Yesterday, we gathered up our cast-off, holey, or otherwise unwanted t-shirts for this cool weaving project. Using hula hoops for the looms, Camille and Sylvia began weaving rugs with giant t-shirt loops.
First thing this morning, Sylvia sought out the coziest corner of the house to work on her rug (and both of the girls are busy weaving now as I type, in the evening).
Every time that I try to knit, my lap (and needles) quickly get taken over by Ayla...but I have managed to start on some Christmas knitting.
and sewing on my machine for the first time in ages (yup, Ayla's on the lap).
*photo by Sylvia
After harvesting kale and digging up some purple potatoes that I had forgotten about, I set to making a big pot of soup.
Through the open door, I hear "Mom, Ayla's stealing my mud!"
Some days I wonder why I can't get anything done. Other days I'm thrilled that we're all eating, laughing, and being creative, and I choose to ignore the mud on the living room floor.
Autumn Soup recipe:
1 lb. dried black-eyed peas
1 buttercup squash (peeled, cubed)
large bunch of red russian and purple curly kale (de-stemmed, chopped)
purple potatoes (cubed)
2 gypsy peppers
clove of garlic
a couple tablesoons of cumin
1 can or jar of organic tomato sauce
sea salt to taste
This is one of those 'use up what you got' pots of soup, but it turned out really yummy, so I'm posting it here. Feel free to improvise and substitute.
Cook black-eyed peas in a large soup pot with plenty of water. When they are mostly cooked, but still firm, add squash, kale, and potatoes. Add water to just cover veggies. In a pan, with a generous amount of olive oil, saute chopped onion, garlic, and peppers with salt and cumin. After onions turn translucent, add sauteed veggies and tomato sauce to the large pot, and season to taste. Enjoy!
...And I have a finished skirt for a 6th birthday for our good friend, Kalea! It's made from 2 pairs of small corduroy pants and some thrifted batik fabric that I over-dyed with a light blue to mellow the background color a bit. I love the way it turned out. I hope she likes it!