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Wednesday, December 19, 2007



Your work really pays off - they're great! And yay! You get a pair too.


THANK YOU for that link. I heard that version of the song on the radio this morning...swear to gosh, my visual was the reindeer and santa singing it as I tapped my foot.

Quick appetizer, decadent, TDF:

Roll small dab (2/3 walnut size) of robiola cheese onto slice of prosciutto, roll up like a cigar, place two arugula leaves in the bigger end, and serve. It is sinfully good.


Your handspun mitt looks so wonderful - (and I wish I had made myself more of that particular roving... grin) I too have found that I must swatch with my handspun.
The purple mitts - oh my - I had a good chuckle over that - It is reassuring that other people do the same kind of goofy things that I do. (and they sure are lovely too!)
Joyous holidays!


What could be better than handspun mittens? Even if you did have to rip em back several times. :)

Oooo - yes - I, too, have done odd and wonky things with second items in a pair. Right now, I have 1 of a pair of socks finished from Trekking, and I am stalled on starting #2 because I cannot remember what size needles I used for #1!


Ok--- easy peasy Kate-wheels.

1 package of crescent roll dough (in a tube, we are VERY classy down here)
1/3 lb-1/2lb of nice ham (black forest, prosciutto, etc)
1/3 lb sliced cheese (we love sharp provolone)
1/4 cup pre-made pesto

Open tube of dough and lay onto floured countertop. Squish (very technical) the "joins" of the dough together. Gently roll out with rolling pin (dusted with flour). You want to stretch it out in each direction, but just a little. Pour pesto onto dough and spread around. Put down a layer of cheese, from edge to edge, then a layer of ham (repeat only once if you like). Roll up the dough like a jelly roll. I slide mine into wax paper at the point and tape it into a tube. Start cutting out 1/2 inch "rounds" and place onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet. 375 for 8-10 minutes. Good hot or cold!

Different variations:
1) ham and cheese with mustard
2) roast beef and cheese with BBQ sauce
3) buffalo chicken breast (sliced from the deli), bleu cheese and buffalo sauce

Happy holidays... oh, and I am totally keeping the sock yarn you dyed for my sister-in-law.... she's on my naughty list.

Wool Winder

I can see how it happened that the mitts didn't match and am pretty sure I might have made the same mistake. Good thing you caught it before they went in the mail.


That does sound good.


I have some tasty recipes for Cream Cheese Spread, a Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball and a cheese ball with blue cheese. They can be made ahead and are all very tasty. Let me know if you'd like any of them.

What a great idea to set weekly goals. This year, I set goals for the year and that was extremely helpful. If I set goals each week - wow, I'd accomplish so much! I like the idea of WIP Wednesday, too.

Cheryl S.

I love the reindeer thing - I played it over and over last year. Thanks for the reminder!

Vodka Tomatoes

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup pepper-flavored vodka
3 tablespoons coarse sea salt or celery salt
1 tablespoon lemon pepper

Optional: lemon juice, sherry, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, celery seeds

Prick each tomato 5 or 6 times with a skewer. Place the tomatoes in a small bowl and pour the vodka over them. Soak the tomatoes in the vodka, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or overnight.

To serve, place the tomatoes in a serving bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the salt and seasoned pepper. Serve the tomatoes with toothpicks and the salt mixture on the side.

The tomatoes are very tasty soaked in just the vodka, but you can also add a splash each of lemon juice, dry sherry, Tabasco sauce and Worcestershire sauce, plus a sprinkling of celery seeds. The result is akin to bite-size Bloody Marys.


OK, I have a few that I am willing to share, will send them to you tomorrow. Also, the mitten looks good and the "matching" hand warmers gave me a good giggle...


Ugg, I've done that, different mitts, makes me chuckle though. Forgot about the Singing Santa, thanks!


The singing reindeer cracked me up! Thanks! I love the mitten. Too bad you had so much trouble with it, but the result is worth it. Thanks for the Egg Nog recipe.



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