Monday, January 14, 2008

not quite mom's

Also made Mom's Chicken Soup. Didn't turn out quite as nice as hers. Used too much chicken and the noodles got soggy. Next time, less chicken and just add the noodles when I'm ready to eat the soup.

everything's better with bacon

We received Mustard Greens in the produce delivery 2 weeks ago, and I ended up making this recipe with them. Didn't have the mustard seeds, and I took the suggestion to combine it all with pasta. Chachi ate it, so it couldn't have been too bad. Looked good anyway.

merry xmas, chachi

Yes, I've finally finished Chachi's Christmas present. Many thanks go to Mom for all of the help. She kept talking about having a pattern... pattern, schmattern. It fits pretty well and he even wore it out in public the other day - so handsome.

Going back to Craft Gym this week for Purl & Rib class, and I want to make myself a hat, too. I can't wait to visit ArtFibers with the gift certificate from Pooker!

rice cooker = bread maker

Papa Yagi got us a rice cooker as a wedding gift and it has a setting to make bread, go figure. I made a wonderful loaf of Honey Whole Wheat bread the other day - so fun! It comes out as a funny little disk of bread, but it's tasty and easy. Too cool. Thanks Papa Yagi.

01.09.08 veggies

We love Capay Farms! The delivery last week was just so pretty, I had to take a picture. We still have the turnips and apples, the fennel and carrots made a lovely soup, and Chachi is working on the leeks right now. Yummy and so healthy.

More to come on Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

she's crafty

Two years ago, I took a class at PaperSource called Locco for Gocco, and I've been hooked on screen printing ever since. I bought my own Gocco kit that night on eBay, and I get paper and ink online. I started with stationary, then Gocco-ed all of the wedding stuff - save the dates, invitations, thank you cards, etc. Lots of friends and coworkers have had babies recently, so I've been making stationary sets as gifts for the little ones. Watch out, Martha!

domestic diva

It's been a productive start to the new year. While Chachi watched the Trojans beat Illinois, I made turkey meatballs. I definitely recommend the suggestion to cuisinart the garlic, onion, and pine nuts, to save time and make the meatballs less lumpy. I used dried parsley and an extra clove of garlic, and also followed the suggestion to add parmesan cheese. Should have then thought to omit the salt from the recipe, oops. We enjoyed the meatballs with Home Maid cheese ravioli from Little City - not the most traditional pasta pairing, but tasty anyway! I'll freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals later. Thanks goes to Santa for providing the melon scooper and meat thermometer, which helped immensely with this recipe.