Magrathea2 is finished thanks to two back-to-back road trips. If there is any drawback to this pattern, it's that it knits up almost too quickly. It would never last as a vacation knit. But, I was still engaged with the pattern to the very end. That's saying something since I seem to be suffering from a very limited attention span lately.
I've dragged out both Twin Leaf and Intertidal and it's a toss up as to which is going to get knit on next. My heart is sort of turning toward baby knits, but that would mean a yarn shop visit, and the babies I have in mind aren't due until late fall. The babies and I can wait.
At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen and French Market Cookbook. Both are full of great seasonal goodies and I know I'll use them both a lot.
Unfortunately, neither has been the solution to what to do with
a ba-gillion radishes that all matured at the same time.
As of March 12, 2009, Pi Day has been 'official' in the United States...decreed by the House of Representatives. (It must have been a slow day in the House.)
Most years we simply 'celebrate' the magic of 3.14....but, this year (drum roll, please....)we can take it to 10 digits!!!
3.1415....9:26:53(am or pm) (I guess if you were to be mathematically accurate---it should be 3.1415 at 9:26:54 since the 11th digit is a 5 and you should round up, right? but that would mess it up; going to 10 places is more fun than going to 9 any day.) Isn't this the geekiest thing ever?
I really had planned to celebrate by casting on for a pi shawl. Better yet, I should have planned ahead, and cast OFF a completed pi shawl. Neither are going to happen.
So, let them eat pie.
PAllenSmith's Buttermilk Pecan Pie Ignore the fact that it's called buttermilk pie; it's sort of like a chess pie, sort of like a pecan pie.....but definitely yummy, yummy, yummy.
Plain old blueberry pie, with some lemon rind grated in. Takes it to a whole different level of deliciousness.
African Pygmy hedgehog (I r-e-a-l-l-y want one of these!! I may have to knit that hedgehog pattern I've favored a couple dozen times)
our 'theme' got a little loose after these guys...
Capybara (he lives in South America)...
the legless lizard is European...a real party animal; he wanted to join the fun in the worst way
Toucan....not sure why he got invited; I guess we needed a feathered friend...
Boa constrictor....he's South American, too
he gave out free massages....
By the time we got to the Egyptian fruit bat, the light had faded and the mosquitoes were out in full force. We needed at least a dozen more bats to combat the feeding frenzy going on....DEET didn't touch the rampage. One other guest (also type O) and I probably served as the mosquito repellant for the rest of the group. (I'm one big itchy bite...who can sleep???...the reason I'm posting this at 4 am!)
This was our dinner club this year. I figured if we had entertainment the pressure was off in the cooking department....smart thinking on my part since I was off at that cabin knitting when I should have been cooking! Our 'theme' was African safari, but I had only a certain number of animals from which to choose, so it became more of a world-wide encounter. Much fun had by all. (Some more than others...see the snake photo above!)
We ate a lot of fruit and veggies when we visited Kenya, so that was the bulk of my meal. (hee, hee.....simple supper!!!) But I did make an African Peanut Soup that got good reviews. Thought you might like the recipe:
3 cups vegetable stock
2 (15 oz) cans coconut milk
1 cup diced onion
1/2 c diced celery
4 large garlic cloves, minced
4 c chopped sweet potatoes
1 1/2 c chopped tomatoes (I used canned, smooshed ones)
2 tsp sea salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 large can black beans
Cook all ingredients until vegetables are done. Remove about a cup of liquid, place in a bowl and add 3/4 c of crunchy peanut butter and stir until creamy. Return the mixture to the pot and cook for an additional 5 minutes....or in my case---through the entire animal presentation.
Yes, this IS last week's blueberry buckle, although it IS this week's picture of it, which shows how long it will keep. Trust me, it's still moist and yummy. I know because I ate that whole big piece and left Freddy only a couple crumbs. (hee hee....he wasn't happy either, and kept looking to PapaGeek to put down HIS plate. Can you believe PapaGeek opted for a Klondike bar over this? Freddy couldn't believe it, either!) Anyway, there is the recipe!
Zucchini (or courgette!...a new word for me. I'm using it all the time. No one here knows what I'm talking about! Would you like some courgette? Sometimes it hard to give away zucchini....but courgettes!) I PROMISE you...these were NOT in the garden yesterday. One day I'm thinking about actually BUYING one....the next, I have enough to share. So the kitchen goes into its zucchini mode...
this is the 'cute' tool...
but guess which is the most useful one? (for grating nutmeg, not for grating the zucchini!)
also known as zucchini blogiversary cake!
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Three (3!!!) years ago today, I hit the 'publish' button (twice--oops!) for the first time. I thought I was going to be 'journaling' my knitting life for myself; I thought this would force me to be just a bit more creative, a little less of a copycat, and to branch out into other arty pursuits. I was wrong. Along the journaling journey I've met so many amazing knitters, gardeners, writers, photographers, foodies, and artists who have not only inspired me (I've now elevated myself to copycat-extraordinaire), but who have become my friends. Little did I know then that THIS is the real reason for blogging.
So, thank you all....for spending time in my space, but most of all, for commenting and letting me get to know you and your blog (if you have one).
But what to give away? Obviously, something I've made. Something wooly, but not yarn. (See, I realize some people who read this don't actually knit!!) Something useful to anyone, but still usable by crafty people.
I couldn't come up with anything other than the pincushion.
(The pattern is Cearnog by Tammy Eigeman Thompson. Cearnog is an Irish word, meaning 'square', although after a lot of seaching I found it could also mean 'polygon'. I personally think it ended up looking like a star.....and anyone who comes back post after post after post to read about !KNITTING! is most definitely a 'star' in my world.)
To be entered, just simply leave a comment!
The giveaway will close next Thursday, August 21. Good luck everyone.
I debated whether I should join the hop again this week...things look suspiciously similar to last week...
:: oatmeal and blueberries (good, goopey oatmeal) every morning starts this way; the only difference is whether I eat it with the crossword puzzle, the jumble, or sudoku
:: the currant tomatoes are still thriving, unlike the entire rest of the garden (with the obvious exception of the mint)
:: blueberry season is really officially over, so I had to dig out some frozen ones for the blueberry crumble coffee cake
:: a trip to the farmers market...and everything got eaten with no fancy doings. Plain berries, sliced tomatoes, honey on the oatmeal. Fresh fruits and veggies are the sole redeeming features of summer for me-----and I'm not going to mess it up by cooking away any of its goodness!
:: the avocado pit finally sent up some leaves!! (why do I have such a hard time throwing out avocado pits?)
So, in spite of the fact that there was very little fancy fussing in the kitchen, I obviously spent a good amount of time there....
Look at all the knitting that landed in the corner!
Interested in seeing what's been happening in other peoples' kitchen this week? join Heather at Beautythatmoves!!
:: sourdough is bubbling...i thought it might have been neglected too long, but it's still OK. sourdough bread tomorrow! whooppeeee!
:: pasta salad with olives and black beans and avocado and tomato and onions (tomato and onion from the garden). life is good.
:: i have committed (long-term as it may be!) to knit Umaro, an afghan designed by Jared Flood. his is knit in bulky---mine in worsted, so the sweater amount of yarn i had in my stash isn't going to be enough. i went to the store to get more. i needed 2 more skeins. there were only 2 skeins left on the shelf. and they were in my dye lot. how often does THAT happen??!!
:: a little dishcloth ... thinking about christmas
Michael Pollan is one of my favorite authors. When I heard he was going to be in Nashville, I grabbed a couple of foodie friends and immediately bought tickets. (I didn't care that he was speaking the evening AFTER we got back from our romp overseas....and that I might be slightly jet-lagged.) What I didn't count on was a fire in a radar tower at O'Hare, an evacuated airport causing thousands to miss their flights, standing in multiple-hour long queues to rebook flights, sleeping in the airport, and eventually hopping on Amtrak. This got us home two days before our airline could....but still not in time to get myself to Nashville for the talk. I was bummed. (and tired!)
But my friends still got to go, and brought me my signed copy of Cooked (which I've already read, but I'll reread someday) and loaned me the book I'm currently reading, Food Rules: an eater's manual. It's a fun, quick read: 83 food rules, such as....'the whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead' or 'don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk' or 'it's not food if it arrived through the window in your car'. Light hearted, yet it succintly advocates whole foods, mostly plants. The bonus to this edition is.. it is lavishly illustrated by Maira Kalman, so it's a visual treat as well.
On the needles:
from d-e-e-p in the stash I yanked out all the Velvet Touch I had and have randomly striped a basic chevron baby blanket. It seems every couple of days I learn of a new baby-to-be, so it's time to do a little baby-gift-knitting....and gift-stashing so I'll be ready!