I just wanted to pop in quickly in the middle of my Christmas baking to recommend this recipe to you. I’ve made two batches of it so far, and it’s very simple. It takes maybe a half hour to make, and the results are splendid. I had to use cheap caramels from WinCo, and the addition of the bourbon made it smell a little funny at first, but once the candy is done and set and you take a bite, it tastes wonderful and the bourbon is just a very slight aftertaste. If you’re looking for something simple and impressive to take to Christmas dinner, check this out!
Archive for December, 2008
Since I got no love, I ended up inventing something of my own for the Christmas party last weekend. I pulled the old Pillsbury Crescent Roll trick again (I’m a carbs girl 100%). I cut each dough triangle in half and rolled in some cooked bacon, cheddar cheese and a bit of fresh dill before I cooked it. I think it turned out pretty yummy.
I had an old hand-me-down maternity sweater with a few holes in it, but I couldn’t stand to throw away that cute cable knit. I thought I’d try my hand at making a little stuffed animal for B, and so I went to the Wee Wonderfuls website and found the Pig on Wheels pattern on her freebie page. I doubled the size of the pattern and instead of “pig on wheels” I made it “pig”. I used the cable knit for the main pieces and a bit of left over flannel for the underbelly and ‘inside’ of the ears. Then I stuffed it to the brim with poly-fil to get this little cutie.
The pearl cotton thread that I used to blanket-stitch the pieces together clashes a bit, but I think it gives it an endearing sort of ratty look. And the yellow flannel doesn’t really go either, but once again, endearingly ratty. I had intended for this to be a birthday present for B (who turns the big 3 on Sunday!), but I forgot to hide it away before she woke up from her nap, so she ran out and snatched it off the couch and squeezed it tight and hasn’t let go since. I think she’d been a little jealous that those baby blankets I posted about earlier weren’t for her, so I was glad that she could see me making something that was “just for her”.
This is her goofy hammy “smile-for-the-camera” smile by the way.
I need suggestions for a delicious and easily made appetizer to make for a Christmas party on Saturday. Help?
I want to expand a bit on something that I mentioned in my post announcing our pregnancy. I mentioned that we’ve been praying for this baby since B was about 7 months old, and I want to tell the whole story on that one.
Our plan was to have two kids close together (18 months apart or so), wait two or three years, and then have another one or two (again, close together). We didn’t see any problems with this plan because we had a really easy time getting pregnant with B, so we figured that any subsequent babies would be just as easy to conceive. But as they say, if you want to hear God laugh tell Him your plans.
I thought about telling the whole medical side of the story, but it gets a little technical. Suffice it to say that there was obviously something not right with the way my body was working and so we sought the help of a local OB who specializes a bit in infertility. After being diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) I went on a couple of different medications, namely clomid and metformin. The clomid wasn’t fun and ended up not being the wonder drug that most women claim it is, and we were glad to switch off of it and to the metformin. After 8 months of treatment and OPKs and 18 months of charting my temperature every morning, we found out we were expecting!
“Testing Day” had become a bit of a big deal to me (and my husband). But after months and months of negative results, the excitement and expectations started to wear down a bit. Friday, September 19th came around with surprisingly little anticipation for being T-day. The only thing I really remember leading up to it was lying in bed the night before and commenting to Andrew that if the test came out positive the next morning, we’d have a hard time not telling our friends who we were getting together with for dinner that night. So Friday morning came, and Andrew headed off to work around 5:30 or 6:30 (I don’t remember which). I got up at 7 and almost forgot to grab the test on my way to the bathroom. After taking the test, I set it on the counter and came out to check email and dink around online for the 5 minute wait. I went back into the bathroom and looked down and there were two pink lines. I started crying and went and grabbed my phone and speed dialed Andrew. His initial reaction was that someone must be dying for me to be calling him that early in the morning, and when he answered all he heard was sobbing and blubbering (which made him think even more that someone was dead), but then he heard something about two pink lines and understood what it was all about. We both walked around for the next hour or so (him at work, me at home) saying, “Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh.” We’d been planning this and trying for it for more than two years, and it was such a wonderful surprise.
While our struggle with infertility is over for now, we hope to deal with it again in a few years. I’d like to do a few posts on infertility here on Scarlet Lillies, but I’m very nervous about taking on any sort of “this is how to deal with infertility” type tone. So I might do some posts, and I might not. I probably will post some quotes and verses that were of great blessing to me though. And, if anyone has any questions, particularly about the treatments that I had or PCOS, or the cheapest place to get pregnancy tests (it’s not the dollar store!), feel free to email me (my address is on our “about” page I believe). I’d be happy to answer any questions that I can and I know that it’s always nice to know when there’s someone out there who is going through/gone through the same struggles that you are. And last but not least, rejoice in God’s plans for you. Our plans were apparently off by about two years, but God’s knowledge surpasses ours and I’m much happier having a baby in my belly according to the wisdom of God than an 18 month old according to my own.
Shortly after we found out we were expecting, I made a trip over to my favorite fabric store in town and picked out a beautiful Amy Butler print to make into a blanket for Junebaby. I finally got around to actually making the blanket this past week, and thought I’d post pictures! I made up another one too with some other fabric that I’d bought, so you’ll see that one too. I tried to pick fabrics that work for either a boy or girl, so I ended up with semi-girly prints in semi-boyish colors, so I think it balances out to “either/or”. I used the same pattern that I demonstrated here, and they turned out beautifully! The brown and blue one is a yard of the fabric but the yellow and blue one is about a yard and a half because I wanted it super big so that I could use it for a nursing cover when we’re out and about. The one yard lengths work okay for that too, but a little more is always useful.
I alluded to oven roasted maple bacon back in my mother’s day post, and I think it’s about time to post the recipe! So it’s maybe not so much a recipe as just a ‘bacon cooking trick’, but I’ll share it anyway.
It’s really simple, just watch. Grab a cookie rack and set it in a jelly roll pan. Arrange bacon on the rack that is in the jelly roll pan. Drizzle bacon with maple syrup (the real stuff). Pop in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes (I pop it in before I hop in the shower) and voila! Beautiful, oh-so-tasty maple bacon! And putting it on the cookie rack allows the fat to drain off so you have nice even cooking which far surpasses anything done in a pan or microwave.
And it’s always fun to see your family doing the zombie walk out of their rooms as they follow their noses to the smell of baking maple bacon.