I’ve been wanting to try Brett Bara’s pumpkin smoothie recipe since I first saw it. I finally got all of the ingredients this week and can report that it’s delicious, creamy and sweet and the tiniest bit tart from the cider. Measuring all of the ingredients was a little fiddly, but I have a good enough sense of the proportions now to wing it going forward.
Last winter, my brother took me to a farm where he sometimes buys cheese for his restaurant so that we could meet the farmer, a woman whose hand, when she shook mine, was so calloused and beautifully used that my own soft and varnished paws made me feel like the last coddled and inbred remnant of a soon-to-be-extinct monarchy, and also to get me some raw milk. Apparently, when Geoff first brought the subject up with her, she asked him, a little suspiciously, why I wanted it, since it’s not really legal to sell and I could have been an undercover dairy inspector setting up some sort of very small-scale sting operation. But he just replied, “She’s from Brooklyn,” which, it’s handy to know, apparently will excuse any precious or outlandish behavior one cares to engage in in the Northeast Kingdom.
It was delicious.
It’s a little hard to imagine, on this 69F November day, that I’m going to need these anytime soon, but I know the day will come. I wished for fingerless mittens all last winter, since the heating in the office where I work was unpredictable at best. I could have broken down and bought some, or pulled myself together to knit a pair, but somehow never got around to it, mostly because any time I was in a position to do either of those things, I was somewhere warm…
Anyway, I have this lovely pair of Dashings now, knit from some leftover handspun (romney/alpaca with a bit of glitz, if I remember correctly). I think each mitt took me two evenings of not especially rigorous knitting and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out; I like how long they are and the bit of cable detailing. I’d never knit handwear before these that didn’t call for a thumb gusset though, and the sight of the thumbs jutting out of the like that is a bit jarring. They fit comfortably enough and look fine on though, so I’m calling this a win.
So, Chronicle Books, publishers of all sorts of awesome stuff, is having a pretty remarkable giveaway. They’re giving away $500 worth of books to one blogger and one commenter on the winning blog post, plus $500 worth of books to a charity of the winner’s choice (ETA: I’d go with FirstBook). Check out the details here. It was a lot of fun to put my dream list together; $500 goes a long way when we’re talking about books, even nice, hardcover books. And it was interesting to see what kind of things appealed to me. Would I ever have guessed that I would be interested in so many books of stencils? No, I would not.
- Moleskine red hardcover 12 month weekly planner with the days on the left-hand side and a blank page for notes on the right. I’ve had this exact planner for four years now and it’s the absolute best for how I like to organize my schedule and thoughts and to-do lists. $18.95
- Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking. She’s the best at something I’d like to be better at. $19.95
- Ruhlman’s Twenty. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. $40.00
- Saveur‘s New Comfort Food: Home Cooking From Around the World. I really like home cooking. $35.00
- Stencil 201. Adorable and useful. $24.95
- A Life in Stitches. I already have a copy of Rachael Herron’s lovely book of essays, but I know plenty of people who don’t. $14.95
- Pattern Magic. Pure eye candy. $24.95
- Silhouette Art. Crap, do I want to start doing paper craft stuff now? I think I might. $18.95
- The Street Art Stencil Book. Very cool. $29.95
- Lotta Jansdottir Stencils. I seem weirdly into stencils today. $24.95
- Embroidered Effects. Jenny Hart kicks ass. $24.95
- Lotta’s Printing Studio. I’ve had this on my radar for a while. $19.95
- Stencil 101. Yup, weirdly compelled to stencil things. $24.95
- Lotta Prints. I guess this is different from the other book? Sure. $19.95
- Lotta Jansdottir’s Simple Sewing. All your Lotta belongs to me. $24.95
- Sublime Stitching. Jenny Hart still kicks ass. $19.95
- Twentieth-Century Pattern Design. Gorgeous. $50.00
- Pattern Magic 2. Dreamy. $24.95
- Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives. I’ve wanted to read this since it came out. $24.95