Friday, April 7, 2017

Blueberry pie, by request

This has been a busy week. Amy Stewart at the Hudson Library on Monday, John Scalzi at the Parma-Snow branch of the Cuyahoga County Library on Tuesday, and George Saunders at the Akron Library on Thursday. Highly recommend all three. 

As Scalzi is known for enjoying pie, I baked one for him. (Made two for us, as my husband is known for devouring these pies.)

Recipe was requested on Twitter, and as the recipes are ancient, it's time to digitize!

Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

Yummy Yummy Pie Crust (from Julie’s friend Brenda)

Mix together:
4 c flour
1 T sugar
2 t salt
1 3/4 c Crisco

Mix together:
1 egg
1/2 c water
1 T vinegar

Add egg mixture to flour mixture; chill for 15 minutes, then roll out dough.

Blueberry sour cream pie (from my MIL)

3⁄4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 1⁄2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, thaw and drain well)

3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1⁄2 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Put washed and dried blueberries in pie crust.

Mix sugar and flour together, and beat in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and salt.

Pour batter over blueberries and bake for 30 minutes. (I set the timer for 25 minutes and make the topping during the last 5 minutes of the first bake.)

Mix the flour, sugar, and butter for the topping until crumbly.

After 30 minutes, remove pie from the oven and sprinkle on the topping. Bake for 10-15 minutes more.

Remove from oven, cool, and chill.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I still don't know where time goes

But it's 2017, somehow. And thanks to the flu, it took me 11 days to finish a book. So here's the 2016 archive of books read:

Books Read in 2016

001. Drinking in America: Our Secret History, Susan Cheever
002. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory, Caitlin Doughty
003. Manners & Mutiny, Gail Carriger
004. Prudence, Gail Carriger
005. The Diviners, Libba Bray
006. The King of Mulberry Street, Donna Jo Napoli
007. Lair of Dreams, Libba Bray
008. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding, Jackie Copleton
009. Show Me a Hero: A Tale of Murder, Suicide, Race, and Redemption, Lisa Belkin
010. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
011. Room, Emma Donoghue
012. Dear Committee Members, Julie Schumacher
013. Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam
014. The Clasp, Sloane Crosley
015. The Vegetarian, Han Kang
016. Was, Geoff Ryman
017. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
018. The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
019. Lucky Us, Amy Bloom
020. First, Do No Harm, Lisa Belkin
021. God is an Astronaut, Alyson Foster
022. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
023. Try Not to Breathe, Holly Seddon
024. Oology and Ralph's Talking Eggs, Carrol L. Henderson
025. The Price of Salt, or Carol, Patricia Highsmith
026. The Chaos of Stars, Kiersten White
027. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
028. A Fierce and Subtle Poison, Samantha Mabry
029. When We Collided, Emery Lord
030. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
031. Kissing Ted Callahan (and other guys), Amy Spalding
032. The Haters, Jesse Andrews
033. The New Guy (and.other senior year distractions), Amy Spalding
034. The Immortals, Jordanna Max Brodsky
035. Love Me Back, Merritt Tierce
036. Witch Song, Amber Argyle
037. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
038. The Wrath & the Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
039. The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen
040. I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her, Joanna Connors
041. Amish Vampires in Space, Kerry Nietz.
042. Don't Get Caught, Kurt Dinan
043. The Anteater of Death, Betty Webb
044. The Untold, Courtney Collins
045. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
046. I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, Rick Bragg
047. Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Loyalty, David DiBenedetto, ed.
048. The Star-touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi
049. Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us, Tai Moses
050. Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life: Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Brad Meltzer, and an All-star Roster on the Caped Crusaders that Changed Their Lives, Liesa Mignogna, ed.
051: Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, Emily Nagoski, Ph.D
052: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes
053. So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
054. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, Chris Cleave
055. The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante
056. Lily and the Octopus, Steven Rowley
057. The Girls, Emma Cline
058. Before the Fall, Noah Hawley
059. The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie
060. The Rose & the Dagger, Renee Ahdieh
061. Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire
062. The Children's Home, Charles Lambert
063. Sex Object, Jessica Valenti
064. The Pond, Claire-Louise Bennett
065. American Girls, Alison Umminger
066. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
067. When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters, Giles Milton
068. Britt-Marie Was Here, Fredrik Backman
069. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer
070. Hurt People, Cote Smith
071. And I Darken, Kiersten White
072. The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman
073. Under the Harrow, Flynn Berry
074. Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon
075. The Weird Sisters, Eleanor Brown
076. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson
077. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer
078. Dear American Airlines, Jonathan Miles
079. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, Janna Levin
080. Dark Matter, Blake Crouch
081. Mount Pleasant, Patrice Nganang
082. Still Star-Crossed, Melinda Taub
083. A World Without You, Beth Revis
084. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
085. The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Deborah Blum
086. A Burglar's Guide to the City, Geoff Manaugh
087. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
088. The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close
089. A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
090. The Jazz Palace, Mary Morris
091. An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, Alan Rabinowitz
092. Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
093. The Beast That Shouted Love At the Heart of the World, Harlan Ellison
094. Only Ever Yours, Louise O'Neill
095. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Fredrik Backman
096. Modern Lovers, Emma Straub
097. The Girls in the Garden, Lisa Jewell
098. The Mother, Yvette Edwards
099. Gold Fame Citrus, Claire Vaye Watkins
100. The Masked City, Genevieve Cogman
101. Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
102. Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple
103. The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan
104. The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena
105. You'll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein
106. This One Is Mine, Maria Semple
107. The Mothers, Brit Bennett
108. The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller
109. The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, Maggie Nelson
110. The Trespasser, Tana French
111. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
112. American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, Jeffrey Toobin
113. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Joanna Cannon
114. The Red Car, Marcy Dermansky
115. The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard Changed the Course of History, Bruce J. Hillman, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, and Bernd C. Wagner
116. Sing For Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family, Daniel Bergner
117. All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld
118. Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
119. The Nest, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Clearly I read more than I knit - I only knit about 10 miles. We'll see what 2017 brings!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Socking it to Cory Booker

Went to see Senator Cory Booker last night at CCPL. He is wonderful! And not just because he held my socks. 

Which he did. I know that he's still minor according to the Yarn Harlot's rules, but he is going to be president one day (and not just of the NJ Star Trek Association), and this country will be better for it. 

Apparently I was the first knitter to make such a strange request of him. I told him that there are more of us out there, so I'd like to challenge everyone in cities along the route of his book tour to ask him to hold YOUR socks! You know you want to! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Another year, gone

Absolutely no idea where 2015 went. I read more than I knit, whatever that means. Probably that I spent too much time sick and fatigued. I knit 52 hats, though, and have found heads for most of them. Need to send off a few to a friend who auctions off handknits to raise money for charity, but will probably keep a few around for friends. I met my variegated yarn goal, and the mileage goal of one mile a month, but not much more. The UFO bins stayed mostly untouched, sadly. 

That said, I am off to a good start with organizing the stash. Lots of pictures taken, and much of my collection is ready to be uploaded to Rav. I've destashed a bit, because I have SO many bins of yarn it's ridiculous. My 2016 knitting goals mostly aim towards reducing my collection of yarn.

Current goals:
  • List as much stash as possible on Rav, including stuff for sale/trade.
  • Empty the back bedroom closet so I can store yarn there, as that will make the office and craft room more usable.
  • Empty some of the WIP bins, either by finishing or frogging.
  • Knit current club projects as they arrive rather than letting them languish for years.
  • Knit the bins!
  • Concentrate on using more yarn than I acquire over the course of the year. I knit 16.5 lbs in 2015; will attempt to track yarn usage by weight and see if I can decrease or at least net zero.
  • As festivals are my weakness, I need to limit my festival attendance and keep to a strict budget. 
Knit the bins plan involves seven bins and a cone:
  • One bin for yarn with designated patterns.
  • Two bins for Oooh, Shiny projects. one for sock and lace weight, the other for heavier yarns.
  • Variegated bin: Knit 12 skeins (or more) of variegated yarn - After documenting my stash, I think I should probably aim for 24 skeins. I have a LOT of gorgeous handpainted yarn. 
  • Sweater bin: Mostly I need to stick to one sweater at a time - no simultaneous sweaters! 
  • UFOs bin: Again, need to attack some of the old WIPs. Finish or frog, whichever seems appropriate.
  • Handspun bin: I need to spin some of my fiber! Will make a bin to spin, but handspun yarn may be used at any point. It's almost an Oooh, Shiny bin, but I'm not attempting to empty the handspun bin by the end of the year.
  • Undyed cone: I have a 3lb cone of undyed sock yarn, purchased to use in two-color designs where I have a tough time figuring out color combinations. This yarn will count towards stash used weights, but if I manage to deplete it, I can replace it without guilt (and without it counting towards stash acquisition), as using it means that I have also used up other yarns that might otherwise be lingering in deep stash. 
Anyway, almost finished with the first book of 2016, so here's last year's list:

Books Read in 2015

001. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
002. How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran
003. When Books Went To War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II, Molly Guptill Manning
004. Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart
005. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo
006. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life, Donna Smallin
007. Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stories, Randy Bachman
008. The First Bad Man, Miranda July
009. The Dream of Water, Kyoko Mori
010. The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber
010. The Girls, Lori Lansens
011. Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors, Julia Scott, ed.
012. What I Did While You Were Breeding: A Memoir, Kristin Newman
013. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
014. The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore
015. In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje
016. Cherry, Mary Karr
017. Enslaved By Ducks: How one man went from head of the household to bottom of the pecking order, Bob Tarte
018. Dragons at Crumbling Castle, Terry Pratchett
019. Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home, Bob Tarte
020. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone, Marky Ramone with Rich Herschlag
021. Thumbsucker, Walter Kirn
022. Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson
023. The Girls of Mischief Bay, Susan Mallery
024. The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson
025. The Clockwork Dagger, Beth Cato
026. Life Itself, Roger Ebert
027. Holy Cow, David Duchovny
028. Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson
029. Robogenesis, Daniel H. Wilson
030. Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries, Peter Sims
031. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach
032: Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition, Peter Tate
033. Delicious!, Ruth Reichl
034. Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld
035. Mr. Mac and Me, Esther Freud
036. The Farm, Tom Rob Smith
037. The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, Jennifer Worth
038. A Letter to My Cat: Notes to Our Best Friends, Lisa Erspamer, creator
039. Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, Ann Hood, ed.
040. Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy, Melissa Milgrom
041. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett
042. Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat - Not a Sour Puss, Pam Johnson-Bennett
043. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
044. The Public Library, Robert Dawson
045. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, Steven Johnson
046. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship, Ann Patchett
047. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
048. The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries: The Most Complete Collection of Impossible Crime Stories Ever Assembled, ed.
049. Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930, John Harley Warner and James M. Edmonson
050. Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers, Nick Offerman
051. My Kind of Place: Travel Stories From a Woman Who's Been Everywhere, Susan Orlean
052. Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, Jim Sterba
053. The String Diaries, Stephen Lloyd Jones
054. Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
055. Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin
056. Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape Our Man-Made World, Mark Miodownik
057. Hall of Small Mammals: Stories, Thomas Pierce
058. Where's My Jetpack? A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future that Never Arrived, Daniel H. Wilson
059. The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahahaha!, Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long
060. The Gates, John Connolly
061. The Great Auk, Errol Fuller
062. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
063. The Natural History of Unicorns, Chris Lavers
064. Dodo: A Brief History, Errol Fuller
065. The Collector of Lost Things, Jeremy Page
066. The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, Charles de Lint
067. Amped, Daniel H. Wilson
068. Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression, Mildred Armstrong Kalish
069. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate DiCamillo
070. The Seven Good Years: A Memoir, Etgar Keret
071. Egg & Spoon, Gregory Maguire
072. Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History, Bill Laws
073. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, Col. Chris Hadfield
074. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
075. Every Day, David Levithan
076. My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick
077. Destroy All Cars, Blake Nelson
078. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride
079. Between a Heart and a Rock Place, Pat Benatar with Patsi Bale Cox
080. The Boy Most Likely To, Huntley Fitzpatrick
081. Let's Get Lost, Adi Alsaid
082. Never Always Sometimes, Adi Alsaid
083. First Day On Earth, Cecil Castellucci
084. Skellig, David Almond
085. The Heartbreakers, Ali Novak
086. Not After Everything, Michelle Levy
087. Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, George Pendle
088. You're Never Weird On the Internet (almost), Felicia Day
089. A History of Glitter and Blood, Hannah Moskowitz
090. How To Be Both, Ali Smith
091. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
092. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
093. Mycroft Holmes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
094. The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks
095. Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, Elvis Costello
096. Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
097. Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce
098. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
099. The Scavengers, Michael Perry
100. The Winter People, Jennifer McMahon
101. The Cat's Table, Michael Ondaatje
102. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace, Michael Perry
103. The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Authors Famous and Obscure, Larry Smith, ed.
104. Spoiled Brats, Simon Rich
105. So Anyway, John Cleese
106. Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology, Cory O'Brien
107. The Jesus Cow, Michael Perry
108. George Washington is Cash Money: A No-Bullshit Guide to the United Myths of America, Cory O'Brien
109. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke
110. Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, Blair Tindall

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Hats, hats, hats

Thinking that i might create a post or a page of adoptable hats. Will require more time than i have right now, and much editing, but i also want to test something.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Knitting goals

Just so I document this somewhere...

Knitting goals for 2015:

1. Knit at least one hat every week (yes, that means 52 hats for the year). 
1a. Find heads for all of those hats. Charity and the roving religious count.
2. Use at least one skein of variegated/handpainted yarn every month. There have to be at least 12 non-sock patterns that are good for variegated yarn. 
3. Knit at least a mile a month, preferably 15 miles over the year because even though I don't believe it, it is somehow 2015.
4. Finish 12 UFOs that have been sitting around for more than a year. Must reclaim the UFO bin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I need new technology

I want a magic dumbwaiter. Was discussing transporters with a friend, decided that a magic dumbwaiter would probably be easier. I want to pour a beer in my basement for my friend in Oklahoma. I want to order takeout from Melt and share it with my friend in Connecticut. I want to offer homemade  cupcakes to friends in Canada or other continents and know that they will be fresh when they arrive, seconds after i close the door of my magic dumbwaiter. I would love near-instantaneous delivery of orders. Shoes the wrong size? Send them back and have a replacement pair in just a few minutes. Your pet doesn't like their food? Have a different variety before you can wash the bowl.

 I want a magic dumbwaiter. Who can make that happen?