Friday, October 22, 2010

Episode 18 A Long Letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann

Click on the Flash Player at right or download the episode here.  Show notes can be found at  Be sure to check out more photos of the actual letter and the dried spaghetti.  I should have called this episode, "On Top of Spaghetti".  ;)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A New Food Find

I visited a new grocery store in Peoria on Friday, Fresh Market.  They have Danish butter!  Of course, I bought some. The packaging is familiar and makes me happy.  Not only that, but the address is Viby, where my Tante Greta and Onkel Orla lived.  Good memories.

They also carry PG Tips Tea, so I guess I'll be making trips to this store periodically.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kudos to the New Knitters!

Emily, Cecilia, and Lauren sent photos of their Tooley Owls (pattern by Amanda Berry) that were completed after our Knitting Boot Camp over Labor Day Weekend.  I'm so proud of their handiwork.

Three little Tooley's all in a row.

Now a collective "Awwwwwwwwwwwww..."

One little Tooley sitting in a tree

and then his brothers come and they are three!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Two Culinary Flops

I made two new recipes this week, both of which were total disasters.  The first was the Pillsbury Bake-off Winner, which is supposed to be simple.  The slices of cookie dough (the kind you buy in a tube...I know!) were to be placed in mini-muffin pans and baked.  The little tarts were dipped in chocolate, nuts, and filled with ice-cream.  Sounds good, eh?  Well, it was only as I was ready to pop the cookie dough in the pan that I realized I needed the mini-muffin pans, which I do not have.  So I tried the regular size. It didn't work.  The garbage can had a nice dessert.

Last night I wanted to make pumpkin pancakes.  Bob wasn't going to be home until 9 PM and I thought pancakes would make a nice light dinner for me.  After looking around on the internet I found two reasonable sounding recipes, one very simple and one more complicated.  I printed out both and chose the simple one.  Never in my life have I made pancakes that were completely inedible, so this was a first.  I tried to eat one but it was bland and had a weird texture.  I added spices to the batter and made a few more but that didn't improve them one bit.  The good news was that the little bit I ate killed my appetite for the rest of the evening.

Does anyone know of a good pumpkin pancake recipe?

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