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Well, I had super plans to make enough crocheted bird ornaments for tons of people, but as I sit here on the couch a week from Christmas eve with eleven completed birds (well, mostly completed - I have to sew eyes on a bunch of them) I'm thinking I'll just stick to giving them to my family. Besides, I still have to bake three dozen cookies and a casserole for Christmas day. So harrumph.

Earlier today I Googled "so you want to make a baby" for fun (no, that's not a hint at my near-future plans!) and the first link that came up was for bored.com ("Fun Things to Do When You're Bored")! Hahaha!

As I've been sitting here on my couch, I've been thinking about a good generic coworker gift. I thought maybe I'd crochet hats or something for everybody, but I don't know if I like that idea yet. It's hard to think of something, too, because I have the full spectrum of people in my office: from girly-girl who loves purple and butterflies to man's-man who wears a hard hat all day and likes to get his hands dirty. And one of my coworkers wears hand-knit scarves almost every day so scarves might be out of the question, at least for her.

Hmm hmm hmm. Any suggestions?

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rum_holiday
Dec. 19th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
Last year I got some jars and labels and made curry powder. We might do a cajun spice mix this year, but time is growing short...
rivulet
Dec. 19th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
Last year we were going to make mustard for everybody but ran out of time. Is it hard/slow to make curry powder?
rum_holiday
Dec. 19th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Not too hard or slow at all, but you need access to the ingredients and a coffee grinder (if you use it for coffee, whir some rice around in it before and after doing the spices). This is the one we used:

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1/2 cup coriander seeds
15 dry red chili pods (see note)
1-1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1-1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1-1/2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
1-1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
15-20 curry leaves, dry or fresh (optional)
3 Tbs. turmeric powder

Preparation:

Mix coriander, chili pods, cumin, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and peppercorns in the container of an electric blender or spice mill and grind the spices to a fine powder in several batches. Pour into a bowl and combine well.

If you are using fresh curry leaves, dry them briefly (about 4 to 5 minutes) in an ungreased frying pan over low heat. Grind them in the blender and add them to the spice powder in the bowl. Stir in the turmeric.

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You can add cinnamon or cloves too if you want, whatever suits your taste. We sometimes toast the whole spices a bit before grinding them up. It was a hit last year.
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