Just Hatched

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I have had a bit of a creative void lately, I haven’t sewn or made anything. But a few weeks ago I rearranged my office/craftorium and I suddenly felt like making something. The new arrangement literally and figuratively shifted my point of view. Tied together with some sewing inspiration I found on blogs and I am ready to get started again!

2013 Reading List

Year Zero

Year Zero – Book Club book  that I was really really reallllllly not into.

 

The Dinner

The Dinner – My choice for book club and I really enjoyed it.  I kept thinking about this book long after I finished.

 

Where’d You Go Bernadette

Where’d You Go Bernadette – Another book club book.  Meh.

I also reread the Hunger Games from start to finish, but I’m not sure it counts if you have already read them.

Cocktailing – Orange Old Fashioned Two Ways

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We made two different types of Old Fashioneds this weekend.  The first, which Nick preferred, was more classic.  The second, which I preferred, was sweeter.

Version 1

  • 1.5 Ounces Whiskey
  • 3 Dashes Bitters
  • Orange peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • Splash of soda

I used this recipe here.

Version 2

  • 1.5 Ounces Whiskey
  • .5 Ounces Tuaca
  • 3 Dashes Bitters
  • Orange peel and a splash of juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Splash of soda.

They start the same – mix bitters, sugar, splash of soda, and orange peel then add whiskey.  In Version Two I simply mixed a squeeze of juice with the bitters and sugar and added a bit of Tuaca with the whiskey.

The verdict – either is delicious!

Weekend Baking

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For Christmas this year I received a copy of the Smitten Kitchen cookbook.  I love the pictures and more importantly the author’s voice.  I’ve made a few of the salads but the recipe for Pancetta, White Bean and Chard Pot Pie was calling to me this last weekend.

I made a few minor substitutions.  First, we had extra shredded chicken so I decreased the beans by half and added the chicken.  Second, I didn’t have adorable- little-individual-portion-oven-proof bowls, so I baked it as a casserole. And the verdict . . .  SUCCESS!  This recipe is insanely delicious (which probably has a lot to do with the two sticks of butter).  The top is flaky and buttery and the filling is delicious as a stew.  The leftovers were even better the next day.