Thursday, February 20, 2014

Unwinding my head

First, the useful information... when you make beef stock, throw some veggies in there.  I know the classic recipes don't tell you to toss in an onion or two ... do it anyway.  Beef bones on their own don't smell very good.  I don't know why.  But they don't.  And since it's a) going to be boiled for about 24 hours and b) going to be strained before use... why are you peeling things?  No, just toss 'em in.  Besides the yellow skin from the onions makes for a beautiful color.  (You can use it for egg dye, if you're so minded).  Yes, this is my Boys Town pot - it's got a sinkful of bones (exact!) and 5 1/2 gallons of water in, plus ancillary veggies.  I have to put it on the seldom-used center burner of my stove because it's so big.  

I needed to unwind my head creatively in a MAJOR way (still do) so I made an apron for the lady that we get our meat from (long story, but she definitely needs gifts).  I did something different this time - I made a patch pocket applique.  I cut two hibiscus shaped pieces of fabric, sewed them together and flipped them out, then embroidered (machine) the petals and stamen on, then finished the edges that wouldn't be attached to the apron, then attached them to the apron with an applique stitch.  This little apron took an entire spool of yellow thread!

I've made applique a time or two before, but never made a patch pocket applique, so this was different.  It didn't come out so perfectly that I'd put it on something other than an apron or a child's dress, but it's *cute* and fun.  Who doesn't need a flower pocket on their apron?  :)

I realized why I've been in such a funk for the past week or so - I finished my internship and I've been promising myself (in my head) that I'd take some time out and do some fun stuff for myself, but it's been all about the "you need to accomplish X Y Z because look!  They aren't done! Bad webbis!" and thus... super rebellious and cranky Hearth.  So - I'm going to take some time out and reconnect with my inner flower child.

I have a camisole draped on the doll outside, so I should sew her up and then ??? Well hopefully my bones will show up and I can work on my corset some more... :p

Thinking some aesthetic thoughts...................  I think (having unstuck myself) there might be more fun to come soon!

-sends chocolate and small frogs to everyone-

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My last followaround gave me a recipe!

I know.  You don't expect following the groundskeeping crew around to produce food information, but that's because your church doesn't get the leafblowing and whatnot done by a crew headed by a small Italian (as in, from Italy - born there) man.  Hey, I didn't know our property had a garden!  (Glad it does.  We have an odd-shaped property with a lot of "unusable" space.  Brilliant to have part of it be used as a garden).  I'd heard about his cooking, first followaround I've been sure NOT to eat prior to showing up for.

So he shows up with some food from the store, and then he trots off to 'his' garden to get some extra goodies - chicory and swiss chard.

Here's your recipe:

Chicory (well washed)
Swiss Chard (well washed)
Bell Pepper (plenty)
Broccoli rabe (or baby broc)
Salt, pepper, spices to taste
Scrambled  raw eggs
Proper sausage (cooked separately)

Slice/chop all of the above.  Fry the onion in the EVOO until soft, then add other veggies.  Cook well (about half an hour).  If you're going to add egg, keep the potato in the pan that doesn't get the egg.  Pour egg over, scramble all.  Serve with italian sausage, coffee, cream and toast (strictly optional, IMO).

You're going to have to do what he does, and only let people eat if they're willing to weed!  LOL.

It was GOOD.  I didn't know how to cook chicory (he called it chicorio) and I don't like it in salads, too bitter.  It offset the sweetness of the onion and bell pepper nicely, and he made sweet coffee... I dunno, it all worked together.  Leafy greens, particularly the bitter ones, are amazing for you, so I'm glad to have a recipe to make it work!

It was good fun - played a (very competitive) game of bocce after the work (and the food).  And I'm DONE with my internship... :D

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Life after internship?

I know, I'm not done yet.  Thursday and Saturday yet to go through.  But hey.  After the last three months of cramming every week full of intern stuff... it FEELS like I'm done.   No class on Monday, no followarounds... golly!

Looking around at my life, starting to check out the places that need excavating.

I kept up on the normal cleaning... but the heavy stuff?  Needs work.  I got about 1/2 way through re-shelfpapering my kitchen cabinets, and the outsides need scrubbing again.

We repainted the family room and got new desks - and never finished decorating.  That needs doing.  And the knick-knacks need dusting.  Frankly half the pictures in my house need new homes.

Gardening.  'Nuff said.

Kids rooms could use excavation.

OH MY GOSH where are all my clothes?  Entropy has happened... I sewed up a few things for 9yo, but her closet needs some help too.  Us gals need some pretties, stat!  (Things do wear out).

DH wants me to get new dishes, ours are chipped.  The eternal question:  buy cheapies at the discount store or spent more and buy from etsy or get the matching plates to our Japanese bowls, which we all love.  Yeah, I know what I should do, it's gulping down how much I'll spend on dishes that is slowing me down.

Oh yeah, I was supposed to sew priests hats for the Tabernacle.  I need to get back to work on that so I can give them the linen and get it out of my way.

Exercise.  I was walking every day before we got sick with the first bout of flu last month, never really got back to it.  I miss it - and my body misses the stretching I was doing along with the walking.

The corset project has been going along... I'm on hold for that until my next boning order comes in. (See ALU for details).  Looking forward to wearing something comfortable, and kind of holding off on anything really fitted until that's sorted.

I need to clean out the freezer, we're getting another lot of meat.

You know... I'm going to order the pretty plates.  We like them.  And that's one thing off my very long list!

Monday, February 10, 2014

State of the Intern Report

I'm almost done!  I have one more prayer meeting (I'll hit the Thursday evening) and one more followaround (groundskeeping on Saturday) and I'm DONE.  -does happy dance-

There have been questions about what exactly the internship is and what the point of it is, and I hit on a good description last night in chat, so here you are:  My church runs what is essentially a year-long, college-level course (with lab) on our church, its theology (both general and specific) and a large selection of its ministries.  The instructional portion covers everything from hermeneutics to a month-long Christian counseling course.  The "lab" is following the ministries around... everything from the Wednesday night pastor through all the sound ministries, the food bank, the kids stuff, the cleaning ministry - even (see above) groundskeeping.  Books:  You read your Bible in a year and they have about a dozen books that they have you read on top of that.  You write book reports on the books.  And on top of all of *that*, you have a monthly meeting with a mentor to keep you on track and see how you're progressing.  It's a lot of work!

The point:  Getting a good solid education about Christianity and finding the ministry in which you should be serving.  They want you to not just serve, but serve exactly where you ought to serve, using your gifts to the best.

What have I, personally, gotten out of it?  I found out that I really love corporate prayer and praying for other people in person.  I didn't think I'd like that, but I love it.  I got an incredible sense of how all the various ministries at my church work together - it's a big church, that makes an effort to get people involved, and there are over 80 ministries.  (No I didn't follow all of them!)  Everything flows together, and though Calvary Chapel *absolutely* runs on the Holy Spirit rather than organizational excellence... it all works together, and it *works*.  As Elspeth said, I come out of this with a very firm sense that this is *my* church, and an intimate knowledge of what is where, and who is who... and even where the supply closets are.  -lol-

So, what ministry calls me?  Counseling.  I went in knowing that counsel was a secondary gift (my primary gift is exhortation/encouragement).  So I will be hooking up with the counseling lady soon, see what further training I need.  I am also hoping to train for the Freedom in Christ ministry (I can link if anyone wants - think intensive Biblical truth session), but that depends on someone other than me showing up for classes.  (For those not in the church, "counseling" means one-on-one discipleship.  It's not therapy, it's "this is what God says about your issue.").

I want to give God my best, not just show up and be a warm body for a ministry I find tolerable.  Doing the internship has allowed me to find where I'm best suited to serve Him.  No, I don't get a paid job out of this!

It's been a good year, but I am SO READY to come back to my full-time job as wife and mommy... especially since I procrastinated my followarounds and have been living at the church just about for the past few months.  Sewing to do, gardening to do, and there are plenty of very dusty corners that could use some love.