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IMG_2353Wilted Lettuce Salad is a family favorite, a simple and easily made salad. It can be made with loose leaf lettuce, dandelion greens, however in more recent years I have started using Romaine Lettuce cut into shreds. This is really a simple salad and will keep a couple of days in the fridge so that you can easily have some with every meal.

Basically it is yet another one of those dishes for which no real recipe was made, it consists of Lettuce or tender young greens, boiled eggs, onions, spring green, fresh garden or a simple onion from the store. and if you have it fried bacon is good in it as well. Mix all these together (of course you coarsely chop or slice the boiled eggs, the yolks will dissolve into the dressing, adding another layer of flavor and texture to the salad.

IMG_2365The dressing is easy, you can use cream, however I always use half & half, put a teaspoon of sugar in and stir it with the cream or half and half, taste it to see if it the sweetness you like, add more if you like it a bit sweeter, then add several tablespoons Cider Vinegar to the mixture, stir and the dressing becomes smooth and thick, you can also add dry mustard to the mixture is you wish, when I do this I always use Coleman’s Dry Mustard Powder (British) it is a bit hotter than American dry mustard and has more flavor. (a little Coleman’s goes a long way)




Like many old country recipes you can make this to suit whatever size you want from an individual serving to a bowl full

The following is the amount I used for 1 1/2 heads of romaine and 3 boiled eggs and 1 medium onion chopped.

1 Cup Half & Half

2 tsp. Sugar

3-4 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

Stir and pour over the salad and mix around (toss) until well coated, it is best to cover and refrigerate for at least and hour or longer before serving, and as you might have guessed by now you are waiting for the vinegar dressing to wilt the lettuce and the flavors to blend and marry. You will notice as you eat this and it sets for a day or so the vinegar flavor will be less as time goes by, simply add another tablespoon of vinegar and or less as you wish and stir. perhaps a bit more sugar to taste.

As I said this is one of those recipes for which there is no recipe you just whip it up, you can have more or less of any ingredient in it just how you like to make it.



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IMG_2370It has been a most trying 3 or so years, since I was able to sit down in a weaving space and actually get to enjoy weaving without pent up stress, anger and hostility. However, now it seems I have moved past that and this time I will let no one stand in my way of doing my hobby.

In January I had an accident on Rt. 29 near Charlottesville Airport, which totaled my 27 year old car, read about in in this post,

The Car Crash & The Red Angus Steer

to this date I am still without a car, with all sorts of free time on my hands.

IMG_2373Now instead of wondering what to do with all this free time, and no place to go, I will get back to life with basket weaving. I just need to replace reeds that I am out of and purchase some handles / hoops and many of my idle hours will be filled with what I have loved to do over the past 22+ years.

Though I have been asked 71 times in the past year to hand cane chairs and all the other various forms of seat weaving, now as then I still have to turn them all away, due to lack of space in my apartment, plus noise associated with some of them like Rush work, where you tap the rounds of rush going around the seat to keep them square, just not something you want to be doing constantly in an apartment with people under and over you. So basket weaving is quiet and that is what I will be doing until such a time as I can afford a car, which looks to be quite a long time.

IMG_2375I am thankful I have a long time art form that I love doing that can fill these otherwise idle hours. All of the baskets shown pictures in various forms of completion were started several years ago, I have been working today on the one at the top of the page and it close to completion, then will be stained and ready to (where I have no idea) but at least I can say that it is done. The others may look a bit lopsided however as I moisten, weave and shape the baskets they will take shape nicely.

IMG_2376Ahhh, this basket is the Full Fanny Sea Grass Ribbed Basket, the are time consuming but look so nice done in sea grass. I want to finish this one and get its shape to what it should be. This is only the 3rd basket like this I have woven in 22 years, I thought the after the second one that would be the last, but as you can see NEVER SAY NEVER.

I am also looking to weave several Zig Zag Twill Baskets, I have wanted to do more of these for so so long, however you have to be in a mind set without anger,bitterness and hostility, something I have had lots of in past years, now I feel much better since I have regained a stable living situation and a healthy diet once again. When weaving free form baskets ever round you make with the weavers determines the end result, you do do not realize how a little firmer pull on the weaver can absolutely destroy the shape of the basket.

For some reason I could not get the picture of the Zig Zag Twill Vase basket to copy to this post, if you click on this link it will take you to the post where it is pictured. 

Fibonacci Sequence Used in Basketry

I am hopeful to start be able to pick up where I left off several years ago and activate and post pictures of my new baskets to a separate blog linked to this one that will show all the current baskets being woven. The blog is started but never was able to weave baskets for it until now. IMG_2379



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IMG_2348Last night  I found that I was getting company and wanted to throw together a meal quick. I put out a Perdue Oven Stuffer Roaster to thaw overnight, along with a fruit blend of Blackberries, Red Raspberries, and Blueberries.

IMG_2344First on the list of things to accomplish this morning was making a batch of homemade Honey Whole Wheat Rolls, then baking the blackberry Crisp, boiling the eggs and frying the bacon for the Wilted Lettuce Salad, getting the vegetable ready to go on the roasting pan with the chicken, when that comes out of the oven, I will take the drippings and make roast chicken gravy, then put the red potatoes in the pressure cooker to make the mashed potatoes with cream cheese, then make the thin vanilla custard (lightly sweetened to go with the blackberry crisp. Pretty much a simple meal in Mennonite fashion.

IMG_2346Now the Blackberry Crisp recipe

6 cups frozen blackberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon Corn starch (mixed with sugar) and mixed with thawed berries to draw

Grated Lemon zest

Several pats of butter

Pour into a 9×13 inch buttered baking dish. Place several pats of butter on the top of the berries in the dish.

Top with the following:


2 Cups Old Fashion Rolled Oats

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 stick butter melted

1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix together and spread out and pat on top.

Bake at 350 for approx 1 hour.

Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, custard, milk or all by itself.



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IMG_2310Well now, I do not know about you out there, but I hear people even now after such a long, hard and bitterly cold winter whining and complaining that it is cold outside. Even thought the days are in the 50-60’s and an odd day here and there in the low 70’s, I guess it is human nature never to be happy.

IMG_2308For myself, this is SPRING! Cool mornings and nice days, all I have to do is think back to a couple of weeks ago when we had 20 degree days and 40 mph wind, I have to stop and ask myself if these whining people really would prefer that to these days.

IMG_2305I have already planted my deck containers with Viola’s, which is a sheer delight to have a reason to go out on the deck on cool mornings with my cup of coffee and look at the little smiling faces of Viola’s in the sunshine dancing around in the planters. That being said on my daily walk down the street and around the town of Elkton, I try to stop once a week at the local garden center where I picked up the violas from and this week bought some seeds to plant in the smaller pots on the deck, all of these love cool temperatures, a wonderful way to get out there each day and do something outdoors.

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What I bought was a mixed variety of lettuce, a new seed mix called Confetti, which are baby mixed greens, 3/4 pound of white onion sets, nasturtium seeds, sweet pea seeds, and Italian flat parsley seed. These are great for starting this time of the year, all will do fine in cooler temps, with the exception of the parsley which I will make a tent over until it stays warmer.

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The onion sets are planted 3/4 of the way up in the pots and the lettuce and mixed greens are on planted on the top surface of the pots. Even though small pots like this will not yield much in the way of constant meals it is the act of growing, watching and preening over something growing each and everyday that is the joy that it brings to you.

Over the coming weeks and months until time to plant geraniums and the other deck plants, we will see how these plants grow, in the coming weeks I want to go out and take pictures on spring, though I am going to work on trying to get a Black Rapid Camera Sling, puts the weight on your shoulder than around your neck, as I have never been able to carry a camera with the weight pulling around my neck. I like the Black Rapid due to its having a safety tether that goes under you arm, assuring the strap will not fall from your shoulder.