It’s tofu you with
Friday January 14th 2011, 12:08 am
Filed under: Family,Food,Friends,Knit

First, the marshmallows: every holiday season, several grocery stores around here sell homemade marshmallows, great big squares in a clear box, vanilla or peppermint or chocolate, really good and with none of the feeling of inhaling stale cornstarch of the usual mass-made plastic-bagged type.

My two younger kids love the good ones and the perfection in how they melt into their morning mugs of hot cocoa. I don’t know what the skunk would have thought of them, but hey. So I sent them back to school after the break with some for however long they might last–they don’t stay fresh forever like the commercial ones do, you might as well enjoy a good thing till it’s gone on that one, hoarding and saving and cutting them into pieces to stretch them out will only disappoint.

And so Michelle’s housemate, who knows she can’t do dairy, asked her, “Tell me: *why* do you put TOFU in your hot chocolate?!”

Well now.

Okay, the knitting: I had two size 3.75mm circs tied up in a UFO, just the ribbing done on them. It was a baby hat-to-be but with no particular person in mind on that color, it sat stalled out.

And now oh, I definitely knew who, and hey, as long as I’m on a hat kick, I wanted those needles back for another one for Parker–and there you go.  Motivation.  Parker’s is halfway done now too.

Every good knitter needs a good UFO stash. They finish up so much faster.

(Okay, this is so crying out for a joke about the new yarns made from sugarcane, but it’s 11:30. Anyone? Maybe a sugar-rayon hat with a red-and-white-spiraling candy-cane motif?)

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Sugar cane yarn? Sweet. Will the hat be warm enough to provide good insulination?

Comment by LynnM 01.14.11 @ 1:46 am

Wearing such a hat (made with sugar cane), one could certainly tooth their own horn…

(N.B. attempt from a Francophone)

I love the picture of the bird and the hat. Makes me smile!

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 01.14.11 @ 8:02 am

Nothing like a youngster to motivate one.
“tied up in a UFO” — unidentified flying saucer?

Comment by Don Meyer 01.14.11 @ 9:52 am

Oh! Now you have to get some Tofutsie yarn (wool, soy silk, cotton) and make socks or a scarf for Michelle. Or the housemate. Tofu on feet or around the neck. Tofunny!

Comment by DebbieR 01.14.11 @ 11:25 am

marshmallow creme meets peanutbutter, in a jar, and watch the squirrels, maybe? It’d be different enough unless you have really smart squirrels. (Oh, Palo Alto, I’ll bet they are smart!)

And isn’t Gabriela Gifford’s recovery a flippin’ miracle? Shot *point blank* in the HEAD, and…not only survives, but miraculously so! Prayers work!

Comment by Karen L 01.14.11 @ 2:44 pm

Excellent LynnM!

We love those marshmallows too, so far only available at Zingermanns in vanilla and chocolate… should she want more. Right next to the Ann Arbor Food Coop.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 01.14.11 @ 3:53 pm

SUGAR RAYon. Name the project ‘Leonard’. Tee hee.

Comment by Lilly 01.14.11 @ 10:11 pm

I helped a friend make homemade marshmallows once – I was really surprised at how easy it was. I’d only ever had the corn starchy bagged ones so it was quite amazing to me that they could be done at home. Yummy! I don’t have his recipe but Alton Brown is usually pretty good:

Of course my friend is an amateur candy maker so he’s got the thermometer and the touch needed not to scald or burn anything.

Comment by Deb 01.14.11 @ 10:47 pm

Can you believe I’ve never had real marshmallow?

Comment by Channon 01.15.11 @ 9:22 am

I can’t believe that no one suggested “spun sugar” yarn! 🙂

Comment by Serena Rother 01.18.11 @ 7:57 am

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