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This is my first uninterrupted long weekend in quite a while (since I usually teach on Saturdays). I successfully avoided the Black Friday madness yesterday by staying home most of the day crocheting, inventing new turkey leftover dishes, and making the best batch of brownies ever.
MC and I have been avoiding high fructose corn syrup for some time now, which is actually kind of hard to do in a regular grocery store. I decided to pick up all of my chocolate in the fancy organic part of Fairway to be on the safe side. (Side note: It later turned out that good ole Nestle Toll House chips do not have high fructose corn syrup anyway!) I was working with the banana brownie recipe from my all time favorite brownie cookbook, The Ultimate Brownie Book: Thousands of Ways to Make America’s Favorite Treat, including Blondies, Frostings, and Doctored Brownie Mixes by Bruce Weinstein. I used Sunspire unsweetened baking chocolate and peanut butter chips along with some Endangered Species Chocolate dark chocolate, and an extra banana. The brownies were so rich, we could only eat a few. I’ll probably freeze most of the batch for later. Yum!
I’ve been planning all week to do some local shopping today for Small Business Saturday. It’s a sad fact that most of my favorite local stores closed in the last few years, so there are few options left. Naturally, I took this opportunity to visit my two LYS. I don’t actually need any yarn, but I went with two specific holiday projects in mind.
I stopped at The Yarn Company first (review here). I did see some lovely yarn, especially some undyed alpaca that is exclusive to their shop. Nothing was suitable for my projects though (or my limited budget), so I left without buying anything.
Though I’ve been avoiding the holiday shopping fervor, I did stop briefly into the Laytner’s Linen and Home adjacent to The Yarn Company. I’m working on several free patterns in collaboration with Galler Yarns and I picked up a pillow form for one of the samples.
I haven’t used this brand before, but the color was really red, which is exactly what I was looking for today.
One the way home, I stopped by the Greenflea, which is now open on Saturday for the holiday season.
When I got home, there was an email in my inbox from American Express. My purchase at Knitty City qualified for the $25 credit for Small Business Saturday, so that was pretty sweet.
How’s your weekend going?