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Domestic Bliss

I just polished off the most delicious sandwich (leftover tofurkey with Wisconsin Colby cheese and pickles) after returning home from possible the worst driving day of the year. I went out on “Black Friday” and the traffic was nothing compared to the loonies on the road today.  After fighting to stay alive and out of a car accident, I thought I’d come home, shut myself in for the day, blog, crochet and watch movies.

Tuesday was a domestically productive day.  I simultaneously listened to christmas carols, baked kiss cookies, and made a huge lasagna for freezing. Christmas carols are new for me this year, I’m starting to be okay with some of them.  Amazon helped me along with their free holiday downloads. It was like an advent calendar that I didn’t get tempted to eat. The kiss cookies are a holiday tradition I started a few years ago. I make them for Chris and the people at his store on Christmas eve.

kisscookiesSomeday I’ll own cooling racks (and have enough counter space for them). Between batches of cookies going in and plopping kisses on the peanut butter yumminess, I made a super meaty, super cheesy lasagna for dinner and then to freeze.  It was two  layers of veggie beef scramble mixed with veggie sausage and mixed with a mushroom sauce and two layers of ricotta and mozzarella, mushrooms, and green peppers mixed with an olive sauce.  We had it with a huge salad and have plenty of leftovers!

lasagneWhen all of that kitchen work came to an end, I worked on my current cross-stitch project.  Here’s how it’s looking.

xstitch3On christmas eve, my husband and I started a new family tradition: Port Party!  We opened a delicious bottle of Daniel Gehrs Fireside Port that I got two years ago in Los Olivos. The Daniel Gehrs winery is my favorite.  I also drop a fortune when I go there. This summer my mom bought us their Tawny Port.  We’re planning on saving that to celebrate with when we buy a house.  For our Port Party we had a plate of sweets (ferrero roche truffles, chocolates, candied walnuts, and hazelnut cremes) and a plate of savory (crackers, brie spread, pepper jack cheese, and olives). It was delicious.  I dare say this is a tradition that will stick.

portpartyEarlier that day I attempted to make an apple crumble pie using this amazingly easy recipe. I got a little cocky in the kitchen, though, and decided I could eyeball the measurements. The pie turned out “a little powdery” in the words of my husband.  It was actually not bad, considering what it could have been. I just over did the flour and under did the sugar.  I highly recommend following the recipe, because even with my blunders that pie was good, so imagine how yummy the real recipe is! I added some of grandma’s candied walnuts to the crumble topping.

applecrumblepieI worked like a little crochet worker bee on my mom’s present, which isn’t finished yet.  It’s  my biggest project to date and I’m about a quarter done with it.  Here’s a photo of the blanket I’m crocheting for her.

momafghanAnd here’s my sister’s yoga bag.  She got it a few days ago, so I can show the whole thing now. I used the same pattern from Joyful Abode that I used to make mine.

bethanyyogaI finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the same day I last blogged.  We watched the movie on Christmas. I was totally unimpressed with the movie. i LOVED that book.  Chris dragged out the Half Blood Prince for me, but I had already started The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver.  She wrote We Need to Talk About Kevin, a book which still haunts me to this day. The Post-Birthday World is about a woman, Irina, an American expat living in London with her longtime partner Lawrence.  On the birthday of a friend she considers what life would be like if she kissed that friend.  The book is billed as a story about the choices we made and their good and bad repercussions.  I’m only 50 pages in, so we’ll see how it goes.  I like her writing style and I was engaged for the short time I spent reading it.



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Back to Basics

For the past week or so I’ve been swept up in this insane cross stitch project. I’d come home everyday and cross stitch for 2-3 hours every night in anticipation of making some major progress.  I guess I underestimated how quickly counted cross stitch goes, because it feels like I’ve barely made any progress.  Here is the next installment of pictures.

When I look at them all together I can see the progress, but it doesn’t seem like much considering how much time I spend working on it.  

With my frustration at how slow the cross stitch was going, I turned back to my old friend crochet- my baby step into the world of yarn and needle crafts. I finally finished the blue baby blanket.  It was the first blanket I started over a year ago.  In between starting it and finishing it yesterday I have completed many other crochet projects, but the blue baby blanket was always on my mind. Here’s what it looked like when I first began this blog:

And here it is today.

And here’s the hat to match. I love these little newborn hats!

Once I wash them, they’ll both be on their way to Stitches From the Heart.

My next project is a baby blanket for a friend at work.  She’s due in about two weeks, and I’m hoping to have the blanket done before the baby arrives.  She’s knows it’s a girl, so I’m going pink and white.  I’m also trying out a new pattern and moving away from the shell pattern. Hopefully I’ll get started on it this weekend and do a little each day.  Tomorrow I’m baking macaroons for my husband’s employees, so you might be treated to a picture of macaroons and baby blankets!

This week’s school bento was a veggie BLT (veggie bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo, toasted wheat bread), grapes, plum, pita chips, and vegan chocolate chip cookies from Trader Joes.

So, until tomorrow, perhaps.

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