Archive for March, 2011


First Aid in the Kitchen

Note to self: To do not turn on Kitchenaid after combing the  hot boiled potatoes over still nearly frozen stick of butter. It will send molten lava potato shooting all over your kitchen, not to mention, you.

I still have a burn scar from a similar incident about 6 years ago.  When it happened last night, I remembered what someone told me about wrapping the burn in aluminum foil.  I slathered some of that great aloe vera/lidocaine gel all over my left arm before tightly wrapping it up in foil.  Speed is key in this method working properly. It took about an hour of keeping my forearm wrapped, but I knew my makeshift bandage was done working when I could squeeze my arm again without pain. Today there are only a couple minor burn splotches, so  I’d say the foil was a success.


Robbing the Bees for Charity

Shop Robbing the Bees on Etsy and ALL PROCEEDS OF PURCHASES made fwill be donated to the American Red Cross to go towards helping those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific.


falling water scarf

This is the scarf that I made for my mom for Christmas. I meant to post “work in progress” pictures, but never got around to it. So here’s the finished deal!
I used the falling water pattern, found here. It’s also on, with some good examples. I used a lovely baby alpaca yarn from Blue Sky Alpacas. I have to say that it took me forever to decide on a yarn to use for this scarf. I needed something soft but not so feathery or bulky that it disguised the pattern, and I also needed something in a decent color. I am not very good at venturing out of my comfort zone when it comes to yarn colors, and I don’t want to spend $40 on yarn for a project that I’ll end up not liking. But I finally decided on this yarn after about 12 trips around the store, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

Here’s a picture to give a bit of a clearer idea of the pattern…

One great thing that I learned with this scarf is the importance of blocking. I was busily knitting away early on the morning of December 23rd and decided that I just had to be done because it had yet to be blocked and I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before wrapping it up. It wasn’t quite as long as I wanted it, but the pattern promised that it would grow sufficiently with blocking. Amazingly enough, the pattern was right. Here are the before and after shots, with another scarf for scale.

As you may also see, the blocking also opened up the pattern and made it much more delicate and visible which I really loved. Maybe some of you more experienced knitters can tell me if some patterns require blocking more than others…maybe lacy patterns need it more? I’m almost inspired enough to go ahead and block my Shalom Cardigan from last year that was always too small….


pink grapefruit margaritas

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago while perusing my cookbooks and thought it looked very tasty (margaritas+grapefruit=whatsnottolove?). Yesterday I remembered the grapefruit that had been hiding in my fruit bowl for a few days, and decided we needed to make a date. I had to make some adjustments to the original recipe, but I think it turned out pretty well. I would actually even add more grapefruit juice, but I tend to like things on the tart side. So here’s the recipe as I made it last night, and there was some left over that I just left in the shaker and threw in the freezer!

juice from 1/2 of a ruby red grapefruit
juice from 1 rather hard and un-juicy lime
4 ice cubes
1/4 cup orange liqueur (I used the cheap Harlequin stuff, but I’m sure Grand Marnier would be better)
1/4 cup 1800 tequila
2-3 tbsp granulated sugar
extra ice

Combine the grapefruit and lime juices in a cocktail shaker with the ice. Measure the orange liqueur and tequila into a measuring cup and swirl in sugar until it’s somewhat dissolved. Pour into the cocktail shaker and shake. Serve in lowball glasses over a little ice.

Like I said, this was a bit sweet for me, so I think I’ll juice the other half of the grapefruit and add that to the leftover mixture in my freezer for tonight! I might also add a bit of salt, as recommended in the original recipe…

Edited to add: The next night I added the juice from the other half of the grapefruit, along with the juice of half of a big juicy lemon, and another generous splash of tequila (maybe a shy shot?). That was pretty good. Then the next night I poured the rest into a big margarita glass with a pinch of kosher salt at the bottom and that was really really good.