Sunday, February 17, 2008

Saturday Adventure

It was COOOOOLD. But I got up, cleaned out my car (too much stuff and dog fur), and off me go to pick up Archiknist for our Saturday Adventure.

We started off by having lunch at Cafe Atlantique. The cafe is very much like a little French bistro that makes excellent crepes and salads. I had a goat cheese crepe with white hot chocolate and Archiknist had a salad of the day with hot chocolate. Yum! If you ever go around there, it would definitely worth your palate and stomach to try it.

We stopped in Litlith's Loom to check out the place. I've seen it for awhile now but never stopped in. Rob and his partner had opened the store to cater to the weaving community. They have quite a few classes in weaving, crochet, knitting, and more. The classes are towards the pricey side though. Rob is very friendly and told us his vision for the place. They carry a lot of local art work for sale - there was this beautiful wood weaved star ornaments on a Christmas tree and it was just beautiful. We didn't purchase anything and went on to a used bookstore and a jewelry store down the street. We were hoping the used bookstore will carry some craft books, but they didn't. The closest thing they have is Art. Hmmm... Maybe all the craft people knows not to give up their precious books. The jewelry store has a lot of "green" stuff - inner tube remake into purses and wallets, etc. Very interesting and actually stylish! But we were good and we didn't buy anything there either.

Finally, we arrived to one of our two destinations - Manifest Beads. The store has been there for almost three years and I visited it quite a few times but I haven't been in for awhile. I signed up the Charming Chunky Bracelet class so I can learn how to make the charms with wires. I also purchased a packet of leaf charms while we were there. We then went to Joann's and I bought some crystals (40% off + 10% off all purchase coupon!!! How can you beat that!!! Thanks for the tip, Sunflowerfairy!)

What am I going to do with all these? Stitch Markers of course! :)

After I got home, David and I made some sweet potato risotto and a loaf of gluten free bread. I follow this risotto recipe but substitute the butternut squash with sweet potatoes, and the bread came from Gluten-Free Pantry. Now, I bought two cases of this mix from Amazon awhile ago, but so far I have opened two of the mixes that didn't come with the yeast packet that were suppose to be included. I emailed Gluten Free Pantry before and all they did was send me an email and told me that the yeast is just dry yeast and that I can just go out and buy the yeast pack. No apologies or anything. OK LADY - The whole point of emailing you is so YOU can send me the packets to replace it. It says that it includes it! So where are my yeast packets? That customer service is really gonna get you to places.

Anyways, back to the food. The risotto was so good that I only manage to snap this picture:

The whole pan was FULL! Up to the top (about 3 inches tall) and that's all that's left. Yum. And here is the bread:

The loaf pan I used is smaller than it called for, hence the giant top. But was this bread good! Moist, a little dense and it's just plain delicious. As of this morning, we only have half a loaf left.

That pretty much concluded my Saturday because soon after the food, I passed out from exhaustion - The sinus infection bug has kicked my butt. I literally slept for 11 and 1/2 hours!!! That's a lot of sleeping time!

Now time to go make some stitch markers!!! :)


KnelleyBelley said...

So jealous. While you were bouncing my town, I was in bed with the flu. I haven't been to Lilith's Loom or Manifest beads yet, and I drive by them twice a day on the way to and from school. I'll have to go check them out. Looking forward to seeing your stitch markers.

Oh - and I bookmarked the Risotto recipe for the future. Looks so good.

anphoe said...

The bread and Risotto look awesome! I will try the risotto later too! Can't wait to see your pretty stitch markers, and don't forget to teach me how to make them, hehe

Octopus Knits said...

Sounds like you had a fun day! The risotto looks delicious, and so does the bread (though it sucks that they didn't include the yeast packet) : )

Andrea said...

I am so hungry and now it is worse because I know what I would like to eat and won't get ... :-)

That email is an impertinence! Sounds like they don't know what customer service means ...!

missburrows said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend (well, without the sinus infection). I'm impressed to hear that David is cooking.

Beth said...

I came from octopus knits blog. Wow, i feel like such a noob in the knitting world, but at least I get inspired!

Nashe' said...

purl-fect little loaf here !!