How I Wash Mushrooms

I’m not going to get into the raging debate about whether or not you should wash your mushrooms.  I don’t want to fight with you.  Let’s just say that when I wash my mushrooms, this is the way I do it, because it’s way less of a pain in the butt than doing it any other way.

So.  You take your mushrooms.  Hopefully yours are a bit more fresh than mine are. You put them in a colander.

Mushroom Wash 1

You run cold water over them while agitating them and tossing them around.

Mushroom Wash 2

Then you let the colander drain for a few seconds before tossing the contents into a clean tea towel.

Mushroom Wash 4

Then you grab the corners of the right side of the towel in your right hand, and the corners of the left side of the towel in your left hand.

Mushroom Wash 5

Then you pretend that you’re polishing a bowling ball.  So you lift one hand, then bring it down while raising the other, and back and forth, jostling the mushrooms around inside your tea towel so they can get all dried off without getting smushed. This is me taking a picture of the mushrooms while also drying them. I need more hands.

Mushroom Wash 6

TADA.

Mushroom Wash 7

Simple Sewing Machine Cover

I used my sewing machine for the first time in a long while the other day.  It was so dusty that I had to clean it or use a lint-brush removing the dust from that which I was sewing. It took me forever, too, getting into all the little nooks and crannies and whatnot.  What a pain.

I remembered seeing something from Martha Stewart about this a while back.  Use a tea towel to make an easy cover for your sewing machine.

This particular tea towel was a gift from Hen in Sweden.  It makes me feel cheerful to see smiling vegetables.

Measure your towel on the machine first, to see that it will fit.

Cut four equal-length pieces of elastic.  You could use ribbons or twine as well and tie a bow if you wanted. 

Tuck under the end of the elastic (or ribbon) and pin it to the hem of the towel.  I pinned one at the bottom and one about a quarter of the way up the towel.  I did the same to the other side.

Sew the elastics to the hems.  You can of course use your machine for this but I did it by hand.

Fold the towel in half so that the bottom and top hems line up.  Tuck under the loose ends of the elastics and sew them to the opposite side of the folded towel.  Tada!  A cover in five minutes.