A Tiny Gnome and What’s for Dinner
he’s approx. 1″ tall.

I enjoyed some more needle felting this weekend. Even Drew picked up a needle & made an abstract whoozit. It’s difficult to resist playing with the cuddly soft roving on a cold winter evening!

a carrot
And there has been some bird watching going on around here. It didn’t take the birds long to find the new feeders & we saw Cardinals, Chick A Dees, Mockingbirds, Doves. There is a flurry of activity; we haven’t caught any on ‘film’ yet…

Also, we’re looking forward to Purim (the Celebration of Esther). Generally we wrap ourselves in towels or blankets, use crowns & pretend to be characters from the story of Esther, but I’m thinking i should actually make costumes this year. That might be more than I can actually pull off in 3 weeks…I’ll have to ask Naomi what type of costume she’d want.
Ooh. What about getting felt, making a simple dress & adding detail with the needle felting? I think i’ve just created a challenge for myself. (don’t hold me to it, I have a tendency of giving into distraction.

This is what we’re having for dinner tonight. It’s one of our favorites. Easy, comforting, meat-free, DELICIOUS. We have been getting Vegetarian Times since I somehow got a free subscription in college–we’re not meat-free, but we’re meat selective and the recipes in this magazine can’t be beat…(sometimes we slip the banned ingredients into our version of their recipes. We admire Vegetarians, but approve of some of the humane carnivorous options

2 Tb. Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, thinly sliced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced (1 Tb.)
2 14.5 oz. cans chickpeas, rinsed & drained
3 medium carrots peeled and sliced into thin rounds.
1/4 cup dried currants (or cranberries)
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp honey
1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
3 Tbs. Finely Chopped Parsley

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes, or until onion slices are soft. 
2. Stir in chickpeas, carrots, currants, spices, honey, and 2 cups water.

3.Cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Michelle Posted February 9, 2010 4:35 pm

    OMG! That gnome is so stinkin' cute!

  • Mary Posted February 9, 2010 6:51 pm

    nice blog!

  • CE Webster Posted February 9, 2010 6:53 pm

    Nice needle felting items. That looks like fun. Aren't the birds great to watch?

  • Melissa Posted February 9, 2010 7:08 pm

    This recipe looks delish! We are also selectively carnivorous. But I have two mostly vegetarian kids, so this should be a big hit!

  • Joy Posted February 10, 2010 1:54 am

    Love the gnome! That dish looks delicious! I remember seeing it in the magazine but haven't had a chance to try it yet.

  • Elizabeth Posted February 10, 2010 6:38 pm

    "We admire Vegetarians, but approve of some of the humane carnivorous options available).' — this might be my new standard answer to the, "Are you a vegetarian question?" —

    Dinner looks delish. I make a version of that pretty much every week, except it has red lentils and uses red curry paste in place of all the seasonings. Probably too spicy for the kiddies, though!

    xoxo – E

  • Naturalearthfarm Posted February 10, 2010 7:05 pm

    Oh, that gnome is wonderful! We just had friends over yesterday afternoon and we all needle felted hearts and sheep and more – a great winter activity.
    Warm wishes,

  • Sunny Posted February 11, 2010 8:23 pm

    ohhh… that is so dinner tomorrow night! The gnome is adorable!

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