I have been a hand spinner of yarn for about6 or 7 years now. I have oft admired what many call art yarns, but until this past week, I never attempted making my own. A couple of weeks ago, I just could not resist purchasing a couple of Scrapboxes forms Namaste Farms. The boxes contain a variety of yarn and fiber scraps, sometimes beads, etc, all for creating unique, one of a kind yarns. Here is my first skein after spinning and steam setting.
This weeks Corner View theme is very fitting, for I received a gift in the mail on Friday…but not just any gift…
You will note that I have obliterated my actual address, for obvious reasons, but this package came from France.
Nearly two years ago, I agreed to take part in a blogger’s circle, where all of the bloggers who participated in Corner View, could also participate in something called Corner to Corner. You see, one friend, Joanne, sent a tenugui to another friend, Francesca, as a gift. The idea was that a small gift would be wrapped in the cloth and sent to another friend, who would add a tag to the string of tags, exchange another small gift and send it to another friend, and so on. The package has been travelling the world all this time, and now it is at my house!
I enjoyed seeing the tags that have been added, and Elsa in France sent me a sign for my kitchen as well as a little coffee cup magnet. So cute! Thanks, Elsa! Now my task is to send it on to Tania in Germany, with another small gift for her. The tenugui has about 12 more stops to complete the circle back to Francesca. Who would have thought that this package would still be travelling the world, two years later, with more travels to go? While I am enjoying the gift from Elsa, the real gift that I enjoy is being able to share my corner of the world with this wonderful group of bloggers. While I have not been as faithful with Corner Viewing as I once was (a situation I am trying to rectify!), they have always been a community of friends that I can share with. Most of us may never meet in person, but through reading their blogs, I have received a gift of friendship that I am so very grateful for. I hope that you will check out some of the other bloggers corner views…and make life DIY!
This past weekend I was driven inside by the merciless heat and humidity, after a couple of hours in the garden. After cooling off and rehydrating, I was looking for something else to do inside. It never takes long around here to find something that needs doing. I had books living in my closet ever since early spring, when I had begun my bedroom remodel. So far, the paneling has been put up and painted, I am working on the floor, and decided to paint the section where my bookshelf was going to be placed. I didn’t really like how the bookshelf looked anymore, so I decided a facelift was in order. This is the bookshelf before:
I was originally going to paint it white, to match the walls, but was out of white paint. But I did have some of the grey paint that I painted the ceiling with. In the end, I like the grey much better.
Then, I thought to add a little more pizzazz, I would line the shelves with some really cool contact paper that I had in my craft stash, and here is the shelf, all done and in place.
It was time to harvest some cilantro.
Cilantro is one of those herbs…you either love it, or you hate it. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of middle ground. Me, I love it! After this morning’s harvest, I have enough to fill three one gallon freezer bags, plus make a bouquet of fresh and some I picked off the stems for the bowl of pico de gallo I am seeing in the very near future. Experience has taught me that freezing rather than drying preserves the flavor best when saving cilantro to use for future cooking. In addition to making pico, I also like it in my guacamole, soups, and summer rolls. Yum! How do you feel about cilantro? Love it or hate it? Chime in and tell me how you like to use it, and,join me on my,quest to make life DIY!
Today we experimented with bubbles.
We started with regular old store bought bubbles, which were kind of wimpy. I recalled seeing a recipe somewhere for “super bubbles”, so a quick Pinterest search yielded a recipe for 3 cups of water, a cup of dish soap and 1/4 cup of corn syrup. But we decided 1/2 cup of corn syrup gave us a much sturdier bubble. Once we used all of that up, we then experimented with adding corn syrup to the commercial bubbles, which worked just as well.
While we were on vacation, I found a recipe for a tasty pinto bean salad. That got me thinking about coming up with some other bean salad recipes, because while I like beans and cornbread just as much as the next gal, I want to find a way to include beans in my diet in other forms. Looking in the pantry yesterday, I decided to soak some cannellini beans I had this morning. When I got home, I cooked them in the pressure cooker in a fresh change of water for 40 minutes, quick vented the cooker, drained the beans and rinsed them in cold water to stop the cooking and to cool them down for the salad. While they were cooking I chopped all the other ingredients and put them into a large bowl. If you want to try making your own Pesto Cannellini Bean Salad, round up these ingredients:
4 cups cooked cannellini beans
1 medium Vidalia (or other sweet) onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 Tablespoons capers
1 7.5 oz jar of grilled and marinated artichoke hearts (I use Reese’s)
1/2 c green Spanish olives
2 stalks celery, diced
1/4 c good quality EVOO (I used Raimondo’s Roasted Garlic)
1/4 c vinegar- your choice. I used a basil vinegar made by my mother, but a balsamic or red wine would be nice, too.
4 Tablespoons prepared pesto (I make it in the summer and freeze it in 2 Tablespoon “cookies”)
salt and pepper to taste
Toss it all together, adjusting the salt and pepper to taste. This is a dish that will keep well, if you can keep from eating it all right away! It tastes even better the next day, too. It’s healthy, and vegan, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s also dang tasty. So give it a try, and make life DIY!
I hope ya’ll didn’t think that I had fallen off of the face of the Earth. I have been vacationing in Port Aransas, Texas, with family all last week. We got back home on Sunday (at least Mom and I did), and I was just relaxing on Sunday and did not have to go back to work until today. Unfortunately, I seem to have eaten something Monday which VIOLENTLY disagreed with me. But enough about that; I will spare you the gory details. Because of that, I was a bit under the weather until this morning, so I am back up and blogging. It rained nearly all week here in the Ozarks while we were down at the beach, so the garden and the yard were jungles when we returned. I managed to get the grass mowed after work today, but Sunday after getting back, we had to run out and see what effect all the rain had on the garden. What I found were garlic scapes!
I ended up with 2 one gallon buckets. I decided we would have some sautéed scapes with dinner, so I trimmed the tips off…
And sautéed them in a hot skillet with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. They were quite tasty!
I lived most of my life not knowing about scapes…I only learned about preparing and eating them a couple of years ago. I have enough left to make garlic scape pesto. But that’s for another post! Do you have a favorite way to prepare garlic scapes? Let me know about it, and keep making life DIY!
We (my Mom, sisters and I, my son and his family) have spent the last week in Port Aransas Texas. I have promised Bug Boy for some time that I would go to the beach with him. Once upon a time, my Dad took us girls down, and I have always wanted to go back. This is me, my Dad and sister Angel, circa 1971
How about those high water pants?
So, we organized a return to Port A. My grandson is now about the same age as I was in this photo. Where does the time go?
There was lots of seaweed on the beach, which I later learned was more appropriately called sargassum, as it was the annual return of the flora from the Sargasso Sea. Other than smelling a bit and making my feet itch if I happened to step on much of it, we learned to just kind of ignore it. We didn’t let it stop our fun.
North Padre Island. Beach covered in Sargassum.
We bid adieu to Port Aransas once again. We made lots of new family memories and enjoyed all that Port A had to offer. Make some memories with the ones you love and make life DIY!