Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday's Tin of the Week

‘Tis the season of baking … This is my favorite cocoa to bake with and sadly now it’s hard for me to find here Basel. I know that as an American I should love Hershey’s and I do.  But I just couldn’t find Hershey’s while living in Holland. Imagine my excitement when I found my favorite cocoa in a tin!




Happy Baking!
The Martini Knitter

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Done! And On Time!


I have to say that I have been knitting non-stop on The Shaker’s “Brownstone” by Jared Flood for his anniversary gift. And I did it without any midnight panic attacks!  For those of you who may not have known this, last year I made socks for The Shaker.  But the sad thing was that I was only able to complete one sock by our anniversary.  So I was on a mission to rectify this discrepancy this year!  This is also when I learned that The Shaker had this whole Black-Jack-21-year theme planned out in his minds – hence the reason why I chose a black and gray yarn for his Brownstone pullover. I also said that blocking may or may not occur.  But I even managed that and it blocked up beautifully. Thank you Cascade Eco Alpaca!

But … of course … I wouldn’t have gotten “Black Jack” this year if it weren’t for The Shaker having a business trip planned this past week. Hence the true reason why I didn’t have those midnight panic attacks.


This year there was really no theme planned in our anniversary gifts to each other (normally, there isn’t) except for maybe saying “buy Swiss.”  Last week we jointly chose a nice basket to take to friends’ homes carrying a bottle of wine and a appetizer.  And I got a brand (slightly) new handbag from Freitag.  I say slightly new as the bags are made from recycled truck tarps from here in Europe.  The Shaker bought me the Hawaii Five-0 handbag that I have to say I have been patiently waiting to buy!  When it comes to handbags, I really have no patience.

It's in the mail as I type!


Cheers!
The Martini Knitter


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday's Tin of the Week


Last week The Shaker traveled to Boston for work.  Before he left I said, “Hey I don’t have a Boston shot glass in my collection; when you are in the airport can you pick me up one.”  He said sure, but instead he came home with this week’s tin of the week.  I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the tin was filled with the candy (woo hoo).



As a result of The Shaker’s contribution to this week’s Tin of the Week, it has spawned a serious discussion between Olive and myself. 

Olive has noticed that she, The Shaker and The Shaker’s mother are becoming very influential in adding tins to “Tuesday’s Tin of the Week.”  Here’s her answer to the fierce the competition brought on by The Shaker and his mother … “Bring it on!” 

And I will say this is to anyone who is reading … you find a tin that you want to share (and it has to be appropriate for all ages to see) send it to me.  If it gets into this blog, I will give you a shout out.  You can send your photo(s) to me at themartiniknitter@gmail.com

And note to Olive and The Shaker’s mother …  Christmas is right around the corner.  There should be some really good tins out there with Christmas motifs on them.  Let’s see what ya got!

Cheers!
The Martini Knitter

*Side Note:  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup comes in dark chocolate which I love even more than the original Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.