My sister and I drove to Wellston, OK on Saturday to the basket shop, ‘Oklahoma Basket Supply’ and the owner helped us pick out supplies for making more baskets. I probably went overboard on my purchases but once I got into the shop and saw all of the cool baskets I wanted to make them all! The first basket picture shows the basket from my class. Basket 2 shows the basket I made Saturday night. It begins with a slotted wooden base. It’s crooked and it’s driving me crazy so I probably should make a liner (my sister’s suggestion) or fill it with a fake flower arrangement. The third basket I made today. It’s not quite finished but I’ll finish it up tomorrow. It’s a business card holder for my desk. This is fun and I have enough reed to make probably 20 or more baskets and many patterns and handles to make a hearth basket and wine carrier. Yep…it’s official…I have a new hobby and I still don’t have enough time for the hobbies I had previously…but one thing I can always say, “I”m NEVER bored!”
My sister and I signed up for a basket making class at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame yesterday. I love baskets and admire the handcrafted unique baskets but never thought I’d enjoy making them myself. At the quilt show in January the basket weaving guild in Oklahoma had a booth and offered a free class so I signed my sister and I up for the class. It was yesterday and we made a 7″ x 7″ x 4″ napkin basket. The class was fun and we both enjoyed learning to weave baskets but now we want to make more! There is a shop here in Oklahoma in Welston, OK, about an hour from my home so my goal next week is to go to the shop and buy supplies to make more baskets! I’m excited but also I keep looking at my basket and it seems a little plain to me so I want to decorate the basket so I can tell that I’m already thinking about dying reeds! I plan to change mine, I’d like some red on the basket with a rusty star or something hanging on the front with twine. Maybe I could sprintz it with coffee to stain it.
Bulling Riding in Oklahoma City….great evening!
New Chiminea for Christmas! I love this. We used it Christmas Day even though it was so cold it was hard to stand outside for very long. It put out good warmth but the Oklahoma wind was so strong and cold that even with the fire burning strong it was too cold to stay outside very long! This will be perfect for warmer winter evenings!
My knitting friends are great….most of the time….but also a bad influence on others. I say this because I keep watching them knit with their Signature knitting needles and each time I see a set I become more and more envious and even begin to justify why I should buy these ‘Cadillac’ needles for myself. It’s easy to justify…I didn’t take a vacation this year….I don’t spend money on other luxuries….I work hard….knitting is my passion, etc. You get the idea? So I have decided I should stay home and stay off my computer because this has been an expensive few days. This morning I read an email from Signature needles about their contest AND free shipping! What’s a girl to do? So, I decided to browse their site and ended up buying not one, but four sets of needles. I’m trying to justify it as a ‘to me, from me” Christmas gift. Now….I wonder how long it will take for the needles to get here? Of course, I ordered too soon because as soon as I placed the order I went back to look around the site more and found the tubes to hold the double point needles…hmmm…I really, really want some of those tubes but I don’t NEED them…please help me stay away from that site!
Yesterday I had lunch with my sister at the Olive Garden and then we did some shopping, something I vowed to never again experience on Black Friday. I was doing very well and after four stores I had spent exactly $0.00. But, then we went to Sam’s Club where I promptly spent $200.00 on a new Keurig coffee pot with a metal drawer underneath to hold the coffee/tea pods and a huge box of Foldgers coffee pods. I had a perfectly good coffee pot so what possessed me to spend money on a new one? Well, I’ll tell you, it was my sister. That’s it! She’s a bad influence on me just like my knitting friends. I refuse to take responsibility of my own actions just yet….let me get these items paid off and then I won’t feel so guilty. In the mean time, as soon as my needles come, I will spend my evenings sipping expensive, quality tea and coffee while knitting away with my luxury needles….probably watching a recorded show of NCIS. I can’t imagine a better evening spent than knitting on luxury needles, with expensive tea and Mark Harmon! Now….where is that mailman?
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it?
They have come out with some clever new flavorings…
DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?
Read on to the end… it gets very interesting!
•Both have the same amount of calories.
•Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.
•Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a Harvard Medical Study.
•Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
•Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!
•Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
•Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
And now, for Margarine..
•Very High in Trans fatty acids
• Triples risk of coronary heart disease
•Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)
•Increases the risk of cancers up to five times
•Lowers quality of breast milk
•Decreases immune response
•Decreases insulin response
And here is the most disturbing fact… HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC… and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT
These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:
•no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
•it does not rot or smell differently because it has no value, nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny micro-organisms will not a find a home to grow.
Why? Because it is nearly plastic.
Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Share This With Your Friends….. (If you want to butter them up)!
Chinese Proverb: When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.
Pass the BUTTER PLEASE! And if there is Margarine in your refrigerator, throw it in the trash right now.
This post was taken from Facebook and is not an article written by PammTurnerBodyCoach. However I NEVER use margarine and I never will. I knew how dangerous margarine is before I read this article and I have always used butter. Then as I became more into my health and eating raw food, I changed to 100% pure coconut oil or olive oil to cook with and use in my kitchen. I plan to do the experiment that the author suggest we do about putting an open tub of butter out in a shaded area and see what happens. If any of you try it, please share your results.