Time to Create

I got a week off from class this week, and after a few days of rest, was able to create this jewelry set for myself. I bought these glass beads at the Dollar Bead, and just wire wrapped with some bronze wire, and added a few bronze tone beads. I want to wear this over a black turtleneck it looks really nice. I like the way the earrings turned out as they dangle nicely.

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November’s Flag

I like November. I know, it is colder and grayer than October. October has all the brilliance of yellows, oranges, and reds. November has the grays and browns of bare trees and branches. The trees barely move or sway when the wind blows as it seems the wind blows right through them, all stark and naked. This is a good time to see what has been hiding between the leaves that were once there.

Birds are still making there stops, settling on the branches, maybe waiting for the call to food. There are many birds that stay for the winter months, and those birds keep the trees alive.

What else has been hiding behind the leaves, sure to be seen in November? It is a good time to see if there are broken branches that need to be trimmed, or diseased limbs that need to come down.

Where I live I can see through the trees, almost all the way down to the highway, a block away from my second floor apartment. There is a flagpole I can only see when the trees are bare. Waving from it is an American flag. It always gave me a sense of peace, to be able to see the red, white, and blue, through the bare grayness of the trees. I have not looked to see it this year, as I always do when November comes. I have lived here for almost 9 years, and I always look for the flag.

I am sad, because my country is so unraveled. Now I feel it on the inside. Now after I write this I will go to look at the flag, but I should have done it already…

 

Root Vegetable Winter Stew

With all the craziness happening in the world right now, I needed something to help take my focus off the world, and put it in my kitchen. I found this recipe years ago on the internet, it is not mine. I wish I knew the author, to give credit, but let’s just say I know it was meant to share.This stew is so delicious, and perfect for those chilly fall days as well as cold winter days.

  • 1 cup onions, cut into 1/2 inch wedges
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash
  • 1 small parsnip, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 1 small rutabaga, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 cups low sodium, low fat vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pureed tomato
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro sprigs, rinsed, or thinly sliced green onions

Directions
Cook onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, parsnips, rutabaga, garlic, and 1 cup of broth in a covered pan for 10 minutes, stirring ocasionally. Add a few tbsp of water if mixture begins sticking to pan.

Add 1 more cup of broth, along with the bell pepper, tomato sauce, lime juice, and spices. Return to boil, and then reduce heat. Simmer covered until vegetables are tender when pierced, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into soup bowls, and garnish with cilantro or green onions. Enjoy!

 

No Syrian Refugees in New Hampshire?

I was quite discouraged when the Governor of N.H. Maggie Hassan announced that she wanted a complete halt to Syrian Refugees entering the United States. First I thought it odd, as a Governor to be speaking for the rest of the United States, but she does not even speak for everyone in New Hampshire. She never even asked us how we felt about it. I myself think that after we allow the vetting process to work, we should be helping the refugees of Syria, or any other nation that needs a place of refuge. Have we not learned anything from our past?

I hope that President Obama holds strong to his conviction in allowing Syrian refugees into our country, and in our state of New Hampshire.