Valentine Craftacular!!

I will be vending at the Valentine Craftacular on February 2nd. If you’re in the area stop by and say “Hi!” I’ll have handmade goodies and beautiful handspun yarns.

Please consider helping some alpacas in need of a home!
Sherry at Spinners End Farm has started a Kickstarter program to raise funds to give these animals a new home. Please consider donating a few dollars to make this happen. I have bought fiber from Sherry and know her to be a kind, gentle and responsible farmer.

From Sherry’s blog:
There is a wonderful man who owns an alpaca farm a couple of hours away from us. Unfortunately, life circumstances are forcing him out of business and he needs to quickly rehome his remaining Suri Alpacas. He has four crias (baby alpacas) and nine adult females, many of whom are bred. He needs to recoup at least a partial investment in his animals so he cannot just give them away. He is asking very little compared to their actual monetary worth. Unfortunately, there are few folks seeking to add these animals to their farms at this point in time in our area so he is left with animals that need a home within just a few weeks. He isn’t sure what will happen to them if he isn’t able to sell them. Some alpacas in this area are going to auction and being sold as meat animals because of the surplus of animals and the increase in hay prices.

Start as you mean to go on……I heard this phrase a few years ago. The person using it explained that instead of making resolutions, which are often broken, she “starts as she means to go on.” It’s an old British expression, meaning you should begin any new enterprise by acting and sounding as if it were already a success.
So now, I start each year as I mean to go on: Connected to my family, healthy, and happy.

A healthy salad to start things off on the right foot.

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Wheat Berry Salad

3 C cooked wheat berries
2 C sliced red cabbage
1 shallot minced
1 apple cubed
1 stalk celery chopped
2 Tbs cilantro chopped
Dressing:
1/4 c Greek yogurt
1 Tbs honey mustard
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted walnuts (optional)

Mix ingredients for dressing. Toss the rest of the ingredients with the dressing. If desired sprinkle with toasted walnuts just before serving.

Enjoy!

DSC_0789Pine and Mud Foes

Two of the lovely yarns available in my Etsy Shop. My yarns are now listed in Ravelry. Free US shipping until 12/25 (reduced international).

Holiday knitting is fast approaching. Handspun yarns make items from even the simplest pattern unique. I generally make lots of hats for family and friends at Christmas. What do you make?

Critter, Hello Yarn September '12 Fiber Club

Fiber dyed by Hello Yarn
Bulky, low twist singles; Falkland wool
I will be designing a hat pattern/kit using this yarn for my Etsy Shop

I love to cook. I love to find and try new recipes. I love to spend the afternoon in the kitchen. Work definitely gets in the way of this. Most nights after work I’m tired and lacking inspiration to try something new. Over the years I’ve developed what I call “desperation dinners”….quick, easy, healthy meals. The key to this is having a well stocked pantry & refrigerator, and not being afraid to wing it.

Tonight was one of those nights….

I knew I had an 8 oz bag of arugula, fresh whole wheat pasta (RP & Company), dried tomatoes (I dehydrate cherry tomatoes through the summer) and cheese. Not very original, but tasty and quick. It can be made when I’m tired, and while helping with homework, and that’s what I need on a Tuesday night.

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Pasta with Greens and Dried Tomatoes

1 9 oz package fresh pasta (I use RP’s Whole Wheat, which is local)
2 TBS olive oil
1 small onion halved and sliced
3-4 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 c dried tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bag arugula
Salt & pepper to taste
1/4 c Parmesan cheese (I used Sartori, from Wi), plus extra for serving

-Cook pasta according to package instructions
-Sauté onion in olive oil, until beginning to soften; medium heat
-Add garlic and tomatoes, continue to cook until tomatoes begin to soften.
-Add 1/2 the arugula, sauté until it wilts.
-Add pasta, remaining arugula, cheese, lemon juice, and toss
-Add salt & pepper to taste

Enjoy! A quick and healthy meal in under 30 minutes. Most of the ingredients were sourced locally and minimally processed….so extra bonus.

This is my pasta and greens template. As the seasons change, so do the greens. I often make this with winter spinach from my spinach share (Snug Haven Farm) in the winter, and with chard in the spring.

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Persimmons
I noticed these at Carandale Farms. Having never seen Persimmons at market before, I couldn’t resist buying then. Unfortunately, this was the only box they had, and this was the last market they would be attending this year. The farmer told me they are “American Persimmons” and they ripen in the fall. They were so sweet and lovely…I ate the whole box myself.

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Fiber artist, who also enjoys cooking, running, biking, reading, exploring the great outdoors, good beer and spending time with family and friends.

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