Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Easter N'at

For the uninitiated--the title of this post is in a foreign language--Pittsburghese. Bird was home from Monday 3/17 until this past Monday. He's picking up the local vernacular--saying things like "N'at", "yins" and the ever popular "jagoff." So we are adjusting to the new language we are hearing at our house. I haven't blogged in over a week. Things have been really busy. Last week at school, I had to put together a weeks worth of sub plans for next week. I'm a little nervous about that as my sub is somewhat spacey. It will be testing week and the kids will be a little off. I'm afraid they will eat my sub alive! I'll have to straighten them out when I return. I've already decided to bribe them with a contest. I am having a cast signing contest as I will have a cast on my left hand/wrist when I return. I'm buying a box of sharpies in 15 colors and the best class of the week gets to sign my cast. Funny how little things like that mean so much to kids. I never fail to pick up on that quality in them and use it to my advantage (and theirs!)

Then we had Easter. I set a lovely Easter table:
Note the napkins folded like bunnies.  I found the best website on napkin folding and I have used it a number of times.  Who needs a book?  You can find it here.  Unfortunately Ems and KC ended up having to work an extra shift and they couldn't come over so it was just the three of us.  We have enough food for the week.  We had baked ham, baked pineapple casserole, baby carrots and sugar snap peas in lime ginger butter,  roasted asparagus with asiago cheese, rosemary fingerling potatoes and popovers.  I hadn't made popovers for years.  They are a throwback to my own childhood--one of the treats that my brother and I would beg my mom to make.  For dessert we had angel food cake with strawberries and mango sorbet.  Of course I had to pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked for Bird.  I must admit that it is my favorite B&J's flavor as well.  Before dinner, I fixed some Pamatinis.  I have finally perfected the recipe and it tastes just like the ones at the Rams Head. I had to make some changes from my original recipe and it's just right!  I can really suck those down at happy hour!

Here is the recipe:


1 1/2 oz. Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. premium vodka
1 1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
3 oz. pineapple juice

Place in shaker with ice, shake vigorously and pour.   Seriously good stuff and it makes a pretty big drink.  I have big martini glasses.  It always blows my mind to go to a bar and pay 10 bucks for a premium martini in a small glass!

I have to do the crochet edging for one more sleeve flounce on Giselle--then I'm done!  I need to finish it today as I won't be able to crochet with a cast.  I also cast on Bella Paquita.  I'm a little disappointed in the yarn.  It is Elann Incense--a blend of 50% wool, 25% silk, 25% bamboo.  It sounds luscious doesn't it?  What threw me off is that I only use merino wool and this yarn just says "wool"  not "merino" and I should have paid attention to that.  It isn't terribly soft, but at least it doesn't feel scratchy.  You get what you pay for.  

I'm trying to get stuff done today that I won't be able to do with my bandage on my hand.  I'll check in tomorrow night once the Percocet kicks in.

Bushism of the day:

"[A]s you know, these are open forums, you're able to come and listen to what I have to say." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2003

Kitty Cam:  Samantha enjoys the Easter flowers!


  1. Ooooo...Percocet. LOVE that Percocet! Good luck with your surgery, Vicki.


  2. Oh yeah, I also wanted to say that your Easter dinner sounds SCRUMPTIOUS! We went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner on Easter. Then at work on Monday, everyone came in with their ham leftovers. Now I'm craving ham!! I'll have to do a ham this weekend. And I'm intrigued with your Pineapple casserole.

    Take care, Meredith

  3. Thanks for the heads up on that Elann yarn - I dislike their non-merino wool and/or wool blend yarns myself. I messed up on that once with one of their other yarns, expecting merino (almost as a default, as that's what I'm used to using) and not getting it.

    Love that Pamatini recipe! Thanks! I am a huge fan of all of those ingredients, so I'm sure I will love it!

  4. Thank God the Pittsburgh says didn't stick to me during my time there!

    Your Easter dinner sounds delicious! Good thing you'll have leftovers in the fridge while you are recovering!

    Good luck with the surgery. Please let me know if I can help you with anything!

  5. Your table is so cool! Love the bunny napkins! Missing you at the Sip 'N Knit! Hope things go well with the surgery!
    Take care and hope to see you soon!
    Joan a/k/a fsk