Mystery Meat: Secret’s in the sås.

Here is another canned delight from Sweden that brought I back from our trip this past December. Given, this one came straight from the grocery store’s prepared foods aisle and not from a gourmet food boutique. The first picture is slightly misleading, since I mixed a bowl of rice into the can o’ stuff. That disk-shaped lump of white matter on the spoon should be a clue, though. If it helps, here’s what the stuff looks like in the can, prior to being served. Any clearer? Alright, then. If you’re still stumped, click to go behind the cut…

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Muskox. I wants.

Today, I’d like to share with you a small fantasy of mine. It involves going to Alaska and smuggling home a muskox. See how fluffy and cute they are? Aren’t their noses just adorable? Who wouldn’t love that face? Besides being cuddly and decorative, muskoxen produce a highly valuable wool fiber called qiviut. Much like the muskox it came from, qiviut is ridiculously soft, warm, and durable. Since the Inuit collectives who farm these creatures probably would not take kindly to my trying to kidnap one of their four-legged income sources, I will probably have to settle for merely obtaining …

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Return of the bunnies.

Yep, I got another pair. Handmade sterling silver bunnies with the most adorable giant eyes. They’re from Etsy designer Giedre Koloksanskyte. She makes several other little animals as well. I kinda have my eye on the sheep and the cats… Did I mention they’re seriously teeny tiny? Each bunny is just 1cm wide, so they don’t feel bulky at all. Perfect for spring 🙂

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Fluffy blankets.

As many of you know, I am a child of yuppies. This meant that, growing up, I wore a disproportionate number of polo shirts and dainty floral prints. A bit of this deep, dark past still lives on in my fondness for all things Laura Ashley. I also happen to have a big thing for coordinated comforter sets, ever since my parents bought me a gorgeous burgundy jacquard ensemble to take away to college many, many years ago. So it seemed pretty obvious, when we moved to our new apartment a year ago, that the first thing I’d need to …

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Mystery Meat: Berries of the Sea

Yes, Mystery Meat is back! Because I’m really too curious for my own good sometimes. Here’s something from this past winter: It does look like caviar and cream on toast, doesn’t it? That’s probably why I decided to try this stuff out — one of the things I miss the most about SoCal is the variety of fresh seafood. You could easily get at least five different kinds of fish roe at the local Japanese market. Not so much the case here. The only stuff they have is salmon roe, and even those are teeny tiny in comparison to the …

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That Confusing Double Sweater

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  Last up in my sweater show-and-tell lineup (for now) is Sleeping on Snow’s Fisherman’s Companion Sweatercoat, which was my big Anthro splurge from this past December. Yes, there is definitely a pattern here — I typically only find must-have-now items in Anthro’s  autumn/winter collections. Probably because their choices for outerwear are always so pretty and different. Anyway, this sweater makes me smile because everybody who has seen me in it automatically asks if they should be turning up the heaters, before I explain to them that it’s just one sweater made to look layered. Yeah, it’s kinda fun. It …

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The All-Purpose Cardigan

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  “Greatest Hits: Sweaters That Make Me Happy” theme continues! This is pretty much my LBD of cardigans. I got it back in autumn of ’09, mostly because it was on sale and had ruffles. Since then, it has been worn over fancy dresses and jeans, under winter coats and hoodies, and even does well solo (well, maybe with a tank top underneath). It’s just so streamlined and simple without being plain and boring. Small ruffles, handy pockets, shiny gold buttons and ridiculously soft fabric. Haven’t found anything to match its usefulness since, though I’m constantly looking. And will probably reproduce …

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Red Riding Hood

Moving right along with my “Greatest Hits: Sweaters That Make Me Happy” theme of the moment, another item from that same Anthropologie December 2009 batch. The Juxtaposed Sweater Jacket in red. Another felted wool number that works perfectly for mild winters. This one doesn’t really do well under jackets, because of all the cabling, bobbling and ruffling, so it pretty much only made a couple of appearances last year during our very short autumn season. It’s proving to be great for chilly spring mornings now, though, and the very bright true red definitely combats the greyness of fog and drizzly …

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Sweaters loved and lost.

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You know that purple wool pullover I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks? The one I’ve aptly named the What Could Go Wrong sweater? After getting more than halfway through this past weekend, I had to completely frog it and start over because I seriously messed up the neck hole (no, really — did something weird and turned it into a keyhole… and didn’t notice until four rows later). Why didn’t I just pull it apart past the neck, you ask? Because I had knitted the whole thing so tight that the yarn shrunk back in on …

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