31 October 2005

return of the native

comment spam? we don't need no stinkin' comment spam, so i enabled those doohickeys to keep the spambots outta the house. sorry for any inconvenience, o-patient-readers-of-an-infrequently-updated-blog.

some crafty Halloween costumes seen this year: pregnant nun, convict Martha Stewart (actually, it was a crossdressing-convict Martha Stewart, complete with goatee--he had very cleverly handcuffed himself to a spice rack, as well), a walking iPod commercial, and, my favorite, a guy in a cardboard box covered in fancy paper, with a gift tag on it that said "To: Women -- From: God." heh.

i've been supremely busy with work-drama, car-drama, travel-drama, and other assorted drama, so i haven't touched the needles in a while. about the only crafty thing i've even done is turn a kids' thriftstore sweater into laptop pajamas, which i can't even post a picture of because i lost the USB cable for my camera. i also signed up, once again, for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which starts, oh, TOMORROW.


i suppose novel-writing counts as crafty, so i'll ramble on about it more. although i won NaNo last year, clocking in at 50,004 words, i was writing characters i've been writing for a long time, so i didn't do a lot of preparation. this year i'm going with an idea that i've been pondering for a while, but i haven't been able to do a lot of world-building or character-building, so i'll basically be flying by the seat of my pants. the NaNo boards are abuzz this year with the Snowflake Method, which i tried out and liked. i got surprising results out of it, or at least out of the first three steps, which is as far as i got. apparently my story now has ghosts and demons in it. who knew?

*panics more*

anyway, since i have a crapload of recipes i never ever have time to make, i thought i'd share them with everybody, because maybe ya'll have time to make them. we should have a blog-based-cookie-recipe-exchange or something. here is a recipe that accomplishes several things that holiday-time-of-year recipes should accomplish: a) it looks good, so it looks like you spent hours over a hot oven, when really it's so simple you can drink a glass of wine while cooking; b) the ingredients are fairly cheap, so you can stock up and make it again and again; and c) it freaking tastes good!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake (Serves 12)
2 cups finely crushed gingersnaps
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
6 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted

3 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
dashed ground cloves

-Mix gingersnaps, pecans and butter; press onto bottom and sides of pie pan or springform pan.
-Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each, just until blended. (Batter will be liquidy). Reserve half the plain batter in a separate bowl and set aside.
-Stir remaining 1/4 cup sugar (or add more to taste), pumpkin, and spices (adjusting to taste) into the remaining batter.
-Spoon half of the pumpkin batter over the crust. Top with spoonfuls of half of the reserved plain batter. Repeat layers. Cut through the batters with the edge of a butterknife to create a marbled effect.
-If using a silver springform pan, bake at 325 F for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. If using a dark nonstick springform pan, bake at 300 F for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. If using a pie pan, bake at 325 F for 55 minutes or until almost set. Loosen cake from sides of pan; cool before removing sides (springform pan).
-Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Store leftovers in fridge, although there won't be any.

i believe this recipe originally came from Philly cream cheese, although knowing me i probably made it with Wegmans brand everything. if you like it, or the recipe idea in general, let me know!


At 1:28 PM, Blogger ErLeCa said...

Long time no see or post or whatever! I definitely understand the busy/drama stuff. It's going around isn't it? And now the holidays are coming it's going to get even worse. Hopefully I'll be able to make it to knitting some weekend soon and hopefully you'll be there too, gotta catch up.

By the way, I love the costume idea of the guy dressed up as a present from god! So funny!

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Bean said...

Welcome back to earth! Good luck with your novel. You know, I still haven't finished that damn pair of Magic Stripe Socks I was working on last time we both were at a knit up. That was... When?? What month??

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you're alive! I thought maybe you gave up the whole blog thing. I enjoy your blog and hope you update more often. Love the recipe idea.

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