Friday, April 30, 2010

Big T Storm Still Coming-Doings

This morning, I did one more load of laundry and hung it out on the line to dry, and had Larry fire up the mower-Been mowing for over 3 hours-got lots more mowed.

I was headed back to the house to park, and I ran out of gas-I knew I was getting close, cause I was getting a big sinus headache from mowing. It's back by the tree line-in back of the garden. Oh well-I took out some plastic to cover it up good.

Larry is working on fixing the big mower, so when that happens I will have him teach me how to run it.

At the bird feeders-the gold finches are in full color now, a few more hummingbirds have arrived, and we still have the usual visitors too-woodpeckers, buntings, blue birds, cardinals, and more.

I also put out orange quarters cause I want to attract in the orioles-can't remember when they arrive now. They are only at the feeders a very short time, til they go off in the woods to make a nest and raise their families.

I got a surprise in the mail today-a spring post card from one of my quilting friends-love getting mail. My Mom should get her lavender pillow today in the mail-am anxious to her reaction.-lol

Facebook-I decided to cancel my account over there, I only opened up one so I could view photos of a couple friends and family, but I really don't like it over there Not into all those games they have. I have been cross posting from here, but I am always concerned about the security over there-so I just canceled so as not to even worry about it. I did have my security set up pretty private, but they always seem to be in the news over their security on Facebook.

Once I get rid of my headache, I think I may work on my rug hooking a bit. Need to unplug all the big electronics soon too, the storms with higher winds, hail, etc should be here any time now. Alot of times these really bad ones go around us-that would be good.

Enjoy your friday and upcoming weekend.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Varigated Lemon Thyme

I totally spaced out herb thursdays this week.

I think with the warmer weather here finally for alot of us, we are enjoying "real life" activities-gardening, yard work, bbq's and more.

While I am watching Good Eats-I thought I would do a little post.

I bought a yellow lemon thyme this year, for its beauty and it smells so good too. Here is a little on the varigated variety

Here is a little information:

Overview

Variegated lemon thyme, native to the Mediterranean region, produces tiny � to � inch green leaves outlined in yellow. Growing to a height of 8 to 12 inches this hardy perennial herb is ideal for containers, hanging baskets or as an edging plant. Abundant purple-pink blooms appear in mid summer and attract both bees and butterflies.

Cultural Requirements

Lemon thyme prefers full sun for at least 6 to 8 hours a day and thrives in rich well-drained soil high in nitrogen. It requires little supplemental watering and grows well in soil pH ranging from 4.0 to 8.0. Light application of fertilizer in early summer boosts growth, but generally is not necessary. Sheering back to 3 to 6 inches revives the plant in mid to late summer after blooms are spent.

Growth Habits

This compact plant spreads to a foot or more as its woody stems often take root when contacting the soil. Dense foliage creates a mound of delicate green and yellow leaves. When grown in raised beds or containers, foliage trails over the sides adding texture and dimension to the garden.

Flavor and Fragrance

Lemon thyme releases a burst of lemony scent when leaves are bruised, so it's preferable to plant it along along walkways or edges of pathways. Like its fragrance, lemon thyme has a distinct lemon flavor with rich earthy undertones.

Culinary Uses

Lemon thyme can be used in recipes calling for lemon or lemon pepper and enhances the natural flavors of fresh garden vegetables. Chopped or dried lemon thyme added to breading for chicken or rubbed into chicken before cooking provides a delicate lemon flavor. Used in omelets or other egg and cheese dishes, lemon thyme adds an unexpected burst of flavor.

Other Uses

As a mild stimulant, similar to caffeine, lemon thyme provides a boost of energy. lt also adds flavor and fragrance to soaps, mouthwashes and colognes.

Interesting Fact

According to Iowa State University, lemon thyme is more effective as an insect repellent than the advertised "mosquito plant". Crushed leaves rubbed on the skin repel mosquitoes and other flying insects

taken from here http://www.gardenguides.com/99539-variegated-lemon-thyme-plant.html

Here is a link to use as an herbal remedy http://www.ageless.co.za/lemon_thyme.htm

Here is a recipe for lemon thyme sorbet http://www.andreasrecipes.com/2009/05/26/lemon-thyme-sorbet/

and this recipe looked good too Blueberry Lemon Thyme Muffins http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/RECIPES/RECIPES/Breads/muffin_lem_thyme_blue.html

It is Soooooooooo Windy Here today

It would be a gorgeous day to be out, if it were not for the very high winds.
It is great for drying laundry on the line though-lol Which I decided to take advantage of.
I wanted to plant several pots of flowers, along with seeds and such but these high winds today are bringing in a big storm with lots of rain so I guess I need to hold off.
I decided to deactivate my facebook account just now, there seems to be so many security issues over there, and I have gone into settings to make every thing just for friends or for me, but I decided to go ahead and close it, since I am not comfortable over there.
Much more security here and on multiply.
Enjoy your day

Hang on--Its Windy Here

Definately a good day for the clothes to dry-that is if you can hang on to them long enough to clothes pin them to the line-lol

However, not a good day to spray some weed killer, or to plant seeds-giggling.

I did get a couple plants planted for the humingbirds, and got the ground ready to plant seeds under the bird feeders-but definately not getting everything accomplished I wanted to before the storms hit.

The wind is so strong the woods are almost howling-

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Yeh!! Lots of Sunshine Today

We finally got sunshine along with warmer temps too-I think we made it to the 70s today

So, after blowing the morning in town, when I got back I mowed lots of grass, always looks so nice when cut doesn't it? I still have alot more spaces to cut, but around the house is done.

Just heard back from the long arm quilter I commissioned to quilt my quilt that my Mom made for me on her 80th birthday. I have been excited about taking the splurge in money to do this, I think this will be Mom's last full size quilt that she makes so even more special to me.

I picked up a couple more nice herb plants, and also one for butterflys and another that the hummingbirds will like. I also have some seeds I want to plant around the bird feeders-will finish that up tomorrow.

We will be back to several days of rains again after tomorrow, so trying to catch up on some outside stuff.

May not be on the computer as much as I usually am, this week-as I am needing to get some projects finished or started.

What have you all been doing lately??

Monday, April 26, 2010

Chicken Tuesdays Spring Rolls-Baked

Baked Chicken Spring Rolls Recipe #329560

55 min | 35 min prep

SERVES 2 -3

Spicy Dipping Sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400 and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper, sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Prep chicken, rice noodles and veggies.
  3. Combine cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots, garlic and ginger. Set aside.
  4. Heat saucepan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add cabbage mixture and cook for 2 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add hoisin sauce, fish sauce and ground coriander. Stir until well combined.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat, add chicken and noodles, combine. Set aside.
  6. *Note there are two different types of rice papers - I use the hard rice kind found in the refrigerator section, directions for those wrappers are as follows. I have not tried using the other wrappers, (I can't find them around here!), but feel free to use them as you normally would. I've heard they are easier to use than the crisp ones.
  7. Working with one rice paper at a time. Dip rice paper in warm water for 12-15 seconds until pliable. Remove rice paper to clean towel. Add about two tablespoons of noodle mixture to rice paper and wrap up tightly. Place seem side down on prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all filling is gone.
  8. Spray spring rolls with fine layer of cooking spray.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping rolls half way through.
  10. While rolls are baking, combine dipping sauce ingredients with wire whisk.









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Happy Chicken Tuesday

Another Rainy, Gloomy, Cool Day

Another day with no sunshine and on the cool side as well. I am definately ready for some more sun

I took out the latest book of the Elm Creek Quilt Novels from the library, and I have it almost read.

The Aloha Quilt

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Aloha-Quilt/Jennifer-Chiaverini/9781416533184

Jennifer Chiaverini's books are so readable-I don't put her books down too often til finished and I know the ending. This one is no different. I woke up at 3:30 am this morning, couldn't get back to sleep so started reading-took a little break from it around 8 am, and will be back reading to the finish.

If you are not familiar with this series, check your library and read them in order, if you pick up any book-she always lists them in order in the front of the book, she also has several pattern books out now too based on the quilts in these novels I can see a quilt pattern book coming out soon, based on these hawaiian quilts.

This afternoon, thinking of making an apple pie for our friend-his favorite dessert. Catch ya all a bit later on

Have a wonderful new week.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Art Sunday-It's Raining

We really need the rain, but it's been raining here like the rain forest since friday.

A little cooler today and windy. We needed some "down time" so that is a good thing, but our close friend from Illinois is here for a few days-and is ready for sunshine-lol The guys are "playing" on the computer so will not be on much for a few days.

Monet

Cliffs at Pourville Rain 1896
oil on canvas
Morning on the Seine in the Rain by Monet

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lavender Pillow Finished

I love my little pillow-lol Very happy with the results, hope my Mom loves this too-as she does not always like things I make for her.

recap of project:

tea dyed cotton

gathered flowers, leaves here on property

flower pounded onto the tea dyed cotton

Let dry a few days, then I iron on hot cotton setting

layer flower pounded piece with cotton batting, embelish with a few long running stitches I used wool thread (crewel I bought cheap at the resale shop)

take another piece of tea dyed fabric (I had tea dyed a white cotton with very small print to use for the back) and sew around to make pillow, leave on end mostly open: I sew on one of the short ends just an inch (both sides) and back stitched.

I sewed another seam inside of this one for stability, and trimmed to a 1/8 inch, trimmed the corners at an angle to turn better.

I mixed about 1/2 pound of cheap white rice with handfulls of lavender buds til I liked the look of it-put a few drops of lavender essential oil in too and mixed it all up.

Fill your little turned pillow, hand sew the opening.

Enjoy! or give as a gift-lovely!

A Little Update on Embellishing Flower Pounded Piece

It's been a good creative day today. Just finished up with one of the pieces that will be used in a lavender pillow. I used wool thread to embellish and quilt this, (on back I layered with a piece of cotton batting).

Next up is to do the same with the other piece, and then sew into little pillows, mixing rice with lavender buds.

These photos will enlarge by clicking on them.

Progress on my Rug Hooking Project

I am finding this much more fun to do than embroidery. I am going to need to force myself to finish up the 18" quilt blocks of sunbonnet sue I started-lol

A Slideshow-Hike in the woods

A few days ago I took another log walk in the woods, mostly to make sure I remembered where things were. My camera ran out of battery before I reached the bottom, so may update this slideshow later on. Enjoy the woods in springtime.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Enjoying our Pair of Wood Thrush This Morning

So much cool avian activity still, I guess we have been here long enough now that the birds are more comfortable again having their nests up closer to the house-which gives them closer access to water-the pond, and the feeders.

I had forgotton when we first moved here, there was too much vegetation up right against the house, the roses I moved to the back and to the side and that is where these wood thrush have their nests.

They didn't come out at dusk last night, but the pair is very active this morning. They come up right outside our bay window just now so I could get a really good view.

Thrush mostly eat insects and fruit, and that's what they are doing now hopping around looking for bugs. I checked online for more information about them, and discovered their name here is the wood thrush and they nest just inside the woods line.

photo from here http://www.naturesound.com/birds/pages/woody.html

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chicken Tuesdays

I've got those wild black raspberries on my mind now, won't be ready for another couple of months-but got to looking for a chicken recipe that would use them this morning.

Grilled Raspberry Chicken

Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, thawed (recommended: Dole)
  • 1 cup raspberry vinaigrette (recommended: Annie's)
  • 1/4 cup raspberry vodka, optional
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish

Directions

Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts with paper towels. Place in large zip-top bag. Add raspberries, vinaigrette, vodka, if using, and chopped mint. Squeeze air out and seal bag. Gently massage the bag to mash raspberries. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours.

Preheat grill to medium-high and oil the grates.

Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for 4 to 6 minutes per side. Remove from grill and place on serving platter. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and fresh raspberries.

instead of frozen raspberries-wait for the fresh picked ones-yummy!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Entertainment in my Backyard

I am so enjoying all the birds tonight, and we have a brand new pair of birds I have never seen here before.

Right now til we get it moved to the back room, our computer and desk sits in the living room but right next to the big bay window. Outside I have a bird feeding area, in the back is a row of very tall pines, and just to the left of that are two wild rose bushes.

I know in the winter those rose buses serve as protection for alot of little birds, but now we have a pair building a nest deep inside this big rose bush. We are thinking it is a thrush-a gorgeous bronze-brown color, flat tail, and hops around too-lol I first saw the male last night when I was talking on the phone, and tonight I have seen the pair-still building their nest.---so fun!!

I also got my first humingbird this morning. I had just filled all the seed feeders, was working on the computer and saw a little male ruby throat-checking out all the feeders-nope no nectar. So I quick made up one feeder and had to use my organic sugar cause I don't keep the white stuff around any more, except for the hummers. Tonight he was back, a couple times enjoying his nectar. He must enjoy the fact that he has the feeder all to himself right now-as I haven't seen any more.

I also heard the familiar sound-tap tap tap on my patio door window-yep it was Mr. Cardinal!! I don't know if it is the same male-but it has been several years in row now for this visitor.

I so enjoy these simple pleasures of nature.

I also took a long walk in the woods again, in the same area as before. I found the big patch of bloodroot again, the wild blackberries, wild huckleberries, the one wild gooseberry, but still couldn't spot the goldenseal-will have to wait for my teacher to point that out for me again. I also found a few more rocks for my shower project-getting harder to find what I need now.

After all the work I did yesterday hauling downed branches into piles-I think I was more tired than I realized, cause when I climbed up the tall ravine-I was really tired-lol-

I am off to play with my hooking project-it 's coming along really nice.

Have a good night my friends

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Slideshow-Sharing Good Eats on a Gorgeous Sunday in April

Happy Sunday

Brrrr it's pretty chilly this morning-in the upper 30s. I covered a few of my plants just in case we got down to a light frost.

I plan on mixing up some more soil and planting flowers and flower seed at the base of our bird feeders. Will be prettier there and also the humingbirds will love some of the flowers. The deer don't usually come up close to the house this time of year-so they should be safe-lol

I also need to drag out the hoses as we are extremely dry-need to water the onions I planted and the shallots I transplanted-also need to water the blueberry bushes since they are in bloom.

Larry is still feeling down after last weekend-he worked out in the hot sun way too long with the guys-so he has been sleeping alot-he missed supper last night. He also seems a little depressed too, so yesterday when we were in town I bought a package of his favortie Eats-baby back ribs-will fix those to be ready around 3 this afternoon, I also need to get the smoker fired up as I have venison that has been in a marinade for over a week now. I didn't realize either of the women (that came down last weekend) won't eat game-(craziness I know), so will get that prepared and I can always freeze some of it.

I have come up with an excellent marinade-if anyone would like my recipe let me know-can't remember if I shared that already or not, will check my tags later on.

Today is also art sunday here on multiply-visit my last post-our host for this event is Nemo-some weeks we have many different blogs to visit. I really enjoy this with my early morning coffee.

Enjoy your Sunday

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Art Sunday Donald Maier

I came across this present day artist while searching for herbs in paintings.

Here is a link to his biography and paintings http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/donald-maier.html and here too http://www.yessy.com/donmaierinmariet/bio.html

bummer I am not able to copy and paste any of his artworks from the above links. I liked this one with herbs http://fineartamerica.com/featured/potted-herbs-donald-maier.html

and another link with lots of his paintings http://www.yessy.com/donmaierinmariet/index.html?p=1

He actually has done many many paintings, I found some I can copy and share

Do browse the links for more paintings, I really enjoyed viewing his art

What an Awesome Day Today

Above is the beautiful thyme I picked up; golden lemon

this one below, had a really long name or dracena margiana/ruby dragon something (can't remember now) It was in the grasses so hope it is not really a tree like it also said on the label

above is king tut grass

I always like to grow a sage and this one was really pretty. Their herbs were mostly $1.49- and nice size for the money. Better than the almost 4.00 I have to pay at lowes and walmart with little choices.

Today was my kind of day-weatherwise. In the 60s, slight breeze, sunshine, just perfect for working outdoors.

I went with my friend early (7 am) to a plant sale. She always goes to this and picks up her hanging baskets. Gorgeous baskets from 4.00 to 12.00, and the 12.00 baskets were comparable to the 20 and up dollar ones you see around.

I don't have a spot yet for those, and I am cheap-lol-I mix up my own potting soil-top soil-mushroom manure or my compost, and peatmoss, and use that to help out this clay soil here. I bought some lovely herbs; orange mint, a golden lemon thyme-very pretty and I found a big plant, french thyme, and a real pretty varigated sage they called yellow sage I think. I also had picked up sweet marjoram and another lavender plant the other day.

For flowers I bought saliva for the humingbirds, and different petunias also for the humingbirds. These will go in my clay pots that go in the ferris wheel at the corner of the house-still too soon to put my clay pots out.

I also was very happy to find two grasses at 4.00 each which I think is a good price. One was called king tut and the other one was a very pretty varigated one. I think it is like the one I collected seed from at a business last fall.

I got everything planted except the flowers. Oh, and they had no heirloom tomatoes but I did find a little four pack of roma paste tomatoes.

I worked steady from around 10 or earlier this morning til a little after 3-I also needed to rake lots and lots and lots of thick oak leaves out of the planting area-in front of the fence that Nikita is in. Got it all wheel barreled off to the compost pile

Our friend ended up not coming down, a bummer for Larry-but he may make it next weekend.

I really wanted to go out in the woods today, but I am pooped-lol-Got an organic chicken in the crock pot so supper will be easy. Bummer we did not get the rain last night we really need, so I will be out watering this week.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Finished My First Star

Not too bad, the loops of course are supposed to be all the same height-well mine are not all the same, but I like it anyways-lol

Need to stop "playing" and make us some supper-giggling

My first Attempt at Rug Hooking

I have been cutting up a basket full of wool strips-thought I would attempt this-lol

Not too bad for first go around, one point on the star is a little off but I think it will be ok-this is primative style hooking after all I am using my Moms rug hooking hook and it is a medium she also used a fine, I am going to need to buy a larger hook, since I am working with 1/4" strips right now, she hooked with 1/8" and smaller.

A Little Flower Pounding This Morning

previous tagged posts on flower pounding

I did just a couple pieces, here is the first one, the center is tulip petals, also violets, oak leaves, yellow wildflowers, green leaves from the yard-FUN! lol

This was pounded on the tea dye piece I did the other day, will probably do a little embroidery or hand quilting on this, and make into a little mini lavender pillow.

It's Fridayyyyy

walk12jpg.jpg 12 picture by kathyinozarks

51709085.jpg wildflower in front of mossylog picture by kathyinozarks

a couple wildflowers here in my woods

Enjoy your upcoming weekend!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Herb Thursdays Bloodroot

I am soooo excited to share this with you. Our friend that has been showing us the mushrooms here in our woods (grew up here-and knows all the plants too) stopped by to go looking for morels.

I told him I was out for a couple hours two days ago, and Larry and I were out for about an hour yesterday and nothing. Thinking perhaps too dry? So I suggested we explore another area of the woods.

We went into an area of our woods that I rarely go hiking in, he led me to walnut holler which is supposed to be the best in this area for morels.

Yep; too dry for any mushrooms to grow-however--while walking, he was a bit below on the ridge and ahead of me, and I was on top towards the middle of the ridge searching; I came across this beautiful patch of something I had never seen before-gotta ask my friend what it is. Meanwhile, I hear him calling me, he is up on top now-says I gotta show you something-I says I gotta show you something too. He points to what I found too-bloodroot.

Laughing, he says you gotta mark this spot-this is unbelievable to find this big of an area, and don't tell too many people about it either. He explains how you mix this up in the blender with goldenseal roots too, and use it for severe psoriasis of the skin or poison ivy or poison oak. He also told me NOT to ingest it-not poisonous but will make you sick. I asked him if I could use this as a dye-oh yes! during our conversations I discovered he used to build spinning wheels and yes he knows how to spin-I said now I am really excited-I just found my spinning teacher.lol

We walked on around and down to the bottom of the holler, and found goldenseal-I was sooo excited about this. He also showed me a huge patch of wild raspberries, lots more huckleberries, and one large gooseberry-so cool.

He also pointed out an echnacia plant just starting to grow too-amazing to me. Also wild onions, I knew of the wild garlic that grows everywhere but not the onions-so that was fun as well to learn about.

When we walked back to the house, I took some ribbon and little flag stakes to mark things right away. also my camera-above photo is mine. I marked the bloodroot, but could not remember how he got over to the goldenseal, I know I was all around it, just couldn't spot it. So next time we go out, I will be sure to have my camera and marking stuff with my mushroom bags.

More information I found on Bloodroot

from here http://www.altnature.com/gallery/bloodroot.htm

Bloodroot is used in herbal medicine in very small doses, mainly for bronchial problems and severe throat infections. The root is used in many pharmaceuticals, mixed with other compounds to treat heart problems, dental applications (to inhibit plaque), and to treat migraines. Bloodroot paste is used externally for skin diseases, warts, and tumors. For ringworm apply the fluid extract. Bloodroot is said to repel insects. The root is used in as an anesthetic, cathartic, emetic, emmenagogue, expectorant, diuretic, febrifuge, sedative, stimulant and tonic.

Research is very promising for Bloodroot constituents. One is sanguinarine; it is showing results as an anesthetic, antibacterial, anti-cholinesterase, anti-edemic, anti-gingivitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic, antioxidant, anti-periodontic, anti-plaque, antiseptic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, fungicide, gastrocontractant, hypertensive, pesticide, respiratory stimulant and more. Another important constituent is Berberine (also found in Goldenseal, Oregon Grape and Honeysuckle) which is showing promise in fighting brain tumors and many other cancers.

CAUTION Use internally with caution, it contains toxic opium-like alkaloids and can cause mucous membrane irritation, an over dose can be fatal, do not use when pregnant or lactating. Bloodroot is not edible.

Excellent article here http://www.cancersalves.com/botanical_approaches/individual_herbs/bloodroot.html

DYE:
Ratio: 8 oz. chopped root to 4� gallons water.
Fresh rootstock yields red juice for dye which will give orange to orange-red with no mordant; rust with alum and cream of tartar; reddish-pink with tin.
Was once used to dye baskets, but does not take on some materials.
An old recipe of a Mrs. Razor for dying quills scarlet: 2 handfuls bloodroot, 1 handful inner bark of wild plum, 1 handful red osier dogwood bark, 1 handful alder bark; all were boiled together with 1 quart of water before adding the quills. Also: to produce dark red = 1 handful bloodroot and 1 handful inner bark of wild plum in 1 quart water, boiled together. Also: to produce dark yellow = 2 handfuls shredded bloodroot, 1 handful shredded root of wild plum, boiled together in 1 quart of water.

from here http://earthnotes.tripod.com/bloodroot.htm

Good Morning

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tea Dye Project-so far

I made up some hot tea with earl grey, and then added lipton tea bags to make it a little darker, and then I had about 1/4 cup of coffee so threw that in the mix too.

The first photo shows one on the line-you can see the difference in color as this one started out white as well. I have a couple more pieces in the pot.

also the aroma of the fabric after being lined dried from the earl grey was so lovely

What's Your Cowboy or Cowgirl Name?

Your Cowgirl Name is Mattie Hope
Yee-Haw!

It's Hump Day-Happy Wednesday

HPIM2947.jpg redbud outside bedroom window picture by kathyinozarks

Another gorgeous day here, we are both moving slow this morning-lol My walk yesterday in the woods was alot of up and down hills and hollars-so I am really feeling it now-but it was worth it.

I am thinking I will wash up all the towels and a few things and hang out on the line-take advantage of the sunshine today-as we have a little cold front with rain moving in by friday and saturday. We can really use the rains again.

We have another friend coming down over the weekend, will be much more low keyed. Larry and this friend are planning a hunting trip to the Dakotas this summer. This will be good for the both of them to get away as they have not gone on one of these for probably 20 years now.

Even though we are "retired" from our jobs we still have soooo much to get finished here-that Larry gets himself too overwhelmed-and won't take the time to enjoy life. I keep working on him to do that-cause before you know it-you can't do the things you love do to health issues-and Larry has so many of those. Well enough of all that stuff-

Enjoy your Wednesday

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Speaking of Chickens

QXMAPA76

This is the latest issue of Quiltmania magazine published in Paris France I never see this magazine for sale in any of the shops here, but from time to time I run into it mentioned in someone's blog.

I saw this photo of the current issue-and just fell in love with this quilt. I don't collect chickens and most patterns I really have not been fond of-but I just love this one-so was on a mission to find an affordable copy. This issue also had a vintage quilt article in it, and also an article on amish quilts from Shipshewana, In. which is where we go when we visit my Mom.

Above photo I found on equilter but the price of the magazine was high plus they wanted really high postage-so no not buying from them. I found a subscription to the magazine on amazon for 80 plus dollars which is a good price, but don't have the money for that right now, so then I am reading blogs and found a sale at Quilt Taffy of 5.00 for this magazine plus 5.00 shipping and since the magazine retails for at least 11.95 that was a good buy.

I just got it yesterday, and have almost read it cover to cover already. My dear friend Agnes of Paris France sent me a french copy awhile back-and I just love their patterns, they are not harder than ours, but they always have a little something special about them that gives interest to the pattern.

So if you should run into a copy of Quiltmania-do pick it up and give it a read.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Good Morning

Gorgeous here in the ozarks still, we are getting a little warmer every day, and the high winds are gone too.

Soooo perfect for the guys to build blinds, and work on the wildlife food plots, and perfect for us girls-shopping!!

I got re-introduced to the "city" and the "working girl on vacation" mode-lol One of the ladies is in her mid 20's she is a chemist, a scuba diver, outdoors girl, but also a trendy gal as well. I never heard of Coach purses before-she collects them-so one of the first stores we stopped in at the factory outlet mall was Coach-now I would never pay $350.00 for a trendy purse, or on sale for around $100.00; -but the store was fun to browse in-beautiful spring colors everywhere-and lots of leather-love that.

My favorite purse there was a tote, which my friend ended up purchasing.

HPIM2956.jpg picture by kathyinozarks

So for the past two days I "tagged" along-as we shopped til we dropped-hehe.

One couple went back home this morning, and the other couple is able to spend one more day here. Has been a nice visit, good eats and drinks with friends.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Art Sunday Franz Pforr

Franz Pforr was a Romantic painter 1788-1812 He was born in Frankfurt Ammain in Germany and worked in Rom Wien

Franz Pforr was a founding member of the Nazarenes. Inititally from Germany, he moved to Rome with the group in 1810. His paintings focused on fantastical subjects with a medieval setting and were characterized by their bright colors and detail. Pforr perished from tuberculosis two years after he arrived in Rome.

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more of his works here http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/artist.phpartistid=4819

and here too http://wwar.com/masters/p/pforr-franz.html

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A little "Doings"

I have been cleaning and scrubbing floors all week now in preperation for our friends from Wisconsin that will be in tomorrow late afternoon.

Good way to get my house "spring cleaned" I have one more floor to do, but will do that tomorrow-need a break from sitting on the floor and scrubbing-lol

Our neighbor here just popped over to show us some more mushroom spots. We each gathered enough of the false morels for dinner tonight. Still too soon for the morels and tonight we are getting that freeze; so the ground will need to warm back up again for the morels. He is guessing around the 11th or later we can start looking for those. After the frost we will be back to gorgeous weather again. Perfect for our visitors.

Also I asked our neighbor if he knew if our woods had wild blueberries-oh yes, he says but we call them huckleberries, and he showed a few bushes and where to find them-so very excited about that. He also taught us the shelf mushrooms today.

I am thinking of making several home made pizzas for tomorrow night when our friends arrive, and then saturday and sunday we will be grilling outside-as long as these high winds die down.

I won't be around much now til late tuesday; I have a few things to finish up-like laundry, and some last minute cleaning.

Have a great weekend all.

Oh and found a photo of the beefsteak or false morels here in Missouri everyone loves these, even though in some areas of the world they are considered poisonous. They are delicious and am happy I can eat them.

Gyromitra esculenta

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Herb Thursdays Chamomile

My chamomile is coming alive again, along with lavender, one of my most favorite herbs. I love the flowers, and love it as a tea too.

Following from here: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/chamomile

Chamomile, Herb of Healing


by Alden Smith
No compendium of herbs would be complete without the mention of chamomile. It has a long and colorful history, and has even been mentioned in nursery rhymes and fairy tales. While most people are familiar with this herb, they are not aware that there are two distinct varieties. Although they share common qualities, the difference ends there. German chamomile is an annual reaching a height of 2 to 3 feet. Roman chamomile is a perennial, grows smaller, and carries a stronger fragrance. Here, we will discuss chamomile - its history, medicinal and culinary uses, how it is cultivated, and how to harvest and store it.
History of Chamomile
For centuries, chamomile has been believed to have good healing powers. Ancient Egyptians dedicated chamomile to their gods because of its ability to cure agues, or malarial chills, which plagued ancient Egypt. The Roman scholar Pliny the Elder recommended it for baths and poultices to relieve headache and disorders of the bladder, kidney and liver. What is little known about chamomile is that there are two different varieties. Both Roman and German chamomile is recognized as effective in Mexico and the American southwest, where it is given to small children for colic. Roman chamomile is attributed to alleving menstrual pain, and to help induce labor. Early colonists brought both varieties to America around the 16th century.
German chamomile is widely used in Europe for an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It is widely used for gastric ulcers, gastritis, flatulence and peptic disorders. It is manufactured commercially in a slave or lotion to cure inflammations and skin problems. Often, it is used as an inhalant, to cure respiratory and bronchial inflammation.
Dried flowers are used in herb teas and even some herb beers. It is often drunk as a tea at night for its mild sedative effect. It is also taken internally as a stimulant, expectorant and tonic. Chamomile tea contains only 10 percent of the essential oil compounds and about 30 percent of the flavonoids. In Germany, it is mixed with 50% alcohol to increase its potency. The reaction of the alcohol and essential oils makes the tonic much more potent.
Culinary Uses of Chamomile
Although chamomile is more of a medicinal herb, it has its uses in cookery. Often, the fresh leaves are chopped and mixed into butter or sour cream to use as a topping for baked potatoes. The Spanish use the dried flowers to make sherry. It is of course used in many types of teas, both as a refresher and tonic. Cold chamomile tea mixed into fruit juices is especially good. Use fresh chamomile flowers as a garnish for green salads. It can be used to complement white sauces, sour cream and herbed butters. Chamomile is used to flavor the liqueur Benedictine, and it is used in various Sherries and vermouth.
I also did previous posts on chamomile on 360 here Lots of recipes posted at this link, along with more links as well.

Chamomile is also a wonderful addition to your sleep pillows. http://opossumsal.homestead.com/Pillows/dpillow.html
Dream pillows have been around for many many years, it was common place for our grandmothers to stitch up a headache pillow to erase the pain of headaches or have a dream pillow on every bed filled with natures bountiful herbs and flowers.

Materials:

100% Cotton or Silk Fabric 5" x 5" ( or slightly larger if you wish)
Mesh bag for herbal insert Herbs & Flowers:1 part Rose Petals, 1 part Dried Chamomile, 1 part Dried Lavender Essential Oils : choose any of the following - Yarrow, Sandlewood, Jasmine, Geranium, Basil, Lavender, Peppermint or Rose. 5-7 drops.
Needle & Thread
Velcro
Pillow stuffing

Directions:

Cut your fabric into 2 pieces, one for the top of the pillow, the other for the bottom.

Sew the pieces together with the wrong side of the fabric on the outsides.

Sew 3 sides together then turn inside out so right sides are now showing.

Fill mesh bag with a mixture of the flowers and herbs as well as a few drops of essential oil. Insert into a mesh bag, tie off with a string.

Place inside your pillow form and fill with pillow stuffing...dont overpack as it needs air circulation to release some of the scents.

Finish pillow off by adding velcro to the open end of the pillow, this will allow you access to change the herbs and flowers when needed or to wash the pillow itself. Its best to keep the pillow in a flat shape not round. It will be inserted into a regular pillowcase for a scentsational nights sleep.



If you prefer to shop for your herbal dream pillow; I checked on etsy and found quite a few really nice ones here on etsy they will all be handmade
Herbal dream pillow blue with stars eye pillow herbal treatment
And don't forget a soothing cup of chamomile tea as well. recipe here http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Chamomile-Tea
10025703.jpg chamomile tea image by nadaccino
photo from photobucket

What Kind of Garden are You?-from Deb

You Are an English Garden
You are creative and vibrant. You are inspired by everything around you, and you don't have any one style.
You like a mix of old and new. And you always have something unique to add to the equation as well.

You are informal, open-minded, and flexible. You love to play around with art and design.
You tend to change things up a lot. Whether it's your own clothes or your home, you can't stay with one look for long!

Sun is Out Now-Made a Slideshow

It's raining

Spring rains-I love that. However, now that things are in bloom-dogwoods and more, we have freeze warnings out tonight and tomorrow-not good.

I dropped off a box at the resale shop yesterday, and of course my friend and I always check out the crafts area. I came away with a big bag of wool all colors that I can used for needlepunch, some for hooking even all for 3.00 I also picked up a big cone of green mohair for 2.00-for weaving projects. and for a dollar I got a couple yards of monks cloth-wonderful find!

Happy Hump day!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Free Pattern-this week only

I thought I would share this, I read about it on Sweet P's blog. This blogger designed beautiful embroidery patterns for us-free to download this week only

Chicken Tuesdays Picnic Chicken

It feels like summer here-hot, humid, muggy-reminds me of picnic chicken by the lake or river.

Savage Chickens - Picnic Basket

Picnic Chicken from Jamie Oliver

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup of Buttermilk
1 tb Pepper
2 lb Chicken pieces
1/2 cup of Flour
Oil for frying
DIRECTIONS:
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F. Combine buttermilk and pepper in ceramic bowl or
baking dish. Remove skin from chicken and place chicken in buttermilk.
Cover and refrigerate 3 hours, turning once. Place flour on plate.
Remove chicken from buttermilk, pat dry and dredge in flour. Fill
large, heavy skillet with 1-inch oil. When hot, add chicken without
crowding and fry, turning once, until golden on both sides. You may
have to fry in batches. Remove pieces as they are done and drain on
paper towels. Arrange chicken on rack in roasting pan. Bake 10-to-15
minutes or until chicken is well done. Let chicken cool to room
temperature before refrigerating or packing into picnic hamper.

Picture of Picnic Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

Picnic Chicken from Eating Well

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as
  • 2 1/2-3 pounds chicken legs, skin removed, trimmed and cut into thighs and drumsticks
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Olive oil cooking spray












Directions

Whisk buttermilk, mustard, garlic and hot sauce in a shallow glass dish until well blended. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour or for up to 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 425�F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Set a wire rack on the baking sheet and coat it with cooking spray.

Whisk flour, sesame seeds, paprika, thyme, baking powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the flour mixture in a paper bag or large sealable plastic bag. Shaking off excess marinade, place one or two pieces of chicken at a time in the bag and shake to coat. Shake off excess flour and place chicken on the prepared rack. (Discard any leftover flour mixture and marinade.) Spray chicken pieces with cooking spray.

Bake the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 40 to 50 minutes.

Picnic Area at Mosquito Fork, Chicken, Chicken Off The Beaten Path, photo, picture, image

Good Morning Monday

Coffee is on

A warm rainy day today here in the Missouri ozarks. The leaves are just popping on the trees now, dogwoods blooming, as are the redbuds, songbirds are here-a spring day! Enjoy your monday.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Art Sunday Easter Eggs

Happy Easter to all of you that celebrate the holiday

I found a little history here

Bavarian

Ingolstadt Bavaria Germany Painted Easter eggs

Russian

Russian Easter Egg

Faberge Eggs 1

German

and more beautiful Easter eggs

Chocolate

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