Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

I hope your new year is off to a better start than these little guys! Ha!

I found this yard art on the way to my New Year’s Day Kai.  A Kai is an event where people gather together to weave or spin, eat a meal, and share ideas.  I went to this Kai at HanDen Studio which is conveniently located in my neighborhood.

Michaela shared her scarf. It’s actually still on the loom but she later cut it off and wore it home. I guess that’s Weave-and-Wear or maybe Weave-and-Leave.

Another project was a cross-body purse made from previously woven cloth.

And the back has a pocket.

A whimsical project was this very textured garland/scarf.  The weaver is planning to use it as decoration at a show he’s putting on in Alabama. (There’s a towel on the floor because it was raining all day.)

Some people were spinning in addition to weaving.  I haven’t tried spinning yet.

After the Kai, I came home to make a traditional New Year’s supper.

We had the traditional Southern black eyed peas and collard greens (for dollars and pennies) and then to satisfy my northern heritage, we also had sauerkraut in my vegetarian Reuben sandwiches.  Instead of corned beef I used fried green tomatoes. They are a little messy to make but delicious.  Olivia made homemade Thousand Island dressing and I will have to say that these sandwiches were outstanding!

Then for double good luck and extra fortune, I used the last of the fried green tomato batter to coat and deep fry some of the black eyed peas.

I sprinkled them with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.  You really need to try it sometime.

With four traditional New Year’s foods, I know that 2017 is going to be a great year!

Happy New Year!  Thanks for reading the blog!


Homemade Thousand Island Dressing 

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ketchup

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon grated onion

2 tablespoons pickle relish

1/4 teaspoon salt

dash hot sauce

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate.


Fried Green Tomato Batter

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup all-purpose flour plus additional flour for coating tomatoes

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat 1 – 2 inches of oil in a skillet to 375 degrees.  Slice tomatoes  and dip in batter then in flour.  Fry tomatoes on each side until golden. Drain on paper towels.


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