October 24, 2008
… Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. Have you tried that yet? (Or their Hazelnut Hot Chocolate?) YUM. Of course they didn’t put these square marshmallows in there – those are from Trader Joes. What is hot chocolate without marshmallows? I’m also looking forward to the Peppermint Marshmallows that appear at Trader Joes in time for the holidays. So good in Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
… Going through your stash and finding a skein of yarn that is perfect for a project you want to knit up and get done in time for the holidays. It’s always fun to pay a visit to my stash, because there are things in there that I forgot that I had. (Sad.) There was a time when I only bought “one project ahead”, but I got over that soon enough. Now I love having many different options when I feel like starting something new. (And many different options when the economy is tanking and I might not feel like spending the money to buy something new. We must insure that our knitting habit never suffers, right? Having a stash insures that we won’t run out of yarn to use.)
… Getting rid of things in your stash that you will never use. (And in fact, you’re not sure why you bought it in the first place, and you wonder what you were thinking?)
... Making your list of gifts that need to be knitted, and making sure you have everything that you need to finish each project. (Should I mention that we only have 62 days until Christmas? Or is that information that you just don’t need to know?)
… Finding a few new things to buy at The Loopy Ewe, to replace the space vacated by the stash you got rid of. (See, I’m not suggesting getting rid of stash so that you have less. Stash is a good thing. I’m just suggesting getting rid of the stuff you’ll never use. Of course you have to fill in those empty holes. And of course you knew I’d say that!)
… Whipping up some comfort food for dinner this weekend. This is our favorite meatloaf recipe and I hope you like it, too!
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup cracker crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup chopped onions (optional)
2 Tbl. chopped green pepper (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
4 oz. tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. mustard
Mix meatloaf ingredients in order given and shape into a loaf. Bake in 1 1/2 qt. loaf pan for 1 1/4 hours at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, drain, and pour sauce over the top. Return to oven for another 15 minutes.
I just talked to my friend Janice, who is spending a weekend in Sedona, AZ. She said, “It’s beautiful here – 80 degrees and sunny! What’s it like there today?” I said, “Oh, it’s a beautiful day here, too. Cloudy and cool and I just love it!” She said, “You’re so weird.” It’s a wonder that we’re friends…
So what is it a “perfect day for” in your neck of the woods?