Archive for March, 2008

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #26

Ooh, I was crafty this week! I had a great deal of fun, and I hope you had a satisfying week as well, no matter what your creative passion.

The first thing I finished was this apron for my mother. She cut up a pair of pants and brought it over here for me to sew up. It seems almost cheating to claim it, but I did make it, so……..yeah. It goes on the FO page. I’ll justify it by saying that she wanted me to throw it together any old way, and I refused to do that, but instead took the time to sew it properly, with finished seams, etc. It’s small because it’s not for cooking. She needs it to hold change at the estate sale she’s having this weekend. She wants to sell everything that’s not nailed down at Grandmother’s, though if you were to call and make an offer on the exterior shutters, I imagine she’d get a hammer and un-nail them for you. Unless it is raining. Then, it would be no.

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I did learn a new thing making it. I’ve been sewing for 26 years, give or take. Any time I have wanted to reinforce a seam, I have dutifully cut the threads, place the piece back on the feed dog at the point of origin, and sewed. Mama watched me do that several times (umm, it takes plenty of reinforcement for the bottom of a change apron), and asked me why I didn’t just turn the fabric. I looked at her as if she had 2 heads, mumbled “turn the fabric”, lifted the presser foot, flipped that piece and sewed on! I’d always wondered why it took me so long to sew stuff compared to Grandmother. That trick was one Mama learned from her. Mama can’t sew, but I can, and it’s a trick I will get some good use from!!

Next up is Spidey’s sweater. Yes, he’s elected to keep it. I did run out of yarn, so I grabbed some black Cascade 220 and used it doubled to finish the yoke.

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And now, I am looking for a new project. It will have to be an old one, or at least one made from old yarn, since I am still on purchasing hiatus. The good news is that these are FOs 5 and 6: soon, my pretties, soon, I will be able to shop!

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Here’s how to play:

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!
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Loving Martha, Baking Cookies, Buying Stuff and Give Away

Welcome again to Cass in the Kitchen. First, get coffee: as you can see from the title, we have a LOT of ground to cover. I was a busy girl this week, and I took pictures of everything. In fact, the kids are now used to me shooting the food before they can eat it! So seriously, get coffee, and let’s see how many shots I can upload at once without freezing the laptop. And relax, I’m not going to show you everything today, just what’s in the title. You’ll have to wait for the green chili recipe. :)

Loving Martha

I have to tell you all before I begin, that I really dislike Martha Stewart. When she’s on tv, I’m changing the channel. When I see her wares in the store, I go the other way. I mean, it’s much a part of me as curly hair, this dislike of Martha. Until now. Now, I like Martha. How can you not like a woman who designed a table of contents that looks like this?

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I mean, that’s pure genius, because how often do you think “I want a cookie,” and you can already feel the texture of it on your tongue? Yeah, me too. Also, this book will be responsible for me buying a new cookie press, since I can’t find my old one. And it has already cost me two silicone baking sheets, which you will meet below.

martha stewarts cookies Now, when I looked over the book, I had firmly intended to make those brownies shown above, because they looked so good. Don’t they look good? Yes, they do. But I still haven’t made them. No, Because I found this recipe for Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies instead. So, I went to Wal-Mart for groceries, and the stuff to make these ended up on the list somehow, and I followed the recipe exactly except that I used baby food bananas instead of fresh (my hands aren’t what they used to be, so I save them for the important stuff) aaaaand, I kinda got excited and we poured in the walnuts before we remembered to roast them. Roasting nuts for your cookies is one of the bits of advice I gave over on Mothering Many at Christmas, so I am appalled that I forgot to do it. Blame the book.

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Baking Cookies

We did have a wee accident:
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I also had amazingly beautiful helpers:
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The dough, it was divine:
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And the cookies, they were so good my eyes crossed when I put them in my mouth. See?
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Buying Stuff

And right about when I took that last picture, I was forming a mental shopping list:
cookie press
cookie scoop
cookie jar
cookie baking mat
mixing bowls
mixing spoons
extra measuring cups and spoons

You’ll note that most of this is pictured below. The scoop is on it’s way from Pampered Chef, and I haven’t purchased the press yet.

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This baking and the taking of pictures? It is fun.

GiveAway

NOW THEN! This book, this book filled with delicious cookie recipes which make people cross their eyes, will be the next giveaway here on Cass Knits! If you want a copy of your very own, that can happen! To get one entry, leave a comment. (First time blog commenters are moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I’ll approve it when I get back to the key board.) If you blog about the giveaway and link back to this post, you’ll get two more entries. And if you stumble his post, you’ll get another entry! The giveaway will commence when I hit publish, and it will end at midnight, March 23rd. Yep, that’s Easter! I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 24th.

Good luck!

Things We’ve Said

Ok, I have been collecting little tidbits of humor for a while now, and I think this post is finally long enough to share. Try to imagaine the circumstances as you read the words, because if I took the time to lay the scene for you, it would suck the funny right out. Some of you may recognize some of them. Laugh again, anyway.

“Do not thump my breasts. These are the breasts of life.” Spoken to Batman on April 30, 2007
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Words from Drama May 2007: “I love you back. This is a boogie from my ear.” Now I am sure to her, the two were not part of the same conversation, but since she said them one right after the other, it was pretty hilarious to me.
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“I have a red mold (mole) on my ear.” This tidbit brought to you by Stuntman, from way up in a tree.
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So, Batman just looked at me and said, “I’ll screw you!” After I picked my jaw up off the desk (and man did it hurt when it hit), I noticed he had the control to my griddle, and was going “zzttt, zzzttt”. So, ok, in the fist of a 6 year old, it does look amazingly like an electric screwdriver.
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My boys informed me that they had named their collective bits “Aunt Dorothy”. And also, their butts are “Chuck”.
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POTS!! When given as a parental directive, it means “stop and back up.” Accompanied by “pans”, it means “stop and take a nap”.
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Diva: the symbol for males has an arrow because their brains have left the planet.
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“I can jog to Wal-Mart!”, says Spidey. Because if you get new shoes and those new shoes happen to be “Vans”…… you can use your vans to go to Wal-Mart. See?

Real Mail from the Real Me?

You know what I love getting in the mail? Letters. Notes. Real stuff, written by hand, not computer generated. I just love it when folks take the time to write something just for me. In fact, I received a package yesterday, and it had quite a few items in it, some of them fairly costly, and a plain note card with a couple of paragraphs of handwritten text. Actual real and true stationery, ya’ll. Though I must say, I have no idea who it belonged to, because the initials on it are not those of the package sender, but that’s ok, I enjoyed it anyway. In fact, when I was asked what was in the box, I replied “a card”, and when pressed I remembered to mention, “oh, and all this other stuff”.

PC1010 MSo, this morning, I was thinking that for someone who loves to get real mail, I hardly ever send it out. And that’s a shame. And I really liked that note card yesterday, so I thought maybe I should send out notes now and then if I want to get notes. I looked at Custom Photo Cards, and I think I like the one pictured here the best. I’ve heard it said that when you take a picture in color, you capture someone’s clothes, but if you take a black and white, you capture their soul, which led me to do something else:

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I’d love to get blank notecards with one of those last two pictures, and just my name in cursive on the corner. Yes, I realize I’m not wearing makeup, but in those last shots, it doesn’t matter, does it?

Knitting on the edge

I’m talking about the second sweater sleeve, the one I likened to the black abyss. I have ten rounds before it is joined to the body of the sweater. And then there will be the yoke. Hmm, wonder if there will be enough yarn to finish said yoke? Wonder what I will do if there isn’t? Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmm. That’s on of the inherent pitfalls of re-making something, ykwim? There may or may not be enough yarn to make the second version. That might not would be a problem except that there are six thousand shades of red, four thousand seven hundred and ninety eight shades of black, and don’t even get me started on yellow. And remember, I can’t go buy yarn. If I don’t have enough to finish, I have to find something in the stash.

Nothing like knitting yourself off the edge of the cliff.

Winner: Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

I know ya’ll are just waiting to know who’s getting the book! First, I want to thank you everyone who entered. The response was awesome! The posts spreading the word about the contest were fun to read, and I appreciate them. I do have several more giveaways line up, and I will announce the next one on Thursday the 13th, just three days from now.

Now, while I was out shopping this weekend, I did buy an icing bag and a set (umm, a large set of 29 pieces) of decorating tips. I had so wanted to make th the ladybug cupcakes, but I could not find the red nonpareils, so I will be making something else instead. After we finish the cookies I made yesterday that I plan to tell you about Thursday.

To answer your burning question: yes, this is still a knitting blog, but cooking goes so much faster than knitting, unless you are at a church business meeting, in which case the length of the meeting is inversely proportional to the amount of yarn you bring with you. Or in the case of chili.

That wasn’t your burning question? Have I strung this out long enough? Are you sure?? There were 59 total entries, and the winner is number 23. Congrats

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Please email me your mailing address, and enjoy your cupcakes! Perhaps you should go buy decorating tips while you wait for the mail, LOL!

Menu Plan Monday 2/10/08 and Recipe for Lemon Pepper Salmon

Chicken Parmigiana over Spaghetti Noodles with a veggie
Hamburger Casserole with a veggie
Cheese Quesadillas with refried beans and green chili
Hunter’s Chicken with ShortCut SourDough Bread
Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and a veggie
Enchiladas with green chili
[tag]Lemon Pepper Salmon[/tag] with couscous and veggie

Is there a blogger on the planet who doesn’t know about Menu Plan Monday? Since I am always the last to know anything, and I found out about it months ago, I am going to assume not. But if you don’t know about it or you want to participate, click here to do so.

Now for the Recipe!

Lemon Pepper Salmon

This is like the easiest recipe ever, but it is so good!! In fact, it is so easy that I wouldn’t actually call it a [tag]recipe[/tag] except for the fact that I have pictures! You’ll need:

  1. olive oil
  2. lemon pepper
  3. salmon

Now, my baking sheets are ancient, so I start by pouring a little puddle of EVOO onto a large baking sheet. Then I spread it out with a basting brush. The I place the salmon skin side down in the pan (you can see in the pictures that I was cooking two fillets when I took these shots), and use the basting brush to put EVOO on the fillets. I do this to ensure the fish stays moist. Then I sprinkle it with lemon pepper seasoning. When it’s ready to go in the oven, it looks like this:
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Bake it at about 400 degrees for 20ish minutes. Then it will look like this, you will salivate and your family will think you are one awesome cook. Ok, maybe not that last part, by my fam really likes it :)

lemon pepper salmon after

Thank you to my sponsor, who allowed me to speak of fish instead of HDMI splitters this morning.

Because Hot Wheels Pajamas are cool

And every little princess should have a pair.

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Don’t you think so? Yep, that’s Drama–see the long hair?

Not to be confused with Batman.
Batman Drama

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