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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!


This weekend seems to be flying by.  I’ve been slowly, and I mean slowly, going thru things and packing them up, throwing them out or donating things.  This is when I wish mom would come out and just do it for me.  She’s good at trimming down and weeding out.  Not to mention cleaning.   That’s where her and I are different.  I am a big fat slob.  I’m trying to get better about not being a slob, but it’s hard when you’ve got too many things going at once.  Maybe I should investigate my family history to see if there are other family members and ancestors who were notorious slobs.

My mom also mentioned that her and my dad had come cavatelli (cav-a-deal is how we always pronounced it).  Cavatelli is like gnocchi but in most cases it’s made with ricotta cheese, flour and eggs.  Gnocchi is typically made with potato.  So that got me wanting some cavatelli.  Apparently Seattle is a cavatelli free zone.  I will admit I suppose I could have tried going to Pike Place Market and checked to see if DeLaurenti’s had them.  Or I could have tried, Remo Borracchini’s (which to me, is not an italian bakery.  When I asked if they had pignole cookies, they looked at me like my hair was on fire.  And their canoli’s are severely lacking.  But I hear they make one heck of a cake.), but I just didn’t want to pay a ton of money for something that costs a total of $3 for the ingredients.  So I decided to see if I could find a cavatelli recipe and make them.

I found an awesome recipe online.  The dough took a minute to make.


The cutting and rolling is what took the most time.  But in the end it was worth it.



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