Monday, June 28, 2010

Rock Shower Progress Today

Got alot of rocks up today here is a link to photo album

A Lazy Day Again Here-Rocks and New Coffee Maker

I think this weather had gotton me down, still hot and humid today still, even though we didn't get the much needed rain. Allergies acting up too I think.
(The above photo I took a few days ago, I added about 12 rocks in this photo since the last one.)
I am working at a slow pace today, but am back on the rocks again, I think I had been a little afraid; getting closer to the faucet area-as I am quickly approaching it. I should have enough flat rocks though to go under them, so the faucet piece can sit on top-will look much nicer. Been worried about doing this area correctly-today I am still working below it.
I also had gotton "bored" in this one section I am working on, cause it is hard now to find the variety of rocks I need-I still have alot of rocks collected, and am just making do for this wall-has been way too hot here this month to go collecting. When I stand back from it-does look good though-lol So am fretting over this too much. This year is a must completion date-Next year January it will be 4 years-way too long-lol
I have also been doing a little cleaning. Larry picked up a commercial coffee maker for $20.00 the other day-very very dirty. Spent one morning and a gallon of vinegar to get it cleaned up-working and looking good now. I went online and contacted the company-they sent me an instruction manual online, and told me this model is no longer being made-its almost 10 years old. I also found the correct coffee pots to use with this online too-so there will be less splashing of the brewed coffee with the right pots. It does look good on the counter-I have alot of stainless steel in my kitchen and this being stainless-looks good. As soon as the new pots come I can toss those two that came with it-very very stained.
Since I am stuck having to drink decaf. coffee now, I can take over the Mister Coffee pot for me-lol
I better get back on my rocks-lunch break is over-lol

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Art Sunday Toile de Jouy

I have been having a more difficult time deciding on what to post for today. I worked up one last night about an american scuptor whom I found very interesting. She was born in 1949 same year as me, and her primary subject matter is the full scale horse.
I ran into alot of java script problems, so had to remove all the photos, and then it still did not post right-however it did crossover post to blogger fine. Here is a link Kathys blogpost

This morning, I decided to post on Toile de Jouy. My post the other day refers to my quilt fabric swap-international, and I received a beautiful piece. My friend Aggie from France gave me the complete name for it. Toile de Jouy
Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply "toile", is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as (for example) a couple having a picnic by a lake. Toiles also often consist of an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion consists of a single colour, most often black, dark red, or blue. Greens, browns and magenta toile patterns are less common but not unheard of. Toile is most associated with fabrics (curtains and upholstery in particular), though toile wallpaper is also popular. Toile can also be used on teapots and beddings.
Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well, although toile-patterned shirts were widely worn in the 1970s
from here
and this excellent article on more history and the process of how it was made

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and this is the pretty piece I received from my swap partner

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hummingbird on Glass Feeder

This past week, the baby humingbirds are just buzzin all over the place-so much fun to watch. I captured one tonight while watering my plants.

click on photo to enlarge-will be able to see the little hummingbird

Art Sunday Deborah Kay Butterfield an American Sculptor

Not knowing who I wanted to feature for todays artist-I did a search on artists born the same year I was; 1949.

I found Deborah Butterfield an American sculptor

Her main subject matter is the horse.

Deborah Kay Butterfield is an American sculptor. She was born in San Diego, California on 7 May, 1949, and divides her time between a ranch in Bozeman, Mt and studio space in Hawaii. She is known for her sculptures of horses made from found objects, like metal, and especially pieces of wood.

photos from here there are pages of photos of her works

Here is an artist profile-lots of photos here as well, scroll right for more photos

Here is an extensive biography and listing of her credits and exhibitions

I had to delete all the photos due to javascript

Friday, June 25, 2010

I took Part in an International FQ Swap


My swap partner is Dutch but lives in France;  Baukje. Thank you so much for all these wonderful fabrics, embelishments, herb tea and French Cookies. My partner really spoiled me-thank you so much, she sent me enough pretty fabrics to make up a little quilt, and the beautiful green toile I may make into a shopping bag.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Banana Jam

I just joined a group on yahoo called canning2, thought I might pick up some new recipes or ideas.

I have never heard of this before, but I bet it would be good.

Banana Jam

If you like banana and peanut-butter sandwiches, you'll love this jam and
peanut-butter on a sandwich! (Recipe courtesy: Elizabeth Barcelo)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about one medium lime)
3 1/2 cups bananas, diced (firm, ripe ones work best)
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water


Place lime juice in a one quart measure.

Peel bananas and dice directly into lime juice.

Stir with a wooden spoon.

Keep stirring as you dice each banana into the lime juice to prevent

Measure sugar and water into a wide 2� quart saucepan, and stir to dissolve
sugar as you bring syrup to a boil.

Cover tightly for the first 2 minutes (so the steam will wash sugar crystals
from side of saucepan) then uncover, add bananas (with lime) and boil over
low heat for about 30 minutes or until thick.

Stir often to prevent sticking, especially during last 10 minutes.

Jam is done when a spoon scraped across bottom of pan leaves a track that
closes slowly, or when jam mounds while stirring.

Fill hot, sterilized jars quickly with the hot jelly or jam mixture, leaving
1/4 inch headspace.

Wipe the sealing surface of the jars with a clean paper towel, dampened with
hot water, to remove any jam or sugar crystals.

Place lids, screw on bands finger-tight and process jars for 10 minutes in
boiling water bath.

Cool jars upright for 12-24 hours while vacuum seal is drawn and jam or
jelly sets up. Let the jars sit undisturbed while they cool.

Bach Flower Therapy

After reading my friend Crones post this morning on how to make our own flower essences, I thought I would expand on this and refer you also to Bach flower therapy, which she also mentions in her post.
During the time when I was trying to heal myself, I also learned about Bach, I purchased their book and learned lots of good things. I always wished I had the money to search out a good homeopathic healer to use things like this for healing instead of only regular doctors that my insurance will pay for.
Here is their main site online
a list of articles
on this site you will find lots of books as well, perhaps your library may have a few
From I found a very informative post
and more on how to make your own flower essence, which my friend explains as well in my first link
and I found this video

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Back on my Rock Shower Project Today

I put up about 12 more rocks today. This is the last wall of the shower-yeh!  On the top right you can see the bottom half of where the shower handles will be-so getting closer.
Check tag rock shower for more

Brown Rice Salad from Whole Foods Market

It is just soooo hot here heat index up towards 105 degrees again today-that these cold salads look so good to me right now

Serves 6

Crisp carrots, cucumbers, radishes and celery combine with fresh basil, mint and parsley in this honey-Dijon dressed rice salad. Served chilled or at room temperature, this versatile dish is perfect for al fresco dining alongside your choice of protein.


2 1/2 cups cooked long-grained brown rice ( Learn to Cook: Brown Rice)
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped seedless cucumber
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup fresh or frozen and thawed peas
1/4 cup chopped basil
1/4 cup chopped mint
1/4 cup chopepd flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Put all ingredients into a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Quinoa 3 Bean Salad from Whole Foods Market

I couldn't remember if I posted this one already, but this looks so good wanted to share. I think I will make this for me next week, and add some cubed firm tofu to this for added protein

Serves 8

Summer green beans are here! Perhaps other beans, too, so substitute any of the three beans with what you can get on sale or from your garden...or the neighbors'. Canned garbanzos, pintos or black beans are fine, too, in this beautiful and delicious summer salad that works as a side dish or protein-filled vegetarian entree. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a light, whole grain with plenty of protein itself; once you try it, you'll invite it back to your table again and again


1 cup uncooked quinoa
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces, cooked and rinsed in cold water
1 1/2 cups frozen 365 Everyday Value Shelled Edamame, thawed
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 (15-ounce) can 365 Everyday Value Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup 365 Everyday Value Organic Italian Dressing
1 teaspoon dried tarragon


Rinse quinoa under cold running water and drain. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil in a small pot. Stir quinoa and a pinch of salt into water. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and let cool. Put cooled quinoa, green beans, edamame, peppers, kidney beans, dressing, tarragon, salt and pepper into a large bowl and toss well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Marketplace on Multiply

Did you get the little note in your inbox about the new marketplace coming here?
Multiply is encouraging sellers to have a blog here for free and market your wares. Sounds like once it gets going with more people the tags will help us find stuff easier to buy or sell.
I decided to go ahead and open up a second blog just for selling. It will take me awhile to load everything, and so far nothing new that you haven't seen already-my hand dyes, the two baby quilts, lavender pillows, and such. I am hoping to do some natural dying on cottons for quilts this summer and early fall. Want to try dying with mimosa, black walnut, hickory, oak leaves for starters.
This new blog will be marked as my seller blog, they want us to get verified which is a good thing but too expensive for me right now to do that.
Here is a link and if you would like to connect so you can see things as I add them, go ahead and send me an invite. Right now setting up items as blogs, as the photo section is not working.
I set up the blogs as line items so if you hit blogs you will get a list of the titles of the blogs-easier to read that way.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hot Chicken

It is just sooooo hot here in the ozarks, sharing photos of hot chickens

A little Doings and more Strawberries

My friend and I went to town early this morning, I needed to do a bunch of shopping for us. By the time we got out of the store around 10:30 am I was so glad I brought the cooler for our ice cream and milk and cheeses. It was already a sauna outside.
I really do not care for this kind of extreme heat, but not much I can do about it-lol
Larry was going back to the Amish sawmills with his friend, so he checked out the food store again. They still had a few of those wonderful strawberries left. I hadn't realized it, but the flats of 8 boxes-a pound each-were really a bargain as they sold for 5.00, or individual boxes were .99 each-so he bought another flat for us to put up, and one for friend Sandy. Just got finished cleaning them, and slicing them up and sprinkled with organic sugar that I had a vanilla bean in-very nice. I needed a bit of a break before I put them up in pints. This will be a really nice addition to our fruits in the freezer.
While at the store I went down the canning aisle and picked up a couple boxes of pectin that doesn't need sugar to jell, and I also picked up a couple boxes of 1/2 pints. I thought I might make some pickled cherries and a few fun things like that this year, and if we get a good crop of blackberries-which are going to burn up if we dont get some more rain-may try a batch of jams with this pectin.
I also picked up a couple bottles of the white wine vinegar to try some fruit vinegars with.
Well, I am off to get the strawberries in the freezer.
Happy First day of Summer! I think I could go for that margarita about now-lol

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chamomile Flower Wine Update

About a month ago I posted this recipe
recipe here
Instead of letting it just sit a week, I wanted it to go about a month, so today I just strained it off.
A very pretty color, and I sweetened it just a bit with agave instead of honey. Very nice!! Thought this would be a nice sleep tonic.
Off to strain the limoncello and finish that up next.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Art Sunday--Happy Father's Day

Father and Son:

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from here

Father and daughter:

from here

Father and daughter by Suset Maakal

from here

Early Storms and Green Beans

After a long day yesterday I was ready for a good night's sleep. However, our Nikita woke me up a 1 am to go out, and then again at 4 am to tell me storms were coming in

I heard the loud wind, so turned off all the electronics, but my 4:30 am the t storms came in, and Nikita doesn't like storms so figured I might as well just get up and blanch and freeze my green beans. We really got a cool down this morning which is wonderful, and thanks to mother nature my veggies and flowers got a good watering. This weekend promises to be extreme heat and very high heat indexes.

I had my beans all cleaned and ready to blanch last night.

My method of blanching probably the last 15 years now or so, is steam blanching. I happened to run across a chart online for blanching veggies and it included steam blanching times.

I love this method cause you are not dealing with fishing the veggies out of the boiling water, and keeps you and your kitchen much cooler in the process. Larry had this big chinese steamer when we met (30 years ago) and it is just perfect for this. When we moved down here, I found a mini match to this one at a garage sale-love that one for small batches or for steaming for meals.

Took me about 2 hours total to blanch, cool down, and package up and put in the freezer. Another thing I am doing now is, after putting the veggies or fruits in these little freezer bags (I hope I can still find these, this is the last of my boxes of these little bags that were meant to go into those little waxed cardboard freezer boxes-remember those??) I put 2 and 4 of these in those quart or gallon bags that you use a little pump to get the air out. I like this method cause you can reuse the more expensive bags as they don't get dirty with the foods. and it really does keep the freezer burn away from you foods-that you took the time to "put up"

Hoping to get a cake made this morning for our berries, and then paper work-pay bills on line today.

Enjoy your weekend. Happy Fathers Day to all you fathers

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Berries Washed

These strawberries are really awesome-very big and good flavor too. I only bought a quart of the blueberries cause they were expensive $4.50 for one quart, but wanted some fresh to eat.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lavender Oil for Pain

I know it comes with age and over use of certain joints etc, so I have been doing more reading again on pain management, don't want to get into the habit of taking an asprin or tylenol to control pain.

My lower back I have under control pretty much thru being more careful and stretch exercises I learned a couple years ago from my physical therapist.

However, my bad knee is acting up again especially from things like gardening, as is my bad shoulder. I got "talked into" going back to the doctor and probably getting xrays to see if anything has changed or just mostly arthritis. Probably a good idea to see where I am at first-I last had xrays and mri's on my knee 6 years ago.

I am really opposed to having surgery to "cut out" arthritis, if I can control it another way. My appointment is at the end of the month so will see what my doctor suggests-maybe return to physical therapy.

In the meantime, I am researching oils for pain mangement, along with the help of Endlessi too. The other day I posted a link to her, where she gave many suggestions for joint pain.

painting from here

Lavender oil

Lavender oil has been popular since ancient times. Lavender oil was used extensively on the battlefield during both World Wars when medical supplies became scarce to prevent infection and as a pain reliever. Soldiers suffering from the pain of their wounds would be administered lavender oil to ease the pain and often to kill the bacteria in the wound. Lavender oil would be applied directly to the wound itself.

The oil has such a variety of practical uses and one area of special interest is the use of lavender oil for chronic pain patients who generally experience sleepless nights due to pain. The pain creates in the patient sleep deprivation which serves to aggravate the pain as well as lowering the body's ability to fend off other infections and disease processes. When rehabilitation is started the patient is often tired and irritable due to the loss of sleep and the pain cycle is exacerbated.

from here

Lavender oil relieves pain when used for rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago and muscular aches and pains, especially those associated with sport

from here

Herbal Allies for Pain Relief
Some of my favorite pain relieving herbal allies include skullcap, cannabis, valerian, turmeric, poppy, willow bark, St. John's wort, angelica, motherwort, black cohosh, wild yam, lavender, cayenne, kava kava, and rose. Essential oils of pine, lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, rose, clove, frankincense, rosemary, ginger, juniper, and birch also are used traditionally as pain relievers and are well-documented analgesic agents. Put 10-12 drops of any one of these essential oils in one ounce of a carrier oil such as olive or coconut. Shake well and then rub into painful, swollen joints to allay pain and inflammation.

this comes from an excellent article I found here-recipes towards end of article

this article had a link to a tincture page has any one purchased from them?

photo from here

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

More Garden Photos

Isn't this really cool? My friend from Illinois brought it down for me as a gift. you hook a hose to the bottom of it which I have not tried yet.

The week I was going had rain most every day with 90 plus temps and high humidity-so of course everything turned into a jungle-lol

This bottom photo is our mimosa tree-could not believe it had bloomed this much already, the buds were just coming on when I left

Got most of Moms flowers planted-need help to ID them

The top one I was hoping was delphinium? the bottom two are the same plant one is pink and one has white flowers-the humingbirds and butterflys love them

Monday, June 14, 2010

Chicken--Chilled for your Picnic

I love cold chicken the next day-just sliced with veggies, or in a salad. I found this recipe for cold chicken at your next picnic

Spiced Cold Chicken

Spiced Cold Chicken

cook this up the day before and chill, then wrap up and transport in your cooler with ice.


  • 1 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


Heat oven to 400� F. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and place in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the paprika, sugar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the olive oil. Rub evenly over the chicken and roast until cooked through, 45 minutes. Serve hot, at room temperature, or chilled

recipe from here

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Home Again-Always so Good to be Home Again

Thanks to my dear friend here, I have been able to visit my Mom, and not take the Greyhound bus. I never minded the bus too much, ( right-lol) but a couple years ago they changed the routes and times of the bus so that they were more crowded and the worse was--I had a 3 am in the morning wait in chicago til 8 am to get the last connection home-and then someone needed to pick me up-about an hour away from my final destintation-so not a fun trip any more-and much longer too. Also couldn't bring much stuff back either. a definate bummer
Mom loved the quilting on the top she made for me, and one day all three of us got the binding on-so that was a memorable moment for me.
My Mom lives in Amish country, so I take in the simple moments of living amongst them again for a week. The clippity clop sounds of the horse and buggy and waving to them while enjoying moments sitting on the porch. When living here in the woods now of Missouri, I forget til I am there again, being amongst the acres and acres of corn and soy beans, along with all the farms with their veggie gardens and such. A very peaceful place.
This is also qulting country with quilt shops everywhere. We visited a few different shoppes, visited favorite ones again, participated in Mom's quilt club one day, and ate at my favorite restaurant Essenhaus-all homemade country foods.
Mom's strawberries were ripe so we enjoyed those and got more put up in the freezer for her, we also picked two kinds of cherries from her trees and got those in the freezer too for her.
A good trip, and we were blessed with cooler weather while in Indiana, we left Missouri in the 90s and returned to Missouri with high humidity and 90s. Lots of mowing again to do this coming week, and will need to get my little garden back in order. Looks like a full week ahead of t storms and more flooding in the area.
Always sooo good to be home again

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Art Sunday-Amish Quilts

I am headed off to Indiana tomorrow early in the morning-and visits to Shipshewana and with Mom living in Amish country quilting will be all around us; thought I would share a bit. shopping a link to quilts

Double Irish Chain Amish Quilt 86x106

Garden Patchwork Amish Quilt  86x102

an article of general information on amish quilting

I have learned that the Amish in Indiana use a much wider acceptable color palet than those in Pennsylvania

Blooming Nine Patch King Bed Quilt

Amish Country Collectible Handmade Quilted Amish Bar Throw / Crib Quilt

Song Saturday-On the Road Again

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Herbs Lavender Essential Oil

Pics of Dried lavender herb and essential aromatherapy oil

photo found here

I wanted to share this health tip using lavender essential oil-cause it works-and is one of the primary reasons I keep it on hand at all times. (I am an accident waiting to happen-lol)

If you should burn yourself, go fetch your bottle of lavender essential oil and put several drops right on the burn. It will burn like crazy for about a minute-and then all of a sudden the pain is gone. Within an hour or so, the redness is gone, and the burn has been sealed, within a day or so-it is healed-amazing to me.

Over the weekend when I was baking and grilling on the Webers, for some odd reason I was arranging the hot coals and one was not cooperating-so I just instinctively took my finger to move the coal over-Ouch!!! Instant pain, why did I just do that?, and my finger swelled up was red, and had a big white patch on the tip of it. So I grabbed my essential oil-doused it good, waiting til the pain stopped, and put a couple more drops of the lavender oil directly on it. I went back to preparing the meal, and by meals end-I was washing the dishes-forgetting about my finger-and no pain.

I always wondered if very serious burn patients could benefit from the use of lavender essential oil.

I found this site too for more uses Health benefits of Lavender Essential OIl

photo from here

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Given Free Pie Cherries for the PIcking

Yesterday when I was out mowing grass, an elderly friend from town here, stopped by to say we could have all the cherries we wanted off of his pie cherry tree-just had to pick them.

He offered these a couple years back, and we were able to pick enough for a couple pies, so this time I figured the same and only brought along two containers to fill-just in case. When we got there-early around 6am- the whole tree was loaded. Soooo what a treat, this is just half of them-the other half is in the frig. I think this will take me most of the day-lol-feeling the pains already---

However, my friend Sandy is such a good neighbor she is coming over to help me finish them up.

Later-there just could be a couple cherry pies in the making tomorrow-lol-one for us, and one for the friend that gave us all these cherries

Back to work Kathy

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

This Week---

My to do list:

Packing for Indiana trip

Mow Grass

and mow some more grass-lol

Set up meals for Larry to cook when I am away next week

Stay cool-we have a hot one this week-90s most days and high humidity, more rain coming too


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