it is slowly moving along. things would be at a more impressive stage had i not forgotten i wanted to make the larger size. meaning, after knitting 5 rows at 400 stitches, i had to rip back to nothing and cast on 416. then it was indy's birthday. if i can just get it done before the humidity that would be nice. but i think i already said that.
i'm sold on bon appetit. literally. i bought myself a subscription as a very early birthday present after grabbing this pasta issue off the stands. i tried the ditalini with chickpeas and garlic-rosemary oil (this was the february issue)::
so hearty and delicious. that garlic rosemary drizzling oil was like the cherry on top. maybe this was beginners luck, but i'm going to keep positive and say i've found a really excellent culinary mag that has already added a new dish to my recipe rotation. i've been gifted martha's living magazine for a while now and lately i'm realizing how some of her stuff is really involved and doesn't deliver. i've had this conversation with a couple different friends recently and they've had the same issues. sometimes her recipes are a crapshoot. which is never good when your dealing with lots of ingredients and time, time, time!
also, ten bucks for a years subscription? that i can do!
jamie! you are now on my list of people i am indebted to. you made our rainy day. three kids came running in off the bus yesterday to warm, delicious, perfect corn bread. with a little butter on top, because it was raining, and that calls for a little extra comfort right?::
would i like some corn bread with that butter? apparently not. don't worry, i only ate one piece like that, while the kids weren't looking. i told you it was raining right? and it was a cold rain. this is quite possibly the best corn bread i've ever tasted. i may have even left it in a bit longer than necessary but it was still moist as can be. i used a ten inch skillet so it cooked in half the time. yes, i can make it in my skillet. it is officially skillet corn bread! jamie sent me a link to this recipe and i can assure you, it is the corn bread recipe you have been dreaming of.
thank you jamie! like, really. if i were able to i would give you a hug :)
i wish i could remember the source for this idea, but i bookmarked it in my head, which is never wise. at any rate, i had almost given up hope for these themed cupcakes. they were meant to be served on a rustic wooden cake stand. i waited all week for an idea to come to me. the night before the party i still had nothing. frustrated, i was about to hot glue a bunch of moss to a serving platter and call it a day. no tiers or anything. not to mention the fact that 'frustration' paired with 'hot glue' hardly ever ends well. then big b and owen went out to the woodpile with the chainsaw::
and just like that, like it was nothing, a little fairy cake stand was born::
i felt like it was my birthday! suddenly all i had left to worry about was a little frosting and strategically placed m&m's, though there was a bit of hot gluing in the end for fairy accents::
a very successful sixth birthday party! and a very full weekend. hope yours was equally magical.
and happy, happy earth day! with a little luck, i'll be doing some seeding today to celebrate.
i finally made the pinto beans with skillet cornbread from ree's book. the beans were simple and satisfying. if you hold off on the bacon, you could easily mash and fry the leftovers to use for nachos. yum, i may do that soon. but the cornbread....
the cornbread was not good. i really wanted it to be, but it wasn't. i think the main problem was that the recipe didn't call for any sugar. isn't cornbread supposed to have sugar? i tested my theory by sprinkling a little on a chunk and problem solved! i am now determined to find the perfect skillet cornbread recipe. any help would be greatly appreciated! until then, i'm off to search the foodie blogs.
happy birthday to indy, who turned six yesterday! keeping with tradition, i made her a special breakfast in bed. an integral part of that tradition is that you get to pick whatever you want for breakfast. a pancake the size of your plate? sure! a giant waffle with a face on it? done and done! waffles and sushi?? uh, okay, sure! yes, you bet, waffles and sushi::
i have something important to tell you and you have to listen to me: you NEED to go out and pick up a copy of baked. i've blogged about it before, but this time it's serious. really serious. kai has been digging through our cookbook library working on a new list of recipes to try. this was what he started with, partly because we had some old cans of pumpkin that needed to be used up::
pumpkin whoopie pies. these were just incredible. so, so moist. so delicious. if you make them for thanksgiving next year you will be the most popular person at the table. i promise. this recipe is worth the cost of the book ten times over. kai will now be making these every fall, per me. and maybe a couple of times during all of the other seasons as well! he's more than happy to oblige and is very excited to be in charge of a thanksgiving day dessert. i love how much he loves the kitchen.