We've had an unseasonably cold summer here, which has been fun for biking and playing outside without overheating, and has kept our sweet peas producing much longer than expected. Man, I love fresh peas from the garden! Tey're almost as good as tomatoes just-picked warm from the sun…
Purple onions small I planted a bunch of red onions this year, too, just for fun. They needed thinning, so Belle pulled a bunch out and we whipped up a dip my dad used to make when we were kids. The kids called for more and wanted it again for lunch (of course, the Fritos I served along with the peas and carrots might have helped).

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It's easy and fun, especially if your kids love the thrill and fear of loud blender noise.  This dip is great for parties, too! Like most of my dad's recipes, we never wrote it down, only tasted until we liked it.
 Wisconsin Garden Dip
In blender pitcher, add:
1 16-oz container cottage cheese (we used lowfat small-curd)
A good handful scallions, roughly chopped (we used 8-10)
Grated cheddar cheese (maybe 4 oz?)
A splash or two of milk
Seasoned salt to taste

Blend all together, adding more milk if desired. The mixture should be nearly smooth, with little orange and green flecks, and should lift easily onto chips or veggies without sliding off!

In knitting news, I'm working like gangbusters on my pattern for the Holiday Knitcircus. I always have lots on the needles, but I finally drew the line and agreed with myself not to cast on another thing until I finish something, anything! A sock, my dad's chevron scarf, Li'l Buddy's Mad City Hat…
I definitely have my work cut out for me, since the kids saw me paging through Ysolda's blog and when they spied this, they could hardly stand the cuteness:
"Make that the next thing you knit," Li'l Buddy cried. I've never seen them that excited about knitting before, so I was only too happy to agree. Especially since that meant I just had to purchase Whimsical Little Knits 2….

August 20, 2009 by Knitcircus

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