Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24th Page, Stitch, & Meal

Well, I did a typical woman thing (at least I think it is).  After laying on the couch long enough, watching two men go about their way, ignoring the dirt and piles of junk growing around them, no clue as to Thanksgiving just a day away, I got up and began doing it myself, hobbling as it were with the bum knee.  Hurling insults of course as I did.

Whoa, what happened?????

Instantly shocked, one pulled out the vacuum while the other threw a load of laundry in the washer and ran in the kitchen and began scrubbing. 

Does it always take jolting them out of their oblivion for them to get it? 

The house looking a lot more inviting for a holiday now, the two of them made a pan of GF biscuits following the recipe I'd placed on the bar.  They practically wrenched the measuring cup out of my hand.  The biscuits didn't rise as I thought they would, but, hey, they'll be crumbled anyway for dressing. 

Then came a batch of cornbread, also for dressing.  T his was made, as I anticipated, following the recipe on the back of the Quaker's plain yellow cornmeal and adding the GF flour mix I put together.  This bread turned out looking identical to real cornbread.  I want to make another batch of this. 

Later today I'll make a loaf of white rice flour bread.

I threw the frig door open on my rampage this morning and started throwing old food onto the table.  Sadly, a whole bag of chicken had spoiled which we could have eaten had anyone cooked it.  Instead we had leftover chili for two days.

You don't want to know what I had to say about the spoiled chicken and how sick of chili I was.

At any rate, I'm getting some of the Thanksgiving meal prepared today.

I've cast on 116 stitches of Lion Brand fluffy white "Jiffy" yarn for a "Tweens & Teens" hat, which will have a few stripes of my leftover Red Heart shimmery black yarn I used for one of the purses.  It's really a cute hat for the granddaughters. 

Last night I wrote a book review for Goodreads on Eating In, the book about not eating out in New York City.  I wrote it by hand in my writer's journal while plopped up in bed on my pillows.  Today I'll post it on Goodreads and continue taking notes in my journal about the one I'm reading now, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, by Kim Severson, food writer for the New York Times.  This is a really good book, and I've been saving quotes right and left. 

Eating In was ok, but a little too "hoity-toity" for me.  I do applaud the author for what she did, which was not easy, saving money and learning to cook in a time and place where it's almost unheard of. 

I hope I can get my camera software back on my hard drive.  Son Eric did a repair job on my laptop and I have to re-install it.  I want to show photos of my knit creations and some of the finished food dishes, especially the breads.  One has to have photos to show.

Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22nd Page, Stitch, and Meal

Unfortunately I'm still off the leg and on my butt as Thangsgiving draws nearer and nearer.  For the curious, I slipped and fell on the evening of November 12th at a restaurant.  Even more unfortunate, I fell on the knee that I'd broken in December 2000, and while my orthopedist says the fall did not injure the hardware inside the knee, it did pull a ligament, and I'm wearing an immobilizer, staying off of the leg, icing throughout the day and keeping it elevated. 

Gary sawed off an old cane that was too tall for me, so now I don't have to use the crutch.  An improvement.

When I return to the doctor in a couple of weeks, we'll see how I'm doing then.  The plan is to avoid surgery.  Hopeful here.

So I have time to do the page and stitch challenge I've imposed on myself.  In fact, I should be churning out a lot more than I am, but laying on one's bum all day isn't what it's cracked up to be.  Depression causes one to stare at the boob tube for countless hours. 

The cooking part is rough, but I'll have some input every day to share, one way or the other.

I'm writing my article for Women's Memoirs.com for next week, "The Soundtrack of Your Life," and I did my page working on that. 

I also got all of my digital photos organized and ready to send for prints and backed them up to my flash drive, which was a little overdue.  Okay, a lot overdue.  Worked on the digi scrapbook layouts for the ebook for Women's Memoirs.  That was fun.  I already had a  good deal of them finished, some of which I changed a bit, and created a cute one showing me back in the 70s as a hippie.  Lovely.

I finished my knitted washcloth and now ready to start some cute wool caps for the grandkids. 

Hubbs Gary and son Eric are cooking these days of course (we had chili tonight), but I did sit on a stool at the bar today and organized all of my gluten-free flours for bread making.  Tomorrow I'll allow myself to ambulate just a bit to whip up a loaf of white rice bread and possibly some biscuits (found a great recipe using cottage cheese instead of all of the shortening--I'll use ricotta). 

These breads will be used, along with cornbread, for the Thanksgiving stuffing.  I'll be using the recipe for cornbread from the back of the Quaker yellow cornmeal box, using my rice flour mix instead of wheat flour.  I'd like to add some orange zest -- got this from my Bette Hagman's Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook, which was the first really good source for cooking without gluten.  She is truly a pioneer. 

Gary transferred the huge 26-pound bird from freezer to frig today, which signals the countdown. 

I so want a pumpkin pie right now I can hardly stand it.  A huge, thick slice topped with whipped cream -- real whipped cream made in my stand mixer, not the frozen stuff.  I may end up opening a can of pumpkin puree and eating it right out of the can.

Oh, another thing I did today was add a couple of rss feeds to my home page, including the "Gluten-Free Goddess" blog.  That girl can create beautiful food as well as write mouth-watering descriptions. Definitely a keeper.

Okay, I'm legal now.  I've logged in what I accomplished toward my Page, Stitch, and Meal.

Tomorrow.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Page, A Stitch, and A Meal a Day

As a crafter, a writer, and a homemaker, I often ask myself, "How can I do it all?" 

I don't think I'm alone in this pursuit of wanting to do all the things I want to do.  We want our homes clean, comfy, and attractive, our meals served up tasty and nutritious, our family well taken care of, and time left over to do what our hearts are calling us to do.

In my world, I'm called to read good books, write stories, create scrapbooks, and use my hands to make lots of different items, especially yarn crafts--knit and crochet. 

Many women are not like me and you.  They do exactly what they have time for and don't worry about the rest.  We can't do that.  We figure out how to "make" time to get it all in.  Because that's who we are.

We are Creative

I've set out to figure a way I can keep up with all of  my interests and finish the projects I've taken on.

It's called "A Page, A Stitch, and A Meal a Day," and I will keep myself in line by blogging here how I'm doing.  I want to be held accountable.

First, the Page a Day is for scrapbooking or writing, or both.  I can write a page a day easily; not so much with scrapbooking.  However, I can pick out a photo or selection of photos, a few sheets of paper, a layout design to get me going, and lay them out on my work table or make a page kit.  Any of these will qualify for my page a day. Plus I'll be posting about pages in books I'm reading.

The stitch is some work done on any of my yarn projects.  A row of a blanket or bag, or a wool cap.  Just a row will do.  I don't have to finish the item in a day.

The meal of course is what I cook for dinner.  At present, I'm striving to cook gluten free for the entire family, not just for my youngest son..  It's so much easier to prepare one meal.  One pot of pasta, not two, just one loaf of bread, one pie cruest or cake we all can eat.  Therefore, my Meal a Day will most likely be along this theme, although at the same time on a nutritious and environmental note.  I'm trying to buy food as local as possible and grow as much as we can ourselves. 

If you'd like to take part in this challenge, go for it.  Leave comments about a few things you want to strive for and post your progress for others to see. 

Below is a sample post.  Today's Page, Stitch and Meal:

I wrote in my writer's notebook the content for this blog and outlined my next article for Women's Memoirs.com. 

I knitted about half of a cotton washcloth, one of many I'm making for Christmas gifts. 

We had a funeral to go to today and the typical mid-afternoon meal afterwards at the church.  Since I'm off my leg for the time being because of an injury, I instructed my husband to make what I consider the easiest of all dishes.  Stewed Potatoes. 

I have a good supply of potatoes and needed to use them, so all he had to do was wash, peel, cut into cubes and boil.  Then I had him drain them and add butter.  I stood up for a bit and added a sprinkling of paprika.  Can't get much easier than that, but this is in my file of "comfort food."   Oh, and of course it's gluten free.  No wheat in potatoes. 

Tomorrow I want to go to Whole Foods in Nashville and see if I can get some Sweet Sorghum Flour (gluten-free) to make a loaf of no-knead bread and I also want to experiment with a good pan of GF (gluten-free) cocrnbread.  This is research for Thanksgiving dressing.  Last year, I made two.  One for Jeff and one for everyone else.  I hope to make just one -- a good one -- this year. 

Tomorrow, ya'll.




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