It is this kind of day outside:
Even Juno looks cold. Juno loves the snow, loves it like I love yarn. Of course, Juno is half husky, and covered in lovely thick fur. Me, I am not a cold weather person. My favourite winter sport is called “hibernating” and involves copious amounts of hot chocolate/cider/tea, warm pajamas, a big stash of books and yarn and every single blanket I can find. So, since it has been snowing for about two days straight and the roads are nothing short of craptacular I decided to stay home today and finish up some Christmas stuff. I even took Juno for a walk first to put me in the right frame of mind (that would be thankful for the warmth and happy because there is nothing so joyous as Juno bounding through the snow). First off I finished off the Hot Frogs a free pattern from Myrtle & Eunice. (look at her sidebar)
Aren’t they cool? I must not take credit – Joey made these, not me. He is much better at the sewing machine than I am. I did the eyes, that’s it. I love it when a present gets finished don’t you? I really like it when I can finish a whole bunch of them all at once. Which I also did today! I finished up a batch of mustard that has been sitting and brewing (fermenting? marinating? not sure) on my counter for two days now. This is one of those awesome recipes that take literally 10 minutes to do, but look so impressive. Trust me, give someone a jar of this, and they are going to say “You MADE mustard?” and then you can just sit back and look all clever and take the kudos. No need to mention that the instructions basically go like this:
- Dump all ingredients in a bowl. Stir it a bit and cover it.
- Ignore it for two days.
- Uncover – notice that it looks just like a big bowl full of yuck. Pour yuck into food processor. Bizz it around for about 2 minutes.
- Notice that somehow the yuck has turned into mustard.
- Pour it into jars.
Now, I took a picture of the yuck this morning, but it really was uninspiring, so let’s see it when it’s finished instead ok?
See. looks like mustard, right?
And now I have a whole pile of jars all full and waiting to be gifted, and well, don’t I feel clever.
I made 2 batches. One batch makes about four 8 oz jars. Want the recipe? Here you go – Spicy Stout Mustard!
Finally, I know you are wondering how the Minions are doing. Well, come meet the newest one, won’t you? He’s a little smaller than all the others.
We’ve really got to be careful not to sit on him.