Oh yes I did.

I put up the Christmas countdown. Those of you who don’t knit for Christmas, who don’t celebrate Christmas, or who prefer to live in denial, feel free to ignore. But if I have to get the official countdown to the wedding (less than four months now EEEEEEEEEK) I figure I’d better get on the Christmas bits too.
Not that there are whole lots of Christmas knitting, or even purchasing this year – we are attempting to keep things low key since a) my family has no concept of “please, each aunt and uncle, don’t buy 10 things per nephew” and b) see previous note about wedding. Besides, I am so much nicer to my boys and T when I am not crazed.
We started potty training Smacky, and it occurred to me that I am incapable of watching Smacky for potty-needing signs, cooking dinner, and helping Bug with homework at the same time. I have been cooking dinners this week in the crock pot, and it is saving all our sanity. Smacky has fewer accidents, dinner is generally not burned, and I don’t wish for a wine-bottle-length straw. It makes the mornings a little tight, but I think a bit more advanced prep and I will be able to work more crock-pot dinners into the rotation.

Like this one:

I like to call it “that setting is called ‘warm’, not ‘char to a crisp'”. (We went out for sushi that night.)

Still wish I knew what happened to that now-out-of-print Weight Watchers crock pot recipe book I had…

Along the lines of gift knitting, I’ll be KISSing it this year. Right now I have TWO items on my list. One hat, one pair of socks.


First Christmas sock, first use of my little Lantern Moon dpns.

I am still working on the baby sweater for my friends but that didn’t happen in time for the shower last weekend, since evening craft time is still all about the quilt. If I happen to burn through those two gifts, I might make the boys some house-socks, and will knit myself a Litchfield.

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9 Responses to Oh yes I did.

  1. Cheryl says:

    Looks to me as though your crock pot wasn't full enough. I've always heard that it should be at least 2/3 full, or it gets too hot, and food can burn. Is it an old one or a newer one (newer ones have higher temperatures)? Does it usually work but only sometimes burn stuff? If so, it's probably a volume issue. If it's fairly new and it burns stuff more often than it doesn't, then it might be the slow cooker itself. I'm still using my ancient early 80's Rival, and I think only one thing has ever burned in it. But I also have a 1-1/2 qt one for small amounts of food. I seem to remember hearing that if you put a smaller volume of food in it, you could put foil over the top of the food as sort of an inner lid, to help keep it from burning – but maybe I'm dreaming that.

    • pacalaga says:

      It's a new one and I don't like it.  It's all “yay, we have a timer” which gives me 4 hours on high, 6 hours on high, 8 hours on low, 10 hours on low, and always after the timer, it turns to “keep warm”.  I think it's the keep-warm that's the problem.  I think it's toooooo hot.  Even recipes that are quite large will burn if they're on that too long.  Mostly I put things in while they're still frozen, and then they're just right.

  2. Cheryl says:

    OK, I got off my ass and looked at the booklet. It says "always fill CROCK-POT at least half full to conform to recommended times. Small quantities may be prepared but cooking time will be affected".

  3. Angie says:

    Dan and I have started to turn to a "slo-cooker" when we're at the apartment. It is new and I think it is cooking way too hot. One of the problems is that we are away for about 12 or 13 hours and that's too long for the cooker. We tried cooking chili overnight, stowing it in the frig in the morning then warming it up when we get "home." That worked fine but it is a deviation from the original intention. And I had weird chili flavored dreams with all the smells wafting that night in that little space. o.O

    Good luck with the Christmas knitting. I'll be lucky if the tree goes up this year. 😛 Kidding! I hope.

  4. Manise says:

    I loved my very old late 70's round Rival crock pot. Never burned a thing- perhaps because it was deep. Got lost in a move. Bought a new one last year- absolutely hate the thing. It's settings are hot and hotter and even effing hotter. It spits out from under the lid too on the lowest setting. Keeping it for dyeing yarn and fiber.

    And yay on the potty training! Go Smacky!

  5. Marilyn says:

    I don't hear you about Christmas…lalalala…/fingers in ears…
    I love the Litchfield pattern! Too cute.
    Way to go Smacky!

  6. Cookie says:

    Shouldn't you be quilting right now?

    What kind of crock pot? I love mine and he's never failed me. Then again, I only do pot roast in him. *L*

  7. kmkat says:

    Love how you got that sock to grow right out of the ball of yarn without need of human hands 😉

  8. elizabeth says:

    You're making me sorry that I've used my crockpot for dyeing!!! Well, not that particular dish that you pictured, but the IDEA of cooking in a crockpot sounds good!

    I am quite sure you'll accomplish your KISS xmas knitting!

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