Sunday: Shawlette and a couple of recipes

Davey and I have been hanging out this weekend.  David had to make a trip to Texas, but he’ll be back this evening.  Today Davey and I worked on putting up the Halloween lights.  Hopefully I can take a good picture in the evening.  We are very excited about Halloween!

I have a Halloween knitting project which is in progress.  I’m looking forward to blogging about it soon!

I’m working on the bind off on my Quaker Ridge Shawlette. This is a Susan B. Anderson pattern, and it’s been really nice to knit.  The slow part is the bind-off.  I’m doing a beaded bind-off.  I’ve never done one before so it was a little tricky at first.  I felt like all thumbs with the little beads.  I’m getting better at it though.  I need to get it finished up (almost 500 stitches to bind off. yikes.).

This is not a great picture.  I’ll take some better ones when it is done.


I also wanted to share a couple of really good recipes that I made lately.

One is Pioneer Woman’s “Simple Perfect Enchiladas“.  These are really good.  I used hamburger, but shredded beef would be good too.  I always use Hatch enchilada sauce too.  If you can get it, I highly recommend it.  It seems like some red enchilada sauce is kind of bitter.  Not hatch.

Another positive was that the enchiladas warmed up really well.  We aren’t crazy about leftovers typically, but these were great leftovers.

I also subscribe to emails.   They had a recipe up yesterday for Spicy Beef Stew. Now this sounded a little weird to me because it called for a jar of marinara sauce and a can of Rotel.  So odd that I just had to try it. However, it all blended in and I couldn’t tell at all that I’d put spaghetti sauce in.  I put it on mashed potatoes.  I confess I made Hungry Jack mashed potatoes.  I had not made instant potatoes probably ever, but I’d read somewhere that they were good.  I always thought instant potatoes tasted weird, but these were really good.  Definitely good to put stew over!  Lots of leftovers on this too.

Ok we need one more extension cord for our lights.  And maybe some frozen yogurt.

The Pioneer Woman and Davey (kinda)

Last Saturday Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) was in Denver for a book signing.  Davey really enjoys watching her cooking show with me so he was excited to go meet her.  Davey and I had picked up a ticket earlier in the week.  This put us in group 1 so we had high hopes of not having to wait for too long.

When we arrived we received a number:  293.  We were in group 1, but then within that group we were 293.

Alas, this is as close as we got to the Pioneer Woman.

We waited for quite awhile to see how quickly the line would move.  We still had hope.

The Pioneer Woman began signing books.  She’s so warm and friendly.  She took pictures with people and she took a moment to chat.  David was doing math to try to calculate how long it would take us to get to her.  I didn’t really want to hear the cold hard facts, but as we watched, I realized that he was right.  Basically, it was going to be  long while.   We had 293, so this was better than what we could have had.  There were people who had numbers 600 +!   She started signing at 4:30, and I don’t know how she left before 10.

David held Davey up for a picture in front and above Ree Drummond.  She’s in the picture, but she’s behind the bookcase so that’s why you don’t see her.

So we handed off our number to someone who had number of 500+, and off we went.  It was fun though.  We’d not been to a book signing before, and this was a really neat huge bookstore with all kinds of stuff.  Davey and David spent quite abit of time with comic books and action figures.

And, we found and got Davey his first camera.  He was very excited.  The photo quality is not great, but it’s sturdy and he’s having a lot of fun taking pics of everything.

St Patrick’s Day and a Cooking Show

Davey loves a party.  So yesterday, he didn’t want to wear green, (“little kids don’t have to wear green”) but he wanted to make cookies and have cupcakes.  We ended up buying some cupcakes because I have not mastered the high altitude cupcake yet, and we made cookies.

Hobby Lobby didn’t have shamrock cookies cutters so we went with kind of a flowery shape.  It worked just fine – as long as Davey was doing the cookie cutting.  I was having difficulty, but Davey had a technique that worked much better than mine (I have limited experience with cookie cutters.  I never make sugar cookies with icing because I have no self control when it comes to that type of cookie).

So Davey was in charge of wielding the cookie cutter.

Lately Davey loves to watch cooking shows.   And now he wants us to pretend that we are hosting a cooking show.  So the other day, he helped me mix up something for dinner.  It involved stirring, and so as we were stirring Davey was saying, “Now isn’t this looking just beautiful.”

When he has to leave for a second, he wants me to keep up the commentary.  “Next we will be putting icing on the cookies and then adding sprinkles.  We’ll be right back!”

I didn’t buy the best jar of sprinkles.  They came out too fast and were difficult to apply evenly.  Davey found this hilarious.

I love this next photo.  David told us to smile nice for the camera.  I guess Davey didn’t feel like it at the moment.  Or it was when David was saying he wanted a cookie, and Davey was informing him that he had to “WAIT FOR THE PARTY! “I find this picture hilarious because it shows Davey when he is being totally tootsville.

Ree Drummond from the Pioneer Woman is going to be here next weekend for a book signing. Davey loves watching her cooking show with me.  He likes to see her kids on there.  I’m hoping we can go.  I think he’d find that really cool.

And finally a cookie close-up shot.  These are just too fun.