This Christmas was pretty nice. It’s wasn’t as snowy and awesome as last year but it was a weekend filled with sleep and cooking and a couple new things.
Saturday night I made pretzel rolls
and used them for sandwiches with sauteed sausage and onions and they were delicious! The pretzel bread was so easy, I want to make them all the time.
Having started them the night before, I baked no-knead pumpkin rolls on Sunday morning that were so good. The recipe made 17 rolls; so what if I ate two for breakfast yesterday and today and one for dessert? There’s no time like the holidays to be a fat kid :)
For Christmas dinner I made garlic schmeared rosemary chicken, butternut squash risotto with sage and bacon, crispy parmesan asparagus sticks, Martha’s trusty baked macaroni & cheese, and garlic pull apart bread (based on this recipe).
The risotto didn’t really work, I think it just lacked seasoning and I wish the squash had been more finely cut. The asparagus wasn’t very good either. I didn’t get pre-seasoned Panko breadcrumbs, which might have made the difference. But all in all, the deliciousness of the chicken, bread, and pasta made up for it! And I was pretty proud of myself for making three yeast breads in 24 hours!
One of my goals for Christmas day was to learn how to crochet granny shapes (hexagons in this case). I pinned this photo on Pinterest months ago so following the tutorial, I made a couple and I love them!
I’m just using some Bamboo Ewe yarn I got with coupons at JoAnn’s and I thought I would stick with these same four colors the entire time but I might throw in a couple more along the way, keeping the grey outer ring a constant. Three down, only 78 more to go!
Remember the photo I posted of the wrapped books I received and were saving for Christmas morning? Well I eagerly opened them and spent a couple hours just flipping through the pages.
My dad so kindly got me The Break Baker’s Apprentice, Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, and The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt so I can join in on the quilt along next month! I’m so excited about all these things. I was really inspired by a sentiment Amanda talked about when we met at the Sewing Summit. She talked of her desire to live a handmade life and I absolutely want to do the same thing. Any small thing I can quilt to use around the house, making more of my own food, using my hands to knead bread and mend things; that sounds like such a rewarding life.
Oh and of course, how can I forget that I finally joined Instagram! I love seeing everyone’s photos from there but hate that you have to have particular Apple products to use it. I have a Mac but nothing else that would work, until Friday when Marcus brought home an iPad, a year end gift from his boss! I won’t be carrying it around with me so I’ll only be posting things around the house but I still get to “like” and comment on other people’s things. My name is @kaitcetera and you should follow me!
With new toys comes the creation of new things to use with them. I noticed the hunching problem when using it while sitting down so following Betty Crocker Ass’ tutorial, I made a handy iPad rest!
The fabric was one of the only home dec fabrics I have in my stash (Amy Butler Imperial Fans in forest from Nigella), and definitely the least “girly” one. Marcus and I have a bit of an argument about what’s manly :) I bought 5 or so yards of a wood grain fabric I fell in love with a few years ago and used it heavily in his quilt (and lots of other projects) but he insists it’s not actually manly at all. I want to make an iPad case but he said he wanted it to be black and purely functional. What’s the fun in that?
So instead, I finally made a lined drawstring bag from Jeni’s wonderful tutorial! It really was so simple and the fabric combinations are endless so I’m sure there are many more in my future. I used fabric from my stash: an unknown floral print, the aforementioned wood grain, a yellow DS Quilts print, and an off-white twill tape for the pulls.