Let’s try Potpourri for $600, Alex

If you are reading this, you made it through the holidays!  Give yourself a pat on the back.  Now go back to work. 


In the interest of starting 2009 out on the right foot, I must confess that I cheated on some of my New Year’s Resolutions.  Most of those items were already In The Works, so it really didn’t take any fresh resolve at all.  I’m pretty much relying on inertia to help me follow through.  I am not one to dismiss resolve just because it came a couple days early, so here are my checked off New Year’s Resolutions:


#1. Knit a Blanket.  Done, 1/4/2009


I finished the Carseat Blanket from Ravelry and wove in the ends just last night.  My sister gave me some Vanna’s Choice yarn for Christmas, so I will basically be returning it to her in the form of something Useful and Cute.  Lucky her!


#4.  Make Macarons. Finito, 12/30/2008


The only confection on earth more complicated than Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Soufflé is Martha Stewart’s Honey Hazelnut Macarons.  But we persevered and the final result was a bizarre cookie, indeed.  Super light, and a bit too sweet, I think, but the texture and taste were what made this so weird.  They were fluffy, melty, nutty, buttery and creamy all at once.  Alien cookies if you ask me.  Those little delights behind the cookies are pastries with carmelized onions, gorgonzola, parmesan and tomatoes from Ina’s Back to Basics cookbook (thanks Mom H!).


#5.  Move out of ritzy apartment and into cozy old house. Must happen in May whether I am resolved or not.


David and I have spent a lot of time discussing the fact that in our grown up lives, we have never lived in any one location for more than 18 months or so (usually closer to 12).  We haven’t decided on whether or not this shows some sort of weakness or fault on our part, but we just can’t help ourselves.  Before you assume that I am crazy, you must understand that it’s not the moving that we love, but the change.  We are change addicts, it seems.  I love to see what my furniture looks like in a new place.  So sue me.  Anyway, our lease on our super-modern-and-luxurious loft will be up in May and we will be free to move into a drafty old four-plex or a tiny bungalow with no closets.  Now you really think I’m crazy.  Unfortunately, our current situation lacks two very important amenities: Quiet and respectful neighbors and a yard for Mr. Maxwell to poop on.  So we can’t stay, and I really do miss living in an old house. (I will miss you straight walls and granite counters!)


Ah, now that I have that off my chest, I can tell you the newest project: Canning (which should really be called Jarring, but whatever).  David made an enormous pot of my grandmother’s spaghetti sauce and canned it last night.  This is our first foray into the world of preservation and we found it to be a stressful, but rewarding process.  Especially that part where you put your perfectly intact jars of sauce into a boiling pot of water and listen as they knock around like they’re about to either launch into the air or explode.  Yeah, that was really great.  I had to talk David down a few times, as he was ready to take them out and just freeze it all, but we made it through and the tops popped, just like they should have.  It’s really neat to see that particular sauce all jarred up.  Very special to me.


So, the first project of the year was a roaring success, and we’ve got so many more in the queue!  For example: what’s going on with this little ball of loveliness? 


Wouldn’t you like to know!


2 Responses to “Let’s try Potpourri for $600, Alex”

  1. 1 Jillian January 9, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I love the blanket and think Ellie will look adorable all wrapped up with it in her car seat.

  2. 2 Ellie January 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    I just LOVE the blanket Aunt Jillian, and I can’t wait to try it on. I’ll try really hard not to yarf on it, although sometimes I just can’t help myself. Vanna’s choice is indeed a good choice 🙂

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