Mitzi's Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad
I love the sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy, and chewy components of this salad. Unfortunately it's best the day it's made so make just enough for Thanksgiving day. I intend to hit the farmers' market early this week to pick up my brassicas for this dish.
1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces
1 small head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and diced
1 medium sweet (or yellow) onion, chopped
1 c. chopped celery
1 c. sour cream (or plain whole milk yogurt)
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sugar (you can try honey or granulated xylitol or simply cut back on the white sugar)
1/3 c. shredded/grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. raisins
Toss together cauliflower, broccoli, bacon, onion, and celery. Combine sour cream/yogurt, mayonnaise, and sugar. Add to vegetables and toss gently. Add Parmesan and raisins and toss gently. Serve chilled or at room temp.
Aside from mentally and physically preparing for Thursday's company and feast, trying to get my head around the December holidays, and otherwise holding things together around the house, I've found small pockets of time to finish some sewing and knitting projects. I always think I need to have huge blocks of time to move along with my craft projects, but even in fifteen or twenty minutes I can put in a zipper, turn up a hem, set in some sleeves, or decrease and cast-off for a winter cap.
With the cold weather teasing us I thought I'd better get working on the balaclava I planned for V. I knew that if we wanted to keep walking the few blocks to school all winter that I needed to find a way for V to keep her nose, mouth and head warm all at once. Of course, a scarf tied around her hood would work, but I thought a balaclava would be easier for her to put on and take off by herself as she likes to do these days. If I made this again I would tweak the chin part of the front to be a little more snug, but the two or three times she's worn it already it's worked just fine.
I also found a few moments last weekend to finish a pair of pants for V that I'd started months and months ago. It was one of the few patterns I've tried making from a book--tracing the pattern pieces onto tissue paper. Fortunately V's only objection to this new garment was that it's not purple enough. Oy!
|Just not purple enough|
|Woodland Thanksgiving dress|
|A little poof in the sleeve|