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Day 196 & 197 – July 5 & 6

Day 196 – Several weeks ago, I found some lovely fabric at an estate sale. Unfortunately, it had been in the musty basement for years, so it was smelly. I washed it in hot water (even though it was delicate fabric), in hopes of killing whatever was there. No luck. I had read in a book long ago that putting delicate fabrics in the freezer was a good way to kill any gross stuff that might still be lingering. So, I stuffed each of the three cuts into ziploc bags and stuck them in the freezer for a few weeks, promptly forgetting about them.

I opened the freezer today to take out some pie dough, and saw the fabric. I figured 3-4 weeks was probably enough. I took them out and gave ’em the old sniff test . . . no more musty smell, just freezer burn (which is a whole other problem, I guess.) Ran them through the wash, and now they are as good as new! Now, to think of what to make with the pretty fabric!

Day 197 – Ever since returning from our longish vacation, I haven’t really been in the mood to cook. Plus, it’s been insanely hot (over 100 degrees), so heating up the house with the stove/oven wasn’t all that appealing. I decided to try out a summer squash recipe I’d seen on the blog delish.

Here’s the recipe as I made it.

1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 yellow squash, halved and sliced
1 zucchini, halved and sliced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 can of white beans (cannellini, butter, etc), drained and rinsed
small handful of dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 glugs of red wine vinegar

In a large pan, saute the onion and garlic until tender, 2-4 minutes. Add the squash, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring once, until veggies are crisp-tender.

Add tomatoes and beans and cook, uncovered for a few minutes. Add the oregano, salt, pepper and vinegar and cook until heated through.

Sever over rice or pasta.

The original recipe called for fresh parmesan. I didn’t have any, but the recipe was still yummy without it.

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Day 89 – March 20

The JoAnn’s in our area is closing their store in one location and moving to another location about a mile away. I discovered that apparently, it’s more advantageous to them to sell everything in the old store rather than just moving it over. So today, we hit the store and found that:

  • most fabrics were 50% off
  • you could buy everything in the store, including the fixtures, display cases and the stands where they keep the fabric.
  • apparently, lots of people actually want things like pattern drawers and giant cutting tables . .  .who knew!  (There were plenty of “sold to x” signs around the store.
  • patterns were MEGA cheap . . . 4 for $1!  (Except for Simplicity, which was $1.99)  I’m not usually big on buying patterns, I just do my own or find tutes online.  But at this price, the babes and I were searching through the drawers to see what goodies we could find!

Because of the huge sales, the selection was limited, but that wasn’t stopping people.  I saw a lady going out carrying two giant bags full of fabric, followed by one of the salespeople who was carrying another 4-5!

I wonder how long the sales will go, and if they’ll reduce things even further.  The new store opens in about 3 weeks, so I”m going to keep my eye on the old store and swoop in for a quick look see in the last week or so to see what goodies I can find.

Day 3 – January 3

Today’s lesson was quite fun, it involved fire.  I’m not really a pyro.  Although after the events of tonight, you might beg to differ.  (I forgot about a pot of berry syrup until the 3yo said “it stinks” and DH headed to the kitchen to discover, boiled over syrup and  . . .small flames!  Ooops!  Maybe it runs in the family, though.  Apparently, my FIL was melting lead on the stove as a child, left the pot, and came bac to not only melted lead, but a melted pot.  Said meltage subsequently drained into the stove vent pipe and ended up in a puddle in the oven! )

But, I digress.  So I was working on making some wool pants today.  I had some fabric that I was quite sure was wool, but  Iwanted to be sure.  What to do?  What to do?  A burn test, of course.  I grabbed one of my sewing reference books, matches, a roasting pan and the fabric, then called the kids to the dining room for a little science lesson.

Apparently, you can determine if something is a natural fiber by the way it burns.  Specifically, wool will smell like burned hair (duh!), it’s fibers will curl away from the flame, it’s self-extinguishing (flame goes out when the flame source is removed) and will leave a pile of crushable ash.  Three of the four fibers were very definitely wool.  The last one, which I was pretty sure was wool, or at least I thought I remembered the tag saying 100% wool, burned differently.  It produced black smoke, bubbled when it burned and stunk!  So I’m gonna say that one is NOT wool.

A fun little project, but it left a major stink in the house for a few hours.

Holding the fabric with tweezers

Using a candle stick so as to not spill wax

The resulting ash

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