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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2012-11-14 11:21
Subject: Drive-by Update
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Location:Work
Mood:pleasedpleased
Music:Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells
Tags:experimentation, family, knitting, rl
This past weekend we were in Ionia visiting my mom and catching up with family. My nephew was in town with his wife and their baby, and with the exception of my sister (who lives in North Carolina), the entire family got together for dinner. I cannot recall the last time this happened but I'm certain it has been years.

My sister-in-law made a sort of lasagna (a sort because she somehow forgot to add ricotta/cottage cheese to the dish), and we had salad and garlic bread and pickles and a side dish that must have been quite forgettable as I'm pretty sure there was one but I can't think of what it could have been.

Earlier in the day jebra was called on a remark he left on facebook, that "there is nothing a techie won't try in someone else's kitchen" (which was in response to one of his friends posting this video)



I insisted we go shopping and buy ice cream sandwiches, two kinds, one the Great Value (Walmart) brand and the other Klondike so that we could experiment and see which made the better shakes. To my surprise, the Great Value brand was declared the winner. The Klondike version tasted more of vanilla than chocolate, which I suppose is why I myself preferred it. Just in case you want to try this at your house, we used a blender, not a food processor and halved the recipe -- 3.5 ice cream sandwiches, a half cup of milk, both well mushed into the base of the blender and then blended until liquid. Each batch thusly made was split between two people, which seemed to be exactly the right amount as no one complained about not getting enough and no one left their glass undrained. The drinks were also declared to be dangerously good, dangerous because they are so easy to make and so very tasty.

While they were at my mom's, I gave my nephew and his wife the dress I made for their little girl. I started knitting it in April and went through much grief getting it started. I thought I was home free one I finished the skirt portion, but after kitting the top portion of the dress I realized I'd forgotten to switch to smaller needles and ended up frogging the top too. When I finished the dress wasn't made as perfectly as I hoped, but it is wearable and the parents seem to appreciate my efforts.

Also in knitting news, yesterday became an official member of the Black Sheep Knitting Guild. Is that not the perfect name for a guild I'd belong to?

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/704755.html.
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Thistlethorn: Lewis-autumn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-11-14 18:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lewis-autumn
It sounds like a wonderful weekend. Lasagna without ricotta cheese is a calamity, no insult implied to your sister-in-law. ;-) I may try that milkshake. I hope you'll post a picture of the dress! And Black Sheep Knitting Guild is a wonderful name. :-)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-11-15 16:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was a very good weekend. And I'm still puzzling over the dish because other than lasagna noodles and a red sauce, it didn't seem very lasagna-y to me.

As for a photo of the dress, yes, I posted one last night. :-)
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Thistlethorn
User: thistlethorn
Date: 2012-11-15 20:48 (UTC)
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Lasagna noodles + red sauce does not a lasagna make.

Awwww--that dress is so cute, and adorably pink. I love the pattern of stitches in the skirt.
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2012-11-15 06:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lasagna without ricotta cheese? Um...

The milkshake recipe does indeed sound dangerously easy. :-)
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2012-11-15 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sister-in-law was teased mightily for forgetting (but not by me, as I don't cook and am in position to judge). What surprised me though was that she completely forgot cheese was an ingredient -- we were at the store buying ice cream sandwiches when she called and asked us to pick up some Colby-Jack for her. Do lasagnas typically have some sort of yellow cheese in them in addition to the ricotta?
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Jen
User: greenlady2
Date: 2012-11-16 04:51 (UTC)
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"Do lasagnas typically have some sort of yellow cheese in them in addition to the ricotta?"

No, not typically. Typically it's mozzarella cheese, ricotta or cottage cheese, though I use both, and some parmesan cheese on top. People do make up their own recipes, though I can't imagine Colby-Jack, myself. :-)
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