Our Christmas was sort of strange. We were all sick. Everything that you can imagine. Stomach bugs, aches and chills, sore throats, coughs, you name it. We had it! We are rebounding now.
I do want to share with you a gift my Mama gave to me. There is a fantastic little art store in Laguna Beach that we love. She got it there.
The bird house is hand signed from the artist that made it.
So off I went. Things seemed they were going okay, until I hit the first red and white block. Uh oh....something was amiss. See that first red and white part, looking from the bottom up, right after the grey? That was supposed to look line an X pattern. Instead, it looks like it might be code for dirty words or something. C's and arrows. But NOT what it was supposed to look like. Now being the perfectionist I am, I would usually frog it down to the part that was wrong and start it over. But, with both of those balls of yarn attached, I was afraid to really bungle it up if I did. So I did some research, and discovered what I had done wrong, and persevered. I discovered that if using circular needles, you read each line from right to left. Not the zigzag pattern I was following, which would only be done if knitting flat. Well, thanks book, for not telling me that!!!! So now I am cruising right along, and it is looking just as the pattern suggests it should. FUN!!! Perhaps Fair Isle knitting is in my future after all!
I made a ham on New Year's Day and we had it with our black eyed peas served over rice.
Yesterday morning, I got up and wanted to make another loaf of bread that I had found a recipe for that looked good. A Banana Poppy Seed Whole Wheat bread. But I was out of wheat flour, so ran to Sprouts for some. I came home with the flour, and a beautiful small Prime Rib Roast!
I put the bread on, and planned for our dinner. What a beautiful mess, eh?
I took it out when it was done, and we couldn't even wait for it to cool, before slicing off a hunk to slather with butter and taste.
The Prime Rib I got was only 3.5 pounds. Perfect to feed a few people. I made a rub for it with kosher salt, fresh rosemary, peppercorns that I crushed, and minced garlic. I rubbed the meat with olive oil, and then pressed the rub onto all sides. I allowed it to come to room temp and then roasted it in a 500 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then turned it down to 325, and cooked it to medium rare, or about 150 degrees on a meat thermometer. The smell in the house was amazing!
I served it all with some rosemary roasted baby red potatoes, and fresh steamed broccoli. A little dollop of horseradish sauce, and the meal was just perfect! I always like the end cut of meat, as I am not too fond of the rare. My popovers had big beautiful crowns on them, but had fallen some by the time I took this photo. Oh my goodness, this was so good. If you have never cooked a Prime Rib, do try it. It is easy, and so delicious!
Feels good to be back folks! Can't wait to catch up with all of you! And I promise to be back very soon.
Happy New Year!