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10 March 2017 11:25 pm
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I found a new dessert to try. With a sugar substitute (or even none at all, possibly), it's the perfect low carb dessert. It looks super easy, too, and easy to vary up a little bit with flavors.

Panna Cotta (Epicurious)

Panna Cotta (The Kitchn)
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I made a recipe from my British cook book (Somerset Pork with Apples) which called for a lemon's worth of zest. So now I have a lemon without a rind that's fated to whither and die. I'm not very fond of sour things, btw.
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I slept later than I intended. It was really chilly, which made me cranky. I also did some cooking for the week ahead, which was good but took at least three times as long as I thought it would. That all made me a lot later getting to the place to get my car's oil changed, and by that time it was crazy busy. So I haven't even gotten that done yet. And I had to make a tough phone call.

But on the good side, the meal I made seems to be a success. I did some nice reading. I ate some jellybeans. I made a minor grocery store run. I cleaned the kitchen.

And I worked on the Lost Hope fairy dress. That was really frustrating for a while; I just couldn't get the fabrics I got to work together. All the undertones are different! I finally moved forward by deciding to make a base dress of the stiff black/silver taffeta, then a raindrop tunic out of the silver knit over that. The blue/gray chiffon doesn't really blend with either of those, but I'll make a shoulder cloak or something along those lines with it, very classical like.  I couldn't figure a way to use the green/black chiffon at all. :( If the colors had been more similar it might have worked.

The silver knit was tough. I don't have much left, and it's mostly in triangular remnant pieces. I spent a long while assembling the longest pieces to be the skirt of the tunic, making sure I had enough, long enough to fringe. And then enough left over to make the bodice of the tunic. I ended up having to trace off the Laughing Moon spencers pattern to make sure I had enough pieces. Once that was settled, I figured I might as well trace off the Laughing Moon bib front dress, too. And I cut out muslins for both to try on when I feel like getting back into my stays.

So I feel like I haven't gotten much done, but really, it's been a good day. I know what to do for Lost Hope for sure now, and I have done the first part of testing new patterns. I don't anticipate it will be hard to fit either pattern, and it will give me a good head start on future projects beyond Lost Hope. The silver taffeta is a good first try for the LM dress, anyway; it's SO stiff and rustley and synthetic! After dealing with the lovely mull muslin and silk of my other projects, I kind of hate it. :p But I hope it will still work okay. And the purpley-silver knit looks very nice over it. I fringed a bit of it and it was very striking, and moves well.

Tonight I'm going to re-set my front hair, and maybe finally finish those two parts on that other outfit. And then I really, really want to get on the robe de style skirt beading. :)
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Boo-Hiss: My peace lilies seem to have died for lack of water while I was gone. :(

Yay!: My foresight in having a nice, yummy frozen pizza ready for when I got back.

Boo-Hiss: Extra-special crazy first day back at work.

Yay!: My continued foresight in leaving a remarkably clean house to come home to. It felt so good to walk in to an oasis at 11 at night instead of a scene of destruction.

Boo-Hiss: I have to wash my hair tonight. Wah.

Yay!: Finally discovering Cabin Pressure for the first time on my interminable flight home. (H/t [personal profile] litlover12!)  British accents, hilarious AND clean (so far), and very re-listen-able.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency winter)
1. Toad in the Hole for lunch. I tried it once last winter, and that was when I figured out that I really don't like sausage. I love meat, but I think it's something about the spices in sausage (any kind of sausage) that just don't do it for me. I had an idea last week, though, to try it with the "Li'l Smokies" cocktail sausages. Because I like those, and they're not just massive pieces of sausage anyway. And guess what - no spices at all! Just smoke flavoring. So I tried again and YUM! So filling, and lots of yummy flavor. It'll be nice when I get my herb garden started and can use fresh parsley and thyme instead of dried.

2. The wind, all day and night. I blather on about it long enough that it's probably clear, but I really like it when there's a wind. It just feels more alive and invigorating. Even when it's a hot wind, that's better than stillness.

3. Finishing a Christmas present! It's so pretty. :D
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Regency thoughtful)
1. Chilliest weather of the winter so far! Predictably, DFW airport (the official recording station for the area) was the "warm" spot at 25 degrees. 20 miles from me, north of Fort Worth, it was 14 degrees.
2. Lack of wind when getting in to work in the morning. I got to wear my down coat, and it still wasn't freezing on my ears and nose.
3. Bean soup out of a can, with buttered saltines. I LOVE that meal.
4. Small group night! We were still 1 or 2 people down, but the girls who came did a little Christmas decorating (the house looks so cute now!), then we had candy and gingerbread cake, sat around the fire, and talked. It was great.
nuranar: (reading)
1.  Cold front! The day started at 63 or something silly like that, but by noon the wind had changed and the temperature fell slowly but steadily.  It's so much more festive when the weather is chilly!
2.  I had a friend over for the afternoon, so I was able to do some little housekeeping things before she arrived, with the Cowboys game on.  Football is such a relaxing thing to have on.
3.  Having my friend over!  We talked a lot, especially about food, and made a few things, and I sewed while she looked at catalogs and watched some Remington Steele.  We had some of my potato/leek soup for lunch, with English muffins because I ran out of edible rolls. And then I made the gingerbread cake, and then I fried a little of the canned corned beef hash I keep on hand, so we had that for a snack. She liked it, too!
4.  Christmas party with our adult Sunday School class.  Amazing yummy food (I ate WAY too much), and great fun and laughing and conversation.
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Saturday, 08 December

1.  Ladies' Christmas Brunch for church.  I didn't decorate a table this year, but I helped my mother set up hers. The array and elegance of decorations was really good this year! As was the food, and the speaker. It was a good morning.
2.  Playing around with dyeing again. I overdyed a dress that I spilt red candle wax on last year. It was tedious and slightly stressful, but I averted any mess and the dress is lovely.
3. Cooking! While watching "It Takes a Thief" in the evening, I made leek and potato soup again. I also made "hard sauce," from my great-grandmother's recipe.  It's to go on a gingerbread cake I'm taking to a Christmas party on Sunday night. I'm not sure why it's a "hard" sauce, because it's essentially icing: butter, powdered sugar, and three flavorings, including lemon. It's still really good!
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1. A long-overdue cold front. I love warm weather and open windows, but it does feel strange when the Christmas tree is up! Especially when it lasts for a week on end.
2. Grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches for dinner. Yum! If only I can quit burning the first side...
3. Watching I Spy on TV while finishing the gathering stitches on Heather's petticoat. I have all the shows on DVD, but there's something nice about watching it "for real"! Especially with a fun episode like "Always Say Goodbye."
4. Cutting my fingernails short, while the show was still on and I was done with the petticoat. Nails longer than 1/16" rapidly drive me bonkers. It feels so good to have them short again!
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I've never actually been to Trader Joe's, but I've tasted and had friends send me things from there. This is pretty exciting! Opening June 15, on Hulen just south of Vickery.

There are other stores that will be opening all over Texas: in central Dallas, Plano, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, all soon or on June 15. A store in Austin is scheduled for 2013.

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