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December 2010

Cleaned Out

Went to our yearly great Mistry Christmas Party. Miss Independent wanted nothing to do with her parents, she stood 3 feet away, staring at that "guy" in the red suit. "He" was handing out presents too.

Ella_mistrys_2010

The rule is you have to come with an ornament. (Well, they will let you in without one too, probably even drag you in anyway, that's how nice they are!) It was last minute as always. Good thing we have a crapload of felt.

Green_bird_pieces

Thanks to Abigail for giving inspiration with her little birds from Falalala Felt.

Red_bird_green_pieces

Shamefully copied them on the fly. Added some sequins to the "tail feathers"; because everything is just cuter with sequins.

Red_bird

May have to buy that book too. And not only for my conscience.

Both_birds

Our holiday was great. And so was the ham.

Ham_2010

Third year in a row Buoy is making our Bourbon & Brown Sugar Glazed Christmas ham.

What is it about traditions that make you feel so good? I want to eat this every year for the rest of my life.

Ella_table_cooking

It's still nice to have chucked out the Christmas tree yesterday. Very nice. Not sure the cats agree. Someone's Little Helper needed room for her new table to cook. This is serious business.

 


No TV Day

Why is it impossible to take pictures of children wearing goods you want to take pictures of?

Ella_hand_hat

She says "here, Mommy, YOU wear the stupid hat and see how you like it."

Owl_stocking_ornament

It's amazing how much I get done without TV distractions. Come the New Year all I am going to want to do is just sit and relax though. So we'll see how long this lasts. Right now we're doing two days a week, two evenings really. (Not interfering with any Football, Good Lord, no.)

Owl_stocking_ornament_finished

I wasn't going for authenticity here, it's a Christmas ornament after all, and a Crate and Barrel knock-off.

Crate_and_barrel_owls_ornaments

I wasn't going to pay $23.95 for a three pack. Ridiculous.

 

Jacob_ella_pants

He loves when I take pictures. He really does. Making some fleecy pants for Miss EB! We didn't even have to call 911.

Rustic_odessa

Look, we made something nice with the crazy hat lady yarn! The Odessa, without beads. So easy, and so pretty, and it's actually pretty uni-sex. Well, besides the color. Elliott also loves his Quilt Throne. I don't have the heart to take it away from him. Our Christmas-stuff-making list is done. Can you spell that? D-O-N-E! Never really believed it would happen on time.

Finska_pinnar

So we made some Bobaknit Cookie Swap cookies for tonight, "Finska Pinnar" (Finnish Sticks). Shock full of butter goodness.

There's another batch waiting in the fridge to be made. Mmhmm.

 


Dear Santa,

Patience. It's what I want for Christmas. No, not the GnR song. The real thing.

To realize that doing the dishes 4 times a day is just something you have to do.

Doing laundry takes time.

That even when my mind has 10 gazillion projects in it, it is ok to finish one or two, and consider it a success.

It's not possible to knit for everyone all the time. Or sew.

Ordering pizza is not a cooking failure; besides, Miss EB loves it.

Phew. Let's bake.

Lussebullar_ingredients

Really, the vodka is there for a reason. It was Lucia Day here yesterday (always on December 13th), and you have to eat Lucia buns. It's almost the law.

Saffron

So we got some fancy saffron at Penzeys. Look how pretty it is!

Vodka_saffron

Here's where the vodka comes in. Steep the saffron for about 10 minutes. Brings out this amazing color.

Lusse_deg

Look how pretty the dough is! Even though it's yeast less. Yes, I forgot the yeast.

Lussebullar_obakta

After almost non-rising (the dough was too cool by the time I rememberd to swish the yeast in. Real quick like.) But the dough was pliant and nice and shiney and rolled out well.

 

Lussebullar

And they rose in the oven. PHEW. Not as pretty as they could be, but ok.

Kokbok

Recipe from my old and trusted cookbook. Similar to this one. We added the egg to the dough (it makes it pretty & shiny, also the reason I give my dog raw eggs once in a while. His coat is so pretty & shiny!) Brushed the saffron buns with a little water and melted butter after they came out of the oven, instead of brushing them with an egg before going in (like I used to do.) Those modifications, plus the vodka are all tips from my Grandma. (She's made a few of these in her life time so I trust her implicitly.) You can make them into all kinds of shapes. Church doors, birds, horses, priest hair (just look at the picture), or our usual "kitties".

Pepparkakor_obakta

Then we tackled the ginger bread cookies. You can never have to many cookie cutters. Never. The piglet is my favorite.

Pepparkakor

I find it interesting that the Swedish kitchen contains so many exotic & interesting spices. Cardamom year around; saffron, cloves, ginger, nutmeg during the holidays. I suppose the Swedes got around back in the day.

Ella_bakar

Mamma's little helper. Of course with her own rolling pin. Wearing Daddy's mapron. And her favorite kitty shirt.

Linda_bakar

I'd like to think we look a little alike.

 

 


Hello, it's Wednesday!

Ellas_kitty

Spitting image, if I may say so.

Wen

Watcha think?

Miss EB loves kitties & it's a tribute to the badassest & cutest little kitty who ever lived. Wen, I know you are still keeping the Orange Boys in line, we all miss you.

Stocking_ornaments_2

Daddy made his own ornament. It's a shocker, I know. This year you don't have to be embarrassed to be a Chiefs fan. At least not yet.

Moose_pants

"Sew Easy Pajama Pants" by Taylor Made Designs. And they really were. Even with the fake fly & pocket.

Moose_pants_chair

Who knew Moose went "vov-vov-vov"? Just ask Ella, she'll tell you.

Shelter

Fondled at Bobaknit last night. It's not mine, dammit.

 

 


Pepparkakor!

Directly translated that would be "pepper cookies". I think it's because they do have some spice to them.

Ingredienser

I was told yesterday that my cookbook looks a little worn. It's travelled the seas! Ok, maybe just a one way trip, but still.

Sirap_kryddor_smor

This is a low calorie recipe. Uh huh. (If you need help with measurements & translation let me know! This is the identical recipe from my cookbook.)

Mixing_dough

It smells SO good! Cinnamon, cloves, ginger & Christmas music on the iPod! Perfection.

Pepparkaksdeg

Now to let it sit for 12 hours. At least. Last year I sort of forgot it in the fridge for about a week. I think they were the tastiest ones I had made to date. We'll see if I can keep my paws off of it for that long. And, this recipe makes 150 cookies. Any takers for some of the dough? I can't possibly eat 150 cookies. Wait.

Gnomey_wifey
Check it out, our gnomey guy got himself a wifey! With BOOBS! I think she keeps him in line. She's got that look about her. Maybe it's the boobs. They look kind of intimidating.

Gnome_ella_socks

Miss EB's XMas socks are DONE! (And I thought there would be Christmas Eve panic. Hah.)

Socks_elliott_foots

Look who also had to be in the picture. He's so needy.

Alien_peacock

And because I had some left over STR Green Jeans for Jen to finish her Monsieur Frog, look what she gave us! I think his new home is the Christmas tree.

Ella_vov_vov

Ending with some Miss EB cuteness. She's reading and going "vov-vov-vov" (which would be woof-woof-woof in english). It's the cutest thing. Maybe now I should deal with the spagetti squeezing party next to me. Great fun.


Some things are best left unknitted...

Crazy_hat

The pattern is absolutely lovely. The yarn is also very lovely. The combination is atrocious. Seriously. One of the Bobaknitters suggested I give it to the homeless old lady on University in Palo Alto. It might have actually worked, IF I also had had enough yarn to actually FINISH the hat. Or maybe that is a blessing in disguise. Nobody should really be seen in this hat.

Crazy_hat_lady

Except the Loser who kept knitting & knitting on a hat that looked crazier & crazier. At least it matched my hair! Or maybe that is also not a good thing. Be glad the flash is covering up some of the hat. It looks almost diseased. Very contagiously so.

Ella_dress

We'll counteract with uber-cuteness. The dress/jumper is from Simplicity 5317, yes, the same pattern we used for the Princess Leia outfit. It comes with a crapload of useful patterns. The kitty was added on a whim, Googled kitties & silhouettes (thank  you Kristi!) and just winged the design on some tracing paper, cut out a fabric piece, ironed it onto the dress using Steam-a-Seam double sided interfacing (trick also by Kristi. It worked GREAT!)

Ella_dress_kitty
Then zig-zagged around the outline, and embroidered the whiskers and tail, added home made buttons in fabric to match the kitty. ("Home-made" used loosely, they are seriously as easy to make as just buying a button.)

S_dress_fat_cat

And because we couldn't stop ourselves, another one was made. It still needs buttons.