Thursday, July 08, 2010

Lowering cholesterol

These are the 10 essential items for reducing cholesterol according to Janet Bond Brill in her book Cholesterol Down:

  1. Oat bran

  2. Psyllium
  3. Flax seed
  4. Almonds
  5. Soy
  6. Apples
  7. Garlic
  8. Beans
  9. Plant sterols
  10. Exercise

Cholesterol Lowering Crackers [Recipe by Sigrid Smith]. Makes 30

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 cup psyllium husks

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup soy flour

1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup olive, walnut or hazelnut oil

2 cups water

This will be sloppy. Mix it up and let it sit for 20 minutes and it will be a firm dough, the consistency of peanut butter cookie dough.

Make 1 Tablespoon balls (I use a small ice cream scooper, no longer used for ice cream, unfortunately)

Place on large ungreased cookie sheets, smash thin with the bottom of a glass to about 2 1/2 inches around. Use wax paper or parchment paper between the dough and the glass to keep it from sticking. I poke holes in them with a focaccia roller but you could use a fork or skip the holes. I also cut them in half with a pizza cutter. They stay together as a round cracker but they snap apart into half circles....very cracker-like.

Bake at 200 degrees until they can be removed from the sheet easily, about an hour. Place them on cookie racks and put back in the oven until crispy. It usually takes a couple of hours. I usually reduce the temperature to 150 degrees and just leave them to dry. You could try a higher temperature for a shorter period but there is a risk of burning or browning too much. You probably don't have to move them off the cookie sheet to the racks but I think they dry more quickly if they are exposed on all sides.

It uses 5 of the 10 items. I serve them with hummus made using garbanzos, garlic and silken tofu to go with them. That's 2 more plus additional soy.

Serve apple slices with the hummus makes another of the 10.

[Celery lowers blood pressure and is good with hummus, too.]

I take the plant sterols as a supplement (Colest Off) rather than using margarine that contains it as Brill suggests. Those margarines also contain partially hydrogenated fat. I found a place that sells the sterols in powder form so I'm going to order it and add it to the Hummus and the crackers. (It isn't damaged by heat.) That's 9 of the 10. I forget what the 10th is......

I also make granola with oat bran, slivered almonds, psyllium, ground flax seeds, and apples and have that with my homemade yogurt mixed with silken tofu. That's 6 of the 10.

Monday, March 03, 2008

More baby pictures

Here are Cathy and Elsabet under a blanket that I made for her - reversible double knit.

Sunday, March 02, 2008


Granddaughter, Elsabet Rebecca [Ellie] was born on Wednesday, Feb 27, 8lbs, 15 oz., 20 3/4 inches. Daughter Cathy is doing fine.

Monday, October 08, 2007

New webpage

Well, after several missteps, I have put up a webpage with some paintings from September. It can be found at .

Monday, August 06, 2007

Monster Number Two

Triptopus, an ancient jellyfish, by Sigrid and Reid.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bill Moyers Journal

If you missed Bill Moyers Journal [PBS] this week, here it is: Tough Talk on Impeachment. His guests were Bruce Fein who wrote one of the Clinton impeachment articles and John Nichols of the Nation Magazine. If you watch both parts it takes an hour, so get a cup of coffee first.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


[click picture for a larger view]

I asked my grandson, Reid, to draw a picture of a monster and e-mail it to me. I used a projector to help draw it on a sheet of watercolor paper and painted it in three dimensions, and, voilĂ .

I give credit for the inspiration to Dave Devries who has a website where he describes doing this.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cabled scarf

About that cabled scarf. A number of people have emailed me asking about the pattern for the scarf (April 14 post). I didn't use a pattern for it. I don't know if there are instructions online for double sided cables. It must be in books somewhere but this was a case of 'independent invention'. I probably should write down what I did before I forget how I did it.....

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Slow motion

I decided to try the slow motion waterfall technique. The shutter speed is about 5 seconds on the tripod. Wadsworth Falls.

The dam in the Milford town park.

Monday, May 07, 2007

In and Out

A bird of some sort flew into our screened porch yesterday...
This morning I found the inward hole on the left screen and an outward opening on the right screen, popped out from the corner. And lots of bird poop on the floor. I guess he was scared sh**less.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A spring visitor and a cabled scarf

Here is our new free range pet, Bob, the greylag goose. Or is it Mary? S/he showed up here about two weeks ago and s/he appears to be planning to stay.

The reversible cable scarf is done. It's 68 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. It also could be a belt.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Here is the start of a double sided cable scarf. This is the project that that I was afraid was distroyed because the airline inspectors insisted on taking my knitting needles in Dominica (allowed by TSA in this country). I was able to rescue it after I got home.

Monday, March 26, 2007


We're back from a ten day trip to Dominica.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Playing with Photoshop

This photo of the flood last week was taken through a wet window screen. I made this impressionistic image by using Photoshop. It's like a collaboration between Monet, Gauguin, and Seurat.

Here is the original shot:

Thursday, February 08, 2007


It has come to my attention that some of my friends consider me to be a Hippie. :) This makes me happy because I kind of missed the hippie thing in the '60s. I had little babies and a was a Navy wife then. Mostly, I took care of my family. I did go to the Moratorium on the Viet Nam War in Washington, D.C., and I had a flower on my VW antenna. I never even smoked pot. (I did eat an Alice B. Toklas brownie once, though.)

And now? I go to antiwar marches and carry signs. I don't like torture or war or lies or wiretapping. I think all veterans should get full support from us, even if it means higher taxes. I am a card carrying member of the ACLU and I write letters and I vote. But I wear polyester pants and watch HGTV. And knit. Hippies did macrame and bead stringing. They did not knit. Thus, I am, unfortunately, not a hippie. Sorry, guys! ;)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Separated at Birth

Warner and Levin / Statler and Waldorf

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


My somewhat off-color protest sign was a hit and was photographed often. Here is a link to one that someone posted.

Here is a link to the photos that I added to the UFPJ photo page [from the January 27, 2007 protest rally in Washington ].

Rove Sighting

I went to Washington for the January 27th march on the capitol. We were having a perfectly nice breakfast, when who should walk in but Rove. Nice juxtaposition with the sculpture, don't you think?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Swatch Cape

As requested, here is the current status of my reversible double-knit Swatch Cape:

Friday, January 19, 2007


We had a few flakes of snow this morning. It melted when the sun was up for a few minutes. That first sign of winter is combined with the first sign of spring: the daffodils are up this morning.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Global warming?

Old Blue visiting our stream the other day.

Honeysuckle blooming in January.


Double knit mouse finger puppets. They're not sure what that black and silver thing is.

I took this picture of 'Kelvin-Helmholz instability' clouds the other day. Maybe I'll knit something with a cable like this.

I'm making booties, mitts and hats for the preemie ward at YNH hospital. These are about 1-1/2 inches long.

I actually finished Ron's winter vest in time for the holiday. The photo is a little dark but it is grey on one side and dark green on the other, completely reversible double knit with lined glasses pockets inside and out. It has purled lice over the whole thing.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The east and the west

Ocracoke North Carolina beach - Cathy and her dog Maggie.

Big Sur view.
Abstract sculpturing of sandstone on Pacific Mendocino Coast.

In August, we went to Santa Fe where Ron had a meeting.

Here is a Santa Fe roof-line.

Rainbow over Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. I never saw colors reversing on the bottom of the bow before.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Cape progress

The cape is coming along. I put the peace symbol on it because I, unfortunately, suspect it will be appropriate for quite a while. [I used Knitpro for charting the design.]

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Separated at birth? Tweetybird and Gen. Hayden

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Showers and flowers

Our dogwoods are in full bloom right now. The rain gives an opportunity for more raindrop photos.

Monday, April 17, 2006


The center of a pansy is about a quarter inch across. This digital photo is hand held. The depth of field using this technique is very shallow.

Crazy Knitting

This piece [these pieces?] will eventually be a cape. It started when I realized that I needed to do something with all of the swatches I had made trying to teach myself how to do double sided knitting. It has since taken on a life of its own.


Stained Glass for Falwell's Church


Have you seen the ACLU Freedom Files? They are being shown on Court TV but the ACLU also has the complete episodes online here. They are great programs on voting rights, gender rights, racial profiling, religious rights, etc. [You can knit while you watch to help sooth your anger.]

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Interior design

New floor upstairs

No War

I have taken this sign to New York and Washington for anti-war marches. I'll be going back to New York for the big rally on April 29th. I wish I could just frame it and hang it on the wall instead of continuing to march. It, of course, is called No War.

Spring Flowers

Spring has arrived in Connecticut: Daffodils with pansies.

Waiting for the bees: looking inside a daffodil.