Saturday, December 26, 2009

Catching cold on Christmas

I've been struggling with a head cold this past week, my first cold in more than two years. It's been quite a doozy. I'm still feeling a little under the weather. I spent Christmas Eve at home, mostly on the couch.

The doorbell rang in the morning, and I was suprised to see a boy scout delivering the popcorn I ordered a few months ago. I was even more surprised to see I had ordered Iowa-grown popcorn.

I absolutely love this label on the package. Such a wonderful description of what makes Iowa great.

When my husband got home from work, I dragged myself off the couch for my first-ever attempt at making Norwegian rosettes. I bought these rosette irons at an antique store in La Crosse, Wis., last summer.

I dipped the irons in batter, then dipped them in hot oil. The result: a crispy funnel-cake like treat.

These rosettes didn't quite turn out the way I remember. They should be thinner and crispier. I need to practice my technique a little bit more.
Later that night, my husband made beef stew for Christmas Eve dinner, since our freezer is filled with a quarter of beef we recently purchased from a local cattle farmer.
I decided to try a recipe from "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I was in the mood for a crusty, chewy bread to dip in the stew. The bread turned out amazing! So glad I invested in a pizza stone.

Hoping I wake up tomorrow feeling much better. It's a bummer to finally get some time off work, only to be too tired to do anything. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday break!


  1. Wow, you were quite productive with a head cold. I really like rosettes. It's almost a small version of funnel cakes that you would purchase at the fair-YUM! Love the idea that the irons were antique too.

    The popcorn, the fabulous Country whte bread...all delicious! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are feeling better.

  2. I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. I tried to stay busy to distract myself, although now I'm wondering if I overdid it. Can't believe I've been sick for more than a week! Appreciate your nice comment!


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