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It seems I did not blog about the first Annual Cheese/Chocolate/Bacon Potluck – but Jacie did…read about it here.  It was EPIC and delicious.

 

Well seeing as I am moving to West Virginia and I love bacon – June seemed like a good time to have a mid year Cheese/Chocolate Bacon Semi Annual Potluck before I left.  Also one our friends is celebrating his 40th this week.  That sounds like a good reason to eat cheese/chocolate/bacon.

 

I found the recipe for Irish Car Bomb cupcakes from Smitten Kitchen a few weeks ago.  I think Jacie showed them to me… anyway I am huge fan of cupcakes.  Cupcakes with Bailey’s icing –sign me up.  Since finding said recipe I’ve also become a huge fan of Smitten Kitchen.  So far all the recipes are delicious and her pictures just make the food look AMAZING.

 

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These Guinness chocolate cupcakes were filled with the Whiskey Dark Chocolate ganache and iced with Baileys icing… and became these…

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They were a little time intensive, but totally worth it and very delicious.  I did demand Jenni take a bite of said cupcake so I could take that last picture.  YOU MUST EAT CUPCAKE NOW!!!  🙂

 

I also whipped up a quiche while baking various parts of cupcake goodness.

Spinach Bacon Quiche – was the recipe that I based it off.  I added more cheese, because one can NEVER have enough cheese in quiche.  I used Vermont White Cheddar and some shredded gruyere….mmm cheesy goodness.  I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13 pan instead of a traditional pie pan. I did not make my own pie crust… shameful I know.  But with the from scratch cupcakes I just didn’t have the time.  The recipe is not heavy on eggs – and with the 2 packages of spinach it feels like it’s just filled with spinach and cheese deliciousness.

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mmmm… cheesy bacony spinachy deliciousness.

 

The whole spread

 

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The highlight of the evening… getting my new “Allison has to move to West Virginia Two Tails spindle”.  Jacie has been teasing me for weeks about what it was.  Evil she is. 

 

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This is pre hook.  But she’s a Cocobolo/Macassar Ebony laminate on Ebony shaft.  She was designed by Jacie and Mark made her out of Jacie’s ideas.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She’s one of a kind so far.  But Mark has more plans to make laminates.  Hopefully he’ll have the etsy shop open soon…..

 

You know a shiny new spindle needs new fiber to go with it.. right?  And seeing as The Painted Sheep was in attendance with us, and conveniently had not taken in her fibers after attending the Nutmeg Spinners’ Guild meeting I got to purchase 4oz of BFL in Merlot.  Buying the rest of Kris’ fibers maybe part of the bigger plan to get her back in the dye studio.  Hear that Kris – go make new pretty yarns and fibers.  Don’t make me sick Jacie on you when I leave… I’ll do it.

 

Bacon/cheese/chocolate, friends, new spindles, and fiber – pretty much perfect.

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Jacie is having a 100th post give away..too bad Jacie has such crap taste.

I mean who gives away a hand made project bag, 2.1 oz of silk and this?

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Seriously Jacie…crap.  (In case you don’t pick up on sarcasm on the internet – that was it.)  Jacie and I pride ourselves in our abilities to find anything with a cashmere blend and the most expensive fiber/yarn in a store within 3 minutes of walking in.  It’s a talent/curse.  We are both pretty big fiber snobs –we even turned Kitty into a snob.

 

Yes that is a custom Two Tails spindle.  She’s made of lignum vitae and East Indian rosewood.  I won’t be too sad if I don’t personally win because rumor has it that a new spindle is coming to live with me in West Virginia.  Don’t make the Spindle be homeless – take one for the team peeps. All you have to do is go here and tell Jacie what kind of fiber you like to spin.   

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Quote of the morning from the spindle maker “Your pimp hand is strong”

 

I know the good stuff when I see it… and this is the good stuff.

 

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Jacie’s coworker Mark decided he was going to get into spindle making.   I applaud him for this, because one can never have too many high quality spindles around.  Can you believe this is only his second spindle EVER????

 

My spindle (which needs a name by the way) is blood wood and ebony.  Swoon.  It’s a good thing Jacie knows my tastes – because she is a perfect spindle.  She would have been a complete birthday surprise if I wasn’t so obnoxious about getting my own spindle.  Jacie, sorry I ruined the surprise – she’s still just as beautiful.

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Right now I am spinning pygora from Tucker Woods Farm on it.  The combination of the spindle and the pygora – well it’s just fantastic.  I am in the process of buying a second ounce of the pygora because who doesn’t need a crazy amount of lace weight awesomeness.

 

So for all the spindlers out there – I highly recommend contacting Mark with Two Tails Woodturning  (mxracer23@hotmail.com) and getting your own custom made spindle or a premade spindle if he ever manages to have a stock. 

 

Some of the woods the whorls can be made out of Honduran Rosewood, Purple Heart, Zebra Wood, Lignum Vitae, East Indian Rosewood, Lignum Vitae, and Cocobolo. There was a tragic incident with the remaining Blood wood – so that’s on hold for the moment. Shaft woods can be East India Rosewood, Lignum Vitae, Black Palm, Macassar Ebony, Redheart, Hard Maple, and maybe Bloodwood.

Prices:

$25.00 for 2” or 3” whorl

$35.00 for anything with an ebony shaft

$40.00 for something with an ebony whorl

 

Also he has a pretty fantastic broken/fixing policy:
One time repair/replace policy, If it cracks or breaks or the hook falls out your dog chewed it. Get it back to me and I will fix or replace it once. If it get damaged a second time I be happy to talk to you about purchasing a replacement.

 

Yup the pimp hand is strong. 🙂

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