Wednesday, February 25, 2009
1. Leave a comment on this post by March 9th stating how lovely my blog is and what your favorite entry has been so far. Also include your blog address.
2. Link your blog to my blog (I will also add you to my blog roll as well).
3. Feel free to add any suggestions of what you would like to see more of.
Once I have picked the lucky winner, I will email them to get a mailing address to send the apron to. Good luck to all (which I would say is pretty good since I think I have a total readership of about 8).
35 ounces chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 pound assorted wild mushrooms (such as oyster, crimini and stemmed shiitake), sliced
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup dry Sherry
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Bring broth to simmer in medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low; cover and keep broth hot.
Melt 3 tablespoons butter with olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped shallots; sauté 1 minute. Add wild mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender and juices are released, about 8 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Add Sherry and simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 3/4 cup hot broth and simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining hot broth 3/4 cup at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh thyme.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I've been trying to use up leftover fabric lately, which has lead to making lots of aprons. I bought a lot of adorable fabric last year, and I finally felt like it was time to use it (or use the last bit of it). The aprons all have pleats and pockets. I thought I would show some of the cutest aprons I've ever seen.
This photo doesn't do justice to how adorable the brown fabric is.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Emily is also going to take some vintage patterns from her house so that we can start learning how to make kids clothing, which I think sounds like a fantastic idea. It will be a great way to perfect sewing in zippers, doing hems, and making clothes, plus we can make adorable dresses and send them to our sisters or friends!
And when I say craft night, this isn't a guise for getting together with friends to talk. We will be doing hardcore projects and getting things done! Let me know if you want in on the fun.
Garrett enjoying the winter. I'm not sure what this pose is all about. I'm going to chalk it up to being a missionary thing.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This past weekend Ben and I got to shop at one of my favorite stores, Aldi. It is a discount grocery, but not your normal kind. It sells a lot of European and other brands you don't normally see for amazingly low prices. I love this store because you never know what kind of treasures you are going to stumble upon.
What? A jar of salsa for $1.50? I think I'll take two. A block of cheese for $1.30? Of course! V8 Splash for $2.10? Ben couldn't resist. Eight tomatoes for $2.00? What a steal! A gallon of milk for $2.90? Even better.
That is pretty much how the entire shopping trip went. If you are not jealous by my ability to find cheap deals, you should be.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I received a new shipment of leather this week, which made me incredibly happy. I've been on a book binding craze recently, which has caused me to run out of paper and run dangerously low on leather. Luckily, my Dad recently picked up some more leather, which he sent to me. I will have to post pictures of the books made from that leather, because it is gorgeous, but for now here are pictures of some recent books I've made.
Here is what each book looks like when it is closed. The curved front flap was already cut round like that, so I decided to incorporate it into the book.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
To make a long story short, I had to have an MRI of my head because of a disorder with my left eye that the eye doctor wanted to check out to make sure there wasn't anything serious going on behind the scenes. So I showed up one morning to get stuck in a very small MRI machine and lay completely still for 45 minutes. (Note to anyone who has never had an MRI: they are extremely loud. It was kind of like putting your head inside a washing machine on spin cycle that has all the clothes on one side, so it makes clacking noises as it spins. Only louder and more clanking noises.) The nurse put some headphones on me to help drown out the noise, so I got to listen to birds chirping and water falls. Except that when the machine was running, they were too soft to be heard.
The MRI went fine until they had to give me an injection of a drug to make the image more clear (this is called an MRI with contrast). The nurse casually mentioned that occasionally some people are allergic to the drugs. Within a few seconds of the injection I started to have a really ticklish throat, cough, and felt a little scratchy. But since I was okay, we completed the last few tests. It was only when I was changing out of the scrubs that I noticed the hives on my arms, neck, and stomach. Yes, I said hives. And I was having a difficulty breathing (kind of like asthma). So I showed the nurse, who immediately called for more nurses and specialists to make sure I was okay.
The magical cure for this was to take Benadryl, so I spent the rest of the day at home napping. The hives went away quickly, but my skin felt just a little itchy for a few hours.
What I learned from this: don't do drugs. Not even the kind the nurses give you because you never know when you are going to be allergic. I never thought I would actually be a cleshay anti-drug ad.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
For Christmas this past year, I decided to make cuff links for the men in my family. With a few cuff link backs, some super glue, and specially chosen items from the craft store, I was ready to go. Eric, a very proud Canadian, got a matching cuff link set of the statue of liberty and an American flag. I also gave him a pair of Canadian leaf cuff links as a consolation prize. Matt, who works at an Air Force base, got a bomber plane and tank. My brother Garrett, who is on a mission in Russia, got a matching set of a martini shaker and martini glass and menu. Yes I mailed them to him on his mission, and yes he wore them with pride.
After his Christmas package spent about 3 months on route to Russia, he finally received it this past week. And in typical Spencer custom, he wore them to his zone conference and told us all about it in his letter:
"So, I wore the cuff-links that you sent, Britt and Ben, since they are absolutely sweet. I don't have a French cuffed shirt, so I cut off both buttons, and then cut small holes in my shirt cuff, in order to wear them. Yeah, when I was in my interview with my mission president, I showed them to him, and he thought they were pretty cool, too. But, my companion told me (in companionship inventory) that he thought I was, as he put it, "living in Babylon" being focused on worldly things. First, I hate cheesy missionary analogies like that, and secondly, it doesn't matter that there were alcoholic paraphernalia on them—they were so sweet! Anyway, almost everybody at zone conference thought they were amazing."
I love my brother. He is an inspiration for being such a great missionary, but I also love how he hasn't lost his sense of humor and keeps it real on his mission.
Monday, February 09, 2009
A little photo-op in our kitchen as we were getting ready for church. Yes, those are roses on the counter from my husband. Yes, he is fantastic. Yes, Diedra, he does give lessons.