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.)

Sheri whoadvisesyoutostartanewprojectsothatI’mnotaloneinthisWIPabundance

646 comments

  1. I HAD a favorite – a handmade giant soup-sized mug. It had beautiful pinecones etched into the glaze. I live in the woods and it just seemed to fit with my “yard”. My 9 year-old daughter dropped it and it became a million little pieces of clay. She felt so bad that she asked me to take her to the holiday craft fair (where I had purchased it years ago) so she could use her own money to get me a new one. We tried, but the artist was not in her “mug phase” at the time. Maybe someday.

  2. My favourite mug at the moment is a huge one that I just got in Vegas, where I went to celebrate a good friend’s 40th birthday. I hadn’t seen her in 3 years, and it was so much fun to meet her there and hang out and talk for hours.

  3. My favorite mug is one of two hand thrown pottery semi-tall mugs with “Life” and floral vines scrolled down the side. It has special meaning for me as it belonged to my late mother-in-law, who had to have been the best anyone could have.

    A second favorite is a bright red “Seattle’s Best” mug, given to me for Mother’s Day from my daughters, all born in Seattle many years ago.

  4. My favourite is a big one that I bought in Disneyland. It has a raised castle on the outside and a Tinkerbell flying around inside. It always cheers me up. 🙂

  5. I like mugs and received 3 great new sheep related ones for christmas this last year. They are made in England by Dunoon and the series is called “Country Morning” and then either telephone, mail or tractor. Each one has a lovely county scene with a small flock of sheep, each mug with a different breed, for instance standing next to a mailbox, or a tractor, etc. If you want to see them Google “Dunoon Country Morning telephone” and that should bring it up. Great for the knitter and sheep lovers!

  6. My favourite mug is the first one I bought with my own money for my first apartment. It’s only been 7 months since I moved in, but it’s still pretty special. It’s not particularly fancy – a white tapered one with black swirls on it. It only cost 5 Danish kr., which is about 80 cents. But it’s mine, and I bought it myself.

  7. My fave mug is a large china one with cats on that my daughter bought me for Chanukah. it was the thought that counts and I look at it every day and it reminds me of my lovley daughters thoughtfulness and kindness (she’s 16)

  8. My favorite mug is one my husband gave me a few years ago for Christmas. We had decided to save money and not exchange gifts, but he surprised me by giving me a black mug with a “baby”picture of our beloved pup on it. It’s my favorite mug for those two reasons.

  9. My favorite mug has a photo of four postage stamps dedicated to horses on it. I’ve had it for years—the stamps shown were 22c ones! It has become a little timeworn but is sturdy enough for a nice cup of tea or coffee, and I always enjoy seeing the horses (and recalling how ‘expensive’ those stamps seemed at the time)

  10. My favorite mug came from Sanibel, Florida. I love it not because of how it looks or feels but how it makes me feel. I use that cup and always think of vacation, sun, relaxing, knitting, etc. I get that “I want to go back” feeling.

  11. My mom is a production potter in the area I live: http://www.glostocktonpottery.com/ She does not do mugs usually, so I have the only mugs she’s ever made in many cases. Somehow a hand-thrown mug, made by mom, heals all ills! Love all kinds of mugs though. The one I go to right now has carved leaves all over it.

  12. My favorite was given to me. I got it ten years ago as a summerbreak gift. I worked as a recreation constructor and one of the children gave me the mug. It is made by a local ceramist. It is big und round with trees and a horse with a rider.

  13. I love my favorite mug!!! It’s one that a got off of CafePress. Clearly, it fits me. It states:

    Cooking and Cleaning are for people who haven’t learned how to knit.

    Poor mug has lost a handle, and has a crack developing on the bottom. But I love it, and use it every day!

  14. My favorite mug would not look really special to most people. I received it years ago from a friend as a get well present. It is white with cheerful little flowers and I, like Sherri with her mug, like the size, shape and feel of it.

  15. I have some of the old Lindt Stymeist mugs called the button mugs. They are multicolored and have a dot “button” on the handle for your thumb. I’ve tried many other mugs with a thumb rest , but none are as well-balanced as the button mug.

  16. My favorite mug is a mug with a dragon seated in the bottom of it. He’s looking up with an “Oh” expression on his face. It’s fun to see him emerge from the coffee. I only use that mug on the day’s I’m having caffeine though, he can be hard to clean. My current daily mug is the Ravelry mug. Interesting comments from co-workers when
    I explain what the agree/disagree means on the side.

  17. I love my coffee in the morning and my favorite cup is actually from the Dollar Tree. I like the shape and the way I hug it with both hands in the early hours of dawn. My tea drinking is altogether different. I have a special Valentine cup my sister sent me quite a few years ago. The cup itself is shaped like a valentine and is red. When I have tea I think of sitting with her as children drinking our teddy bear tea before bed. Awsome.

  18. My favorite mug has a picture of my grandfather tipping his hat and looking back in the mountains near Los Alamos, NM. He passed away last year and we used this picture for a lot of programs, memorials, etc. For Christmas, my aunt had a mug made with the picture so I now get to drink tea with my Papa every morning. My boyfriend always puts this mug right side up in the cabinet as he doesn’t want to give Papa a headache. 🙂

  19. My favorite mug is a red one from Caribou Coffee that a dear friend gave to me. Inside is printed “Life is short. Stay awake for it.” It cheers me every morning.

  20. My favorite mug is actually from my dishes set. It’s got a big bulbous bottom half that is sage green and a three grey rings around the top. It’s gorgeous, but that’s not my favorite part. My favorite part is that it keeps my tea or hot chocolate at just the right temperature fir just the right amount of time!

  21. My best mug is a ceramic one with minimalist gulls and ocean shore painted on it. I found it under a bunk at a fishing camp where I worked summers during university. It was encrusted with unspeakable filth, but I loved the shape and feel of it, so I washed it numerous times and sterilized it and have used it ever since.

  22. Mugs are definitely the way to go for me. My favorite is a handmade one I bought at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival several years ago, It’s stoneware, holds 16 oz of coffee. It’s a lovely milk chocolate color with 2 sheep on one side and the barn on the other. The handle is very comfortable to hold and it has a very rustic feel to it. I still have my previous favorite mug which I use when my new one ends up in the dishwasher. I’ve had that one for over 15 years. It was purchased on a family vacation to New England. We took our 4 children on a driving vacation and visited places like Sturbridge Village, Plymouth Plantation, Boston, and Mystic (where I purchased that mug). Also hand made (do you sense a theme here?) and painted, it has a fishing village and flying seagulls and is all in various shades of blue.

  23. I have two favorite mugs: one is brown, and is the first thing my husband (then boyfriend) ever got for me. It advertises a Celtic music festival where he and his trio were playing. The other is hand-thrown by a former student of mine. It’s a somewhat odd shade of mustard yellow, but the shape fits perfectly into my hands…

  24. My favorite mug is one that was a gift to me from a very special friend. Her husband was a “potter?” He made the mug for her and she used it for many years. When I was leaving the place where we had met (I was and employee there) she gave me the mug as a gift. It is perfect in feel and the fineness of the lip where I drink. And the perfect size.

  25. My favorite mug is one I picked up on vacation in Asheville, NC at The Flat Iron Grill. Its fairly big (a must!) and although its ceramic, its made to look like an old fashioned stainless steel mug (think the kind you take camping)… black with all the white “specs” — I LOVE it.

  26. I have two favorite mugs. My work mug is my nightmare before christmas mug. I have had it now for several decades and it has been with me every day of work (even when we had to change jobs). I was lost for a while looking for a home mug. But then I found it- the problem was that it was the boyfriend’s fav. I have been slowly trying to steal this huge starbucks mug that has been made just for TEA.

  27. I used to have a sort of collection of “favorite” mugs. Then I got a cute mug from a catalog. It was oddly shaped, and had a picture of a purple dragon, sitting up and blowing flames, on each side. The flames met to form a heart of fire. It was so cute! I used it at my desk at work (where I practiced law). Soon after I resigned (retired?) I found a Tinkerbell mug from the Disney Store… it’s really more like a mug and a half, and I loved the extra room for MORE. But this too has taken a back seat to a better mug. My favorite mug. My mug that I love so much I’ll even hand wash it if the dishwasher’s not full.
    This mug came, of all places, from Starbucks. I learned about it, and went into the coffee shop from which I rarely buy coffee JUST to get the mug. I’m so glad I did…. It’s the creamy color of a natural Aran sweater, and just a bit wider than the average mug. It holds about a mug and a quarter’s worth of liquid. And it’s embossed with knitted cables. You can see every stitch, though the cable crossings are a tad flat, like someone might have pressed them. It’s just the right size, just the right weight… and makes sure that my knitting is with me whenever I drink coffee… or tea… or cocoa…

  28. My favorite mug says “Happy Mother’s Day” on it. It was a gift from my step-daughter, rec’d just a month after I married her dad. It was my very first Mother’s Day gift.

  29. I use my favorite coffee mug only on Saturdays. This coffee mug has a photo of my granddaughter. I set aside time every Saturday to pretend I’m having coffee with her – our special time together. My daughter was in town this weekend and was touched by my Saturday morning ritual.

  30. My favorite is from the set my hubby got me for valentine’s day. It’s a beautiful teaset and the cups are good size not just a sip size…plus they’re gorgeous. I feel special when I drink from them! Off to get me something to drink now!:)

  31. My favourite cup is one I bought at Ikea. It’s creamy white with blue cornflowers on it, and its slightly large size is perfect for my tea. Also, there is a matching plate on which I put (usually too many) cookies to go with my tea. 🙂

  32. My current fav is one that I got from Starbucks recently that looks KNITTED–it has cables embossed all around it. It’s cream-colored. It’s not quite as large as a couple that I like to use, but come on, how could I resist it? 🙂

  33. My favorite mug came from a garage sale. The thing I like about it is the top for the handle as flat, my thumb fits on it perfectly. I have never seenanother mug like it and I just love how it feels in my hand.

    Theresa

  34. Mine says “My Cuppa Tea-Colour Matching Guide” and inside has various swatches of brown labeled “Milky”, “Classic British”, Builders Brew”, and “Just Tea”. It’s perfect for a rabid Anglofile like myself, and also very helpful for determining how much milk to put in.

  35. My favorite coffee mug I have here at work it says: “No coffee, no workee”. Believe me, not much happens without having any coffee!

  36. My Favorite mug was made 20 years ago by my best friend- Love the colors, the size and everytime I use it it reminds me of my best friend who is quite a talented artist.

  37. We have a huge mug that has the Hershey’s logo on it. My husband calls it the “man mug” due to its size. We don’t drink coffee, but I like to use this mug for hot chocolate because I have such a sweet tooth it can only be appeased with the amount of hot chocolate that fills that mug 😉

  38. My favorite mug was given to me by my mom. It is covered in sheep and is the perfect size and shape and simply adorable.

  39. I may be in the minority here, but I prefer to use a china teacup and saucer for tea and coffee. My favourite is one of those gold and cobalt edged affairs that I paid too much for when I was about 21 years old. Since then I have bought mostly from junk shops. I don’t have more than one cup and saucer combo in any pattern.

  40. My favorite mug is one my 7 year old daughter gave me for Mother’s day. It has a picture of painting she made in the style of VanGogh. The painting is a vase of flowers including some with buds and one flower that has drooped down across the front of the vase. Since I’m left-handed, she made sure to put something on both sides of the mug and the back which I see the most reads “I heart Mom”. Coffee or tea in this mug warms my heart as well as the rest of me.

  41. My favorite mug is one I carried back from Spain when I lived there in 1985….my kids know that it is non-touchable by anyone else, and will stop anyone from using it!

  42. My favorite mug is a Cat in the Hat mug I got at Universal Studios in Florida back in 2003. It’s the perfect size for me, kind of stubby, but large.

  43. My current favorite is a cobalt blue hand thrown cup without a handle. It is the perfect size for my hand with little ridges to help keep a sturdy grip. It also doubles well as an ice cream dish. Then there’s the giant mug that my husband bought that says COWGIRL on the side ?

  44. My favorite mug isn’t even mine. I bought it from Starbucks for my husband. It has a lovely graphic of the Pittsburgh (PA) skyline on it, including the three rivers and the Point fountain! It is very large, and can hold lots of black, fruit infused tea. Mmmmmm.

  45. My favorite mug is from a dog show. It has the Take the Lead logo on it – a dog running with a leash in his mouth – and holds the perfect amount of hot chocolate or tea.

  46. i have an almost unholy love for a giant glass mug that looks more like a beer stein than a coffee mug. but it holds lots of coffee and i can see it all, the lovely tan color, exactly how much i have left, the dark sludge at the bottom from the french press. it makes me unreasonably happy. it also makes me unreasonably caffeinated if i forget to make it half decaf…

  47. Mug, I’m definitely a mug girl. My favorite one is an oversized Starbucks mug, in my favorite color of red, that my youngest daughter purchased for me with her very first Starbucks paycheck. So besides being the absolute size for that double dose of morning cafeine, it reminds me of my youngest and her very generous nature.

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