Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What did I get for Christmas?

Friends ask what I got for Christmas. Well, receiving Christmas presents is not important to me. Giving them is. Mostly I get the greatest joy in giving a gift to someone that does not expect to get one. Like a scarf that I crocheted for my favorite deli clerk at Walmart.
This is my Christmas Eve visitor. He flew past my front window and I could tell he was going to land somewhere. Terry and I hurried to the kitchen window and sure enough, there he was perched in the tree outside my kitchen window. Actually, I think HE is a SHE.
No matter, for some reason I am always thrilled to see a hawk up close. Even though I feed the birds, I have an agreement with hawks. They are welcome, but they can't eat in my yard.
(Yes, Jeanne, that's part of my Kookiness and I LOVE it).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

BJP 03

This is the last page I completed last year and it is my favorite. Nope, the beading is not that great. But it has color and its fun and it has wild hair. I was new to bead embroidery last year and I am not sure that my skills improved very much. But it doesn't matter. Even though I joined to practice and improve my skills, what I came away with was much more important than that.

I have always been a person to keep my secrets and not let anyone in to my inner thoughts. Oh, I have always been outspoken and usually will share my opinion, but never about personal matters. This past year I met a lot of friends and have felt a freedom that I never had before to share my views of spirituality, my inner turmoils and the joy I find in nature and wildlife and my family. I came a long way.

This year, there is such a diverse group its amazing. I know many of you already because I follow your blog or have met you on Facebook. I am so anxious to see what the fiber artists will create in their pages.

We are all asking each other what will our theme be this year. Besides being a wife, mother, grandmother and all the other relative identities that describe me, there are things that I love that contribute to who I am.

I have decided that this year, my pages will be about those things that are special to me and that I will incorporate the pages into a piece of wearable art. I haven’t decided yet what I will make, but it probably will be a handbag. I got a lot of encouragement last year to begin making them again. If you follow my blog, you will hear more about that in the future.
Unless I change my mind again, the shapes will be 3-1/2” octagons.

So, I have compiled a list and each month I will select something from the list to create a page around. Or, perhaps it will be about a recent occurrence that had a profound effect on me. I intend to keep it light and fun and colorful.

These are my forever favorite things.
Violets, and other purple flowers
Hawks, Cardinals and other birds
Squirrels, Leopards, Tigers, Moose
American Indian Beliefs and Folklore
Frogs and our frog pond
Beaches, sand dunes
Pussy Willow
Queen of Hearts
Leopard Print
Opals, not diamonds
Turquoise- the stones
Any shade of off-orange
Teal, aqua, turquoise
Purple- blue shades
Jeans and T-shirts, denim jackets, flip flops
Wild Hair
Sun art, as seen on CBS Sunday Morning Logos
Handbags - with lots of pockets
Crochet, Sewing, Beading
Music, listening not making
The Blues
The night sky
Storms, Sunsets, Clouds
Chunky Candy Bars
Hot Fudge Sundaes
Oriental motif
Crazy Quilt
Books and the library
Tabu, Vanilla
Tia Maria
Christmas lights
Day of the Dead art
Chicago, the city not the band

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You Asked For It!!

This is how my noodles look before they are transformed into one of my family's favorite dishes. My mother never wrote down any recipes and I never was allowed to cook when I lived at home. So when I married, Terry just assumed that I knew how to cook Polish Wedding Dinner Noodles. Even though my aunt and uncle owned a home-style restaurant and my other aunt and uncle also owned a restaurant, and my mother only made dishes from scratch, I only knew what I watched them all do.

So I began a hit and miss process trying to duplicate the noodles my mom used to make ( among other dishes she made also). Finally I got it right. Its amazing that its so easy.

This is a great recipe as a side dish. You can add chicken and have a main dish. For the best results use Kluski noodles. They seem to absorb the chicken flavor better than egg noodles or Amish noodles. I have, however, many times made homemade noodles from scratch and they work great too. Hope you like them.

Polish Wedding Noodles
OK I am polish 100 per cent. Here is the coveted recipe for Polish Wedding Noodles. Sorry I don’t measure when I cook.

1 bag Kluski Noodles
1 big glob of butter or margarine
salt and pepper
3 cans of chicken broth

Bring a dutch oven size pot of water and the broth and butter to a boil.
Add the noodles and lower the heat.
When the broth boils out so that the noodles are just a little saucy, salt and pepper to taste.
They’re done!!