Tuesday, April 28, 2009
And wear (ha ha) did I get this lovely apron? At Goodwill for .99. Have I mentioned that I love Goodwill?!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I'm reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle right now and it's a good thing I have my own copy. I've dog-eared and highlighted nearly every page it seems. I recommend it to anyone to read about becoming a 'locavore.' I'm inspired by their commitment to eat/buy/grow locally and did you know you can make your own cheese? You can. The Kingsolvers went to a cheese making workshop and now regularly stretch 'glossy, golden skeins' of warm mozzarella between their hands in their own kitchen! 'Why do we do this?' she asks. 'It's hard to say...but we're all dazzled by the moment of alchemy when the milk divides into clear whey and white curd...We're connecting across geography and time with the artisans. We're recalling our best memories infused with scents, parental love, and some kind of food magically coming together in the routines of childhood.'
Perhaps someday we'll dip into the world of making our own cheese, but for now I hope my children remember our homemade bread. Though most of the time I use my amazing bread machine, I should make it by hand once in awhile, inviting them to work with me, kneading and pulling the warm dough alongside me. Wearing our vintage or mama made aprons, of course.
Which brings me to....pasta! Another newly learned tidbit, thanks to this blog post here (how to make a neat little clicky link?? I don't know) http://simple-green-frugal-co-op.blogspot.com/2009/04/homemade-wholemeal-pasta.html. After reading this, I went to my handy local craigslist listings and lo and behold, found TWO brand new pasta machines (same seller) for 10.00 each. I bought them both. My children are VERY excited to make pasta. I think that will be a great weekend project.
Many people say to me 'how do you do it?' which I presume means 'how do you parent and run a house AND have time to make stuff?' Well, we are wired to create, so it's a priority for me to honor that need and to honor it in my children. I think that experiences are important, and that they learn by doing, so I bring them along in my own journey of discovery. Maybe, when they're grown, they'll have happy memories of cooking with mama, sewing with me, making pasta, planting a garden, and on and on. Plus, I'm a wee bit subversive.
A 'quick' library trip (as in, we went in for a few select books and staggered out with these) is pictured below. Eric picked out the biggest, heaviest book in the whole library, America in Space. At first I said no, then I quickly said YES as I realized I was being selfish just because I didn't want to lug that huge book around. I didn't need to carry it. He carried it himself! We're checking out some different painters. Lily enjoys the Degas book since she's taking a ballet class. We enjoyed looking at it together. I've got poems of Sappho, a craft book, a memoir, and a gardening and body care recipe book in here, too. So much great stuff at the library!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I've re-organized some of my crafting things. I sorted out my fabric stash and folded it neatly (yay!) and organized some of my bits and bobs on top of Lily's dresser (formerly Calvin's changing table). I don't have a dedicated craft room so things are here and in the coat closet and in the craft cabinet, and..everywhere really!
I love this big old fishbowl! I just got it at a yard sale for 50 cents. I can envision it full of buttons, so that's my goal! I will scour rummage sales, yard sales, and antique shops for buttons! So fun.
Over the weekend I read on angry chicken's blog about a dairy free almond cake! Since I have been dairy free for over a month, I haven't been doing much baking, boo. So when I saw this, I knew I had to try it (unfortunately, I am apparently link impaired and can't hyperlink, so it doesn't look pretty): http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2009/04/friday-cake.html I made it Sunday night (making my own almond paste, too!) and it was gooood. I could eat it every day I think, which is why I will limit myself to a once-in-awhile treat of it.
I'm working on re-stocking my etsy shop, finally! I've made a cute little item that no crafter can live without, times ten. I will post it here soon.