Found this interesting material in the Los Angeles Garment District sitting on the sidewalk outside this little hole in the wall place. The shopkeeper wanted $8 per yard and I wanted to buy it to wear once a year on Halloween. (And maybe, just maybe at San Diego Comic-Con if I feel really bold, which I never have in the past.) The price was just a suggestion he told me, a clear invitation to bargain. I told him that the most I would pay for a Halloween costume was $24 and that it would take at least 4 yards to make a decent cape. Now, not everyone who knows me knows that I am a terrible bargainer - I am just not good at it. And so my sister, Lynne had to step in and tell the guy that I was not bargaining, and that if he wanted to sell me 4 yards at $6 per yard, I would take it. Five cents more per yard and I wouldn't - which would have made me sad because it is the most perfect Orange Sequin Spider Web fabric that I have ever seen. It's going to be fabulous over a long black gown!
I have always loved the first Panettone of the season, and now that it's just John and me at home, the tradition has become buying one and the making myself sick by finishing it that day. But Amanda alerted me to these Mini Panettone, so I rushed out and bought myself one. And realized that they were the perfect size to put in with the other goodies I bake for my family at Christmas. I know, now they won't be a surprise, but three weeks from now when I try to remember where I put them, I can check back here and see that they are in the cupboard over the refrigerator. (While I may write like a tall woman, access to the top of the refrigerator involves standing on a chair, so I'm not likely to come across these by accident.)
One of the things I am making for my family for Christmas is specially for the bread bakers. The smell of this mixture of seeds is delicious. Lynne and I went to this place called Honeyville (I think) and got Seasame (which we toasted), Golden Flax, Sunflower, Poppy, and Caraway seeds. We picked up the Anise seeds at the Superior Mexican Grocer. Not just tasty - fun to play with too. Isn't this bread beautiful?