Saturday, November 17, 2007

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Just had to take this opportunity to say hi to my DD, who is watching my blog from 29 Palms Marine Corps base in the desert! Happy birthday, sweetie! And a big hug and kiss to you :)

Now to knitting and food. Two of the biggest happy-makers in my life these days! I found a recipe for awesome crockpot cheese-n-broccoli soup that I made on Thursday night. It takes 4 hours on low heat, and because I didn't get home in time on my lunch hour, I was unable to get it into the pot until I got home from at 10:30 PM we had hot soup! (Too bad I was already in bed! I asked DH, who always stays up later than I, to please put away the soup when it was done cooking, and I had it for lunch the next day!) It tastes awesome!

Goes like this: 2 cups cubed processed cheese (Velveeta, baby, all the way!), 1 tablespoon of flour, 5-1/2 cups milk, broccoli--either fresh or a 10 ounce frozen pack, and 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper (I used a red poblano, for tiny bit of heat.) Cover and cook on low for 4 hours in a crockpot, stirring occasionally, especially in the first hour. Yum this soup rocks! It is a nice one to get cooking on a rainy Saturday, while you putter around the house cleaning and whatnot!

Then, today, I used the crockpot again, to make use of some apples I had. To make crockpot spiced apples, core 6-8 apples, and peel the top 1/3 of them, stuff them with brown sugar, chopped nuts and raisins (which I didn't use), then place them into a crock pot. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg, and dot them with 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour in 1/2 cup water, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Yum! Good, but the brown sugar literally disappeared, so I served a heaping spoonful on each, with some of the juice drizzled over. Oooooooh yeahhhhhhh ;-)

On the knitting front, I have really been struggling with Wavy. I don't know if it's the monochromatic color scheme that bores me, or the yarn itself, the pattern, or the fact that I want to be working on anything else, but I am bored to tears with this scarf. However, I made myself pick it up today, and while watching Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving Special on the Fine Living channel, a documentary about how thanksgiving day came about on the History channel, and a college football game (Texas Tech v. Oklahoma) I was able to double the finished length of Wavy. Now I just need to find that final ball of Lion Wool! Yay, nearly done.

I have finish-itis. I want to finish all my WIPs right now. They are on the back burner, but constantly pricking my conscience! I have been concentrating since June on Christmas gift knitting, and I'm just about worn down with it. I'm getting tired of knitting for everyone else when there are so many beautiful patterns I want to make for me!!! Next year is all about knitting for Aim =()
I guess I'll have earned a year of selfish knitting after this!


hakucho said...

Happy Birthday, Bethy ...a day late. Sure hope it was a happy one :)

Your crock pot recipes look awesome...thanks for the recipes :)

Good luck finishing wavy. You probably just need a break!

happy knitting :)

Aim said...

Thanks Hakucho! I thought the recipes rocked--I'll post a pic of the apples (I ate all the soup before thinking of a photo!)

shell said...

I am so having to try your apple recipe! It sounds divine.
I am thinking of some yummy foods today as its snowing.
Happy Birthday Bethy.
I am also on finishitis. Lets get them all done!!