Sunday, January 14, 2007

Alas, Poor BodyBag!

I knew him well.

Okay, not really, but he did sit in my garage for quite some time.

But I can say that I have this weekend used something like 10 pounds of mohair up!

The pillows are stuffed, and body bag is no more. They are quite lovely, and I shall post pics once I have some that are not blurry and horrid.

And I have two days of gratitudes as well.

I am grateful that my father who I did not always get along with was there to talk to last night. He and I talked at length about life and work and feeding the soul. It was painful and difficult and left me feeling a bit cleansed.

I am also grateful for naps. Naps for both children, including my 6 year old who is "too old for naps" but has taken a nap twice in the last two weeks. And kudos to Mama for somehow managing to get both children napping at the same time, other moms know that this is quite the trick indeed.

On the right sidebar, you may notice that I added in my 2007 resolutions, so that I can track progress on them. I am also going to add a section for fiber used....just out of curiosity to see how much wood (fiber) a woodchuck (me) could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood. It should be interesting at year's end to see how much fiber I have used. My hope is that it will reveal that I in fact chuck a great deal of wood in the course of a year.

Bezzie asked about Caramel Apple Cider, as if there was a secret family recipe that I was tempting her with. There is not a secret recipe, but I have on occasion mulled cider with quite nice results, and here is how:

Caramel Apple Cider

Pour Apple juice into a pan sufficiently large enough to prevent a large mess from overflow. Then add the mulling spices, I like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, which can be used whole wrapped in cheesecloth or just dropped in. (The quick alternative is a mulling spice packet that can be purchased. Let cider mull for a good long time. If you have a crock pot, mull it in the crockpot. The crockpot is also nice for this as it will keep it going for awhile.

Pour into cups and top with whipped cream, drizzle a little caramel sauce on top. Those little caramel dipping cups are good, for small amounts.

Drink, slurping with great delight.

(Optionally spike with alcohol. The Rock says to use Calvados or an equivalent Apple Brandy for flavor. For the accomplishment of full on inebriation, apply vodka in a less than judicious manner. Rinse Lather and Repeat. I tend not to do this as it yields less than attractive results.)

Reserve mulled cider not used right then in the refridgerator and reheat as necessary.


OldLadyPenPal said...

You know what? It's been so cold here this weekend, the kids and I are going to make some mulled cider today. It just so happens that I have a crock pot! Thank you for posting this! I'm not awake enough to be this happy!

Bezzie said...

Mmm....that does sound delish! (Esp. today when it's honest to goodness COLD out!)

I'll use a round coffee filter in lieu of cheesecloth sometimes if I need to make a spice packet.