No Knitting updates but on the Cooking Front

Tonight I made Spicy Chicken Curry. Slow Roasted Bellpepper with Red Lentils Rice for the family and Quinoa for me.

I have really been cooking a lot lately and have been enjoying it. I guess I got back into cooking mode when Sahara left and didn’t have her depend on anymore. I forgot how much I enjoy cooking and watching Julie and Julia helped too. No I am not going to be cooking my way through any cookbooks. Just sampling Katie’s Veg recipes she is sending me and she is trying some of mine too at least the veg version of them.

I am a lovin’ it.

Next weeks menu is Chicken Gumbo a la Hanane and stuffed bell peppers. No rice I am going to use barley I think. I’ll let you know how it turn out.

Hanane

Twenty-Ten What will the Year Hold?

I was over reading my feeds on bloglines which is a fabulous little tool I thank Liz G. for that bit of ingenuity, no she didn’t create it but she told me about it. Anyway I digress. I was over reading my feeds when I saw this post by Futuregirl and she had this format for her 2010 directions she would like to go..You can go there and read it for yourself. So I thought…I would steal her format and use it today. Because today I need to think about a lot of things. What do I want to do with this blog for one? What do I want to do about my health issues? Where do I see myself by the end of the year?

So here goes.

Blog/Writing

I think I will try to write something at least once a week for this blog and for the other blog. As long as I am not in school this semester of the summer. I think I should be writing. Maybe if I had a weekly plan. Like a specific topic to talk about…..hmmmm I should work on that. What kinds of things would you like to see on here? Again I am asking world? HELLO ECHO ECHO ECHO Nothing but crickets.

Projects

A knit along It is something I have been thinking about doing for awhile. What would you like to knit with me?
More designing I have a pair of mitts that I need testers for. Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on? (tap tap)
Tutorials: Katie has a wonderful tutorial on a beaded row counter Maybe I could get her to share that here.

Community Involvement

There is a great new coffee house in my hometown, the owner is fabulous, they have great things going on there, including a knitting group that is in the start up phases. I am determined to get more people to come. Make it big and exciting. She needs the business and I need for it to remain open because my son does theater across the street.

And because 4th grade teachers everywhere say there must be a

Conclusion

That’s all folks. Give me your feed back. What do you think?

Getting Each Other!!!! WE DO!

I have considered going a different direction with this blog as the title doesn’t really go with what I am writing.

Knitting Our Way to Peace?

What does that mean to you? What would you my faithful readers like to see here? More of the same? Something about peace? Something about knitting for peace?

What was the intention of this blog, to bust the myth that Jewish women and Muslim women can be friends? Yes and we are!

We talk all the time via email! Chat! She helped me through a rough patch with a cousin and supported me when my aunts wanted to see wedding pictures and they were not invited to the wedding!!!! WHEW! What would I really do without the Jewish woman in my life. We get each other! We understand each other.

Recently we were talking about GUILT! You know the kind the good ol’Catholic kind! We talked about how we still have it in our respective chosen religions. (Remember we both grew up Catholic) But it is not the kind to beat yourself up with, not the kind that you beat others up with. It is an internal kind, a kind that is with us in everything we do, it is built into the daily vocabulary so to speak.

Muslims, remember God in everything! We say Humdullilah (thank God), and say Astaghfirullah (seeking forgivness) all the time. I am sure it is the same for Katie, she remembers God in all she does. Everyday! All Day!

I wish the people in my family would stop using this all punishing guilt! This tortuous guilt that they toss around like dirty socks.

I don’t want it! I don’t need it! I am who I am! I will never be any different! Because the person who they are beating me up over will never be any different! A leopard can’t change his spots! He made is bed now he must lie in it! Had he wanted a different relationship with his children he would have done things differently.

Katie understands this! Katie helped me not to be too much of a B**** to them when I had to respond!
They still don’t hear me! But Katie does! Good friends hear me! And that is what matters most in this life.

Sometimes family is not those whom you are related to by blood but those you pick! I consider her family!

I hope your back if feeling better love!!!

Hanane

Happy Roc Day!

While I am not going out to any Roc Day celebrations TODAY as I do not know of any in the area until Saturday. I do plan on doing some spinning, weaving and knitting on my own today.

What is Roc day you ask?


Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, since it was not really a holiday at all. In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work. Often the men and women would play pranks on each other during this day, as was written by Robert Herrick in his poem “Saint Distaffs day, or the Morrow After Twelfth Day” which appears in his Hesperides.

Some modern craft groups have taken up the celebration of Distaff day as part of their new year celebrations.

I may try and remember to plan a ROC day with friends for next year. Apple Leef Farm is having a Roc Day celebration this Saturday the 9th from 10am to????? See Leef’s website for details.

The other celebrations going on this month that I know of are both in Oklahoma. One this Saturday the 9th in Bethany and one the 16th in Tulsa.

Would love to be able to go to Tulsa but alas it is not possible.

Any Way HAPPY ROC DAY! CRAFT ON!

Atole Recipe to Try. It’s Getting Cold, Warm Drinks on Brain!

Atole

Ingredients:

* 1/3 cup masa harina blended with 1/4 cup warm water in blender
* 3 cups water
* 5 tablespoons brown sugar or piloncillo
* 1 pinch of salt
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
* 2 teaspoons vanilla or one one vanilla bean
* 1/2 cup pureed fruit (optional)(topping)

Preparation:
Heat all ingredients (except for any toppings you may be using) in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat while stirring. Bring to a simmer and continue to stir frequently for 20-25 minutes until thickened. If used, remove the cinnamon stick and/or vanilla bean. Pour into mugs or thick glasses. Warm fruit puree in a small saucepan and drizzle on top of Atole. Serves 2-3

This can also be made with chocolate. So I am thinking of melting some dark into it. YUMMMMM! Will let you know how it turns out. I am sure I had this as a kid, my grandmother was very old school. I will let you know when I taste it. Taste buds are tied to memories.