regularly...plus a coupon book and a handmade can of magic that also smells divine.

Was I lucky to get Ann for my swap partner? YOU BET. Thanks so much, Ann...you are truly the best. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Freedom from Want

Nothing says Thanksgiving like this painting by Norman Rockwell, "Freedom from Want". I can't speak for everyone but I think most folks would like to be able to have a Thanksgiving here in America like the one portrayed here...lots of food, smiling faces and multi-generational.

Of course it is completely idealistic and unrealistic to think that this represents us as a nation, we are, after all, not all caucasian and certainly there are more of us than ever not able to afford this lavish a table.

So, I will give thanks for what I do have and be grateful for the family that I love, the friends who have stood by me and those that are new that I am just beginning to nourish. I am still amazed at the bounty of food that we have to choose from and how people can always find something to give no matter what abundance they do or do not come from.

I have only to look into the eyes of a person passing by to know that each and everyone of us has the capacity to choose love over hate.

I leave you with this..."When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there WILL be world peace". Happy Thanksgiving to all. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Leg Warmers

I was attracted to this yarn for a couple of reasons. One, I loved the color verigation and two, it is acrylic yarn. I am making two pairs of these leg warmers for Christmas gifts and they MUST be easy care.

These are easy to knit and go pretty quickly even for my slow fingers. I was able to get one leg warmer out of one skein of yarn with just a few inches to spare. Whew.

Pattern:

Size 4 US double points (mine are bamboo and the acrylic yarn likes them)

Gauge: 22 st in st. st. =4" (but this is not real critical)

Cast on 68 st. Put 17 stitches on 4 needles. Work in the round for 2 and 3/4" in 2 x 2 rib. Change to stockinette(knit all rows) for 9" then go back to the 2 x 2 rib for another 2 and 3/4". Bind off.

I got this yarn on the Elann site but I don't know if they still have the yarn. Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 17, 2006

K & K Friday

Yummeee...Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor...what else can I say?

...and this, courtesy of Cute Overload .
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Flowers!

I was already to post some knitting when this basket of flowers arrived at my front door! Aren't they incredible? And if you could only smell them...fabulous. Nothing like the scent of fresh flowers in my opinion. I have a flower heart so these brought a huge smile to my face and reached inside to where the empty places live just waiting to be filled.

Now it was my anniversary yesterday and the DH and I had a wonderful dinner out so when these arrived, I thought maybe he had sent them. I was happily surprised to find out that my lovely and generous friend Deborah ...my ITE pal extraordinaire...sent them! Isn't she the BEST? I am convinced that I was first in line to be the honorary knitter of her tote!

Thank you, Deborah for your beautiful generous heart. I love them!
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Happy 36 Years

On a cloudy damp November day in 1970, this man and I were married. We had been dating on and off for two years, had taken trips together and basically spent every waking hour with eachother. We decided to make it official and a kind Unitarian minister on Linclon Avenue in Philadelphia gave us a sweet little ceremony. Our best friends Mark and Holly were there along with the golden yellow and red leaves of the season. No fancy wedding dress, no tuxedos, no reception line or gourmet food...I wore my favorite jeans and velvet top, he wore his favorite corduroy sport jacket. There's not a lot to remember about that day, just that it happened and marked the beginning of these past 36 years of our journey. I can't imagine having lived my life any other way, with anyone but him.

Here's to the next 36... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Someone's in the kitchen...

Election Day metaphor: who's gonna get cooked? If you haven't voted...don't complain about the "food".

In the kitchen today there is soup being made...roasted cauliflower and garlic soup from this wonderful man
who is not only a fabulous massage therapist and an accomplished musician but he COOKS! So, when he said he had made Roasted Cauilflower and Garlic soup this weekend, I jumped at the chance to make a pot.

And look what I found at the Co-op...a head of purple cauliflower. YumEEE. And see that garlic? Homegrown from the fabulous Jan E. I am putting in some garlic myself this year, along with red onions which my whole family cannot get enough of.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND GARLIC SOUP

One lovely cauliflower
One head of garlic
Chicken or vegetable stock
Assorted veggies (we like kale, carrots and potatoes)
Herbs of choice
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Cut the cauliflower into little "trees" or florettes. Chop just the top off the garlic bulb. Coat the florettes and the top of the garlic bulb with some nice olive oil. Put all of this on a sheet pan and set the oven to about 350 degrees. After the oven has warmed up, put the pan of goodies in for about a half hour and then check the veggies and garlic to see if they have started to brown up. You want them to roast and bring out their natural sugars. Don't let them burn, yegads. When they have roasted until just slightly brown (the garlic may need to come out first, but watch to see) bring them out of the oven while you heat up the stock (or broth). Remove the cloves of garlic and plop them into the broth along with the cauliflower. Let this simmer for about 15 minutes then you can do one of two things. You could blend all this up with an immersion blender or keep the veggies and garlic as they are. Your choice. Add your other vegetables cut up into soup size pieces along with your herbs at this point. If you are using fresh herbs, wait until the end to add these. Dried herbs can be added now. If you like the soup a bit thicker, slice the potatoes thinly and they will break down and thicken the soup.
Let the soup simmer for as long as it takes to soften the veggies.

Add salt and pepper to taste...enjoy with some great dark bread and cheese. I like cheddar but goat cheese on the dark bread would be almost orgasmic.

Thank you to that wonderful musician/massage therapist/cook for the inspiration for this post.

Post Script to this recipe: Don't use the immersion blender. The cauliflower is better left as whole roasted pieces. I also would add some chopped onions to the roasting tray.
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Another K & K Friday...

If you are offended by this first photo, please see next photo...

If not, how many of you would like to join me under that grate?

Have a nice weekend.
If you haven't visited Cute Overload, now would be a good time. Posted by Picasa