Annie at Knitsofacto, knitter extraordinaire, published a complimentary pattern for baby Mary Jane booties found here (not for sale). They were so cute that it spurred me on to knit some.
and also linking with Tami at Works in Progress Wednesday.
Almost finished with this for sale at the Palisade Art Lover's Show in April:
Oils, 11" x 14"
Here is an old favorite recipe from Natalie that I'll be making soon, adding culinary lavender for spring flavor:
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, unsifted
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cut in chunks
(lavender, chopped finely, about 2 Tbsp, optional)
With your hands, work mixture until it is very crumbly and no large particles remain,; then press mixture into a firm lump with your hands. Place dough (it is crumbly) in an 8 or 9 inch layer cake pan with removable bottom and press out firmly, evenly. Impress edge of the dough with the tines of a fork and prick surface evenly. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until a pale golden brown. Remove from oven and while warm, cut with a sharp knife into wedges and sprinkle with about 1 Tbsp. sugar. Let cool, then remove pan rim and transfer cookies to a serving tray or airtight container. Keep at room temperature as long as a week; freeze for longer storage. Makes 8 to 12 cookies.
The picture above is of two ladies knitting at the Shetland Scalloway Museum. I took it last summer while at the coffee shop museum. They meet weekly and knit, chat and share SCOTCH SHORTBREAD (note the plastic container between them that holds their treats). I just loved that they brought their own cookies to the museum while they worked and chatted with me. Their brogues were very thick, and I had to ask them to repeat their words several times. And yes, they did give me permission to take their picture for blogging purposes. These two ladies were amazed that there picture appeared immediately on the iPad! Neither had seen an iPad before.
Read this Month and maybe back into February:
Hidden, by Catherine McKenzie (excellent!)
Best Kept Secret, by Jeffrey Archer (The Clifton Chronicles) a keeper
The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila (written in the 1500's, and I just could not understand most of what she had to say about Purgatory, but I was determined to read it for the Lenten Season.) Read it only if you dare.
A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch (loved this 2008 Agatha Award Nominee Book; Inspector Exeter of Scotland Yard at the turn of the century kept me interested; will be reading more by Charles Finch)
A Time to Kill (only 20% through this), by John Grisham. Lots of courtroom drama
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (the husband said to read A Time To Kill if I liked this one, which I did)
What are you up to?