Monday, January 21, 2008

Cooking up a Storm

Absolutely. Lovely. Weekend.

Key elements of the aforementioned ALW:

1) Cooking. I have cooked and cooked and cooked this weekend, and it's been delightful. Saturday morning, I got up and made cheese biscuits for breakfast, baked two batches of cookies (Chocolate Chippers and Meringues, both from the Company's Coming Cookies Book), then made rack of lamb, mashed potatoes and broccoli for Saturday dinner, which we enjoyed with a nice Melbac-Shiraz blend. I didn't spend nearly as much time in the kitchen on Sunday, but I did make a big pot of chili in the slow cooker for lunches and easy dinners this week.

2) Cross-Stitch. A number of years ago, I started a very large cross-stitch project of a woman standing on a bridge in a forest, in a Monet-ish kind of style. I made reasonable progress, and then put it down, and haven't looked at it for a long time. Well, this weekend, I retrieved it, re-framed it, and got back to work! And got a large enough chunk stitched to convince myself that I'll get it finished someday soon! Mama Cat and Baby Cat helped A LOT by playing with the thread as it passed back and forth through the cloth.

3)Laundry. Ok, I know, laundry isn't really on the list of things that make up a great weekend, but I got 10 loads done on Saturday, including sheets and towels and place-mats, and that produced a gratifying sense of accomplishment.

4)Football. Two great conference games yesterday, despite the loss by my beloved Packers. I sat and watched football and cross-stitched and stirred the chili and had a peaceful time.

And now I'm back at work looking ahead to a long to-do list this week and lots of rehearsals (7 hours between now and Thursday), but I feel rested and cheerful. And you can't really ask for more than that on a Monday morning.

8 comments:

I'm Still Me said...

While watching NFL games, do you ever feel like you're watching more replay than actual play?

Crimson Rambler said...

[snif] Packers... [snif] .... lost...

Chorus said...

Not really, Still Me, because I have my head buried in the cross-stitch, so I'm really more listening to the game than I am watching it, only looking up for the exciting bits, in which case the replays are helpful!

{sniff)

Towanda said...

1 -- I think I'm comin' to your house to eat.

2 -- Take solace, Packers fans, in knowing that the younger manning and his boys will get their collective butt whooped by the Pats!

Jan said...

WOW. Busy woman that you are! What a baker and cooker, too! I'm in awe.

ccw said...

My husband spent the weekend pretending he was Alton Brown. He made delicious breads and muffins and an inedible German apple pancake.

I do laundry several times a week. It is a task that never has an end; even when I do laundry all day long.

As for football, I was cheering for the team that had the ball since I was emotionally torn between Brett Favre and "I'm the other Manning".

Chorus said...

Thanks for the comments, y'all!

I agree... little Eli is kind of endearing in a "Hey! Look at me!" kind of way. Hard to believe he's been in the league four whole years already. I do fear that he's gonna get his little butt kicked in a couple weeks' time though...

If Laundry for two makes 10 loads on a Saturday, I can only imagine what laundry for FIVE looks like. :)

Diane said...

oh, crimson rambler, I feel your pain...

I used to do cross-stitch, when I lived in the country. It was fun. The schedule wasn't quite as hectic, then. I'm really trying to find a craft.