Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Finished object and wip

A finished object - a one skein garter stitch scarf that took about a year to finish (because I hardly ever picked it up).. that Esme chose the yarn for.  It is now in our bag of hats and mittens and scarves waiting to be used someday.  I went through those bags the other day and took all the 'unwearable' stuff out of them...

And a work in progress - a little knit ribbed hat hopefully is large enough, because I tried it on circulars and it wouldn't cooperate with me.. so I took it all out and put it on 4 dpns.  It is 89 or 90 stitches.. but my instincts say maybe I needed 100 or more?  We'll see.

Made cornbread, did laundry, gave the chickens fresh water - the daffodils and tulips are starting to come up.  It would be a nice day to work outside if I didn't have to close at work.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

bits and bobs

Did a little cleaning out yesterday - unearthing projects in my sewing table, finishing some things and organizing.  Cleaned out the hats and scarves and gloves bag by our door - and all the hopeless cases are removed and only useable things (and gloves with matches) are in there now.

WIPs work in processes :
I have a pair of gloves in a gray discontinued yarn that I hope will be enough to make them complete.. started them before Christmas and only got as far as the index finger on one hand.

There is a satiny mulberry yarn scarf in simple garter stitch that I have been working on for more than a year -- did a bit on that.

Unravelled the zigzag thing I was trying the other day back to yarn and three gray hats that we never used much.. yarn for something else and more practice.  There are several hats in the bag that we do use.. although I have to repair one of them.

Sewing WIP : I have cut down Esme's old kangaroo cloak for 'parts'... making a stack of four kitchen cloths out of it and will have scraps to put in another project.  She was a little sad about this but the young dogs (Kif and Rex)  grabbed it down from a hook the other month and began chewing around the button... rescued it but no, it is no longer 'heirloom' save it for her kid territory... and the rest of the cloth is very good - so make it into something useful.  I also have a bolster from our bed that, now that we have the new headboard last fall, is too large to be under the pillows.  The old board had a much larger gap between the mattress and the board and now the bolster is just 'too much'... going to cut it down for parts and make it longer and skinnier.

Found an old sweater I was knitting last year.. and all the yarn to complete that... not sure if I will continue on that.  Looking it over trying to figure out 'what in the world' I was doing with it.  I never use a pattern so.. I'm probably lucky the piece that is finished looks like it would fit any part of me.  It does.. look like it will fit some part of me.. but I know there are measurements and such in a notebook if I can find them I'll know more than 'make a mirror of this one and then guess'...

Not bad for a start!  Cleaning up that is.

I'm still learning Welsh... bought an English-language cookbook about old Welsh traditional cooking... interesting and a bit 'archaic'.. the recipes are little more than lists of basic instructions 'start with a pound of flour' etc... not like a typical recipe nowadays.  Still, lots to be learned there.

I've also given in and for Esme's sake, as that is the language she wants to learn when they offer it in school, I've begun doing a Spanish language lesson each morning while I wait for her to get ready before the school bus.  She doesn't hear it.. but it helps to do it then and keep it 'separate' in my head from my Welsh studies later in the day.  It doesn't do badly for keeping me at the top of the charts in my 'video game of Duolingo' as Mark calls it.. either...

Today would have been my mom's birthday.  I lit a candle for her last night.. since I had missed doing that in February.

This was a scarf at first.  Then I made it a shrug by sewing the sides together to make sleeves.  Then the other night I was wearing it and I was STILL cold.  So, I added a tighter rim around it and longer sleeves and a clasp at the front with a button to hold it on.  So, its makeshift.. but I'm wearing it and that really counts.  It's there to throw on when I'm freezing.

recipe for Bulgur Wheat and Cabbage with Celery Seed, Red Beans and Tobasco

I made this for lunch and everyone was following their noses to the breakroom when I had it in the microwave.  I took inspiration from a 2017 BHG recipe.. which, of course, I didn't have everything for.    The things in the other recipe I substituted were green cabbage for radicchio, and tobasco sauce in lieu of green or Kalamata olives.  I also added some red beans because they were in the fridge already next to the cabbage.

Fresh Green cabbage
Bulgur wheat (red or white, I used red)
garlic clove
olive oil
tabasco sauce
cauliflower (frozen okay)
canned red beans
lime juice
garam masala
 celery seed

step 1:
Boil 1.5 (plus a little more) cups of water in a glass beaker and pour into a glass mason jar containing 3/4 cup of red bulgur wheat.  Cover mostly with a lid and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes (while you do everything else)
step 2:
About a cup of steamed cauliflower, pulsed in food processor with one clove of garlic, generous topping of black pepper and a few squirts of lime juice and tabasco sauce

step 3:
chop up some green cabbage - maybe 3/4 cup? and sprinkle with salt, pepper and celery seed.  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil (and I put a tiny bit of walnut oil on top of that because my olive oil is getting slim).  Toss seasoned cabbage in the oil until it begins to wilt.  Add the cauliflower mix from step 1.. stir well, let steam a little with a lid over it.

step 4: 
drain the remaining water from the wheat and add to the cabbage and cauliflower mix - stir up well.  Add about 1/2 cup of canned beans to mixture and also 3/4 cup of water.  Add a smidge of garam masala over the surface.. maybe even less than 1/8 teaspoon - I just did a pinch and didn't measure.  Put lid back on and steam some more on medium to low heat for about 7 minutes... we want the wheat to soak up some more of the spiced liquid and get a little less chewy.. and the beans to soften up a little as well.  Make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan, turn it o ver and steam until the wheat is the right texture (add more moisture if needed ,but should be okay).

I added this to some slightly sweetened cornbread and it was a very spicy good meal.

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Two new bags

Esme's gym bag had disappeared out of her school bag... but it might still be around here somewhere... But I used this fabric to make her a very distinctive new one with a pink shoelace tie, and made myself a new larger lunch bag to bring my quart jars and containers in.  Mine has a pocket on the side and is actually a little larger than I wanted it to be.  The size of her gym bag is just right - it was one fat quarter for the bottom and half a fat quarter for the top piece.

Sunday, March 03, 2019


I learned a new stitch today.. it's only been twenty years I've been knitting and avoided making this step.. until I saw a friend make up a blanket in this stitch and she did it so quickly... I thought it really can't be as hard as all that.

I also made a new lunch bag, twice as deep, out of the fabric in the picture.. I will take a picture of it full of things tomorrow.  It is large enough to hold two quart jars or a quart jar and a sandwich container.. which was such a tight fit in my other bag.

I've finished reading 'Where the Crawdads Sing'.. powerful haunting book.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Crafty Bits

Been working on this off and on for a few days.. it is supposed to have a herringbone or chevron pattern up every other slice.. but I think I might just do it on the second slice in on both sides now that I've gotten this far.  I love the white denim fabric.. very satisfying, heavy and solid but not so bad the sewing machine went gronk or the hand sewing needle was too tough to get through it.  The black is hand-crocheted yarn that was then stitched into place with black thread.  I saw the idea on Dan Do, the Welsh decorating show.

 Esme's bamboo (drachsena, really) plant needs to have a splitting... I've got her permission now I just have to get some distilled water and some courage.

And my pretty little sewing bowl with all the pins and needles in it from working on the pillow.

Monday, February 25, 2019

bits Apple Banana Cornbread and Ginger Soy Lime Udon bowl

I made apple banana cornbread this morning with an apple and a banana that were both getting a little old...

core and cut up the apple into small bits, layer into a cornbread pan
peel and mash up the banana
mix a box of cornbread mix with 2 eggs and 1/3 cup milk
mix the mashed banana with the cornbread mixture and layer it over the apples in the pan
cook on 400 degrees .. I used a glass pan so it took about 25 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean

And then for dinner I made a ginger soy lime soup to go with my udon noodles

1 small piece of ginger, peeled and sliced fine
about a cup of chicken broth
a decent splash of soy sauce to color the chicken broth
a big squeeze of lime juice
about a teaspoon packed of brown sugar
some rice wine vinegar (a splash)
cook this to a boil while stirring
add seaweed, green onion and tofu flakes (assorted.. had them lying around)
add udon noodles and enough water to the sauce to cover them.. I added a fist sized clump of dried udon
boil again... simmer for a bit... add some black pepper to the entire mix
pour it into a bowl and/or pour up half into a quart jar and eat just a bit with the cornbread above

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Woke up at three this morning from a dream.. sitting in an open air type restaurant in a lawn chair drinking a lime soda with a straw (not really my thing).. looked like the Kentucky Lake Dam parking lot we visited at the Solstice, but with a fair type food truck there and a big tent.  I was sitting there looking at the sun and at my watch and it said 10:02... which I guessed was in the morning.. but I was supposed to be to work at 8 this morning.  So, I had no idea where I really was, how I got there, where this drink came from etc... had a hard time remembering even if I was supposed to be calling Lowes or Michaels on my phone, which looked 'odd' to say the least... especially since phones like that didn't exist when I was working at Michaels 15 years ago.  So, I had this profound thought that if I couldn't tell where I was, or when.. then the thought I might be two hours late for work was probably the least of my worries...

started trying to find a car etc.. all hell broke loose, mudslides and riots and eventually I was piloting a space ship that looked like a giant whale which I crashed because I couldn't get the tail to work right.

So, my brain is really trying to cheer me up this hard weekend...another day and then the double-shift tomorrow... and then two days off.  Taking my Attitude Analysis Dinosaur back to lunch with me again.. a smiling/growling plastic dinosaur to sit in front of me at lunch so I don't listen to quite so much British metal music...

Friday, February 15, 2019

Pasta Center

All of this pasta used to be in an upper cabinet which was hard for our chef-in-training to reach without climbing on cabinets.  Now, we have made a 'dry goods center' starting with three kinds of pasta.  And she can reach the colander, can opener and pans.  So, we are learning to make pasta sauce and pasta - to eventually be made all on her own.

Sauce Yum!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day wiith Octopus Vomit

Finished the Octopus Vomit blanket, which kind of doubles as a shawl.. depending on if you're reading on the bed and want to cover your knees or your shoulders.  It is warm.  The colors worked together as best as possible .. but the grey yarn (flea market find, two HUGE balls of it).. was really atrocious by itself.  So I went with the all out bright red (inspired by Esme's octopus toy, seen here) and threw in some other stash white and yellow bits to give it a logical pattern.

Happy Valentine's Day.  I gave Esme a little beanie baby red raccoon.. which she liked.  I have to go for my eye appointment soon - really need new glasses.  And I was going to make some carrot coconut ginger soup later today.  It's my only day off this week and I seem to have filled it UP... little goals sketched out on paper that I'd like to work on today.

And just a bit of a complaint / rant... about Pinterest.  I like Pinterest.  I love scanning through the pictures of things that are similar to each other in topics I am interested in.  And, I don't mind ads scattered in there if they have to.  BUT.. I hate moving ads.. and a lot of them want to move.  And I'm not on Pinterest to watch videos - I'm there for static pictures, so it is HIGHLY distracting.  It makes me want to scroll past anything that LOOKS like it might move - and definitely NOT pay attention to what is in the ad.  Just wanted to get that off my chest.  Pinterest advertisers - stop putting moving ads in our photo streams.  They are distracting in an AVOID LOOKING at that square way... which I believe, is the opposite of the advertisers intention.

Got my glasses appointment done, ordered the most impact-resistant frames and lens that would work for me.  They feel a lot like my current glasses - but with a titanium frame and a polycarbonate lens they ended up costing three times as much as the last pair...   Why do I need impact-resistant?  I downstock large boxes on lifts at the store and sometimes those boxes are not well-centered and come tipping towards me.  I've bent my glasses numerous times on smaller boxes like faucets and bath fans - but also one major time bracing for impact against a vanity cabinet.  The side of my frames got really bent up that day.  And then it didn't help that one time I sat on the glasses on the bed either - but that was after I had them rebent into shape the first time.  So it was nice to have 'bendy' glasses that could survive that.. but I was looking for a frame that maybe wouldn't be hurt by such things in the first place.

Picked up the canisters we ordered so we can make a 'dry goods center' for Esme to get pasta noodles without having to climb onto the cabinets, and to store a few things I've been using lately, like lentils and bulgur wheat.  They are washed and drying out on the countertop - probably should dry them overnight at least...or at least up until we go to bed tonight.  And I have the ingredients for the carrot soup and some yarn to try to make something I saw in the Welsh home decorating show.  We've run around town, did co-op, and grocery and more... glad to be home and done for the day :)

Soup.. maybe cornbread, and make a dishtowel maybe that I've had the fabric laying out for a week and haven't cut or sewn it yet... finish drying and folding the laundry and then organize so that the canisters are easy to use.  It's been a very full Thursday.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Celery Coriander Dumpling soup

I like this 'look in my cupboard and decide what goes together' thing I've been doing lately... its much nicer than a 'diet' and although I'm ending up eating a lot of high-fiber foods, I think there were vitamins I was missing.  I've been feeling really good the past few days energy-wise.  At work, I get up and go and do a bunch of things all at once like I did years ago, putting up sinks, vanities, up and down the ladder putting up faucets in the right places, getting down product in the rough section (pvc parts and faucet lines and wax rings etc)... things that the past year or so have really felt more and more taxxing and I tend to do them in little bits instead of hour long jags.  I don't think it has just been the cold weather - but a bit warmer does help.  If only the rain would calm down a bit.

Anyway.  Thinking more, too.  Doing the Welsh and the Japanese - the Japanese is percolating more, and watching the Welsh television shows with more and more understanding.  Crocheting the blanket - almost done... pic when done.  Thinking about setting up a new weaving frame again to reproduce some pillows I saw in a 'Dan Do' episode.

Celery and Coriander chicken broth dumpling soup

ingredients :

black pepper
garlic powder
cayenne pepper powder
celery seed
curry powder (Hot Madras)

1 whole egg
Purple Hull Peas (canned)
Greens (spinach, turnip greens, mustard, kale etc)
Frozen or fresh red peppers and onions

1 pot with no cover, 1 small mixing dish, tablespoon

process and notes

-- at the broth point I was looking and looking for a can of sweet green peas to do this idea up with - but I didn't have any.  So, after finding a can of Purple Hull Peas, I added the cayenne pepper and coriander to cater to that flavor instead - and it all ended up really good.  If I hadn't done the purple hull peas I don't think I would have went so spicy... maybe basil or oregano?

Chicken broth, about 1 cup?
garlic powder
black pepper
paprika (I use the opposite 'handle' end of a spoon to measure this, and used two 'ends')
celery salt

bring to a boil, then even the temp out to hold hot

in a separate bowl, mix the dumplings like this:

     I put some water in half of the flour until it was the right texture, then added the rest of the flour and folded in the egg.  I ended up putting a bit more flour in to make the texture right again - so do it to feel.  Add black pepper and curry powder (dash) to the dough, which should be the consistency of a drop biscuit recipe

form tablespoon amounts and drop them into the broth, stirring only slightly.. we want to cook the dumplings and keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan, but not break them up.

Add a handful of frozen peppers and onions
Add three to five tablespoons of purple hull peas
I threw in the last two tablespoons of turnip greens I had left over and needed using

Add more black pepper, a good dose of cayenne pepper and some coriander

The dumplings should be cooked through and pour up the soup into a jar or bowl
This tastes a lot like my Chinese Spice Cabbage - same type of spices - and I can't wait for dinner tonight at work to eat the rest of it :)  The dumplings are melty bread that is so very comforting and the vegetables give it a good healthy mix of flavors and textures.

This is only enough for one.. because it is an experiment recipe.  But, it could easily be stretched out to make a full meal!  If I was making a much larger batch I think I would use more broth and let the (fresh instead of frozen) vegetables mix and simmer out into the broth for a while before adding the dumplings as the last step, a few minutes before serving.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Fried banana pudding and Cannellini bean soup

I've had my eye on a new cooking magazine at work and bought a copy last night.  I've already experimented with things 'like' the recipes that are in it, stolen from glances etc.

The other night I made a version of the chickpea soup that turned out wonderful.

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Cannellini Bean Soup
Use a pot deep enough for soup.
Cut up one onion and sauté it in butter until it begins to get soft.
Turn down the heat and puree one can of cannellini beans (drained).
Spoon that sticky mixture into the onions and stir, cooking it a little but not burning it.
Pour in one and a half bean cans worth of chicken broth, and stir well.
Add oregano, paprika, salt and pepper
Add either a small handful of baby spinach or a few tablespoons of canned greens.
I added a few tablespoons of mashed potato powder to thicken it up.
The paprika should settle out in a few minutes.

This soup was great with rye bread for dipping into it.  The potato flakes gave it a 'potato soup' feel but with healthier ingredients (instead of cream and potatoes).. the turnip greens really gave it a good flavor addition to counterbalance.  I have a certain Catahoula dog (definitely not a vegetarian) who enjoyed this immensely with me.

/////////////////// ----- and breakfast ---

This next one was supposed to be fried bananas caramelized and then put into a batter and fried... well.. I got away from myself a bit and moved too fast - but it still turned out delicious.  I'll probably even do it again.  Although, I'll try to move slower next time and see if it turns out 'proper'.

Fried Banana Slices or more likely.. a 'Pudding'
One banana cut up into thin slices.
maple syrup
a bit of butter
1 egg
a little milk
a little flour
a dash of salt
a dash of cinnamon
(maybe I should have added baking powder, but it didn't say to)

Heat up the butter in the pan
Dip the bananas in the maple syrup and fry in the butter until they begin to caramelize.
Mix up the batter, (egg, milk, flour, salt, cinnamon)
Remove the bananas onto another plate, dip each into the batter and return to the butter frying up each piece.

What I did wrong : I ended up just putting all the caramelized bananas into the batter at once - where they stuck together and began to cook the batter.. and well.. I just poured the whole thing back in the pan and cooked it as pudding.  I put it as a topping on some oatmeal I had made on the side, and it was amazing.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Octopus Vomit continued

The crocheted 'octopus vomit' yarn is coming along.. Esme now says it looks like octopus vomit with autumn leaves...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Esme and I have 'affectionately' termed this slub yarn 'Octopus Vomit'... it was a dollar a ball at the flea market last year and I found it during some organizing the other day.  It makes up for it by being warm.. but it's really kind of atrociously ugly.  I'm crocheting a lap blanket out of it along with stripes of some red and white I have lying about.

Language Mess
I've tried to take on the Japanese lessons again.. and I understand more the second time through than I did before.  However, while Welsh (Cymraeg) came easily to me (and Spanish seems hopeless.. which makes me want to try it again again again....) Japanese is there but in an entirely different 'place'.  Welsh rings like French right through my ears.. mostly straight through as words that I recognize.  Japanese has an extra 'bounce' quality where it feels like it accesses areas above my ears on the right side (I'm looking at Hiragana.. so that is probably it) as I'm listening and then making a 1-1 repeat imprint about the symbols to the sounds that is different than English or Welsh or French using the roman alphabet.  I remembered almost all of the Hiragana easily from the last time I went through these lessons... just some of the (consonant)-0 and (consanant)-a variations being hard to tell apart.  The biggest change is I am hearing the spaces between the spoken words better now than before - and can tell where there are modifiers and which word they are 'stuck' onto...modifiers like -wa and -ka being stuck to specific words instead of being words in their own right.   I'm continuing with the Welsh/Cymraeg in SSIW and Duolingo and getting very quick with it.  I like that I can listen to the Duolingo without looking at it and know exactly what words I'm going to see, that comes from SSIW and listening to Pigion podcasts and watching Teledu yn Cymraeg (television in Welsh).

Friday, January 25, 2019


bits on the desk

Four desk caddies, one with a little shelf to put figurines on.  I made a dog figurine but will have to work at it a bit more as the split is down the front of the face and works, yet doesn't.

I've done a little sewing and a little knitting today... baked some snickerdoodles yesterday.  My Indian spices came in yesterday and I would like to write down some recipes to use them.  I made a dog bed today and knitted up a swatch to see how it will wash.

Esme is not feeling well, some virus from school.  She has powered through the last two days but hoping this weekend will see her feeling better, tummy troubles etc.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

tips for Animania Mod and HarvestCraft on Minecraft

Esme found a new mod for Minecraft called Animania.  This is the best page I've found for the overview and instructions for it : Animania Mod Project on CurseForge

But, it still doesn't have all the info.  So I've made this huge text file about stuff we have learned and use all of the time in Minecraft.  So much is now in 'only video form' that it gets hard to find what you really want to know without watching someone's video all of the way through....

Plant every bit of cotton and grain crops you can in a fenced location as early as possible.  You can make multiple fenced gardens or expand the one you have in the future, but getting production running quickly is important (you'll see we play full survival, monsters on, hunger overhaul mod!)  I've included tips below all of this on how to cook to survive in HarvestCraft, as well.

Go Mine some Iron and make yourself a bucket and shears quickly (5 iron) or plant your crops down by the waterfront and hope something doesn't eat it before it grows.... tough choices!

General Safety tip : attacking animals isn't like vanilla Minecraft.  Some of them fight back!  Also, the frogs in the swamps and forests can be poisonous to the touch, like Wither.. but milk doesn't cure it.  


It would be wise to get a good and large farm going with useful crops before you have rapidly multiplying animals to feed every day.  The crops most useful for raising animals are Barley, Corn, Oats, Rye, Wheat, Carrots, Potatoes, (Beets I hope) and Apple Trees.  Oats, Cotton and Beets are found in Alpine (frost) gardens.  Corn, Potatoes, Cotton, Wheat, Barley and Carrots are found in Windy (plains) gardens,  Forest Gardens can provide some carrots, cotton and wheat.  Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Beans and Tomatoes are also in forest gardens and can be important for keeping you, the player, alive until you find animals.  Blackberries are good producers for player food.
Cows and sheep like barley, corn, oats, rye and wheat.  Oats and Barley seem to produce the most per field space, sometimes 3 to 4 quantity at a time.  Corn seems to be the most 'expensive', often producing only 2 quantity per field square.  Wheat has the added benefit of producing seeds for feeding chickens.


All the animals except chickens require double gates to lead them through.. including sheep for some reason. At least double high fences are required.  When I had a goat pen I used doors instead of gates because the goats kept leaping over the gate area of the fence.  (double fence-stone-door-door-stone-double fence) combination.  It is best not to place the troughs next to the fences but instead in the middle - as the animals use the troughs to jump up on and then bounce over the fence.

Even with the best fences there are reasons for animals to 'pop' through the fence sometimes.. baby cows growing up to adults are one reason.. also when animals get 'unhappy' they crowd together at a point on the outside fence trying to get away..and then one or two can 'pop' through sometimes.  When animals are happy and fed they wander the entire area, when they are unhappy they stick to one area and stack nearly on top of each other.

Most of your animals will lay down at sunset and sleep in odd positions (pigs just plain fall over!)  Sometimes the babies are even caught in midair with their feet off the ground.  A few animals, especially unhappy ones, will continue to press the fences and not go to sleep.  It is very hard (and nearly useless) to try to find an animal in the woods after sunset and lead them back home as an asleep animal does not move on the leash (ha!)


Troughs can be filled with one bucket of water and always look 'mostly dry'.. I've found it best to just make a three by two pond and fill it with water so it becomes an everlasting source (one bucket in each corner so the center parts are regenerating water source).  Then put food in the troughs, which can take up to three units of food each.  Some animals just don't seem to like to eat out of the troughs or get too far away from them to notice them, and have to be fed by hand or they get unhappy.  That little 'black cloud' mark that comes up over the head of some of the animals mean they are unhappy and need something. 

It's really hard to tell if an animal is thirsty, but they can sometimes take water from a bucket but sometimes the bucket just sprays a water source all over instead of being refused.  Esme said that if a cow refuses to drink water from a bucket but the water source doesn't explode its a good sign that she is going to have a calf soon...   The calves sometimes grow to 'double size' but still look like babies with huge heads.  Usually those calves are going to turn into bulls.  Bulls are double the size and can sometimes escape fencing if they are too close to the fence when they 'pop' to adult size.  Having a lead available to take them back in through the gates is important.


Number One Rule : Animals multiply, and you will need to cull your herd.  But be prepared, armor and a sword!  If you need to 'harvest' an animal, move them with a lead to a separate pen first or away from the other animals outside the pen.  Many of the animals fight back like monsters once they are attacked.  Careful sometimes you can 'accidentally' hit a cow or sheep when you are trying to milk them and then all of the nearby animals and/or just that one might start attacking you.  That's hard to get away from!  They calm down after a day or so but it can ruin a production run.  Roosters and Bulls will attack if a female near them is attacked.

Sheep don't eat apples, corn or carrots. 
--- Jacob sheep are supposed to have four horns or six depending on gender.. but I really can't tell the difference at all.  The other sheep breeds are easy to tell the difference.  Breeding a Jacob to a Friesen I've gotten what looks like a white Dorset ram but gives off only white wool without a title to it.
Jacob wool becomes white wool if you put it on the Minecraft table or crafting slots.  However, two Jacob sheep wool beside each other become light gray carpet.

Goats eat apples, carrots, string and sticks, as advertised, as well as some grains.

Cows don't eat apples or carrots, but love corn, rye, wheat and barley.  Cows when killed will produce beef or 'prime beef'... and sometimes leather.  Bulls fight back aggressively, so have some armor on and a sharp sword! 

Pigs eat potatoes (it says also carrots and beets.. the ones I have don't seem to like apples, but I thought I had another breed earlier in the game that did like apples?)  They don't eat rye or wheat.

Rabbits like carrots (of course) but also apples.  They can eat from the troughs even though they are so small.  They will breed with other varieties to produce crosses that are unlike the parents.

I'm going to try to find some beets and see if they are well accepted.  They are HarvestCraft beets I think - but the overview doesn't actually say.

Chickens like corn and seeds, but don't like wheat, barley or rye.  Some of the chickens lay brown eggs.  Eggs can be burned in a furnace to make Animania omelettes.  Regular white eggs are still good for other HarvestCraft things.

Peacocks and Peahens are in the swamps.  They are supposed to work much like chickens.  I don't know what to do with the Peacock Feather - but it is pretty.


I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out exactly how to get the animals to breed, and even more time figuring out how to find out when to milk them.  You can milk a sheep directly after birth of a baby (and they breed fast), and a cow soon after they have a calf.  Cows get upset pretty quickly after they give birth, so it is best to have some food on hand before you attempt to milk them.

Also, sometimes when you have more than one bucket there is a 'glitch'.. so try not to store the cheese molds too far away from where you are milking, so you can take multiple trips.  Or, have a cabinet above the cheese molds to put the other full buckets in as you are pouring the full one into a mold - or all the buckets might become empty and stack.  That doesn't happen all of the time, but often enough that I'm tired of losing an entire milking round and have begun putting them in the cabinet first and then taking one at a time into the molds.  It happens the least often if one bucket is sheep or goat milk and the other is cow milk.  But, I've lost different kinds of cow milk (Jersey, Holstein, Friesen) when trying to pour multiple buckets in inventory.

 If you leave eggs in a nest and there are roosters nearby you will get more chickens.  If you take all the eggs away diligently, then you will keep your flock about the same size.  Roosters and Hens are very easy to tell apart.. so culling the hens means less eggs.. and culling all of the roosters might (or might not) make the eggs not hatch.  You will get TONS of eggs if the size of your flock is not maintained (and lots of unhappy little black-cloud head chickens walking around).


Make Cbeese molds with the recipe down below.  Pour milk from a filled Animania style milk bucket (Holstein, Friesen, Jersey , Sheep, Goat) .. and wait until the milk turns color - several days in some circumstances.  Take the cheese from the mold by right clicking on it.  The cheese mold can be placed in the world and taken bites off of it by right clicking, kind of like a cake.  If you accidentally place a cheese in the world and want to pick it up, you will have to hit it with a sword.  Cheese stack in storage by type.

New Recipes for Animania Mod (to be added to)

Any wool put on the minecraft table turns into vanilla Minecraft wools for use in recipes.

Leads and leashes can now be made with two leather on top of two string.  This makes one lead.  Yay!  No more fishing for jellyfish (which, on a minecraft table, become slime balls, and String-String-X// String-Sime Ball-X // X- X - String can also be used to make two leads at a time)

Wagon Wheels are made with X-S-X // S-IN-S // X-S-X in nine-square formation with the X being 'nothing', 'S' being 'stick' and IN being an Iron Nugget.

Saddles are made with L-L-L // I-W-I // X-X-X in nine-square formation with the L being Leather, I being an Iron Ingot and W being a square of wool.  (finally, a craftable saddle for Minecraft!)

Chicken Nest - LEAVES-STICK-X// Wool - X-X // X-X-X   You will need shears to get the Leaves from any tree.

Trough - Plank-X-Plank // Plank - Iron Ingot - Plank // Stick - X- Stick //

Cheese Mold - // X - X -X // Plank - Iron Ingot - Plank // X - Plank - X

Name Tag (because all of these cows and sheep look alike and you don't remember which one came first etc..) - String-X-X // X-Gold Nugget - X  ( a craftable name tag for Minecraft!)


A Full Kitchen is Important
// Gather clay as soon as you find it and burn it in a furnace into bricks.
// mud bricks will not work for these
// 8 important items for making food in your HarvestCraft kitchen
// we keep a cabinet in the kitchen above the crafting table that always has these eight things in it for easy reach.

--- Pot is a stick placed beside four bricks (regular clay variety)
--- Skillet is two bricks diagonally with a stick
-- Saucepan is one brick diagonally with a stick
-- Baking Dish is eight bricks like a chest on the 9 square with the center empty
-- Mixing Bowl is three planks in a v-formation at the bottom like an iron bucket, with a stick in the center
--- Mortar and Pestle is three stone (burned cobblestone in a furnace) in v-formation with a stick in the center
--- Cutting Board is brick, stick, plank in diagonal formation with the stick in the middle.

-- Juicer  requires three stone ( burned cobblestone from furnace).  Put two side by side to make a stone pressure plate, then place the plate over one more stone to make the Juicer

Cooking to Survive on Hunger Overhaul

We play on survival normal mode with Hunger Overhaul mod on, so it is pretty important to eat!
Just a note for survival foods you can make depending on 'where you land' in the world.

Three cotton on a minecraft table give you two string.  X-X-Stick // X-Stick-String //Stick-X-String makes a fishing rod.  Fish a lot when you don't have anything else to do. You can catch cool stuff, and lots of fish as well, which well.. you need to eat and sometimes there isn't anything else to eat.  Plant all the extra cotton you get after making a fishing rod - or if the world is an island..well, good luck...make your decision which is more likely to feed you planting it and waiting (and maybe killing skeletons for bone meal to grow your garden fast) or fishing with it)...

Sometimes all you live on is Grilled Mushroom, Cooked calamari (from killing squids), Cooked Fish, Caramel from sugar canes and fried eggs.  This of couse, if you can find a few squares of clay to make a skillet and a saucepan.

Plant your garden as early as possible!  Fence your garden immediately as animals from Animania will come eat it before it produces and also drink the water dry!  Don't count on bread as now it is complicated to make and requires lots of clay to make the kitchen equipment.  Turnips, artichokes and parsnips produce the quickest but plant every bit of cotton and every grain you can get as early as you find it.

Eggs can be made into boiled eggs with just a pot, or into Fried Eggs with a skillet.  Sugar cane can be made into sugar on a minecraft table then into caramel with a saucepan.  A Tuna Potato (excellent for hunger regen) can be made with any cooked fish, corn, a buttered baked potato (how to make butter below) and a Cutting Board.

Sesame Snaps can be made with a skillet, sesame seeds and sugar.
Stock can be made with a pot and a vegetable.
Garden Soup can be made with stock and two more vegetables.
Mochi can be made with mortar and pestle, sugar (or honey), fresh water and rice.
Rice Cakes can be made with a skillet and rice on a minecraft table (not in a furnace as said elsewhere).
Grilled Mushroom is made with a skillet, not in a furnace, out of any normal mushroom.
Veggie Strips are any three vegetables, baking dish, salt and a 'spice', which can be spice leaf, curry powder from ground curry leaf or mustard seeds.
Apples and a pot make applesauce.


Once you're set up you might be getting so much food you wonder what to do with it all, or if you can make bigger meals to take with you exploring and not have to carry so many things.  The bigger the meal, the more hunger shanks it fills.

You can make baked beans with a Pot, Beans, Cooked pork chop and (Harvestcraft) honey or sugar.  Good for when you have Pigs on your farm! Likewise, you can make chili with a cooked steak, onion (or bell pepper or cayenne pepper), beans and a pot.

 To make the bread you need a mortar and pestle (see below) to grind the flour.  Then, a bucket of water and a pot to make salt.  Then, a mixing bowl to put the flour and (another bucket of ) water and salt together with.  Then a baking dish to put the dough in to make it into bread!

Sugar (or honey) and any two berries (blackberry, blueberry and strawberry) make jam which is a bit more energy than the fruit or sugar alone.  Peanuts with a Juicer make peanut butter.  Peanut butter, any jam and bread with a Cutting Board make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Some jellies and bread and cutting board make a Jelly Sandwich, but not all of them.

Pies can be made with (many) HarvestCraft fruits, dough (like making bread) and sugar or honey.  Pies give lots of regen back.

Oats, a mixing bowl and maple syrup give you Maple Oatmeal which can be a good use of Maple Syrup besides drinking it straight from the bottle!  Spruce Forests have maple trees that can be harvested every few days.  Oats are found in Alpine (cold) gardens.

I've found that Angus cows in Animania still give regular HarvestCraft milk.  You can take this out of the bucket on the crafting table and make 4 milk from it.  Then use a pot to make it into yogurt, or a mixing bowl to make it into Heavy Cream.  Heavy Cream and Salt in a Saucepan make butter.  Milk and a Pot and Salt make Cheese.

A Presser is important, too - for processing HarvestCraft honey and extra fruit from trees to make fruit bait for Ground Traps.  A presser is made with two pistons (P-P-P // C-I-C // C-R-C (plank, cobblestone, iron ingot, redstone)) placed with six ingots of iron.  I-PS-I // I - X - I // I-PS-I (iron ingot, piston, with X being nothing))  It can be hard to get redstone on pure survival monsters on.. but once you do it makes life so much easier!  You can carry the fruit juices with you and they will help you walk faster without taking extra hunger points for 'running'.  Important for getting home before sunset!

A Presser can make all sorts of things out of Soybeans if you are lucky enough to find Tropical Gardens.  Grapes in a presser make grape juice, and grape juice in a pot makes Vinegar.  Vinegar, salt and cucumbers can make pickles.  Vinegar, salt and beets makes pickled beets.  Beets in a Presser makes sugar.

Ground Traps are important to getting leather and bones without fighting constant monsters or harvesting creatures.  Ground Traps are made by getting a Trap Door, four sticks, three pieces of string (from cotton placed three across on minecraft table) and a chest.  The trap door is six planks placed on the table all together.  The Ground Trap is Sk-TD-Sk // Stg - Chest - Stg //  Sk-Stg-Sk (sk stick, td trap door, stg string).  You can make bait without the presser by using three string and a food item (veggies, fruit or grain).  That is an expensive use of string though and in the early game you are watching every piece of string for fishing rods and armor.  Two string makes one 'woven cloth' which can be used like leather to make armors to protect you until you find enough iron to make iron armor.

A Water Trap is Stick-Fishing Rod- Stick // String-Chest-String // Stick-String-Stick.  They must be placed in shallow water on a nine-square of submerged land.  Fish Bait can be made with three string and any raw fish.  Water Traps are expensive in the early game but nice later on when you're well settled and ready to expand out to exotic recipes.

Pumpkins can be split on the table for seeds and grown in the garden with lots of space around them to 'pop' a pumpkin vine.  Pumpkin seeds put in the Presser make grain bait and cooking oil.  Pumpkins put in the presser make Veggie Bait and cooking oil.  Walnuts will also make grain bait and cooking oil.  Cooking Oil can be used to make donuts (pot, cooking oil and dough (see bread above)), or Sesame Balls (sesame seeds, flour, pot, cooking oil, beans and honey/sugar) or Fried Onions (onions, pot, cooking oil) or many of the 'tofu' meats (won't get into those, but they are on the HarvestCraft wiki).

HarvestCraft Bees and Honey
When playing both mods you get both types of honey!  HarvestCraft honey is the same as sugar in most recipes, while Animania honey is a whole different ball of wax (joke).

To make a HarvestCraft Apiary (bee hive), you will need three item frames and six planks.  The item frames need one leather each (hope you got your ground trap or lots of animals!)  surrounded by eight sticks each.  Then place the three item frames down the center line of the minecraft table and put planks of any one wood down both sides.  The 'color' of your beehive when you are viewing the honey will be affected by the color of the wood you use, but not the outside of the hive.  Placing a hive in a spot near flowers is supposed to make it produce quicker.  You will need to find a hive up in a tree somewhere to harvest the Queen Bee from (no stings with these), and place it in the Apiary slot before honey is made.  Honeycombs, Waxcombs and Bee Grubs will be produced.  You must leave a few grubs in the hive for a new Queen to regenerate - and get back to her in time that she doesn't die.  The old Queen will die, and the new Queen only lasts so long.. so get back to her and put her in the slot to keep getting honey.  Extra bee Grubs can be cooked in a furnace and eaten.  Waxcombs and Honeycombs can be only made into useful items using the Presser.  Wax can be used with strings to make candles (like torches) or pressed into 9 squares to make blocks for building, or combined as Pressed Wax with Leather (not woven cloth) to make Hardened Leather which makes special armor.

Animania Bees and Honey

Animania has its own Bee Nest that attacks you with minor (but increasing) damage when you are near it.  The nests can be cut down with swords.  I've heard rumor of a beekeeping outfit that was supposed to keep you protected but have not found a recipe for one.  My daughter has played with the bees and says you can use a glass bottle (made like a flowerpot but with glass blocks in a 'bucket' v formation) to collect the honey from the hives when they have reached a certain quantity.  The honey has wonderful restorative qualities.  My daughter also says there is a recipe she has found to make a hive from scratch - but I'll have to record that here after she tells me.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019


I've designed a few more things for our 3D printer, some deer and llamas that have dishes on their backs for rings and such.. and a cow from the same pattern.  Also, playing with a new vice and my very old carving tools from college - I bought them from some little mail order catalog back in 2001 or so at the (then) very dear price of 65.00.  I barely ate that month to scrimp for them.. but they are still good all of these years later.  I split a little piece of honeysuckle wood Mark had cut off the gate the week before we found Rex (I remember, because it was odd he cut that gate open and then the puppy showed up outside that side of the fence and we used the gate for the first time in years).  There is a bigger piece of wood, too - just playing with this one to see what I can do with old tools.

 Mark had the 3dprinters set up this way for a little bit, and now he has them down and is trying to repair something again.
 deer and llama 3dprinted from my pattern

 honeysuckle wood

3d printed cows from my pattern (sCAD code)