Sewing at last and cooking odd bits of food. I’m not terribly focused this time of year….transition between seasons I suppose. My daughter sent me a site that made a really cool bird mobile (spoolie) so I fired off some birds and am still working on them.
These guys, and more, are going to be sitting on top of sticks hung by fishing line. I’m hoping to make a really large one with 20 birds for the porch, over the table….kind of like a chandelier of birds. The sticks collection was interesting. I had the three dogs with me on a walk and started picking up cool sticks, ones with moss, etc. on them. You would have thought I pulled out the pot or something, all three dogs were on me, jumping, clawing at me to get the sticks. It was amazing – I was fighting for my life to keep them (I lost) and I ended up having to carry the new ones above my head all the way home, goofball. What is with these dogs and sticks? It’s not like they don’t get to play or have exercise or have sticks. Our home is full of sticks, a boatyard? Sticks galore, two barns full of sticks! In fact, it’s funny, I’ll be walking along and notice one of Paul’s woodpiles is lopsided -one of those doggies took a hankering to a particular stick that he uses to stack his piles (keeps air between the planks) so they have pulled it out.
Life with three doggies is short though. Ruth and Matt were posted to Alameda, California starting in July, not so, they have promoted Matt to Executive Petty Officer (Coast Guard) at Cape May, New Jersey starting NEXT MONTH. So, off they go, there goes my “room” in California. Cape May is o.k. though, smaller place, really cute town and only an 8 hour drive from here. The promotion is really nice for Matt, he deserves it, works so hard and disciplined. And, it’s a day job, he’ll be home every night. The California one was out on a ship 4-6 months at a time. Not great for a young (or old) couple.
While sewing I’ve been making the dresses for my girls….tropical to remind them of where Nani is at this winter. Speaking of; heading south on Saturday for 2 weeks.
We had a wonderful beet salad this week.
I got the recipe from this months Food and Wine. It has a dressing of lots of herbs and pistachios. The beets themselves are roasted with cinnamon stick, bay leaves and water. Rather good I would say. We had it mixed with cauliflower for a few days – nice pink color.
While going through that mag. there was a Hearts of Palm Dip that looked interesting. Since I happened to have some on my shelf and was wondering what the heck to do with it I whipped it up. Easy smeezy.
Garlic, hearts of palm, lemon olive oil, zest of a lime – all pureed together. It was good as a dip but even waaaay better as a sandwich spread.
I rolled up some Rancho Gordo beans, the palm spread, some fresh avocado and my lettuce & arugula. Kinda healthy and yummy.
Yesterday I made some muffins for the guys around here. Again, I got carried away with the healthy part and had I not cooked them too long (talking with my pal Marj about something way cool I lost track) they would have been yummola. They are still good but a bit dry, after I cut the blackened bottoms off. I hate it when that happens.
Those are chia and hemp seeds you see in the top of the mixing cups. I really like adding those things. I use them in my protein drink in the a.m. also. It fills me up till about 2 in the afternoon.
While reading the food mag. there was a story about the big Island rage in the U.S. at Bakeries. Akasan. It’s a smoothie type of drink. Boiled cornmeal, sugar, milk and vanilla. It’s a Haitian recipe. It originates out of using every food source they have and what to do with excess cornmeal. Oddly they tout it (in Brooklyn, of course) as “a diet drink because it fills you up with not too many calories”. I’m not sure about that. What are the calories of cornmeal and milk? I would think kinda high and the nutrition value? But, the beautiful black man in the picture pouring out the drink….oh, la la. I would buy one! Seize the day.