Uh, it's been awhile. Sorry. I never meant to stay away so long, but this month has completely gotten away from me. Things have been mostly quiet at the Brown home. I'm still struggling to keep my New Year's resolutions. Failing in some respects, and having some success in others. Isn't that the way it always is?
Been cooking alot. Most of it healthy stuff. Some of it not so much. I love love love this recipe for soft caramels. These come out super soft if cooked just to 240 degrees and are absolutely excellent drizzled with or dipped in chocolate. Decadent. But, if you prefer a bit of a firmer, chewier caramel, just cook for a couple minutes past 240. I ran out of brown sugar at Christmas time, so I've used a pound of white sugar with a drizzle of molasses as a substitute. This recipe makes ALOT of caramels!
Up until a couple days ago, the weather had been pretty decent here in Maryland, so I've been walking for exercise. Walking is a BIG deal for me. For almost a year now I've been suffering from a severe case of plantar fasciitis which has kept me from walking or standing for more than just a few minutes at a time. Finally it seems my foot is healing, so I'm back to walking everywhere. If I have to go to the post office, I'm walking. To the grocery for a few things? I'm walking!
In fact, Aaron and I had plans to walk the 2 miles to the theater this weekend to see Avatar. But then it snowed. My "special" shoes aren't suitable for walking in snow, so maybe next weekend. Instead we stayed in, and in the spirit of this winter weather I crocheted a cozy ear flap hat.
For this hat I didn't use a pattern. Just started by chaining 3 and forming a ring, then going around and around in a spiral, increasing when I deemed necessary until it was hat-shaped. For the flaps, I worked rows back and forth, then edged the whole hat with contrasting yarn to smooth the edges. Easy peasy.
I used Naturally Caron Country Yarn, which is a favorite of mine for apparel items. It's a merino wool/acrylic blend that's soft against the skin, easy care, and has a beautiful drape once worn in.
And, since it snowed yesterday, it seems an appropriate time to share some pictures of the blizzard we had here on the east coast last month.
Officially we got 16" inches here in Columbia, MD.
This is the view of our balcony:
Okay. That's all I have today. But I'll be back sooner, rather than later! Hope you all had a happy January!