Wow! A non-food post! What is this blog coming too? All kidding aside, don't you love to get something fun in the mail? Sometimes the unexpected arrival of the mail carrier bearing gifts is such a pleasant surprise. Of course, an anticipated arrival can be pretty rewarding too.
My daughter and I finally got around to purchasing recently purchased some new yarns using our 2-year old gift certificates. (Wouldn't want to rush into any decision making, after all.) The yarns are from Knitpicks. A new hat for the winter is what my daughter wants to tackle. I think she may crochet it vs knit it. Oh, and a crocheted bag is another thing she has in mind. What I have in mind is a few pairs of socks and a few neck warmer/scarves for this pile of wool. Or perhaps these skeins will just saunter over to the yarn bin and wait there awhile? Hope not!
Another sweet & expected gift in the mail was a Bolga basket. Hand-woven from Bolgatanga, Ghana. It's good for carrying around all sorts of things: produce, bread, yarns, papers, knitting needles, fabric scraps of all shapes & sizes. (Of course once I use it for food stuffs, I probably wouldn't use it to store yarn or fabric so maybe using it go visit the farmer's market is out of the question?
And a third gift in the mail (this one unexpected) was a yogurt maker from my mom. Thanks, Mom! I've tried it out one time and it fits its name: Miracle Yogurt Maker. It was so easy. We put a quart of milk (including the container) into the machine. Added in our favorite Greek Yogurt for a starter. Turned it on & let it do its thing for 8-12 hours (I let my batch sit for 12 hours... put it on at 7:30 last night & it was ready when I woke up) It didn't come out as thick as I would have liked, but it'll do for smoothies. I'll have to experiment. The only problem that I can possibly foresee is that it makes only 1 quart at a time. Under normal-size familial circumstances that would be enough. For our family, it is 1 helping.