Monday, November 30, 2009

Podcast 006 - Christmas Is Coming, Part 1

Total length of this podcast: 22:36 (yes, it's a short podcast this time!)

CLICK HERE to listen to Podcast 006. Right click on the link and save it to your hard drive, or better yet, so you don't miss future podcasts, subscribe using one of the links to the right.

You can download the MP3 audio file (which can be played in iTunes or other multimedia players) and skip to whatever segment interests you -- check the minute marker for each segment.

Today's bumper music is the traditional Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. The lyrics for this hymn come from the "O Antiphons," an early Latin hymn.

Here is our Advent wreath, and in the center is the candelabra that we use to observe the O Antiphons for seven nights, beginning December 17th.

CLICK HERE for a link to Jacques Pepin's Pumpkin Gratin recipe -- a wonderful savory recipe rather than our traditional pumpkin pie!

Here is me with my wonderful son Teddy after the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club Fall Concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He sings bass.

CLICK HERE to view a video of the UMMGC performing director Paul Rardin's composition, Sound Off. Teddy can be seen at seconds 36-37, lower right, with glasses.

CLICK HERE for the free Alice in Wonderland downloadable redwork pattern, The Caterpillar.

THE FIBER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 7:15]

Midi with the Vintage Knitting Needle Mitten Caps

Supplies to make the needle caps

My version of the Vintage Knitting Needle Mitten Caps

CLICK HERE for the Vintage Knitting Needle Mitten Caps project sheet.
THE PAPER ARTS SEGMENT [Podcast minute marker: 10:19]

Christmas Cone Ornament

 The original cone designed as a wedding favor

Supplies to make the cone

The finished cone

CLICK HERE to download the Christmas Cone Ornament project sheet.

THE RECIPE [Podcast minute marker: 13:50]

Koulourakia - Greek Sesame Twist Cookies

The ingredients

Rolling the dough and shaping the cookies

Glazing the cookies with egg wash

Fresh out of the oven -- very lightly golden

CLICK HERE to download the recipe for Koulourakia Greek Sesame Cookies.

THE GRAB BAG [Podcast minute marker: 17:14]

Oka Moka - Coffee With Chocolate and Peppermint

The Ingredients

CLICK HERE to download the recipe for Oka Moka - Coffee With Chocolate and Peppermint.

And remember . . .
Creativity isn't a race . . .
it's an adventure!


  1. Another great podcast. Only seemed too short!! You are sooo organized and provide so much and such a variety of info. Keep up the great job!
    Pat in IL

  2. Thanks, Pat. It always surprises me how short the podcast is when I THINK I have so much to share! I need to figure out what I can talk about that wouldn't bore you all to death! Do you want to hear more about my life? It's not all that exciting, to be honest! LOL! Also, I'm still working on improving my recording quality. I have the latest and greatest in software and equipment, but I'm not an expert -- so it's trial and error!

    Thanks for your comment.

  3. Ruthann

    I have always thought of Alice in Wonderland as a mathematical tale rather than a "druggie tale". Looking up wikipedia there is a section on symbolism in Alice in Wonderland and there are like 7 things that it lists under mathematical symbolism!

    I think I've made Oka Mocha before without the whipped cream. Or is it considered Oka Mocha without it.

    I loved hearing about your family's traditions during this season as well! Maybe someday if I actually carve the eraser I bought, I'll take a picture and send it to you (or you can set up a flickr group maybe). And thanks for the shout out on your podcast!

    - Darla @

  4. Hi, Darla! Yes, Alice in Wonderland is most definitely a mathematical puzzle. Dodgson (Carroll) was a mathematician at Oxford University, and was fond of creating mathematical and word puzzles. Martin Gardner has taken up where Carroll/Dodgson left off, and has written many books about Alice in Wonderland and associated puzzles.

    Because coffee and chocolate and peppermint go so well together, I assume there are probably LOTS of beverages like Oka Moka. But I made mine without looking at anyone else's, so it's "original"!

    Please do carve your eraser and send in a photo. I now know what my reward will be -- and it's nice! (in my opinion, anyway!)

    I just created a MirkwoodDesigns Flickr group. Maybe I'll add some photos to get things rolling. Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Hi Ruthann, Thanks for another great podcast! I printed out three things that I want to try. Love hearing the family traditions - good for you.

    Thanks for the info on Scientic Quilter. I am glad she decided to do a podcast. I just subscribed, can't wait to listen. Keep up the good work! Tami


    Have you connected with MICHIGAN QUILTS? CARON tries to HIGHLIGHT Michigan stores, activities, you two might be a good fit.

    Enjoying your cooking segments even though I do not eat cookies, pies or sweets anymore. Loved your soups recipes.

    Lady Rags