Well...I've finally took the time to figure out bloglines, which took me, ummm, all of five seconds to do.
WOW. I'm a moron for not doing that earlier. It's great. geesh.
I also took the time to update my banner, etc. for the wintertime. The above photo was taken at Elfreth's Alley here in Philly. It is the oldest residential street in the US (i.e...people have been living on this block since 1702). It's just charming. I took the photo hours after a blizzard ended last March. (I posted more pics here.)
That storm provided the best kind of snow: 2 feet of fluffy white flakes that melted before they turned dingy and brown in the city streets. Gorgeous!
Right now in Philly a blizzard seems like a pipe dream. It's warm (practically 70 degrees!) and balmy. California weather.
Even the flowers that I planted nearly 8 months ago are holding strong! O and I think that they will last till December.
I better enjoy the warmth while I can. Deep down I know old man winter is hovering right around the corner.
I hope everyone had a great holiday and spent time with friends or family. O and I had a blast. My folks and my sisters came down and I cooked my first Thanksgiving Meal.
My sister Emily showed up on Wednesday evening to give me a hand. I was lucky, the meal pretty much went off without a hitch. Although I must say, I couldn't have done it without Martha or Ina or Mav.
Sweet Mav posted a delicious cranberry sauce recipe and let me tell ya....it was incredible. It certainly will be staying on my list for next year. (yum)
Overall it was just special to have my family at our house for the feast. It was the first time in as long as I can remember that my mother didn't prepare the meal and to make it for her was nice to do. It's funny to me that I am capable of hosting a major holiday and am fully equipped to do so, both mentally and physically. Goodness, I'm getting older.
The weekend was chock full of fun- Last night Otis and I went to a "friends thanksgiving" with some of our close friends from my old neighborhood. It was an delicious meal with great company followed up with board games. A perfect combo. Hopefully it was the start of a new tradition...
I was able to spend my Thanksgiving with the people that I am most thankful for: my family, my friends, and of course Otis. I'm a lucky lady.
The loaf comes out with an incredible crunchy crust with a spongy soft inside. Not too dry, not too wet, this little guy tastes as if I just picked it up from the bakery.
The hardest thing about making this lovely loaf was actually baking it.
This past weekend I had a dinner party at my house, for which I baked a gingersnap pear cheesecake. Once I had popped the concoction in the oven I realized I had made a fatal mistake > I hadn't sealed the bottom of my spring form pan properly > which led to hot butter leaking all over the bottom of my oven and creating lots and lots of smoke. You get the idea. Good times....
Last night I came home from work and got scrubbing with a nice and natural baking soda and water mixture. After throwing a little elbow grease on it, It seemed as if I had gotten all of the nasty stuff off.
I turned on my oven so it could pre-heat and sure enough...smoke started to pour out of it. GAH!
Otis made an emergency call to his buddy who lives down the street and minutes later me and the dough made our way to safer ovens.
1 hour later I had a delicious loaf of bread and a recipe I might be abusing for a while. Now I just need to finish the oven cleaning so I can make it at home.
Anyone have a nice chemical free way to get off that stubborn grime?
They don’t cut a straight line, they have nicks all over their blades and they make a horrible squeaking noise when I cut. –ouch- (and to all those crazy scissor peeps...no, I don't cut my coupons with this pair)
For now I have put them in a “time out” but I know these fellas need to go for some sharpening up.
I’ve done all the right research.
-Joann’s isn’t having sharpener for 2 more months. -my favorite notions joint can send them out for sharpening but it take a whole week! ( Christmas craft season is upon me and I soooo don’t have time for that)
Anyone know anywhere in the Philadelphia/ South Jersey/ Delaware region that sharpens scissors on the double?
I just can't describe how thrilled I am that I finished these socks. Totally, utterly thrilled.
aren't they cute?
Plus, I actually finished them in the season I intended...fall! They are cozy and comfy and everything I dreamed they would be.
I've been working on them for so long it felt funny not having them to stitch on last evening. (was I really mourning these things?)
Time for another project I guess. I know I mentioned before that there was no way that I would ever knit another pair of socks...but, we'll see. Seeing them on my feet makes me crave another pair. hmmm.