Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bucket Head


Had my hair cut recently.  It's very short!!  So until it grows a bit...


I'm wearing a bucket on my head...
I remove the bucket in the privacy of my own home :))


And while I'm waiting...

I found my English piecing flowers I'd been working on...how many years ago??
 
We did a fabric swap on a snail mail group I'm part of and this was what I decided to do with my pieces of fabric from each of the ladies.
 
Maybe I should finish them...
 
 Maybe...



And using up yarn scraps to crochet granny squares...



And almost finished the highly recommended Quiet. Will then start Bird by Bird...
 
If you'd like to see what others are crafting and reading, go to Ginny's Yarn Along blog 
 
xx
 
 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Icelandic Dark Rye Bread (Dökkt Rúgbrauð)

Made this bread yesterday...




Here's the recipe...
(if you click on recipe it should enlarge it enough for you to read)

Couldn't get dark rye flour so just used regular (un-dark??) but when cooked it turned out quite dark in colour anyway. 
 
 Didn't have butter milk so substituted 2 cups milk and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice as suggested on THIS site. 
 Interesting that it says..." When baking soda is combined with the lactic acids of buttermilk, the acid neutralizes the metallic taste of sodium carbonate."

The 200' is Fahrenheit!  I cooked at about 100' Celsius.
 
The bread is really good!!!
 
The recipe is printed HERE (if you can't read it from the copy above).
 
And you can read the full article the recipe is from HERE.

 
Njóta!
 
xx



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Good to look at...and good to eat!!

This is the good to look at part...

Signs of spring here in Deloraine!!




 
Beautiful spring weather...except that the north easterly winds play havoc with my migraines :(((


And this is the good to eat part...

Made this Goats' Cheese and Roasted Veg Portobello Mushrooms bake.  It was delicious (and nutritious!!)

(yummo!!)

(served with toasted sourdough and lashings of butter...maybe not so healthy !?!)

I used sweet potato instead of the butternut pumpkin, and added some cumin. Didn't have black onion seed, but used freshly ground peppercorns and sea salt.

Also a sprinkling of fresh herbs from the garden (parsley, lemon thyme, rosemary), and didn't cook the goats' cheese, but added on serving.  I will certainly make it again!

Here's the recipe!


(hope you can read it...saved me typing it out!)
 
 
Home made chicken soup for lunch today :))
 
xx

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Still and Quiet

Joining Ginny for Yarn Along again!

Still working on the edging for this blanket for charity...



And reading Quiet
 
Very good!
 
  Lots of insightful, interesting, and challenging facts and thoughts on/for introverts. 
 
So...if you're an introvert like me (or even if you're not)...read it!! 
 
It's not just extroverts that change the world :)))
 
A few quotes from the book...
 
“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
“So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
“It's not that there is no small talk...It's that it comes not at the beginning of conversations but at the end...Sensitive people...'enjoy small talk only after they've gone deep' says Strickland. 'When sensitive people are in environments that nurture their authenticity, they laugh and chitchat just as much as anyone else.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
“Indeed, your biggest challenge may be to fully harness your strengths. You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when you’re focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
 
Ok...I think that's enough :))
 
xx