Friday, December 31, 2010

A Productive Week

Well, not the most productive. But not entirely unproductive either. My goals for this week were to catch up on my shop and be healthy, including controlling myself around the seasonal popcorn and exercising. (You know, the popcorn that comes in a big tin and is divided between butter, caramel, and cheese?)
I can honestly say I sort of met one of those goals: My stitching shop is all caught up on hair clips. Jewelry and cozies, not so much.

Also Carly made her first gingerbread house! Well it was my first gingerbread house too, which may be why it never actually made it into "house" form:

I just couldn't figure out how to get the walls to stand up! We bought the kit from Ikea, so all the walls were pre-made. If there were instructions, they were in Swedish so... Yeah that didn't work out so well. At least she had a great time "decorating" it!

Have you ever successfully assembled a gingerbread house?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

May The Force Be With You

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a week off work? If you said a Star Wars marathon, then I love you.
Star Wars movies are perfect to stitch or knit with, because I've seen them so many times that I don't really need to look at the tv at all, just listen. Except for the part where Mark Hamill stares off into the sunset of Tatooine. Even as a child, I liked to rewind that scene and rewatch it several times...

These days I tend to be more Team Han. Kinda like when I was 14, Leonardo DiCaprio was the hottest thing ever but now that just makes me feel like a perv haha.
Anyway, we figured it was high time our 3-year-old was introduced to the ways of the force. Her first Star Wars marathon was technically a long time ago, but I doubt she remembers:

Star Wars Marathon!!!

This time she pretended to speak Jawa, thought the sand people were the most hilarious thing ever, and adamantly refused to accept that Princess Leia is really a princess. Maybe it was the lack of a crown and blond hair? And technically she's correct, Leia isn't really a princess, right?
So throughout the 12+ hours of Star Wars, I've gotten a little bit of work done:

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mint Julep Fail and Chocolate Silk Pie Win

Ohhh my gosh I am NOT good at this! No matter what I do, they're just really really.... bourbon-y! Everyone gagged when they tried them! Except my darling sister-in-law, but only because I made hers with gingerale.  Know why?
Cuz she has a little baby bean in her tummy!!!

It's alright though, because we have chocolate pie and Bad Juans too:

I know Bad Juans aren't exactly Southern, but still tasty! My mom's chocolate pie is amazing, here she is with her recipe!

Chocolate Silk Pie

12 ounce can condensed evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
2 cups Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips

Whisk together egg yolks and evaporated milk in heavy saucepan. Heat on med. high until thickened, but DO NOT BOIL. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Pour into graham cracker crust and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Note: I use a shortbread crust and like it a lot better than graham cracker crust. Don't substitute cheap chocolate chips--every time I've used anything besides Nestle chips, the pie has turned out grainy.

Don't forget the homemade whipped cream on top!

Gone With The Wind.... Aaaaaand Go!

Good evening everyone! Have you started the movie? Sorry I'm late, we were so busy chowing down! We've got fried chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, green beans, and coleslaw!
Pretty soon I'll break out the bourbon and get started on those mint juleps! After the guilt wears off after eating all this food and staring at Scarlett's teeny tiny waist!
I always say that this first dress she wears was is my very favorite of the whole movie, until the next scene! And the next, and the next...
Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Things That Make Me Smile

I've had a really great week, I hope you did too! But it's not over yet, because tomorrow is the Gone With The Wind party! Not that many people have signed up so far, but I invited a bunch of friends over to my tiny apartment to watch with me. We're having a southern style menu starring fried chicken and sweet potato pie. Or casserole. I think they're the same thing. I don't care what it's called, as long as I can eat it as often as possible! I also need to find out how to make mint juleps as the party cocktail, because that's what came up the most when I googled "southern cocktail."

Earlier this week my husband surprised me with this sweater:

I saw it in the sales catalog that came in the mail and fell in love. And, like the ad says, that's so me! Only I don't like that it says that to everyone else who gets mail from that store. I want it to only be so me. Anyway, I love it and he even checked the sizes of my sweaters in the closet before he bought it. Very impressive!

He's also going to buy me this, even though he doesn't know it yet:

It's the second St Vincent cd, and I need it right this very minute! My brother gave me her most recent cd last year and I'm totally in love. I can't remember ever being this obsessed with anyone since Third Eye Blind's first cd. I swear I must have listened to it every day for a year when I was 14! Anyway, St. Vincent/ Annie Clark's music is the most beautiful I've ever heard. I've been listening to it at work every day this week and it puts me in a great mood. The down side is that I love it so much I'm easily distracted from work- I just want to stare off into space and listen. Here's a cover of Dig A Pony: (I have no idea what that phrase means or what the song is about, I hope it's not bad- I learned to mistrust Beatles lyrics since I walked around singing "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" as a child. So mortifying.)

And because I couldn't choose between that or this, here's a cute video from the latest cd:

Amazing, right?
Here's something else I've been addicted to this week- A snowflake maker!

We actually had our first flurries here in Dayton yesterday. I walked around with a big goofy grin all day. But then it melted and I was sad. Actually it never really stuck, but it was pretty to watch out the window. I love snow! I'd love to move to someplace like Alaska where it's snowy all the time and dark most of the year!

Something else neat I discovered this week- ThreadRare's new line of capelets:

Very Marie-Antoinette-ish! She's so talented, check out her shop here.

Oh, and knitters- Did you see the extra patterns knitty put up for fall? I'm LOVING this one!