Inspiration Wednesday

I’ve put my plaids up for sale on Facebook on my JLT Studios page.  If you’re in the market for cheap plaids, let me know.  I’ve marked the swatches all to $1 CAD each, or $5 CAD/10 swatches.  Shipping will be added to that.  I’m moving them out of here!

I had a video I was going to post, but due to my lack of camera skills, it did not turn out very well.  So, while I figure things out, here are some miscellaneous things I like…







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Black Bean Sweet Potato Wraps

Black Bean Wrap

I used to make this recipe in my gluten free, dairy free, sugar free days.  I’d swap out the wheat tortilla for a rice tortilla. Or not use any tortilla at all and just mound it on a bed of mixed greens on my plate.  I was careful to read salsa labels, as most have sugar in them. I’ve only found one brand without sugar, and I can’t remember the name, but the label has a windmill on it.  It’s more expensive than the other brands, but to my mind tastes better.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Wraps

1 ½ cups brown rice
½ cup wild rice
pinch sea salt
1 large sweet potato
3 cups cooked black beans
1 large avocado
mixed greens

Cook rice in 4 cups boiling water for 45 minutes.

Peel, dice and cook yam in boiling water for 20 minutes. Mash.

Lay wrap on plate and put a small amount of rice in the middle, some black beans, some sweet potato, some mashed avocado, some salsa and some mixed greens. Fold in one end and wrap.


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In my studio…


This week I am preparing for the upcoming Art Now, Saskatchewan Fine Art & Craft Fair.  I’m a tad early, but I do need to  purchase shipping supplies for my rugs, make sure everything is tagged properly, and the certificates of authenticity are filled out.

Looking forward to a couple lovely drives to Saskatoon come mid-September to deliver and, possibly, pickup.  Thanks to our new vehicle being so cheap on gas, it’s cheaper to drive them there and back than it is to actually ship them!

I will also continue working on African Dream.  I am very close to finishing the hooking.

Plus the knit baby blanket.

I’ve finished and passed both Gale courses, and would like to start working on a website now.  So I’ll be seeing what I can do about that.

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Weekly Review

Hi everyone!  It’s been a fun and challenging week, both at the same time.  I’ve had difficulties getting onto WordPress today and so my blog post is a tad late.  I was able to work more on African Dream and the knit cellular baby blanket.  As I noted yesterday, I am not happy with the latter and am glad it was a freebie – free yarn, free pattern.

On the other hand I am happy with African Dream.  It’s bright cheery colors keep me going on these dull rainy days we’ve been having lately.

Today we’re supposed to head out for a wiener roast and outdoor movie night with friends, but it’s raining right now.  I’ll have to contact her and find out their alternative plans, if they have any.  Hopefully by this afternoon it will stop raining and be nice and dry out for the event.

This week also saw me catch up as much as possible in the Gale courses I’m taking.  Unfortunately the website development course is having problems.  Not with me and getting work done, but the course itself is missing material such as crucial coding and links in it.  The instructor has apologized, and I feel sorry for him.  But I’m a bit miffed.  On the other hand, it is a free course for me, so I’m not complaining too loudly.  I’ll just try it on my own later.

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WIP Thursday

WIP African Dream - 1

I am working on the same three projects as last week – the knit cellular baby blanket, African Dream, and my Gale courses.

The Gale courses have been taking up a great deal of my time.  There is a lot more work involved in these last two compared to the earlier two.  However the last lessons are tomorrow, and the exams will be next week.  Then it’s onto other things.  I’ve decided to give the courses a break for the next while.

I can see the end of the knit cellular baby blanket.  I am not happy with that pattern and am resigning the blanket, with its many mistakes, to the goodwill.  The yarn was a freebie and had a kink in it that made it difficult to knit.  It was too hard to see where I was in the lace pattern while knitting.  But now I’m almost finished I can see all my mistakes.  I am beyond frustrated.  I’ve decided I will not knit lace for awhile.  Back to good old garter and stocking stitch.  I have some homespun to knit next anyway, and I think that shows off better in plainer stitches.

African Dream is coming along fine.  A little slow, but it’s happening.  I am enjoying it – both the pattern and the hooking.  If I didn’t have to spend so much time on my courses it would be done by now.  I am looking forward to finishing the edge and deciding where to put it.  It’s almost too pretty to put on the floor.  But my bedroom floor…maybe…


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Inspiration Wednesday

I was up and picking the garden before breakfast.  Produce is coming fast now.  It’s easy to keep up with our small patio garden though.  We all love the fresh veggies and herbs.

Vegetables - 1

Multiple types of tomatoes.

Vegetables - 2

Scarlet Runner Beans, green beans, yellow beans, and carrots.

Vegetables - 3

Scallions and cucumbers

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Filled Beef Roll

Beef Roll

A recipe lost in the mists of time.  I think this recipe came from an old Better Homes and Gardens, or Betty Crocker, paperback ground beef cookbook Hubby brought into our marriage.  It was one of the recipes that sealed the deal!  He could cook!  I loved it.

Here is my version of the recipe:

Filled Beef Roll

Serves 4-6

1 beaten egg
1/4 c. rice milk (or regular milk)
1/2 c. quinoa flakes (or quick oats)
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. sea salt
dash pepper
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 c. cooked brown/wild rice (or white rice)
1/4 c. nutritional yeast (or shredded cheddar cheese)
2 Tbsp. chopped green pepper

Combine first six ingredients. Add beef and mix well. Pat mixture into a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, forming a rectangle. Combine rice, yeast and green pepper. Pat onto meat leaving 1” margin around edge. Roll jelly-roll fashion beginning with narrow side. Seal side seams and end by pressing tightly. Place roll, seam side down, in a loaf pan. Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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