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Archive for November, 2011

Yes, it’s food again

Holiday Cranberry Slush

Well, it seems appropriate this time of year, don’t you think?  This is something I make every year.  It’s also the thing I completely forgot about making until Mom mentioned it last weekend, requiring the fourth trip to our Megamart (you know the one) in two weeks.  Sigh.  Anyway, the original recipe was in a rural electric news magazine years ago.  I gave it a try, and it became an instant Thanksgiving classic.  The tartness really helps cut through all the richness of the food.  Of course, we lost the recipe, but I’ve been making it from memory ever since.  My mom did find the original one a couple of years ago, and I think I tried following it, but liked my off-the-cuff take on it better.

Holiday Cranberry Slush

1 can jellied cranberry sauce

1 can frozen apple juice concentrate (not mixed up, just as is)

Cinnamon – I don’t know how much, I just shake a bunch in – let’s say somewhere around 1 t. depending on your personal love of cinnamon

1 t. lemon juice

Your favorite lemon-lime beverage

Mix first four ingredients together (hand-mixer, blender, food-processor – whatever you like) and freeze.  Stirring periodically during the freezing process helps a lot.  When ready to serve, scoop two large spoonfuls (probably about 1/4 – 1/3 c.) into a tall glass and fill with your favorite lemon-lime soda. Stir or enjoy as is.

On a knitting note, I’ve spent today partially updating my yarn stash on Ravelry.  Eee.  Houston, I might have a problem.

I give you – cookies!

Sugary Goodness

Well, not so much ‘give’ as ‘make you stare at them until you can’t take it anymore and bake some yourself’.  And if you would like to make some, the recipe is here.  Visiting her blog is a dangerous thing.  I’ve made this and this (really, really outstanding) as well.  And there are plenty more tempting things there.  Like the PB&J muffins right below the sugar cookie recipe.

November, eh?

Hmmm, where did October go?

Oh well, before it left, there were more socks.

Goblin Eyes socks

The pattern is Stansfield 304 from one of the Sensational Socks books (lazy, not going to Rav to look it up) in Biffle Sock Yarn “Goblin Eyes” by Spunky Eclectic. Would you like to know where Spunky is located? Huh, huh, would ya?


I’ve gone just a bit ’round the bend about the state.  I lurve it and all yarny goodness from there.

What else?  Well, this weekend I did quite a number on my ankle.  Just standing in the driveway.  That’s right, standing perfectly still, I somehow managed to get off-kilter and had my ankle fold on me.  All the way over, 90-degree fold.  Owwie-owwie-ow-ow-ow.  It was the worst pain I’ve put myself in by spraining an ankle.  I thought I was going to pass out, so I sat down.  Then I thought I was still going to pass out or maybe throw up, so I decided to lay down.  After a few minutes to compose myself, Ramblin helped me to the house, got me to the recliner, then swapped out frozen bags of broccoli for the rest of the evening.

There’s been some knitting other than socks, but I will have to get pictures of it.  There were a couple of projects that will be going elsewhere, so now I’m back to my own knitting.  November will be UFO month.  My goal is to either finish, get progress, or rip out my current on-going projects.  If I love it and there’s not much left to do, it will be finished.  If I love it and have a lot to do, I will at least start working on it again.  If I don’t love it, why on earth am I knitting it, and it will be repurposed to a better project.

Heh, speaking of on-going projects, there’s another project that has lingered for far too long, and it’s time to end it.  Long-time readers of the blog know what I’m talking about.  Instead of NaNoWriMo, it’s going to be NaNoWriLikaMoFo. (sorry for delicate ears that were offended)  Really, I’ve let myself become far too intimidated by this.  I’m just throwing words on paper and hope it makes sense.  I plan to go back and make sure it does, but the paralysis I’ve suffered because I don’t think I can do it has got to end.  I’ve read that procrastination is a symptom of perfectionism – not that I do things perfectly, but I that I want to and know that it won’t be, so I avoid being imperfect (read: in my head – awful) by doing nothing.  It’s not easy being this weird.

So dear readers – what do you hope to still accomplish before 2011 scoots out of here?