Monday, April 5, 2010

Pieces and Bits and Links

Aren't these tatted egg covers interesting? In my crafts cupboard a tatting shuttle and cotton are waiting for me to learn how to use them. These inspire me to do that sooner than later.

Easter dawned gray, turned to sun, back to gray, SNOW, then sunny and warm.

K requested turkey for dinner. The family down the road that will be offering pastured chickens starting in May is planning to raise some turkeys for the fall, but until then we have to rely on badly treated, super-injected birds with humongous breasts, or the small, pricey, pastured and organic alternative at Whole Foods. Guess which one I went for?

Soaked in an orange-and-black pepper brine for six hours, roasted brown in a 500 degree oven for twenty minutes, and then cooked at 300 degrees until done, it was tender and juicy. K can eat turkey leftovers for a week. Steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes with gravy rounded things out.

A pumpkin from last fall still sits in the cool basement pantry, but the strawberries in the bowl on the counter demanded attention. Something light. Angel food cake! An added benefit is that I needed eight, count 'em, eight egg whites. Still have to figure out what to do with the yolks. I'm thinking custard.

The topsoil is all off the trailer, and later this week we'll pick up a load of compost and work it in. Then: planting!

A big chunk of today will be spent writing and editing. In the meantime, here are a few links you might find interesting:

The Monterey Aquarium Seafood Watch Recommendations for what seafood to buy and eat can change with the seasons. This is a good site to find out general guidelines as well as keep up with any changes.

Catalog Choice This site allows you to register which catalogs you want to opt out of. Since I never look at catalogs, even for companies I occasionally buy from, this was a great way to cut down on the junk mail.

Powell's Books Speaking of shopping online, this is my go-to online book store when I need to find something. Located in Portland, Oregon, they carry new, used, and out-of-print titles. Shipping on orders over $25 is free, and they are not part of any chain.

Indiebound But if you want to keep your dollars local or find an independent book store when you're traveling, this is the place to go.

Corner Market Carol Ann Kates makes the best Worcestershire sauce I've ever tasted, aged for sixty days in Cabernet barrels. Her other products are pretty darn good, too, as is her cookbook.

And last but not least, I've posted over at Inkspot today about using some unusual sensory detail in your writing. Inkspot is the group blog for mystery authors published by Midnight Ink.


  1. Thanks for the great links to check out. Sounds like Easter came off with a hitch. As for tatting, I think it is beautiful. Never have tried but I'd love to someday. Good luck with yours.

  2. Thanks for providing the much needed link to Catalog Choice!

  3. Thanks, Mason. I'm hoping to learn how to tat in time to make some decorative snowflakes for Christmas. Hope your Easter was grand.

    Anon, once you register the catalogs you don't want, it can take up to three months for them to stop -- but it's worth it in the long run!

  4. The tatting pix and your blog are lovely, Cricket .... Just like you!
    Happy to hear we share a release date. We should do something wedding related in honor of our fun titles.

  5. Aw, Deb -- that's a nice thing to say. Thanks for the reminder that we share a release date -- really looking forward to reading Mama Gets Hitched!