September 2009

Patchwork Dishcloth

Crafts

Needles: US size 6 Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Cast on 36 sts. Rows 1-2: K Row 3:K 3, *P2, K2, rep from * to last 5 sts, P2, K3. Row 4: K3, *K2, P2, rep from * to last 5 sts, K5. Row 5: K3, [K2, P2] twice, *K4, P2, K2, P2, rep from […]

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Crispy Green Tomato Pickles

Home Preserving

As the days grow shorter, my tomatoes just aren’t ripening. And, I suppose, the SEVENTEEN STRAIGHT DAYS OF RAIN we’ve had haven’t helped much. If you decide to pull ‘em green like I have, pickling is a one way to preserve them. These are tangy-sweet, with a good crisp texture. I usually put them up […]

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Clean Your Indoor Air

Green Up

I read a great study by NASA the other day about cleaning your indoor air with plants.  They did all these crazy tests and found the top species.  But, lots of them were toxic to kids and pets if broken or swallowed.  So here’s the abbreviated list that I got for my house. NASA recommends […]

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Basketweave Dishcloth

Crafts

This is a basic cloth in one of my favorite patterns. This is also the start of a dishcloths-to-blankets project I am working on–a series of dishcloths of the same dimensions (same number of cast on stitches) which can be knitted as individual dishcloths or knit in continuous strips of alternating patterns and sewn together […]

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Thai Fried Rice

Main Dishes

This is a restaurant recipe cut down a bit, but it still makes a whole lot of fried rice. It’s vegetarian, but if you prefer you can go vegan and remove the eggs, or go carnivore and substitute your favorite meat for the tofu. I often substitute the vegetables I have on hand for the […]

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