Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hand to Mouth

I have a closet full of cans filled with wheat kernels. It's part of our food storage and I thought it was about time I put it to good use. My children bought me a new kitchen island for my birthday. It's lovely. Shiny stainless steel shelves, butcher block top, a place to tuck away stools and, most importantly, a nice little spot for my wheat grinder.

Up until yesterday this wheat grinder has been living on a small microwave cart in my bedroom. Don't ask. It's been unusable because the cart was much too flimsy and would not hold up to constant grinding. It's quite a workout, grinding wheat. No electric powered motor here, I use good old-fashioned woman power.

Grind, crack. Grind again. Grind again. It's a process that makes my arms hurt and sweat break out on my brow. And, I love it. Why?

Because I am making food for my family. This flour will become pancakes and bread. Freshly ground flour has an amazing taste. Full, nutty and rich, there's nothing like it. That I get to be a part of the entire process of making food is a simple joy that makes my heart sing.
Plus, it's really good exercise!

Monday, June 13, 2011


My family just got back from Florida where we celebrated the high school graduation of this girl:

My sweet niece, Alyssa. I just love this kid.

My sister and I hit a few quilts shops on Saturday morning while the hubs and John went to the beach. Give me a quilt shop over the beach any day!! Saturday evening we partied and celebrated our newest graduate in style. There was so. much. food. Deviled eggs, sausage rolls, hot wings, mild wings, baked beans, meatballs, tiny sausages, a cheese ball, a fruit tray, a veg tray, crackers, chips, dip- you name it, it was there. Yum.
Sunday morning we rested up for a big trip to Ikea in Tampa. We all piled into the truck and drove, and drove, and drove. Can you believe that I did not buy one thing? Well, we do have an Ikea here in Atlanta. That could be why. I love how they set things up in their stores, though. Each one is different and so very clever. My sister did a bang up job of buying out the store. We filled up the back of the truck like a jigsaw puzzle, strapped it all in and headed home.
We had every intention of going to the beach last night. One look out the window at the blackest of clouds looming towards us changed our minds in a jiffy. So, what do you do when you have nothing else to do? You play Cheez with Friends! Trust me. Look:

This is how it starts. You go to the grocery store and see the above box of crackers. The light bulb goes off in your head and you take them home. Then......

your niece draws out the game board like the iPhone game, Words with Friends- the game that consumes most of my family's time lately. Hmmmm. The little plates are the "trays" to hold your letters. It's that necessity is the mother of invention thing.
Hint- don't use paper the same color as the crackers. But, if it's all you have....go ahead.

A few rules:
1. Pour all of the letters into a bowl. Do not eat any unless they are broken. You choose 7 crackers letters. Each letter is worth 1 point. All of them. It makes things fair.
2. Choose the first player by stealing the dice from your Yahtzee game. The person who rolls the highest number goes first.
3. You can pass a turn but, if you do, you have to eat your last word. It makes things interesting.
4. There are double and triple letter spaces and double and triple word spaces, just like in the real game. Use a calculator if you must.
5. The player with the highest score wins. Simple.

Our completed game board.

You play just like any Scrabble game. It's really easy. Finding the right letters? Not so much. I think we pulled 13 Q's and 40 C's from the bowl. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but, there were lots of them.)

Who won? I'll never tell.

Oh, and when the game is over, you have to clear your tray.

My dad happily obliged.

I have to say that playing Cheez with Friends was awesome. Hilarious. Ridiculous. Next to Alyssa's party, this was the best two hours in Florida, hands down. Go buy yourself a box and see if I'm right!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Helloooooooo! It's been ages since I've been able to do much of anything on my computer. Why? We had a nasty virus and our little comp had to spend a few weeks in the hospital. It's back but, there is a whole lot of stuff that I need to put back on it like- Photoshop, so I can keep track of my photos; EQ7, so I can start making quilt patterns again; an updated Windows program; addition virus software to back up what we already have; so many things.
I really, really wish that people would not create things to hinder the lives of others. Gee whiz, don't they have anything better to do?!