Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spiced Pumpkin Donuts

Spiced Pumpkin Doughnuts

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a Dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable oil for deep-fat frying
  • Spiced Sugar
















Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high seed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in pumpkin, buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour until well combined. Cover and chill 3 hours.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-inch doughnut cutter, dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Reroll as necessary.

3. Fry doughnuts, 2 or 3 at a time, in deep, hot fat (365 degrees F) about 2-1/2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Using a slotted spoon, removed doughnuts from oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and doughnut holes. Coat warm doughnuts in Spiced Sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes about 12 doughnuts plus holes.

Spiced Sugar: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.

For gluten free, just use a gluten free flour mix for the flour

Autumn Walk to the Pond-Photos

I took these photos yesterday afternoon, it was extremely windy here, and cloudy.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Halloween Card For You

http://www.jacquielawson.com/preview.asp?cont=1&hdn=0&mpv=3170079

(let me know if the link works ok)

Hump Day Handmade-Hooking Rugs

Wow!! Is it really Wednesday already? This month of October has just flown by here.

Growing up as a child, I will always remember my mom hooking rugs. She made gorgeous pieces-circular ones, rectangle ones, for the dining room wooden chair seats, and I believe her masterpiece would be the one she did for the staircase and landings. We grew up in an old home so there were alot of stairs.

Mom also gathered up reclaimed wools and redyed them with cushing dyes. She learned the east coast method of rug hooking, which is very refined with shading using very very narrow pieces of cut wool.

I would like to make at least one rug with this method, or perhaps some smaller items covering little stools or chairs.

I have not come across many magazines on this subject. Rug Hooking is a beautiful magazine but is out of my price range and our little library does not carry it. I have found good information searching blogs on blogger however.

Also if you do a google search for rug hooking you will also find alot of information. Primitives are very "in" now. I will probably start there as the wool pieces are much wider-up to 1/4" wide.

Here are lots of videos to choose from on You Tube demonstrating rug hooking.

here is one of them:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Good Morning Tuesday

Another one of those dreary fall cold mornings here in the ozarks-and with rain too they say. It has been nice with the warmer temperatures and rain, so today will be a colder one.

Last night after supper I had to go online and pay bills. When I went to my insurance one-the site was not secure so decided I didn't want to pay that way. So I had to wait til they opened to pay by phone-not automated. I told her about her site not being secure, and she says Its not? Then she tells me well you know when you pay on the phone with me, then I manually go in online at the same site and put in the information. Not liking this idea, I say ok I will need to make a note to remember to pay thru the mail by check instead then. Then she is looking up my account and says well you know you paid this already in the beginning of the month-I did? lol

Did you ever get those days, when you don't remember what you did and where you going?? lol Now I can call them senior moments. giggling

We have been really involved with our bedroom project for about a month now, and also working hard at getting our wood in for the winter, and and but this stuff always bugs me when it happens-I need to start doing some brain exercises-giggling.

anyways, until our new mattress arrives we put the old one up on the bed frame, we made the foundation for it over the weekend. we put our collected furniture pieces on either side of the bed-wow do we ever feel spoiled lol-kinda like sleeping over in a hotel-

Yesterday while I was cleaning and waxing our furniture pieces, we also put together a couple hand quilting frames we had collected for me-to see which one we wanted to keep. I have never seen one of these up close and working, so good thing Larry is good at putting stuff together.

We settled on one that was an old Sears quilting frame that I had paid 3.00 for at a garage sale. We bought this from an older couple that was downsizing, and we also bought their compost tumbler too-which has really been nice to use. This one the frame tilts which will be nice, and can expand to 85" I am thinking I am going to need a few more inches, so we are going to see if we can buy 8 foot rods to expand the frame. I am very excited about this, as I can quilt in the evening in our new bedroom, while Larry watches tv after supper. Especially in the winter colder months, we will really enjoy this new room.

The other quilt frame we didn't like as much, didn't tilt, didn't seem as sturdy, and I didn't like the rails as they had sunken screws in them which I thought could still tear the quilt while it was on there. So that goes for sale at Bear. Then I found a third box with another quilt frame in it-had a price of 2.00 on it, so glad we didn't pay much for this one, as this one had parts missing, and a broken piece too-so that one we will toss. But we did save a piece that we can use to expand the bottom of the Sears quilt frame when we put in the expanded rails on top.

I will take some photos later when we have more things in place, but I found this one online which is ever similiar,except mine if much older and the bottom support rail is lower and a little different

So I am doing the happy dance for this progress. Larry also went thru some more boxes, tightened up the boxes in the hallway now, and we found more native american pieces-plates and such to hang.

Today I am going to finish up cleaning one of the furniture pieces, and then wow put clothes in a dresser-lol-what a concept after living out of boxes all this time-giggling.

I am off to get a fire going in the wood stove, make another pot of coffee-catch ya all later.

and don't forget this is Chicken Tuesdays! links on my previous blog post

Monday, October 26, 2009

It's Chicken Tuesdays-Halloween Style

Halloween Chicken Pizza Masks

1 pound ground chicken
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 package (6 count) English muffins, split
2 tablespoons soft margarine, divided use
1 1/2 cups bottled pizza sauce, divided use
1 teaspoon oregano
1 large green pepper
4-ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
4-ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
3 large pitted ripe olives, each sliced into 4 rings
  1. Heat frypan to medium-high temperature. Add ground chicken and onion; cook, stirring, until all red is gone, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
  2. With aluminum foil, cover 10 1/2 x 15 1/2-inch baking pan.
  3. Spread each muffin half with 1/2 teaspoon margarine and arrange in single layer on prepared pan.
  4. Spread heaping tablespoon pizza sauce on each muffin half. Cover generously with ground chicken and onion; sprinkle with oregano.
  5. Cut 12 slivers of green pepper into "smiling" mouth shapes and set aside; chop remaining pepper and sprinkle on pizzas.
  6. Mix together Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses; sprinkle generously on mini-pizzas.
  7. Bake in 450 degrees F. oven about 12 minutes. Remove from oven.
  8. Make mask face on each pizza by using 2 ripe olive rings for eyes and pepper slice for mouth. Turn some slices up for smiles and some down for frowns.







Makes 12 mini-pizzas.

Goblin's Taco Chicken Salad

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 cup tomato-based salsa - divided use
1 (16-ounce) bag salad greens
1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup ranch dressing
Stuffed green olives
Rectangle shaped tortilla chips
Sour cream
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook chicken in 1/4 cup of salsa over medium-high, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Toss chicken with the greens and cheese in large bowl.
  3. Mix together the remaining 3/4 cup salsa and dressing; pour over salad and toss lightly.
  4. Spoon salad evenly onto 6 plates and decorate each serving with olives for "eyes," tortilla chips for "tombstones" and dollops of sour cream for the "ghosts."



Makes 6 servings.

This link will take you to photos of submitted homemade chicken costumes http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/chicken-costumes.html

White chicken Chili for Halloween

This delicious thick chili takes just 20 minutes from start to finish. Top it with some green salsa and crumbled blue tortilla chips. You can certainly add more vegetables to the recipe - I like chopped green bell peppers. serve in orange bowls for halloween

Prep Time: :5

Cook Time: :15

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 oz. can chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. flour







Preparation:

Place one can of drained beans in heavy saucepan and mash slightly. Add remaining ingredients except sour cream and flour. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer soup for 15 minutes. In small bowl combine sour cream and flour and mix with wire whisk. Spoon in some of the hot broth from the soup and mix until smooth. Add this mixture to the soup and stir. Cook and stir for a few minutes until thickened, and serve along with more sour cream to top chili
chicken_suit_costume.jpg chicken costume, image by nicoleflorence
Happy Halloween

No T Storms Yet-but It's Still Raining and Raining and Raining

Raining2.jpg Raining? image by signherex_____

71fe659f9f87.gif Raining image by momoftobus


(photos from photobucket)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Good morning

We were so tired and with the storms we lost connection to the channels we usually watch, so went to sleep early-but now I am wide awake lol

We had rain off and on yesterday, warm temps which is nice, but around 4 in the afternoon, a big t storm went thru with lots of rains and lightening and noise. It's quiet for now, but more on its ways for most of Monday and that evening too. So will probably not be online much.

With moving some furniture pieces around, going thru some boxes and such, our house is total caos, and needs a thorough cleaning as well. Our hunter friends will be coming down mid november again-we so enjoy their visit-so I have been in panic mode this weekend-and when that happens I get overwhelmed and don't get enough accomplished. Sinus and allergies with the changing weather is not helping either. Hoping to be able to get more accomplished this week. If nothing else at least get some things in order.

I am loving our room more and more. Sandy came over in the afternoon Sunday, and helped us hang some of Larry's hides-he has quite a collection from over the years. The boxes we are going thru now, we have not been able to open since our move in fall of 2003, so kinda like Christmas with surprises. We found a box of native american items that was made for us by a seminole friend, and we found the perfect place to hang them. Ran into the box with Larry's mountain man reenactment clothing and such. We got to thinking, if we could find a male mannequin-what a perfect way to display all these pieces. Most everything was handmade, hand beaded by Larry. He used to belong to a group that did this, and they taught kids about that era-many years ago now.

Any ideas on where to buy a reasonably priced mannequin? I am loving this idea more and more.

Oldtimer.jpg Mountain Man! image by Kanye86

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's the Small Things we do That can Help us All

Those of you that have been reading me for awhile now, know I prefer when ever possible to buy made in the USA, not in Mexico or China-especially China.

I am label reader by habit in the grocery store, and now I am a label reader for everything I buy. When I have a choice I only buy USA made. If that store does not have a choice, I go to another store in possible, or to the internet. Kitchen utensils especially I only buy USA and if the company has left our country for its manufacturing I go vintage-at resale shops, and garage sales.

When we were looking for the covers for all the electric outlets in our bedroom-I made sure they were made in the USA. I feel if more of us did this on a regular basis and refused to buy inferior products made in China especially, we could bring back more jobs here in America.

Especially if I was buying for a child-clothes or toys or furniture, I would never buy anything made in China.

I just got the following as an email and was so glad someone else is doing the same. Thought I would share this

We CAN help our economy!!!



A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would . With that thought in mind, read the following.............obviously written by a good American.

(I think this lady's on the right track.)

Check this out. I was in Home Depot the other day, and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware, and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Got me thinking. Start looking.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy, or do, affects someone else - maybe even their job. My grandson likes
Hershey's candy. I just noticed that it is marked 'made in Mexico ' now. I choose not to buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is also 'made in Mexico ' now. I've switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. (Can be true for any store.) I needed 60W light bulbs, and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy, was an off brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same, except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand.........but the thing that surprised me the most, was the fact that GE was 'made in MEXICO' and the Everyday Value brand was 'made in (you got it) the USA', in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find the products you use every day......made right here!!!!!!!

On I went to another aisle. Those Bounce Dryer Sheets I needed - yep, you guessed it! Bounce cost more money - and - it's made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money - and - 'MADE IN THE USA'! Bye-bye Bounce! I did laundry yesterday, and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I've been using for years...........and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is this. Start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things, and see what you can find that is made in the USA . The job you save may be your own, or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book, so we can all start buying American......one light bulb at a time!

Stop buying from overseas companies and other countries!

We should have awakened a decade ago. Longer than that, over 30 years ago it was already happening.

Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs, and create even more jobs, right here in the U. S. A

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rain Rain and More Rain Today

The rains started early am this morning, and it's still raining. One good thing is the temperatures-we are still in the 60s, and 50s tonight before the temps drop tomorrow and the rest of the weekend.

and the leaves are falling-and falling too-lol acutally gorgeous, picturesque today.

We left to go to town early, picked up all the socket covers for the bedroom, and those ceiling pieces that fit into the holes for air conditioning vents, paint for the two windows in that room too. Also went for my 6 month check up with the dentist, so we had a full morning.

This afternoon I finished scrubbing a corner of the bedroom floor, and also started washing down one of the windows that will get painted.

Fixed another big crock full of hot apple slices with cinnamon-yummy-I love hot apples. These are those cortlands-really nice don't need any sweetening.

We both pooped out early afternoon, from all the extra work we have been doing-so a nice lazy late afternoon and evening.

More rain most of the night and tomorrow too. We have had more rain this year on a continuous basis since spring-that I can remember since we moved here fall of 2003. We always say it fills up our ponds, underground rivers, and our wells.

Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful fall day too-depending on where you live.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hump Day Handmade-Halloween Projects

Since halloween is coming up I thought I would post some craft ideas.

This link is just full of ideas http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/ from decorations, pumpkin carving, costumes on and on-and here is their link to creepy snacks-fun http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/best-halloween-snacks-793734/view-all/



Arrange branches with autumn leaves and berries in your jack-o'-lantern for some unique fall flavor.

Keep your pumpkins around to use as flower pots or vases even after Halloween is over.

Keep pumpkins fresh longer by using Vaseline on the cuts you make when you carve your design.

Read more: http://home.ivillage.com/holiday/halloween/0,,mnjr-2,00.html#ixzz0UWhntwOK
More tips:

Jack-o-Lanterns

What's Halloween without a jack-o-lantern? Find some stencils to carve or paint scary faces on your pumpkins to add the traditional touch to your party.

Candles

Use candles inside your carved jack-o-lanterns to make the faces glow. Put some dark colored candles in creepy candleholders around your snack table for a gothic touch. Use caution with open flames and make sure no costumes will come near them.

Crepe Paper

Use traditional crepe paper decoration to add Halloween colors to your party table and anywhere else you see fit.

Spider Webs

Buying fake spider webs is one of the most cost-effective decorations. They're cheap and can be found at your local discount store. You can make your own with cotton batting found in the crafts department. Then, you're going to need spiders. Pick up some creepy, fake spiders to add to the webs. Better yet, add some fake bugs too for your spider's victims.

Fake Blood

What's creepier than blood? You can find fake blood in the stores or make your own blood cheap! Using fake blood is better left for outdoor parties if you're concerned about any messes or staining. If you use it indoors, make sure it's contained. Click here for some realistic fake blood recipes.

Shadows

Cut out spooky shapes such as a bat, ghost or cat in some heavy construction paper. Tape it to a flashlight and place it in a strategic position to make your guests look twice.

Sound Effects

There's plenty of tapes and CDs available with creepy sounds such as lightning, screams, banging and creaking. Use these outside or in an entryway for the element of surprise.

Lighting Effects

Use special lighting to compliment your sounds. Dim lighting is always preferable to set the spooky setting and a strobe light adds a special touch to simulate lightening. A black light sets an unsettling atmosphere and can be found in most party supply stores.

Coffins

Use your imagination! You can build your own coffin with 6-8 wood pieces and place a dummy in it. Or consider having it closed and place one of those fake arms coming out of it. Add some fake blood to the side for a downright gross affect.

Scarecrows

Perfect for the Autumn season, scarecrows are fascinating to look at and add mystery to your yard. Set the atmosphere for your scarecrow by adding bales of hay, cornstalks, and Indian corn -- and he'll definitely get attention. Use our scarecrow instructions for easy homemade scarecrows.

Tombstones

Perhaps one of the creepiest things is a tombstone with the inscription R.I.P. which is reminiscent of old-time graveyards believed to be haunted according to old myths and urban legends. You can find tombstones in the holiday section of most stores around Halloween, or make your own and add some originality!

Fog Machine

There's nothing like fog around to send chills up your spine. Fog machines are easier to find these days around Halloween and aren't near as expensive as they used to be. Most fog machines are water based and are simple to use.

Paint it Black

Go gothic with a black party scheme. Choose all black decorations and tableware. Buy some flat black spray paint for items such as vases, napkin holders, pumpkins -- anything you can think of. Don't want black? Try purple, orange, or midnight blue.

Ravens

Create chills with ghastly grim, black ravens, sparrows, or crows placed on shelves, tables, and unexpected places like on the serving table or in the bathroom. Your guests will get goosebumps at the ominous implications of seeing these mysterious birds indoors.

Backdrop

If you've got some background to hide, you can make a backdrop with the largest black trash bags that you can find. Cut at the seams and attach together with black duct tape. After they're hung, spread fake spider webs in the front and then add the plastic bugs and/or spiders.

My Tuesday "Doings" here in the Ozarks

We have been blessed with another gorgeous day, only complaint not enough of these in a row and a little too windy-lol

I refilled the wood rack for the wood stoves, as we have rain coming again and cold 30s again by the weekend.

I also did up the last of the laundry and hung it out on the line-ya all know I love that-lol.

By noon I took Nikita for a long walk, enjoyed the beautiful fall colors, and then broke out the stain to work on the siding on the house. I really thought I would be finished up today, but my body just gave out-I have been painting alot this week, and could only do about 3 hours. Plus the section I am working on now, is not fun for me-lots of windows, doors, satelite hook ups, air conditioning hook ups and so forth. If we get lucky with no rain tonight I hope to be back on it tomorrow.

I also need to work on scrubbing the floor in our bedroom so we can set up our bed-and doing the happy dance here-order our new mattress. We soooo need a new set-ours is 30 years old-and was so bad we have been sleeping on the floor for the last year. I didn't want to buy a new mattress until the painting was finished. We decided on Angel Beds similiar to tempur-pedic beds. Do any of you have this?

I grabbed the camera today too, and took a few photos around the house.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Sunday-Photos Too

We got all the walls painted with time to spare for clean up-so perfect for me to watch my game-Vikings with my my fav. qb Brett Favre. He already has 2 touchdowns-yeh!!!
Our bedroom is really big, I wanted a large room with a hearth and wood stove. I wanted this room to be very warm, cozy, and 1830's-1860's feel. Sandy helped me pick the color for the walls, I went a little darker than she might have, but the color range we looked at-all would have worked out well. We took a small rock with to match up, it is in the sienna browns, and there are several large rocks in the wall Larry is rocking around the wood stove that matches this. We already laid a very large hearth for the wood stove. THe photos of the rocks, need to be cleaned up, and then sealed-after that the colors will pop in the rocks, and match in with these walls.
We also will be hanging alot of hides on the walls, the wall to left as you walk in the room, we will hang alot of my cast iron collection. We will also have alot of cast iron on the shelves in the rock walls, and around the wood stove. Also old crocks will go in this room, trunks, etc. etc-A couple of vintage rocking chairs, perhaps my spinning wheel, and I would like to set up my quilt frame for hand quilting.
After we started painting more of the walls-I knew we did good with the color, I love it. It is definately warm and comfy when you walk in the room. Still a little touch up to do, because of the thick texture, but we have just enough paint left over for that.
We don't have the money to do the floor right now, so that will have to wait. We want to put in a real wood floor, when we have the money we will visit the amish saw mills and see what is available.
I captured the color pretty well in the photos, except perhaps the richness of the color.
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This next one-the wall will have the cast iron hanging on the wall. We are going to put strips of wood across the wall-add hooks-and then the cast iron pieces
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Photos Taken Around Home Today

Brrrr quite chilly today, cloudy, one of those damp cold days.

Even thought we had no sun, I decided to grab the camera and take a few photos.

Update on bedroom project: Sandy and Larry worked two days getting the stucco up on the walls and ceiling, We will be painting probably friday. Yeh!!! Progress being made.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hump Day Handmade-a Little more on Spinning

I am going to be gone alot of tomorrow so posting early, this will also catch our European friends in a timely manner as well.

If any of you would like to share a creativity post-please share a link in comments here.

If you know a craftsman I found plans to make your own spinning wheel.

and here are plans for a great wheel made with pvc

and here is pretty blog with spindles

and this will show you to make a spindle from cds

Unless you buy your wool already processed into roving, you will need to card into rovings here is a how to on the process

carding wool in a video:

and here too lots of information in videos

Posts from Friends

Endlisse apple shrunken heads; a how to



Monday, October 12, 2009

Rain Drops Keep Falling

This is for all of us getting all this rain-lol

Just ordered a new Quilt Book

I was watching my quilt shows on PBS this past saturday, and I got inspired by an art quilt artist they had on one of the programs; Melanie Testa.

She has a book out called Inspired To Quilt Creative Experiment in art Quilt Imagery. Click on the title of the book and it will take you to amazon where you can see the inside. What got my attention was her techniques for getting comfortable with machine quilting, and simple ways to get a pattern on the quilt.

So I took the plunge and just ordered the book. If I can't get a book on my quilters flea market group, then I check out amazon where I can most always purchase it at discounted prices. On my group they said they just spotted this book on sale at Joanns, but we don't have a store close by. So now I am anxious to get my new book already-lol

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Art Sunday

I thought I would participate in art sunday this week. This was always one of my most favorite "tours" on yahoo 360. Especially in the winter and colder mornings, I would get my hot cup of coffee and take the "tour" of all the blog posts featuring different artists. I really enjoyed that. I noticed a few of us are still doing this, so thought I would share.

I found an exhibit :

ABSTRACT AMERICA:
NEW PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

29th May 2009 - 17th Jan 2010

at THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Duke of York's HQ, King's Road
Chelsea, London, SW3 4SQ, U.K.

Here is their online exhibit http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/abstract_america_painting_sculpture/

This is a very fun site to browse around in


Brrrrrr is it ever Chilly here this Morning (a couple photos too)

We are not in the "groove" yet of filling the woodstoves, so waking up to the mid 30s-the house is very chilly.

We still have thick fog, but the sun is breaking thru finally. I think I need to cook me up us hot grits-lol to get warmed up

I just finished doing all the cutting for my men's quilts this morning. I have 3 quilts cut out now, using shirts and woodsy fabrics.

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We had the computer turned off quite a bit during the storms and I forgot I took a couple of photos of the rains. Most of them turned out way too dark, but I did have a couple that turned out.

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Yesterday we decided to get out of the house and go "bumming" hehe We went with Sandy and enjoyed a nice morning. It was still raining til about 10 am or so, before it finally started to move out of here. We went to our favorite resale shop, found a new flea market to check out, and enjoyed the views as the trees are just beginning to really turn colors now, and we ended up at the amish store we like. I found a bag of toasted corn flour-thought that work out nice for fish or chicken.

I will be helping Larry with the work in our back room this weekend, still have a few more things to get out of there so he can finish sanding and then get into the stucco stuff. I just may even start back on the rock shower project-lol-and tomorrow there's football-

Enjoy your weekend my friends

I love this Game-Pumpkin Simulator

http://www.ugoplayer.com/games/pumpkinsimulator2003.html

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

I thought I would make ups some cookies, but was looking for simple, and not alot of added fats. I found this one, looks good, and with the splenda Larry can eat them

Magical Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Serves:

18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
  • 1 1/3 cups baking sugar replacement (recommended: Splenda)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, 1 cup sugar replacement, the egg, and vanilla, and stir well with a spoon. Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. With a fork, dipped in sugar replacement to prevent sticking, press a crisscross design on each cookie. Bake for 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and sprinkle the cookies with some of the remaining sugar replacement. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Thu Oct 8 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

My "Doings" Today

Here in the Missouri ozarks we had just a gorgeous autumn day. Bright blue sky, full sun, no wind, got up in the 70s late afternoon. However, we woke up to a cold morning in the high 30s.

I spent the morning working on my quilt I am redoing. The batting was too thick, so I have been taking all that basting out. I got the basting out the other day, so this morning I worked on getting the batting thinner-a big job. Remember this is that organic batting that was loose in a bale. You have to just peel off layers. I ended up filling a garbage bag full of it. It took me 3 hours. I re ironed the top and placed that on top, and just rolled it up for now. Soon we'll be back to rebasting-lol-I did test a needle thru the quilt-and yeh! I will be able to hand quilt it-finally-

In the afternoon I joined hubby in the woods, who had been cutting wood for the splitter. We filled up the trailor 2/3's full-so yep I am tired.lol

Around midnight tonight the rains will begin, here is the forecast:

FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* WIDESPREAD STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM THREE TO FIVE INCHES ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND THE MISSOURI OZARKS THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL OCCUR IN AREAS THAT EXPERIENCE SLOW MOVING OR TRAINING THUNDERSTORMS.

* THIS EPISODE OF HEAVY RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS... CREEKS... AND MAIN STEM RIVERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

The 10 day forecast is showing lots of rains, clouds, and lows in the 30s. Soooo we'll be back in the house working on projects. Larry is up to sanding walls and ceilings, and I may be back working on my rock shower-finally-hehe-I really got to get this project finished. and I promise I will package up my seeds and mail them off soon too.

Well, I am going to relax and watch Bobby Flay on Food Network Later

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hump Day Handmade- Simple Weaving

Simple Weaving

I thought I would share some links for simple weaving techniques-ones you don't need a large investment for the equipment.

http://www.interweave.com/weave/projects_articles/Critters.pdf this one is really cute-- woven critters

Here is a nice how to article-on how to build a very simple loom, and how to use it http://www.hallnet.com/Weave.html

This following project is simple-but pretty neat! Use this as a jump off for a creative project of your own http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/08/weave_a_ric_rac_lampshade.html

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Here is a link to a blog I did on; weaving on cardboard and also one on weaving on those little metal pot holder looms

What creative projects do you like to do once winter arrives??

Monday, October 5, 2009

Doings Here so Far

Do you ever get up with a plan for the day, start on something else-and that gets you side tracked?

It started out really cold in the house this morning, so couldn't do the stuff outside I wanted to get into yet. Sooo I am playing on the computer, drinking my coffee, even catch a movie.

Around 9-the sun is out no wind, not quite 50 yet, so still a little cool for my project. Well, I am thinking I need to carry in wood for the back woodstove so we will have that when we need it-especially towards the end of week when we will have a frost. also have alot of rain moving in this week-and I don't like wet wood for the wood stove.

Yikes-I never noticed what a mess around the wood stove. Larry is putting up rocks and rock shelves on those walls-so mortar stuff all over, and I need to get the cast iron out of this room before we start working on the ceilings and walls.

That has turned into a project for the whole morning-lol and now its gorgeous out and I need to get outside. thats ok as this really needed to get done.

The cast iron is heavy and we have alot of it, found a corner in the living room where I can store it till the bedroom is done, and Larry has all the rock up. Thats where we are going to put most of the cast iron-I think it will fit right in on the big hearth and around the wood stove, and some on the shelves he is putting into the rock as well.

Now I am thinking we are missing some pieces, so must still be some outside somewheres.

A little quick lunch as I can't believe it; the day is almost over-almost 1 in the afternoon.

time flys fast some days-later

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Some Doings Here in the Ozarks and Tree Frogs and Persimmons

Started out pretty cool and cloudy this morning, but by 1 in the afternoon the sun was in and out, not alot of wind, and temps in the upper 60s. A beautiful autumn afternoon here.

Larry spotted a couple fun little creatures today. In the morning he said he saw the brightest green grasshopper he had seen in awhile, and it had bright red eyes too.

In the afternoon, I am outside on a project and he says "come you gotta see this really cool little frog." Neither of us had ever seen this little guy before. I looked him up on the conservation site and discovered he is a grey tree frog. The article also indicated he was very common here in Missouri-so will keep a look out for more of these little guys. He was really cute, and wow can he jump far for a little frog. Here is a link-scroll down til you find grey tree frog-you can also click on his sound http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/herpetol/frog/id.htm a very nice link.

Here is a photo of the little tree frog, and a photo of me with Autumn.

HPIM2517-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

HPIM2525-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

HPIM2531-1.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

Have any of you eaten a persimmon? I am yet to find a wild tree of them here in our woods. I also planted some when we first bought our property but they didn't make it. This is the time of year to start looking for them, an article here from conservation about the persimmon http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/plantpage/flora/motrees/p49.htm

I would like to share a recipe I found in their (Missouri conservation) magazine this month

Persimmon Bread

2 cups persimmon pulp

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon allspice

1 1/2 cups raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 eggs

2 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cups vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix persimmon pulp, baking soda, and lemon juice in a large bowl. set aside

Sift together flour, salt baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg set aside

beat eggs until slightly thickened. beat in sugar, then oil and vanilla. add flour and persimmon mixtures. stir in walnuts and raisins.

Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

I close with a photo I took as you drive into our driveway( 2006)

699e.jpg flag along our driveway 2006 picture by kathyinozarks

Have a fabulous new week!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Welcome to our Neighborhood Tailgate Party

PorkinthePark09231.jpg BBQ Chicken image by Ruben111

Hamburgers.jpg Grilled burgers image by pammyg3

BarbecueSausages.jpg Grilled Sausages image by AnnaMollyMadison

potatosalad2.jpg Potato Salad image by AnnaMollyMadison

beertub.jpg beer tub image by charmschool_09

DSCN1733.jpg Fresh Fruit Salad image by lovethedecor

Summer06109.jpg beer in cooler image by scuz06

cokes.jpg ice cold cokes... image by dukefarms

and a chili pot too

IMG_1525.jpg The Chili Pot image by lgiacalone

My favorite football teams are the Green Bay Packers, and Brett Favre with the Vikings-who are yours?

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Bring alot some food and beverages to share, your favorite teams, and/or some music too


Enjoy our first neighborhood party!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Vintage Recipes from Newspapers and Such

I am still going thru a few remaining boxes-mostly to see whats in them if I can find a new home for them, or find somewheres else to put the boxes-lol which is getting difficult.

I came across a little box I had totally forgotton about. I have always picked up vintage cookbooks especially the little ones printed by Bakers Chocolate, Gold Medal Flour and such, whenever I find them at garage sales. This was a box that a friend of ours had given us along with a recipe file box that were his mothers. At the time he had no one to give them to and wanted me to have them. It was a few years before my retirement, and I was working on a cookbook with recipes I had collected from friends and family while living in Illinois. I wanted to print it and share before moving here to Missouri.

This book ended up being very large, too expensive to have published by those cookbook companies that do that, so Larry had found me a cook book program for the computer, and also a refurbished two sided printer.

I did the book myself, stamped and colored each one, designed the cover pages, and also numbered and signed them. I think I printed off 75 at the time. I sold about 50 of them and gave the rest away for gifts. Anyways our friend said his mom had some excellent family favorites so he gave all the recipes to me. I did include several yummy looking recipes in my cookbook. In the end our friend had a stroke, reconnected with his son, and sadly passed away-right when he wanted to live again. Long story short we were in contact with the son for awhile and I mailed him off the recipe file box that had all of his Grandmothers hand writing on them. If I would have remembered this box I would have sent this along too, I have since lost all the contact information.

Sorry for the long background on this. Well any of you that get excited about these older recipes would have had fun going thru this box with me. The oldest piece I found was dated 1925, most of the pieces were in the 30s, a few in the 40s and 50s. At the bottom of the box were quilt blocks cut out of the Stlouis newspaper at the time. These were block patterns that were sold for .10 at the time. Kinda neat as I can research out these blocks for the patterns, some of them I was not familiar with.

Remember the Yellow Angel Food Cake recipe that was my Grandma's?, I have posted this a couple different times; well I have never seen this recipe anywheres and in this box I found a newspaper clipping for a cake titled Narcissus and Daffodil Cake-the recipe is very similiar to the one my grandma used.

I also wanted to share a potato candy recipe I found in another newspaper clipping from the St Louis Daily Globe -Democrat, Friday Morning June 15, 1934

Potato Fluff Candy

3/4 cup of mashed potatoes

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 teaspoon of lemon extract

1 cup of cornflakes

1 cup of chopped peanuts

speck of salt

Gradually work the sugar into the potatoes, then add the rest. Press firmly into a greased pan, let stand for twenty four hours cut into squares

I thought this following recipe, was interesting, never have seen cocoa butter for sale for cooking with, this comes from the same article

Chocolate Angel Food Candy

1/4 pound cocoa butter

1/4 pound chocolate,bitter

1/2 pound sweet chocolate

20 marshmallows

1 cup walnut meats,cut

Scrape chocolate and cocoa butter in top of double boiler and let stand in hot water until melted. Place over cold water and when still warm add the marshmallows, cut into 1/4 inch squares, and the nuts. Spread into buttered shallow pan 1 inch thick. Place in ice box until cold. cut in squares and keep cool.

and May 1935 -- a grocery ad

Jersey corn flakes 10 cents

Doggie dinner for your pets 9 cents

Bakers premium chocolate 8 oz cake 23 cents

while supplies last free autographed Shirley Tempel occasion dish

Self Polishing Wax-rite liquid wax pint can 39 cents

White King Soap 5 cakes 22 cents

Gold Medal Flour 24 pound sack 1.09

Large Florida oranges one dozen 20 cents

and to share one more recipe that was in a little handmade booklet of shared recipes-I had heard of saving and rendereing bacon fat but never chicken fat

Mrs. Art Nahlik's Devils Food Cake Made with the Rendered Fat from a Baking Hen

2 cups sifted cake flour

1 3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cup ocoa

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup soft chicken fat or any other liquid shortening

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 medium eggs, unbeaten

1/2 cup milk

Sift first 6 ingredients together; drop in the shortening, pour in the 3/4 cup milk and vanilla. Beat briskly 2 1/2 minutes

add 1/2 cup milk, and eggs beat 2 1/2 minutes longer.

Pour into two 1 1/2" X 9" pans greased and lined with wax paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until test done.

Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, use your favorite frosting

Good Morning It's Friday

The sun is shining here in the ozarks, house is cool, but it's in the 50s and not the 40s like predicted. We don't have any of the wood stoves going yet so the house is on the cool side in the mornings. As long as we have sun and temps that get up in at least the 60s, the house is comfortable enough without heat.

The PBS National Parks series is an excellent "must see" show. I can see now why it took 2 years for them to film and put together. It was quite a history lesson for me as well.

I think as you get older you preceive things differently or in a different light. I had no idea of the outrage by some peoples when some of these Parks were being voted on in congress. It really hit home how money hungry, and selfish for our future generations Americans can be. I guess it is an evil that is just in human nature. If it were not for so many that dedicated their entire lives for some of our Parks, and others that had monies to buy the land and then give it away for future generations of Americans; the Parks would not be what they are today and well we would just have them.

When I was growing up as a kid our family vacations were tent camping and seeing different areas of our country. My mother has always been interested in our history so our vacations were centered around American historical areas. I do remember staying in alot of state parks, and in the smokey mountains area, but have never been fortunate to see much of the west. I would love to have the opportunity to do that someday.

When I lived in the Denver, Co. for awhile back in the late 70s, I did get to see the Park in the Estes-remembered the beauty.

I feel so blessed to be living in the woods here in the ozarks. It does our beings good to live within nature's grasp.

Tonight is last of this series that began on Sunday evening.

Not sure what I want to do today, maybe cut out some more fabric for quilts, move some more boxes and find a spot for them out of the back bedroom. Larry is getting closer to being able to "popcorn" the ceiling, and work on the walls in there too.

Tomorrow Sandy and I may go to the All Missouri Spin-In, it is put on by a weaving guild for celebrating Weaving and Spinning Week that comes up next week. It is being held at the local library, with vendors, free lessons, and a drawing too for a spinning wheel, and a basket of ready to spin fibers. Maybe I will finally learn how to spin wool-lol

Found these photos on photobucket

SpinningAlpacaWoolBosFeatherweight.jpg Alpaca Wool Bosworth Featherweight image by YarnOrATale

IMG_5219.jpg Alyssa image by alitabee

Enjoy your friday

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