February 28, 2010

Sunday


Praise be to you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.

~ Psalm 119:12 ~

Photo from our recent hike along the Columbia gorge, absolutely beautiful!

February 25, 2010

I've been on a trip...

And I can't wait to share pictures!

But they're on my friend's camera so I must wait until she burns me a cd, and mails it.

Until then, here are three clues to where I've been:

1) Named for the good Captain George ___

2) Home of 578,000 people

3)

February 15, 2010

Cheese

My friend Kami has just started a food blog, I encourage you all to go visit it here, The Fox Foodie. She is doing some wonderful posts about everything relating to food, including our recent adventure in cheese making.

It started when we heard about a local farm that sold cheese supplies. They had a free demonstration at the library two weeks ago, which we attended. There we learned how to make Fromage Blanc, a soft cheese, and a dessert called Coeur a la Creme which tastes like the filling to a cheesecake.

The following weekend, the two of us decided to use our sample culture and make our own cheese. Here it is hanging from my cabinets, dripping whey. All I did up to this point was heat a gallon of whole milk, add culture, and let sit for 12 hours. What's left inside the bags is the finished Fromage Blanc.

--I am glad that my roommates know me well enough by now to not be phased by cheese hanging from the cupboards for 6 hours dripping an unsightly yellow liquid, and reeking of spoiled milk!
Next we seasoned our cheese in various ways. The batch below has sugar and cherries to make a sweet spread. It can be used like cream cheese on bagels. We also made a batch with garlic and Italian seasoning which was amazing on Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuts. Later I also had it spread on a sandwich with turkey meat--soo good! We also left a little bit plain.
Kami's pink dishes were perfect for photographing cheese in the day before Valentines! We mixed up some of our cheese into a batch of Coeur a la Creme and chilled it in these little heart shaped pans. This one below was flavored with lemon curd and was so amazingly good we didn't have the patience to wait for it to chill. If we had waited longer it would have had a more cheesecake like texture, but as it was, it was very creamy.

With the remaining cheese I made these Fromage Blanc Brownies. They were well appreciated by the college boys downstairs, but I probably wouldn't make them again as the texture turned out strange.

Kami has written an excellent post about our adventures also and I would recommend reading it. All the recipes are there too!

February 10, 2010

Only One...

Pretending I didn't write that last post...here is a new hobby that sounds like fun--Extreme Ironing!
If regular ironing was too boring for you, try taking it up a notch. There's a nationwide community doing it here, Extreme Ironing Bureau.

I think we should try starting an extreme sewing bureau, I like my machine much more than my ironing board. Except, however, it's a little heavier...

February 09, 2010

A Very Bad Book

A friend of mine was complaining about having nothing to do. So I got him this book from the library.

It was a Very Bad Idea.

Yes, Very Bad with capital letters. I quickly returned it so it wasn't sitting on my shelf asking for my attention.




I DON'T NEED ANYMORE HOBBIES!





There isn't enough time in the day for all the hobbies I have started already! HOWEVER, if you feel the need to add one more to your list, check out this book. I'm sure you'll find some ideas...

-just don't mention them to me!

February 07, 2010

A New Look

While I loved the old staircase header, it was very dark so I've decided on a new look. This time it's fresh and cheery!

I've also added an about me page, and some new friends to my links on the sidebar.

February 05, 2010

It's A Holiday...

Today is the 199th anniversary of the English Regency.

Lieutenant Armstrong has written an informative history here,

If you need any Regency sewing inspiration check here or here.

February 04, 2010

Regency Waistcoat

I constructed this waistcoat for a a friend of mine. The same one who ordered these shirts. The green striped silk came from Mill End in Portland, and the lining is a cotton/linen blend from Fabric Depot in Portland. The pattern was the Men's 1812 waistcoat from Rocking Horse Farm. It was relatively easy to put together, although a few of the seams did not align properly. I had to fudge them. There are no buttons in these pictures because my friend is going to do them all by hand for that perfect period look.

February 02, 2010

Pita Bread

I made these in our little apartment kitchen the other night. Somehow, the best baking gets done after 9pm. Hot from the oven + a glass of cold milk = perfect homework pick-me-up!

February 01, 2010

Someday...

A little house like this would be nice.




More stunning images can be found here.