Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
one red pepper, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup salted peanuts
2 T dark brown sugar
Process the dressing and pour over the vegetables. I added a tablespoon of Thai fish sauce, and a handful of cilantro. I bet a chile would be grand. Garnish with chopped peanuts. This dressing would be great on almost any cold vegetable salad.
By the way, I've lost twelve pounds on Weight Watchers.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
She and I went to the fabric store today to buy the material for her Halloween costume. We bought two yards of leopard print, a black boa for a tail, and a black mask for her eyes. I carefully avoided buying any other fabric, although they had some really neat native american prints that would be perfect for John's tipi bed. I need to finish all the projects I've started or gathered supplies for. Last night I bought the materials for six more large Waldorf dolls. That makes seven for the season. I'm donating two for the school's auction in late October and would like to sell a few before Christmas.
I've got Christmas on the brain. I'm making my lists. With three little people I have to start early. I'm making a doll and a baby clothes quilt for Miss Ruby. For John I'm thinking about a shiny red bicycle with training wheels. Ella is a little harder, but I know that she wants some sparkly chuck taylors. Oh, slates. Little House on the Prairie style slates and slate pencils for John and Ella. They have been playing a lot of shool. Ella will get some Stockmar watercolors and a big slab of paper. I'm making her a wool felt organizer for her colored pencils and aquarelles. She may be needing a spellbook. And Little Women by Lousia May Alcott.
I bought both of Amanda Soule's books this week, The Creative Family and The Handmade Home. I've read her blog for so long that I thought I might recognize every project, but it was fresh and inspiring. We'll be drawing even more, designing our own recycled clothes, and learning to embroider. I'm even re-inspired to use cloth diaper exclusively.
I'm staying home all day tomorrow and continuing some house projects, making oatmeal molasses bread, roasting butternut squash, watching Dinosaur Train with John, and enjoying a rainy Monday.
After yesterday, it is good to be reinspired.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I started my day with my first actual Weight Watcher's meeting. It was really nice, but I left it in a foul mood. Now I've really got to do this monstrous thing. I've been hungry for two weeks, and apparently I'm going to be hungry for a lot longer. I'm commited. I've lost eight pounds, and that feels really good. I do already have a lot more energy. This week I've got to get to the gym and walk.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
This small person gets more interesting everyday. Today before dinner she put on eye makeup, a brown crayola crayon, and announced that she is fairly sure that she is a witch. She is on chapter eleven of Harry Potter and is quite sure that pink polka dots look fabulous with red plaid.