Bribes for Beantown

Any minute now my friends Kim & Cliff will be here from Virginia. They’re contemplating a move and Boston is on the short list, so this visit is part Thanksgiving get together and part scouting mission. In an effort to sway them, I’ve prepared a series of bribes.

First – HANDKNIT SOCKS. Kim’s birthday was last week so I’ll be able to cleverly disguise this bribe as a birthday present (muwahhahah). The pattern was given to me by a former colleague…it’s very good and was reportedly used by the colleague’s friend to knit socks for soldiers in WWII (?? I know…sounds like some knitting lore. But hey you never know). One of these days I’ll type it up and put it on ravelry.

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I de-stashed Noro sockyarn and a nice bamboo/cotton blend

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Hopefully an unfinished sock doesn't diminish the bribe's power

Next – PIES. Who doesn’t love pies? I trashed the kitchen this morning making two of them – my gramma’s prized butterscotch and a double-layer blueberry cheesecake that’s excellent.

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I am very blessed to have married someone who likes doing the dishes

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Topping the butterscotch filling with meringue

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Butterscotch Pie ingredients

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Butterscotch Pie instructions

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 And if neither of these work, I’ll throw in THE RETURN OF THE FICUS. When Kim and Cliff left Oregon, all of their possessions stuffed into a VW bug, they lovingly left me with their baby ficus tree. I somehow managed to not only keep it alive, but keep it growing (!!!). I’ve kept the cats out by covering the soil with river rocks, and I re-potted it a couple times. The ficus and I are buddies, but if he’ll sweeten the deal…

New cat-prevention strategy: rocks

A reader suggested this river-rock-pile for keeping out cats - so smart!

Sunday afternoon

Teddy's search for litterbox alternatives is thwarted

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!



  1. Jenna · November 30, 2010

    I’m also blessed to be married to a dedicated dish-washer. I couldn’t have so many kitchen adventures without him!
    I hope your bribes work–those are some awesome socks.

    • foxflat · December 1, 2010

      Thanks Jenna! Yes, what would we do without the dedicated dishwashers?? Kim did love the socks. No word yet on whether or not it swayed their decision.

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