bottle scrubbie

ch 4

sc 2 rows, sc in front loops only in a spiral for 10 rounds until you make a long thin tube.

sc 2 in each of the ridge of back loops to make a spiral around the tube.

dc 2 in each sc down the spiral, until you’re 6 rounds away from the end, then sc1 in the next 3 stitches.

slip stitch in each sc until spiral’s end

 

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Vegan Curried “Chicken” Noodle Soup

Ah, cooler weather. I’ve missed you. And what could be better than a quick and easy soup?

Mmmm, soup

32 oz light colored vegetable stock

Orichetti or other small, spoon-size pasta, enough to fill small saucepan halfway

1 cup water, or enough to keep your pasta covered

1 cup coconut milk (save until your noodles are cooked)

8 oz canned corn (no need to drain)

8 oz canned carrots (no need to drain)

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup chopped zucchini (or whatever vegetables you have handy)

1/4-1 tsp curry powder (or more to taste)

1/4-1 tsp turmeric

1/4-1/2 tsp ginger

1 Tbs teriyaki sauce (or you could eliminate this, if you’d prefer)

salt and black pepper to taste

Boil noodles in vegetable stock until noodles are al dente, adding peas and zucchini while they boil to cook them slightly.

Add the coconut milk after the noodles and vegetables are cooked to desired tenderness, serve.  Ours came out tasting very much like chicken noodle soup.

Waldorf Style Blocks

Or, mulberry log slices.

This is our block city.

The kids love playing with seashells.

They’re not perfect, and we’ll be making more, but here they are!

The real trick to making “branch blocks” or “natural log blocks” or whatever these are, is curing the wood. “Curing” the wood really means heating and drying it out to kill bugs/bug eggs, as well as to prevent warping and mildew.

To cure the wood, you can either bake your wood in the oven at 175˚F – 200˚F for a few hours. I hear you can also microwave the wood for 1 minute. I preferred the oven, because that meant I didn’t have to cut the blocks while the wood was still moist and green, so I just put a couple logs in the oven to cure before they became blocks.

Sometimes simplicity is easy to find.

More to come.