Archive for December, 2013

We got our first snow fall of the year this past Saturday, and it was glorious:




I love snow.  I know, I know.  We don’t get nearly as much as a lot of people, but I’ll take what I can get.  It was also the perfect excuse not to venture outside (I don’t want to risk falling at this point), and to stay in, watch movies, and knit.

This is what I made:


1 Up!

1 Up!


Neat, eh?  It’s from Super Mario Bros, for those of you unfamiliar with it.  I learned to do it using double knitting, and it should function nicely as pot holders.  I’m making a pair like this for a friend, and then another pair for me.  Turned out better than I thought it would =)

For those of you interested in the pattern, it can be found at Ravelry.com.  Just look up 1 Up mushroom.



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So when the Dude and I moved in together a few years ago, neither of us came with any Christmas decorations.  We decided that instead of getting the house all done up in one shot, I would add one decoration every year.

This year, my original thought was to get some more lights and line the windows facing the main street.  As I was wandering through Canadian Tire, I noticed this:

Neon Pig

Neon Pig

Look, I get the reindeer, and the Santa’s, and even Snoopy ice skating, but a neon pig?  How’s that supposed to make me think of Christmas?

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I love this time of year.  Mostly people because it seems to be the only time when most of the people I know are off work at the same time.  Which makes for super busy schedules, but great catch up.

One of the traditions that we participate with our friends every year, is an annual Cookie Bee.  I’ve probably written about it before, but it’s where a bunch of us get together and exchange lots of cookies.  I’ll be the first one to admit that I usually cheat a little at this.  No, I don’t bring store-bought, but I usually bring brownies or bars.  For the life of me, I just can’t get cookies right.  Either they are rock-hard, or a buttery mess.  And this year, the tradition continues.

A couple of weeks ago, the Dude sent me a recipe he wanted us (as in me) to use for the bee.  Someone at his work had brought some in and he was raving about them.  Sure, I said.  I’ll give it a go.  So imagine my surprise when I get an email from him last Friday saying that he wanted to try his hand at them.  Have at it!  I said.  And while I hung around the kitchen to answer questions he had, he did do 99% of it himself, and they turned out pretty well.  I didn’t doubt that he’d be able to do it (he doesn’t cook…like…at all) since as an engineer, he does follow instructions pretty well.

I even brought some into work yesterday, and the resident baker on our team said they were good.

Maybe this means that since I do all the cooking for us whenever we eat in, he’ll be the resident baker?  Haha!  I know, I know, dream on.  But it’s nice that there will be a few things that may become his signature dishes =)

If you’re curious, this is the recipe he used for the Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars.

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