Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
My next project is going to be a sweater for Little Baby Boy. I borrowed The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman from the library. I'm going to be working on the famous Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ). I've collected notes from everywhere, been reading the BSJ thread on the "Zimmermania" group in Ravelry and looking at tons of pictures. The pattern is really a work of genius and they say the beauty of the design lies both in the process (easy knit using increases and decreases) and in the finished product. Usually, it's one over the other. I decided to use only one color to make the jacket. It looks sophisticated and neat when done in one color. The yarn I'll be using is Cascade 220 in Hunter Green (#8893). I may use my left over charcoal gray to do a border. I'm still working on the hubby's summer hat but I hope to be finished by the end of next week so that's when I'll be starting the BSJ. I am so excited.
b. veggie meats (sausage, bacon, etc . . . )
c. breakfast breads (pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, etc
2. Veggie Burgers and Other Sandwiches
b. spreads and fillings
a. soups and stews
b. casseroles and pies
e. other pastries (tarts, baklava, cinnamon rolls, macaroons, etc)
a. hair and body products
b. cleaning products
c. toys (play dough, etc)
I bought some sheet protectors. Initially, I was going to take some other stuff I had in sheet protectors out but I don't have the time and I think I might want to keep that stuff preserved anyway (it's teaching materials). I will make copies of all the recipes that are old or stained so that they are fresh and then I'll put two recipes in each sheet protector. I think a 100 count package of sheet protectors should do and I think all my recipes will fit into the one binder I already have.
I'm really looking forward to getting this project done. It will help streamline things in the kitchen and hopefully I'll rediscover some great recipes that I've been neglecting.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It is black eyed peas with red stew and plantain. It is one of the few Nigerian dishes that I've been able to "veganize". I had one very ripe plantain left over from the Jamaican Yuca Shepherd's pie I blogged about a week or so ago so I decided to make this dish.
It was so strange. I was posting to one of my message boards and came across a food blog called
Nyam, which is fabulous, by the way. From there, I found a slideshow of foods from the Diaspora and one of the pictures included in the slideshow was Plantain and redred from Ghana. First of all, I didn't even know that Ghanaians and Nigerians enjoyed this dish in common. Secondly, it was so uncanny: I regularly make this dish and I own the same plate--a Corelle dish with the exact same pattern. When I showed my niece and hubby, they thought it was my picture. But it's not (you can see chunks of fish in the beans and I don't generally mix my red stew into the beans and I cut my plaintains thinly). It was still a trip!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Being a mother is my greatest joy. I am overwhelmed at times with the enormity of motherhood--that Jah, the universe, the Creator thought that I was capable, worthy to be responsible for these two little souls housed in the bodies of my sons. I never knew I could love so intensely, so completely. It fulfills me in a way I didn't think was possible. When I watch them play, grow, laugh, it tugs at my heart and my eyes well up. I watch them sleeping and the peace that's on their face calms me and settles me. They are my meditation.
I remember before I had children how much I longed to celebrate Mother's Day. I remember the year I was pregnant with my first baby and I wasn't quite a mother just yet . . . I just couldn't wait. Now, I'm not a big fan of the commercialism associated with all these holidays but Mother's Day has a special place in my heart and I usually try to let all the Mother's I love know that they are appreciated. Often the work of mothering is so devalued so it is absolutely imperative that we take a day aside to honor the Mother. It's not an easy job. There are days when you just want to throw in the towel. But all in all, all I hope is that I will be the kind of mother Marcus Garvey speaks of and that my children will bless me for being:
The Black Mother
Where can I find love that never changes
Smiles that are true and always just the same,
Caring not how the fierce tempest rages,
Willing ever to shield my honored name?
This I find at home, only with Mother,
Who cares for me with patient tenderness;
She from every human pain would rather
Save me, and drink the dregs of bitterness.
If on life's way I happen to flounder,
My true thoughts should be of Mother dear,
She is the rock that ne'er rifts asunder,
The cry of her child, be it far or near.
This is love wonderful beyond compare;
It is God's choicest gift to mortal man;
You, who know Mother, in this thought must share,
For, she, of all, is Angel of your Clan.
My Mother is black, loveliest of all;
Yes, she is as pure as the new made morn;
Her song of glee is a clear rhythmic call
To these arms of love to which I was born.
Where'er in life I may happen to roam;
Thou shalt always be the Fairy Charmer
To turn my dearest thoughts to things at home.
Of course, DH was a sweetie. He's working actual Mother's Day so he went down to the city on Saturday and picked up some Ethiopian Food from our usual Ethiopian restaurant Awash. It is way to stressful to try to eat out with the boys so it was such a sweet gesture that he would stop all his work here around the house and do that. The food was delicious as always and my Big Baby Boy even ate a good amount! I couldn't ask for more.