I thought this was a wonderful ceramic bird feeder because it had bits of twigs and leaves in it when I bought it at an outdoor table at the local church sale last week. The topknot seemed a bit undersized for hanging it but I figured I would just have to use a narrow, stout cord.
Then, at the midweek church sale, indoors, on a table with kitchen items, there was a similar item with the same topknot shape; a spoon came with it. Oh, of course - it was a salt cellar.
Mine must be too! That is why it is posing with Owl.
The artist signed his or her work. Now I am wondering what the small hole in the bottom is for.
This is the original recipe. (I miss Edna; she was a good friend.)
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These are the muffins.
Here are the changes to the ingredients: omit the sugar; put oil, eggs, 1 cup chopped yam (that is the surprise - you could use carrot, of course), milk into blender along with 3/4 cup of raisins that I soaked for a few minutes in hot water until they softened (drain water). Blend until liquified; in my blender I start on chop and then go to liquify.
Instead of white flour I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup brown rice flour . (all whole wheat would have been fine - I like the slight grittyness that rice flour gives).
I added 1 tsp of ground cloves as well as the cinnamon, left out the walnuts and the alcohol.
When I had added the liquid to the dry items I found the batter thicker than I wanted so added more milk.
In the past I have tossed in a handful of dried cranberries but this time did not. I baked them for about 30 minutes. They freeze very nicely and, sliced in half, they taste fresh from the oven when thawed/toasted in the toaster oven.
I became part of the shift (unbeknown to me at that time: it had to proclaim itself) of dissatisfaction over toothpaste a few years ago. Boredom set in. It all started to taste like chewing gum. Mint! Memories of tooth powder kept brushing my mind so I wrote several times to Colgate suggesting they bring back that cream and red tin of tooth powder which has enough 'grit' so that your teeth feel as if they have been cleaned, not recoated. Got some form letters and coupons in reply.
Oh, Sliced Bread Enterprises* where are you when we need you??!!
So I started to make my own tooth powder with baking soda and salt, cinnamon or cloves or sage or tarragon. And have been trying the new brands of toothpaste that are more and more appearing (which leads to my conclusion that I am not the only one wanting something different). They are pricey ($6.99 a tube for a new-kid-on-the-block in the grocery store yesterday) and I applaud the effort but I think some tweaking is necessary for me to pay (more than once!) that kind of price.
Why not a toothpaste that is refreshing and a bit gritty and sparkling in the aftertaste, not cloyingly sweet and making me feel as if I need to brush again to get rid of the 'candy' residue of the toothpaste.
Why not introduce an anti-bacterial property to toothpaste to combat what the research has found - what you would expect to find on a bristly object we put in our mouths several times a day to rid our teeth of debris, an object we never wash or dry, let sit in a bathroom near a toilet, replace infrequently. Imagine doing that with a spoon in the kitchen - licking it clean and using it again. Yuck. I predict there will be a decrease in colds and other illness when this issue is addressed satisfactorily.
Why not extend the bottom of a toothpaste tube with inch long tabs on each side that can be folded in on themselves as the tube is rolled up? This is so obvious it amazes me it has not been done. I use garbage bag twist ties to modify my toothpaste tubes but it would be nice not to have to do this.
*Sliced Bread Enterprises Does something like this already exist? A company or group that is available to take all those good ideas people have and do something with them? To the benefit of all. Let me know please, if there is! Or someone start one!!!!
A re-post from several years ago: I'm thinking of adapting the juggling ball method to a chair, as mentioned, but with fabric, not knitting. Hmmmm. The stuffing could be those memory foam mattress toppers that are showing up at garage sales.
I've been knitting bean bag juggling balls with the idea of selling them at the Fernwood Tuesday night market this summer. So when I came across a pile of colourful chiffon scarves at a recent church sale I was reminded of how such scarves are used to teach or practice juggling. I bought them all.
Then, a week or so later, at one of our knitting cafes, (the one at Koffi on Haultain at Belmont, Monday afternoons, 2-4), a young woman who was sharing our corner (she was reading The Concubine's Children but almost any group of women knitting and talking give competition to any book; you can tell: the page-turning slows or ceases) suddenly glanced up at us (I'm not sure what we had been saying) and, seeing what we took as interest in our knitting, we asked if she could knit and would she like to join us. She said she would like to knit a head band, some of her friends had made one, and might join us in the future.
Later, at home, when I next walked by the bundle of chiffon scarves and remembered how a scarf eases the pull of a pony tail elastic, the thought of that young woman and her "headband" had me taking a scarf, freeing my mop from the elastic, winding the scarf into a headband, wrapping it around my head, under my hair, tying it into a bow on top, then pulling the bow to low on the head, just under the ear.
It perfectly did the trick of keeping hair casually tamed and off the face, as it used to fifty years ago. New-fashioned in an old-fashioned way.
The bean bags can be used for other than juggling bags; this larger one is great for needles - knitting, crochet and darning ones. They also work as paper weights and door stops; you just need to adjust the size.
The construction pleases me - the knitting turns into a 'structure'.
Here is what you do. Cast on as many stitches as you think will be the size of the bag bottom and knit a square; garter or stockingette or seed stitch or whatever. Remember, beans are going to be put into it so needs to be dense to keep the beans in but also allow a looseness for those that will have things stuck into the bag
Once the square is knit, leave stitches on the needle and, using another needle (it is easier this way) pick up the same number of stitches as on the first needle (the # you will have originally cast on) along the edge that is right angled to the loaded needle. Knit these picked-up stitches onto the first needle (you will have double the number of the original cast on) and knit until the same length as the side of the original square. (You are knitting around a corner so give a bit of a tug on the stitch at this corner as you knit to keep it uniform). You can knit the sides in the same stitch as the bottom or a variation: I like to contrast - say, a garter on the bottom and then stockingette up the sides.
Now here is where the architecture comes in. Cast off the stitches. Line up the cast-off edge so it is even and stitch together. Now bring the two free edges of the original square up to meet the two side edges and stitch, leaving an opening for the beans to be put in. Put in beans. Stitch up last opening.
Make two more and juggle!
Wonder what it would be like to knit this pattern into a bean bag large enough to sit in....hmmmmm........the base would likely have to be about four feet square.......and large dowels would be needed as needles (when you knit that big you don't really have to worry about sharpening the ends).......and the yarn would likely have to be several fibres worked together to get the softness and the denseness - rope comes thick enough but would be harsh and is a bi real challenge to work with, not to mention the chance of having bits of fibre get under the skin......wonder how many beans would be required.........would be simpler (and cheaper) to snap up the next bean bag at a garage sale and use the light pellets it contains...... wouldn't a handcrafted bean bag be wonderful.......hmmmmmm
Better instructions on how to knit that pyramid are here
A sun-warmed strawberry, just picked, popped into mouth. Impromptu salad of a tender carrot (washed under the outdoor tap), two cherry tomatoes, some nasturtium leaves, handful of lettuce. Two or three ripe figs picked under the watchful gaze of a group of starlings and eaten thoughtfully, knowing the birds are awaiting their turn. Scarlet runner beans and tarragon sprigs. Corn on the cob, shucked, eaten raw. Etc!
I want to focus and expand upon a garden for snacking this year; I am beginning to realize how beneficial it is: adaptable for lifestyles from families with land, to couples with containers on deck or balcony, to singles with windowboxes - or any combination of these. It's also nutritious - food that is eaten at its freshest. It's economical. Satisfying.
These are scarlet runner bean seeds saved from a previous garden. As I poured them into my hand and was deciding where to put them to photograph them for this post, the weight, the sight, the beauty, the potential, the memory of that past garden, the thought of what sort of a support to provide them with this year .... was evident in my palm. So I took their picture there.
I am looking for red malabar climbing spinach to include in the snack garden; grew it several years ago in a large pot on a verandah; its succulent leaves provided tasty nibbling across the entire summer and I want to repeat the experience. I am having trouble finding seeds; the closest seems to be a nursery on the east coast, a whole continent away.
The adventure is just beginning and I am hoping to come across others interested in - well - planting , picking , and eating !
I discovered that the holes in my ears have grown in when I tried to insert an earring awhile ago.
With that in mind, I suppose, just now as I was about to attach a newspaper clipping to the side of the refrigerator, my eyes swooped to the magnets I was holding, wondered "what would happen if ......"
Well, you can see the result. The two round magnetic disks clipped my earlobe neatly between themselves. And a convenient ball chain was added for fun.
Magnets that I got in the Dollar Store called Dinosaur Eggs worked equally well - but were very heavy.