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Master of Take Out

July 5th

Inspired by Master of None, I borrowed a friend’s Kitchenaid pasta maker attachment the other day with the high hopes of making J ravioli. Several hours later, we ordered takeout.

The process:

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

Homemade pasta -- ravioli flop

 

The sauce was great. My trick is to use ground beef and ground pork, and to cook it all day with diced vegetables and a large handful of basil from the garden.

The pasta was under cooked and gross. The ravioli weren’t pinched tightly enough, so a lot of the filling escaped, and I didn’t roll the dough thin enough. Sadly, I am not the master of homemade pasta.

Yet.

~K

 

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Domestic Art, Heirloom Hacienda, June Cleaver, Kitchen Talk
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Let’s Just Leave It Packed, Shall We?

January 21st

Oh, I’m moving again. Back to Tempe, hi ho, hi ho. As such, I am once again condensing, organizing, packing and coordinating moving stuff. For the fourth time in less than 18 months.

Organizing spices, again...

Nope. I don’t want to talk about it. Yep. I am glad I didn’t buy another address return label rubber stamp for the current joint.

And while I should be going through the boxes of art supplies stuffing the third floor closet, instead I am taking a closer look at things that really don’t make any major difference, like my spice shelves.

Organizing spices, again...

There has to be a better way. Right? Why don’t spice makers make all of their containers stackable? They know most of us store spices in this tiny shelf above the stove. Or perhaps, those of us who are 5’10 and taller do. There has to be a better way than this current nonsense.

Organizing spices, again...

Enter one of my very favorite kitchen items: the Mason jar.

(Okay, technically these are Kerr jars. They were also $8 for 12, making this new system completely practical.)

Organizing spices, again...

Organizing spices, again...

Organizing spices, again...

Organizing spices, again...

Organizing spices, again...

 

Goodbye, old containers. You will not be missed.

 

 

Organizing spices, again...

 

Although I did save a couple of the nicer glass jars, sterilized them and filled them with other items I keep with spices.

Organizing spices, again...

Organizing spices, again...

Ta-da! I know. I know. It still doesn’t look like something from the Container Store, but it did scratch my “must organize something” itch. What you can’t see is within those two boxes are alphabetized spices, with the ones we use most often in the top. And let’s be frank: the more we keep in boxes at this point, the better.

If you too find comfort in cleaning and organizing when life otherwise seems a bit topsy turvy, may I recommend my very favorite OCD blog. Yeah. Those ladies make organization an art.

~K

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Upcycled Garment Bag

December 9th

December crafting

December crafting

December crafting

December crafting

December crafting

I love vintage linens — especially pillow cases. The older cotton pillow cases were made of such a higher quality than the typical ones you’d find today. And, you can usually find a stack of these at any thrift store for less than $1.

Washed, with a small incision and addition of bias tape and voila — a garment bag to cover summer dresses during the winter, and coats during the summer. (Less dust, plus the pillow cases all lined up in the closet look rather pretty.)

~K

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More Turkey Please

December 2nd

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Trond’s family is visiting from Norway for a bit. In turn, we gave them their first American Thanksgiving to remember. Trond and D could sit outside smoking cigars, drinking red wine, and talking about “football” and other European nonsense all day if you’d let them. So I did.

Also: why don’t we eat turkey more often? I had forgotten how much I love turkey. The way it makes the house smell when it is cooking, the leftovers. I am thinking about cooking one for us this week. (The gem photographed was cooked by other friends who attended.)

I hope your Thanksgiving was as happy as ours! And that you had as many lovely European men to charm with your cooking.

~K

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Soup Season

November 12th

Soup season is back!

Soup season is back!

Soup season is back!

Soup season is back!

Soup season is back!

My grandmother has (had) a freezer full of Schwann’s food she will not eat; cuts of meat, frozen vegetables, chocolate pies. This was Leonard’s food, but he isn’t going to enjoy digest these meats from heaven. So, we have been. Little by little at each weekly visit, I bring home another box of frozen food. Our freezer, by comparison, is much smaller.

This weekend was the last haul and it included a 1.5 pound bag of frozen peas. I had a rotisserie chicken in the fridge that wasn’t going to be eaten in time, and a full, glorious day off yesterday to goof off around the house. The result: lots of homemade chicken stock and a huge pot of chicken and pea soup.

Never mind it is still 90 degrees here, and we literally turned on the air conditioning to eat our soup dinner in comfort last night: I officially declare it soup season!

Also, sadly after a brush with a burner, we will need a new immersion blender. Plastic gets melty so fast! Jeez.

Soup season is back!

~K

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Creative Time

October 22nd

Back to sewing

This weekend allowed for time to sew both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I was in heaven. I rummaged through a giant box of fabric I’ve hauled around for several years to find a patchwork project I’d started in New Jersey, when my machine broke. Thankfully, there is a great repair shop in Chandler and my sewing machine is back in order. (By “great” repair shop, I mean they do good work.  Their repair dude knows his way around a sewing machine and I have had machines repaired there a couple times over the years. Otherwise, this is the typical crabby old lady fabric and sewing shop that makes me want to scream. They aren’t kind. They aren’t even polite. The antitheses of, say, Fancy Tiger.)

Stepping off my Yelp soapbox for a moment: the weekend was the perfect time to finish up those patchwork purses:

Back to sewing

Also, I bought some of this vegetable fabric at Ikea a while back. I also, coincidentally, gave their vegetable book to my favorite 4 year old for Christmas. I figured she may need a vegetable pillow case to go with that book, especially one trimmed with “peas:”

Back to sewing

Back to sewing

Love that munchkin. And, of course, the not-so-subtle promotion of public health messages, like, “eat your veggies!”

Sew on, friends,

K

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First Dinner Party

September 15th

First Phoenix Dinner Party

First Phoenix Dinner Party

First Phoenix Dinner Party

First Phoenix Dinner Party

First Phoenix Dinner Party

 Menu: roast chicken with fingerling potatoes and carrots, cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates, salad + flourless chocolate cakes with warm raspberry sauce + vanilla ice cream.

Our first dinner party in this home was a success!

~K

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Kermit Z Frog Hat

September 9th

Stafford Hat

I have never knit lace before, or followed a knitting chart. This pattern provided just the right amount of challenge. We spent a good bit of time this weekend on the couch, listening to the rain fall and watching a BBC miniseries on Netflix.

Stafford Hat

I’ll be making several of these this fall for friends in cooler locales.

Stafford Hat

Love these colors, and the rhythm of knitting. Perhaps I’ll even finish that sweater I started two years ago, or the tri-cabled scarf that I’ve carried in my purse for 8 months? It is a lot more enjoyable to knit in cooler weather — that I know for certain.

For now, more hats. These are too fun and are a great way to use up my current yarn stash.

~K

 

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Prosecco + Pasta

June 16th

Prosecco, melon + prosciutto, turkey + artichoke stuffed shells, summer berry cobbler — a summer dinner shared with friends:

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

Prosecco + pasta

~K

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Skirting the Issue

May 30th

Oh, hello there Mr. Nelson. Are you playing with your favorite toy — the Target Cupcake (of which we have purchased and destroyed dozens?)

Wait? What’s that you say? You aren’t playing with your toy? You are trying to distract anyone from noticing the gobs of junk “hidden” under the bed?

Good boy.

Hide that junk!

Few closets meant I stashed my craft and art supplies under the bed, only to realize they were still in plain view. Thankfully, I found this tutorial, which made sewing a bed skirt for a bed with a frame a snap.

Well, maybe not a snap. But easy enough — even though scooting under the bed with a hot glue gun was probably not the smartest idea.

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Hide that junk!

Voila! A few bucks spent in velcro and canvas and now I can hide my junk with pride. And unlike previous hot glue adventures, I neither burned myself, nor the carpet. Success!

~K

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