Not Martha

I am out of here, I’ll be back next week, have a great New Year!

· comments [0] · 12-28-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

I finally get to put up what I made for my parents for Christmas – the organic cotton man scarf for my dad, and a slightly tweaked vegan fox for my mom. The pattern for the vegan fox came, of course, from the fabulous Knitty.

p.s. I made shrinky dink tags, I had forgotten how much fun that stuff is.

· comments [0] · 12-27-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

The Mad Gab’s website has been redesigned, and the story of how the company came to be updated, it’s so good to hear that a company devoted to being good in all ways is doing well. And I really want to try the Peppermint or Gingerbread seasonal elephant lube. Yum.

· comments [0] · 12-26-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

I bought some of the Method cleaners the other day, and I have to say I really don’t like the way they smell. The cucumber particularily is one I find I cannot stand. Although, this may be because it is the same fake cucumber scent as a melt and pour soap experiment from a while back. I couldn’t get the smell of that horrible frangrance oil out of anything it came near. I don’t have the lavender though, how does that one smell?

· comments [0] · 12-26-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

I love the shape of this sofa/chaise. If only it weren’t so expensive. And if only the similar ones sold by Lazyboy weren’t quite so unappealing.

· comments [0] · 12-26-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Merry Christmas!

· comments [0] · 12-25-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Holiday Sugar Cookies and icing recipe tried and approved for us by Digs Magazine.

· comments [0] · 12-24-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Last night I successfully made an Osgood pie from my family’s recipe! I tried this last year, but I didn’t have an oven thermometer and I didn’t know my oven was heating about 70 degrees hot, which made for a rather burnt pie (and everything else). My family had Osgood pie at the holidays along with pumpkin and apple, and I thought it was a regular holiday food until I was in my teens. According to Scott it may be one of those aquired tastes, but if you want to try the recipe follows.

osgood pie - layers

osgood pie - crispy top

The top is crunchy, as the pie bakes it separates into layers. The recipe is really easy, you just mix it together and pour it in a premade crust and it does the rest.

ozgood pie

Mix together:

4 egg yolks

2 cups sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

1/4 cup butter

3 Tbsp. vinegar

1 cup raisins

1 cup pecans (chopped or broken)

Fold in:

whites of 4 eggs, beaten stiff

Makes 2 pies. — Put in unbaked pie shell (just the bottom)

This recipe’s cooking instructions were originally written for a wood-burning stove (in the Ozarks) and went: “Stoke the stove up for a hot temperature, put the pie in, and let the fire die down to medium.”

Now we just say — preheat oven to 475 degrees, put the pie in and turn the temperature down to 375 degrees immediately. Bake 30-40 minutes until top is an even brown.

· comments [0] · 12-23-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Cool Gift Guide at Grrl

· comments [0] · 12-23-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Anna’s sock dog Pickleberry is adorable! via a.lifeuncommon and loobylu.

· comments [0] · 12-20-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

I agree with Carolyn, this week’s Knitter’s Review – Year In Review is good.

· comments [0] · 12-20-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Today’s Daily Candy is about Wooloop. It’s a bit of wool you tie around your wrist or ankle, and then take a shower and let it felt itself into an accessory.

Oh boy, RedLipstick has something to say about it. (Dec. 20th entry)

· comments [0] · 12-20-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

Gin wrote to tell me Lush is open! She was the third customer! Just in case: it is at 240 Powell Street in San Francisco’s Union Square, just down the street from The Body Shop :)

· comments [0] · 12-18-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

In the plans for holiday food: chex mix, itty bitty gingerbread houses surrounded by huge chocooate trees, and another attempt at not disgracing my family recipe for osgood pie.

· comments [0] · 12-18-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·

I love this decorating for christmas in 1950’s style via going bridal. “An ad for Miller High Life beer shows this Styro-foam Christmas tree form used to hold toothpicked hors d’oeuvres, such as olives, small weiners, and cheese balls rolled in herbs.” I must make one of those.

· comments [0] · 12-18-2002 · categories:uncategorized ·