I join in all the voices worldwide, praying for peace for our fellow Ukrainian world citizens. We all deserve to choose our destiny and live in peace.
I came across this quote this week, and it resonated with me, especially this part, “Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts…” Here’s the full quote by Wendell Berry, I’ve just put his book Jayber Crow on my list at the library.
So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….Practice resurrection.Wendell Berry
We have one shot at this earthly life; we owe it to ourselves to find joy and hope, despite the facts on the ground.
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- Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are in the final weeks of winter, it ends on March 20. Make a big pot of this Smoky Turkey Chili to warm your soul and tummy during winter’s last gasp! You can make it in your crockpot or on your stovetop.
- And speaking of chili. Here’s a recipe to make your own chili seasoning. It’s a jumping off point that you can tailor to your own tastes. And not for nothing, it makes a great gift!
- Do you know the difference between chile (with an e) powder and chili (with an i) powder? In a nutshell, chile powder, with an ‘e’, is just straight up, dried, and ground chile peppers. Some common hot pepper powders are cayenne pepper (sometimes referred to as red chili pepper), ancho chile powder (made from dried and ground poblano peppers), and chipotle peppers (made from dried, smoked, and ground jalapeno pepper). Surprisingly, each chile powder does have a distinct flavor. I’m partial to the smoky and deep flavor of chipotle chile powder, so always have that on hand. Chili powder or chili seasoning, with an ‘i’, is the spice blend commonly made with chile powder and other spices.
- Now that we’ve been talking chili, are you ready to make a pot for dinner tonight? If you are but you don’t have chili powder or the ingredients to make my chili seasoning recipe, I’ve got you covered. Here are a variety of chili powder substitutes that you probably have in your pantry. This is the fourth ‘substitutions’ post we’ve done. It joins Old Bay Substitutes, Tomato Sauce Substitutes and Honey Substitutes.
- For those of you who joined the Goodreads 2022 Reading Challenge, how are you doing? I am tickled to say that I am 2 books ahead of schedule! Yay for me! Here’s what I’ve read thus far and whether I’m thumbs up 👍🏻, thumbs down 👎🏻 or neutral 👉🏻on it.
- Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz 👎🏻 really dragged on
- The Plot, Jean Korelitz👉🏻 good story, but predictable ending
- Black-Eyed Susan, Susan Heaberlin👉🏻 hard to follow
- Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby👍🏻 a charming, light-hearted tale
- Hour of the Witch, Chris Bohjalian👍🏻 quick moving
- Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell👍🏻👍🏻 loved the weave of history and a good mystery
- Inspector of the Dead, David Morrell is what I’m reading now.
- Now’s a great time for a digital declutter! My laptop crashed at the end of last year and when I got it back, it was clear that I had neglected keeping it decluttered. I have spent the past month slowly deleting duplicate files, programs I don’t use, unopened emails, etc. I’m not going to sugar-coat it…it’s a slog. All the more reason to start, take it slow and don’t let it get away from you.
- I don’t have any knit patterns for hats yet, but that’s changing! I’m working on a simple one right now that I’ll publish soon. But, I recently discovered Fox and Pine Stitches. She has some ADORABLE hats for children, this one with bunny ears is just too dang cute!
- While we are talking knitting…if you are looking to teach smaller hands to knit, check out these kid-sized knitting needles!
- While winter may be slowly putting it into reverse, it may not be moving as quickly as we would like. If you need a little spring in your life, pop over to your local Trader Joe and grab one of their wee orchids. I’ve had this one since early January. That silver sugar cup or creamer that is languishing in your china cabinet would be thrilled to see the light of day and serve as the vessel for your new baby orchid! Here are some other ways to bring some Spring into your home!
- Tabletop Garden I made this one at least two, maybe three years ago. I need to swap out the orchid from time to time, but I’ve had luck getting them to rebloom.
- Terrarium This one is still going strong as well, it’s been probably two years for this guy. And talk about continuing to thrive under neglect. I’ve just recently put him somewhere where he’ll get a little sun and I probably add a little water 2-3 times a year.
- I shared this last week, but in case you missed it. Two weeks and a grow light will give you bright green grass!
- And finally, I will be giving away another ‘if you knit, you know’ zippered tote. I keep all my small knitting gadgets in mine and needless to say, it is handy. Since we started with Wendell Berry’s quote, let’s wrap it up with it as well. Think of what brings you joy or gives you hope today, drop it in the comments in 5 words or less. I will randomly draw one name by this Friday and tuck it in the mail to the winner.