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Orange Cookies

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I  made these cookies a couple of weeks ago during one of my rare weekends off from work.

I love the flavor of citrus, especially during spring. I know that citrus is a winter crop, but there’s something about orange that makes me think of the light coming back and increasing warmth.

Buffalo seems to be holding out okay through the thaw-the city is having a spat of terrible roofing issues because of the combination of the never ending snow and the cold. There were concerns about widespread flooding, but it doesn’t seem to be leaning that direction.

I have started walking outside again but I fear that with that I may be overeager. I’m still having to dodge snow banks and black ice, but the need to not be indoors is stronger than any sidewalk self preservation instinct I might have.

These cookies are pretty amazing. They’re fluffy, and sweet, and decently orange but not, like, orange popsicle overpowering. I used tangelos but I’m dreaming of a version with lemon and raspberries and white chocolate chips.

*These are supposed to be glazed but we ate them so quickly the batch never made it that far.

Orange Cookies-from Taste of Home

1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

2/3 cup orange juice

4 1/2 tea orange zest

3 to 4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream the sugar and the butter. I added the zest to the sugar since I used fresh; if you use dried, add it as a dry ingredient later.

Add the eggs, milk, and juice.  Mix well.

Starting with 3 cups flour, add the rest. Mix well. You want a stiffish dough but it doesn’t have to be terribly tight, you’re going to chill the dough.

Chill the dough for at least an hour (the butter needs to solidify so the cookies will hold their shape).

Preheat oven to 375.

Drop about 2 inches apart on cookie tray, and bake for 10 minutes.

Brass Penny (Tuesday Fiber)

The photos are dark, but I don’t think I’m going to get a better shot even with better light. I was going for something on the brassy, brown end of yellow and orange. Think the carpets in 1970s movies. The yarn is nice and squishy. I’m not all that familiar with this Classic Wool; it’s been a long time since I’ve gone yarn shopping. I’m hoping to make another hat out of it. I don’t have a lot of warm tones to wrap with so I’m left with a lot of outfits topped with black.

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Base yarn: Patons Classic Wool Roving in Aran (bulky, 120 yards)

Dyes: Various Wilton’s dyes in oranges and yellows, little bit of green, McCormick’s black

Acid: Fruit Fresh

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I Am Used to Terrible Weather. Really.

Calm, this is what ‘calm’ looked like.

No, really I am. I’ve been in snow belts all my life, but there comes a point where you just throw in the towel and say enough is enough, I’m not wearing fifteen pounds of wool to stand at a bus stop to wait for a driver who will show up when he or she feels like it in a blizzard and hope that the city is still open when I need to try to get home.

And weird things were happening all day even without trying to leave. My Picasa was snowing. No, I don’t understand that either.

Eventually you have to make the health/travel decision, and figure out which one outweighs the other.
parisian

I sat at home and took silly, bad photos of the hats that I promised you I would blog about. This included opening an Instagram account because I finally upgraded to a phone that could support it.

I guess I have a different reaction to this hat than other people. I’m not fond of it. Everyone else seems to be. I think that the slouch eats my head. Mid refuses to let me reknit it smaller.

It is a simple pattern. I knit three of them in a week, 2 for other people. My favorite was in a color called denim and I want to get some for myself. The pattern is fine; I just need to knit it at a tighter gauge for myself or I feel like I’m walking around with a mushroom on my head.

Parisian Slouch Hat

Pattern here

size 9 needles

caron simply soft

Knit to pattern specifications. Next time I would knit on smaller needles for this yarn.

Kitchen Scrubbies {Functional Knits}

Every six months or so I have a meltdown.

It’s every six months or so because sometimes it’s less than that, sometimes it’s more. I’m a bit of a weird creature because I make a lot of noise-I can be a cranky thing-but I’m generally pretty good at chugging along. But then I hit my maximum stress point and meltdown.

That point came this weekend. I’ve been pretty antisocial for the past six months and not necessarily out of choice [the weather and one of my best friends taking a job in Austin have a lot to do with that]. I ended up forcing-yes, I’m ashamed to admit, forcing-Mid to take me to Michael’s to look at yarn. I wanted to get some wool but the kitchen cotton was on sale for less than $1 a ball.

I can’t resist orange yarn, and I thought the stripes were just pretty.

I’m not sure how obvious it is, but the orange one has a pumpkin on. I found the pattern on Ravelry. I suppose that if I have to meltdown, getting some kitchen knits out of it is a fair balance.

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Color Theory

Sleeve one is finished. I’m going to cast on the second band tonight.

Mid made an announcenment a few weeks ago. If he has a say in it, I would only wear earth tones/neutrals, dark green, orange, white, and black.

Honestly he’s not far off of the colors that I  tend to gravitate to when I look for clothes for myself. At some point I realized that as much as I love cool jewel tones, they’re not the colors that look best with my coloring. And I do enjoy looking like a tree in October.

It’s hanging out on my favorite skirt. I adore that skirt. I got it at a secondhand clothing tent during festival one year. It’s huge, fluffy, and so intensely colored.

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Blackberry Vine     Lady Behind the Curtain

Adorned From Above     Printabelle

Gingersnap Crafts

Achievement Unlocked: Sleeve Band

We haven’t had that much OT this week so my sleeve has been getting some attention. That black row is a life line in case I have to tear out. I don’t want to have to pick up stitches again if I don’t have to.

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Frugally Sustainable    Lady Behind the Curtain

Adorned From Above     ClaireJustine, on Wednesdays

Trendy Treehouse     Gingersnap Crafts

Printabelle    I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Do Over

I pulled out the sweater project that I started before Yule. I’m normally pretty good about reading cables and laces, and am pretty good about finding where I am in the pattern.

This time there was about four different places that I could have been on the chart, but none of them were quite right. I don’t know if I made an error somewhere the last time I was working on this project, or if something just wasn’t as clear as it should have been on the chart. I wasn’t fond of the idea of slowly tearing out each row until I found a place on the chart so I just tore the whole thing out.

It’s not a horribly complicated cable though and I’m reading it just fine now, so the sleeve band is moving pretty fast. And I love this color. It’s making me happy just to look at it. I made myself a deal-I have to clean after 5 rows, but it doesn’t have to be a long stretch.

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ClaireJustine     Lines Across

Today’s Creative    Polka Dot Giraffe

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