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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mint

Mint grows abundantly in my garden and if given the chance would take over.

I find this herb to be versatile.  I use it in refreshing drinks in the summer.  Flavouring water with just mint, lemon and lime is thirst quenching on a hot summer day.  We like to boil new potatoes with mint.  I have made mint jelly and sauce to serve with lamb and dried it for making a mint tea.

The menthol in mint improves digestion and has decongestant and antiseptic properties.

One of my new favourite ways to use mint is in a Watermelon Mint salad ! Delicious !   This recipe came by way of my mother.

Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves

Ingredients:
1 (5-pound) watermelon
1 small red onion, chopped
1/4 c chopped mint / basil
½ c  feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing :
1/4 c red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/2 c  olive oil
Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds.
In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time.   Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings.   In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta.  Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed.

Enjoy !

Saturday, July 25, 2015

LUTH

What is LUTH ?  LUTH stands for Light Up the Hills.   Light UP the Hills a community program that takes place each December in Georgetown, Ontario, when the Park in the middle of Town lights up with festive lights for the month of December.

Last year our Knitter's Guild, Halton Hands in Motion, participated by knitting/crocheting yarn installations throughout Dominion Gardens Park.  Lamp post cozies were knitted up in candy cane strips and many of the trees along the pathways were adorned with tree cozies.

A quote from our local paper last year ..."This fibre-focused project aims to deliver visual interest for those walking through the park, while communicating the value of shared experiences and community partnerships."  One of our guild members who heads up the "community" aspect of our Guild, Caitlin, organized the event and did a fabulous job.

Our Guild is again participating in Light Up the Hills.    My contribution for this year's event is crocheted.   I had two large balls of acrylic bulky yarn in two shades of green.   I crocheted up various sizes/shapes of granny squares and flowers and hand sewed together.   I also knitted up a candy cane tree cozy.

Each year that our Guild Participates, our installations will grow.






Some photos from 2014 Light Up the Hills Event .....





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Choosing Colour

Can you choose colours quickly and easily?

I can't seem to.  I have trouble and over-think it, whether it be for paint on the walls, tiles, yarn, clothes ?  I have trouble.  My daughter, the fine arts major, can do it !! NO problem.  I took her with me to help me choose a paint colour for a room.  She walked into the store with me and right up to the paint chip display, picked up a colour and said this is what you want, let's go !   BUT WAIT, I say, I haven't seen the other colours.   Trust me shes says, that's what you want.  BUT wait, I can't decide.  "Trust me" she says ... you will like it. 

So I hemmed and hawed over the colours in the display, took them over to the window for natural light, under indoor lighting and an hour later, we walked out of the store, paint mixed with the original colour my daughter chose, still unsure of the decision.  And, do you know, it the nicest colour on my walls !

So why was it so hard for me?  I'm too practical, too frugal and always have lived on a budget.   I only want to do the job once and not have to repaint again because of a colour I can't live with, not to mention the time and expense to change it again.

Is it my age? Am I too practical?  Worried I won't like it once it's all done, and it's not what I wanted it to look like? Does anyone else have this problem ?

When it comes to the house I'm always thinking cost and time it takes to paint, let alone re-do it.  I think of the resale value and how it would show to a potential buyer.   When it comes to knitting/crocheting/sewing, I'm afraid I wont't like it when I'm done.  Again, I'm too practical / frugal and all the while I'm knitting I'm thinking who would wear this colour in my family - because that's who I usually knit for.   All the while I'm knitting,  I just get frustrated thinking am I wasting my time?, instead of enjoying the time of creating something new?

At a recent Knitter's Guild meeting I purchased a skein of multi-coloured yarn called "Painted Desert" to make myself a shawl.  It was bought on impulse, something I don't do too often.  Sometimes you have to take chances.

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