There's no good excuse for why this is not a knit heavy post. Both of us have made significant progress on our items, especially Ava. But I'm in a slumpy mood. It usually happens when Ava leaves. I mean, how can a girl get excited to drive to Cincinnati after spending 3.5 days with her sister? I've also put a pretty firm "No News" policy in place. Not that I don't care, but I need a break from natural disasters, food shortages, soaring gas prices, & campaign promises. It really is starting to chip away at my "cheery" attitude.
Here are a couple of our favorites from Ava's visit. I'll give you some links, because we firmly believe that you'll add them to your List as well. And if you don't, SHAME on you.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Holy shit this an excellent book! I've seen it floating around the Blog World, but I love my bread machine. I almost felt like I'd be cheating on her if I gave into temptation. Since our library had a copy, I requested it. The first batch didn't work. I was halving the recipe and I added the whole amount of water. I tried to scoop it out, but that was a ridiculous attempt. The next time I made it while the Boys were awake. I was knuckle deep into the sticky dough when SK asked what I was doing. "Just leave me alone for a couple more minutes," I begged. An hour an half later, SK told me it was worth all the mess. Best part was that I had another 3 loaves in the fridge. Ava had some for breakfast and told me that she pays a lot for bread that taste this good. We made an olive loaf for Mother's Day & she wanted to watch the process because she couldn't believe it was that easy. Mix, rest and bake. That easy and beyond delicious. I've only made the basic loaf, but today I'm going to try out the Light Wheat recipe. I'll post results.
Saint Bridget's Porter: I grabbed this for two reason: the chick on the box and the name. We wanted Other Sister with us in spirit. On Monday, we popped the caps & experienced true beer love. Ava took a sip and said, "Mmm, chocolaty." I took a sip and said, "Mmm, coffee." I'm horrible at tasting the hints and undertones of a beer. I'll read the bottles and search for lemons and oranges, but I usually take the brewer's word. This time it was really easy to spot those ingredients. I'll look for this beer again and again.
Honey Roasted Peanut Butter at Whole Foods: This is a true treat! I only get this when Ava comes to town. For as long as I can remember, she's always eaten peanut butter from the jar. I enjoy peanut butter, but not like she does. Enter this fresh peanut butter. Smooth, delicious, heavenly, gotta-be-like-heroin.
Sea-Salt Brownies from Trader Joe's: The angels start to sing when the top is popped on this babies. SK saw these and turned his nose up. We both said, "More for us." And we finished them in record time. Want a good recipe? Vanilla ice cream topped with the honey roasted peanut butter and cram the bowl full of Sea-Salt brownies.
Do some searching and find these goodies. You won't be upset. If you are, email us and we'll take the left-overs off your hands.