Thursday, February 12, 2009

What the Heck's An Ebelskiver?

Finished my Eagle, CO job last Friday. I was only home 1 1/2 days before heading out to my next job in Conroe, TX (just north of Houston). Barely got my clothes washed and repacked (summery stuff this time anticipating the 75 degree weather there) before renting a car in Tyler and driving down Sunday afternoon.

I was determined to find an Ebelskiver pan in between doing laundry and repacking. The local Southern Gourmet store had just what I wanted - a non-stick Nordic Ware 7-hole version. What's an Ebelskiver? I didn't know myself until watching a Food Network show where a chef said banana Ebelskivers were the best food he ever ate. Basically, they're a Danish filled pancake but unlike anything I've ever had before - a cross between a jelly donut, pancake and a crepe. I just used a basic buttermilk pancake mix and had to play around with the cooking technique before succeeding. We had Ebelskivers filled with blackberry jam, some with banana and drizzled with strawberry syrup and a batch filled with Nutella (unbelievably rich). I just dusted them with a little powdered sugar and they were really delish.

I also finished 11 more swatches for J-Knits that took me 2 weeks to knit. I was still blocking them right up until leaving the house for Conroe. I was using size 1 needles to get the gauge with this fine sock yarn and spent every evening in Eagle knitting on them. It took me 3 times longer to knit & block each of them compared to the chunky yarn swatches I did previously. I was really glad to get finished and put them in the mail. I posted a picture of the finished product.

Conroe was a very gratifying job as it turned out perfectly. I was really able to help both the branch assistant, clients and new financial advisor coming in. I spent most of the 2 1/2 days I was in the office with a phone to my ear calling all the clients. I would've liked to have stayed longer as my hotel was right next door to Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Black-Eyed Pea. I also had an awesome little black 2009 Nissan Sentra to drive and it got fantastic gas mileage. It was a 3 hour drive each way to Conroe from Tyler, so I got to enjoy it a bit.

Now I'm home for a little while and catching up on computer stuff, doing taxes and finishing up more large knitting projects (a very involved scarf & a large afghan). I am enjoying the nice weather right now - other parts of the country aren't quite as pleasant.

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