Thursday, October 26, 2006


For those who live in the Twin Cities, Mavericks is SO worth the visit. I don't get over there as often as I like, I could go every day and be happy. Anyone who remembers Arby's when they first started will understand what Mavericks is like. Fresh sliced roast beef when you place your order. Fresh fries. All the toppings you would ever need: fresh onions, pickles, horseradish sauce, FRESH horseradish, jalopenos, relish, bbq sauce. They also have open faced sandwiches and shakes.

I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...

The huge irony is there is a Subway right next door. I don't know who in their right mind would choose Subway over Mavericks. Roast beef, onion and horseradish orgasm on a bun.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stocking KAL

Evil...... The minions have been gathered, the yarn is chosen, the patterns distributed. We have over 3 months to complete our assignment. 10 pairs of wool stockings. Our inspiration.

My test pair is nearing the heel flap. I'm using Louet Gems Opal in Natural. It is so soft and nice. I really like how the clocks look. I think the three skeins should be enough for the pair. I will have them done in plenty of time for BH. For the KAL we will be using Jagger yarn from the Main Line in 2/8 weight and natural. We hope to use size 2 needles for the evil project, I am currently using zeros and it isn't that bad.

I finished the grey sock for my dad, need to start # 2. I just started the sleeves for the baby sweater when I was distracted by stockings so I need to get back to that too. The body is done except for steeking and button bands.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Magic of Fire

My friend loaned me her book and I am seriously sorry that the camping/ open fire cooking season is quickly passing because there are a whole slew of recipes that I want to try. Look out cause I will be reading up all winter long and will be ready come summer to try out some string roasting.

The wireless is now installed on my lap top. LOOK OUT!

Monday, October 16, 2006


The weekend was wonderful. Finally a weekend at home with no worries, no appointments, no running about. Lovely. This did mean that I missed my friend becoming the next Princess of Northshield. poo!

Friday night (Friday the 13th) we started everything out right by going to 2 haunted houses. Our favorite was first: Fright Farm! This is run by the Ramesy County Police Dept and proceeds raised benefit DARE. Excellent time and well worth the $6. The other haunted house was on West 7th in Saint Paul and it was their first year in production. They were pretty good! The cost was $6 if you brought in a canned food donation and they had collected quite a stack by the time we got there. I hope that they do well and come back. The sets were really great.

A bunch of the group decided to go to Pine haven, which we went to last year. We decided to bail and go home.

Saturday I slept in late and woke to a call from friends to join them for lunch. We grabbed P from his artistic endeavors at Mosaic on a Stick and went to Mirror for Korean. YUM! I got dropped off at home and started back on the laundry and cleaning projects. Got the upstairs vacumed and the flannel sheets put on the bed for winter. I also dusted and swept everywhere and cleaned up the cat boxes. P surprised me with an early b-day present: my own LAP TOP! YAY! He got it free from work and boy is it sweet. Now I can have my own lap top to use for my classes. Now I just need to get the wireless hooked up. A. loaned me a mouse and I sat and played Diablo 2 Expansion Sunday night. Awesome!

Sunday was more of the same with a major overhaul of the Living Room including de-cluttering the desk from hell! I cleaned it off completely, filed papers, threw stuff in recycling and shredding and set up our Halloween Village. I put out decorations of the season around the living room as well. YAY festive!

This photo was taken last year and I think the village looks far better this year. I want to buy a couple more houses though.... All the items are from LEMAX Spooky Town. I just love setting up the village every year!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

as the snow flys

We have intermittent flurrys today. Nothing is sticking, but the pavement is damp with flakes hitting and melting. It's supposed to jump back up into the 50's this weekend. Tonight T's work is treating the employees to a ride on the Mississippi on a river boat. I suspect that it will be chilly. Good thing the lower deck is enclosed. I believe we will be having dinner as well. Should be a good time. Too bad the colors are past peak, but we may see a Bald Eagle or two. We will be on the Betsy Northrup.

I am making tremendous strides on the Sirdal. I am really happy with how it is turning out. The body is almost done and soon I will be starting on the sleeves. Then the steeking....please send beer and chocolate.

The front.

Detail of the top pattern.

View of the back.

This is supposed to fit 12 months, but it looks a bit big to me. Oh well that means he just gets to wear it longer. He'll be at the perfect age for it in winter of 2007. Hopefully he will be back in MN/WI with his parents. ::fingers crossed::

Here are the socks in progress for Dad. I like the pattern and it is an easy repeat.

Of course the success on the baby sweater has distracted me from the socks. It will be done soon and then I can go back to my more portable project.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Must be the weather

I have been cooking like a mad fiend this week. I think it's a combination of the fact that I don't have to drive anywhere this weekend and that the weather is cooling off quite drastically.

Anyhoo, I made butternut squash soup Monday night. Yum! Found the recipe on Food Fit. Fabulous!!! and perfect for the cool evening. Unfortunately I found out that P does not care for squash soup. Good thing we had leftovers for him.

Last night I picked up my stuff for my CSA (Community Shares Agriculture). Next week is our last week. It's been an adventure and I have learned a lot about how to use up all the veggies each week, or most importantly that we need another couple to go in on this with us next year cause we have a hard time using up all the veggies each week.

Last night I baked 4 loaves of whole grain wheat bread. I have bison and veggie stew in the crock pot so we will have stew when we get home from work. Fresh bread with soup..... YUM!

The recipe for my bread is from my friend Anna in Norway.
Makes 4 loaves
Step One: Mix the following together and allow to sit for 8-10 hours or overnight.
2 pkgs of yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water (98-100 degrees)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoon of flaxseed
1 cup Red River cereal (or 1/2 cup cracked wheat and 1/2 cup cracked rye) (I've also found that the 6 grain cereal from Bobs Red Mill works great as well)

Step Two: mix the following into the mixture from step one
Dissolve 2 pkgs of yeast into 2 1/2 c. water (98-100 degrees)
add 3-4 tablespoon of vegetable oil or soft butter.
2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 c. honey
2 lbs of whole wheat flour (or as much as you need to make a good dough, approx 6 cups)

Mix the dough and knead well. Cover the dough and allow to rise for 40-50 mn or double in size. Punch down and form four loaves (either in large loaf pans, or round/ oblong loaves on a pan). Let the loaves rise for 20-30 minutes.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the bottom of the loaves sound hollow.

Doesn't this look like a wonderful lunch?

its snowing....

Not a lot, but there are deffinately little fluffy white things floating about. i doubt we will have any accumulation. We had a LOT of rain and wind this morning as the front moved through. Good thing it was still relatively warm or we could have woken up to slush and ice for the morning commute.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Day of Arbeau

Very nice weekend, lovely weather and wonderful people.
The site was where Tarrach and Fina's coronation was held (low those many years ago). It's a beautiful site.

Shhhhh...Pyxis exploring nature....

Merouda and I near the ampitheater.

On the way home on Sunday my travel companion and I stopped in Chippewa Falls for ice cream and a drive through Irvine Park. The quick "10 minutes" turned into most of an hour.

We looked at all the animals, fed the ducks and geese, admired all the beautiful fall color and fed the Elk. Just like old times. :::sigh::: The big bull elk came right up to the fence, but he was far more interested in the female elk, then in our dandelion greens. Thought we were going to see nature in action. "Laurels gone wild!!!!"

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fall color

I think we have hit the peak color this week.

Too soon, says I! As much as I love Fall I know that it is a quick skip into winter. Don't get me wrong, I like winter too, but it would be nice if there was less of it.

I'm traveling this weekend again. This time I'm off to Janesville, WI for Day of Arbeau. It should be a fun time complete with a Pirate Party at a fellow sca persons resort Saturday night. Arrrrrrrrrrr!

The boys will be on their own again this weekend.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Home again

What a whirlwind this weekend. First I will start by posting the link to my apprentice's flickr folder with pictures that she took on Saturday and Sunday. I am especially pleased how my new red wool gown turned out, even though I now seem to have 40 chins, ick.

Can I just say how completely impressed I was with the stuff the Barony of Sternfeld did for this demo. WOW!!! There were roughly 35 (maybe more) members of the Barony present wearing period kit, demonstarting periods arts, using period tools and techniques and educating the public. I overheard one patron say the following Sunday morning, "oh good, here is the SCA display, they are my favorite." I kid you not!!!

Best moments of the weekend:
Cooking Welsh cakes over the fire
Chopping wood for the fire and feeling all butch
Showing a teen Boy Scout and Troop Leader how to use flint and steel
Speaking to people about period food
Getting a patron to realize that yes different foods require different levels of heat
Sucessfully roasting a joint of meat on a spit
Meeting everyone in Sternfeld

Saturday threatened to be stormy and Sunday was warm and sunny.
I am exausted from driving 11 hours on Monday, but it was so worth it. I deffinately want to go back next year if I can.