Archive for November 19th, 2006

Tie dye

One of my loyal readers noticed that I was going off to tie dye.  I believe I read a request for a picture of the results of the proceedings.   Okay.




To answer one of the questions:  No, tie dye is not hard.  It does require some investment in dyes and chemicals, which can add up to quite a lot of money.

And the process that we utilize actually doesn’t actually involve any tie-ing at all.  We mostly fold and bunch things in such a way that the colors will appear on the shirt in the sort of pattern we envision.  There is some sort of magic involved, and you never really know what you are going to get until you have unwound and unfolded your product, rinsed the excess dye out, washed and dried it. 

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Unintended messages

Yesterday, our fair city held its annual Christmas Parade.  It is always held before Thanksgiving, because the City Fathers believe that if the weather is too cold there won’t be a good turnout.

A quite chilly grey day was what the Weather Gods provided for this year’s parade.  To complete the irony, I suspect imagine that the Saturday after Thanksgiving will be a beautiful, warm, sunny day, as it generally is.

Anyway, I was on my way to my tie dye date, and I happened to drive past a local mini-strip mall where a group of people were preparing their float for the parade.  I was motivated to stop and take a photograph of their offering.

The business that was sponsoring this float was a small restaurant called the Old Hickory Steakhouse.  The occupant on the float is generally parked outside their storefront advertising their product.  They are very proud of their religion, they advertise that they are a Christian steak house on their sign, via the symbolism of the “fish” symbol.  What this means is that you cannot get an alcoholic beverage with your meal.  I find this odd, since Christ saw fit to change water into wine at a wedding.  But I digress.

I showed this picture to Jim, and he said something about idolatry.  He also mentioned that if I had photoshop I could change the main figure to gold, which would make the irony complete.  If you click on the photo, WordPress will give you a full view of the whole thing.


The banner reads:  “Jesus: Our Amazing Hope”  There are many editorial comments that one could make about this float, but I shall leave them to you.

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Someone made a comment on my site about making oatmeal.  I am motivated to give you the recipe in a spot where you will not have to dig through my comments section.  This is from my recipe book Whole Grain Gastronomy:

1 1/2 C Water

pinch of salt

some raisins

1 C oatmal

Bring the water, salt, raisins to a boil.   Add oatmeal, stir to mix and when the mixture returns to a boil, put the cover on the pan and remove it from the heat.  (If you have an electric stove, I advise you to move the pan to another burner.)  Let it sit for 7 to 10 minutes, and serve with honey and milk.

For an extra taste treat:  replace 1/3 to 1/2 the liquid with coconut milk (NOT pina colada mix or any product that lists corn syrup as an ingredient).  This bumps up the calories considerably, but it also makes it the perfect meal to eat before you go skiing or hiking.  You can also garnish with toasted almonds (or other nuts) and toasted coconut. 

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