Sandwich Heaven

Okay, a post about a sandwich might sound pretty menial, but…holy balls. Just made a deluxe grilled cheese that had me singing at the though of it. [The Muppets – “We Need A Little Christmas” – why Christmas? No idea. It’s just an upbeat song.]

Ingredients: white cheddar with bacon bits in it, deli turkey, tomatoes, a quarter of an avocado mashed up [so it’s spreadable], and spinach.

Popped it in the skillet with some olive oil. Drooled. Added some crispy crunchy lettuce when it was done. Groaned with taste bud happiness when I took the first bite. 

Any suggestions for the next pumpkin recipe post? I’m thinkin’ soup.

Pumpkin Bread

Ok, so I know that I made all this fuss about how awesome pumpkins are, only to forget about ’em. Well, pumpkins are still awesome and I don’t care if they’re “outta season.” [Oh, right, that’s why I froze them.] In an effort to make up for the lack of food posts and neglect of pumpkin, I’mma post about them until…well, I have no idea. I won’t ever get sick of them. So maybe until I run out of frozen pumpkin.

Annnyway, I made pumpkin bread yesterday. I think I’ve eaten about half a loaf all by myself already. It’s a family recipe, so I essentially left it alone and just cut the sugar from 3 cups to 2, using brown sugar instead of the regular white stuff. Not a dangerous switch, especially because the molasses-y flavor from the brown sugar pairs well with punkin stuff. The recipe says nuts are optional, and the 9-year-old in me still scrunches up her nose and mumbles “yuck” to bread with nuts in it, so I ruthlessly banned them from the recipe like the cool kids exclude the geeks at school.

Ze recipe, pour vous [with my teensy adjustments]:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, & ginger
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen pumpkin puree [canned is fine, too, if you don’t have as much time on your hands as I do]
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately.

Combine.

Pour into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.

Bake 1 hour at 350*F. Let cool on wire rack. Devour. Potentially with ice cream.

Isn't it cool how the edges kinda folded up?

Verdict: Tri-yum-ph. [I make no excuses for my awful puns and love them anyway]

YARN. SALE.

Ohmygoodnessyarnsale. I’m pretty sure adrenaline was coursing through my veins as soon as I realized EVERYTHING was cheap.

A thing of beauty.

Michael’s had a huge sale on yarn last week and I just couldn’t stop myself from thinking up more projects to knit, even though I’ve already got lots of unfinished and not-yet-started projects in my queue. AH. It took me 2 hours to choose because there were SO many colors and SO many brands on sale and there was SO much excitement about patterns bouncing around in my head. [Think I’m gonna brave it and write my own simple hat pattern soon!] Aside from that, I spent a few hours with Laverne last weekend just to sit and knit together, and this week she donated that huge Bath and Bodyworks bag [the one in the picture above] full of wool to me. My glee level is insane right now.

Some knitters may scoff at mass produced, non-local yarn shop yarn, but man…soft yarn is soft yarn. Blame it on my knitting youth (I’ve only been at it for a year), but I can’t turn down cozy yarn that’s $2 a skein, even if it is mass produced. Even if I did have more money to spend on yarn, I don’t always want wool, which is most of what our local yarn shop sells. Whatever, man. I do what I want.

January Shmanuary

uh…happy belated New Year?

The holidays were too speedy…meaning I completed none of the knitted stuff I made/am making people for Christmas. So far, I’ve made my brother one and a half of a pair of glittens, my boyfriend one sock, and half of a project for another friend that’s still a secret. There are so many more waiting to be cast on that have to sit on the back burner! Much to my knitting projects’ dismay, I neglected them to finish my graduate school applications/give schools all my money, play Settlers and Scrabble with my family (what if there was a hybrid game of them both?!) and watch a lot of Muppets (both Christmas specials and the new movie). Oh! And I visited Noah in Ann Arbor for a whole wonderful week.

Here’s a crappy quality laptop camera picture of the glittens [that are my brother’s size, not mine]. Just to prove that I’m still alive and knitti…erm…breathing.

Until I finish more projects, it’s ah-dee-ohs, amigos. Happy January.