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Stitch and Bitch

So the holidays are over hope you all had a wonderful New Year.   I got a couple of craft books for Christmas which is just perfect because tonight is the first monthly Stitch and Bitch!! I am very excited to get all my wildly crafty friends together to hang out, I am sure it is going to be a blast.

I don’t really have anything planned for this post. I recently quit smoking and have been, less than motivated lately.  I know it happens to all of us from time to time but, it’s hell when you are trying to come up with content for a blog.

How about I give you the recipe for our go to appetizer.  It’s everyone’s favorite and we serve it at almost every party we have.

Bacon Thingy’s

Here’s what you need:

1/2 pound of bacon strips cut in half

1 package of cream cheese

1 Tablespoon minced garlic

1 loaf of thin sliced white bread

toothpicks

 

Here’s what you do:

1. Cut the crusts off the bread

2. In a food processor mix together then  cream cheese with the garlic

3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the bread

4. Cut the bread into strips about the same width as a strip of bacon

5. Take 1/2 a bacon strip lay it on the bread strip and roll into a spiral secure with a toothpick.

6. Place on cookie sheet and bake at about 400 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or so till the bacon is crispy and the bread is toasted.

7. Wow your friends!

Next week I will be sure to let you know how stitch and Bitch went.  I’ll also post some pics of all the craft projects I have been working on to try to keep from smoking.

Wish me luck.

 

 

 

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COOKIEMEGGDON!!

Tomorrow is Cookiemeggdon which, as I explained in my last post is the day all my friends come over and make their favorite cookie recipes.  It is a blast and I can’t wait. This year I am making Ginger Snaps. They were a great hit last year so I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of ground clove

1 Tablesppon ground cinnamon

1 Tablesppon ground ginger

2 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1/4 cup white sugar

Here’s what you’ll do: 

1. Preheat the oven to 375

2. Mix together the molasses, brown sugar, oil, and egg

3. In a separate bowl combine the cloves, cinnamon,  ginger, flour, baking soda and salt.

4. Stir the flour mixture into the molasses mixture till a dough forms

5. Roll the dough into balls. Roll the balls in the white sugar.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes

7. Let cool or else they won’t snap.  Then Nom!  These are pretty spicy and great with a dark roasted coffee.

In other news today I had to do emergency surgery on a sock monkey.  I had to do it on site too because my 3 year old nephew refuses to sleep without the sock monkey I made him.  If that’s not the ultimate reason to keep making stuff I don’t know what is.

I also made those salt preserved Meyer lemons I talked about last week.  The recipe is from the book Canning for a New Generation by Lianna Krissoff.  The book is great. It’s got all kinds of preserving recipes from around the world and recipes to make with the things you’ve preserved too.  If you are interesting in canning check the book out and check out this particular recipe it is really simple.  No water processing the jars or anything. Truly canning 101.

Here’s a picture of the lemons all jarred up:

Salt Preserved Lemons

Well that’s about it for this week,   I am sure my next post will be full of cookie goodness.

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Thanksgiving, Cookies, Craft Projects and More Craft Projects.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Things are busy here at the Rabbit Hole.  we are getting ready for next weeks  Cookiemeggdon.  Let me explain how that works I invite a bunch of friends over,  I ask them each to bring the ingredients for one cookie of their choice.  Then we spend all day baking and gossiping and laughing and everyone goes home with lots of different kinds of cookies.  It is lots of fun, and lots of work but totally worth it.  This year I am making Ginger Snaps, I will post the recipe next week.

Speaking of food last Thursday was Thanksgiving, my husband is a born and bred New Englander, you know the kind, from an old New England family.  He has VERY definite ideas of how Thanksgiving should be done.  He has posted his rules for Thanksgiving in a very funny and profanity ridden post you can find it here .

Projects?  Why of course I have projects going on.  I just finished embroidering a tie with the Nerdist logo.

 

I am also working on at least 2 knitting projects that I hope to finish to give as Christmas gifts and the tote bag I started to embroider for myself weeks ago still isn’t finished either.

Oh and I bought some Meyer lemons to preserve that should be complete and ready to post in next weeks entry as well.  Like I said there is lots going on here, but it is all good, happy, creative stuff and that’s the best way to be busy.

Have a great week!

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Giving Thanks or It’s All Gravy

Another week is over already seems like 2011 will be over before we know it. Had a productive week spent a lot of time working on my highly unattractive knitting project. It started out to be a scarf but it has ended up being a very crooked blanket for my cats. I think I was a little over zealous but I got a lot of practice with a knit stitch. I will try to make a scarf again when I work on purl. It just goes to show you that even when things don’t work out the way you want them to.  They are still worth doing, if only for the lesson on what not to do next time.

Seth and I made a turkey for this weeks family podcast dinner. (Really it was mostly Seth)  I did make gravy though and since Thanksgiving is this week I thought I would share my method for lump free gravy.

I tend to make gravy in the pan I roasted the meat in I just put it over two burners on the stove, but,  you could move all the drippings to a sauce pan.  I just hate having to wash extra dishes.  Ok so lets talk about how to do this. Heat up the pan drippings until they are hot. This is important because if  you add the flour to the fat before the fat is hot the flour with lump up. When the drippings are hot add the flour about a 1/2 a cup at a time. Stir it constantly that is very important too.  Keep adding flour stirring until you have the consistency of thin paste, think white glue. It should also be a light tan color. Turn the heat down to low.  Now start to add the liquid. I use a combination of broth and white wine, but just broth is fine too. Add the liquid slowly still stirring till the gravy is a little thinner than  you actually want it. Now taste it and add salt and pepper. Let it simmer for five minutes. That’s it! Really easy right? And so nommy on your smashed potatoes.

One more thing before I close this entry I wanted to mention some of the things I am thankful for this year.  Monday family podcast dinners. My family in general because they are awesome. Especially the family we have built, you know who you are. I am thankful for the little humans in my life. Watching you grow and discover the world is the awesomest thing and it brings me so much joy. I am thankful for my son who is still discovering the world himself even though he is a great big human. And yes, it’s still awesome to watch too. A special note to my wonderful hooligan of a husband. Every single day I am thankful for you, it was worth the wait. I love you.

One last thing I am thankful for, the opportunity to share the things I am passionate about so, thanks for reading.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Alabama Dinner Party, A Pretty Cool Book and New Projects

Last night, I went to an awesome dinner party that my best friend threw as a benefit for the Alabama Tornado victims. I just wanted to mention how much I love this idea. We all brought donations to help the victims and ate a wonderful southern feast. The menu included, pulled pork, black eyed peas and collard greens, corn bread, and ice box cake for dessert. Jay did a great job. This is one of those ideas I really think needs to be stolen. So, if there is cause you feel strongly about, make some great food and, invite your friends over.

Also yesterday, my wonderful hooligan of a husband gave me the book Generation T by Megan Nicolay. If you’re like me, one of those punk rock girls who never got over cutting up her T-shirt’s this book is for you. It’s got a bunch of great projects so that you can keep wearing that old much loved t-shirt or turn it into something entirely new. Since we all have old t-shirts stuffed in our drawers all the projects are inexpensive, maybe even free! What’s cooler than that? I hope to do my first project from the book this week, I’ll make sure to post some pictures when it’s done. I am also looking forward to making pillows, tote bags (even one of my own design), and eyeglass cases from my old tee shirts.

Speaking of eyeglasses, one quick tip for my cool girls who wear glasses. When I was a kid, my optometrist told my I should always clean my glasses with dish soap. He explained that dish soap was made to clean the very materials glasses are made of and, to remove oils like the ones in your skin. Just soap them up with your hands rinse them in warm water and dry them with a lint free cloth. I swear, you will never use glass cleaner to clean your glasses again.

I think I may have another recipe for you next time and, maybe some notes on tonight’s karaoke birthday party.

(don’t you love teasers)