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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pork Chops

I can't photograph food.  I give up.  It all ends up looking like the dog's supper.  I do want to document one of the best pork chop suppers I've made in a very long time.  The chops were moist and succulent with a silky apricot sauce - and the recipe was healthy and light.  It's from the Weight Watcher's Momentum cook book and you don't have to be on a diet to enjoy it.  The name of it is "Pork Marrakesh".  I seasoned (salt and pepper) and browned 4 center cut chops in a large saute pan in a little olive oil and set them aside.  Then I sliced a large red onion with a bit more oil and a little salt until they were caramelized.  I put half of the onions with some chopped dried apricots in the bottom of my slow cooker.  The chops went in next, followed by the rest of the onions and apricots (12 apricots sliced, in all).  I mixed 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon with 1/2 tsp of thyme with 2 tsp. of minced ginger root with 3/4 c. of apple juice and poured it over the chops.  I set the slow cooker on high and let them go for 3 hours.  I did not sprinkle them with chopped cilantro when I served them because I forgot.  I thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch mixed with cold water.  I served them over whole wheat couscous as the recipe suggested.  According to the recipe, there are 281 calories without the couscous.  Yummmmm.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bragging Rights

I decided today that I'm not just seeing my grandson through a grandma lense.  Even though I'm reallllly tired from baby-sitting for him 3 days this week, I still think he's beautiful - and even better - he's got a really sweet personality.  He's got me wrapped completely around his tiny finger.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Here's Spring!!!

The temps today were warm enough to work outside and clean up the garden a bit.  Crocuses are starting to pop up everywhere (including in the lawn).  I'm thinking Spring but knitting a long, gray vest.  It will go with everything but I'm itching to knit in cotton in COLOR!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kristin Nicholas

Husband and I made a date out of my visit to R.J. Julia's to attend a presentation by guest author, Kristin Nicholas. What a wonderful inspiration Kristin is! I bought a copy of her newest book, "Color by Kristin" and can't wait to jump right in and give two-color knitting a go!

Unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I already have a black (okay, Onyx Heather by Knitpicks) sweater vest on my needles. It's in the Rooibos pattern by Amy Swenson. It seems like it's a baby step up from the little green jacket I made for my grandson. If I really apply myself, I can breeze through the vest and jump fearlessly into COLOR, or COLOR, or COLOR!

Okay, less fearlessly...something for the house, maybe? I'd love to make one of her shawls or coats but I'm not the kind of girl who can walk into a room draped in gorgeous, multi-colored woolly loveliness and feel comfortable about it. I can't even wear red without someone making a remark about the "lady in red". Bright clothing evokes responses like, "I could see you coming a mile away!".....cringe, hide, leave...Even my darling husband asks me if I'm going out to bag a deer when I wear my red winter vest.

I do highly recommend a date night like we had last night. First we had a nice, light meal at the bar at Cafe Allegre in Madison, before which we enjoyed a lovely pasta dish at their Happy Hour with a glass of wine. Then, across the street for cappuccino and biscotti before Kristin's talk started at 7 o'clock. It was my (and my Husband's) idea of a lovely Friday night.

And I almost forgot, I won one of the door prizes Kristin brought - a pack of her cute sheep in dog's clothing postcards! Thanks again, Kristin!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Friday Field Trip

A couple of weeks ago, I dragged husband to the flower show. He was a good sport and pretended to enjoy the displays and the vendors. He bought me a mounted butterfly I wanted and I came home with 2 new Streptocarpus plants. I'm not into African Violets, but Streps flip me out. They're much easier to grow than violets and they should be happy on the thimble table I inherited from my mom. I've been babysitting the new grandbaby so my husband's treating me to an evening at R.J. Julia's bookstore with Kristin Nicholas tomorrow night. She's an artist and designer who has no fear of color - I can only dream of attempting her knitting designs!