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Christmasy pics from around our city:
WIP Wednesday…on my needles.
I switched it up this week and started using large needles… making a garter stitch throw (in Oatmeal) that will go to charity. There are enough projects my Stitch & Bitch work on, this one is going to: The VA Nursing Home.
my way of eating. I’ve been gluten free for 1 month now …thanks to the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.
I never knew how toxic and damaging gluten can be. I’m appalled and infuriated about the entire “healthy whole grain” movement that suggests this is supposed to be healthy. 😞 No, all wrong!!!!
I was experiencing many of the symptoms of celiac disease and while I was never diagnosed by a physician the symptoms I was having have gone away hmm….
Reading just halfway through his book I immediately dropped gluten from my diet. It’s not easy but it’s doable requiring effort. Fortunately, these days we have so many options and tools to help. There is an app (of course) The Gluten free Scanner… use it at the grocery store (and your pantry) to scan the Upc label and it will tell you whether the product contains gluten. They also offer an expanded app to include even more products for $3.99 but so far, the free version works for me.
I found these g/f Pumpkin Spice waffles at Target for $2.99…they have a few other flavors too. I eat it like toast, butter & cinnamon. I occasionally add a drizzle of pure maple syrup = yummy.
Now, if only all pizzeria’s would offer gluten free….☺
There is way too much “dirt” out there these days. Way too much division and judgment.
Find the Gold.
I’ve stocked up on my spices for the Winter. Purchased them on Amazon but it can easily be found in your local supermarket shelves. I prefer Organic/good quality spice.
Tumeric is great for combating inflammation in the body too. I add 1t of Tumeric and add a few dashes of Black Pepper (it helps to boost the absorption of curcumin), Cinnamon & Ginger and steep it all for 7 minutes with my tea bag.
There are a number of ways to sneak Tumeric into homecooked meals like. I cook Latin foods which already use a lot of spice so adding Tumeric to: brown rice dishes, beans, stews, roasted chicken, meatloaf/balls, soups, eggs, potatoes, tomato sauce… – just about everything is easy.
A real treat listening to the sweet sounds of : ‘Angelica Women’s Choir’ every Christmas.
The Winter Fest Christmas Market in downtown, White Plains, NY is a Seasonal favorite with reasonably priced crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods. Vendor I love are an Organic tea ‘tea gevity’ and ‘Mind Body & Bath’, I love their handmade soap and essential oils.
Working on: A solid granny square colorful throw on my hooks. It’s for a charity project that will go to a local family shelter. My Stitch & Bitch makes hats/gloves/scarves, etc. to donate every December.
A fav: Bigelow Spiced Chai tea+ a winning protein bar & my Crochet. 🙂
Made several batches for storing in the freezer. I’m hoping to make enough to get us through Spring – when the Farmer’s Market starts again. I have still have another week to pick up more for my final batch for the year.
I love Autumn.
Here in NY we did not see the usual bursting colors of bright Gold or Red leaves this year – not enough cool weather nor rain. But, it’s Fall.
I started a nice cozy, bulky cowl ,in this beautiful Green. Housed in my new Sheep project bag. I’m using #11 needles and knitting in the round, knit, knit, knit, knit…
The Farmer’s Market is winding down for the Season. I’ve stocked up on Cilantro and Red & Yellow Peppers …going to try my hand at canning small jars of Sofrito….we’ll see how that goes!
Always a great time up at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival. This is 5th year going …I always have blast. We carpool up there with some of my Stitch & Bitch chicks.
We go early, walk a lot, chow down a yum falafel & shop, shop, shop!
I’m sending boxes via Priority Mail, 2-4 day…idk. My first box was full of canned foods, soups & crackers is still on it’s way out to friends in Puerto Rico. Still waiting, one week later to confirm arrival. It’s going to a PO Box too so it ought to be there by now but the USPS web site still shows it as “on it’s way”.
Some additional items I’ve collected, from friends are waiting to go out. I have a bunch of cleaning supplies which they no doubt need. I hear mold is growing on whatever walls still standing.
I’m so very grateful to a group of my friends who are sponsoring this family and others.
The situation is so dire over there. I heard that folks are becoming depressed…ya think!? No power, food or water.
I know some folks want to help a family in Puerto Rico but do not know one…well, I do! They are a “family” of my heart, parents with a young 5 y/o boy that you can help. They live in a remote area of the island. I know it will take a lot to recover but I also know every bit will help them. They are a good and hard working family who are not looking for a hand out but will gladly receive any help as they recover from this disaster. Now that the post offices are open in PR folks can receive items.
I will be sending a box(es) soon. I hope to collect over the next few months, through the holidays. One person can help but together we can do so much more. I’m accepting donations of products: items like paper plates/ forks/ canned food items/ soups/ crackers/ dried goods/ hand sanitizer/ cleaning supplies/ trash bags/ TP, paper towels/ clorox wipes/ baby wipes, etc.) or monetary donations, of any amount, you can send a gift to my paypal
No offer is too small – everything is greatly appreciated.
So many of us are a nervous wreck because of this crazy weather – either going through one of these Hurricanes, having lived through a few, knowing many who live there and have not evacuated. WHEW!!! – one huge exhale at a time. It feels like one long Hurricane! My prayers are with all in the path of these storms.
I’m glad I have my fiber projects to work on – it sure helps with anxiety.
My Stitch & Bitch are working on a charity project making blankets for:
I am stitching away on these 8×8″ squares.
I’m always in search of simple and better ways of organizing. Space is limited, and my hobbies want to take over!! Not only yarn, but jewelry & beading, acrylic paint supplies and sewing stuff. I need to contain my crafts and found these neat units I purchased online @ IKEA.com. Reasonably priced @ $109 for the larger 16 ct and approximately $65 for the 8 ct unit. The boxes/cubes I selected are good quality. I love that the unit (the 8 ct one) can be turned horizontally and used that way or standing upright. The boxes/cubes hold quite a bit too.
The units are heavy which is why I gladly paid the delivery charge.
While I did not assemble them, friends of ours completed all three, in less than an hour.
This neat Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender, it’s under $20, at Walmart. It comes with two travel jars & lids.
It’s simple and does the job for quick smoothies. This is compact and easy enough to bring along when traveling. Clean up is simple too.
I’ve been making fruit smoothies using frozen blueberries & mango, adding 2 t of Chia seeds, plain Greek yogurt and some Almond Milk. No need to add any sugar – the fruit is sufficient. I add 2 ice cubes and blend. Voila!