Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
One's own recipe will suffice though, as there are so many variations, you can't do it wrong. Near the sea it is often made with shellfish or other seafood, and in other regions organ meats (OK, I admit to liking beef tongue and using it and no one knew), beef, sausages, pork, chicken or turkey whatever is handy. As I said I don't eat a lot of meat, and my consciousness about avoiding organ meats, means I have to be VERY sure of its origin. As long as SOLJANKA has pickles, olives (I like kalmata), and capers it will be authentic. I like kraut, so I don't mind having it in the soup too. But sometimes I use fresh cabbage, if I don't happen to have kraut. Then I will add a little of the pickle brine from the pickle jar. (Homemade pickles are the best.)
I never make it the same way twice. My offspring call my soups, "Mom-cleaned-out-the-frig-soup", but they always like what it turns out to be. Here is a beginning place to look and try this wonderful, wintry, hearty soup. Look yourself for recipes. You will love SOLJANKA!
Friday, December 3, 2010
I found some in Denmark, but didn't buy it as I was certain that I would find some at home. But ome I got home I was never able to find any. Thanks to Rashida Coleman-Hale's wondrous blog, I know not were to get it.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Here are the parts of the meal that I want to recreate and following are the 2 photos (one very large plate) of the meal we shared. Shall never, ever forget it!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It was great weather and we made some new friends and spent time with long time friends. Last year on another river, we saw our first bears in the wild in Oregon ever. Again this year there were black bears everywhere. No concerns though, as they were pretty preoccupied with 'harvesting' the abundant Oregon blackberries. In most camp sites we also were able to place our food inside of bear proof electric fencing at night.
We also hiked an 8 mile section of the Rogue River Canyon Trail, which allowed a different perspective of the river from above.
We never underestimate the power of the water, always wear PFD and once again no mishaps on the river. A video and a slide show of the trip are here as well.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
We met Diethard many years ago, after the collapse of the Berlin wall, in his hometown. He is now retired but was the headmaster of a primary school. He and I facilitated contact between his students and mine as 'e-pals', something that certainly fostered intercultural appreciation for the German AND American students. We have visited Diethard and his family several times in Johanngeorgenstadt, but this was his first visit to us here.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The day was a perfect 10! The sun shone brilliantly, the temperature was very moderate and the time spent renewing old acquaintances and making new ones was wonderful. Thom and Stacey are perfectly matched. We were so moved by the exchanges and vows made by each of them. It brought tears to our eyes.
For the occasion I made a textile photo collage. Initially I agonized over what to create. Thom is an artist, and creating something for them was so intimidating. Their incredible photographer, Eric Wolfinger of San Francisco, took photos that captured so well the expansive place, yet also show the essence of intimacy and fun. I sought Eric's permission to use some of the photos, and he was gracious in allowing me to do so, given the goal was to create a gift for Thom and Stacey.
Honestly I have never liked photo collages, as most of the ones I have seen are all too frequently not very imaginative nor do they capture or compliment the people in the photos. I had many false starts, but finally dragged out all of my hand dyed fabrics and spread them before me. Since I NEVER throw anything away, I had many small pieces that I eventually incorporated into the final collage. Stacey and Thom were married last summer on Mount Tamalpais, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Though I was not there, I know that Stacey and Thom incorporated the 4 elements into their ceremony. Whatever I generated, I hoped that earth, wind, fire and water would be evident. I think it was a success. The final judges would be Thom and Stacey. Did they like it? They do, and I am so relieved!
The origami diamonds with hand dyed silk ribbons are the 'wind' elements. The photos are printed on silk with an ink jet printer. All of the fabrics were hand dyed by me, except the blue raw silk in the lower right, some of the origami diamonds, and the white silk surrounding the largest photo. This part of the collage is actually made from a photo of the arrangement that Stacey carried. Above the patchwork is a photo view from the top of Mount Tamalpais, looking out over the islands of San Francisco Bay, and is the element of 'water'. To the left of the photo is a sun, representing the element 'fire'.
I added this little silver embellishment because it seemed to fit these two people and their values and beliefs. Stacey and Thom have genuine and serious concerns for the global community, the sustainability of the planet and certainly the human rights of all citizens of the world. It was made by a Chinese craft person in China, and I have had it for many years. Now seemed to be the right time to use it! The dancing figures under Thom and Stacey are the family and friends who were with them on Mount Tamalpais. The stone beads surrounding the dancing figures represent the element 'earth', but for me anyway, they also represent the 'rock' that friends can be for us. Their placement under the photo of Thom and Stacey eludes to the support dear friends are in good times and not so good times. The fabric surrounding the main photo came from the wedding dress I made for one of our daughters.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Tie the cheesecloth and hang to drain for 4-6 hours.
Remove the curd ball from the cheesecloth and slice in half. Sprinkle the two hunks of cheese with about 4-5 tablespoons coarse salt. Place the slices on a dish and cover. Let it stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
All four corners of the machine carrying case are cracked. Got a new case from a dealer in New Berlin, Wisconsin.
The door to the bobbin compartment seems to be broken, but it turned out only to be a loose screw...whew!
The thread spindles were bent, and the shop cannibalized another Pfaff for this part.
The 'damaged' bobbin compartment door.
The pin that holds the top onto the machine was broken. Apparently it too can be replaced with a genuine part.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I sold the original machine because, as a retirement gift to myself, I had purchased a new top of the line Pfaff machine. My logic was that selling the older machine would help defray the cost of the new one. In the intervening months since, the new machine has proven to be far less than I had hoped it would be. Breaking needles, skipping stitches, 'eating' fabric, damaging fabric etc. I thought, a cheaper machine could have given the same result.
So on a whim, I recently sent a message to the owner of my old machine. I expressed my regret for having sold the machine, and suggested that if she ever had a change of heart, to let me know. Today I got an email from the buyer, a woman in Chicago. She purchased the machine to sew on light-weight leather, and it was not performing as she had hoped. She was indeed interested in selling the machine. In fact she had recently contemplated listing it on eBay.
We shall see how this turns out. But here's hoping my reliable 'old friend' can come back home.
PS ~ 6/17/2010
I will have my old machine in my possession by Wednesday! It has been shipped!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Strictly speaking I didn't 'make' these darling boys....but we made the daughters who made these darling boys...with their husbands' help, of course! The two outside boys are brothers Ashton (L) and Grayson, and are the children of our daughter Kristina and her husdand Michael. The little one in the middle is Eli, son of daughter Jill and her husband Travis.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
The best part of these 36 log cabin blocks is that I used nothing but pieces of fabric from my scrap bag. NO NEW FABRIC PURCHASED!
I spent time in Japan on a teaching fellowship. This book fascinated me for the multitude of log cabin blocks. I don't read Japanese, so I had to make my own pattern and approximate a block from what I could decipher from the text, which wasn't much more than CM numbers!
I really like how even though the blocks are all square, the arrangement of color makes some of them appear to be elliptical.
Friday, April 30, 2010
When the Douglas Irish bloom in Oregon, spring is really almost here. My second most favorite flower reminds me that eventually it will stop raining, but without the rain, we wouldn't have these beauties. My first favorite flower is the Trillium. Seeing them return every spring always makes me remember how much I missed Oregon while I lived elsewhere. Did you know that if the Trillium is disturbed or picked, it will not bloom again for 7 years?
Friday, April 23, 2010
Yesterday was EARTH DAY, which makes me think of natural dyes. No heavy metals and no chemical dyes that can hurt the environment.
While traveling in the southwest last winter, I read in the CHACO CANYON interpretive center that textiles have been found here that were dyed with juniper berry, which is really not a berry, but a seed cone. A few days later I found a juniper bough that I just had to bring back home to Oregon. We have juniper all over the eastern side of the state, but nothing like these! The berries are enormous! I don't know if they will make any difference in the dye process or color, compared to the juniper berries I could gather here, but I am going to try.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
A kaleidoscope, made from a large print fabric cut into triangles & then assembled into hexagons. It so reminds me of Deutscher Kaffeehauskuchen.
I recently finished this wall hanging. Last summer in Sisters, Oregon, I took a class on Kaleidoscope quilts. Initially, I was disappointed in the fabric I had selected for this class. The other participants quilt blocks seemed more bold and alive than mine. Consequently, I learned so much, just from that realization. I liked mine well enough. But when I came home, it sat unfinished for months.
BACKGROUND: We were to bring to class 5 1/2 yards of fabric with large repeating images. The repeat of the images was to be 24 inches. This was really hard for me. I don't really like to use large prints, so it was a daunting task finding a print that I liked. BUT, what I soon realized while making the blocks for the quilt, is that it doesn't matter what the print looks like. Once you begin to cut and assemble the blocks, it is no longer about the original image on the fabric. It's about COLOR! I do like the colors in this finished quilt, but had I selected a fabric based only on liking the multitude of colors rather than worrying about the image I liked, I'd have ended up with a very different looking quilt. This one is subtle and pleasing, but next time...next time I will GET A WILD, COLORFUL 5 1/2 YARDS!!!
When I first spotted these WONDERFUL FRAMED PIECES in the entry way of the home of a dear friend, I was not sure what I was seeing. The three large frames are hung on the wall above a stairwell, side by side. They are so dramatic, colorful and at once contemporary.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010