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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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Rock Out With Your Cork Out

I thought that might get your attention!

Yesterday was such a great day. The flour-less chocolate cake was how Candy, Maggie, Cliff, and I ended our wine tasting afternoon at Bottle Rock in Culver City.  We also had this amazing cheese plate:

I can’t remember what it was called, but there was a cheese in the middle that was drizzled with warm honey.  It was like heaven.  The wine tasting was USA wines (actually all California wines) Vs French wines.  There was a rose (France won that for me), a white (Sauvignon Blanc, I think- which the austere French also won for me, though everyone else liked the slutty US wine), and a Burgandy (this time the US for me, the French was too bold). Bottle Rock does tastings every Saturday from 1-4.  I’m planning on taking my mom next week in anticipation for our Santa Barbara wine country trip next Monday.  Chris also heard the stories of cheese and cake and decided to take Saturday off to come with us. Here’s Candy taking good care of her teeth by sipping the reds through a straw!

Before Maggie left us to go back to law school we got a picture in front of the Culver City Farmer’s Market mural. Here is me with my lady loves:

When I got home I finished one side of the embroidery project I started Saturday.  When I went to Joann’s I picked up a pillow case embroidery project.  It’s my first attempt at embroidery, but it looks really pretty so far (the wrong side, is a whole other story, that’s what I’m working on for the other half of the pillow- tying off the string rather than carrying it so far).

Then I made Chris some dinner, I was still full from cheese and cake, but I had some a little later.  I just sauteed all the vegetables in the fridge from the last week- tomato, mushrooms, onions, green onions, pepper, with two Tofurkey Kielbasa and put it over multigrain noodles and topped with feta. It tasted fresh and delicious.

I also made this crochet star.  I have no idea what to do with it. Any suggestions? I was thinking of using it as applique on a tote bag.  What do you think I should do with it?

This morning I went to the Japanese market and picked up some snacks and goodies for the week.  I have a weakness for Asian snacks, and especially Japanese desserts that involve red bean paste.  I make a pretty mean ohagi if I do say so myself. So here’s the loot:

The top row is: dried shiitake snacks, nescafe Ice Cool coffee drink packets, cookies with red bean paste (not very good) and miso soup mix (the only one I can find with no fish powder). Middle row: Ham and Cheese flavored chips for the hubby, pea pod snacks for me, nori maki arare crackers, and chewy candy ( I can’t figure out the flavor). Bottom row- peanut butter mochi (drool!), assorted mochigashi (all red bean filling), and chocolate strawberry candy bar.

I’m off to the beach in a few hours, so I’m trying not to snack on all the salty treats, because no one wants to be bloated in a bikini!

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