I think I have an all-or-nothing mentality. How else can you explain my lack of posting? When life gets busy I neglect the blog? Oh poor blog, I adore you. I am so sorry for abandoning you!

So here's the low-down. I'm working on baby hats and have been for months, two at a time - like two socks on two circulars. I'm almost done with #7 & #8 and after that I hope to steer-clear of baby hats for a while.

Next I'm moving on to Japanese Knot Bags to be used for walking the dog. My office is dog-friendly so I may make a few for the frequent dog-walkers in my life. I'm also planning to try out Amy Butler's free pattern for a business card case. I'll post photos when I'm done!


Playing Cooking Catch-Up

Work is getting in the way of blogging again. I had a cooking weekend a few weeks ago to re-stock the selection of ready-made frozen dinners. Unfortunately work also got in the way of cooking weekend and I was only able to get through half of the meals on the menu. Nonetheless I was able to take some photos of the deliciousness. Pre-cooking photos are so much more colorful...

3 Bean Chili
Split Pea Soup w/ Spiral Honey Ham
Tex Mex Chicken
Penne with Spicy Pumpkin and Honey Ham


Valentine's Goodies

This morning I made Valentine's day gifts for friends. I started off intending to make Martha's felt fortune cookies. But, after the first two I couldn't figure out what the heck fortune cookies have to do with Valentine's day. I put away the glue (I hate glue) and pulled out the sewing machine and made these little felt pouches instead .

They each have a few pieces of candy in them and I'll add some shortbread - if it comes out of the pan without crumbling everywhere. I didn't have any parchment paper so I'm hoping buttering the pan extra well does the trick. I kinda wish I had one of those special shortbread pans - for the two times a year I make shortbread. Probably not needed. Gotta get a bigger kitchen.
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Matching Baby Hat

The suite of baby gifts is done. Here's the hat to match the baby blanket.

I love how all the gifts came out.
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In the Nick of Time

Oh tax refund, how I love thee! Don't get me wrong, I hate giving 1/3 of my income to the government, but tax day was very exciting this year. So exciting in fact, that I'm now the proud owner of a Nikon D80 camera. I read every review I could possibly find and went to the camera store a few times. Finally, I returned to the store again last night with the rationale that I needed the camera for the baby's arrival - he's due this week!

Without further ado I give you my first photos: seasoned toasts, which will be served with the creamy spinach dip that I made for today's Super Bowl party.


Fabulous Baby Blanket of Fabulous Proportions

I moved. This means that I moved away from the fabulous camera that I used to use to photograph blogable stuff. I also got a new job with a rather generous employer, and subsequently a new iphone from that said employers. The iphone has an integrated camera, which is sufficient but produces photos that are no where near the quality of the fabulous camera. Alas, my blog has suffered and has fallen into a state of severe neglect.

But, now that the new apartment is totally pimped out Martha Stewart style I am finding myself with a bit more spare time to actually create non-fixtures. So I must start blogging again. I’m saving my pennies for the Nikon D80, but until my pennies accumulate I’ll be relying on the good ‘ole iphone camera for most of my photos. So there you have it.

Perhaps the most compelling reason to resurrect my posting habit is this AMAZING baby blanket.

And yes, I made it and I’m proclaiming that it’s amazing.

It’s for my closest friend since childhood – we were buddies from preschool through high school. She is expecting a baby boy to arrive any day now and this blanket is gift #2 of 4. Gift #1 was a baby sling that I frantically made the morning of her shower when I realized that I had a zillion hours left until blanket completion. It is made from the same flannel polka dot fabric that I used to back the blanket. Baby’s daddy was pretty psyched. #3 is a changing pad from a woman with a cuuuute little etsy shop. She also used the flannel polka dot fabric. And gift #4 is a striped hat that I’m working on now and will finish in the next day or so.

Also new in my fabulous apartment is this nifty juicer attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer.

I’ve been pining over it ever since I first squeezed key limes by hand. It’s a fantastic tool!