Saturday, October 30, 2010

Year of the Pie Recap

As some of you know I recently completed my "Year of the Pie" journey here on my blog. Today I sat and transferred pies from my old blog and now have all of my pie posts on this blog. If you click on the label on the side bar called Year of the Pie, you will be able to view all 52 pies there.
Until next time.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Moebius Revisited

I wore my moebius that I knitted in June, on my excursion into town today!! It was windy and brisk and in the 40's. I could still just wear a sweater, but my neck needed some attention.
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

Socks Again

My socks are coming along swimmingly. This is where I started.

They look a tad skinny, but they actually hug my feet quite nicely.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Am Now In His Decade

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

Clean Socks

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

More Socks

I started my third pair of toe up socks on Thursday. The last pair fit me, but they are a tad big. I am determined to knit a pair that fits like the cuff down socks. I will knit these with 52 stitches around the food instead of 60. Of course, I will let you know how they turn out.

My First Laptop Post

Ialmost teared up this morning when I turned on the laptop and could actually STILL get on line. Thanks Wesly. What a sweetheart.
I am still learning how to navigate this little fella.
No mouse and a finger scrolly thing that takes some gettin' used to!!!!
I visited a most lovely blog this morning, well it's a guys blog so maybe he wouldn't want it called lovely. :)
But if YOU want some LOVELY in your life today, go here. His name is Rob.
I didn't knit ANYTHING yesterday, which is weird.
Today, after I get my quart of sweet tea finished brewing, I will get ready to go out to the garden and get it cleaned up for wintertime. I hear there is a storm a'comin', so I best get to it.
My sweet tea...ahhh, I used to drink a couple quarts a day, but am now down to ONE and sometimes I still have some left in the evening. I hardly drink pop anymore, which is a good thing and I am trying to get my suppers in before 6p.m. With my husband's schedule it is always hard to plan suppers. So now I try to get them done anyway and Margaret and I can eat and he can eat when he gets home. The early suppers seem to help my heartburn and stomach issues. No pop helps too-a LOT!
Chris is working today and after the garden, we will probably make some sort of bread to go with the soup we made yesterday. Vegetable soup. It turned out really tasty. It is always better on the second day.
So off I go with my day, trying not to think about that fact that tomorrow is my birthday. 50th.
Until Next Time!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A New Laptop

My husband acquired a laptop through a friend for Margaret and I to share for our birthdays.
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


Thanksgiving time when I was young found oodles of noodles laid out on the kitchen table to dry. My mom made THE best noodles. Cooked them up in the turkey broth and then spooned on top of mashed potatoes. In our neck of the woods, we put noodles on top of mashed potatoes. (recently I have encountered a strange sort of phenomenon, where they DON'T put their noodles on their potatoes, but beside them on the plate)

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.
Mix flour and salt together. Add the yolks and the one whole egg. Add food coloring (optional) with the eggs. Farm fresh eggs won't need the food coloring, but store bought eggs might-if you want the noodles to look 'rich'.

Stir the egg mixture together and then start incorporating the flour mixture and mix until you can 't use a fork any longer.
Then with a pastry blender mix it until it looks like this.

Sprinkle the water into the mixture 1 T. at a time and then stir with the fork. I tilt the bowl and stir quickly, but lightly letting the pieces come together at will. Keep adding the water until the dough doesn't stick to the bowl and you can easily make a ball. You don't want it too dry or too wet-somewhere in the middle. Cut the dough into 4 balls.

Then flour your counter top or a pastry mat.
Then pat one of the balls into a disc, flouring both sides.
I roll mine thin enough to just see the lines of the mat through the dough. I turn the dough and flour it several times while rolling it out.
Then I take my newest fun tool(from The Pampered Chef) and cut the dough into strips. I then slide a large metal flipper under them and move them to the table and scatter them out. (Make sure you put the cat up if you have one)
Let them dry for a while and then
put them in a strainer and shake it so the excess flour falls through the bottom.

You can then flash freeze them and move them to freezer bags tomorrow or just put them in your soup right now.

This particular soup has chicken broth, carrots,celery, onions and chicken. I have the soup boiling when I add the noodles and let them come back to a boil for a few minutes and then I reduce the heat and let them simmer for 20 minutes or so til done. Cooking time depends on how thick and wide you make your noodles.

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 egg
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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

EZ Prime Rib Hat (Watch Cap)

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick Bulky Yarn
Prime Rib Stitch
Knit flat and top pulled in through yarn and
sewn down the side.
I just finished this hat for Chris to match his winter coat.
It was super easy and quick.

The above picture is more of a true color of the yarn.

I knit a hat like this earlier in the summer, but in blue and incorrectly might I add. I have worn it twice this week while walking in the mornings.
Yesterday was in the mid 40's and I had to remove it before my walk was complete.
This the mid 30's and I left it on, but it was still quite warm.
But, NO wind either day, which makes a difference.
I am thinking it might be a 20's hat.
We will just have to see.

Thanks for stopping by.
(of course, EZ stands for Elizabeth Zimmermann)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Popcorn Balls

1 C. sugar
1/3 C. white corn syrup
1/3 C. water
1/4 C. butter
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
16 C. popped corn (4 quarts)

Combine the sugar, syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook to 260° on your candy thermometer. (soft crack). Add vanilla. Pour over the popped corn and stir. Don't dilly dally. Shape into balls. The mixture is quite warm, so work quickly with light hands, but a firm touch. Wrap in plastic.

You should get about 12.

I have decided that if you don't have popcorn on your kitchen floor after this, you just aren't making them right. Ha.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Purple Socks Converted

Remember these?

I turned them into toed socks for winter time. I took out the last few rows and added some more and then did a totally wrong decrease..but it works for me.

It is like having new socks!

The yarn is Sensations, Bamboo & Ewe.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

On our way to church, my daughter and I hit a spot of ice in the was on a little hill.....and as we came down it...our little Jeep, Trigger, just came sliding down sideways. When you are on ice....not much you can do.
Trigger turned almost all the way around and hit a tree on the East side of the road....we were traveling South.

Margaret took the brunt of the hit because her little nine year old self was sitting in the front passenger seat. We were very fortunate that we were not hurt.
My husband, who was at church already, came and got us. They towed Trigger to the Ford store. The insurance totaled it. I was sad to see him go. He was a good Jeep. Margaret and I drove him out West for a 10-day vacation earlier in the year.

Moral of the story. Respect the ICE.
Give me a foot of snow any day....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Socks Are Done

Remember my weekend when I knitted and made applesauce?
The socks are done.

I did a sewn bind off on these. I am going to take out the bind off on Chris' socks and do it with this technique. I like it a lot. It has a bit more stretch.
It was a nice afternoon yesterday...just like it has been for EVER.....I am not complaining really, but we need a little rain. I sat out at the picnic table and bound off and listened to a plethora of birds. It was peaceful.

They are the same size, even though the one on the bottom looks bigger. (camera angle)
Each sock took one skein of Patons Kroy Socks FX yarn. They are not real thick and they are not real thin....they are cozy and comfy. Now we need cold weather....but I can wait on that. :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010


And then back in time again to blow out the candles. Next time you see her poke bonnet, I am sure it will have ribbons.

NOW she is Seventeen!

She donned her best civil war attire and we went back in time to this place.

Her dress doesn't have enough poof just yet. Crinoline and perhaps even a new fancy dress like one of these are goals for next year.
She purchased her snood and lace gloves last year...too hot for the gloves this year. It was an unseasonably high 89°.
When we had taken all we could take, we staggered to the Saloon for an ice cold (root)beer.

These were the Union forces gathering to advance on the Confederate forces at Gettysburg.

Confederate forces coming up the hill.

As we strolled around we saw this fella.

Later he agreed to have his picture made with Margaret.

The great thing about home education is that we can dig deeper into history at any given time. While studying the American Civil War, she read a book entitled, "The Real Lincoln". So I was shocked when she agreed to the photo.

We had an enjoyable time.

But, on any given day you could find her looking like this on the back porch.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pies of Pumpkin

The pies are made and cooling.
Since Margaret was two I have been making pumpkin pies for her birthday.
Her first birthday was in New Orleans and she had an ice cream cake. Since then.....pumpkin!
We won't need both pies tonight so one goes to church tomorrow.

She purchased her bonnets at Mississinewa 1812. She will decorate the poke bonnet herself but the other hat came with a ribbon and she picked out an ostrich and pheasant feather for the top. It is cute.

Soon we will be off to.....this.

Margaret- Not Seventeen YET....

We had no a/c in the truck when we lived in Georgia. We had to drive from Montezuma to Warner Robbins to the Sears for this picture. She rode up in her skivvies while her dress rode up on a nice little hanger. We sat in Sears for a half hour or so to cool down and get 'cute' before the picture was taken. Looks like my strategy worked.

We went here yesterday. You can't see how cute her hat is in this picture or the little poke bonnet sitting on the bag on the ground. Go her blog to see them better.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hats for Golf Clubs

My daughter, who will be 17 tomorrow!!!, makes and sells these. I think they are cute.
We have a busy birthday weekend hopefully she will approve some photos for my blog and I can share with you.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Purple House

Yesterday we delivered the last of our chickens to my cousin over on the other side of the county. Margaret and I picked up Mom and headed on over with birds in the back of the Explorer. (they were caged and there was minimal poopage on the plastic placed beneath the pen)

We drove by this house and I was so stunned by its beauty that I stopped and had Margaret take pictures. I hope I didn't invade anyone's privacy and if it is YOUR house....I hope it is o.k. that we took photos.
I believe the style is Federal and it was the most beautiful that eggplant? The buildings behind it were the same lovely color.

Isn't it pretty?

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Think about the best $9.95 you ever spent? What was it on? I went through a spell in my life where everything I bought was $25.00. I bought a pair of shoes for $85.00 one time (I must have lost my MIND! ). They didn't last $85.00 worth. My most prized $25.00 possession is my scoop shovel. I won't loan it out to anyone without a $25.00 deposit first. It is an aluminum shovel and carries a lifetime guarantee from Big R. I bought it about 12 years ago. I think snow shovels are ineffective, therefore, I use my scoop shovel. I grew up on a horse farm, not just a few horses horse farm, but a lot of horses horse farm. Scooping poop was a daily activity. There is only one thing in this world that I can say with confidence that I am good at and it is scooping poop. I would enter a poop scooping contest if there was such a thing. Anyway, I love my $25.00 scoop shovel.
But back to the $9.95.....I can't remember anything for that price that was so special that I remember it. But I WILL remember the concert last night. Our tickets were $9.95 each and they were the cheap seats. But they were GREAT seats. With the invention of those big screens at concerts ..... you don't get a bad seat.

Lookey Here.
The Gaither Vocal Band. (those boys can SANG!)
I sit here trying to come up with words to describe the whole thing.
I wished so that my daughter was there. She went to this with my sister's family( E and B ) and met new friends and had a wonderful time. So I can only TELL her about David Phelps singing an opera song and Mark Lowry's silliness and Gordon Mote's piano playing and the university's choral group and the string ensemble and Michael English and the rest.
It was just an absolute blessing to be there. We were blessed by their performances and love of God.
There is a God in heaven....(Daniel 2:28) and his son is Jesus and they sang and spoke of him for 3 and 1/2 hours. If a non believer had stumbled in on that concert somehow....that person COULD not walk out the same.
I just wanted to share our wonderful $9.95 memory.
Would I recommend attending a GVB concert......YES, more than I would Icelandic unspun wool!!! It is THAT special. :)

Go to Google Images and type in Gaither Vocal Band for a visual.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Lovely Spring Day

Short on time this Saturday to post about Socks!!!!, I thought I would share a photo from my husband's phone taken last spring. Daughter & Mom waiting across the street for the Tea Party rally to start.