March Blog Contest – What’s Your Favorite…

dsc02429… mug? Or teacup?  Or your preferred container for hot beverages? This is my favorite. Some of you may remember that I have a habit of over-buying mugs/cups. I don’t know what it is.  But I have found my favorite and I think my mug-buying days are over. (Unless this one breaks.  But I know where to get another one of them.) I love the size of this, the weight of it, the feel of it, and the colors. (Mine came from here. I love their work and have purchased several things from them.) Since I’m so attached to this mug, it made me wonder if others of you have a favorite?  Tell us about it in the comments below for this month’s blog contest. We’ll randomly draw the winners from the comments and will announce them next Friday.

Today’s recipe is one of those comfort food types of things. (Good taste plus pasta = comfort.) It makes a lot and there are all kinds of things in there.  Just add some fresh fruit or a big salad to the menu and you have a meal.

dsc02425Pasta and Cabbage Casserole

1 pound spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente
3 cups shredded frozen hash browns, thawed
1 lb. sausage (or 3 chicken breasts, cooked and cubed)
2 Tbl. olive oil
1 bag of shredded cabbage slaw (or 1/2 head cabbage, shredded)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup (or can) of chicken broth
4 Tbl. butter
2 cups Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, shredded
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
(Want more color? Add broccoli to the recipe. Yum!)

Brown sausage in skillet and drain. Add olive oil to the pan and stir in onion, garlic and cabbage, cooking until tender (about 10 minutes). Add chicken broth and heat through.

In large bowl, combine cooked noodles, hash browns, butter, 1 cup cheddar, 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, and cabbage/sausage mixture and mix well.  Turn into a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Add the last cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to the top and bake for 5 more minutes.

Because I don’t have quite enough knitting projects “in progress”, I picked up a book last night and have decided to make a Noro Chevron Sleeve Cardigan from Knitting Noro. Just for fun. (Although I’m not sure why I just admitted that to you. I ought to have kept quiet about it until I was almost finished.  One day I’ll learn.)

dsc02432People were eating chocolate here today. How do I know? There’s evidence on the floor. And just because there were kisses by my favorite mug in the photo, don’t be fooled. It was totally for eating scale so that you could get an idea of the mug size. (The carpeting looks a little ugly close up, don’t you think? It’s a good thing that there is a lot of beautiful yarn and chocolate around here to distract people from looking down.)

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646 comments

  1. My favorite mug for my morning tea is a hand made one my husband bought for me at Maryland Sheep & Wool 3 years ago. I love the size, weight and handle – it is perfect for my hands and holds just the right amount of tea.

    I have a completely different favorite mug for my evening hot chocolate indulgence – a mug my step-son brought home from Disney World about 6 years ago that I recently rediscovered at the back of the cabinet.

  2. My favorite is a mug from my favorite distillery here in Central Kentucky, the Woodford Reserve distillery in Versailles. At the time the cup was made it was still called Labrot & Graham Distillery.

    The distillery is a beautiful place, and the tour is great with the warehouse visit a special treat. There you get to partake of the ‘angels share’, the wonderful aroma that seeps from the stored barrels!

    There’s usually nothing ‘distilled’ in the cup — just coffee or tea!

  3. My favorite mug is a large Christmas one that a group of people who worked for me at the time gave me. I find a cup of tea in the afternoon to be very relaxing and using this mug reminds of a great team and their thoughtfulness.

  4. I have 3 favorite mugs that I alternate between depending on my mood. They are all over sized mugs from Walt Disney World. Tinkerbell, Eeyore and Tigger!

    I like Disney as much as knitting!

  5. My favorite mug is the Monet “Water Lilies” one that my DD brought me as a souvenir of a trip to DC. Gotta love anything from the DD – especially Monet!

  6. My favorite mug is a hand-thrown piece of pottery that I bought at a small boutique in Oak Ridge, TN about 20 years ago. It features a tree in full leaf on the front; predomonantly blue wiht purple, gree and red-purple shading. I love the feel of the smooth glaze on my fingertips. The potter’s name is “carved” (don’t know what term to use?) into the bottom; I can’t read the name, but I can tell that it starts with an “L”. I use this mug every morning for coffee. It holds about 2 regular-sized cups. I sometimes worry that it will break; it is one of my most treasured possessions (if my house were on fire, it is one of the first things I would grab to take with me). The size, weight, position and domfort of its handle are perfectly proportioned to my hand.

  7. Well, now, that depends…for brewed coffee, it’s my giant (24oz?) Starbucks Mug. For instant cappucino, I love my Eeyore mug, because it’s just the right size for a double serving. For hot chocolate, my gorgeous Otherworld mug is perfect, because I drink hot chocolate when I want something comfortable to sip, and Otherworld is my favorite thing I do all year with my favorite people, so sipping from a mug that reminds me of them is just the thing. And for tea, I have a super-extra-large Pinky and the Brain mug that is perfect. Also, I have a lovely pottery cup that I got at Peters Valley that I use for just about everything else.

  8. My favorite mug is the one my best friend Jess gave me for Christmas last year. It’s cream colored, says MMMM… in really big red letters, and says in smaller letters all over the place the different words for “tea” in several languages.

  9. My favourite is the mug I use for a cup of tea as soon as I come home from work. It has a lovely springtime scene on it with tulips and birds and is painted in the gorgeous bright colours. It always makes me smile and that helps me relax after a hard day.

  10. My favorite mug is an extra tall green mug my daughter brought me as a gift from Winterplace ski resort in W VA. She’s 17 but always thinks of me and brings me something from anywhere she travels.

  11. My favorite cup is one I bought at the Goodwill store. I had forgotten my travel cup that I usually take with when I’m shopping so I can stop at the co-op & get a cup of my favorite tea – deejarling – so I stopped to buy a second-hand one as I can’t abide paper or foam cups (they don’t have foam at the co-op). I got a ceramic cup with pics of fruit on it & it is slanted to a smaller bottom than top. I fell in love with this cup & now use all of the time.

  12. I love mugs that I find at pottery shops and craft fairs – my favorite mugs right now are a pair of mugs that a close friend gave me as a 40th birthday present. She made them herself on a wheel at a local pottery studio and fired and glazed them herself also. They are beautiful, with delicate (yet sturdy) handles and a nice shape that just fits my hands.

  13. my favorite mug is the biggest i could find at crate & barrel. it’s gigantic and holds over 3 cups of coffee.

  14. I have a coupe of mugs that I love, but the one I love most is giant, red, and has cartoon penguins all over it. My second favorite is one I painted myself at a glaze-your-own ceramics shop. It fits perfectly in my hands on cold mornings, it’s turquoise on the lip, purple on the outside, and lime-green in the inside. There’s a Mother Goddess painted on the outside (stylized woman with a spiral universe in her belly), and an apple-seeds star in the bottom of the inside. OK, maybe that one is really my favorite. the penguin one is just bigger.

  15. My favorite mug was a deep purple one that was just the right shape and size for a generous serving of black tea in the morning. I say “was” because unfortunately, my toddler son accidentally broke it a couple weeks ago. : (

  16. I really really love stoneware or hand thrown mugs for just about everything. Especially hand thrown, in warm browns or soothing blue glazes, as there’s something terribly rustic and reassuringly earthy about curling my hands around one and warming my fingers as the heat seeps through. I…like the idea of a teacup, but I also know that most of the ones I have seen are delicate, thin things and I? Am a klutz of the highest order. So it’s all badness when it comes to teacups. My mug right now, becuase I am not just a klutz but also terribly lazy when it comes to dishes? A simple, yet large Charbucks mug with a green, springlike print on it. I look forward to Ostara this year, and continue to stretch and revel in the return of the sun.

  17. My favorite mug came from the Big Nerd Ranch when I took a class there. Is that a great name or what? However, I was surfing at anthropologie.com today and I see a new favorite mug mght be in my future!

  18. My favorite mug is one purchased on a Paris trip. It represents the Toulouse-lautrec art with the Chat Noir (black cat). On the day of the week that I use this cup, as I have an assortment, I can daydream about being in Paris.

  19. I actually have three favorite mugs. One is a big oversized blue ceramic one that I use to make hot chocolate in the winter (holds plenty of marshmallows!). The second is one I tote around with me all day – a metallic green (Love the color!) travel mug from Starbucks that has a screw-on lid to keep me from spilling the contents (as I am clumsy and frequently knock cups over). The final one is the knit mug that Starbucks had this holiday season – I sip my Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Extra from it every evening.

  20. My favorite is a Cornish Blue mug that I bought at St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, England. To me it is the quintessential British mug to have a proper cuppa.

  21. My favourite is the ‘ugly mug’. My mother bought it for me on Granville Island in Vancouver. It’s beige speckled with dark brown and shaped free-hand with bulges and strange curves. I can only use it for tea or coffee as the odd shape makes mixing hot chocolate difficult. It’s my comfort mug but a few of my friends love it too and ask for it when they come over. And for the record – I don’t think you have a mug problem. I have over 30 and they all suit different drinks and moods. Trying to stick with one mug is like saying “Why knit another scarf? You already have one!”. I was in Starbucks the other day and they have some new pottery mugs with lovely glazing, I think I might need to add another to my collection!

  22. My favorite mug is one I’ve had since I graduated from college. I bought it at a fall festival at Horse Pens 40 near Oneonta, AL. in 1973.!

  23. my favorite mug is a picture mug i made for my sister at one of those mall stores. she had taken a bunch of photos in photo booth on my new laptop and used every option possible to get the worst photos. so i printed the ugliest and gave her the mug for xmas…she almost dropped it we were laughing so hard.. it was so hideous. i ended up taking it back because it was so funny… i use it in my guest room for my art pens, and it never fails to put me in a good mood. 🙂

  24. My favorite “at home” mug is an oversized Eeyore mug that I got from a swap partner. I think part of the charm is that it came all the way from England. My favorite “to go” mug came from my first trip to Disney World. It is square ceramic mug with MIckey Mouse on it. It also has a plastic lid so I don’t have to worry about spills.

  25. My favorite mug was made by a friend’s husband. It’s a purpley-burgundy-reddish color. It hold just the right amount of tea/coffee/hot chocolate for me! We actually have a pair, a larger one & smaller one – mine is the smallest. My husband thinks the mugs are brown…don’t know why!

  26. My Loopy Ewe mugs are getting heavy use this week. I’m using them to make my minty tea, it helps my achy throat a lot.
    What I really collect are pottery soup mugs. Soup tastes twice as good when it’s in a handmade pottery soup mug!

  27. I enjoy drinking anything in my very large size mug from Starbucks. It’ s the off-white one with a brown ring at the top and Starbucks in large letters on the front. Not much to look at but it fits nicely in your hand, is easy to drink from, is just the right weight and holds lots and lots of coffee, tea, water…..
    That’s not to say that I don’t love to look at the other mugs, and they contain so many memories!

  28. My favorite is my Queen Diva-Kitty – a large white cup with a 3-d pink diva-cat on the front , heavy eyeliner and wearing a crown, and her tail is the handle. I’m “queen of our office” with it!

  29. I think I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to my favorite tea mug. It’s the plain black one that came with my Corelle kitchen set. But it’s the perfect size! And shape! And it’s microwaveable; so when I get into my knitting and forget that I was drinking tea I can reheat 😉

  30. I love drinking my Earl Grey in a souvenir mug from the National Beagle Club Specialty I went to in the fall of 2007. I have many fond memories of that event!

  31. My father is retired from the Navy. I somehow got all his Navy mugs & I think of him whenever I use them.

  32. My favorite mug is from the ()’s – I have used it forever but it is getting old – I could use a new one

    It reads

    “life’s a bitch and then you die “

  33. I love mugs. My favorites are, one with a logo of a favorite musician’s tour about 10 or so years ago, and another is from Blue Heaven in Key West, and another is from Reef Relief in Key West. There are others in the cabinet, but those are my 3 faves for coffee.

  34. At work, I have a Wizard of Oz mug that I love. I also have different ones at home that I also like, the starbucks cable knit ones, and a plastic one from NY Sheep and Wool.

  35. My favorite mug is a beautiful deep red mug big enough to eat soup from. It has white washed wintery twigs raised ceramic work. It was given to me as a gift with body products. I have had it for several years. I just love it. It brings me comfort
    with soup and oatmeal in the winter for breakfast and coffee thru the day at work.

  36. My favorite mug is one of a pair that I picked up years ago at either Costco or Sam’s Club, that was packaged with a bag of chili mix stuffed inside (I think I threw out the chili mix; I didn’t want that, I wanted the mugs!). One has fruits on the outside, the other has veggies. Not earthshaking, but they’re my favorites because they hold about 32 oz. Since I am not a morning person, and I have to get up for work at 6:30, that much coffee is required.

    Now for aesthetic purposes, my favorite is my purple Squashed Fairy Mug, which resides on my desk at work. I got it from this lady, at the Great Pennsic War:

    http://www.angelfirepottery.com/pots.htm#MUGS

    At work, I like to say that we can’t be visited by the Eff-up Fairy, because I squashed her. My colleagues are amused. 🙂

  37. Sherry my favorite cups for tea are made by Denby in England. They are oversized and hold about twice as much as a regular tea cup. I have a matching teapot that I adore and rarely use for fear of breaking it.

    They are celebrating their 200th anniversary this year. They make awesome stoneware products and I have a huge collection. For coffee – I like to choose one of my Denby mugs – they are so comfortable and feel so good in your hand and they keep items very hot for a long time plus their patterns and glazing are just beautiful quality works of art.

  38. My favorite mug was given to me by a former boss’s sister-in-law. The mug reads “Super Secretary !”. Jessie was actually re-gifting, because she had received it when she was still able to work. Jessie had brain cancer and would walk the two blocks from her home to our office to see her sister-in-law, my boss. Jessie had a great spirit in spite of her illness and walked with a cane — making her weekly journey all the more special.

    Within two years of her gift of the mug to me, Jessie passed away in the night with friends and family gathered around – during one of many recent “pajama parties” the girls in the family had been having with her as she lay in a hospital bed brought into her home.

    I’m no longer a secretary, but each year’s “Administrative Assistant” day reminds me of Jessie and her sweet and strong spirit and her special gift. And I still have the mug with me, often prompting questions about why I have a “secretaries” mug.

    Thanks for asking.

  39. My favorite mug is from “Life is Good” that I picked up at Cabela’s. It’s a lovely shade of pink with a cute red heart and says “Do what you like. Like what you do.” And it’s a nice hefty, curvy solid mug- I love it!

  40. Yesterday I received my new favorite mug. I have been emailing author Barbara Delinsky. She just published a new book entitled “While My Sister Sleeps.” She sent me a mug…just because! I love to know that famous people can be as human as the rest of us. I will cherish the mugs….always!

  41. I have 2 favorite mugs – one is a 10 oz glass mug with the chemical structure of caffeine on it (I am a bit nerdy). The other one is an oversize Starbucks mug my dh brought back for me when he deployed to Kuwait – it’s blue and white with “Kuwait” written all over it.

  42. Boy am I am good company! “Hi my name is Laurie and I am a mug addict!” I do have three favs right now.
    For a big drink… my green sheep mug from Spunky Eclectic.
    Next, is a hand made blue/white speckled mug that was getting tossed when my office was relocating. Love it!
    Current favorite fav is a hand thrown pottery mug I picked up at a vendor fair at the kids school. It gets washed out and put next to the coffeee pot for the next time. Oh I need to get more right now!

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