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Nov. Etsy Update II: With Bells On

It’s the second shop update for the month.  In a hope to makes sure holiday items get into the shop with enough time before Christmas. If you wader into the shop the code Gobble will get you 10% off until Friday, December 5th.

Carol of the Bells Stitch Markers – with actual bells

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Tis the Season Earrings and Snow Queen Earrings

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Christmas Stocking Earrings

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And on a much greener side of things  Kryptonite Earrings and Slytherin Earrings

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Blue had its moment too-  Knitters Ear Blue and Cthulhu Blue Earrings

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Everything is up in the shop and my goal is to have, one more update for the year on December 19th.  Until then enjoy!

Making All The Things

I’m currently working on two very different projects. Or to be realistic, I am working on many, many, different projects but right at this moment, I am putting together a menu for Thanksgiving  and the other project? Looking at all the pullover sweaters.

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There are 138 sweaters in my queue. So between deciding if I should have regular potatoes, sweet potatoes or both. I’m going through the list. This also clearly means I need to pick up, frog, and restart Bayside once more.  I lost track of what row I am on, as the notes on the pattern are for 2 rounds of knitting the sweater already and I either missed or did extra increases because the count makes no sense.  I will be printing a clean version of the pattern and going again.

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Let’s not discuss the fact that with the start of fall like every fall I want all new accessories. I should just make Flintshire at least.

Look Pa, a Sock!

Well mostly, or at least something that can’t be thought of as anything else.  It has a heel that was turned and everything, and I am now working on the foot.  So far so good after accidentally making the heel on the wrong side and having to frog it and start over.  Small setback, and more progress.

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Now I just have to pick up the pace. We are 22 days out after all. Though the chances of seeing my father on Christmas Day are slim as he is likely to be working. Similar to Thanksgiving.  My two Thanksgivings happened and now my plot is to how to talk my mother into letting me host and cook next year.  I have hosted a Thanksgiving esq meal for friends that was a hit so I know I can do it and do it well and as my birthday this year shows I have a thing for cooking large meals.  That and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pies.

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As Christmas approaches I have started compiling another list of 31 post prompts.  I like starting the new year that way, and it’s time to start prepping for the posts.

Sale Time

Just a quick note to let everyone know there is a sale in the etsy shop. For Black Friday free shipping on everything to everywhere with the code BLACKFRIDAY until Monday.

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One of the two turkey’s from yesterday. Forgot to grab a pic from the second though I did get the fun looking bottle of wine we had.

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One more thanksgiving to go on Saturday. I am making the rounds this year and have already run out of room for leftovers in my fridge. How did everyone else make out?

Thanksgiving in April

So on Wednesday I mentioned that this weekend I would be hosting a thanksgiving potluck hybrid.  Friday night I started with prep.

I brined the turkey and the Turkey breast using this recipe which included sage, thyme and rosemary which were all in the  herb butter rub recipe that i was using for the turkey. I filled it full of ice and put it in the fridge for the night.

The odd pepper shaker was just to keep the bag in place. I found brining bags but they were for 23lb birds. So when shifted around the brine covered the bird with help. Enter empty pepper tin.

I also wasn’t really stuffing the bird just adding some veggies to both parts. Carrots celery and onions.

So come Saturday Afternoon  I pull out the turkeys and rinse them out and spread the herb butter over them.

Which was very difficult due to the fact the butter was warmer than the turkey at this point and, it hardened instead of spreading. With some very messy uses of my fingers, I made some magic happen. Or tried. Then into the oven with the bird.

The whole turkey went into the oven a couple hours before the breast. Then the turkey came out of the oven.  I had to say it looked like a success. I’d have to taste it to be sure but wow, that was one pretty bird.

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The bird was done at about 5:30 just in time for the first guests to start arriving, those that needed to cook, and or heat things up.  Then the table was set.

Turkey and the many sides. And that little blue cup? Homemade butter!

There is not nearly as much food as one would think left. Just a bit of Turkey back, the breast I divided among the guests in exchange for things like an alcohol soaked chocolate cake.

Sure you can take half the breast. I suppose I just have to be left with all this cake. 😀 There was lots of wine drank, and lots of food eaten.  All in all it was a fun time.  And then on Sunday there was a lot of  geeky crafting, and leftover eating.

A Very Different WIP Weds

Only my second WIP Weds and I have something very different to talk about. This weekend I’m hosting a Thanksgiving in April (it should not be this hard to find a Turkey in NYC- I actually bought it in NJ!), that turned into a bit of a pot luck.

So For the first time I’m going to brine, and roast a turkey. I’ve done chicken and Cornish hens, but I have never made brined anything.  But my goal is to make the turkey, and stuffing (separately) and end up with something like this.

I should be able to do it… And all the friends are bringing sides, and dessert, and other fixings.  I mean really what are the chances I end up with something like this?

There’s always pizza if that is the case and I can ply the masses with wine. They won’t notice then right? Right?  So between prepping for this and work eating me, there has been little knitting, I cast on the Oak grove in some blue Sweet Georgia yarn, and I’ll share that adventure in the next post. Small hands and long fingers can make for an odd effect.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and pray I am posting lovely photos of a meal gone very well on Monday.