Thursday, March 06, 2008

40 More Days...

until April 15th and the end of tax season. But who's counting? (Ok, I confess!!) The combination of the winter we are having with having to file tax returns has made for some grumpy people coming into the office this year. And then if they owe.... watch out!! At least we should have some warmer weather by the time April 15th does roll around!!

Not much new to report in the knitting arena. I did want to show you the final version of the Lucy bag that I made for Sheri of The Loopy Ewe. (It was her birthday last week).

I found someone on Etsy who made the cutest sheep pins, so I asked her to make one that looked like Sheri's Loopy. Isn't he cute?

I came home from this past weekend determined to keep plugging away on my photo albums in between knitting; spinning and working etc.. I was inspired to buy a new toy after this past weekend. It is a Cricut and it cuts out letters and shapes from colored paper. It is very cool. I won't even begin to list all the ways I justified buying it. I know it will get used alot!!

As promised , here is the pasta salad that we had this past weekend.. complete with frogs!!
My B.F.F. Cheryl was so kind to share her recipe!!

D’Mico & Sons Pasta Salad

1 lb. Rotini noodles (cook according to box, rinse in cold water and chill)
1-1/2 to 2 cups cooked turkey breast (cut into pieces)
1 cup Craisins
1 medium yellow onion diced
4 diced celery stalks

All of the above can be mixed together and chilled. I add the following dressing about ½ hour before serving and add the toasted almonds last (so they stay crunchy).

1 cup whole toasted almonds (read package for directions on toasting)

¼ cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar (fine white vinegar is probably okay)
2 cups Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cold water
2 Tablespoons Poppy Seed
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper

Whisk dressing to combine. Add to pasta and toss. Add toasted almonds.

You can garnish for holidays as follows:
Leap Year – plastic frogs
Easter – plastic bunnies or eggs
Fourth of July – American Flags
Deer Hunting Opener…..that will remain a mystery…..until then ;)
Just use your imagination…..I assure you that some people might not “get it,” or even appreciate it, but it’s worth a good laugh!!!!!!

Yes, that's right. The frogs were added because she served it on February 29th. Our next scrapbooking weekend is during deer hunting seaon, and we are all just a little worried!

Well, I smell fresh Monster Cookies coming out of the oven so I better check it out.

Until Next Time....


Allison said...

That Lucy Ewe bag is FABULOUS! I'm sure she loved it. What an adorable pin and how perfect is that. Your pasta makes me hungry - must go home for dinner . . .

Jane said...

I love the sheep pin on the fabulous Lucy bag. Maybe once I get over my Ballband Bag obsession, I can start on a Lucy Bag obsession!

You will love the Cricut. I really love mine and I think it was really worth the money.


Marianne said...

What a great bag, the Lucy Ewe bag for Sheri's birthday! The pin is just perfect for Sheri and the bag!

Your Pasta Salad recipe looks wonderful! I hope we can make it soon! My College Guy just got home tonight for his all too short (because he has to go back to work on a big concert, leaving Tuesday) Spring Break, during this very cold & snowy Michigan winter! Maybe we will be able to try it while he is home, since he loves pastas, Thank you for sharing your recipe.

rohanknitter said...

That bag with the Loopy pin is just perfect - too cute!! That cricut looks like a lot of fun - I really need to put together a scrapbook from our Disney trip but I haven't even started. (it's the lure of the yarn....)

The pasta salad sounds yum!

monica said...

Awww I love the loopy lucy. It is perfect.

That pasta salad looks yummy, but I don't know about the powder sugar part.

baby face said...

I love your Lucy Bag. I
hope one day that I will
be able to make one. The
loopy pin was too cute; I had to
buy one myself for someone who
collects sheep. She has a very
interesting website. I love all your work and I know Sherri will
love her bag. It inspires me to do
something different.

Shelley said...

I love your bag, and the sheep pin is so cute!

Jknits said...

The bag came out great - I love it in that color. That recipe is making me hungry.

Terri said...

Your Lucy bag is positively inspired! I think the sheep looks perfect, and all the colors work great. GOOD JOB!

KSee said...

How perfect! What a find in the pin.

SwissKnits! said...


The charcoal heather is just dreamy, I love how well it goes with red!!

Pasta salad looks yummy!

Gotta get working on *my* Lucy bag... so much to knit, so little time...

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

I love my bag! (Monica - "Loopy Lucy Bag" - cute!) And the pasta recipe sounds wonderful - must try that one.

hakucho said...

What a great pin you found for Sheri's "loopy ewe" bag!!