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Special Shortbread for my Allergies!

April 27th, 2016

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These turned out on the first try! Now to find my notes so I can write up the recipe.

Last night’s Winter Salad.

March 10th, 2016

Right now, it’s not a great time of year to get “normal” salad greens.  However, we are really enjoying the bounty of winter produce these days. Cabbage and root vegetables are easy to get and affordable this time of year. Sometimes I roast an assortment of root veggies.

Here I used sliced cabbage, grated carrot, olive oil, and gomasio (toasted sesame seeds crushed with sea salt). This time I squeezed lime juice on it. Sometimes I add sunflower seeds, hemp seed hearts or pumpkin seeds.
Side note: I sliced the cabbage with the spiralizer gizmo my brother and sis-in-love gave me recently. I was a skeptic, but I’m now a convert. Just for slicing onions in seconds flat, I’d keep the thing (which is bulky). Slicing onions perfectly evenly makes it really easy to caramelize them, which I do often (I’m allergic to garlic, but onions are my dear friends).

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My first attempt at repairing a lace shawl

March 10th, 2016

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Greening now… Early!

March 10th, 2016

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My man.

January 16th, 2016

My Brian

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Brian, my man. Best human in my life.

After our rousing Friday morning concert, lunch at The White House diner in Clare, Michigan. They always request a tune or two. This time we sang “Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine” and “Side by side.”Good folks who work hard & do it well.

This is the life!

Dory the fish…

January 15th, 2016

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Dory the fish… (A blue tang, a character in the movie Finding Nemo).  My spirit animal, if I have one.
“Just Keep Swimming” is a good mantra for a distractible optimist like me.

Martian fish!

January 15th, 2016

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What the heck? This is the oddest-looking fish I have ever seen in person. Fish-with-nose-and-grumpy-eyelid. Saw it today at Playmaker’s in Okemos, Michigan. Surreal and artful. And COLORFUL!

My kind of Diner, in My Neighborhood!

January 14th, 2016

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 I am a big tea drinker. I’m not exactly snobbish about it but I don’t like flavored and perfumed tease. I like tea leaves, period.
 I went to the neighborhood diner (well, one of them), and they surprised me with two types of very nice tea. I will be back.

In a Recording Studio

January 13th, 2016

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Me, Edna Poore, my Brian. Recording Edna’s song for her upcoming album.
 I worked with Edna in 1989-1990.  That was a particularly bleak period in my adult life. She asked me if I might like to go to a couple of the folk music events in town while I worked there. I went, and that is where I first found out who my now-husband Brian was.
I am so grateful to stay in contact with Edna, who treated me so well when I was so unhappy. She really wanted us to sing and play this particular song.  It was a joy to record her very fine song for her. What a wonderful thing to be able to return a different sort of favor after all these years!


There IS no perfect time. Act now.

January 12th, 2016

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I needed to read this, and thought a reminder would be good so I made this image. In certain areas, I tend to be perfectionist  and feel things are “not done enough” and never actually finish the last tiny bit. The other side of that is being afraid I don’t have enough time/energy/focus to start, and then waiting for the perfect time.
I do this most for things where I think someone is going to judge in some way, especially with my artwork/knitting. In 2015 I finished a bunch of knitting patterns I’d started in previous years but never finished. I’m practicing finishing and remembering that I can be my worst critic when I’m in the wrong mood.
 Some people only knit one item at a time, where others of us enjoy starting many projects (that’s me).
I think starting something or at least planning something is like embracing a dream. Maybe not finishing is, in a sense, holding on to the dream that started the project rather than embracing what it has grown into becoming.
Do you ever have trouble finishing things you start? Tell me a bit about them.

What I made with a veggie Brian brought home

January 12th, 2016

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Brian brought home some odd little round veggies the other day. I asked Instagram and Facebook what they were. The answer was Thai eggplant.
A friend said they often cut almost all the way through the veggie in about 1/4″ (1 cm) slices and that if you then cook them in a curry, they can fan apart when they soften.
I ended up making an Indian-inspired tomato-based curry. I cooked it in the crockpot so it cooked past the “fanned out” phase and into the falling apart phase. I love eggplant, so this was very pleasant. If I were to do it again, though, I would have added a few more veggies (maybe carrots) and maybe some chickpeas/garbanzos.
Brian’s good for me. He’ll try new things where I might not. I appreciate him.
We’ll try the Thai eggplant again. Yay!

Colorful Clown Fish – Just keep swimming…

January 11th, 2016
Clown fish

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Perhaps I’ve found my “spirit animal.” I’m only partly kidding. This is a reference to the animated film “Finding Nemo. So many people told me Dory the fish (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) reminded them of me, that I had to go read the Wikipedia article about it.

I do see a resemblance. She’s distractable, determined and an optimist who repeats “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” When things get discouraging.

This photo is a clown fish. Nemo is a clown fish, but Dory is a Blue Tang. I took the photo at Charlie Kang’s Korean Restaurant in East Lansing, Michigan tonight.

Fast & Yummy Healthy dessert/ Snack

January 10th, 2016
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My gourmet dessert – unsweetened applesauce w/ raw sunflower seeds + unsweet coconut.

Soft alpaca wrap!

January 9th, 2016
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Friend Helen finished this delectable #alpaca wrap! You should sink your fingers into this piece. #knitting