Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just Checking In

Ok, time’s going way too quickly. It’s already well into November and I haven’t been paying attention to the blog. Life just seems to be getting in the way of a lot of the things I enjoy. Weekends are the only time I have for the “fun” stuff and they seem to be getting shorter all the time. Thankfully, this is a long weekend.

Knitting has been next to non-existent lately, partly due to a lack of interest (my knitting mojo’s gone) and partly due to my wrist. That’s okay, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break. Other things have been going on.

Things like cooking and sewing. Yup, I do know how to do both. Recently, my mother sent me a small package with a really cute little bag in it. I’m not allowed to keep it as she sent it as a sample but she also included the instructions to make that bag myself.

As the caption says, it’s called a Snap Bag. The thing that makes it “snap” is two pieces of metal measuring tape sewn into casings at the top. It’s very clever and, really, quite simple to make. So simple in fact, that…

I haven’t gotten into quilting; I’ve been avoiding it on purpose. The last thing I need is another time-sucking hobby. Besides, we really don’t need any more quilts or blankets around here. These little bags, though, provide me with the opportunity to do a bit of machine quilting, which I’m finding enjoyable even though I have nothing more than a very basic sewing machine with no fancy stitches (just a couple of stretch stitches).

The unfortunate part of all this is that I now have an excuse to go out and buy fat quarters. Time and money sucker, but I’m having a lot of fun! Plus, these bags will make great little gifts, don’t you think?

You all know how much I enjoy cooking and baking, right? One thing I’ve always maintained is that if you’re going to do something, you should have good tools to work with so you can do the job right. Well, some of my tools are no longer the best tools for the job.

We have two stand mixers. One belonged to John’s mother, an old Sunbeam Mixmaster; it no longer has the power to do the job I want it to and doesn’t have bread hooks. I have a newer Sunbeam Mixmaster, bought about 12 years ago. It works but one of the beaters has had to be welded to repair it and, though it has bread hooks, one of the two beaters keeps falling out. It kind of puts a crimp in my baking adventures.

Well, it did until two weeks ago. That’s when I became the very proud owner of the best piece of kitchen equipment I’ve owned in a very long time.

I can’t wait for weekends just so I can use my new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer! (It’s the Professional 550 Plus.)

Though I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to use it yet, I have made a few things.

I could go on and on about how much I love this mixer but I think you get the picture.

Incidentally, at the same time, I also picked up a waffle iron. I used to have one years and years ago and hated it. Every time I made waffles, it didn’t matter how well I greased it, the waffles would stick. I’d open the iron after the steaming stopped and one half the waffle would be stuck to the top of the iron, the other half would be stuck to the bottom. Now, I’m not talking about 2 of the quarters on the top and 2 of the quarters on the bottom; I’m talking about the waffle splitting completely in half, as if it’s been cut open like a dinner roll.

This iron is great! I’ve already made two big batches of waffles and froze whatever we couldn’t eat. One recipe was just very basic waffles, and the second batch was Belgian waffles, made with yeast. Oh my! That recipe made a huge batch of waffles! We’re talking a grocery bag full of waffles! Now, if I want waffles for breakfast during the week, I just grab one out of the freezer, pop it into the toaster and enjoy. And they’re a lot better than the frozen waffles from the grocery store!

My only dilemma now is that both the fridge freezer and the deep freeze are completely full and I am in the mood to bake.



1 comment:

  1. Yum! Those crackers look delish! I've still got my Sunbeam Mixmaster from 1971 and it still works fine. Did you check the motor's brushes? They're under the big screws on the sides of the head. It also might just be dirty from flour and such. However your new Kitchenaid is lovely!

    I may have a wheat sensitivity so I'm trying to learn how to use substitutes. Not quite the same unfortunately. Sniff.