22 June 2006


From Merriam-Webster Online
Pronunciation: pi-'dan-tik
Function: adjective
1 : of, relating to, or being a pedant
2 : narrowly, stodgily, and often ostentatiously learned

A word I came across that I didn't know.
It was used to describe Al Gore.
I love learning new words.

Still cursing the shawl.
I've finished the 1st 20 rows and ready to start the repeat but the stitches won't work.
I'm short a stitch.
Should I add one?
Knit 5 instead of six somewhere in the row?
Give up?

18 June 2006

Stupid Shawl

It's been forever since my last post. Sorry.
The shawl that I had previously mentioned (May 18) is kicking my butt.
I wish I was exaggerating if I said I've started it at least 20 times now. 3 times just tonight!!!
I should just blame the pattern.
Come on, Lion Brand is not know to have brilliant patterns.
I should be smart enough to move on.
But no...My irrational brain says I'm smart enough to figure it out and teach that shawl/pattern a lesson.
I'll keep you posted.

06 June 2006

Italian Meringue Buttercream

One of my favorite things to make.
Sugar, egg whites, butter... a little cooking...a lot of mixing...
And you get a bowl of smooth creamy goodness.
Nothing like the grainy, coat your mouth, too sweet stuff you get at the grocery store.
I could go on and on......

Here's the b-day cake I made w/ it.

Italian Buttercream:
makes 4 cups

1 1/2 cup sugar
5 egg whites
pinch cream of tartar
1# cold butter, cut up
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine sugar w/ about 3 cups of water. Cook to 240 degrees.
While sugar is cooking, whip whites to soft peaks w/ tartar.
With mixer on, slowly stream cooked sugar into whites.
Continue to whip until mixture is cooled.
Add butter slowly. Keep whipping.
It will look soupy until all of the sudden poof...
Everything is incorporated and yummy goodness has been achieved.

05 June 2006

New Car

Ok, it's not a car.
And it's only new to us.
But we're still excited.
I think this officially makes me a suburbanite.