Monday, September 29, 2008
I'm heading out of town after knitting and it would just be easier for me if I could leave right from my house.
Let me know if anyone has a problem with the change.
Thank ewes :)
Here are the parameters that I would like to suggest (as always, they are open for discussion):
First, I think those who would like to participate should put their names and their beverage preference (coffee, tea, cocoa) on a small piece of paper to be put in a bag for a random drawing. Those who are feeling particularly finicky may put on their paper something like "Zelda, Dunkin' Donuts coffee". We'll draw names and start the swap! I'm proposing a start date of October 5 with an end date of November 5. Here's what the swap should include:
- 1 knitted coffee cup cozy (DK listed a bunch of patterns awhile back. You can find them here.)
- 1 coffee cup
- coffee or tea or a gift card (if you know your recipient likes Starbucks and have no clue because you never go there, go for the gift card) I'm thinking this part of the swap should be between $5 and $10.
- anything else you'd like to include to make your recipient smile (suggestions for this later)
- if anyone has other ideas about what to include in the swap, feel free to post a comment or bring it up this week
OK, Loopy Ewes. Are you in . . . or aut?
Let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment. If I get a lot of feedback, maybe we'll just pick names on Wednesday. If you can't come Wednesday and would prefer to pick your own name, we can try to work that out. This is all open for discussion, so if you don't like a particular aspect that I mentioned, but want to participate, don't worry. We can talk about it!
Here's to a fun swap! :-)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I will offer my house again for next week.
See you all then
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Just to let those ewes who couldn't make it last night know, this is an illustration of a sheep in deviled eggs clothing! Judy brought the most scrumptious deviled eggs from her own little chickens and I am still raving!! Now for the knitting!
I am so proud of Judi, whipping out winter hats like there is no tomorrow! You will have a family of hats to give at Christmas before you know it! Have fun at the Outer Banks Judi! We will miss you next week! And, you keep trucking on that sweater Judy, I expect you will be wearing it by the time we have our first frost! Thanks for offering to help on my sweater....I feel to nervous to push on!
Hope all of you moms took care of your wee ones and will be back next week! Any thoughts on where we will meet?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Polenta Bites with Blue Cheese, Tomatoes and Pine Nuts (from Epicurious.com)
3 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 ounces soft blue cheese (such as Saga blue), cut into 24 cubes
3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
12 grape tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
Lightly butter 24 mini muffin cups (each about 1 3/4 inches in diameter with 1/2-inch-high sides).
Bring broth to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook until mixture is very thick, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan. Season with salt.*
Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons hot polenta into each muffin cup. Using back of spoon, pack polenta firmly into cups. Using finger, make indentation in center of each polenta tart for filling. Chill until cold and set, about 3 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; keep chilled.) **
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil. Using tip of knife, lift polenta tarts from pan. Transfer tarts, indented side up, to prepared baking sheet. Place 1 blue cheese cube in each indentation. Sprinkle green onion and pine nuts over cheese. Top each tart with 2 tomato quarters. Bake until cheese is melted and polenta is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Transfer tarts to platter; sprinkle with basil and serve.
* When I made the polenta for this, I sautéed 2 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary and ¼ tsp red pepper flakes in 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Then I added 2 cups of chicken broth and ½ cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of milk and then followed the recipe’s instructions.
** Some of the reviews of this recipe suggested putting the polenta cups in the freezer for 30 minutes to make getting them out of the pan easier. I did this and it worked well.
Hi Dawn, please don't take offense but Tim was only milliseconds away from seeing what he didn't need to be seeing. How about sending it in an email.
Sorry to jump in but I'm saving my son from therapy!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm glad everyone was able to come on over! I had a fun night! Diane it was so nice to have you join us, even if you are a TK~! I hope your dishcloth is coming along easier for you!
Wendy, I'm glad that you were able to stay a bit later. Yup, that's how we get when the night wears on! I hope you made some progress on your socks.
Kathleen, you, Judi and I were the froggers last night! Doesn't that expression remind you of the video game of the 80's? I meant to tell you that I have been using the market bag you made me at the grocery store the last few weeks. I keep it with my green bags to take in with me. Did you end up casting on again? Good luck with the modifications.
Dawn L that hat is "gorgeous darling!". I'll bet you that you get requests for more once your work of art is out there!
Judi, I'm with you. I'm starting all over again tonight. That's just not right that your yarn broke! Oh, I found your container with the dip in it in my fridge. I'll wash it out and return it to you the next time I see you.
Ingrid we missed you and hope your mother is doing well.
Well, my dear loopy husband woke me up at 3:30 this morning tugging on the covers. Finally at 4:30 when I couldn't get to sleep I just got up to start my day. I'm a dragging ewe today! I wanted to cast on the dishcloth again tonight. I don't know how long I'll be able to stay awake.
Next week is at Dawn L's.
1 1/2 Cups sugar
2 Tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup coarsely chopped peeled apples
1 cut coarsely chopped walnuts
Unsweetened whipped cream for serving
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10 inch round or 9 inch square baking pan.
Beat the eggs well with a whisk. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating until light and creamy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir into the egg mixture. Fold in the apples and nuts.
Spread the batter into the baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top looks brown and crusty. Serve the pudding warm, with unsweetened whipped cream.
Makes 8-10 servings (you think?)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
See you Wednesday!