Wednesday good eats!

Happy Wednesday! I love finding new recipes on blogs! So I thought I might add one of my very favorite side dishes: braised cabbage! It compliments many meals very well, and it’s just plain awesome with beer or wine. (Yeah, ask a German!) I’d love feedback on my recipe writing skills… I am a fly by the spoon type of chef. I love cooking immensely, and with 6 mouths at every meal… I do it quite a bit. 😉

Braised Red Cabbage (try green, too!)

You will need:

  • 2-5 lbs. red cabbage (I always make a ton for leftovers, and I also feed a small child army)
  • ~1/4 cup canola or olive oil
  • few pinches of salt
  • apple cider vinegar, about 1/4 cup
  • pinch of granulated garlic, optional
  • vegetable stock (I use cubes, choose your favorite!)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium apple

Begin my cutting your cabbage head in half. You can use every leaf that is not “rubbery” or too stiff. Discard the center white heart. Cut into large pieces, however is comfortable for you.

Peel and cut both the apple and the onion, into larger chunks. Add a slash of oil into a large covered pot. Add onion and cook several minutes, until sizzling. Add apples. Cook for several minutes, until fragrance fills the kitchen.

Add cabbage, handfull at a time. Add a bit more oil, (garlic if desired) salt, ~1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (more if you like a more sour flavor). Stir to coat all cabbage. Preheat oven to 350 F

and cook for about 15 minutes, until cabbage has wilted a bit. The cabbage will not be as vibrant.

At this point you will add the last pinch of salt and ~2 cups vegetable stock. Stir well. You do not need to fully submerge the cabbage in the stock, but you should have enough liquid to see it.

Cover pot and put in oven. You will cook the cabbage for at least 3 hours. Be sure to take out the cabbage to give it a peek every hour or so. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any leaves stuck to the pot.  You will see that it’s finished cooking by noting how much the cabbage has reduced in the pot. The cabbage will be soft, like a freshly looked artichoke heart.  Serve with pasta, rice, or eat as a snack. (which I do frequently!) You can even eat it cold!



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20/365: Yes we did!

20/365: Yes we did!, originally uploaded by zen mama.

Thank you to my American friends and neighbors, though I may have doubted our collective willingness to embrace change, you have filled these hearts with joy and hope for a new day. May we walk with unwavering strength and resolve on our long journey… we will not fail.

For my friends and neighbors who did not elect this change, we extend our hands and hearts… that they may join together and unite for our common goals of peace, love, and prosperity for all humankind. More unites us than could ever divide us.

The greatest sin of our time is not the few who have destroyed but the vast majority who sat idly by.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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looking forward

finally! something with some cheer to add here! I’ve been receiving emails most of the day with cheers and encouragement. really, to all of you, thank you! I am feeling *so* much better today than yesterday!

I got some spinning done for a holiday gift!

Funny how the simplest things can clear the fog. My kids have been extra helpful, they know Mama is feeling really low lately. Tonight we’ll bring out the blankets and pillows, spread them across the floor… and I’ll make home made popcorn! yum!

I’m also particularly excited about starting the new round of clubs in 2009. Finally, I can see the end of all the waiting my sock club and a few customers have endured for a *ridiculously* long time. That to me is the most wonderful news I could hope for right now. It means movement. forward. I can have something to look forward to. I really really do enjoy my work and the friends I’ve made in connection with it. Amazing the fiber community is, I tell you.

Thanks for sticking with me and holding me up when I fall.

Blessings of joy and happiness to you!

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Protected: 12/4/08 in which I try to think of happy things…

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2nd December, 2008

Time to focus! I am bringing the blog back to life! (the last post has been made private. If you would like to read it, let me know, I’ll forward it to you)
Today is:  my sister’s birthday, my tiny nephew was born yesterday

… AND today I started the 365 photo project. This is a huge step for me. I can think of few things I enjoy LESS than seeing a photo of myself. I am hideously critical and honestly have just never learned to accept myself in the flesh. This is completely opposite of how I view the world. I cannot (literally!) think of a single “ugly” person. I see beauty everywhere, and yet cannot find it close. There are lots of reasons for this, of course… but the point is that I’m ready to shed the old painful thoughts that continually cut me. I’m taking the 365 challenge! (see Flickr box to your left) I may need a little support…. I’m a skeered!

Thanks for reading, I will try to at least update 2 times per week. And do the 365.

Blessings friends!


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Protected: Home (bitter)sweet Home

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Thursday catch up

Good afternoon, fellow bloggers! I am headed out the door to go to Zilker park, but wanted to update on a few fun things first!

New yarn!! Bellissima lace yarns!! The Loopy Ewe will be our exclusive online retailer for this yarn, and it will be in next week! (You’ll have to catch a sneak up, I bet) Here’s your sneak peek… I LOVE doing subtle solids!!
Bellissima lace yarns

And a sneak peek at tomorrow’s stocking in the store:

Bella Nirvana aran Parfait Nirvana

In the Knews: I am working on the last inch of some teeeeeny little longies for a swell little scallywag… finishing up and making test pairs for the new pattern coming out this month. Sadly, I had to set my Pumpkin King Jaywalkers aside from pain again. 😦 I have ONE whole sock for me, though! woohoo!! I think I’ll try again in a few weeks to see if the pain will get better. It’s so weird how it’s shifted. I used to have no pain on the little needles, only the large ones… now exactly opposite for the last several months. ??? weird.

Also! CALLING ALL FABRIC LOVERS!!! Fabric is the one thing I may just have more of than yarn… and it’s time to set it free! I am auctioning off HUNDREDS of yards of fabric for about 1/4 the cost I purchased it at. Something for everyone, from fashion to quilters. Have a look here  for those…

I also want to THANK YOU all for my birthday wishes. I was not in the car headed west as I wanted to be, but it was a great day none the less.

Have a great weekend ahead, and keep stitching! 🙂


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