finding peace

I have been antsy lately.  I would really like to take a road trip out of Houston.  Hitch up the trailer and go.  But I know that is not going to happen until September.

So instead I cut out small squares of fabric.  Scraps of fabric that are not big enough to make anything else out of and would be thrown away.


I make nine square patches with them.  The process gives me peace just like spinning yarn does.  You can just think I am crazy.  But at least at some point there will be enough squares to put a quilt top together.  Then we will sleep snug and warm under a quilt of peace.



Russell and I were in a quilt shop and saw a kaleidoscope quilt.  He really liked it so I checked One Block Wonders out from the library.  It tells you how to put kaleidoscope quilts together.  I had extra fabric from one of the shirts I made him so I thought I would give it a try.


So I am really not sure about this.  Part of me not being sure of this is that there is a lot of wasted fabric and to me, a quilt is a way to use all the scraps.  But I have to admit that the hexagons are pretty.




I will have enough to make the center of a quilt and it should look really cool.  But I have to admit that I will probably never make another because of the waste.  It is why I like nine squares.


the cauldron was brought out for more experimentations in chocolate and peanut butter

We were having dinner with friends yesterday and they had already mentioned that they would gladly put down their taste buds to be testers in my experimentations of chocolate and peanut butter.  Though Russell felt there was no improvement needed in the first recipe.  That made me smile.

This is not perfect yet.  I am still playing with the amount of oil and peanut butter, and the bake times.  But it is darn good.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Brownies

1/3 cup olive oil 

3 ounces semisweet chocolate

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup original hempmilk

1 tablespoon tapicoa

t teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (14 tablespoons) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

pinch of salt.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Prepare an 8 by 8 inch pan with parchment paper.  

Weigh out three ounces of chocolate.  Put the chocolate and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Keep over the heat until the chocolate is melted.  Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar and then the peanut butter.  Mix in the hempmilk, vanilla and tapioca starch.


Mix in the flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and cocoa.  Mix well but it can have  a few lumps.

Bake for 24 minutes.  A knife inserted in the center should come out fairly clean. A few crumblies are okay.

Let cool at least 30 minutes before trying to take it out of the pan.  It has the tendency to be crumbly.  

Anybody who tries this let me know if you think anything needs improving.  The verdict is still out about how much peanut butter!

I do believe this is going to become a throw down recipe. 


what is in my pocketess?

Russell finished knives this weekend.

I get involved in the process by telling Russell how the handle feels.  What is interesting about these two knives is that the larger one felt the best in my hand early in the process but at the end, the smaller one felt the best.  Which means that I get a new utility knife.

And this utility knife sits in my apron pockets.  With my tendency to wear aprons every where but work, this is a good thing.  


I can do all the things in the kitchen that need a knife but using one of my working kitchen knives on does not make since.  Also, it means I have a knife when needed in other places.  It is a lovely thing.  It makes me smile.


on a rainy july day

It has been a bit frustrating.  It is rained all day.  Hard rain where Houston floods.  Which also means that businesses close down early and so do government offices, including the library. Due to budget cuts, the library will not be open tomorrow.  Sigh, a long weekend without more books to read and movies to watch!  It is really not a hardship but there was a cookbook I really wanted to try in my pile of holds.  Sigh.

I did make myself some handkerchiefs though.


I like handkerchiefs.  I look for them at thrift stores and gift shops.  It is hard to find truly nice ones though.  I have been making my own.  When I make something and have a square of fabric twelve to fourteen inches square leftover, it usually becomes handkerchiefs.  I just hem the edges.  Russell really likes that the handkerchiefs match my dresses or aprons.


So I have new pretties for my nose.