Sunday, December 30, 2007

Mason-Dixon Cooking

Ann and Kay have a call out for recipe box photos. Since it's old year's/new year's time, and I really am not good at retrospectives, or ten bests, I thought I'd play along.

Recipe Box
This is my main recipe box, though to be honest, many of my current recipes are in a notebook. I'm playing "by the rules" and haven't tidied it up, as is obvious by this picture. It was painted by a friend of my mom's (of the family really) as a wedding shower gift for me over 20 years ago. It's somewhat the worse for wear -- I think there was an unfortunate accident with water some years ago.

This is one of the best recipes in the box:
Recipe Box
Recipe Box
Let me tell you, make these for someone's birthday in the third grade, and you'll still be sending them to school when he's 18. Trust me, I speak from experience.

I have re-copied this recipe card, but I was happy to discover that the well-loved original still exists.

If you can't make your way through the chocolate smudges, this is it:

Black-bottom cupcakes
Part 1:
1 1/2 C flour
1 C sugar
1/4 C cocoa
1 T vinegar
1 t baking soda
1 C water
1/2 C oil
1 t vanilla
1/2 t salt

Part 2:
1 C (8 oz) cream cheese (I personally think you get the best results NOT using low or non-fat versions) REALLY
1/3 C sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1/8 tsp salt
6 oz. (1 cup) chocolate chips.

For part one, mix all ingredients and beat well. For part 2, beat together all but chocolate chips, then stir them in. Fill 18 cup cake lines half full with batter from part 1. Top each with a tablespoonful (or so, till it's all gone) of the cream cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More packages

DSC05673.jpg
More packages, coming and going. These two lovely things came home with my husband from a business trip to Nice, France. I love that the olive oil can and the table cloth match! This was some small consolation for not being able to tag along.
DSC05681.jpg
This was what was in my package for the Holiday traditions exchange. Isn't the little house adorable?
DSC05684.jpg
And this, the "last" miniature Christmas stocking, is going out (I hope) with my Christmas cards tomorrow. It's a thank-you gift to one of my children's former teachers, who wrote a very kind letter of recommendation for me. The motif isn't from the pattern, but one I adapted from Alice Starmore's book of Fair Isle Knitting. Maybe I should knit one for our tree as well. Maybe after the cards are mailed. . .

Friday, December 14, 2007

Packages back and forth

Mini Christmas stocking
It's that time of year. Packages are flying back and forth. I sent one last week as part of the Holiday Traditions Exchange. This was one of the things in it. It's a tiny little sock, pattern designed by Julie Williams, and available free, here.
Mini Christmas stocking
Here's the little button on the back.
mini stocking
And here's how I started.
I first tried the gansey yarn I knit my own family's Christmas stockings from. It was too stiff for the gauge I was using, and the colors just weren't pleasing me. So then I switched to some other leftovers.
mini stocking
This is yarn left over from the Grant Avenue kit I ordered from Virtual yarns. I also decided that while Julie likes to knit these little socks flat, I prefer to do a fair isle sock in the round. So I did. I was so happy with this that I knit several more. DSC05652.jpgDSC05644.jpg
Ah, but the packages ARE flying back and forth. Today the UPS man brought me this:
DSC05646.jpg
a gift from Amber, from a give-away on her blog. It's truly a lovely and generous gift. The color of the Lorna's Laces sock yarn makes me think of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

December 1

Here's a status report:

For fans of the red sweater, it's not abandoned. I've cast on for the left front and progressed past the ribbing.
Am Kamin continued
I did rework the problem with row numbers, and am glad (as usual) that I did. Now to keep the two sides the same.

The first strip of Counting Pane is done! On to a strip with fewer prime numbers. . .
Counting Pane #1

And I've been working on another project for a Holiday Traditions Exchange, which I'll show you after the recipient has it in her hands. mini stocking