January 30, 2014

Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Bacon

Cudjoe and I recently went to The Newell House in nearby Carbondale for supper. I had the chicken piccata, but the star of the show was pan seared Brussels sprouts with garlic and pancetta.
I started with Brussels sprouts. I cut the stems off and cut them in half. I heated olive oil in a skillet and added minced garlic. I added in the Brussels and seared them. You want them to be slightly crunchy. Be careful not to over cook them, or they'll be mushy. I cooked a couple slices of bacon in the microwave and added it to the sprouts. And of course, salt and pepper to taste.
That's all there is to it! Serve to family and friends!



January 16, 2014

A Knitted Blanket

I recently finished this blanket and gave it to my mother for her birthday. She loved it. And to think I was hesitant to give it to her as I often am when giving my hand knitted things as gifts. I had lunch with her yesterday, and she told me how lovely she thought it was and how well she liked it in her room. I am pleased she's pleased.
I found this pattern on Mason-Dixon Knitting. I used Lion Brand Amazing Yarn for the crosses and an off-white wool yarn I bought at the Hobby Lobby, and I honestly don't remember the name of it. Mine is a bit different from the original pattern, but to me, knitting patterns are like recipes, they are a guide.
I crocheted the squares together and crocheted the edging around the blanket. I liked it so much, I was tempted to keep it. The squares were super fun to do. It took awhile for me to complete it. I started it in February 2013 and delivered freshly finished on January 3, 2014. In my defense, I set it aside and finished the picnic blanket and airplane blanket, both which were crocheted, which seems to go faster for me.
Happy Knitting!