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Last night it snowed.  This statement might not seem like a big deal but around here, it is.  It rarely snows.  Rain, yes.  Snow, not really.  Snow shuts the city down for a couple of reasons.  The big reason is that we are second only to San Francisco as one of the hilly-est cities in the US.  If you’ve ever driven in SF when it sunny and dry out.  Now try and picture driving there when it’s rainy, freezing and snowing.  It’s not pretty.  When it snows it’s like we all get a snow day.  Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for that, we found out that Seattle was prepared for the snow and the commute to work was easy going.  I was hoping to be able to make more cavatelli.  And speaking of cavatelli, I took some photos of Sunday’s cavatelli making.

First, here’s my cavatelli maker, set up and ready to go:

And here’s a quick shot of a dough before becoming cavatelli

This time I made semolina pasta dough.  I think I may try the ricotta dough and see if it goes thru the cavatelli maker or if it will stick.

And here’s the trays of finished cavatelli. They kinda look a little like worms…ewwwww.  Fortunately, they don’t taste like worms.  I ended up with about 2 pounds of cavatelli after all was said and done.

And since I’m talking about food at the moment here’s a shot of the Bella Donna olive mix I got at Big John’s PFI.  They’re amazing good.

And one more food shot and amazing tasting food.  Here’s the chicken shawarma sandwich and greek fries from Mawadda Cafe.

OK, that’s enough food talk.  Today when I got home there was a package for me from my “have a cuppa swap” partner.  This swap was all about yarn and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.  And my swap partner did not disappoint!

It was a great way to come home and unwind!

She sent me some coffee from a local coffee shop and a coffee cup that I have been lusting after for some time now.  The front of the cup says, “You must allow me to tell you,” and the back says…

It’s from Brookish and it’s Mr. Darcy’s botched proposal to Elizabeth Bennet!  I am so excited that she got it for me!  And to add to my excitement, there was candy, and lots of it!  There were 2 packages of licorice (my favorite) and some local artisan chocolates from Chocolate Madness.  I’ll admit that I broke into the chocolates well before I remembered to take a picture of everything.  It was worth it. The creme brulee was inspiring!

And finally, the yarn.  It’s bugga sock yarn by The Sanquine Gryphon.  It’s almost like a washed demin color.  I can’t wait to make some socks of out it!

And now that all that is taken care of, I’m off to do some knitting, drink some coffee and eat some candy!

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The weekend is almost gone and I want a few more days of it.  Yesterday I put my new pedals on my bike.  Actually I was able to put one pedal on and the other wasn’t about to go on without a fight.  So instead of stripping all the threads on the crank, I took the bike over to Bike Works.  Bike Works is a great place.  It’s a non profit that helps kids get their own bikes thru their earn a bike program.  So I took my bike over there to see if they could help me and they were great.  Within a few minutes they had rethreaded a bit of crank and had the pedal on, put air in the tires and I was off and running.  They only charged me about $10 so I donated another $10 and got a cool bike hat.

We hit the Burke Gilman trail around Magnuson Park and headed up to Redhook Ale house.  It was a beautiful day and it was a easy ride – mostly flat with a few rolling hills but nothing too hard.  It gave me the space to be able to get used to clipping in and clipping out of my pedals.  I have to say, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular pedals.  It was a way better ride with the new pedals.  It almost seemed
like it was easier.

And when I got home… my Spring Fling Coffee and Yarn Swap package had arrived!  It’s loaded with all sorts of goodies.  I’ll take a picture of it and give a proper thank you when I get back from running errands.  I’m still trying to go thru it all!  I have to admit, I have dipped into the chocolate stash.  So picture more chocolate in the mix when you see the photo 🙂

I’m going to make this quick because I’m looking forward to sitting on the couch, watching tv and knitting.  I just wanted to say that I love Theo Chocolates.   And here’s why… They have  product line called 3400 Phinney Chocolate.  These chocolate bars are amazing!  And their fair trade and organic.  OK… they’re also down the street from where I work.

I also stumbled upon this lovely little pattern for knit soft curlers!  It’s genius!   I wish I could come up wih something like that.

And on that note, I’m off to knit!  I’m almost done with the left side of the Cable and Chains Sweater.  And I’m hoping to get the bottom part of the right side done tonight as well.

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