Archive for January, 2009

Coffee Crisp

Posted by on Jan 27 2009 | Delicious Things

A while ago, I posted about liking coffee creme revels.

Following this Glenda very, very kindly sent me a Canadian classic: Coffee Crisp. 4, to be precise. (They were actually sent before christmas, but as they had a long way to travel they arrived afterwards, while I was in the UK, and then there was the weekend, so I couldn’t get to the post office to collect them etc etc.) Anyway, I’ve been remiss in my blogging.

Coffee Crisp then.

Although I’ve been to Canada a few times for various reasons (namely family holiday, rugby tour, summer working  and 3 day business trip), I hadn’t noticed Coffee Crisps before. It may be because the look is, well, classic? Vintage? It could be that I was distracted all the time by the novelty of Hersheys (disappointing), and some tasty peanut butter filled things (not Reeces) that were really addictive and I’m really glad I haven’t seen over here.

Anyway, Coffee Crisp. Old style packaging:

See what I mean? I have to say, I like it.

Now, my interior photo is a bit blurry. I apologise.

The Coffee Crisp is essentially coffee flavoured wafer wrapped in milk chocolate.

It shouldn’t be substantial, and I wasn’t sure if it would satisfy my cravings for sweet deliciousness.

However. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was delicious! Really really tasty. And filling! Light, but filling. Perfect with a cup of tea, and I’d imagine pretty damn good with a cup of coffee too. Similar to a KitKat chunky, but not the same. Not as much thick chocolate, but sometimes that’s a good thing.

I still have two left, but if you’re hoping for me to be offering them as some sort of prize you can stop that thought right there. These are all mine and nobody else is getting their hands on them. I’m almost reluctant to eat them because then they’ll be gone.

Thanks so much Glenda!

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The trouble with stripes…

Posted by on Jan 26 2009 | Crafty things

It’s been a while since there was any actual knitting content on the blog. There has been knitting, but sadly none today.

Today was the day that I caught up with some finishing. I have a small collection of projects that are waiting for their future owners to be born, and most of these projects needed/need finishing. Little things – ends sewn in, seams done, fastenings attached and washing. I’m quite happy churning out the knitting, not so good at the finishing.

So, today I got to grips with it a bit.

Taking a tip from Glenda (who incidentally sent me a lovely treat a few weeks back that will soon be blogged), I’m not going to post all the project details up – you can find them on my Ravelry projects page if you’re a knitter. If you’re not a knitter, you’re probably not interested in the needle size and fibre content.

Finished, I present:

Ruffle Rib Baby Socks

Bluebell Baby Hat

Lilac Baby Hat

Almost finished:

Lilac Baby Kimono – needs i-cord ties and blocking

February Baby Sweater – needs buttons and blocking

Baby Surprise Jacket – needs buttons and blocking.

I finished knitting the baby surprise jacket on 25th August ’08. It’s taken me exactly 6 months to sit down and sew in all the ends and seam it up. Ah well.

Still to finish:

Teal Baby Kimono – the knitting’s actually all done on this now, but I can’t face any more seaming today.

All in all a productive day, but one I would have preferred to spend working on Girasole.

It’s coming along nicely, but not as quickly as it should be. An hour or so working on it today would have been lovely.

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The Cake Cafe

Posted by on Jan 24 2009 | General Ramblings

Victoria Sponge and a cappucino in The Cake Cafe.
I’ve just spent a lovely afternoon with Diane, knitting and chatting and eating cake. Can’t beat it. The Cake Cafe is a really lovely venue. It’s quite small but there’s a lovely outside courtyard and they operate a waiting list for the inside tables, which is a very fair and sensible way of doing things.
My cake was pretty good. Tasty, but nothing to write home about, which was a shame, as the cafe supplies cakes to where my knitting group meets, and I know they’re first class usually.
Anyway. A nice venue, great company, and tasty treats: a lovely way to while away a few hours on a bright winters day.

—- ?Sent using a Sony Ericsson mobile phone

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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For

Posted by on Jan 22 2009 | Books


One of my wonderful presents for giftmas this year was Essential Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel, author of the excellent Fun Home, a graphic-novel format autobiography.

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF from now on) is a collection of short comic strips featuring a bunch of people living their lives, and often worrying about them.

I’m a fan of comics that show ordinary people. Of course, there’s really no such thing as ordinary, and I enjoy being welcomed into a different reality than my own. I guess that links in with the people-watching side of my personality, except this way I can do it from the comfort of my new reclining armchair with a blanket and a cup of tea. Handy when you have the flu.

I planned on dipping in and out of DTWOF, but instead I started reading and didn’t really do anything else until I’d finished, the cast of characters being such good company. I missed them when I finished, especially as the strip is on indefinite hiatus while Bechdel works on other projects.

Incidentally, DTWOF is the source of The Bechdel Test, (that The Gurrier blogged last year). If something (a film really, but I find it interesting to apply it to other mediums) fulfills the following criteria, is passes:
1. There are two women in it.
2. They talk to each other.
3. About something other than a man.

It’s depressing how few things pass.
(Original comic strip here)

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A New America?

Posted by on Jan 20 2009 | General Ramblings

There’s really nothing else that could be blogged today. It was a momentous occasion, and it’s still quite hard to believe that it’s actually happened.

Much has been written and is being written, by better writers than me, and those with more of a right to be talking about it. So, instead, I shall present a list of the highlights for me. Small details, of course eclipsed by the overall awesomeness of the whole situation. I mean, President Barack Hussein Obama.

So, the little things that I’ve liked so far:
* A shout out to the non-believers.
* An emphasis on hope over fear.
* Restoring science to its rightful place. About time.
* Malia filming the speech on her camera.
* Aretha’s bow.
* The crowds! So many people.
* The Obamas getting out and walking for some of the parade.
* Joe Biden being completely unable to stop smiling all day.
* Joe Biden (again I know, but he rocks) during the parade, slowing down to make eye contact and wave to a kid and then jogging to catch up.

Last, but most definitely not least:
* Waving GWB goodbye.

Congratulations America! I think it’s all going to be ok.

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