I’ve again realized the impact a list can have. Keeps me (mostly) on task, which is pretty important lately. I just want to do too much, and I need to pare it down to manageable tasks and priorities. First up- meal planning. I’m tired of going out to eat because we have nothing in the house instead of going out to eat on a lovely date…. so a major grocery store trip was in order, and we have the week planned out. Does that make me an adult now? Oh, I don’t know.

Apple Peach Cobbler

We bought too many apples, so I ended up making a cobbler. Its warming in the oven right now, I hope its good. I tend to be a little heavy on the nutmeg, because it’s so fun to grate. I tried to balance it out, but we’ll see. I didn’t really have a recipe, just threw some cinnamon and sugar and nutmeg in with the apples and peaches, and made buttermilk biscuit dough for the top. If nothing else, it smells good! (Just ate some…It was pretty tasty! Not bad for no real plan)

sewing zone

I finally snapped a shot of the new work area I made downstairs. While I can’t wait to get my sewing machine back, I suppose its good that I don’t have it yet (remember the whole too-many-projects thing? Yeah, sewing machine would up that for sure.) There are more bins with fabric off to the left, and in another drawer. Of course, I still have knitting and spinning and felting supplies spread all over the house…. one thing at a time.

The dress on Crystabel (what I’ve called my Mom’s dressform since I was a kid) is an attempt at the Burda Style Sabrina dress. Not sure why I picked a blue flannel, though… I started about two years ago, but put in the zipper and the whole thing went south. Now that I have Crystabel from my Mom’s house, I can pin and drape on her instead. I have high hopes! But the dress needs to sit behind Jen’s veil (almost done!) and Chris’s scarf (mmm, not so almost done) in the project queue.

working on the veil's edge

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I think this was a rather productive weekend, and I’ll share a list because it makes me feel like I actually got things done:

  • baked muffins for breakfast during the week (a little bland, the recipe needs work)
  • knit a pair of socks, from toe-tip to just below my Achilles
  • fought with epoxy, with the end result of 3 finished hair clips and one that needs another pass at gluing
  • relaxed at Ultimo
  • altered my sari top (let the front hem down about an inch)
  • worked on one of the on-going will-never-end documentaries
  • used my garden’s tomatoes, a pepper and some basil in a delicious casserole with chicken and scallops
  • bought a bathing suit

cucmbers making a run for the alley

Things I wanted to do, but didn’t:

  • Walk to FDR park to check for the geocache, and just enjoy the open space
  • finish the documentary
  • decide about my upcoming vacation quandary
  • vacuum my room
  • re-dye my hair
  • bike to the craft store (got thread at Pearl instead, but still should have gone for the ride to get supplies for the necklace I want to make)
  • make a mobile/wind chime/light catcher for the back yard
  • make a cucumber salad
  • sew something from scratch
  • make tofu from scratch
  • yoga

Always too much to do. I’m torn between relaxing on the weekend and chipping away at my list. I think I need to be more disciplined about it- work on the list in the morning, relax in the evening….

Ultimo is quickly becoming my favorite place

Ultimo is quickly becoming my favorite place

This weekend started out nicely, with a cappuccino and some knitting at Ultimo, shopping for veggies at the farmers market in Rittenhouse, a stop by the post office…..
I decided I wanted to make some more muffins for breakfasts at work. This time, my goal was less sugar more nutrients. A healthy start to the day!
muffins

muffins

I found a recipe for “healthy blueberry muffins” online… had bananas, peanut butter, maple syrup and oatmeal, I added in some flax-seed and sunflower seeds for extra healthiness…. mmm.

They turned out pretty good, I think they’ll be great for breakfast throughout the week. I should have cooked them for a little bit longer to get the outside a little more crispy.

I also went to the Delaware River Festival at Penn’s Landing today, but it was a little lame. It advertised free kayaking, but I didn’t see a single one. A bunch of tugs, some people milling around, not much else. A good day to walk down by the river though. No plans for tomorrow, but I’m sure I will enjoy the Monday off from work.

oatmeal raisin cookies

oatmeal raisin cookies

pear-raisin-ginger muffins

pear-ginger-raisin muffins

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I was bored on Sunday. Kept expecting thunderstorms, but instead it was just wonderfully cool. Solution to my boredom? Baking! I made a batch of pear-raisin-ginger muffins and a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies, both out of Chris’s “Once Upon a Tart” recipe book. A little orange zest added to the cookies… so yummy. The muffins were a little bland, perhaps a riper pear would have helped. Or some orange zest…. but very good with coffee this morning. There are a whole bunch of good looking recipes in the book that I never noticed before. Usually I flip right to the madelines without perusing the rest. Perhaps its because of the great food pictures on Curious Bird’s site, perhaps its this cool weather that calls for warm cookies and tea, but I’m getting back into the baking spirit. And I can’t wait to have tomatoes and cucumbers from my garden for delicious salads…..
I had a bit of a challenge finding oranges, which always surprises me. The grocery story is sometimes out of the oddest things. Bananas, oranges, red onions. Staples, but somehow missing.
I probably should have gotten some work done on one of my documentaries-in-progress, but it felt nice to take a real break.

I think I am still coming down from the sugar rush that is Easter. Jellybeans, chocolate and dessert, yipes. Though I have to say, I love any holiday that gives me an excuse to make madelines. They have to be one of my favorite cookies. Fairly simple to make, the hardest part is probably getting just the right amount of dough to fill the mold but be fully cooked without getting the bottoms too dark. They’re of course best right out of the oven but are still quite good when cooled with some powdered sugar…. yum… off to have some with my coffee right now….

yesterday there was to be a dinner party. Chris and I decided to bring baked goods (as well as some wine)… two loaves of zucchini bread, a loaf of bear bread, and sweet potato biscuits. The biscuits were an experiment, a new un-tested recipe from Beth Hensperger’s “The Bread Bible”. The turned out delicious. We made tons, two and a half times the recipe, scaled to match how much potato we ended up with. The problem is, the dinner never happened. So now we have a lot of baked goods. A delicious delicious problem.