Monthly Archives: June 2014

Crafts – sewing

I have found out something interesting. I have crocheted since I was 8 years old, so let’s just say that I have crocheted over 30 years. I spent the last 10 years teaching myself to knit and that was before I realized that you could go to YOUTUBE to figure out how to do a stitch. So that said, I am so confused.

I have been working on a sweater for myself due to the fact that I can’t find one that I like for myself in the stores. I have had a couple of lovely ladies that helped me pick out a pattern to use. One is Carol and she owns the store Brandon Yarn Boutique in Brandon, Florida. Another lady is one that helps Carol in the store. At times I get crazy, following the patterns, and I just have to remember to follow one sets of instructions at a time.

So why on earth when I decide to work on a scarf for a relative and the pattern I chose is crochet, Why on earth am I having trouble working the pattern in crochet? It is very interesting to see that I am having issues with that.  All I can do is shake my head. I, however, found a knit pattern, to make my relative another scarf.

Tofu and vegetarinism

How many of you have tired being a vegetarian? I did this for a year and I found some things have stuck but others did not. I found that I had to have some kind of meat. I am okay without eating pork or red meat, but I have to have my poultry and if I am lucky some form of seafood. You know seafood can be extremely expensive, so that is more of a treat.

So to the things I found that I liked during my year. I actually found that I liked Tofu and before you fall off your chair, hear  me out. The first thing I learned that my tofu had to be firm or extra firm, to be edible. There so is so much you can do with tofu but you must drain it for most recipes; some don’t call for you to drain the tofu but I find it easier to work with.

Drain the tofu, you ask? Well that is easily enough done. Take the container and let the water out of it. The next step, get a plate down and place a towel on it, then add the block of tofu to the towel and then place the other half of the towel over the tofu. I usually place my cast iron skillet on the tofu and then I place something else in the skillet. Mainly for added weight but also to keep the skillet balanced. For some reason, my tofu usually drains lop-sided. LOL. (This takes about an hour)

Once you have drained the tofu, place it in a container and which ever marinade you would like to use. That is truly the trick for tofu. The marinade… is what makes the tofu delicious. The whole idea reminds me of eating escargot; it is the sauce that you taste not the snail. Hey don’t turn your nose up at it until you try it. But escargot is for another tail. The marinade you use will determine how long it takes before you can use it. Thin marinades only take about 30 minutes to marinade. The thicker the marinade can take up to 24 hours to be ready. One marinade I like is BBQ sauce, I like to put my BBQ tofu on a baked potato. Yes, you will want to cook the tofu but I suppose you don’t have to, I just do.

However, my absolute favorite thing I like to make is Tofu Parmesan. You know how when you make a pasta dish, it is always best to let it set for a day or so. I have found that with this particular recipe, I let it set up for 3 days. The tofu has had time to absorb all the ingredients. The first time I made this recipe, I made it exactly as it called for. I found that I did not have enough and I wanted more. So the next time I wanted this, I doubled the recipe and was so much happier.

I like Teriyaki marinade on my tofu, once the marinade is done, I like to make a stir fry with it. You can cut it in cube or break it down really small. When I did that, my family didn’t even know that the tofu was in there. They were not going to eat my tofu items and they would eat it faster than I could.  (Which I found very interesting) It was even funnier when I would put chicken or shrimp, they never knew that there was tofu in it.

Another thing that I kept doing when I came back to meat was the use of olive oil. I haven’t quite figured it out, but I use olive oil for everything. My intake of cheese has decreased and I have never really liked milk.

Today

Today, today, today
What is there to say about Today? I was blessed to wake up. I am blessed to get to go see my son perform in the Barbershop chorus that he has worked with for the last 2 1/2 days. He has found something he really enjoys and I am glad, today.
I know one day soon, he will not be here any longer to fill my days. No more asking did he clean his teeth, but Today.
My children have grown so fast that I can’t count the number of Todays that I was blessed with and I screwed that Today up. There were Todays that I was blessed and I did just fine with them. Those Todays I treasure and the others I try not to think about but to remember the lesson I learned on that Today.
But Today, I get to watch a precious young man to do something he is passionate about. Today, I get to brag on him and brag on other young men based on their performance, Today.
Today, I get to get out of my house for a bit and enjoy watching young people have fun.
Tomorrow’s Today only God knows what that will bring. I pray that God gives me another Today, but if he decides that Today is my last Today, I am good with that too.
Enjoy your Today, because you never know if you will be given another Today.

The first of my musings….

I am going to try this blog thing again. I like to people watch but as I have been stuck at home since December, I have not done much of that, lately. I am going to have to change that and get out more, at least to the best of my ability. To come up with ideas to write about.

On one afternoon, while I was driving home and saw something that made me giggle. I am not sure why it struck me so funny but it did. So let me tell you what I saw.

I was coming up to a stop sign, so I was slowing my car down. I happen to look to my right and I saw him.
He looked like at one time in his life he may have been a hippy and hadn’t changed his mind on being a hippy. He had to be in his 70s and his hair was white and down to his butt with a bandana wrapped around his forehead. Apparently it was time for him to walk his dog, which is quite normal, but what stopped me was the fact that he was fighting with his smart phone trying to make a phone call or something. You can see he was getting mad and ready to throw his phone.
I think the fact of going home to either his wife or his daughter without this phone stopped him. He gave up the fight and put the phone away and continued trying to walk the dog. He was just a talking to himself the whole time as he headed back to what I assumed was his home.

I have found a new channel on the TV; it is an Asian channel. It is definitely for the younger crowd but there is a couple of shows that crack me up. One show is called “need romance 2012”. So far as I can tell, it is about 3 young ladies and them trying to find a love interest. One of them, married someone 7 years ago due to his sister being ill. Not sure what happened to his sister, but now they are trying to figure out why they got married. She whines and he is like whatever. They both get sick and end up at the hospital and she can’t figure out why they always get the same illnesses. He just rolls his eyes at her and explains that they share a living environment so they are going to always get sick. All I can do is shake my head. Then the other show is called NINE and it is about a man going through time trying to change circumstance to make everything come out right. My youngest brother said it must be Quantum Leap for Asians. I suppose it is, but he goes through centuries.
Now here is what is so bad for me. Everything has subtitles, so I feel like I am watching a foreign move. Unfortunately, for me it is a train wreck and I have to keep watching it. SMH!!!

Okay, I am going to do some research and decide what to write about next time. I always have something to say, just never know until I get started. 🙂