Tuesday, December 25, 2007

merry ___________.

we had a handmade, thrift shop holiday.

those plastic store-bought crowns are not only cheap and ill-fitting, they are probably toxic (ours was flaking gold paint)--so i decided to design a pattern and make them from gold fabric. next time i might add "jewels"...who knows, but they turned out great!

Breana and i went to Red, White, and Blue in Gladstone last week. i wasn't looking for anything in particular (except books, which they bag up and sell for cheap)...and i scored some great costumes (which all went with the crowns!), and a small red "doll" radio flyer wagon, and two huge stacks of book. also a vintage star trek game for Blake and a sailing book.

The only thing i bought new was a kitty calendar for Isadore--or "titty" as she would say. Lol!

what luck! a cowardly lion costume...as most of you know Mayan is a huge Wizard of Oz fan.....

well, portland enjoyed a somewhat "white christmas"--it snowed here for a good hour. of course, as ex-central oregon-ers this was not a huge thrill for us, but i guess the kids and most longtime pdx-ers were pleased!

i made my traditional egg and bacon pie this morning, as well. it's a nigella lawson recipe that i have made every dec 25th for the last five years. it's delish for breakfast or a lazy dinner (she suggests it with cornichons and beer and some television)...it's even good cold. give it a try!


1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (i used 1 cup whole wheat pastry and 2/3 cup white)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 butter
3-5 Tbs ice water (it took more for my crust)

freeze fats and flour in the freezer for 10 minutes. then put in the food processor and blend into a "flaky rubble." add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until ball forms. divide into two discs and wrap each in plastic wrap--refrigerate for 20 minutes.

2 1/2 cups, or 18 oz of pancetta or bacon, cut up or chopped up into small squares
1 cup onion, chopped
2 or 3 large eggs
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 Tbs chopped italian parsley

in a saute pan, cook up the bacon and onion, peppering well. in a small bowl whip up the eggs, green onion, and parsley.

when discs are ready roll them out, and line a pie plate with one. fill up with the bacon mixture, then pour the egg mix over (it will puff up quite a bit.) top with the other rolled out pastry, and cut slits for steam to escape.

put on 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. remove and let cool--it's best just above room temperature.


leahsmom said...

i love the pictures and your crowns and costumes i would love to have isadores dancing picture blown up and the background blurred a little it would make a nice home photo to display. when she danced for me on the phone the other day i could only imagine. i like that she likes kitties so much because they are a favorite of grandma annes too! see you soon

Korin said...

Yay for tittie calendars! Happy happy op you too.

Mrs. G. said...

Your kids are the cutest little bugs. I love all the costumes. I miss those days of the dress up chest. I'm reliving them right here. Thanks for the memories.

Laura said...

Those crowns are fabulous! Now I want to make one. Looks like you all had a beautiful time!