Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Buttons in my hair

Brrr...it is cold this week! And Chez Arrow is without a working furnace, so its occupants are shivering and bundled up in sweaters and blankets. Despite icy cold hands, I have been crafting a bit...I used some fabric scraps to make covered-button hair ties. Some of those buttons are so hard to snap closed, very frustrating! Luckily Dan helped with the especially tough ones.

Hair ties
Stocking stuffers

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Pie on the brain

Yesterday one of my students was toting her birthday cupcakes in one of these...



I had never seen such a carrier before...it stacks! Far superior to the round cake carrier I have (cupcakes can jostle) or using the disposable trays from Safeway (flimsy, difficult to wash, yet wasteful to throw away).

Anyway, I've been thinking about pie more than cupcakes lately. Last night I started on pie crust for butter pecan pie, which I plan to make with a mixture of maple syrup and honey instead of corn syrup. Also on the to-do list are pumpkin-orange marscapone pie, roasted Brussels sprouts, and Dan is making sweet potato biscuits.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Pumpkins 'n peanuts

The monthly sit 'n knit at Chez Arrow has been on hiatus, and will be for awhile...this weekend Maia kindly hosted a gathering at her new abode across the bay...the perfect occasion for pumpkin cupcakes!

Frosting cupcakes
A rare action shot, taken by Dan

The kitchen is a mess, stuff piled on all surfaces and boxes overflowing along every wall...but then so is the dining room, aka my makeshift sewing area.

Pumpkin cupcakes -- closeup
Are those pinking shears I spy?

There were not enough pumpkins in the autumn mix, so some of the cupcakes were topped with candy corn-and-gumdrop turkeys.

Turkey and pumpkin cupcakes
Festive fall fun

One of the knitters attending cannot eat wheat or gluten, so I made flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The recipe is super easy to make, and omits not only flour but also the butter. No butter! But surprisingly tasty, really! I took some cookies to Joanne's dinner party and most were eaten.

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Using fresh peanut butter made by Dan

It was so nice to be in the company of knitters again. Maia made mulled cider, and the whole place smelled of autumn spice, so cozy. I knit a few more rows and finished the increases on Green Gable, but there is no visible difference on the sweater. I hadn't knit in a few months, trying to rest my hands and wrists. I am doing my exercises and trying to be patient with my body. But it really was nice to knit with others, and I hope to do it soon again!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Hallows Eve

Our new neighborhood is the place to be on Halloween! Dan and I had heard from a few neighbors that it is a popular street for trick-or-treaters, and many pumpkins and decorations showed up as the end of October creeped closer...but wow, what a night!

We sat on the front porch with Arrow-as-Snoopy, and handed out six bags of candy (Twix, M&Ms, Kit Kat, Snickers, Reese's and Heath bars) in less than an hour. Our neighbors two doors down transformed their garage into a big Halloween party, and another house on the block was decorated as an elaborate pirate ship. There were so many children and adults and pets in costume...we even saw a little pug mix dressed up as a spider...tee hee hee! I was super-excited because all my past Halloweens in San Francisco have been sadly lacking in trick-or-treating....the evening was so festive and fun, I am looking forward to next year! (We'll also be prepared, with more candy.)

And, my Halloween candy swap arrived on the actual day! Heide sent a wonderful package filled with orange and black goodies...

Halloween candyswap
Mmm...spooky...

Spooky spider chocolates, skeleton chocolate lollipop, chocolate-covered pretzels, cranberries and almonds, and a huge bag of gummy bears! Thank you so much, Heide!