It’s a trend that seems to be sweeping the corner of the Interwebs I frequent … the green smoothie. I’ve become a little addicted to having my vegetables for breakfast. My favorite combination is avocado, spinach or kale or both, and strawberry. I use frozen fruit, so ice cubes aren’t really necessary. Most recipes use juice as a base, but I think the fruit makes it sweet enough. Today, though, I made one with carrot-ginger juice (fresh, since my sweetheart bought me a juicer!), mango, pineapple, avocado and spinach. It was not such a lovely color, but it tasted good.
The other fascination of the week has been the Big-Ass Granny Blanket. I picked it up again last weekend and it’s growing. It’s about 35 inches square now. I’d like to make it big enough to snuggle under and cover my feet on the couch. Maybe twenty more rounds or so? It seems to be not-exactly-square, but I’m hoping that I can block it out. It’s made up of odd balls and scraps of worsted weight 100% wool of various brands: Cascade 220, Wool of the Andes, Patons Classic, and a little Eco-Wool and Dream in Color Classy.
If When I finish it, I will be so pleased with myself, as it will be the biggest thing I’ve ever completed!
Yesterday, I had a seriously serendipitous vintage clothing score. I went to meet my friend Cassie in Chagrin Falls for breakfast and knitting. Afterwards, I stopped into Stash Style, a cute housewares and jewelry store which also sells chocolates and a little yarn. Unfortunately, they are going to be closing the store and instead having barn sales in various locations around Northeast Ohio. As I was looking around, I noticed two small racks of (mostly vintage) clothing. On it, I found not one, BUT TWO, coats that fit me! One of them is 100% cashmere! They have some spots and aren’t perfect, but I have a different standard for vintage clothes. Together, they cost $59. Sweet. The cashmere one has a label from a sadly defunct local department store, which makes it especially awesome in my opinion.
The Higbee Company Cleveland, Ohio
Today, the aforementioned sweetheart and I are brewing beer! I’ve never done made beer before, but he was a professional brewer for many years at Terminal Gravity Brewing in Enterprise, Oregon. Right now, we are “mashing in,” which basically involves making a whole lot of hot barley cereal. It smells so good! In a few weeks, we’ll have our own beer.