Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Birthday in Bethlehem

On February 26th, I celebrated my 49th birthday in the city of Bethlehem.  
The 25th and 26th of February are always holidays in Kuwait because of the observance of National and Liberation Days, and while the past many years have been spent in Sri Lanka, this time we decided to take a 4 day trip to Jerusalem.
This was my first trip back to the Holy Land since 2006.
Once again, we visited the Church of the Nativity which is currently undergoing major restoration.
Emperor Constantine and his mother, Saint Helena, had the original basilica built and dedicated in 339 AD over the site of Jesus birth. 
The current building was erected in 565 AD after the original basilica was destroyed by fire during a revolt between Jews and Samaritans.
Here you can see Constantine's 4th century mosaic floor which was rediscovered in 1934.
As you can imagine, it is very dark inside and was difficult to take a lot of photos.  Plus, there were so many tour groups waiting to enter the grotto of the nativity.
And the grotto of the manger.
Back outside it was a truly gorgeous blue sky day.
Just the week before they had snow so we were truly blessed with beautiful weather during our entire stay.

And my birthday couldn't have been better.
The day was full from morning to night with lots of walking, visiting, sightseeing, experiencing, enjoying each and every moment.
 In the evening we celebrated with homemade cakes made my husband's family.

A wonderfully blessed birthday indeed.
Best wishes,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Staying In and Stashbusting

The weather for more than a week now has been rather blah.  On any given day, because of clouds, light rain or dust, it's just been a bit dreary so I've not been getting out and about much except for school and work.
It's been the kind of weather that makes me want to cozy up at home.
There's been no walking, but a whole lot of crocheting which definitely equals cozy in my book.  More hearts, because it's always the right time to spread a little love; little bowls for filling; and more cowls which will be given as gifts to some special young ladies we will visit this coming week.

Yesterday started out nice, but by late afternoon, a huge sand storm came blowing through.
I was hoping all the wind last night would blow the dust away but that didn't happen.
Another blah, hazy day.
So you know what that means?
More time for crochet.
 All of the yarn has been in my stash for quite a number of years so I am linking to Linda's Crafty Corner for February Stashbusting.
Happy Saturday!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stashbusting Sunday: A Whole Lot of Hearts

I finished another cowl.
That now makes three using the Caterina Cowl pattern from Fiber Flux.
And in the week leading up to Valentine's, I made a whole lotta hearts.
Using whatever bits of yarn I had on hand.
A friend was struggling with a printed pattern for hearts that started from a granny square.  I told her I was pretty sure that without a pattern, I could figure out how to make a heart, and so the obsession began.  Very easy to whip up and makes a great little gift or even a gift topper, so I will continue to make them and spread the love.

Linking up to Linda's Crafty Corner and all the other February stashbusters.

I hope you are having a lovely love-filled weekend.
Hugs and blessings,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stashbusting Cowls

I am happy to report that I've actually, finally done some stashbusting.
No clue where I got the yarns or how long I've had them.
These are my first ever cowls.  The pattern is an easy one from Fiber Flux called the Caterina Cowl.  They look nice on.  Not bulky, with just enough drape.

I tried to make one from this ribbon yarn but it was way too thick so it became a little bowl instead.
For more stashbusting projects you can visit Linda's Crafty Corner.
Our weather took a turn for the worse and we woke up to high winds and dust today.

Really very blah!
Hope your Sunday is a good one.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

First Saturday Farmers Market

I went to the first farmer's market of the season in November, but hadn't been back since, so decided to meet up with a friend there today.
 We like to get there early before the crowds hit.  
 It was a quiet, cloudy morning perfect for wandering up and down the lanes.
I stuck with my favorite vendors and bought tried and true homemade and homegrown products.  Caveboy Grubs makes awesome vegan and paleo food.  His nutcheese is so delicious.
Infusions is for my friend Patty from California -- she makes flavored honeys, spice rubs, pomegranate zaatar, pestos and tapenades, dried fruits and trail mix, just to name a few.
I bought her sun dried tomato pesto and stirred it into wheat pasta for Zack.
I also came home with a veg box from Mull Farm and proceeded to clean, chop and cook.  While I was buying it, there were two young ladies next to me who were discussing it.  One said "but what would you do with all of it?"  And the other said "throw it into tomato soup I guess."  I thought that was funny as in my head I already knew what I planned to do.
Eggplant, tomato and onion sauteed in olive oil and slowly simmered with tomato paste, a little water, salt & pepper and allspice.  We eat it with heated pita bread and then I set some aside and stir in chickpeas to eat over quinoa with a dash of siracha.  The broccoli is steamed and served with garlicky mashed potatoes.  Everything else -- bell peppers, green peppers, lettuces, cabbage, zucchini, and cucumber will be used in salads or sautes throughout the week.

I also had some leftover pumpkin that needed to be used so made a pasta sauce to go over half of the pasta I cooked.
It's been a very productive day food wise.  I love knowing that I will come home this week and already have things prepared for lunch.

Have a great day!
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