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Clover Rolls

Renee and I had a lovely corned beef & cabbage dinner last night, made by one of her friends here. I figured this would be the opportune time to try out this clover roll recipe. Though they weren’t bad, they sure didn’t turn out as well as the recipe shows them. I un-vegan-ated the rolls by using regular milk and butter..and I didn’t add the flax because we couldn’t figure out how to grind it without a grinder. I mean, I suppose armed with the knowledge that making regular recipes vegan doesn’t mean simply changing a few ingredients, I should’ve known that using this recipe with animal ingredients would be more difficult than that, too?

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socks on a plane

Socks on a Plane!

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I made it to Spring Break! And tomorrow I’m leaving to go visit Renee in St. Louis! I can’t wait. As it’s not going to be in the 80s there (REAL SPRING?!), I’m glad I finished my pretty new scarf!

Falling Leaves

It’s the first lacy thing I’ve really made, and I think it turned out pretty well. It’s SO soft, and the colors are just beautiful, even if it is slightly shorter than anticipated. The pattern can be found here. Good thing I bought some straight pins for blocking!

Scarf for Me
Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I also decided to make some cookies last night, a fun way to welcome the break (and of course celebrate everyone’s having made it through). I used the recipe on the back of the Quaker oats lid. They turned out great, as usual. There is a reason they’re called “Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.”

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breaking down

During the past few days I’ve broken down. I broke down and bought my first EZ book, Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. I’m waiting quite anxiously for it to arrive in the mail. I’ve also broken down and bought my first issue of CRAFT. Honestly? I was enticed by that chicken/egg pattern. There’s a ton of other cool stuff in there, though, including how to make your very own chair out of..cardboard? Must try.

I have also broken down. Literally. Recent stress/excitement/life has resulted in me getting sick, just in time for the week before Spring Break! ..during which I will have even more stress/excitement/life, if you can imagine. Yay. Let’s hope Emergen-C is as helpful as I’d like to think it is.

Sourdough Started

I’ve also begun a new cooking project, sourdough bread. Here’s my “starter,” complete with yeast breaking down. Breaking down sugars, that is! (harhar) Apparently, the natural “wild” yeast just start growing out of flour and water. Who knew? If I am not ruining the process horribly in some way, I should be able to make some bread this weekend. This project seems terribly appropriate, considering I create ethanol from yeast fermentation at work, no?

In addition to all of this madness, I accepted an internship for the summer yesterday! I am going to be spending my summer in Perrysburg, OH, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. I’ve already found a yarn store. Surprised? I didn’t think so.

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