Once upon a time, I had a Real Job that I really loved. Every Friday, I used to put together a weekly email wrap-up for my board -- just a quick little weekly update with interesting things happening at the foundation, tasty tidbits of information they might like, links just in case they wanted to dive a little deeper. Really, it was just a lot of random-but-interesting This and That. When I sent it out each week, I referred to it as the "Weekly Wrap Up" in the email subject line.
At a meeting, one of the board members commented to the group how much she loved the "Friday Fish Wrap" each week. Everyone just kind of looked at her blankly. Then she went on to describe my "Weekly Wrap Up" email. We all laughed. But from that moment on, my "Weekly Wrap Up" became known as the "Friday Fish Wrap."
Eventually, I gave up and just called it that in the email subject line each week. (Some things just take on a life of their own, y'know?)
That long introduction is an explanation for this post: a collection of This and That. The blog-version of the Friday Fish Wrap!
Let's begin with some cheerful blooms . . .
I've got quite a lovely line up of amaryllis blooms in my living room right now (and three more plants almost ready to pop). They are especially gorgeous this year, and especially this one (possibly my favorite of all time) . . .
It's called 'Fantasy' and it's from White Flower Farm. It is really stunning. I've never seen anything quite like it.
Moving on, here's something kind of fun that I learned about at my book group last night. I was the hostess, and one of the wines I served was 19 Crimes.
By now, I'm sure you are all aware that you can collect the corks to create a complete list of the crimes committed by the 19 criminals featured on the labels. (Sorry, Mary. I checked through my crime-collection of corks, and I have none of the ones you're missing.)
Did you know there is also an app to go with 19 Crimes wine? If you scan the label with your phone, the criminal on the label comes to life - and moves and talks to you à la Harry Potter.
It works! (Although it does seem to be a bit . . . touchy. Just sayin.) It's a fun party-trick. Give it a try.
(And let Mary know if you find corks # 3, 7 10, and 12 to complete her collection.)
Speaking of hosting my book group . . . I wanted to make a fun dessert that was a bit unexpected -- and that could be tolerated by one of our members who is currently experiencing a troublesome health issue.
I wanted . . . something smooth and custard-y and not-chocolate . . . and delicious.
I found this recipe for Butterscotch Budino. And WOW -- so perfect!
(This is actually one of the leftovers this morning. They looked much more elegant arranged on a cake plate last night. I should have taken a picture - but didn't.)
Anyway. I've not made custard before, and was actually quite intimidated by it, but this recipe was pretty simple (with good explanations as to timing and visual clues). If you're looking for an unexpected dessert -- that is super tasty and that you can make ahead -- maybe give this one a try.
(These little treats were also a great addition. I put a little dollop of whipped cream on each budino, and stuck these cookies in like a little straw.)
Wondering what to knit next? Need a new scarf? Want to try a new knitting technique? Charmed by interesting color combinations? Look no further!
(I won't be joining the KAL, but I will be cheering all participants from the sidelines. Go, Team! Go!)
As you may recall, February (coming right up) is also known as the Month of Letters!
I'll be participating again this year by sending a handwritten note, letter, or card each mailing-day in February. As always, if you'd like to exchange letters with me, send me an email with your mailing address! (See the Email Me link in the sidebar, or just comment that you'd like a letter and I'll email you back for your address.)
Earlier this week, I was shopping at Michaels and I came across this Washi tape collection in the clearance bin. . .
I declared it the Most Awesome Washi Tape ever! Well worth the $5.99-marked-down-even-further clearance price. Fun, non?
And . . . that's it for the first-ever Friday Fish Wrap.
Have a great weekend!