Thursday, January 27, 2011



I'm in the process of a lot of home improvement projects all at once, so the cocktail of choice today is an easy-to-prepare bottle of beer. I haven't knit a stitch in about 48 hours, which is crazy for me, but I did paint ALL the white trim in my downstairs., which is alot. I am not touching the main parts of the walls, or I'd have to shoot myself. It's been about 6 hours today, and the downstairs is done. But the upstairs beckons and I'm not happy.

I'm am happy, however that an entire a case of beer is on hand.

It's related to the sweater below, which I decided to name Naragansett, in honor of my favorite beach beer in a can. Nevermind that these are bottles. That's what they had at the store and we're not at the beach yet.

So, the sweater is taking shape and now just needs to be written and then reknit in PluckyKnitter Worsted. A light cloudy day gray should do the trick, and Moody Broody #2 will be ready. The beach is more of a springtime moody, right? My goal is to have this ready by late March/early April, but the house projects might keep getting in the way, as the list that I've been handed is looong, and I am way too cheap to hire actual talent to do any of it.


I bunched it all up so you can't tell what it looks like ;-)

My do it cheap streak didn't get in the way last week, when it was time to make appetizers for a little gathering we were having. We went all out! My grandma's recipe books have been taunting me for a while, so Craig and I decided it was time to buy the orange cheese, the toothpicks, and yes, the Spam.



The orange cheese appetizer is actually kind of great. You take little squares of cheese and big green olives with pimento in them. Spear each olive onto the cheese block with a pretzel stick. Honestly, it's the easiest appetizer ever and the mix of salty and cheesy and olivey is kind of perfect. Plus, they do look just about the right amount of crazy, don't they?

The second recipe I have to share is much scarier.
These are called surprise cubes.


And yep, the surprise is...... Spam.


Cut in squares, slathered with cream cheese and rolled in chopped parsley. It was just too weird and retro and kind of gross that we had to make them. I'd never actually bought Spam before. The best part was when people tried them and then guessed what the surprise was - loads of entertainment for me and Craig :-)

There were a few others, but the photos aren't as entertaining, so you'll just have to wait for the next party to see what we whip up again.

13 comments:

janna said...

I HATE painting trim - I can't believe you did your whole downstairs in one day! And have you ever been to Hawaii? Spam is on the menu - particularly for breakfast - at lots of restaurants.

Zonda said...

Interesting snacks!! Love the trim, was it always white? I know you're glad it's done!

Seanna Lea said...

God, Painting! I did our downstairs guest room and dining room in December. The upstairs and stairwell are being done in the spring or summer when it is warm enough to open windows while painting.

I don't enjoy the process except when I have friends to chat with while doing. That makes it all better!

Chris dropstitchknitter said...

That is a lot of painting! The new knit looks great - please keep me in mind for a test knitter if you need them. My dh loves spam....I should make those for him.

Patty said...

Gannies! The trim looks great as do the olive snacks. Spam...notvso much! ;-)

QuiltedSimple said...

I just painted our family room - the walls, not the trim. I don't do trim - we leave it all oak. Good for you to get that done in a day! The upcoming sweaters are lovely! Those appetizers look interesting...not sure that I could eat spam though......lol
Kris

Olivia said...

We use to have these "white trash" parties and the spam ball was one of the fav's.

Would love to test knit the beach sweater.
Olivia

Turtle said...

lol, my mom 's boyfriend says it's truly not camping till someone breaks out the spam!

having lived in hawaii for a dozen + years i developed a new appreciation for the mystery canned meat. Not that i can eat it not being able to digest meat, but to this day my daughter still asks for Spam Musubi from time to time.. the best snack for a brood of hungry teens!

Can;t wait to see the fibery goodness... and i so need to do some touch up paint around here... only thing is so much is flat and hubby wants to change it to semi gloss, which means fully repainting. It will wait till he is available to help, maybe when it gets warm and we can open the windows and make mojitos!

Kristin said...

Love the wip, love the trim, but the thing that really caught my eye?

Annie's mac and cheese. Maybe because it is 3:30 in the afternoon and I'm getting munchie and want powdered cheese on pasta, but mmm.....

Hilary said...

Well, all that hard work is paying off because your trim looks gorgeous. If it were me, I'm pretty sure I'd do the first one great then the rest would be a complete mess. House projects are SO much less fun than knitting, but the end is in sight! And again, it looks awesome.

I love a Moody Broody sweater (as you know the weather is almost always both moody and broody here)...can't wait to see more of this one!

And the "surprise cubes" made me laugh out loud! Is it weird that they sound incredibly delicious to me right now?

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I am extremely impressed about the trim painting! And I love the idea of Olivia's white trash parties. I used to have a jello cookbook, with a rotating menu selector. There were main pages, "having ham tonight?", and then you'd rotate around the wheel to tell roast, fried, etc, and you'd get your jello accompaniment suggestion. We actually used to eat spam (and space food sticks and tang).

Lisa/knitnzu said...

I am extremely impressed about the trim painting! And I love the idea of Olivia's white trash parties. I used to have a jello cookbook, with a rotating menu selector. There were main pages, "having ham tonight?", and then you'd rotate around the wheel to tell roast, fried, etc, and you'd get your jello accompaniment suggestion. We actually used to eat spam (and space food sticks and tang).

Custom Patches said...

You did a good job in your trim painting. Never mind not finishing the sweater yet because you have other errand and not that you are just wasting time. Thanks for sharing also the recipe using spam and cheese. I bet they are good!