Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Croquant

I was in Home Goods the other day and I was hungry. I picked up a box of these cookies and started eating them on the car ride home.


They were a bit strange at first. They are like a cross between candy and a cookie. They were very sweet and had lots of chewy crunch but the best part was that they had only 90 calories-for two cookies.



 I was very sad when the box was empty and when I discovered I couldn't buy more online, I set out to make my own. It was much easier than I thought it would be. There are lots of recipes and tutorials out there for this type of cookie. Here is my favorite.


There are very main few ingredients. For a small batch you need: 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour, a dash of salt and an egg white.



 After you mix that up you add about 1/2 of a cup of whatever else you want. I used a combination of toasted almonds and chocolate chips.



 They really spread out so you can only bake a few at a time. Parchment paper is a must. They are very sticky until they cool.



You rotate them after 6 minutes in a 400 degree oven for even color.



 Oh my goodness.....they were good. I like a very crunchy cookie and these were perfect. I'm thinking about coconut and cranberries and lots of other goodies for the next batch because....



...these aren't going to last long at all. Time for tea.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Row Rule

 A couple of weeks ago I didn't have a thing on the needles and now I have a pile. It was pretty poor planning on my part to have cast on several things that have more than 200 stitches in each row.


 I've got a big cable project.....


 ...and a big lace project....



 ....and a big colorwork project....


....not to mention my very big mosaic project that has been in the works for a very long time. The deal is that I am trying very hard to put at least two rows on each project a day. There won't be much to show for it but at least I'll be heading in the right direction.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Good Enough to Eat

 My coffee soap came out yummy.


 It looks and smells like a mocha brownie.


 The grounds did some interesting things.


 Espresso on one side and coffee and cream on the other.


After pricing shrink wrap materials I decided that good old plastic wrap will have to do for now. So far, the other, older soaps are still safe and sound in it. If I ever end up gifting it I'll have to come up with something more classy but for linen closet storage, this will do just fine.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September Daddio Update

 Daddio is coming home from rehab on Friday. I've been tearing up his house for several weeks now getting it ready for his return. He will be in a wheelchair at least until December so all the furniture and rugs had to be removed to make room. Everything that wasn't necessary had to go especially all the boxes and piles of sewing things.


 The last project we had been working on before all the insanity set in was his Holly Hobby quilt.



 It was in the process of getting stitched in the ditch.


I brought it home and set it up on my dining room table in hopes of finding the time to actually finish it. Now I just need to locate the material we set aside for the binding. Hmmmm....I wished I had thought about it before I boxed everything up.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Java Suds

 I saw a video on You Tube where someone made coffee soap.


 It seemed like a good idea.


 I chopped up some leftover goat's milk base and sprinkled in a coffee measure of The Mister's ground decaf.


 I think I went overboard with the coffee.


 I also forgot to spritz on the alcohol to get a smooth finish. I'm not sure it really mattered with this crazy stuff. Now it has to dry until tomorrow to see if it was worth the trouble.


The little leftover blob I've been using is quite nice. It doesn't smell much like coffee but it's has a nice grainy texture and looks and feels like chocolate chip cookie dough. Interesting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

More Than I Expected

  This is towel number two from my last warping disaster adventure.



Towel number one is in the process of being wound up so you can't hardly see it anymore.


I thought I was warping for only one towel but it seems there is still a lot left to go. I have a lot to learn when it comes to that loom waste thing. I am way overestimating how much I need to tie everything on but I'm not complaining about getting two towels out of all that trouble. No siree.



I've also figured out that in order to keep weaving you need to be winding the warp for the next project at  the same time that you are working on your current project. This is the warp that I spent many days carefully winding back off the warping board because I had made an unholy mess of it when I tried to put it on the loom. It's winding back on nicely. Now let's hope I can get it on the loom and keep it there this time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pointless

It's been a long time now since September 11th turned into something other than just another day on the calendar. Goodness, I've lived through a lot of crappy times. JFK. MLK. RFK. The day John Lennon was shot. Columbine. The DC sniper attacks. Virginia Tech. The Boston Marathon bombings. Newtown. The day I thought my son was inside the Navy Yard when 12 people were killed. MH17.  Gee...that is a lot of bad people doing a lot of bad things. I could go on and on but I don't really have an intelligent observation to make about all this other than like every other teacher on the planet since the beginning of time, I spent my life teaching little kids how to play nice together. Wasn't anybody listening? Come on people, play nice.