Last night was the 11th Annual Gourmet Granary Candlelight Dinner in Lemont, Pennsylvania. The event was catered by EcoVents and benefited the Lemont Village Association.It was a cool evening, perfect to enjoy a Spanish themed multi-course meal in the John I. Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds.
The evening started with plenty of appetizers and wine from Mt. Nittany Winery and beer from Otto’s Pub and Brewery.
To start there were cracked marinated Spanish olives, salted almonds, a selection of cheeses, figs with goat cheese and serrano ham, and a variety of empanadas: mushroom and cheese, chicken and poblano cream cheese and beef and potato. I tried two of the empanadas and the fig with goat cheese and ham. My favorite was definitely the figs.
We joined three other couples at our table for the rest of the meal.
The next course was a salad with arugula, grapes, and almonds with a saba vinaigrette and bread made my Ron and Sue Smith.
The next course was a pumpkin and bean soup.
The main course included papas bravas
Basque-style chicken with prosciutto and olives
and chick peas and chorizo (which was my favorite part of the main course).
Dessert followed with coffee from Cafe Lemont and a cherry almond tart.
Once again, it was a lovely event with a great crowd.
Today I hosted my friends for a Sip and Paint party on my deck. I had such a great time. Thank you to our teacher Amanda who guided us through the process as we recreated Kandinsky’s Houses in Munich.
This is my finished version.
They all turned out so good.
It was a wonderful way to spend a summer day.
It’s been a while since we’ve tried a new recipe and one that I absolutely loved. But tonight we made a great one.
Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine from the most issue of Cooking Light was really easy to put together.
The recipe suggested serving over quinoa but we had couscous on hand and used that. It was so flavorful because of the cinnamon, cardamon, cumin and turmeric and the cooked tomatoes. We grilled chicken for the week and had that as well but this easily could have been it’s own meal.
A couple weekends ago I visited my friend Elena who lives in New Jersey. We decided to go into the city for a night. While we were there our plan was to explore, take pictures, and eat delicious food.
During our explorations, we visited Purl Soho.
I’ve only knit one of their patterns before but I admire their patterns regulary and read their blog. I love their color choices and the style of their finished pieces.
Their shop is filled with color. And since I am a knitting nerd, seeing their samples in person was almost like spotting a celebrity.
I was able to control myself and only buy one skein of yarn. I got their Line Weight in Desert Blue so that I can knit their Hat to Match for myself.
It’s my first finished project of 2014! It’s a Cable and Eyelet Hat.
I changed the pattern a bit, omitting some of the straight knitting and purling rows between the cable and eyelet detail in favor of repeating the cable and eyelet rows an extra time. I like the way it turned out and think would have been even longer if I did it the way the pattern was written. I think my brim is shorter too.
This is the top. I changed the decreases ever so slightly so as to not be knitting the two stitches together at the end and beginning of the next row. I still think it looks pretty.
It feels so good to finally finish a project. I started the first sleeve of my sweater last night and I am very pleased with how it’s looking.
A few months ago, I discovered T-shirt yarn or tarn. I was checking out Wool and the Gang’s Jersey Be Good and finding myself wanting to buy tons of colors. But I restrained myself and instead started googling and learned how easy it is to make your own. I found some great tutorials like this one here.
It seemed like a great reason to clean out my closet and I grabbed some old T-shirts that were definitely ready to be recycled.
Here’s what I did.
First I cut the neck and arms off the flat T-shirt to make more of a rectangular tube. I folded it in half and began cutting one inch strips being sure to stop before I got to the folded edge.Here you can see the finished cut T-shirt with Willie. Cats are very curious about tarn making.
Next I began cutting alternating sides so that it became one long strip of fabric.
T-shirt is stretchy so you need to stretch it out so that the ends and corners fold in to make one long continuous strand that is a bit more uniform in shape.
And then you wind it into a ball to use for whatever project you wish.
I made four balls out of old T-shirts. I’ll likely make a scarf out of this for the spring once I finish some other projects.
And my next goal is to attempt to do some old flat T-shirt sheets. I hope to turn those into a rug.
It’s been a while since I posted any projects because I haven’t actually finished anything yet this year.
I decided that I wanted to try my first real sweater and it’s been taking a bit of time to finish up. I’m working on Lemongrass and I am loving everything about it.
For a first time sweater knitter, I’ve found the pattern is very easy to follow, the construction is very simple and using a bulky yarn makes each section go quickly. I just hope I finish it in time to wear at least once before the weather gets too warm.
I’m also working on Hermione’s Cable & Eyelet Hat for a friend’s mom.
This is a quick knit too and I hope to have it finished within the week.
This week, another exciting this that happened was my card catalog was featured on Asja Knits. Asja wrote a post about yarn storage and found so many creative ways knitters are storing their yarns. It was very exciting to see my storage method listed with so many other beautiful and creative yarn stashes.
Mike loves all things lemon. In the time that I’ve known him, I’ve warmed up to lemon. I pinned this recipe when I found it because it was right up Mike’s alley and it turned out great.
Baked Three Cheese Lemon Pepper Pasta is delicious and easy to put together.
Per usual, we increased the recipe for a pound of pasta to make sure there were plenty of leftovers and they reheated well.
I thought that the garlic flavor was very strong but Mike thought it was just right. Otherwise it was cheesy, lemony and delicious.
It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been working on a sweater and it’s taking a while and I am not sure how interesting my progress updates would really be for anyone reading this blog. We’ve also cooked some new recipes but I keep forgetting to take pictures or I take pictures and never intend to make that recipe again.
This soup, I’d recommend. It’s Black Bean Soup with Chorizo and Lime from Cooking Light.
We ended up using more chorizo than the recipe called for because our grocery store didn’t have the already cured chorizo. I ended up just using three links and removing the casing and browning it up. The amount of soup that this recipe makes is good for a side but we wanted to have it for the meal. If you do that, I’d recommend doubling it if you like a lot of leftovers.
Otherwise, it was hearty and flavorful and we’ll definitely make it again.
It’s definitely best to have a person in mind when you are knitting up a project. I started working on a One Row Lace Scarf for a while. I used beautiful, soft Ella Rae Lace Merino and it was a great project to work on in a car or on a plane. But it was not going very quickly otherwise because I wasn’t sure who I wanted it to go to.
Then I was thinking of way to thank Nicky for sending me those cute stitch markers and immediately I knew. That scarf was for her! It flew off my needles over Christmas.
I love the way it turned out and I’m so glad it went to a good home. Enjoy Nicky!