Friday, January 15, 2010

Getting my sewing mojo back on! I made this skirt using no pins, and no pattern - just the most EXCELLENT instructions from the Sew What! Skirts book. I LOVE that book!! This is a basic wrap skirt, it wasn't hard to make. But I still feel like a freaking genius. :)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm hosting a SOUP SWAP! Saturday, February 20th, 2 PM at Prairieland Herbs (rural Woodward).

And you are invited! (and anyone you know, and all your friends, heck, bring your doggie. It's all good!this is for sure a more-the-merrier type thing)

If you don't know what a soup swap is, here is the very bare-bones summary. Each person brings 6 - 1 quart freezer containers of homemade soup. Then, you swap with other people, and take home six entirely different containers of yummy homemade soup. That's it!

For a more detailed explanation, please visit the Soup Swap website, it has loads of great information and explains the whole process very thoroughly. Here is the "how to swap soup" page, which I will be following for our soup-swapping shindig.

So, if you'd like to participate, please do plan to come! You do not need to rsvp, although if you'd like to drop me an email (girlwithasword at yahoo dot com) to let you know you're coming, that would be good (so we have a basic idea of how many people to expect).

Vegetarians, please note: We cannot guarantee that there will be six vegetarian or vegan soups for you to take home, so please be flexible and understanding. If you'd still like to swap, perhaps some of the carnivorous soups would be a wonderful gift for a family member or kindly neighbor. (If you are super-concerned about this, but would still like to swap, let me know. Perhaps something can be arranged. I do know lots of vegetarians and suspect several of them will participate in this swap!)

You are not required to share your recipes, however, if you'd like to, it is encouraged!

Please DO make sure your soup is freezer-friendly. If you have a great soup recipe but aren't sure if it's good after being frozen, make some, freeze it, then defrost it and give it a taste. A quick google search for "freezer soup recipes" led me to a bajillion links, so I am sure the wonderful interwebs can help you find a delicious freezer recipe!

I'd like to meet and mingle at 2 PM at the classroom at Prairieland Herbs (delicious snacks will be provided), then swap it up...I imagine the whole shindig wouldn'tt ake more than an hour, unless we really get yakking.

Oh, one last thing. If you want to participate but can't actually be there on the day of the event, that's fine. IF you bring your six soups to either Maggie's house or Prairieland Herbs before the event, we'll do the swappin' for you! Not a problem.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This is the SECOND huge and wonderful box full of yarn I've gotten this week. I love barter. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I use all these crazy odds and ends to make the sideways scarves (see post below).

Also, I am sewing again! This is a wraparound skirt - or, well, the beginnings of one. I am using some funky chinese-inspired cotton, and the "Sew What! Skirts" book for a pattern.

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I concocted thisrecipe the other day. It's SUPER Yummy, at least I think so. I'm writing it here mostly so I can refer back to it (as I don't actually write recipes down, generally). But perhaps some of you would enjoy it too.

1 can coconut milk
juice of one lime or lemon
1 tsp. green curry paste (or to taste)
dried minced garlic (alot...maybe 2 tsp?)
brown sugar (2-3 tbsp)
1/3 - 1/2 cup chunky natural peanut butter
soy sauce
some bangkok blend curry (penzeys brand)

I mixed these ingredients together in a small saucepan until warm, then added green beans (from my freezer) and 1/2 small butternut squash, cooked. Heat all together, adjust seasonings, and serve over basmati rice. DELISH.


Monday, January 11, 2010

While it LOOKS like the kitty underneath the bunny is complaining, she is really having a great time, I promise. Andy the bunny loves to play with our fosterkittens. :)