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  • Get ready…get set…GARDEN!

    Seed catalogs – Check
    Favorite Gardening books – Check and Check
    Farmer’s Almanac – Check
    Cute notebook for garden notes – Check
    Post-it flags for marking pages – Check
    Highlighter – Check
    Newly resolved determination that this year I will give the garden my full attention and not peter out half-way through and forget to water things as per usual  – Check

    Well then….I think I am ready.

  • Getting back on the sewing horse


    School started this week and that usually means that I drop everything else I am doing or want to do because my brain can only handle focusing on one thing at a time. However, viagra buy tadalafil last semester was really stressful and it made me realize that I needed to keep these things, buy cialis to help me focus on something else for a while and get my mind off of my classes. The first project is one that I started this summer, trying to appropriate Butterick pattern 5031 to fit the sloper I made last year.  You can see the resulting mess above.

    One of the things I love (but used to hate) about sewing is that you cannot half-ass it, or rush the process, which I am wont to do. This usually results in a waste of fabric and an ill-fitting garment that completely negates the intention of attempting a custom fit in the first place. I am horribly impatient and every time I try to short-cut the process I end up with a piece of crap – a tactile lesson reminding me that I need to do it right.

    I am thinking of perhaps a charcoal grey cotton, something I can throw in the washing machine, and to keep things interesting perhaps adding a black band on the bottom.

    I am finding myself shying away from any sort of patterned print, but I think a trip to the fabric store is in order. But, first things first. I need to make a muslin and made sure it fits first.

    All of these thoughts on sewing are leading me to seriously covet a serger. Oohh…I want one so badly.

  • Black-Pepper Cheesecake

    I saw a segment forever ago on Martha with Marcus Samuelsson where he made a Black-Pepper Cheesecake.   I was instantly intrigued and have been wanting to try it for some time now.

    Lulu seemed to enjoy it, best viagra online but I have to say that I was underwhelmed. The recipe has you blanch and drain the peppercorns three times, levitra dry them in the oven, capsule and them pound them to a “medium-fine” consistency.  I used a mortar and pestle for this, and even though I pounded the hell out of them I think I could have just ground regular old pepper from my pepper mill and would have had better results.   I am glad I tried it, but I don’t think I will add this recipe to my arsenal.