Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lace ... oh boy what have I done...



Yep, I am loving it, my friends. This Branching Out is going to branch me out into more lace, I can see now... For the sake of boring ya'll, I won't take a picture of the growing Branching Out Scarf. I'll be looking for my next project. Any suggestions from more experienced lace knitters?

Yesterday I spent baking in the morning. Christmas cookie baking. Yes, already. These are called Mexican Wedding Cookies - why I have no clue - and is a receipe that has been in my family for longer than I have been alive. They have been known to keep up to a year but in my house in order for that to happen, I would have to hide them. Of course that is exactly what I have done. I made 3 full batches of them - each batch yielding about 4 doz - and they won't even be really good until next week. After they sit a while.

Which brings me to next week. Tuesday to be exact. My baby girl is coming home! Yippee! I cannot wait to see her. She will be winging in here from Key West at approx. 4:16pm which is currently 6 days and 2.5 hours from now. But who is counting... She will be here for a few fun filled frolicking days. We'll have a blast and of course I will be making the best - you better believe it - vegetarian Thanksgiving meal this side of Seattle. My mom will make a turkey for herself and my hub ( I do not eat turkey) but I am still working on the rest of the menu...

And speaking of husbands ... let me share with you... The other night I was in husband's chair knitting and he was upstairs. Figured he was working in *manland* (his almost finished room with 33 remote controls, a big honking tv that I couldn't even begin to turn on, and other man devices). I heard water running. Hmmm, wonder why he is in the shower. Maybe got paint on himself? Keep knitting... Water still running ... Since we are in a severe drought here in GA, we all pay lots of attention to water consumption. I went upstairs only to find the water in his bathroom sink running. I shut it off - he has done this before. I tell him about it and he says, "man, I do that all the time". I said, glad there wasn't anything to stop up the sink!

Next am - he goes to work - I go to take shower and notice that in his shower stall there is one of the bathroom rugs, 2 towels and last night's clothes. Hmmm. Why are they all wet? Well, I find out that he had left the water running in the same sink while he took a shower and *this time* it overflowed. Yep. . I smiled while I called him a funny name...

1 comment:

CharCharBinx said...

My favorite cookie in the world !!!!The mexican wedding cake or my grandmothers irish tea cake explained :

Mexican wedding cakes according to several food history sources and cookbooks, Mexican wedding cakes and (aka Biscochitos/Mexico), Biscochos/Cuba, Kourabi‚des/Greece, Polvorones/Italy & Spain, Rohlichky/Ukraine and Sand Tarts, Sandies, Butterballs & Moldy Mice/United States) are a universal holiday cookie-type treat. This means this recipe is not necessarily connected to any one specific country. It IS connected with the tradition of saving rich and expensive food (the richest butter, finest sugar, choicest nuts) for special occasions. Food historians trace the history of these cookies and cakes to Medieval Arab cuisine, which was rich in sugar. Small sugar cakes with nuts (most often almonds) and spices were known to these cooks and quickly adopted by the Europeans. This sweet culinary tradition was imported by the Moors to Spain, diffused and assimilated throughout Europe, then introduced to the New World by 16th century explorers. Sugar cookies, as we know them today, made their appearance in th 17th century. About sugar. Recipes called Mexican wedding cakes descend from this tradition. They first appear in American cookbooks in the 1950s.

The cookie is old, the name is new. Food historians place the first recipes named "Mexican wedding cakes" in the 1950s and 1960s. Why the name? Our books and databases offer no explanations. Perhaps timing is everything? Culinary evidence confirms Mexican wedding cakes are almost identical to Russian Tea Cakes. During the 1950s and 1960s relations between Russia and the United States were strained. It is possible the Cold War provided the impetus for renaming this popular cookie. Coincidentally? This period saw the mainstreaming of TexMex cuisine into American culture.