Louise and Bob brought us many brilliant gifts, one of which was a pattern for a pillow case and a super set of fabric to make it with. I picked out some fabric yesterday and made a second for Paul. I made Paul’s first and then much slower progress on the second – you’ll see why when you look at the photos.
It is with great delight that all humans and cats in chez pao have the honour of hosting the annual Minnesota cheer wagon (commonly known as Bob and Louise).
They arrived yesterday so we whisked them off coastwards so Bob could see the sea, Louise could do a bit of shopping and we could enjoy our day with them.
For pao’s birthday this year, we spent part of it using our friend’s huge lounge floor to plan out a quilt for our bedroom. We decided to go for something easy to try it out so got hold of some large fat quarters (Road 15 by Moda). If you’ve ever met pao, you’ll understand that the process of choosing the layer cake was quite entertaining!
I was at the Farmer’s Market with pao a few weeks back and we came across a lady selling peppermint slice. I’d never eaten peppermint slice before but pao had it made for him regularly by his mum when he was a kid so we got a couple of pieces to eat with our cup of tea.
I got to thinking about how easy it would be to make and figured I’d give it a go when I got a chance. I found this recipe and thought I’d have a go at it.
Here is my take on the recipe:
250g Dark chocolate digestive biscuits
2 tsp cocoa powder
300g icing sugar
1 tsp peppermint flavouring
a few drops of green food colouring
200g good dark chocolate
1 tsp peppermint flavouring
Line a baking pan with greaseproof paper.
When the peppermint layer is set, melt the chocolate with peppermint flavouring and pour onto the peppermint layer. Swirl around until the chocolate completely covers the peppermint. Put in the fridge to set again.
I had the real privilege of house-sitting a beautiful little part-Bengal kitten called Dizzy and the lovely Mole again this autumn. Dizzy is quite a character and was most insistent in draping herself round my neck scarf-like.
We don’t really have Thanksgiving so I’m going to use my imagination here a bit and think happy holiday time favourites
1. Roast potatoes. pao does make the very best roast potatoes.
2. Yorkshire pudding. Finally after years of trial and error, I can make these. Also very good frozen and reheated (if they last that long)
3. Carrots cooked in a stock.
4. Petit pois
5. Bread sauce. I love this with turkey.
6. Cranberry sauce. Again pao does make a winning cranberry sauce Very good in turkey sandwiches.
7. Stovetop stuffing. Happily this is readily available over here
8. Brussel sprouts. I actually enjoy these ‘dirty little cabbages’ as they once were described to me.
9. Corn bread. Also a big fan of Aunt Jemima’s cornbread Again, thankfully readily available here.
10. Mashed potato. The best ever mashed potato I had was in Boston as an accompaniment to roast chicken. It was mashed with basil
Time and winter seem to have really crept up quickly and got me busy. I had several weeks of Artists’ Open House during October and early November that I was concentrating on along with a week of cat sitting so I have been quite absent. Thankfully, I have a lull in proceedings and can get back to things I enjoy including my poor neglected blog. One such project is my blanket. I started it in January/February and then put it away when the weather heated up. Now the temps have dropped, I’ve sought it out ready to continue and progressed a few repeats thus far but feel I have some way to go still. I am enjoying the way it is going and really enjoying the way that the different yarns look. Maybe I’ll get it done for next winter