Archive for November, 2008

Adventures with lemons

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I robbed my grandmother, the last time I visited her. Robbed her blind. Just look at the goodies I got.     Nine ginormous, fresh-picked, organic Meyer lemons.   Oh, of course I asked first and she said I could pick as many as I wanted.  But come on. She had no idea of the […]

The last thing I did with 108 pounds of apples

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

 That’s right. Apple cider. With J’s help, this year my cider-making endeavors took only one day – from about 11 to 11, roughly. I have never been so sick of slicing and smashing apples… or at least not since last year, anyway. My industrial-strength Kitchenaid got hot on top, it was working so hard. Still, […]


Sunday, November 16th, 2008

I led another raku workshop this last weekend – or was it the one before that? – that I thought I’d share with you guys. Raku is an ancient Japanese technique in which red-hot ware is unloaded from the kiln and placed in metal bins filled with combustible materials. The lids are clapped on once […]

Radio Silence Alert

Monday, November 10th, 2008

I’ve been pretty good about posting lately, and in fact have several posts backed up, waiting to be published. But I’m going on vacation for a week!  I’ll post more when I get back.

Yet again, more things to do with 108 pounds of apples

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Make 9 quart jars of apple pie filling. I’ve never used apple pie filling from a jar before, so I have no idea how these will taste. I gave one jar to my friend K for testing – I’m too appled-out to do it myself. She has pledged to honestly evaluate texture (I am so […]

The Old is New Again

Friday, November 7th, 2008

J and I recently cleared out our closets – okay I single-handedly reamed them out – and ended up giving away four construction-size-bags full of clothing to the Purple Heart. I kept four pieces of old clothing, though, snatching them from the bags at the last minute. I thought maybe I could make Taco some […]

Sad Palin Cake

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Lookee what I made for Election Day: Baked Alaska. Served flambé. In case you’re wondering what Baked Alaska is – and who wouldn’t, since it hasn’t been made since 1952 -  it’s two layers of soft, buttery yellow cake sandwiching an ice cream center. I used strawberry (a whole half gallon, mashed with a potato […]


Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The other day I went to our small but very well-stocked library to get some cookbooks. I was very excited to find that they had all the Martha Stewart books there, even the housekeeping one (yes, I am enough of a homemaker nerd to be excited about things like this.) I had been pining over […]

Yet more things to do with 108 pounds of apples

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Ah, October. I miss you already.

Sleep Sack

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

My first project on my new Bernina was a pair of yellow overalls, which I may blog about later. My second project was better, though. It took only a few hours (including nursing and diaper breaks) and turned out so perfectly that I have trouble believing that I made it (without a pattern, too, which […]