Knitting Mindfully

Yarn Bowl

The Daughter’s scarf and a pretty maple yarn cozy.

At the age of 60 I decided to learn to knit – a fun creative hobby wherein I can make fuzzy fabric designs for myself and others.

Excited with my new hobby plans, I took a couple of private lessons and learned that this firmly left handed person can, with a few style modifications, knit right handed from regular patterns.

Well, sort of.  Read More



Pork Loin Chops with Mushroom Madeira Sauce

pork mushroom madeira

Pork chops smothered with Mushrooms in Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

1 lb button mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
1 T olive oil
Twist or two of kosher salt
4 (3/4 – 1 inch thick) pork loin chops
A few twists of salt
1/4 t white pepper
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
3/4 cup Madeira
1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped or 1 t dried
Several shakes of ground white pepper

Optional seasonings for pork or sauce: garlic, onion powder, and thyme Read More


Prepping Baby Bok Choy

bok choy WM 350Bok choy is a type of Chinese cabbage with dark leaves attached to a base that looks rather like celery.

It comes in full grown and a baby variety that I particularly love.

It is delicious, easy to cook, wonderful in stir fries or sautés, low in calories, and very good for you.

To prepare bok choy, first slice off the tough end at the base of the plant. Read More



One Simple Question

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Rigid diets do not agree with me – I tend to get rather obstinate at times and do not like being told what I have to do. So, I will tweak my way to a weight that is sustainable and healthy for me by using questions instead of silly rules.

Currently, I am tweaking liquids. It is astonishingly easy to pour a nice tall glass of unnecessary calories.

Our family loves to eat well and one thing I recently noticed is that more of our meals included a glass or two of wine – not a bad thing unless wine happens without pausing, breathing, and asking the right question. Read More



Emotional and Physical Health in a Stress-filled World

flowering cactus

You can flower under the harshest of conditions.

Has the state of the world today filled you with stress that threatens to harm both your mental and physical health?

The horrors that men inflict upon one another are not a problem of modernity. The only new thing under the sun is the sheer volume and immediacy of information.

There was a sense of security in the not knowing, a feeling that formed a sort of protection from having to acknowledge painful reality.

The world is not really different, it is the informational bubble wrap that live streaming, news videos, and social media conversations have removed.

Though it is terribly difficult to watch and read, modern media may also be what we need to change things for the better. Read More


Roasting Garlic, Two Ways

Garlic bulbThese are my two favorite ways to roast garlic.

The first creates beautifully aromatic individual cloves of garlic that are intended to be consumed whole.

The second melts the clove into a fragrant spreadable garlic that is perfect for slices of chewy Italian bread or for swirling in to your favorite recipe. Read More