Monday, September 14, 2009

it's that time

So, again, I was going to try to get over here all weekend. But I got a little preoccupied. Not with any mice (haven't spotted anymore, yet) but with an empty house. Did you hear me? An empty house! My husband took the children to an LSU game (were you there beki?) and I had the house to myself. I must say, it was wonderful. It is amazing how much more you can accomplish while alone....for an extended amount of time. There was organizing, closet purging, music listening, sewing, movie watching and of course, knitting.
I spent a lot of time thinking about parts of this sweater. The pattern is written so that the top back half of this sweater is done in the reverse stockinette. As are the sleeves. And when I saw this piece finished, at the show, I liked that. It added a bit of interest and texture. However, this weekend, I decided to rip it back to the rib and do the top half in stockinette. As well as the sleeves.
A friend of mine recently gave me the Foster's Market cookbook. There are some amazing recipes in there. Of course, I flipped straight to the desserts to look for some new cookie recipes. First up were the blondies. The batter makes so much (hello 4 cups of brown sugar) that I ended up dividing it and using half of the dough one week (with heath toffee bits) freezing the other half and using it the following week (last week) with chocolate chips.
The kids liked the heath toffee bits so much better then the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips ended up being more like a chocolate chip cookie.... pie. Which has me thinking. I would really love to make an apple pie.
Have a wonderful day.

44 comments:

Christina said...

Geaux Tigers!

I have been lurking for a while, but did not realize you guys were LSU fans, too.

I graduated from law school there and also met my husband there.

sew nancy said...

yum!
that sweater looks great so far. i love the color.

Allyson said...

FOUR CUPS of brown sugar?! I bet those taste like heaven.

Can't wait to see that sweater finished!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Oh, I am SUCH a fan of cookie pie. I eat it on Wednesdays while watching So You Think You Can Dance. ;)

Your sweater is shaping up! That's a lovely red. I can't wait to see the finished object.

Hilary said...

Fun! When my husband goes out of town for work, I always miss him but kind of love not feeling guilty about knitting, eating sweets, and watching reruns of What Not To Wear all night, every night. :)

Your sweater is going to be so pretty!

pricklypearbloom said...

mmmm, pie. yes, pie.

Christina said...

I've been reading back on your blog and I really enjoy it! The mouse post reminds me of the mole that makes its way in every year (I like to pretend it's the same one).

The blondies look great, and I like the heath bits instead of the chocolate chips, too.

Philigry said...

oh, the blondies look so good! the baking bug has hit me too! must be the fall like air.
glad you enjoyed your time alone!

Jessica said...

Yum, yum, yum! Quiet knitting time is blissful, isn't it?

Renee said...

Mmm, those look delicious.

I love those rare times alone when the rest of the family is off somewhere.

Happy knitting!

mamaacorn said...

That's one of my favorite cookbooks! You should try the restaurant if you ever in the Chapel Hill area, such a treat! Now I must go make some blondies!

Celestial said...

I've been itching to bake an apple pie. Just waiting for time. Oh yeah, and trying to slowly eat through all the goodies we already have hanging around the kitchen first.

amanda said...

4 cups of sugar! My teeth are aching just thinking about it. Joel would love them though

PaperDollyGirl said...

Wow, the blondies look good! Thanks for the recipe link.

Melinda C. said...

I used to work at Foster's Market when I was a graduate student at Duke. I love that cookbook--the cakes are GREAT (and huge, and fat-laden), and the strawberry shortcakes are to die for. I don't roll the dough, though--just free-form the biscuits, and you'll get more crispy buttery parts. Mmmm, yum!
(The scones and muffins are all good too--and the Chicken Tarragon salad, and, and, and...)

beki said...

How wonderful to have the house to yourself! I when that happens around here.

No, I wasn't at the LSU game. You couldn't have paid me to go to a rainy football game, no matter who was playing! We did watch it, though.

All your baking makes me drool!!

Windy Knitty said...

Mmmm.... your sweets always look and sound sooo good:)

CelticCastOn said...

ohhhh yum blondie's are my fav although I can't seem to make them and have them turn out right. *sigh*

stitching under oaks said...

how wonderful to have some time to yourself...alone! In fact I'd have probably spent my free time in just about the same ways that you spent yours! the sweater is coming along great...I like how you know what you like...make it your own! That is so good. I think I need some chocolate chip cookies!

Peaceful Knitter said...

That is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. You have to try the carrot cake; it's the best I've ever made or eaten!

Kristyn Knits said...

how wonderful to have a weekend to spend time on the activities of your choice with the music of your choice keeping you company! you made some great progress on your sweater!

MadMad said...

Don't you love how much you can get done when everyone's away...? I usually get so overwhelmed with the possibilities, I do nothing.

house on hill road said...

a weekend to yourself? lucky lucky girl!

Suzanne said...

Gotta love a friend who is not afraid to frog. I'm notorious for ripping. So glad you had such a lovely weekend.

Charity said...

Oooh, one of my most favourite things is when someone takes all the kids out for a bit, leaving me home alone. Bliss! I'm glad you had that time. :o)

Alison said...

"Of course, I flipped straight to the desserts" hehe, that cookbook looks fabulous! Not that I need any more distractions this time of year...
Happy knitting!

larissa said...

so glad you enjoyed your time alone! my husband was gone this weekend leaving me alone with the kiddos - a whole different kind of wonderful! your sweater is coming along beautifully. so glad you ripped it to make it work for you - i find that every time i don't rip something I end up not wearing the finished product. can't wait to see it on you!

Becky said...

I've been a lurker for some time too! Unfortunately, I'm a 'Dores fan. We were glad to see Vanderbilt hold their ground - sort of! My inlaws are LSU grads. We were thinking of roadtripping to the game, but it did not happen this year.

tiennie said...

Good thing you had the house to yourself - with no little mice companion. ;) I'm missing my me time to knit. Love the progress you are making!

Christina Scovel said...

Baking and knitting - is there anything better?

lucky knitter said...

That sounded like the perfect "quiet weekend to yourself" weekend. A little bit of everything without interuptions. Every once in a while a mother needs one of those. :)

hyeknitter said...

I've been thinking about Apple Pie, too. Hope your sweater knitting goes well!

Denise said...

Ooh apple pie, sounds so autumnal ;-)
Nice that you had some 'me' time this weekend. Your sweater is looking lovely, I love the red. I've finished my Summer's End, I so love a quick knit, it's blocking now and then I'll try to get pics.
Have a great day Leslie

sirine r. said...

gorgeous stuff... and by the way, mice dislike peppermint so its good to spray it around, and cats are also useful as well as great knitting companions...

Seanna Lea said...

A quiet weekend alone sounds like such an amazing treat! You used it well!

APA said...

ah, bliss. for all the love and excitement that is young feet in delight running across the floors morning and night, how good, too, the silence that is but your breath. refreshed, invigorated, centered within yourself, i know you welcomed them all home with open arms.

i would really like heath toffee bits, too. :)

kim said...

I actually get giddy when I have the house all to myself. Of course, it's never entirely mine because the dogs are here. But I know the feeling, and it's fun for awhile. The toffee bits sound awesome.

trek said...

Ribbing = free shaping! :o)

Nantucket Dreams said...

i think weekends like that are very important...it makes you appreciate your regular hectic busy life and also appreciate your family when you get some alone time and a chance to refresh!

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