Hey Randi, The last post on entertaining was all about the lead-up. This post is about the lead-up as well, but a slightly different angle. I want to talk about planning a menu. There are piles and piles of functional and unimaginative ideas out there. Spaghetti, caesar salad, and garlic bread was a mainstay of … Continue reading That’s entertainment: Planning the menu
Randi, A long, long time ago, I bought a skein of Lion’s Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton yarn (now discontinued) in a very pretty brownish/mauve-ish color. In certain lights it just looks teddy-bear-brown, but in others it has a very distinct dusky rose hue. Anyway, it looks terrible when crocheted. I tried using it in … Continue reading Impulse hat/Stash-buster beanie
Here is the first post of the first series of “Messes.”
Sometimes I’ll visit someone’s house and they do something really well (they have the perfect lighting in the living room, or there’s a candle burning in the bathroom, for example) — or, more often, I’ll do something not-so-well when someone is visiting me (how many times do I have to remind myself to put a hand towel in the bathroom??). I’ll make a little note in my head about what works, and what doesn’t work when hosting guests. It’s not like I’ll pull this list out every time I have people over, but I want these things to become second nature, so that I’m not following the rules of being a good host … I just am a good host.
Phew. Does that make sense? Continue reading “That’s entertainment: Planning a dinner party”
And it’s lovely! Thick and soft and fluffy. I am satisfied.
It’s actually been finished for a while, but I just go around to snapping a photo of it.
Boooooy, did that attached icord give me trouble. I watched and re-watched this tutorial and this video, certain that they were missing a crucial step in the process. But I finally figured it out, and the rest was a breeze. Continue reading “Sister-in-law afghan: III”
Do you remember mom’s homemade play dough? Always green and mint-scented. Always. For some reason I associate this with St. Patrick’s Day. Ring any bells?
I made the first batch of my own a couple of months ago and it had MM occupied for an entire hour while I actually got things done. It was magic, so I made more (a few different colors, no mint extract) and its facilitated plenty of quiet, creative play when we’ve been stuck in the house. Just this morning MM said she was making play dough”coooookies.” Continue reading “Indoor diversions: Play dough”
You (being the real and honorary auntie of many a lucky child and wise sage of parenting for your new-parent friends) should appreciate this short little series of posts. Continue reading “Indoor diversions: Finger paint”
I know, I know. What is with all these “The Best this” and “The Best that” recipes? But I’m always so excited when I discover a recipe that seems to be The Best and Most Classic and Most Foolproof of all recipes. The Ur-Recipe. The Holy Grail. Continue reading “The best chocolate chip cookies (for now)”