Monday, November 17

IHSW for November (and food... mostly food)


This weekend I participated in the International Hermit and Stitch weekend, which is hosted by Joysze.

I didn't get as much stitching done this weekend as I would like (alternately, I also got more stitching done than I would have liked) because I spent most of the weekend cooking (well, there were a few hours of assassinating on the PS3 Saturday night).

On Saturday, friends of mine were throwing their annual bacon party, so, of course, I spent all day cooking for that.

Two trays of bacon in the oven already, most of the other ingredients were in the fridge
I did bacon cinnamon rolls (for fun)



And then I did these candied bacon wrapped pineapples with sriracha honey sauce, which were so terribly good I ate a ton of them before the party.   The sauce really makes it.



And then I won prizes for those bacon wrapped pineapples.

This is the second time I've taken home this trophy! woot!
Also, check out the pretty tile!  I need to post about the kitchen update
On Sunday, I opted to make golabkis, which take a good bit of time, but are so freakin' delicious.  I also made them with a mushroom sauce because I just don't like tomato sauces.

My little pigeons

The most delicious mushroom sauce, like, ever.
I also made cottage cheese pumpkin bars (no pictures) that I like to eat for breakfast, so I could get back into my yoga routine (go to yoga at 5:45AM, ugh, since the classes are usually so crowded in the evenings), and this morning I woke up, got everything packed together, went to yoga, had a great class, had enough time after the morning shower to swing by the store to get a new umbrella (I've been super distressed that my awesome umbrella seems to have gone on walkabout, and it's going to rain all day) and get to the bus on time only to discover that I left all of my food (lunch and breakfast) at home.  Oops.

Anyway, back to the stitching.

Once upon a time (years and years ago), I was regular participant in a number of round robins - all from the TWRR Yuku board.  I participated in at least 5 that I can think of (3 UFO-RRs, a WeeBeastie RR, a TW Band RR).   Since coming back to stitching, I've been kind of saddened by the lack of activity in various BBs and especially on the RoundRobin board, but! several of my friends and I recently decided to create our own little private RR.  

So Saturday I finally got around to basting/gridding my material to send out.   I thought (seriously, and obviously, not just on Saturday) about starting it off with my band, but I didn't want to influence what other people would put on there too much.  I want it to be a free-form, not-too-many-rules RR for my end product.

So I finally gridded.   The fabric is probably entirely too long, but I wanted to make sure that people had as much space as possible, whether it's a few stitches tall or 2 inches tall.  There are 11 people in this RR, which makes the group a bit bigger than normal, and we have a shorter stitching window than I've worked with before (which shouldn't be a problem).

That's a fat half of fabric right there - Platinum Lugana - my favorite
After that, because the kreiniks I ordered still have not arrived (seriously, I ordered from two sources ages ago, and still, nothing), I couldn't work on my Beastie-RR UFO, so I went ahead and decided to stitch on Ferret Knot, only to have had to frog everything I stitched.  Twice.   I spent probably 5 hours on it, and have not a stitch to show, which was really frustrating, so I decided to do some impromptu gridding on it to help keep me straight next time.

So I tried to stitch, I almost finished Assassin's Creed (the first one, I just started the series), I watched several movies, and I made a tonne of food, so it was a good, busy weekend, just not the most stitching-productive one ;)

14 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see how your RR comes out. Mmmm bacon cinnamon rolls!

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    1. Thanks! I'm super excited about it!
      I was told (since I couldn't try them) that the cinnamon rolls needed to be sweeter ;)

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  2. All the bacon.....

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    1. *delicious* bacon. haha!

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  3. That mushroom sauce looks awesome and of course bacon! I ordered my Kreinik from 123stitch and got it right away

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    1. I'm still putting that mushrooms sauce on EVERYTHING!
      I think in the future I'll stick to ordering from 123 (I've ordered from them in the past). I have a couple of shops I try to support because I know the owners, but if I can't get what I need right away, it's not personal and I'll save my more "long term" orders for them.

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  4. My WBRR is still unfinished in a drawer, and my dad still has my TW band RR. Good times. I look forward to seeing your new RR!

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    1. I am rather proud that I actually finished my TWRR, borders and all. I've been thinking of using that piece to see if I'm any good at framing :)

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  5. I haven't had golabkis in YEARS! My goodness they look delicious. I think this IHSW was the weekend of the frog. I had the same issue and before I flipped, I had to put it down and pick back up another piece I was working on. I look forward to seeing more of your work! :-)

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    1. Even though my mother was Polish, I'd never had these, so when I found a recipe a few months ago, I tried them and loved them! According to the people I know that actually "know" what they're supposed to taste like, I do a pretty solid job ;)

      I can't wait to get back to stitching, too! I'm afraid with all of the holiday travel, it might not happen til December, though :( But! fortunately I have Christmas off this year (it's been years since that has happened), so I'm looking forward to two solid days of movie watching and stitching! (Xmas and Xmas eve!).

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  6. A... a bacon party? o my, my husband would die with joy. I shall never mention this to him LOL. I had to look up golabki, they looked like halupki to me! Slovak vs Polish, I guess (though my grandmother always passed them off as Polish!). :D They are truly delicious and a great way to use up leftover rice. The mushroom sauce is an interesting addition I'd like to try with it (I usually make the tomato sauce because I like it hah).

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    1. After reading your comment, I had to go a'researchin'! But yeah, they pretty much look like they're the same thing :)
      It's funny, I adore tomatoes, but hate tomato sauce, and I don't care for mushrooms, but like mushroom sauce.

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  7. I'm Polish and your golobkis look fantastic. I have never tried them with mushroom sauce but I'm sure they are delicious. I'm not sure I would try bacon and cinnamon together but pineapple and bacon sounds good...

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    1. Thank you, EvalinaMaria, that is high praise indeed! My mother's family is Polish, but she passed on before I learned to cook anything. I have been entranced with golobkis since I first saw a recipe :)

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