Wednesday, July 23, 2014

YARN ALONG


 
Now is the time to unite the soul
and the world. Now is the time to
see the sunlight dancing as one
with the shadows.

~Rumi







 



 These summer days are full,
but in the evenings there
is quiet, allowing a moment
to once again pick up my
 shawl, enjoying the touch
of this yarn as I knit a few
rows, taking my time:: slip,
knit, yarn over, pass stitch
over:: the repetitive calm that
comes when I knit, exhaling
slowing, letting the peace gently
settle over me, soothing.

Reading is a book recommended
by Amanda, once again she
is dead on, such a remarkable soul.

Joining with Ginny


Monday, July 21, 2014

SUMMER BLOG SWAP GIFTS


 Ride the energy of your
own unique spirit.

~Gabrielle Roth







I started before I knew who my new
friend would be, but finished once I
knew her name.

A knit cotton dish towel to hang in
her kitchen,
a cloth to wipe down her counters.

Jam sealed in jars to be opened

at her table.

A gourd, cut, sanded, painted and
sewn just for her.

A market bag, that while I didn't sew
[and if you know me you know that's
a good thing],  but I did sew on the
buttons selected from my special jar
of buttons that I collect.

Now to find a box and they are on there
way, enjoy my new friend, it's been a
pleasure poking around your blog,
getting to know your spirit, I hope
you like the gifts.
XO

Summer blog Swap



Sunday, July 20, 2014

WEEKENDING


 Change your thoughts and
you change your world.

~Norman Vincent Peale






My weekend started early Friday
morning when I drove to an exit
off of I-95 to pick up my favorite
almost 6 year old to spend the day
while her mama continued to drive
to Presbyterian College {PC} to
pick up some of her students. My
daughter is a culinary arts teacher
who is working on her degree to
become a Principle and a person
I am very proud of.

Saturday brought cloudy, drizzly
skies so my beach trip was moved
to next weekend.  I decided to work
on my knitting, but discovered a
mistake in my Aise, in the row below
where I was knitting. After spending
an hour with a tiny crochet hook I
finally got everything back in order,
then I took a nap!

There was a trip to the market for
a few things then a stop at Jersey Mike's Subs
for a vegetarian with all the works that
I brought home to eat while reading
my book. 

I am still picking blueberries and lots
of figs. I discovered a little nest tucked
into the branches of the fig tree, smart
mama bird.  Late last night I made a batch
of Fig, ginger, lemon, honey preserves
and it tastes amazing. I am waiting on
my guys to arrive home to make a batch
of buttermilk biscuits to serve at dinner
so we can eat a jar. I might need to make
a few more batches of this, I think it
would make nice Christmas gifts.

Today the rain is still here. I have my
knitting and a movie to watch. Oh,
and today is National Ice Cream Day
so I need to pull out the ice cream
maker. Enjoy your day.

Joining with Karen

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A POSITIVE WEEK

One small positive thought
in the morning can change
your whole day.

~ Pinterest








This week has been early, early rising,
giving myself a positive pep talk each
morning before my feet hit the floor.

getting outside to watch the sun rise,

loving the super moon,

picking figs [hooray],

a really nasty summer storm that
knocked my power out for the
evening, 10 minutes before I
had dinner complete. We ate
really late having decided to just
wait it out with our candles and
our books.

thrilled that that tree trimming
crew is bringing me free mulch.

spending a whole morning in
the kitchen just cleaning copper,
most of which I've had since I
was first married over 30 years
ago.

Eat  *chimichurri  sauce on everything
from scrambled eggs, to quinoa patties,
to cold boiled new potatoes. Vampires
will NOT be bothering me.

Finishing up a gift for the swap.

I hope you have something fun to look
forward to this weekend, I'm headed to
the beach with a good friend, something
I have been looking forward to. Enjoy
yourself!

Love,
Tracey
XO

Chimichurri Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Put all ingredients in a blender
or food processer and puree' until
smooth. Store in ice box.

KITCHEN BLOG HOP

Good food is wise medicine.

~Alison Levitt M.D










I do love this time of year when you can walk
in the garden, pick a few items and carry them
back inside to make a meal, pure bliss.
In my kitchen this week there has been....

* yogurt cherry smoothies
* roasted tomato sauce over spaghetti
   squash with yogurt cheese
* lots of yogurt cheese and whey
* more lacto fermented salsa
* lots and lots of fresh figs [my favorite]
* Blueberry Galette
* fresh produce
* just picked cantaloupe
* salads with fresh green beans and cold
   boiled potatoes {thanks Camilla}

Joining with Heather

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

YARN ALONG

Train up a fig tree in the way it should go,
and when you are old sit under the shade
of it.

~ Charles Dickens













It took my four tries because
I kept messing up,  [I know,
I just couldn't get it together],
but now I am knitting away
on  Aise.  This will make a great
travel project and one I will
probably be knitting on for
awhile.

I am using Araucania Yumbrel.
which is a cotton lace weight
yarn perfect for knitting in
the sweltering summer heat
I have been experiencing.

I forgot to take my book outside
when I was taking photos, but I
am reading The Husband's Secret.

PS- The figs are turning so now it's
a race to bet the birds to the ripe ones.
Do you like figs?

Joining with Ginny and all my
other Yarn Alongers.