Saturday, February 16, 2008

domestic bliss

i'll cheerfully rail against the comsumeristic infection that is valentine's day, but deep down i'm a pushover for celebrations of any kind, and i love surprises. so this year i made my dude a full day of delicious, homecooked food. we started with pink, heart-shaped baking powder biscuits for breakfast.
baking powder biscuits
  • preheat oven to 400
  • mix together:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • then add:
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk (water or soymilk are fine)
  • mix as lightly as possible. the less you mix the higher they rise. if they turn out flat and thick it's your fault.
  • turn out onto a floured surface and press until it's 1/2 an inch thick, ish. then cut out circles with the top of a wineglass.
  • put circles on cookie sheet
  • bake 12-15 minutes.
  • mmmmm
for dinner we had lobster dipped in garlic butter. also wine. and vodka with pomegranate juice. then we spent the 15th nursing hangovers. but it was a great day.

yesterday i learned to knit. re-learned, actually. my friend showed me how to hold everything and how to cast on (which i've already forgotten) then was about to show me the stitches when my hands remembered what they haven't done in fifteen years, and i found myself knitting. it was awesome. by the time i left i was knitting, purling, adding stitches, taking off stitches, and ribbing. it was thrilling.
i'm going to get better at it then start making socks. the trouble with only buying ethical clothing is that socks are nearly impossible to find, and cost an arm and a leg. i can't afford ethical socks so i'll have to learn to make my own. i'll post pictures when there's something worth taking a picture of.

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