Today I thought I’d clean up the sewing room. Its a never ending trial.

In the process I came across these:


t-shirt as yarn
t-shirt as yarn

What I had done was take some cotton t-shirts, the kind without seams on the side. (actually went hunting for the colors I wanted at goodwill) Then cut them up in strips about a half inch wide, pulled to curl them up, then lost the “thread” of what to do with them. Today, instead of actually emptying out the sewing room as planned, I thought to make a little throw rug or something. So this is how it went.

start-dory   half-a-square-foot-dory


crochet closeup

I love the colors and texture, but it now means finding the t-shirts I began with and more cutting as I’ve used up that small stash.




A rich custard pie, made with buttermilk.

From my childhood. Grandmother made the best pies.


So there’s Chess pie aka buttermilk pie, and Lemon chess pie.

for simple chess or buttermilk pie, use:

1 ½ cups white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Mix together sugar and flour. Separately mix together eggs and buttermilk. Combine dry with wet ingredients – blend. Add melted butter and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into pie crust. Cook 40-60 min in 350º oven till center is firm.

for Lemon chess pie, add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon lemon zest with the melted butter and vanilla.

Historical note: Chess pie recipes often used cornmeal instead of or in addition to flour. It would give a different texture to the pie. And some recipes used vinegar with milk, which would essentially clabber the milk, a substitution for buttermilk.

Avocado tomato salad

Avocado and tomato saladAvocado tomato salad

2 cups avocados, rough chop
1 cup tomato, rough chop
1 cup cucumbers, rough chop
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt, pepper to taste


dory-glasses-caseMy mom said that when I was a baby my grandfather would come by the house for lunch. He would sit in the kitchen and hold me in his lap while he and Mom talked. My grandfather was a patient man. I’d take things out of his coat pocket and put them back in. I especially liked his glasses case. I’d open it and shut it, over and over.

Mom said that one day, I took out his glasses case and opened it up and stuffed inside were two marshmallows.

I had a marvelous grandfather.

chicken fried rice

chicken fried riceChicken Fried Rice

Serves: 3-4
3 cups rice, prepared
½ pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
1 cup peas & carrots, frozen
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 tablespoons sesame oil
¼ cup soy sauce

Prepare rice according to package instructions to yield 3 cups cooked rice.
Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
Add chicken, onion, garlic, peas, and carrots. Stir fry until tender.
Crack eggs into pan and scramble, mixing throughout vegetables.
Add rice. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.