What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today? Today, like any holiday where the hubs (and the rest of the world around me) has off, is a pajama day. I pretty much don’t have to worry about anyone knocking at my door so I am free to kick around in my pj’s and slippers. I did put some sweatpants on though because it’s a bit cold out right now (snow you know). Other than that, it’s pretty much the same ol’ same ol’ because I’m disabled and don’t work and I’m not Christian, so despite it being Christmas, this is pretty much another day for me, but with pretty lights and music — because other people around me celebrate it. Doug is off to see his family, and my tenant is visiting friends, so it’s just me and the furbabies. I’m gonna try not to overindulge in chocolates (because I’ve been left alone in the house with chocolates and for no other reason), and try not stay up all night because I do not like sleeping alone in the house. I’ll probably play video games, but that’s not out of the ordinary.
List at least five of your favorite spices (excluding salt and pepper). Well, I can’t say that I have five favorites, though I do tend to use cinnamon in my coffee a lot. But seriously, it depends on what I’m making. And are we talking herbs here or spices? Because there’s totally a difference. I mean, if you lump them all under seasoning… well I do like rosemary, which is totally an herb, and I like oregano, which is also an herb, but I wouldn’t put either in a sweet dish. Okay, I might try putting rosemary into a sweet dish, but definitely not oregano… But then you get into specifics even when you’re talking about one herb or spice… I mean Mexican oregano is totally different than Italian oregano, and I like both, but I wouldn’t use them both in the same dish — my brain is too tired to come up with examples. And rosemary grown in the garden can taste way different than rosemary bought in the store. But if we’re going with spices, let’s talk cinnamon. The stuff most Americans buy in the store varies widely and can be as old as the hills really. I mean, it’s tree bark, and no one really pays attention to when and where it comes from. They just buy it. But oh boy does it make a difference when and where you buy it (here in the States). I like cinnamon, but I like good cinnamon. Another spice I like is cloves. What can I say? I like strong smells and tastes. I always have.
When I make Turkish Coffee, I like using their spice blend for it, which has — you guessed it — cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and others. Oh, and I like cardamom too, and nutmeg. And while I like all of these in my coffee, they also make great tasting cookies, sweet breads (like gingerbread — ginger, that’s another good… seasoning), and cakes (hmmm apple spice cake…), and of course pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie. But I wouldn’t put any of them in my spaghetti (the rare times I eat spaghetti). Just like I wouldn’t put oregano in my coffee. Oh, and another spice I like is bay leaves which I think are great in most tomato based sauces (which I can’t eat anymore) and I also like them in stews.
But seriously, why not salt? I have a small collection of salts that vary greatly in taste that I use in a variety of dishes. But if you want to get down to it, can salt be considered a spice? I’m pretty sure it’s not… I mean, it’s a mineral, right? The Food Channel agrees (a quick google search first link)… Again, it falls under the general title of “seasoning”. Yeah, I know, I’m being pedantic here, but sometimes definitions count! Anyway, I have a bunch of different salts on my counter (pictured), and I use them every day for different things. They were given to me a while back, and I can’t even remember who gave them to me. But salt has no expiration date because it’s a flipping mineral. It doesn’t go stale. Anyway, the different salts are good for certain dishes. For example, I love the grey salt in eggs, but not the black salt because it’s too strong IMHO. The black salt is better for things like soup.
What can you always be found with? I’m not trying to be flippant, but other than the clothes on my back, there is nothing in this world that I carry with me everywhere or even carry with me all of the time. And even then, I have to strip naked to take a shower, so there is nothing in this world that I always have on my person. I guess you could say I have my glasses with me most of the time, because I cannot see without them. But other than that, not much else. And if I could get by in this world without the need for glasses, I totally would. Alas, and alack, they are a necessity. Everything else is just, baggage. I am often found without my phone. I leave my wallet at home more often than I care to admit. As much as I’d like to appear hip and cool and say I carry a book with me at all times (or my knitting/crochet), that’s just not true. I honestly and truly would rather just not carry anything at all if I can help it. I even leave my inhaler behind more often than not, and that’s just downright unhealthy. If I had a bag of holding that I could keep all of my crap in and just pull it out of thin air, I’d totally do that.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. I’m not gonna torture y’all with my Christmas card again, but that was what I was most proud of this week. ^_^ And y’all can thank/blame Embeecee at sparkfromacombustablemind for that. 😛 She got me back into Photoshop, for better or worst.
Another inspiring thing that happened was this gift from an internet stranger (it’s a long story as to why an internet stranger is giving me gifts, so just go with it):
That there is a pattern for a “Mr. Handy” from the Fallout 4 game in the four seasons. Now it’s been a dog’s age since I’ve done any cross-stitching, but I might be inclined to try this pattern. I probably wouldn’t do it as one big pattern like this but break it up into four smaller pictures — one for each season. I like that idea much better.
I also finally finished the shawl I’ve been working on as modeled by Doug here:
Anyway, it’s not completely finished because I still need to weave in the ends of some of the yarn where I made the color changes and stuff like that (you can see the loose threads in the picture). But I wanted to show it off anyway. That shawl took me over a month to knit because the threads are small, even though there are two threads held together, sometimes three in some places — the dark bit at the end for example has three threads, but overall, I like how it came out. Here’s a close up of how it looks to the right. The light didn’t quite catch it right, but I think you can see how the colors all kind of mix together. the clothes pins are there to make the edge lay flat. As you can see by the picture with Doug, this is a huge shawl. I had nowhere in my house — like, at all — to lay this thing flat so I could block it properly. So the picture you see to the right is my attempt at laying it flat on a folded surface so it will be kind of blocked? hopefully? It seemed to have worked… But even this method had the ends of the shawl hanging down off of the cardboard because it’s kind of huge. But that’s how I like my shawls. Normally, I work with cotton and/or acrylic so blocking isn’t a big deal, but this has wool in it — hence the curling edge and it should be blocked. But, as I said, there’s nowhere in my house, not one stretch of floor even, that’s big enough to block it properly, so it’ll have to so with my improvised blocking. But I totally appreciated that it was finally done, after three false starts and over a month of knitting. It’s done. Yay! Now, I just need to decide what to do with it. And that, my dear reader, is another problem altogether. ^_^
Via Cee’s Share Your World