Tuesday, November 17, 2009


It's Pansy-versary! 2 years ago today, Pansy came to live with us. Let's look at Pansy through the years.

2007, 6 months old, 2.75lbs

2008, 1.5 years old, approx. 4-4.5lbs, winter coat of fluff

2009, 2.5 years old, 5 lbs, and less of a winter coat (due to a very mild fall)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Plague

I have the plague. It's a cold, really (I hope- I hope it's not swine flu, but I don't have a fever), but I'm still stuck at home. When I'm sick, I usually get huge crafting/baking urges, which is awful because 1. I can't share any baked goods, and 2. I can't get out to acquire all the necessary crafting supplies.

Luckily, I had red yarn. So I got started on Christmas gifts for everyone.They still need white beards and white hat pompoms, and faces, but so far I've made 6 of these little guys. Now I have... oh, probably 20 to go.

And some recipes: These are all ones I've seen in the past week, and look forward to making, but haven't actually tried yet.
Cranberry ribbon cake
Gallina de madre
Honey brown butter sauce for manchego cheese (you can be sure this'll appear at my next cocktail party)
Beef in salt crust

Craft project ideas:
Glitter painting (wedding photos, perhaps?)
Glittered snowflake candle holders (based on this Halloween project)
Glittered birds (idea suggested by Bird)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween treats, part 2!

Spicy kettle corn! Gah! Hot!

But oh, so delicious.

1/4cup oil
1/4cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 popcorn kernels

Combine all ingredients in a big pot with a tight-fitting lid. Stir to coat the kernels. Place on a burner turned to medium-high, and cook. Once popcorn starts to pop, start to shake the pot (up and down or swishy side-to-side, but swishy results in less chipotle steam in your face). Once the corn seems to have stopped popping (maybe after a total of 10 minutes), transfer to a big popcorn bowl. Eat and enjoy. Serve to your friends without warning them it's spicy, and watch their sinuses clear right before your eyes.

Taken from Rachael Ray.

Stay tuned for more spiced kettle corn variations in the next few months.