Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I heart Bubs!
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Sharing the love

I gotta give a shout out to the peeps at Sconehenge in Berkeley. For the last year, I've been buying a bundle of their scones as many weeks as I can. I've never been to the actual bakery, but these packaged goods are da biz-omb.

These rule
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I heat them up in the toaster oven, for about 4 minutes at 300 degrees (the exact time it takes my coffee to brew in my french press!). They come out lightly crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. They are so unlike any other scone I've had. If you think scones are those dry, lumpy blobs reminiscent of a leather shoe, these scones will blow your mind. Try them if you're in the area. And no, I don't work for them. I just like to support small local businesses.

Mouth-watering closeup
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Yarns of the month: Amazon by Manetto Hill, Unique by Wendy, Cashcotton by RY Classic, and Ingenua by Katia
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005


So like, back in March when it was our 3 year anniversary, I got one of those mini-kits you see as an impulse buy at the register of Barnes and Noble. It was the mini bonsai kit, claiming to have everything you need to start your own bonsai.

Since we bought this fancy new digital camera, we said we wouldn't exchange gifts. Fine, except that I can't possibly not get something for him. Enter: bonsai kit. I figured we could grow our own pine tree on our anniversary and watch it grow and change over time, just like our marriage. Mike's a sucker for that sentimental symbolism crap. It was perfect.

Now, a little over a month since it left the safety of its plastic pouch, here are two perky pine seedlings. Hey, two seedlings - just like the two of us! Awwww.... (barf).

Two pines in a pod
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And while we're on the topic of seedlings, check out how our cherry tomatoes are doing! They've got flowers and everything. But, their leaves have started to curl up. Apparently this is common for cherry tomatoes, particularly ones that grow in containers. Who knew.

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Oh, and one more thing before I go... I heart Trader Joe's. I've been saying how I need like a basket or something to help me contain all these random balls of yarn I got goin' on for the blankie. As we're walking into TJ's, I see this pile of baskets that were perfect.

TJ completes me
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Let me point out the details. The handle (which is solid, not woven) is hinged, so it folds down and out of the way when you're knitting. The basket is lined, so your yarns won't get snagged by the weave. And, the liner has two pockets built-in so you can stick a pair of scissors and a tape measure in there without them getting lost. The bottom is actually a solid cut of wood. Not that it makes much of a difference, but I thought it was a nice touch. And the best part? It was only $13.99! A deal like that just makes me giddy.