Monday, January 30, 2012

Knitting and Cooking

Winter is always a great time to experiment with new recipes and knit. Here are pics my latest creations.

I found a recipe for yogurt cake and it was suppose to be wonderfully dense and rich.


The recipe was for a vanilla cake but I added chocolate (cocoa) for National Chocolate Cake day!


They look good and, while it is true that they weren't bad, they were not quite up to the Cupcake Royale standard of excellence!

I'm still experimenting with them, so maybe they still have a chance. I have frozen a bunch of them and will later thaw and ice them. I have discovered with other baked goods that I have made that some time they are better after this treatment. We'll see. A good cream cheese icing might help, too.

On a more savory note, I made a pork shoulder roast. The idea with this pork roast was pulled pork leftovers! It was delicious the first night with the roasted carrots and onions, but it was just a yummy the next couple of nights as pulled pork sandwiches slathered in a smoked applewood BBQ sauce (gluten-free, no less).


There are still more leftovers, so tonight I'll try something different. Maybe a pork lo mein.

I finished another knitting project. This is a mini shawl in yarn that I picked up in Seattle when we were visiting Adina before her wedding.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Mark's Fog Sweater

Finally finished the sweater that I "gave" to Mark for his birthday/Christmas in 2010. I started it in March of 2010, after a "required" trip to Webs in Northampton, MA for yarn for this project (and others!), and finished it on Dec. 31, 2011 (only a couple days after his birthday).


The pattern was named the "Fog Sweater" by the designer who patterned it after a sweater worn by someone in the movie "The Fog", which was filmed in Mendocino, CA.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas in Seattle

This was a first Christmas in Seattle with Adina and Zeke - and it was wonderful. They are perfect hosts!

Adina had many projects lined up for the week because not only did she have us as house guests, she was also leaving on a weeks vacation to Lake Tahoe, CA on the 26th.

I had fun helping her with some customizations she made to her New Years party dress.


Cookies seemed to be constantly in the works. These are gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.


Stockings hung by the chimney with care.


The beautiful Christmas tree.


Gluten-free Moravian Molasses cookies.


The traditional new Christmas socks for 2011!


Hmmm. Santa is skinnier and younger than I remember.


Mark with all his stocking goodies.


Pre-gift opening, just waiting for the word . . .


I think Adina seemed happy with the crepe maker set that we gave her.


Mark with his new Kindle Fire from me. He has already told me that it was a "dangerous" present because he'll get lost in it. Way easy to find and download any book he wants, including ones that are no longer in print.


Nice thermal shirt from MMI.



Adina trying out her comfy new Ugg slippers.



Adina and Zeke gave each other snowshoes, which they were hoping to use in Tahoe.



Love this image. It reminds me of a Kim English painting. Kim is one of the instructors who teach for us and he frequently paints scenes that are through doorways.


We gave Zeke a beer brewing kit, so on Christmas day, Mark took Zeke through the process of brewing his first beer - a gluten-free variety.



Adina and Zeke have the most comfy sofa. I'm cuddled up with my Kindle reading Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana.


All-in-all, it was a most delightful holiday and we are looking forward to a repeat. It's just too bad that we missed Parsley!