Monday, February 28, 2011

March 1st-Opening Trout Season in Missouri

We live fairly close to Bennett Springs, Mo. and I always thought this was too cool how over 2,000 fisherman line the river and when the bell soundsat 6:30 am they can all cast their lines.
I don't fish, have never tried fly fishing; but even if I did I couldn't imagine trying to cast with so many poles all lined up. Larry-no way---however, he is going fishing with Mr. L tomorrow morning early but further down the river and not in the park-so shouldn't be so crowded.
It will be very cold early in the morning though-in the low 20s-but will eventually warm up to 60 with sunshine.
Here's wishing all you fisherman a great day.
a few links here and here and from the Mo. Conservation here
and I found some photos here of fish caught in Missouri's trout parks

Friday, February 25, 2011

Made in America

Link I just read about this on one of my contacts pages-link will take you there.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just Stuff and Watching Dr. Quinn

When this first aired-it was my most favorite show ever. Set in Colorado Springs, Co after the civil war-it was just a bit after my favorite time period that I always loved watching or reading about.
Noooo I never got into watching the Waltons-don't know why exactly just never cared for that show.
I had missed the last two years and the two movies-that I didn't even know about, when they first aired-cause of my work hours at the time had changed.
Last year I discovered that the channel GAC was rerunning the entire series in order. I was watching it from time to time-these past few weeks-I have been glued to the tv in the evenings watching the episodes I had missed. I am just about up to the 6th season-the bad thing is they start running them at 4 in the afternoon with back to back in order episodes til 8 pm--I know I must be nuts but I always loved Jane Seymore-someone I always admired, she is about a year and a half younger than me-and well just someone I have admired for her achievments thru the years.
When I finished making and washing up the birthday quilt, I told Larry I wanted to give it to Mr. L right away. He was just going thru alot of "stuff" and I said he needed a big hug now-not later for his birthday. He loved it, gave me a big hug, and Larry says the quilt is all he talks about now when he sees him-lol He told me yesterday that his wife put the quilt o their bed-and discovered all the pockets I had left on in the shirts-so this quilt did what I wanted-delivered hugs and comfort.
Last year when I visited my Mom in Indiana, she gave me two quilt tops she had made from scraps. She usually makes these up, pays to have them quilted and then gives them to charity. She offered them to me, and I gladly took them so I could practice my hand quilting skills on them, and so I would have more of her quilts too.
The one I am working on now is about 50" X 60" and she made the log cabin block and set them on point. My Mom will be 82 this year, and after her bad illness last year, she now has beginning dimentia. I think she had this last year when we visited her, but she now is taking some new medicine which I believe is really helping her. Anyways-my Mom is a total perfectionist-she got it from her Mom, and so that is how I got it-lol I am layering the quilt to baste-and I discover one side is really off-like an inch off in the length from the left side to the right side. So this morning I am going to take the borders off and see what I can do visually. Was quite an eye opener for me-I called my friend and said "Mom's make mistakes too" What a revelation for me.
What are you all doing today-we are expecting alot of rain today, hopefully no t storms.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Watercress--in the wild

That time when Larry and I were searching for eagles along one of the rivers, we thought we saw wild watercress. We recently at Mr. L-and yes it is here, and wonderful.
I have never gathered this, have any of you? I am awake in the middle night, and while reading some blogs-this just popped in my mind-and being thursday-got to remembering about our herb thursdays.
Anyways I found this wonderfully written blog post here about "stalking the wild watercress" here The following photo is from this post

This is a good article too, with tips on safely picking watercress here
recipe for soup here
and from here:
ld watercress (Nasturtium microphyllum) grows near natural water sources like springs and streams. The little green leaves are a highly nutritious food, with antioxidant properties and rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, calcium, fiber, iron and potassium. If you're interested in locating some to harvest yourself, keep in mind these tips:
  • The time to forage for wild watercress is spring to early summer.
  • Seek out colonies in locations that you know are clean. Avoid places that could be contaminated by industrial or agricultural runoff.
  • Break off below the leaf instead of pulling out by the roots, leaving the watercress to grow again as a future source for others.
  • Wash it well before use.
  • Use your wild finds in a cooked preparation to be perfectly safe.


We're more accustomed to watercress in its raw state in salads and as garnish on meat and the like. So, below are a few cooked watercress ideas we gathered together as incentive to get out and find some wild watercress of our own:
as an herb: here and here

from here

from here
Looking for photos, this seems to take on different appearances depending upon where it is growing-I will definately not pick any til our teacher Mr. L goes with us to properly indentify.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Quilt Progress


Yeh!! I finished the hand sewing of the binding last night-I didn't think I would ever see the end-lol Started to sew on the label-but couldn't sew any more last night. Will finish it up this morning and throw it in the washing machine.
I wanted to show you this pretty label I had made too, I blocked out the name of Mr. L and my last name for privacy. I have an online quilting friend, same group as my other friend, that makes these labels for us.
I also am sharing a photo of the quilt I am sending off as a gift for my new readers that did not follow the making of this one.
Winter is still here-we dropped back into the 20s last night, but today we at least have sunshine and should reach the upper 40s.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Just Stuff

This was one of those moody, slow Sundays. Very windy, humid, rainy too. We will be back to more normal much cooler temps by tonight. Sigh
I finally started going thru papers for taxes, and the month's bills this morning-that's usually a depressant in itself lol
I was bummed that neither of those hand quilted baby quilts sold on ebay. I decided to put one of them back on as an auction instead of the buy it now, and for the other one I was seriously thinking of donating it to the pregnancy center for some lucky baby.
However, I am glad I did not do that, cause I found a wonderful home for one of these quilts. One of my long time online quilting friends just got a big surprise.
Her daughter went to the doctor cause she wasn't feel well, and found out she is pregnant and is due mid March. Actually too, she found out she had twins, but one had died. So the family is frantically putting a nursery together. So, I think I found the perfect home for the lovely 4 patch spring fabrics quilt-I do love the hand quilting in that one. It's all packed up and ready to mail out on tuesday-they are having a shower for her on saturday. So I feel so much better that I found a baby that can use this quilt.
I worked most of the day yesterday on and off, hand sewing down the binding on the birthday quilt. I still have one long side left to do, but needed to take a break from it today. I also cut all the strings from the knots in half-and it looks so much better. I had thought of doing that when I first took it off the frame, and then didn't think about it again, til Sea Nymph suggested to cut them-so glad I did now. Thanks Sea
Oh and I wanted to pass along a tip that I learned from a pbs Julia Child show yesterday. They had a husband wife chef team on-and they were making a citrus tart. Since they were slicing fresh lemons real thin he was using organic. However, he said allot of times he can't find nice organic citrus-so what he does is; bring a pot of water to boil-add the citrus whole to the water for about 10 seconds-plunge in cold water-and you can scrub all the wax off. He said this should also take the pesticides off too.
I thought this was a neat idea. I think I would scrub off what I could of the wax, and then spray with my bottles of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to get rid of the pesticides for sure-and then rinse in cold water. Thought this was a great tip-cause I don't always have access to organic citrus.
Enjoy your new week all

Healthy Mondays

Thought I would share a couple recipes from the Meatless Mondays site.

Ginger Beer

ginger_beerMakes 4 servings
A refreshing, nonalcoholic drink with real kick. You may never settle for plain ole ginger ale again.
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 pound fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup honey
  • Ice cubes
Combine 2 cups of the water with the ginger in a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and honey. Let it cool completely. Strain the ginger mixture into a large pitcher. Add the remaining 1-1/2 quarts water. Add the ice cubes, and let stand until well chilled. Serve.

Orange Poppyseed Quick Bread

orange_poppyseed_quick_breadServings: 16 slices
This orange-flavored quick bread is almost fat-free and very yummy!!
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup orange juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 325. Spray bread pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl and stir in liquid ingredients until dry ingredients are moistened.
Pour evenly into bread pan and bake for 45 minutes (toothpick should come out clean).
Let cook for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool and slice


Spinach Blackberry Pistachio Salad

Tender baby spinach is tossed with sweet blackberries and balanced by nutty pistachios. Fresh fennel bulb adds a slight licorice aroma and balsamic vinegar brings its own tang to this satisfying salad. This recipe comes to us from Elizabeth of Sophisticated Pie.
Serves 4
  • 1/2 pound fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
  • Fennel fronds
  • � cup Balsamic vinegar
  • � cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Black pepper, to taste
Toss together the spinach, blackberries and sliced fennel. Sprinkle with pistachios and fennel fronds.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season well with black pepper.

recipes found here

Art Sunday Waterfalls

It's been rainy and cloudy here, a cold front moving in tonight with t storms. For some reason I got to thinking about waterfalls this morning.
To take the art sunday tour, please visit our host Nemo

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Magazine

I just found out about this site-she is offering a look at a  new magazine for primitive quilts and projects, and other patterns-in exchange for new followers-check it out here for the giveaway and here for a look at new magazine

Quilt Progress and Mini Pillows


Yesterday, I got the back edges brought forward and pinned to make the binding. That took alot longer than I figured, but it is ready to stitch down now. I worked on it a little bit last night when I couldn't sleep-will probably take me up to 6 hours to complete-I am a slow seamstress-lol
I also have been making a few more mini pillows stuffed with organic cotton, and one with lavender and rice. I also stuffed a couple minies with lavender and rice for sachets-Sandy will be crocheting those. I am pleased with this set of pillows-I used a couple of my sun painted pieces, and also a piece of my mimosa dyed cotton for the black and yellow print-it matched so perfectly.
Once I finish up with the hand stitching I will post them in my Etsy shop (link on my front page) and also in my marketplace here on my front page.
The wind is quite wicked outside so am working in the house as not to get my allergies acting up any more then they already are.
I see some cold weather moving back in next week, so need to bring up some wood to fill the rack, maybe later this afternoon. Later

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Healthy Mondays Breakfast in Bed

Happy Valentines Day--Just a thought-Breakfast in Bed for your sweetie-on the healthier side.
Links with recipes and ideas: Here Tips from Ehow here and here too


stock photo : Breakfast tray laying on white bed in upscale hotel.

Breakfast Tray

Fresh Fruit Omelet

From Breakfast in Bed by Jesse Ziff Cool, HarperCollins, 1997
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 2 servings
Omelet
  • 2 cups fresh fruit (use seasonal fruit), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup cr�me fra�che or yogurt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons honey
  • � teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 eggs, well beaten
  • 3 ounces cheddar or goat cheese, grated or crumbled
Garnish (optional)
  • Fresh mint, chopped
To prepare omelet: Position an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the broiler, and preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, honey, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in an 8- to 10-inch omelet pan or skillet over medium heat. Pour in half of the beaten eggs. As the eggs cook, use a spatula to lift the edges, letting the uncooked egg run underneath. When no loose egg will move to the edge, remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle on half the cheese. Place the pan under the broiler until the cheese has just melted and the egg is completely set.
Repeat the entire procedure a second time for the other omelet.
To plate: Spread half of the fruit on one side of the omelet and top with a generous dollop of the ream (or yogurt) mixture. Fold the other side of the omelet over the fruit and slide the omelet onto a plate. Garnish with more of the cream (yogurt) and fresh mint.
from here

Quilt Progress

I can see the finish coming up-lol

Art Sunday MailArt



I wanted to share my February Mailart with you this Sunday, it is so beautiful.
I joined the MaryJane's Farm forum almost a year ago now, and one of the swaps is Mailart. We get a new partner each month-and we make any kind of mailart we want. A great chance to create a little art each month, and also to look forward each month to a "surprise" in the mailbox-
This month instead of making a card, I sent her a heart shaped organic lavender mini-with several vingtage fabrics, a handmade red belt, and a few vintage valentine's day cards from the '50s.
Being creative is good for one's well being-no matter what art or craft you create-it just makes one feel good. This is something I have been exploring with ernest since retirement


Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday

Today is definately a prettier and warmer friday than it was last week. We have full sunshine now, and although it is still cold out here, and the snow is still deep-it is quite beautiful here in the woods-lots of sparkles in the snow. Lots of bird activity.
I even took Nikita for a short walk this morning, filled the bird feeders with cracked corn-that's what I have left now, and did some other outdoor chores.
I am catching up on some laundry, have a pot of navy beans with a giant ham bone cooking away since yesterday afternoon, and getting ready to get back on my quilt.
I am over the half way mark now on tying-so hope to be done with that before the weekend is over. I will hand quilt a bit in the borders, sew the binding and label on, wash-and will be all ready for next month.
I decided just now to cancel my multiply business account. Was very dissappointed over there-very little traffic, too costly to get "verified" every year-and just not worth it. This was based out of Asia I thought they said, and were expanding and rolling this out in the States. So don't know if that didn't happen yet or what, but decided not worth my time-and will continue to expand my etsy shop instead.
I have after two years, finally picked up a few sales over on etsy. Dissappointed though, that I haven't sold any of my dragonfly soap-everyone that has tried my soap as gifts, or the friends here that purchased bars just loves it-so I know the natural melt and pour I used was a good one.
With the melt we may actually be able to drive again-lol next week-that will be a good thing.
any plans for your upcoming weekend??

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bitter Cold here Before the Warm Up

  We missed the blizzard-that went south of us to Arkansas, but we didn't miss the cold. Brrrrr it is still 10 below here without even adding the wind chills-which is in the minus 20s this morning.
   I will definately only be outside long enough to feed the barn kitties. Good day to continue tying my quilt I have been working on this week.
  Good news we will be warming up 10 degrees every day til we are in the 50s over the weekend, and 60s by tuesday-can't wait.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snowing in the Ozarks-Again

Woke up to a gorgeous view here in the woods this morning. All the tree trunks and limbs are covered with snow-alway so beautiful.
We are getting a very light snow and will continue thru tomorrow evening. Already looks like 3 to 4 inches-don't think we are suppose to get too much more.
South and west of us is a different story though-some areas will get up to 10" of snow-especially northern Arkansas and probably Oklahoma again too. I don't wish these storms on anyone-but I am so happy we are not getting another blizzard on top of what we already have.
Good news is; after we go thru below 0 temps tonight we are headed for a warm up-50s by the weekend-which will hopefully melt the snow off of our driveway and roads so we can drive again.
This year, probably due to the budget, our rural roads here have not been taken care of very well at all. They stay snow covered, and after the blizzard was a thick layer of ice on them for many days afterwards. So, cause we don't have 4 wheel drive or a vehicle that can handle itself on these kinds of roads-we have gone no where for over a week now. Which is ok with me, cause I can always find craft projects to do-lol
That's about it for today-going back to tying the quilt.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chicken Tuesday--Soup (for MamaBear)

Chicken soup may well be the ultimate comfort food. Its soothing aroma and rich flavor brings back memories of Mom or Grandma lovingly stirring the pot in the kitchen. You may be surprised to learn that the Chinese consume more chicken soup than any other culture. Chicken soup is firmly entrenched as a traditional food in Ashkenazic Jewish culture, spanning the globe as Jews migrated worldwide. (See Matzoh Balls for Passover.)

This savory soup is also considered a peasant food, since it can be frugally whipped up from parts of the fowl which are not necessarily meaty but contain intense flavor, such as the neck, back, wings and the bones. After the meat of a whole
chicken has been used for one prime meal, the carcass can be transformed into an equally sumptuous and satisfying soup.

Is it Jewish penicillin?

The scientific verdict is still out on this question. It certainly seems to help those with colds and congestion, but may not necessarily be the best choice for an upset stomach unless it is fat-free.

Some studies seem to indicate definite healing properties of chicken soup while others indicate any hot soup can produce the same result. Doctors do seem to agree that a hot savory broth helps open nasal passages and soothe the throat for a period of up to half an hour. Sipping soup through a straw does not produce the same beneficial result as consuming the hot soup with a spoon. Clearly the vapor and aroma are important factors.

Clear soups provide necessary substinence and hydration while helping to stimulate the appetite. Certainly there is also a mental factor involved. Memories of home, being pampered by Mom with soup as a child, or just the warm feeling of the hot soup in the stomach strongly come into play. We all know that love is good medicine, and it is a strong component of soup.

from here
Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
What You Will Need<

  • Large soup pot with cover Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4" rounds
  • 3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4" thick slices
  • 1 (6- to 7-pound) chicken
  • 2 quarts chicken broth or canned low-sodium broth
  • 1 quart cold water, or as needed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups egg noodles
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
    Directions
      Heat the oil in a brothpot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. If there are any pads of yellow fat in the tail area, do not remove them. Add the chicken to the pot and pour in the broth. Add enough cold water to cover the ingredients by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, skimming off the foam that rises to the surface. Add the parsley, thyme and bay leaf.
      Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is very tender, about 2 hours.
      Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove and discard the parsley and thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Let stand 5 minutes and degrease the soup, reserving the fat if you are making matzo balls.
      discard the chicken skin and bones and cut the met into bite-size pieces. Add the noodles and cook until done, about 10 minutes. Stir the meat back into the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.
      Yield: 12 to 14 servings.


  • Is it Spring Yet????

    Such a damp cold and gloomy day today. With all the snow and ice still everywhere here, just not nice to do anything outside right now.
    I even decided not to take Nikita for a walk in fear of falling-and I don't need that.
    The weather reports are still showing a major storm coming in tomorrow night into wednesday-but some reports are looking like most of the snow could be just south of us this time.-hope so-as I am so sick of winter now.
    I sold some more organic batting at my etsy shop over the weekend. I cut that big bale I had into long lengths and packaged it up-but has been taking over all my shelf space in my craft room. So I really dropped the price on it, and have sold around 7 pieces now. This is fabulous stuff too, for stuffing little homemade animal toys and such for babies and little ones., I also use it for pillow making too. Want to save back about a third of what I have, and sell the rest. Van get some things off the floor and up on the shelves then.
    My goal is to be able to finally get myself set up for weaving by year's end. and I am learning more and more about our friend Mr.L-he is an excellent woodworker and used to make weaving tools and the Great Wheel for spinning. and he knows how to spin-he is getting bored, and wants to get back into this. I would love to learn how to spin on the Great Wheel. So that was exciting for me. as my true creative spirit wants to weave and spin.
    I also changed my mind again on the quilt I am making for his birthday. To be realistic, I am a slow hand quilter, and to be finished by March 17th is too stressful for me. So this morning I took out all the hand quilting I had done-again-lol. found some crochet thread-and decided to knot it instead. I can knot it while on the frame-and will definately go much faster-should have the quilt finished this week-which will be a good thing. It even looks like I have straight lines now too. (this was my original intention, and I had forgotton I still had some crochet thread, as I like using that more than yarn-doesn't tear the fabric)
    That's about it for here, still stuck in the house, which really does not bother me all that much, cause the driveway is solid ice now-and we don't have a vehicle any more that can handle it. Our good friend Mr. L has been stopping by and taking Larry up to the post office so we can mail our packages, and today they went up town for a couple items. Larry feels better if he can get out of the house a bit.
    I ran out of bird seed, so I have been feeding them the cracked corn I have-100 pounds of it-lol I had purchased it for the deer and turkeys but the snow is too deep to put it out for them. The birds seem to be eating it ok.
    Here's hoping we don't get another blizzard-and you all don't either.

    Saturday, February 5, 2011

    Art Sunday Flowers

    For those of us bracing for yet another blast of winter-we need flowers.

    Saturday Morning

    Woke up to 3" of new fallen snow. This snow stuck to all the tree's bark-so looks pretty out.
    Getting ready to tackle the outside this morning-get wood in, feed the barn kitties, take out the ash buckets, and compost bucket too.
    I just finished up two more little mini pillows for my etsy shop. I love little pillows sitting around-and these I made from vintage fabric for the backs, and reproduction quilt block prints of vintage veggie seeds. I stuffed them with organic cotton. A little promise of spring to come-hopefully sooner than later-although they are still predicting a few inches more of snow tomorrow and they are not saying yet how big the storm is for tuesday and wednesday-though it sounds like a repeat of what we just had.
    I think I will make meatloaf today. I took out some meat yesterday to make it-but was not thawed so I made us ham and homemade pancakes for supper last night. I had maple syrup on hand, and that wild plum sauce I canned up-was sooo delicious on the pancakes. Nice supper for something different.
    I guess I am off to tackle the outdoors-catch ya all in a bit

    Friday, February 4, 2011

    Getting Some Snow Moved



    The first photo is the path I dug out to the wood pile, and the others are a view on top of the driveway. The photos don't look like we got all that much snow-but it does seems alot deeper than it looks here.

    Mini Heart Sachets


    Just finished these two, and listed them in my etsy shop. I used the same fabric for the backs and the body of front, and filled them with a mixture of white rice and organic lavender flowers from mountain rose-they smell soooo good

    Friday Morning Here

    No sunshine today, but also no wind, and the temps are finally close to the low 20s-so actually feels warm out there-lol
    Today, I wanted to dig a path to the wood pile, so I could get the wheel barrel in and out for wood. Just finished that-quite a job. The snow is really heavy now, and since there is so much snow out there I needed to make two scoops full in the same spot. Not cut out for this job any more-lol.
    When I finished, I thought I would venture out further and take Nikita for a short walk-we haven't gone in two days cause it was just too cold for me. That was wild--trudging thru deep snow, Nikita's back hips and legs are bad-so they got a work out-good for her though to really have to use those muscles-she fell down just once.
    I am done for the day, my back needs a rest now, so I can handle bringing in all the wood tomorrow. We are suppose to get two days of sunshine and just above freezing, so Larry will try to get the John Deere dozer started and clear the driveway-not that we will be driving anywheres, but it will make it easier for me to walk down to get the mail. We don't have 4 wheel drive any longer, so our truck would never make it up and down our drive. Good thing I have food in jars and in the freezer-lol
    Bad news is tuesday thru wednesday they are predicting another big snow storm-yikes-definately don't need another foot of snow.
    Yesterday I did make two little hearts and filled them with rice and organic lavender. Need to finish up a little embroidery on one, and then can put them in my etsy shop.
    I don't know much about Texas, but heard they got some of this blizzard too-actually ours started in Texas-so it is still very cold there for the Super Bowl. No fun for the fans.
    I will catch up our blogs in a bit.

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    Thursday Morning


    This is a photo of what I sent to my Mary Jane Farmgirls Mailart swap partner for this month-vintage valentines, red belt that was handmade, a little card, and a heart mini filled with rice and organic lavender flowers
    Brrrrrrrrr it is sooooooo cold here this morning-below zero-don't want to know how much below-lol Thank goodness for not getting alot of wind to make it even colder.
    This bitter cold was to end this morning, but they have extended it for another 24 hours-so no working on getting dug out of here today. Larry was going to start up the John Deer dozer yesterday-but where the key fits in-was totally iced over-so key can't go in. When I lived and worked in Illinois I always had those little de icers in my purse for just that reason-down here in Missouri we shouldn't need them-wrong-
    I need to get bundled up in winter gear soon, and feed the barn kitties. It is sooo cold outside that Nikita is staying inside-so I know it is bad out there.
    I ended up making chocolate cake instead of cupcakes yesterday. I have that mini angel food cake pan, and it was the perfect size. I had one more package left of Bob's Red Mill gf chocolate cake mix. I use oil instead of butter-and it makes the cake sooo much more moist. I also had a bag in the freezer of dark chocolate chunks for homemade ice cream making-that I picked up at one of the amish food stores. There were no ingredients listed, but it said the chocolate would stay soft in the ice cream. I thought perhaps if I stirred these in the cake mix-they would melt-and make the cake wonderful.
    It did!-the cake was super moist, with pockets of little melted chocolate thru out the cake-fabulous!
    Today, I think I will make a couple of lavender/rice mini heart shaped pillows or sachets. I made one for my februray mary jane mailart swap-and it turned out so cute. Will put them on my etsy shop to sell.
    We have both wood stoves going full blast, but the middle of the house is still very cold-so may need to bake some cookies or bread or something today-an excuse to turn the oven on.
    How are the rest of you doing in the aftermath of this storm??

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Wednesday Morning

    Thanks all for thinking of me. All things considered-we are doing good this morning.
    Lots of blowing and drifting snow now, and very frigid wind chills thru tomorrow morning. Lows tonight they said 10 below to 25 below-thats really really cold, heating with wood stoves.
    I quilted a couple rows on my quilt and Larry comes over to talk and looks down-and says I don't think you have a very straight line there. I get up and look-and wow-he was right-looked awful. I measured from the bottom of quilt to get to the center-and thought I made a straight line-wrong-lol
    So I took it all out, and will figure out what to do today-I love to hand quilt, but the marking for me is really difficult. I usually mark as I go with little flowers etc, and these straight lines were suppose to help me get it quilted-fast.-well so far that's not happening.
    Larry is selling stuff on ebay, he started a little business, and I have started selling a little bit on my etsy shop. We got lots of packages out to the post office on monday before the storm hit, but now we have several more labeled and ready to go-I need to call the post office and see if they will be attempting delivery today-if so, will trudge thru the snow and these packages will fit in our box. There is no way Larry can start digging us out with the John Deere dozer til the high winds stop, and we get warmer.
    The news has been warning everyone about frostbite now.
    I don't see that happening til at least friday. The next situation will be trying to get more wood to the house. I brought up alot of wood on sunday and monday-but will need to restock friday if its warm-that will be good exercise bringing armfulls in instead of wheel barrel fulls. In these situations I just envision living in the early 1800s-lol
    I think today will be a good day to make a batch of chocolate cupcakes.
    Sorry if this sounded like complaining-so thankful we have electric.
    Catch ya all in a bit.

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    My View While Handquilting



    I will take more photos thru out the storm and make a slideshow afterwards-for better viewing of larger pictures
    I have a mixture of dried beans soaking at the moment and will turn them into a big pot of chili-once I put it together, I think I will let cook on top of the woodstove-my pioneer spirit coming thru-lol

    My Ozarks Winter Wonderland So Far


    I bundled up and fed our barn kitties, found some things Larry needed in his shop, took Nikita for a walk-she loves this weather, and took a broom and swept around the gate-if I don't do that-we won't be able to open it-lol
    No exageration by the weather folks either-the snow is coming down 2" an hour-we have at least 4-6 already I would estimate from taking a walk, it is wild too-though it is mostly big snow flakes-it is also icy as well. If this keeps up thru wednesday morning-we will definately get the 15-20 inches they are predicting.
    We should be one of the lucky ones though, cause although it started out as ice and sleet-it went over pretty quickly to snow-so that is a huge blessing--thank you Mr. Winter.
    We have a bench up near the house-so I sat there and snapped a few shots just now, with the blowing snow-my camera was getting too wet otherwise. I took a photo of Nikita-she Loves this-lol In the first photo-the big pile in the back is not all snow-its a pile of soil with snow on top.

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