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Interesting Information: “Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?”

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Interesting Information:  January 9, 2017

“Which Milk Is Most Nutritious:  Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?”

This article comes from the “Well” section of The New York Times.

The general consensus is that “in terms of nutrients, nut milks pale in comparison to cow’s milk.”

I would add that raw cows milk is a much better choice than commercial cooked milk with added nutrients.  There is a lot of information on raw milk in the Mainely Tipping Points essays on this blog.

One factor considered in the article is the amount of protein available.

Another factor considered is the amount of nutrients that have been added back to a product that has destroyed the original nutrients.  I would also argue that these grocery-store milks are basically fake foods and that if you need to or want to make substitutions for cows milk, learn to make your own alternative milks using real ingredients that you will minimally process.  There are plenty of recipes on-line.  I’ve made coconut milk.  It’s easy.  You buy an organic dried coconut and, basically, pour boiling water over it and let it steep before straining out the coconut bits.

The article points out that the “good” of any of these milks also depends upon the particular manufacturer.  READ LABELS.

I would also NOT touch soy milk.  There is plenty of information on the dangers of improperly processed soy products on this blog.

Source: Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut? – The New York Times

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January 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Turkey Tracks: “Bee Land” Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  January 9, 2017

“Bee Land” Quilt

I can’t quite believe that I have finished this quilt.

I started it in Charleston, SC, Thanksgiving 2015 as my “take along” project.  I used scraps from my 2 1/2 inch square bin.  It felt more than a little daunting to take on a project this size with so many tiny (1-inch) pieces to make by hand using English Paper Piecing.

I called it “Bee Land,” after finishing the binding a few days ago.

The design is from Edyta Sitar’s “Flower Garden,” which is on the cover of her book HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.




I did NOT attempt to do Edyta’s amazing applique borders, as you can see.

As a side note, I met Edyta in Houston in October 2014 and saw this quilt in her booth.  It is so gorgeous “in person,” as is Edyta Sitar.  It was a pleasure to meet and talk with her.  I have many of her books and so love her tiny, tiny pieces and exquisite work.

The quilting went so well on this quilt.  Lucy the Longarm behaved beautifully.  And I like the warm old gold thread color I used.  The pantograph is a 12-inch version of “Simple Feathers” by Anne Bright.


The doll faces look lacy from a distance.


I had another fabric for the borders, a blue fabric with medallions, but discarded it in favor of the warmer red/orange.  AND, I had TWO other backings, one to go with the blue fabric and another modern fabric that was whimsical.  At the last minute I settled on a more traditional fabric that I had bought in last year’s April “Shop Hop” for 40% off.  It’s perfect for this quilt.


It is a really good feeling to finish a quilt you have spent a year +++ making.  There were hours of sewing pleasure with this project  It is all done by hand except for the binding and the quilting on Lucy.

I would love to make this quilt again using low-volume fabrics that are very light and bright, whimsical fabrics.