Away, you rolling river

Oh dear, I've only been home from work for 10 minutes and I'm already hitting the Easter chocolate.

Perhaps that's some insight onto the type of Monday I had.

Am home now and glad to be here. On this drizzly autumn-like spring day I can find joy en casa with some fun projects.

Yesterday morning I realized that if I really wanted to make a sacrifice for Lent, I should've given up watching Julie and Julia every weekend. If I still rely on it as much next year as I do now, then that will be what I forgo for the next Lenten season. Mardi Gras 2012 will be a 12-hour marathon of the same movie (that sounds pretty awful, really).

On Easter, I got up early (10 a.m.) and decided I must make an apron before I put my new darning foot on my sewing machine and start practicing quilting.

So I did, I made this in a couple of hours and, even though it was a quick project, I still managed to be late for Easter lunch.

This is JoAnn fabric that has been purposeless for too long. I think the birds and the turquoise/bright red are so cheerful for the kitchen. Someday I will have a kitchen that is bright and cheerful, too :)

Also, isn't there something so calming and wonderful about ric-rac? Just love the accent it gives.

I think I may add a pocket before I consider it done done. Right now it's merely one-done.

Am reading two really wonderful books right now. One is called "Across the Wide Missouri" by Bernard DeVoto. Let's all hum "Shenandoah" together now in harmony. It's about fur trappers and exploring the West during the 1830s. I am currently fascinated. Also fascinated that I am fascinated by this. What can I say, other than it is well-written.

Bernard DeVoto, of course, was the husband of Avis DeVoto, longtime penpal and friend of Julia Child. The same friend who helped her navigate the perilous waters of the publishing industry during the days before Mastering the Art of French Cooking was something everyone had heard of. I also have a book of letters between the two, "As always, Julia," that is epistolic and sheds some insight to the start of their friendship. Strangely, I'm not as fascinated as I am about the buffalo book.

Here's an excerpt about the sturdiness of the trappers: "No hardier people ever lived. There was no scurvy; in fact, nothing is rarer in the literature than mention of a sick trapper. Almost daily immersion in the glacial water of mountain streams eventually stiffened their joints, but otherwise a trapper sick enough to be mentioned has a hangover or 'the venereals,' which he got from a squaw who had got them from one of his predecessors." (DeVoto, pg. 43)

Tell me you're not immediately requesting this from the library like me!

I should be done, but I think I'd like to mention that I'm going to make a sauce veloute from MTAOFC tonight to have with leftover Easter ham, peas, pasta and parmesean. It's a white sauce made by mixing a roux with milk and then adding whipping cream. Should be rich and delicious!

Adam has promised to bring some Zaxby's by on his way home from the airport, he was in South Carolina for the Easter weekend, but that won't be til later and I want an excuse to make something so I can wear my cute new apron!

Have a lovely Tuesday everyone.