A Slice of Distraction

I just realized that it’s been a whole week that I’ve had a fully functional computer back yet I hadn’t provided an update! It turned out to be (almost) the best case scenario: easily fixable for not-too-bad a price. I think my jaw actually dropped when they told me how little it was going to cost. Yay for refurbished parts! (And now I cross my fingers that the non-name-brand refurbished part continues to work…) The labor cost was amazingly low—I don’t think the major chain brand would have even looked at it for less than 3 times what I paid for the labor. I was told that the part was pretty easy to replace though; I guess it’s a good thing that I had taken it apart already trying to dry it out and had my dad drill out the stripped screws!

Anyways, that’s the biggest news. The knitting is making pretty decent progress, but it still all looks the same. The end is in sight, but there’s nothing to show, so I’ll offer up a distraction instead:

This would be the first pie I have ever made, crust and all. I will never make such a good pie again: the crust was so flaky it fell apart just trying to cut it. I have no idea how I’ll ever replicate that! The pie is a Kentucky High-Day, which is basically a pecan pie with chocolate chips added. Super easy filling, super rich, super yummy.

As for that knitting? Hopefully by the end of the month. But then I’ll need something new….time to start planning!

Pasta fresca


I received a hand-crank pasta machine for Christmas, but only got around to trying it out a week and a half ago. Not too bad as first experiments go, and far easier than rolling out the dough by hand! Next time I’ll roll it even thinner (I wasn’t sure how far I could go without tearing the dough). I’d also like to play with the recipe a little–maybe add some basil for a pesto flavored pasta or experiment with adding (the more traditional) semolina flour in the mix. All in all, a delicious, if messy, experiment!