Well, I’m not getting any better at this am I?
Let’s see. The weather this winter has been uncooperative to make hiking every week a possibility. It was wicked cold most of January and I opted out. I find no pleasure hiking in the cold, wind & wet. I hope to rejoin my group of hardy hikers very soon.
I started cooking. Yes, this is exciting news. I do not enjoy cooking. Especially if all my hard (or easy for that mater) work goes under appreciated. My dear ELPH is a wonderful man and I love him to the ends of the Earth but we all have our little idiosyncrasies. ELPH is an Engineer by trade. It’s in his genetic makeup. He is always solving problems, looking for ways to make processes more efficient. In the past one of these problems and processes has been my cooking. I’m not a bad cook, just not a very imaginative one. Basic meat & potatoes home style cooking. But deep inside I’m also a very sensitive person so any type of comment, suggestion, or un-asked for advice is viewed in my eyes as criticism. So small comments like ‘what? no gravy?’ (and many others I will not go into because this is starting to become a long rant/rag on my amazing ELPH) really put me off cooking….anything. SO. I bought a new crockpot and started simple; Chili, Lemon Garlic Chicken. I love the crockpot because it it only one dish to clean and I can start it and forget it. Definitely my kind of cooking! After a couple successful crockpot meals I moved on to actual stovetop/oven cooking. Eggplant Rollatini, Italian Meatloaf, Baked Parmesan Chicken (Pinterest has some wonderful recipes). The most amazing thing? ELPH has liked everything I’ve made. Really LIKED it! Like gave my meals ‘a 9 out of 10′. He said “I don’t know what would make it a 10 but I’m reserving 10″ I can live with that! And because he has not offered any ‘help’ or ‘advice’ I find that I can enjoy cooking.
I knitted slippers for my twin nieces for Christmas. The girls went off to their freshman year in college last fall and requested slippers for Dorm wear. I made myself a quick cabled headband. (And now that isn’t grey hair. It’s strands of Glitter thankyouverymuch!) I’d never done cables before and it was way easier than I imagined. Recently I’ve started a baby blanket for a friends daughter who is having twins (so I’ll have to get on this and make the other one before end of March!). It’s a simple pattern and doesn’t take much yarn. It will be a great size for when they are newborn and can graduate to carseat/stroller blanket later.
Oh and my new favorite cocktail! It’s called a Werther’s and it tatses just like the candy. Mmmmm.
I’ll see if I can find more interesting stuff to blog about real soon.