The Daily Blend

Writing to make connections

Vietnamese Beef Pho and Asian Food at Home

Vietnamese beef pho made at homeNow that the chilly winds have started to blow I’m thinking more and more about making hot and hearty soup. Soup, for me, is the original comfort food. Put a steaming bowl and a spoon in front of me, and suddenly the world is a brighter place. You, of course, have your own comfort food. You may get that warm homey feeling when you dig into a creamy mac and cheese or aromatic lamb stew, a deep-dish apple pie or luscious tiramisu. For me, it’s soup.

Delightful surprise

So when my daughter introduced me to Vietnamese beef pho

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Reduce Shedding with the Furminator

When my daughters were eight and ten, they and my husband started talking (again) about adopting a dog. I agreed that some day we might have a dog but it would have to be a non-shedding breed. There are few things that cause me to say the “h” word, but I hate dog hair. Eventually, the dog we adopted was a mixed German shepherd and husky. Not exactly what I’d been hoping for.

Mixed Husky German Shepherd holding comb

photo by Chris Shearly

Soon there was dog fur everywhere. Yuck! Most of it was the fine undercoat fur. It’s almost impossible to get out of fleece clothing and off smooth wool jackets and trousers. We even coined the word “dust-puppies” for the clumps of fur that we found under and behind the furniture. I was desperate for a way to reduce shedding in our beloved pet.

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Sewing Resources

In a list of self-sufficiency skills, being able to sew ranksThese vintage silk threads on wooden spools are useful sewing resources right up there with cooking and keeping your living space clean enough to stay healthy. Imagine being able to shorten your jeans as soon as you get them home, or make a reasonable facsimile of those chic panels for your dining room window.

Much of my sewing career happened when I was under 20. My sewing resources then were Home Ec class, my mother and the local fabric store. Mending, altering and sewing were just a part of teenage life. Since then I’ve been glad know enough of the basics of sewing to hem pants and skirts, mend clothing, and make a few things for myself, the house and the kids. (I even taught myself to darn from a magazine article. Kind of weird, but so useful when most of a woollen sock is like new and the cheap rubber boots have worn a hole right through the heel.)

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