Monday, January 15, 2007

january 046

Weekend recap:

1. Started a scarf using this pattern in Manos del Uruguay yarn in a beautiful purple shade. I would like to make the pattern in a variegated colorway also, but none of them out right now thrill me. The variegation really makes the pattern stand out beautifully.

2. Made my first loaf of whole wheat bread using the Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book, a christmas gift from my mother-in-law. It turned out pretty good, which is saying a lot since:
a)it was my first try at whole wheat bread baking,
b)my first homemade loaf of bread that turned out remotely edible, and
c)I forgot to add the yeast! I kneaded it into the dough after I had already formed it with all of the other ingredients.

3. Cut out pieces to make myself a new purse and I even attached interfacing to the applicable parts. Should be able to finish construction this week.

4. Made world peace cookies. These were good but I think I'll keep looking for my personal perfect chocolate cookie recipe. Looking at the blog picture again though makes me think I may have over cooked mine. Also had a lot of trouble with the slice and bake aspect, they crumbled soo much for me. I got Alice Medrich's chocolate cookbook from my sister for my birthday a couple of years ago, I need to try her cookies out.

5. Watched Nanny McPhee which I really enjoyed. The set and costume design are gorgeous with vibrant fairy tale colors, not to mention Colin Firth alert!


knitti-me said...

It does my heart good to see you pick up the needles again. While I haven't really knitted anything for nearly a year (your wedding throw was the last real FO), I keep eyeing my knitting basket...

karin said...

you should do it!!! it is so fun again

Liz said...

Try the bittersweet decadence cookies from Alice Medrich - they are my favorite ever. They include only a very small amount of flour, and the rest of the texture comes from the chocolate. I prefer them without nuts to make the chocolate flavor pure. Be careful not to overcook them. They will set up nicely even if they look a little underdone when you take them out. Also, note that they always taste better after they sit a little while, unlike normal cookies that taste best straight out of the oven. - Liz
ps - I was visiting your blog to get the butternut squash soup recipe. I'm making it today with two yummy acorn squashes.