Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Booties

For Christmas my mom gave me some baby crochet books, including Little Crochet. When I saw this, I knew I had to try making the booties on the front. They're so cute!

My trusty assistant/foot warmer, Herbert, watched and hoped in vain I would drop a scrap of yarn for him.


I think they turned out well. I made the soles green to match the star. When I make them again, I think I'll start the side color one row earlier so it's better defined. Other than that, I love them :)


Herbs models them for me




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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pottery

I miss throwing pots; I should take it up again. Granted, this isn't one of my best bowls ever, but I love it.




I looked at the signature line and realized I made it 11 years ago! O.O




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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Delicata Squash: a score and a flop

A friend had given me two delicata squash, and I finally got around to using them last night. I had never tried them before.

One I served with dinner, and it was a hit (even if it was slightly burnt.) The other I roasted plain and blended to bake muffins. Those didn't turn out so well.

The Score - roasted squash

I found simple directions from Chez Pim to roast them with butter, brown sugar, and salt. While they were roasting I baked meatballs, and served spaghetti and meatballs with the squash as a side. I always consider it a small accomplishment to make an unplanned, successful dinner from ingredients already at the house- with leftovers or simply things I happen to have on hand.

The Flop - muffins

To be fair, I should have thought about this recipe and maybe just used it as a basic guideline. Because the idea was good, but the ratios seemed a little off. 3 cups of flour for that amount of spices and squash? They were very bland, to say the least. Next time I'll find a different recipe, or I would try to adjust this one a little bit. It made a dozen and a half muffins, which seemed like way too many for the 1/2 cup of squash.

Today they taste a little better, and the spices come through a bit stronger, but I'm still not calling it a success.

I have to say I do like these little squash so far, and I look forward to trying them again. They're a nice size when only cooking for two.