Early summer freebies

A little PS to week before last entry: I found a Mickey Mouse fleece remnant about 30″ x 15″ and sewed up some travel pillows for the twins, to go with their woobies.

travel pillow

. This is the sort of project I can really get into, because all the materials were stashed and I didn’t have to buy anything. First I cut off the selvage from the remnant and folded the remainder in half, then cut it into 2 equal pieces. I had an old bag of quilt batting lying around, which had been previously cut into, so it contained lots of long narrow pieces leftover from a bigger project. I cut some and folded them into a small pillow shape. Then I got a remnant in my “white” drawer that was labeled “Wamsutta 100% cotton” (probably what used to be an old sheet) and fashioned a pillow case for the rolled-up batting. I seamed the fleece pillow cover on the wrong side then turned it, leaving an opening on the back with slightly overlapping ends to stuff the pillow inside. More overlapping would have been better but the remnant was just too short.

finished blankies & pillows


Meanwhile, last week I went trading at 2 different venues, the gym and the church, and obtained some freebies to experiment with. Sheesh, from the photo, looks like even my mannequin has saddle bags.

Gym freebie

white embroidered shirt

olive drab microfiber Old Navy maxi skirt

.I like the shirt and the red dress. The skirt could use some adornment, such as the recent trendy Letters and Text dress on the Sew Fun blog (Husqvarna Viking Sewing machine blog). The blogger said she has decided to embroider words she likes, names of children, etc. At first I thought “dotty” then I began to think “innovative!”
We also got free produce over the weekend, thanks to a farming friend who let us come and pick. Thanks, Billy and JoAnn for the wonderful, fresh, beautiful, free food!

yard-long and heirloom red Chinese noodle beans

tomatoes

blueberries

purple hull, razorback and zipper peas

corn

Red corn, blue corn

Our friend Billy Allen, who has an organic farm here in Gainesville, hooked us up with some corn meal. He’s been experimenting with a lot of heirloom seeds, and he gave us some meal he ground from two batches of red and blue corn.  I tried to get a decent photo of the difference in color between the red and blue, but the picture doesn’t pick up the subtleties really well, although you can see a slight difference:

 

Red in front, blue i n back

 

I used a dairy-free recipe, the same one for each batch of red and blue corn muffins. Both turned out very tasty.

 

Red corn muffins

 

 

Same recipe but with blue corn meal

 

The recipe is fairly easy to remember; you mix 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups corn meal, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then you mix 1 1/2 cups almond milk, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup oil, and 2 eggs. Whisk together and put in greased muffin tins and bake for 20 – 24 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Stored in a plastic bag on the counter, the muffins  seem to become moister the second day.

Thanks again Billy, for the excellent gift of free food! I enjoy talking to Billy about his experiments with growing different seeds and his results. He always brings up his dad’s goals of being self-reliant and not letting nature’s bounty go to waste.  It’s a life well emulated! Many thanks to him, for letting us partake of some of the fruits of his labors! Also, he is willing to talk to other interested folks, if they will just make an appointment with him to go visit and take a little tour.

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