It seemed strange typing "Ashland, Wisconsin," as a title of this post. Oregon has an Ashland too...with a Shakespeare Festival and everything! So being in Ashland, Wisconsin, just seems wrong. We decided to have a day to rest up yesterday, but then ended up making the drive to Ashland. I'd read something enticing on Facebook that made us want to go to Wal-Mart. And let me just say that using the word "enticing" in the same sentence with "Wal-Mart" also seems completely wrong. And so it's just call yesterday a day of wrongdoing. Sometimes it's good to take a walk on the wild side.
Getting back to the morning, however, I spent quite a bit of time on my slow-stitching, finishing the first section.
There was slow-stitching off and on during the day, and I've nearly finished the next section now.
Then I was itching to try a cookie adaptation to make cookies for one...or two, in this case. We each had one cookie, but I would have gladly eaten both, if necessary. You might remember when I tried baking some chocolate chip cookies for one back in May while Mike was off at the races with Erik. Here's the photo from back in May:
They were fine, but they didn't measure up to my favorite cookie recipe of all time. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: This is the only cookie recipe you'll ever need. It covers all bases. And so I decided to try cutting it down to turn it into a cookies for one (or two) recipe. When they came out of the oven, they looked like this:
They looked good. I wasn't sure this was going to work since I'd cut the recipe down to 1/6 the original, which meant using 1/6 of an egg. My friend The Google told me I could substitute buttermilk for the egg, and so I was experimenting, using 1 tablespoon of buttermilk as a stand-in for the egg. When we tasted them, they were every bit as good as the original recipe. There might have been some happy dancing, if I'm remembering the day correctly.
So here's the recipe I came up with. You can have a party for one (or two) if you like.
Sadies had a nice clean quilt. I'd washed it in the morning since it had been fouled in every way possible along the way.
We found the quilt shop, but it was closed on Tuesday. It's closed on Sunday and Tuesday, weirdly. Oh well. Better luck next time. We decided to drown our sorrows with lunch at a nearby brewpub. I've been on the hunt for beer t-shirts for Erik's October birthday. We had sandwiches, and Mike sampled one of their brews. I'm not a beer drinker, but I do like hard ciders.
After lunch, we did our Wal-Mart shopping, picking up the mystery item, and then also picking up whatever was on our grocery list. On the way home, I captured this barn. It isn't a very good picture since I had to take it out the back window on Mike's side, but there you go anyway.
Okay, and so the mystery item was this Zevo Flying Insect Trap. Someone was extolling its virtues on Facebook. We've been plagued with little tiny flies and gnats pretty much since leaving Oregon. Good grief. They've nearly driven us crazy. We swat every one we see, and then one of us opens the door and a new hoard flies in. So, people seemed to think this contraption was effective. It was about $25 for the trap and a couple of refills. It uses ultra-violet light, which supposedly attracts bugs. Inside is something akin to flypaper. They fly into the trap and then get stuck on the sticky paper inside.
We took a peek inside this morning, and sure enough...bugs...all stuck up. Take that!
So you can see it was a terribly exciting day...slow-stitching, baking, kitties, barns, and...just to top it all off...a trip to Wal-Mart. My least favorite store. Well, I could name one other I like even less, but let's just be nice for one morning, okay?
All right. So I need to get going with breakfast and other morning stuff. We're heading out for our boat tour of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this morning. This will be a new boat trip for us, and we're looking forward to it. We might have done this during our trip back in 2014, except that we ran out of time. We'll get it done today. I'm hoping to have lots to tell you in tomorrow's post.