Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
It kind of reminded me of a crawfish boil. To me, everything in the crawfish boil tastes the same. That is the way the chicken dish was, it all tasted the same. Perhaps it is my taste buds. But anyway, I survived. It was all o.k.
Then my family of three found ' Whole Foods' and did a little shopping.
Then after that we were able to get home for church at 6 p.m.
A busy but nice day.
On the drive to Indy and back I was able to get considerable progress done on my pink moebius that I have been working on. Almost finished.
Also, last Mon.Tues. & Wed. I made Chris a nice hat for Christmas. So I have still been getting some knitting done.
Also, as I mentioned before, I have a little part time job a few evenings a week. I deal directly with customers and not one of them told me Happy Holidays. Those that chose to say anything said, "Merry Christmas".
I thought that was sweet.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
She is so clean and lovely now. I retrieved this post from my previous blog so you can see our version of "Sweet and Sour".
Saturday, December 18, 2010
But, before we leave, I will surf the web for some great crock pot recipes. I took a part time job, a few evenings a week and although Maggie is quite willing and helpful to cook,it would be a nice break for her to just have to serve it instead of cook the whole meal. So if you have any great little slow cooker recipes, just let me know.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I didn't have any good yarn to work with so I just used some scraps....just for practice. The next jacket will be with good yarn. It is suggested that one knit the BSJ first to understand the construction, before knitting the Child's Surprise or Adult Surprise Jacket. So I did.
Here is what I ended up with. It was quite a surprise.
The back. All that is needed is to stitch the shoulder/arm seam shut with yarn. Sew on buttons.
This pattern is very easy to read. All you have to know is how to do simple increases and decreases, knit and purl. It is just garter stitch back and forth.
You can add a hood or extend the bottom into legs for a snow suit type thing.
You can Google Baby Surprise Jacket and see all of the endless color possibilities.
I think my practice jacket turned out cute. Can't wait for the real thing...our family has two new babies coming within the next year so I can knit at least two. :)
P.S. If you don't know how to knit.....You Tube videos are helpful. Join Ravelry.com and get info from there as well.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Best downhill run by a horse: The Man From Snowy River.
Funniest scene (s): The Great Outdoors (Big bear chase me, leeches & the bats)
The Money Pit (when Tom Hanks has had enough after the bathtub falls through the floor)
Most pathetic scene: Enchanted: (Chipmunk hanged by his little feet on the hanger)
Favorite soundtrack: King Arthur (Hans Zimmer), How to Train Your Dragon ( don't know who did it, but it is quite pretty), Civil War Documentary by Ken Burns ( again, don't know who did the music, but beautiful)
Favorite Movie Cowboy: Sam Elliott (love that voice and the jingle of his spurs :) )
Anywho.....these are just a few of my favorite movie things. What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Here is how I make it. You will need two bread pans.
The pan in the front is smaller than the one in the back. So you can use two smaller pans or two larger pans. The larger pan makes a longer, not as TALL loaf, while the smaller pan makes a shorter HIGHER loaf. But I find that with this recipe, three of the smaller pans would probably be perfect. But, alas, I have only two.
The smaller pan measures 4.5 x 8 inches across the rim.
The larger pan is 4.25 x 10.25 across the rim.
4 and 1/2 tsp. yeast 1/2 C. warm water ( 105° - 110°) Dissolve these two together while you.....
Put 3 C. wheat flour
3 C. bread flour
2 crushed vitamin 'C's
2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. flaxseed, crushed (optional)
in a large mixing bowl and mix together really well.
Then you add to that; 1 and 3/4 C. warm water
1/4 C. butter, softened or melted
1/3 C. honey
and the dissolved yeast mixture
I let my Hamilton Beach mixer that I have named E.V.A. mix it all together with the dough hook for about 5 minutes.
If, during this time you need a tad more flour, add a little bread flour at a time to reach the desired consistency.
Then turn the dough out on a clean counter top and knead, adding a little flour if necessary, for another 5-10 minutes. You will know it is right when the dough is smooth and springy to the touch and you have a happy feeling.
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and put the dough in it, roll it around to coat all surfaces. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm area to rise til doubled for about 45 minutes. I sit mine on the hot water heater and some times I even heat up rice bags (for soothing sore muscles) and stack them around the bowl if my hot water heater seems too cool.
After it has doubled in size I turn it out on to a clean surface and divide it in half. Gentle deflate. Shape into a rectangle about as wide as your pan and as long as you wish.
Then roll it up tightly, tuck under the ends and put them in greased bread pans.
Cover and let them rise 30-45 minutes, generally when the dough has risen about 2 inches past the rim of the pan.
Heat your oven to 375°. Place the bread on the lowest rack.
Bake for 45 minutes. Put an aluminum tent on after the first 15 minutes to prevent excessive browning.
Remove the bread from the pan and cool on rack.
These can be frozen after completely cooled.
This bread is also great to use in bread pudding.
I have just recently found
Bread101. It has wonderful information.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
During baseball season my husband listens to the Cubs games on the radio, no matter where he is or what he is doing.
He listens in the truck, on the back porch, while bathing, while 'sleeping', while eating, while working.
The church steeple was built to the sounds of Pat and Ron and the Cubs on the little battery operated radio he carried with him in the truck.
We will miss you Ron.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Jenna is doing fairly well with no eye sight. She is learning a little about "step up". When I lead her to a step, I stop her and tell her "step up" and she raises her foot extra high for it. So I think she is getting it. She has tripped over the step a few times and smashed her poor face on the concrete slab that the step leads to. So I decided she needed to learn what step up means.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Make and eat this cake at your own risk. Do not be left alone in the house with it.
It is important that you have all ingredients measured out before you make it. Have your oven heated up to 350° so when the cake is mixed you can pop it right in.
1/2 C. Crisco oil ( I used Canola oil)
4 T. cocoa
1 C. water
1 stick butter
Bring these to a boil in a saucepan. Then pour it over ....
2 C. sugar
2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
that has been mixed together thoroughly.
2 beaten eggs
1/2 C. buttermilk OR 1/2 C. milk that has had 2 tsp. white vinegar added to it
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda
Bake in a sheet cake pan ( @ 12 x 18 ) at 350° for 20 minutes.
Immediately ice cake with the following icing.
6 T. milk
4 T. cocoa
1 stick butter
brought to a boil in a medium saucepan, then add
1 box powdered sugar ( 16 oz. measured in weight)
1 tsp. vanilla
This should be put on the cake while cake AND icing are both hot.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Our dog still has a good attitude, although her eyesight has been severely compromised.
My husband got to feeling better and was able to get out and about yesterday to work.
Some 'anonymous' person gave my cousin's husband $20.00 to give to ME so I could make him a Sugar Cream Pie. I will share the recipe with you soon. I think I will make the pie tomorrow so 'mystery person' can have it for Thanksgiving Day.
I spent three very lovely hours yesterday with my Aunt Rosie. She taught me how to 'patch' pants. She started patching her brother's clothes when she was 12 and has been patching clothes since. She is now well into her 80's. Yesterday she also made two dozen chocolate chip cookies for the roofers that were putting on a new roof- in the WIND I might add.
My daughter and I will take the rest of the week off school. Hopefully, we can help, Jenna, with her new way of life and drive into town with my $20.00 and buy 'whipping cream' for the pie. There will probably be about $18.00 left. Hmm...what shall I do with it???
Monday, November 22, 2010
Guest Post by Margaret
Aren't those eyes so beautiful? With more intensity and emotion than any other dog I've ever known, Jenna could always captivate someone with her human like eyes. Now they are cloudy and a pale blue, as she has now succumbed quite rapidly to cataracts.
She used to have perfect posture, now she runs into things, and trips as she's walking. A fine Frisbee champion, she now can no longer see it right before her eyes. Her favourite past times are now burdens as she tries to navigate through a much darker world.
But we, in our love for our little Border Collie, are quickly making her world a little brighter...
A radio at night that keeps her company...
a Frisbee scented with bacon grease....
and bells on the cats, will all let her know that we still love her.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Below are baby socks.
Knit Picks Stroll Fingering Weight
75% Superwash Merino Wool
Below is the Moebius in Pink.
I am trying it in 'Thick & Quick' Wool-Ease Yarn
If it is too bulky for around the neck, I can certainly rip it out and create something new.
This yarn comes from Lion Brand Yarn
80% Acrylic ( I know..this is just WRONG...don't tell Elizabeth)
It has taken two skeins and will probably take a couple more. I need to go acquire some.
It is 36 inches long at this point.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday we drove to Bloomington for a birthday party and sat in a living room that had a HUGE flat screen television on the wall. High Def and all the bells.
They had football on. Colts vs. Bengals.
To my surprise...they had about six football announcers....all men all lined up behind a desk. They were huge on this TV.
Are you kind of picturing this.....?
O.K. My point is this.
Um let me see, how can I say this gently.....if you ain't easy on the eyes on regular tv ....you ain't gonna be on high definition. I don't think the magic of television goes that far. Actually, in my opinion, high def...just intensifies the issue. Yikes.
Maybe if they just didn't get such 'close-ups' of the announcers....oh the pain.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This particular one tested my nerves to say the least.
I did a sewn (see below) bind off, which I like a lot.
You can see the "Tuscany" pattern in the picture above, just below the ribbing.
Below is the ribbing turned down. They don't look the same size in the picture below, but they ARE.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Put sandwich together.
If you don't want sandwich buns you can shape them into round balls and crowd them close together in a pan to make dinner rolls.
1 tsp. salt
1 T. instant yeast
1 tsp. onion powder (optional) I didn't use.
1/2 tsp. dried minced onion (optional) I didn't use.
Combine all the ingredients and mix and knead them together-by hand or mixer-until you've made a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 1 hour.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place the buns on a greased baking sheet (I used parchment paper), cover and let rise 30 to 40 minutes, until they're quite puffy.
Preheat the over to 375°F. Bake the buns for 12 - 15 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool them on a rack, split and use for burger or sandwiches. For burgers, butter the split sides and fry them, buttered side down, until they're golden brown and warmed through.
For small sandwiches divide the dough into 15 or so buns. Bake accordingly. I bake these a couple minutes longer when making these into dinner rolls, since they are attached.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
One pie is to be judged. The other pie is to share with the crowd. There will be a pie eating contest which sounds like fun. I have never witnessed one first hand. After all of the fun they will auction pies off to raise money for local food ministries.
The pie closest to you will be put in the judging. The meringue just came out nicer than the back one.
I plan on going and just enjoying myself and just relax after an afternoon of pie making.
Julia Child says..."when cooking, strive for perfection and if it isn't, never apologize! no excuses! no explanations!"
It is what it is.
(isn't coconut cream pie what MaryAnn always made for Gilligan on Gilligan's Island?)
The pies were taken and eaten and judged and that little pie in front got runner up in the Cream Pie division. The fella in the back was auctioned off for the rescue mission at the price of $45.00.
I hope it helps them a great deal.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
My daughter likes to purtify things. My husband is a carpenter and he brings home a lot of unwanted items and Margaret immediately starts thinking of ways to make them feel loved and useful again.
She has had this old window for several months now and has had a plan for it. Just this week she was able to complete it. She decoupaged (one of her favorite things to do) a poster board with pages from an old book and then added some extra pictures and draped a little bitty garland over it and tada, you have a lovely wall hanging. The fun thing is that when the mood hits she can change the poster board to another theme or old family pictures in each frame or old quilt blocks, or .....well you get the idea.
Chris has brought home more than his fair share of old unloved toilets.....and he sits them out back til they get thrown out or find a new home. Sometimes folks just need an old toilet for some reason. Right now we have THREE lovely toilets sitting out back. They are lined up in a majestic row and the one in the middle is PINK. It is as pink as a toilet can get. She has already laid claim to all three, especially the pink one, to plant flowers in next spring. I know that sounds goofy to some folks, but I just betcha she will make them look nice. I can imagine wave petunias flowing out of the openings.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Until next time.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I was so excited about the warmth of it. I was imagining all of the different fibers I could knit with to create TWENTY MORE! Ha.
Have a look and a look.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
My birthday gift will hopefully be a day trip to St. Joseph, Michigan. I don't know if we can get it done this fall or not, but if we do I want to eat at Clementine's, look out over the river and then walk on the beach of Lake Michigan and look at a light house...I heard there was one there. I have never been to St. Joe, but friends of ours have and when they can't be found you can just bet they are in Michigan. But yesterday was basically uneventful. We prepared @ 60 potatoes for baking, my husband went to the jail to minister to inmates on his regular cell block. He has several that voluntarily meet with him for Bible study. He picked up his grand daughter on the way home and she went to church with us last evening and after wards the whole church had....baked potatoes with various toppings. I gave her a little lesson on how to knit, she is seven, so the lesson was short and sweet. This morning she thought sausage and eggs sounded good for breakfast, so I cooked up some diced up baked potatoes sprinkled with Lemon Pepper, paprika and salt and pepper to the menu. He has just now taken her back home and I thought I would take a few minutes before lunch to share a photo or two of what I look like being FIFTY. Then after that Margaret and I will drive into town and deliver Bentley to his rightful owners. (we have dogsat my sister's dog since Thur. evening). AND I think I just might buy me a chocolate bar on the way home. Then I will probably heat up soup for supper (yes, when I make soup, we eat it off and on for days)....but I am thinking....broiled pork chops,mashed potatoes/corn sound good for supper too.....oh, decisions decisions.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Yesterday I put the handknit socks in the washer for a bath. They are all superwash merino wool, except for the purple ones and they are wool and bamboo, and then the far green ones are ALL wool. I thought I would take a chance and see how they would do. I ran a small load of cold water and made sure each had enough room to swish around in. They all did great. Into the drier they went, except the 100% wool ones, I didn't want to press my luck. I took them out when they were about half dry and let them finish drying on top of the washer.
I think they all look quite happy.
From the looks of things.....I think I need to go with brighter happier colors....don't you? I will do my best to change my ways.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
We ordered a router and after loading it and finding that I couldn't get the laptop to go on line, I called the maker of the router-Linksys.
After two lovely hours on the phone with two lovely ladies.....they realized that they couldn't help with my problem.
So on a whim, I called the number that was on the sheet of paper that came with the computer.
We had a bad connection and the young man called me back on his other phone.
Twenty minutes later.....the laptop was happy happy and so was I.
He didn't have to help me, but he did and he was able to do in 20 minutes what the gals in San Francisco couldn't do in two hours. Honest.
So, let me give his little company a plug.
They are very knowledgeable and quite pleasant. If you need your laptop fixed.....give them a look.
Avon PC Pitstop
Unfortunately, I did not learn how to make them when I was young.
I am a self-taught noodle maker from when I lived in Texas. I had a few cook books and even a Betty Crocker cook book, but none of them told me to throw them out on the table to dry. Ha.
Anyway, I experimented with noodles and dried them several different ways. What I didn't know was that they don't have to be dried to go right into the pot. But if you want keep them on hand....or make them in advance so you aren't doing it all on Thanksgiving Day, then you want to dry them. I usually dry mine and then freeze them and then I have them on hand. The recipe is at the bottom, but I will talk about each picture as we go.
Stir the egg mixture together and then start incorporating the flour mixture and mix until you can 't use a fork any longer.
I used to boil them to death until the broth evaporated and they would almost burn.
I have learned to cook them more gently.
I have cut them by flouring them extra heavy rolling them up like a burrito cut them into strips, unroll them and then let them dry. Shake off the flour. I have dried the whole rolled out piece of dough in a warm oven and then cut them and froze them. I have transferred the cut strips to cookie sheet and let them flash freeze and then the next day, just break them up and stick them in a freezer bag. All these work. It is just what ever works for YOU. I have even used a handy dandy pasta maker to roll and cut the dough. But this isn't my favorite method yet. Although the pasta maker makes good spaghetti.
This recipe is from the Betty Crocker cookbook.
2 C. flour
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. salt (BC calls for 2 tsp....but I have learned that 1 tsp. works fine)
1/4 - 1/2 C. water
yellow food coloring is optional