Monday, April 15, 2013

Good For Me!

I shouldn't be as proud of these socks as I am, but I am. I had quite a bit of trouble getting started with them, and I'm almost surprised that I've finished them. I really like Spilly Jane's patterns, but this pattern is one of my favorites. I left off her skulls this time, but next time I'll add them back because they are kind of a neat addition to the pattern.

It's a pretty safe bet that I won't be wearing these socks anytime soon, considering that it was 72 degrees today, but I'll keep them lying around the living room for a while just to enjoy them.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Chipotle Carrot Hummus

I was considering entering a recipe contest tomorrow. The Haggin Oaks Farmers Market in Bakersfield is having a "carrot cook-off," and since I eat hummus almost everyday and love variations of it,  I thought of entering chipotle carrot hummus. I cheated and found a recipe for smokey carrot hummus from The Year in Food, which I altered a little, omitting the sesame seeds and adding cilantro and adding my favorite seasoning, Spicely Chili Ancho. The "smokey" flavor is supposed to come from roasting the carrots beforehand, but I don't think I let them roast quite long enough. The end result was really good though. You can just see it peaking out from under the avocado slices. I've decided not to enter it after all though since I'd rather sleep in. It still provided us with a nice dinner tonight. The scrambled eggs are made from a goose egg I bought at the farmer's market last weekend, and I bought the asparagus today. Yum!

Chipotle Carrot Hummus

four carrot, cut into chunks
two cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup cooked garbonzo beans
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. smokey Spanish paprika
1 tsp Chili Ancho
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp olive oil

Chop carrots and garlic in 2 tsp olive oil and roast for 20 minutes. Dump carrots  and garlic in food processor and whirl a couple of times. Then add the rest of your ingredients. You might need a little more olive oil to get the right consistency.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Fighting Second Sock Syndrome

I've been fighting "SSS," and I think I may just win. The weather has been in the 70s this week and is supposed to be about the same next week, so I really doubt I'll be wearing these socks any time soon, but I'm happy to be near the completion of a project after so many false starts this winter. I even started a little bunny too. Of course, I had envisioned sending him to one of the new babies in our extended family in time for Easter, but that was just plain silly. Bunnies don't have to be seasonal anyway.

Of course, I've been shirking my grading obligations in my pursuit of knitting success. I often say that I "never take my laundry to school," making the point that work constantly overlaps on my personal life, but my personal life rarely overlaps onto my work life. Still, those papers won't grade themselves. I guess I'd better let the completion of my sock wait another night!