Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kitchen Notes

pierogis fried in butter, with cream :: refrigerator pickles :: creamed spinach
We've been eating some pretty good food, though none of it very glamorous or refined. First off, that's the first time I've served pierogis. I say served because "make" seems too strong a word for frying something from the frozen section in a pan and adding cream and pepper. Its one of those things I didn't really know people ate until we moved north-ish. It may become a habit.
This is my first ever attempt at refrigerator pickles and let me tell you, I nailed it. I used this recipe and used half the sugar, like she indicates, but also added some pickle crisp granules. Julian actually ate some AND said they were tasty, though I think he would have preferred them with the full sugar.
Last but not least, we had creamed spinach on crackers for dinner this week. I've got no shame. I loosely followed this recipe, more cream, no artichokes. It was delicious.
What's been happening in your kitchen? Show and tell with Heather @ Beauty That Moves.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Honey Hat on Hold

I've gone as far as I can with the ball of yarn I had. That's the problem with knitting from stash. Now what. I think I will start a shawl for a Christmas gift, one I KNOW I have enough yarn to finish, and one that uses different needles, so that shouldn't pose a problem. I'll just ignore the honey hat until I get a chance to hit up my LYS (though it is actually for ME, so I hope it will be done before the true cold sets in). 

What am I reading? Not much really. Julian is reading CS Lewis's The Four Loves with two friends and he is reading it aloud to me at home. I also am part-way through The Blood of An Englishman by MC Beaton. It isn't holding my attention much but it doesn't require a lot of attention, either, so I can easily pick up where I left off.
What are you reading and/or knitting? Show and tell with Ginny.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Around the house

The sun has still been shining, which is odd for Morgantown this time of year. In our experience, the sun goes away the first of October and comes back out in May, but we only just got our first frost last night. I wonder if the winter will be mild.

I've been thinking on what handmade things I'd like to get done before the holidays. I never know if made gifts will be appreciated and I hate to go to the trouble of making them if they are not. The only person I've got checked off the list already is my sister - I'm sorry for her if she asks for something specific, but she is taken care of with this.

The cross stitch hasn't had much attention since the little houses are getting done. I've not been journaling the houses, but I am still making them. I've not counted recently, but I should!

Keeping calm and crafting on with Frontier Dreams.