Last Thursday evening I spent the evening at a cooking class on Cajun food prepared by my boss. His wife teaches cooking classes in their home, but she was his assistant. He didn’t provide a lot of instruction, but it was entertaining and fun. One of the attendees brought mardi gras beads for us all to wear. There were about 8 of us in attendance. He made a chicken andouille gumbo, a creole shrimp dish — both served over rice. And his wife made a roasted pecan salad and bananas foster for dessert. And the wine and conversation and laughter flowed. It was a fun evening.
And I was finally able to give the memory apron I made — it was for his wife. I was pleased with how well it turned out and she absolutely loved it.
I think I told the story in one of my previous blog entries about how it came about that I made this.
Over the weekend I had a burst of project enthusiasm. I sorted through yarn and fabric and made a project list. I moved a desktop computer that we no longer use and set up my sewing machine and accessories on the computer desk downstairs in the family room. I made a trip to Hobby Lobby for Christmas fabric to sew an apron — need to get it done before 11/24. I started knitting a rib knit scarf, a toddler ear flap hat. I found a baby sweater pattern that I want to use in knitting up the O-Wool that I bought over a year ago. I have enough to knit three little sweaters — I love the O-Wool colors — they are kind of muted and heathery. I have a red, a green, and a cream. I want to make just plain sweaters and then either use some fancy buttons or do some embroidery and/or applique. I found a cute pirate sweater pattern that I want to use to make the pug a sweater. I dug out some light grey yarn and bright pink for that. And I found some lovely blue and black Trekking to knit a pair of socks as a Christmas gift for a good friend.
I spent some time in the kitchen also — I used up the last of the garden basil in a pesto with parsley, lemon juice, pecorino, garlic, olive oil and walnuts. It has a lovely light flavor. I cleaned out the fridge and used up some leftovers for various things. Made tostadas on Saturday night and last night we had butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce and pecorino and a spinach salad with a garlicky tomato vinaigrette.
Saturday afternoon it was in the 50s and sunny here, and the fashionista was working all day, so the pug and I went for a nice walk at the park. Yesterday it was cloudy and grey, so I stayed in all afternoon puttering and drinking hot tea.