My favorite way to make Guacamole


One of my favorite foods is guacamole. Mmmmm.

I'm also kinda picky about it. I don't like my guacamole with sour cream, tomatoes, or too much onion flavor. I want the flavor of the avocados to be the star, I guess you could say I'm an avocado purist.

The texture is important to me too. I don't like having my guac too mushy or a jumble of chunks, there should be a good chunkiness to creaminess ratio.

Most grocery store bought guacs do not fit my specifications, so I've developed my own recipe.

Guac Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados

  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded

  • 1 Small shallot or about 1 tablespoon chopped

  • ¼ c. Cilantro

  • Juice of ½ lime

  • Salt and pepper


Dicing Avocados

When you're shopping for the avocados you should be looking for a deep dark green/black color on the ouside and just soft enough that there is a little give when you press thumb into them. If they are green they are under ripe. When you squeeze if they feel soft then they are probably overripe. Under ripe can be solved by placing the avocados in a paper bag when you get them home. They should ripen up within a couple days. Avoid geting over ripe 'cause they can't be fixed.

Dice the avocados. Slice each avocado in half. Then give the pit a good whack with a knife so that the knife gets partly embedded in the pit and twist. The pit should pop right out. Next make parallel slices in the avocado flesh, followed by slices in the opposite direction to make little rectangles. Finally take a spoon and scoop out the diced avocado into a bowl.

Chop Ingredients

Chop the shallot, jalapeno, and cilantro. You can add as much or as little as you like. I use shallots because they have a little bite but don't have an overpowering onion flavor.

Most of a jalapeno's spice lives in the ribs and seeds, so if you want your guac spicier leave the seeds and ribs in half the jalapeno. If you're a wimp when it comes to spice then make sure to remove all the seeds and ribs.

For some inconceivable reason some people don't like cilantro. If you are one of these people just use some flat leaf parsley instead.

Dump the shallot, jalapeno, and cilantro in the bowl with the avocado.

Roll the Lime

Roll the lime on the counter before you cut it, it’ll help get the juices flowing. I usually use about half the lime, but it depends on how ripe your avocados are. The less ripe the avocado the more you'll be able to taste the lime and vice versa. So add a little at a time, you can always add more later. I usually only use about half the lime.

Guac Ingredients

Add the salt and pepper. Again the amount of salt depends on the ripeness of the avocado, so add a little at a time. I use about a teaspoon or less. Mix everything together using a stirring and chopping combo to make it somewhat creamy and somewhat chunky. Taste, adjust seasonings as necessary.


Grab some chips and enjoy!

Download my recipe


Birthday Bear

Birthday Bear

I've been waiting to blog about this since its a gift. This was intended to be a birthday gift for my youngest neice, Anna. But I was a little late on finishing it. So then I was going to send it for her baptism a couple weeks later, but since I decided go home this weekend I thought it could wait some more :)

Birthday Bear close up

The Pattern: Cashmere Teddy Bear by Erika Knight Find the Pattern on Raverly
The Yarn: Jo Sharp DK Wool in Oak 910 purchased from yarn.com
Needle size: 4

Started: April 18
Finished: May 3

Birthday Bear backside

I pretty much followed the pattern to a T. Except for the little heart I added to the butt.

Birthday Bear backside closeup

I thought it made it a bit more special and was extra cute. I think I may have stuffed him just a wee bit too much, whoops.

Birthday Bear peices

The bear is knit in seven peices (2 body/leg peices, 2 arms, 2 ears, and the head). There is a lot of seaming and I hate seaming. I'm just not good at hand sewing and its tedious. If I were to make this again I'd try to figure out how to modify it to combine some of the peices. I also wasn't thrilled with how the face seamed up, it doesn't look as polished as I'd like.

Birthday Bear and Kogepan

The plus side to this is that it is a pretty fast knit (minus the time for sewing all the peices together). And it is a great stash buster. I was able to use up a skein that had been rolling around in my knitting bag for a few months.

Overall I think he's pretty cute. My french knots and stuffing techniques could use some practice, but he's presentable.


69 Meters and other public displays

69 Meters

Over the weekend I noticed this new addition to the parking meters in my neighborhood.

69 Meters

This is a part of the '69 Meters' art installation commissioned by the Montague Street Business Improvement District. Magda Sayeg, founder of Knitta Please, and 50 volunteers knit these colorful sleeves that are now covering all of Montague Street's parking meter poles.

69 Meters

Knitta Please is group of knitters from all over the world who display their knitting in public spaces, think of it like knitted graffiti.

69 Meters

Its kinda cool right? All these knitters comin together makin these tactile public displays.

Looking at this reminds me of Lacey Jane Roberts work.

Lacey Jane Roberts Pink Fence

I first read about her in the Winter '08 issue of Interweave Knits. She installed her Pink Fence peice in Clarion Alley located in San Francisco, California. Roberts stuff is pretty amazing, large works with very strong messages.

It also reminds me about the Knit Knot Tree. Which in looking it up again I've found that it was inspired by the Knitta group's work.

69 Meters Guide

To find out more about the '69 Meters' installation check out the Montague BID website or on Knitta Please.
You can also download a guide listing all of the knitters names and the location of their peice here



Knitting at Versaille
So what was I knitting during our trip?

Leyburn top view
Pattern: Leyburn by Pepperknit Find Pattern on Raverly
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Peacock, less than one skein
Needles: US 2

Started: April 1
Finished: April 25

Leyburn top view
This is my first 'pair' of socks. I have knit a sock before, but I never got around to knitting the second sock :) Apparently I don't like to knit the second halves of socks and mittens, because I still haven't knit my second druid mitten either.

I decided to knit Leyburn two at a time so I wouldn't lose interest before completing the pair. For those of your who've never knit two at a time, it just means that you cast on for both socks at the same time. Each sock uses a separate ball of yarn. Actually I didn't have two balls of yarn. So I just used the center pull of my ball and the end from the outside. Then as you work you alternate knitting each sock (one row for sock 1, then one row for sock 2). This helps make sure you knit the same amount of rows for both socks (two at a time is good for sleevs too). And it has the added benefit of avoiding running out of yarn on your second sock.

Leyburn toe
This is a toe up pattern. Instead of using the instructions provided I used Judy Becker's magic cast on. I also used Purlwise's short row heel instructions since I'd never done a short row heel before.

Leyburn baggy
They ended up being a little big. I should have used a sz1 needle. When I got to the leg I realized that they were going to be too baggy to stay up so I decided to make them ankle socks instead.

Leyburn sideview
For my first pair of socks I think they turned out well.