Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My BIG Score at Tuesday Morning!



Do you have a "Tuesday Morning" in your area?
They are a closeout retailer,
specializing in home decor, 
but they carry lots of other items too.
The trick is to visit them regularly,
because their inventory changes
often and fast.
Just because you see something there 
on one visit, 
doesn't mean you'll see it next time you go.



If you are a knitter, you know what kind
of treasures you can find there.


I scored really big this week!!!
I am always on the lookout for
novelty yarns to add to my
I must have hit it just right 
because look what I found!
I bought all they had...
26 balls in seven different colors
of Trendsetter Yarns, JOY.
This color way is "Flower Garden."
Isn't that fitting?
It's a fun yarn with little flags, 
which can add wonderful textural interest 
to a knitting project.


And look at the savings!



I also picked up 3 colors of a bamboo ribbon with some metallic.
These are the kind of sales that make my heart sing!

Be sure to visit buttermilk cottage.com
and see what I do with these!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Update on the Zucchini Cake Bake Off


Update on my family's 

I had thrown out a challenge to my older brother, Bill
to make this cake too, since all the other
siblings in the family had given it a try.
Bill is NOT a cook,
so the challenge was actually
an inside joke to my sister Nancy and 
brother Rick.

Well, he still isn't baking,
but his sweet wife Pat
has come through for him!
You can see her cake above.
According to Pat via a Facebook post,
"Susan, Bill didn't bake it but he sure is eating his share of it!!"

Yea Pat!


Bill and Pat.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

My Family's Zucchini Cake Bake Off

It all started with an excess of zucchini.
Last time I visited my parents and Nancy,
their garden was producing zucchini big time.
Nancy loaded me up with it when I returned home.
Since then I have been baking
and now have 16 loaves in my freezer.
(Don't ask why.)


Nancy, on the other hand found a recipe for a wonderful sounding


It was a hit...


...and was declared "a winner" by my Dad.
You'd have to know him to know
what high praise that is.

At any rate, Nancy's cake was enough to inspire our
brother Rick, who lives in Germany and is
quite the cook to give the cake a try.



His cake was a success too!


Well, that was more than I could stand.
I needed to make this cake too!
(I cannot let my little sister and little brother
get ahead of me in the cooking department...)


YUM!!!
I served it yesterday to my knitting group 
who were meeting here.
I didn't hear any complaints.
(You can find the original recipe here.)

So, I am laying down the gauntlet to my other brother Bill,
SHOW US WHAT YOU'VE GOT!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Growing!


After more hours at my computer 
than I like to admit,
I have a new web site!


This is in addition to my Etsy shop.
Etsy has been very good to me
and I certainly am not leaving it.
But, the general consensus among shop owners is
to not have all your eggs in one basket.


Since hosting for my
domain is due 
to expire this month,
and all I ever used it for was
redirecting traffic to the Etsy shop,
I decided the time had come for
my own stand alone site,
with a shopping cart,
allowing me to sell directly.

This will be a work in process 
for quite some time.
Just now I only have my 
knitting bags, needle cases 
and FUSION Yarn and kits
listed, but I will eventually
have my entire line there.
So come over and check it out!

By the way,
you can also find me at

Friday, June 3, 2016

What's for Dinner?


On Wednesday and Thursday of this week it was
Lemon Butter Salmon
with Creamy Barley and Zucchini Salad.
Yum!  I cooked it myself!


But I had some help.
After several months of thinking about it,
I finally decided to give Blue Apron a try.
I heard about Blue Apron a couple of years ago
when my friend Susan's husband gave her
a gift subscription as a Valentine gift.
Since, they have enjoyed culinary nirvana.
My first box came on Wednesday.


For the plan I chose,
three meals a week, each meal serving two,
the box arrived, via FedEx,
nicely packed in an insulated bag,


 with cold packs.
Since I am a family of one just now,
my box will supply me with six dinners each week,
AND, the bonus of only needing to cook three times a week
for those six meals!


Inside, everything is individually packed and labeled.
The produce included was farm fresh.


Two separate grains and a pasta will each complete a meal.


 Fresh meat and fish were all shrink wrapped and cold.



Each of the three meals also had a little brown bag 
of "Knick Knacks."


This was included for the dish I have already cooked. 
I haven't yet opened the other two little bags.


Finally, were the recipe cards.
One side shows the finished dish
and ingredients.
The other side shows a step-by-step 
instructions.
Each meal takes less than an hour to prepare.
Each meal is less than 800 calories.
And I will say,
I could not eat all the food for 
the salmon dish either night.
It was very filling.

I am very much looking forward to not having that
inner debate every day of
"what can I have for dinner..."
not having to do as much weekly grocery shopping,
and trying some new dishes I might not otherwise try.

What's for dinner tonight?
Chicken Piccata
with Fusilli Pasta & Garlic Chives.
Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Boutique Yarn FUSION


I hate to brag, 
but are these not gorgeous???
I love the process of making this 
boutique, art yarn which I call
It is a combination of a dozen or more
different yarns 
which has been cut and hand tied together.
When knitted it creates a unique 
color way and texture.

I have FUSION available in 
200 yard hanks, in a variety of 
different color ways
for the knitter, crocheter, weaver 
or fiber artist.


Or, you can purchase FUSION kits with
all the yarn needed
and pattern
to knit a slouchy hat or...


...cowl.

It's not too early to start some of 
those holiday gift projects!
Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

You've Come a Long Way Baby!


 This time last week I was attending a big event!



You've come a long way my girl!
(Indulge me...it's one of my favorite pictures.)


My little girl has become a big city gal!
This is the view from my hotel room.
I was in Washington DC for 
Kate's graduation from
George Mason School of Law.


Kate driving us to the ceremony.


Group picture before the graduation.





Proud parents!


Afterward we had an informal meal with special friends and family.


The restaurant was nice enough to specialize Kate's dessert!


Final pictures for the day.


Job well done Kate!
Now onward to that bar exam!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dinner for One


Cooking for one can sometimes be uninspiring.
But not last night!
One of my knitting buddies, Ann,
is somewhat of an urban farmer.
She lives in a spacious neighborhood
which gives her plenty of space for
gardening, bee keeping (her honey is to die for),
and raising four chickens.
On Wednesday she brought a dozen eggs
from her own chickens to our knitting group.
We happily divided them among ourselves.


Last night I had a wonderful cheese omelet for dinner!


Do you make omelets?  
They are so simple and good,
I make them regularly.
Since Ann supplied me with two eggs,
I made a two egg omelet by whisking
two tablespoons of water with the eggs.
I use an eight inch, non stick pan 
for this size omelet.
Melt a small amount of butter in the hot pan.
You can tell the pan is hot enough
if you drop a small amount of water into it.
If the drop bounces and sizzles,
the pan is the right temperature. 



Add the eggs and let them cook.


Tilt the pan and encourage the uncooked egg on top,
to flow to the outside edges for cooking.


Once the eggs are cooked
add any filling you want to one side.
I just happened to have some 
pepper jack cheese
which was perfect.


Flip the other half over the topping...


...and slide the omelet onto your plate. 


Thank you Ann for a most excellent
"dinner for one" last night!
Bon app├ętit!
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