Ten On Tuesday

It’s been a while since we had a Ten on Tuesday topic that has to do with food. And, next to topics about books, food topics are pretty much the most popular ones we do. I learned so much about cheese at that cheese class we went to a few weeks ago – I discovered new cheeses and let me tell you, I have spent more time in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery story lately than I ever have before.  In case you can’t tell, this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is my 10 Favorite Kinds of Cheese.

cheese platter for carole knits

  1. Fresh mozzarella. Also included here, burrata. My temptation is to eat it like an apple but I resist.
  2. Washed Rind cheeses of any variety. This is the number one cheese I discovered in that class. The one I loved best is called Oma and it’s made by the Von Trapp Family and I think the only place I can get it is Whole Paycheck, which I try to avoid. The good news is that I have also discovered other washed rind cheeses that I like. They are stinky and soft and absolutely wonderful.
  3. Blue Cheese. We have a local one called Great Blue Hill that’s very good. It’s strong and nicely marbled with mold and it’s absolutely amazing when stuffed into a green olive and put in a dirty martini.
  4. Cabot Cloth Covered Cheddar. It’s pricey but worth every single penny. As the cheese guru said at the class we took: if you don’t like this cheese the problem is you, not the cheese.
  5. Cheese Spread from the Red Coach Grille. This is a throwback to my childhood. I have found halfway decent substitutes but none are exactly the same.
  6. Brie. Preferably warmed and topped with cranberries.
  7. Cracker Barrel Aged Reserve. Also a throwback to my childhood, this is the one my mom always served on Sunday afternoons before dinner. She topped it with sliced raw onions and there was always a tin of smoked oysters on the side. The crackers: Sociables, of course.
  8. Swiss. My favorite on a sandwich.
  9. Pecorino Romano. The best for grating over pasta!
  10. Pepperjack. Nothing fancy about pepperjack but I love it’s spiciness.

The truth is that I like pretty much all cheese, including American in a grilled cheese sandwich, and pimiento cheese spread on celery. Cheese, glorious cheese!

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Top of the morning to ya! It’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m on the search for a leprechaun so that I can steal his pot of gold. Do you want to know what I would buy if I found it? My list follows since this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things I would Buy If I Found a Pot of Gold. And, just so you know, according to the research I did, a pot of gold would be worth about $335,000 based on today’s price of gold. Ready? Let’s spend money!

June Rainbow for Carole Knits

  1. Pay off the mortgage
  2. Pay off our car loans
  3. Buy Hannah a new car
  4. Buy a new refrigerator
  5. Install a hardwood floor in the dining room
  6. Get new kitchen counters and cabinets
  7. Visit London
  8. Hire a professional to landscape the yard
  9. Put on an addition that would include a master bathroom and closet
  10. Invest the rest – there wouldn’t be much by the time I did all of that!

It’s actually the perfect amount of money. I could pay off any debts we have, do some work around the house that’s just a little above our means right now, and a bit of traveling. Life at home would be more comfortable but not drastically changed and that sounds just right to me.

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I know there are people who despise Daylight Savings Time – goodness knows they are talking about that on the Facebooks. Personally, I like the light at the end of the day. Even more to the point, I’m not going to spend my time complaining about it since there’s nothing I can do about it, short of moving to Arizona. So, like it or not, Daylight Savings Time is here and this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic is asking for 10 Things I Will Do During That Extra Hour of Light at the End of the Day.

spring chalkboard art for carole knits

  1. Take photos. I will miss the morning light but I’ll be driving to work during sunrise for at least a little while and having light after work is just awesome.
  2. Walk and/or run outside after work. This won’t happen until the sidewalks are free of ice and snow, however.
  3. Sit by a window and read. I love not having to use artificial light.
  4. Sit outside. Smell spring in the air. Watch the snow melt. It’s too cold to do this for an entire hour right now but it’s coming.
  5. Drink wine. After all, that new study says that drinking a glass of wine is the equivalent of working out for an hour. Or something like that.
  6. Practice my Spanish. Our trip to Mexico is right around the corner!
  7. Spin outside on my deck. Since coming back from SPA I have been making a concerted effort to spin more frequently. Hell, spinning once between now and Fiber Revival will be one more time than I spun between Fiber Revival and SPA. Still, I love spinning outside and that time is coming.
  8. Knit in natural light. See #3.
  9. Use moisturizer. Seriously, this winter has wreaked havoc with my skin and the extra daylight is making that glaringly obvious. In other words, I look better in the dark.
  10. Watch the snow melt. Bah bye winter. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

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Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic starts with a premise: you are having a dinner party and you can invite 10 fictional characters. Who would you invite? My guests would be:

pizza for carole knits
do you think they’d like pizza for dinner?

  1. Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches. She’d make a very intriguing guest, I’m sure. Plus, she could use her magic to clean everything up at the end of the evening.
  2. Kinsey Milhone from the Alphabet Murder series. I just love her no nonsense approach to life.
  3. Claire Fraser from Outlander. I’d pick her brain for herbal treatments and all she knows about Scottish history.
  4. Goldie Schultz from the Diane Mott Davidson mystery series
  5. Ursula Todd from Life After Life. Oh, the stories she could tell! So long as she didn’t die and disappear during the dinner.
  6. Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Smart, wise and handsome.
  7. Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind. I know Rhett would keep things lively and he’d flirt with all of the ladies – including me, I hope.
  8. James “Hobie” Hobart from The Goldfinch. I just think Hobie was so kind and loyal, he’d be a great dinner guest.
  9. Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series. Again, magic. Again, wisdom.
  10. Henry DeTamble from The Time Traveler’s Wife. He’s a librarian so he’d be a great conversationalist. I just hope, like Ursula Todd, that he’d stay for the whole evening and not disappear.

Which fictional character would you have over for dinner?

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A week or so ago we spent some time in our friend’s outdoor hot tub. It was cold and snowing but being in that hot, churning water was surprisingly pleasant. Of course we joked about it being a time machine and that got me thinking — if this hot tub was, indeed, a time machine, where would I want to go? And just like that a Ten on Tuesday topic was born. Presenting: 10 Time Periods I Would Want to Visit If I Had A Hot Tub Time Machine.

remember the ladies for carole knits

  1. The North during the Civil War. I’m not a reenactor for nothing, you know.
  2. The South in the years prior to the Civil War. While I think slavery is abhorrent I do think it would be kind of cool to experience life on a plantation and attend a barbecue. I’m thinking Scarlet at 12 Oaks before the war broke out. And then before I left I’d free all the slaves.
  3. Boston in the days leading up to the Revolutionary War. It was such an exciting time and Boston would be the place to be.
  4. Scotland in the 1700s. I’d be looking for Jamie Fraser, you can bet on that.
  5. England during World War II. It was a scary place, it honestly must have been terrifying to be there, but I’d want to experience it so long as my time machine was working well enough to get me out at the first hint of real danger.
  6. San Francisco in the 1960s. I’d be wearing flowers in my hair.
  7. Paris in the 1920s. So much art and culture between WWI and WWII.
  8. England during the 19th century. And I would hang around with Austen and Dickens and the Brontes. And I would love it.
  9. American in the 1950s. I would like to be, for about 5 minutes probably, a typical housewife of that time. It’s how my mom lived and I’d just like the chance to experience that first hand.
  10. Finally, on a completely sentimental note, I’d want to go back to September, 1992. Hannah was an infant and this time around I would do my best to slow down time and savor every moment.

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