Thursday, July 15, 2010

Elbow Bursitis + Low-Fat & Luscious

I've had an ongoing and painful case of elbow bursitis. It's kind of like tennis elbow, I suppose, but, boy, being red and swollen and terribly tender, it makes for one ugly elbow! Anyway, there's no knitting allowed yet and I'm just now getting back to keyboarding my new book with lots of breaks and rest for the still-inflamed joint. Next time I post I'll be giving away a couple skeins of sock yarn, but today I have a great low-fat dessert recipe that's easy as 1-2-3 and luscious to boot. So here goes:

Serves 4-6 (depends on serving dish)

2 Tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

2 6-ounce containers of your favorite flavor yogurt (I use Anderson Erickson's Yo-Lite)
1/2 Cup fat-free evaporated milk (or heavy cream if you're not watching fat intake)
1 Tablespoon honey

Small pieces of fresh fruit to top if so desired

1. Pour cold water into a microwave-safe cup and sprinkle unflavored gelatin over it. Let sit 5 minutes and then microwave for 15 seconds.

2. Gently whisk yogurt, milk or cream, and honey together, then stir in the gelatin.

3. Divide the mixture among 6 espresso cups or 4 small dessert glasses. Chill for at least 3 hours. If using espresso cups, run a knife around the edges of the cups to unmold the panna cottas onto plates and spoon a little fruit beside each one. If using dessert glasses, top with a little fruit and enjoy.

Copyright 2011 by Fran Baker

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Monday, July 05, 2010

1776 The Musical - The Egg

Wishing you a very Happy Independence Day, albeit a day late. I have lots to tell you and plan to be back tomorrow to start doing so. Now I'm off to stick my head in the freezer and pray for winter.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Elephant Bib

Here's an adorable elephant bib I crocheted for an Indian friend's baby shower. The end of the trunk hangs freely, and in the pattern, you're supposed to attach a piece of Velcro to make it a pacifier holder. Which is a cute concept, but kind of impractical, since I only put bibs on babies when I'm feeding them, and they don't have their pacifiers then. Maybe they think you're going to pop the pacifier back in as soon as the feeding is done? Anyway, I skipped that part.

This went over pretty well at the baby shower. Handmade + elephant is hard to beat.

The yarn is Berocco Vintage, a machine-washable wool-acrylic blend in Cracked Pepper and Wasabi. Love all the non-pastel colors in that line, and the softness of the yarn; I think it's going to be my new default for baby yarn gifts. I'm using the leftover yarn, plus I think their Crimson, to make the elephant stranded hat for Kavi / Anand. Cracked Pepper is a perfect elephant color.