Monday, August 22, 2005

One Skein Wonder is done!

Wow, all you people who made this already are correct - this is fun! I picked up some Brown Sheep Co. Lamb's Pride Super Wash at a LYS clearance sale for about $3. I bought the purple you see here and a lovely sunflower yellow color (OSW #2?)

I haven't blocked it but to be honest, I probably won't. It's such a tight fitting item, I don't think it needs it (honest opinions on this are welcome!)

Anyway, this is a very easy pattern and is available here for $3.75. I started knitting about a week ago. It probably took me 5-6 hours (I'm a slow knitter!) I had hoped to get this done in time to wear with my little turquoise dress that I wore to our Caribbean party Saturday night but not quite.

Classic comment from the husband: "Is it going to get bigger?"

Ok, back to my Sitcom Chic cardigan ("which is a bigger sweater, sweetheart.")

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Caribbean Dinner Club - the day after

Whew! My neighborhood dinner club met at our house last night for a Caribbean fest! It was great fun. I planned the menu and distributed recipes to the 6 couples. Food was great and company was terrific! Here's the menu:

Mojitos (Cuba) & Pina Coladas Coconut Shrimp With Tamarind Ginger Sauce Sir Clifford's Conch Salad (Bahamas) Jerk Pork Tenderloin (Jamaica) Pineapple Cole Slaw (Bahamas) Coconut Red Beans and Rice (U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Thomas) Bajan Sweet Bread (Barbados) Banana Flambé with vanilla ice cream (Martinique)

The pictures show before, during, and after. LOL! Can you see the cute little flags stuck in the candles? That's how everyone was assigned seats - they picked a flag out of a "hat" and matched it to the table setting. That's me in the turquoise dress (I swear my butt isn't really that big - it's the angle. No really, I'm just saying....) Unfortunately, my husband is missing from the photos (he was taking the photos) along with several other guests who were assisting with the flambe-ing or making after dinner drinks - manhattans and such.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Lots of knitting ..... nothing to show for it

This has been a productive knitting week. Attended oldest daughter's college orientation and much to her embarrassment, I knit through quite a few of the sessions. As a result, I finished the 4th straight section of my Clapotis (love that Lion and Lamb yarn!!) and am about halfway through the second sleeve on my Knitty Sitcom Chic. But it would be boring to post pictures cause it's still in process .... so I won't!

On the cooking scene, my good friend Linda is out of town so her husband (Charlie) had dinner with us tonight. He's another foodie kind of person, so we decided to experiment and made cedar planked salmon. Hubby went to Home Depot and purchased an 8 foot piece of untreated cedar and cut it down to the size we needed. Soaked it all day.... But alas, hubby cooked the glaze just a tad too long..... turned into burnt maple taffy! We persevered and planked the ole fish anyway. Lots of steaming and smoking and burnt cedar smellin' later, we had a delicious smoked salmon. Charlie and I tried to salvage the maple glaze to save hubby's feelings but egads! it was burnt for God's sake. LOL! We will definitely do the cedar plank thing again. Very tasty!

What Are The Keys To Your Heart?

Another quiz! Am I in junior high, or what?!

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.

In love, you feel the most alive when your partner is patient and never willing to give up on you.

You'd like to your lover to think you are flexible and ready for anything!

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage something you've always wanted... though you haven't really thought about it.

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Where I've been

How cool is this! Here's a map of all the places I've been in my life. I've obviously skipped over the west. What's up with that?

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