Saturday, July 30, 2011

Art Sunday Sunshine

It has been such a hot summer here in the ozarks-so Sunshine comes to mind for Art Sunday

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Song Saturday Rain

We need rain so badly here, as does Texas, Oklahoma, and I know other states as well. So I thought for Song Saturday I would ask for rain where needed.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm Just Really Hetting Tired of All This Hottness

Sunny Tonight Tomorrow Tomorrow Night
Mostly Clear PM T-Storms Scattered T-Storms
Sunny Dangerous heat index. Outdoor exposure should be limited. Mostly Clear PM T-Storms Scattered T-Storms
102�F 76� 94� 75�
Feels Like: 106�

Fabric Picture Update

I did a little stitching and fusing down, cut the bears out of felted reclaimed wool, needle felted alpaca for their noses, and just needle felted some silk noil the alpaca and silk came from one of my favorite stores on etsy cashmere bunny

A Little Post On Herbs Today Herbes De Provence

(found this on amazon)

Herbes de Provence, or Proven�al herbs, is a traditional blend of aromatic herbs that flourish in hills of southern France during the hot summer months. Used by the handful when fresh, Herbes de Provence is also good using dried herbs. Bay leaf, thyme, fennel, rosemary, chervil, oregano, summer savory, tarragon, mint, and marjoram are some of the herbs typically used. Orange zest is sometimes included as is lavender, though the lavender is less traditional and was added more for the benefit of tourists who saw lavender fields as almost emblematic of the Proven�e region. Traditional or not, the addition of lavender is a nice addition to the blend.
Herbes de Provence is a good addition to any dish from the Mediterranean region and is especially good mixed with olive oil to coat chicken, fish, tomatoes or chunks of potato for roasting, adding to a pizza sauce or sprinkled over game or kabobs before roasting. It's also used for seasoning salads, sauces and cheeses, as well as soups and stews. Herbes de Provence is a nice mixture to use for rubbing on meats, poultry, or fish before roasting. Try rubbing the blend on whole turkey or the breast before roasting. Rub beef, lamb or veal with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then press the herb blend into the meat. Sear the meat in a very hot skillet on both sides, then remove and finish roasting in a 300 degree oven until cooked to your preference. When grilling add a pinch or two of herbes de Provence to the coals when they are hot.
There are several variations on the theme, so choose which one best suits what is growing in your garden!
Recipe #1:
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon marjoram
1 tablespoon summer savory
1 tablespoon thyme
1 crushed bay leaf
1 teaspoon lavender
1 teaspoon fennel
Recipe #2
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon chervil
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon summer savory
1 teaspoon lavender
1 teaspoon tarragon
1 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon mint
2 powdered or chopped bay leaves
Simply combine the herbs and store in an airtight container. This mixture should keep for up to 4 months!
I started using this herb blend several years ago, and just love it on all kinds of meats, good on roasted veggies too-I really do love the lavender in it. I buy mine from Penzeys their blend is: Hand-mixed from: rosemary, cracked fennel, thyme, savory, basil, tarragon, dill weed, Turkish oregano, lavender, chervil and marjoram
a nice looking recipe for chicken here

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chocolate Tuesday--Is it Too Hot for Chocolate??

Heidi and I were talking about all the dedicated "days" we used to enjoy participating in. Herb Thursdays, Food Fridays, Chicken Tuesdays, and I brought in Chocolate Tuesdays and Healthy Mondays.
These have pretty much stopped do to lack of interest and participation, I do though like to post for these on occasion when the mood strikes me. This week I think I will post for a few of these, if anyone would like to join in, please add a link to your blog in comments-and leave open for everyone to read.

Dress up fresh fruit for a special occasion. Imagine how elegant a tray of bite-sized, chocolate dipped fruit will look at your next gathering -- and how amazing they will taste.

Chocolate Dipped Fruit

1 (6-ounce) box NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE� Premier White Baking Bars, or semi-sweet chocolate baking bars
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
24 bite-size pieces fresh fruit (
strawberries, orange, kiwi, banana or melon), rinsed and patted dry
  1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. Microwave morsels and shortening in medium, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth; cool slightly.
  3. Dip fruit about halfway into melted baking bars; shake off excess. Place on prepared baking sheet; refrigerate until set.
Makes 24 pieces.
For a Fancy Drizzle: Microwave 1/2 cup NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Premier White or Semi-Sweet Chocolate morsels or baking bars, broken into pieces in small, heavy-duty plastic bag on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; knead. Microwave at additional 10 to 20-second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate until set.
Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestl� and Meals.com, used with permission.
from here
Chocolate Fondue Recipe
recipe here
and for Chicken Tuesdays-Chocolate Chicken
I found chicken mole recipe here
and I found Dark Chocolate Chicken Torillas recipe here
These two chicken recipes looked really yummy-even better served with a Chocolate Margarita recipe here
Chocolate Margarita


Happy Tuesday


Sunday, July 24, 2011

What I have been Creating Today-a little fiber art-lol


I shared this project awhile back, and it wasn't going well so put it away. I have had one of those "in the way" migrane headaches since yesterday afternoon, I think this heat is finally getting to me. I wasn't up to more rocks, or weaving, so I went back to this project.
I started auditioning fabrics a couple days ago, and have ended up making lots of changes-I decided to use only my own hand dyes in this piece. My very first time at dyeing resulted in these fabulous fabrics that I have admired now since I retired here and didn't want to cut into them. I think this fabric picture will do them proud. I don't usually do any kind of kits, or something like this, but I had a chance to buy this pattern at half off, and wanted to see how this kind of applique would go together, and we both love bears too.
This designer designs a whole quilt with different blocks like this, that can either stand alone or you would put it all together. She designs really cool stuff, but if you did the whole piece one would have almost $100.00 in just the patterns-too much for me.
The yellow piece I had switched up batiks twice, then chose one of my sun painted pieces in a light green, and then I remembered that sun painted over rust dye on reclaimed lining that I just completed-and I love it in this. It adds a little texture to the piece.
I couldn't get a really good photo, but you can see it pretty well. It is not really as dark as it looks here. I didn't have a blue sky that I liked that well in batiks either, so when I went with only my own hand dyes-this worked the best, although a little darker than I wanted-I like it, kinda looks like a storm coming up.
Once these fabrics are all fused down with mistyfuse, I can start on all the mulberry branches and decide on the bears. I have some dark browns from this dye lot that will work well, I am also deciding if I want to use wool and needle felt in the bears. But I am finally pleased with the outcome so far. Still have this headache, but at least I accomplished something today-lol

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Art Sunday Waterfalls

I am working on being focussed-thinking cool during all these hot hot days here in the ozarks-actually I am getting quite tired of them already. Sooooo, here are lovely paintings of waterfalls.

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The Waterfall
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Join me for tea and crumpets?
tea and crumpets

Song Saturday Janis Joplin Summertime

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Need a Fan--to Help with This Extreme Heat?? Popsicles

Got the idea for fans from friend Danny in Mo.

Kathy's No Bake Sweet Treat


I have had a taste for something sweet, like a homemade baked goodie, especially after seeing all the delicious recipes that friend Sea posted yesterday.
So I checked online for ideas for a no bake cookie treat; we are still in the 100s here so no not turning the oven on still.
Most of the recipes were very similiar, so here's the one I went by with my changes.
Kathy's No Bake'ems
1 stick butter-I used half butter and half oil
1/4 cup cocoa-I used very dark cocoa
1/2 cup milk-I had condensed no fat milk on hand so used that
2 cups sugar-I used 3/4 cup splenda, and 1/2 cup stevia/sugar mix
1 tablespoon vanilla-I used my own homemade
1/2 cup peanut butter-I used almond butter
3 cups oats-I used 2 1/2 cups gluten free oats, and 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Bring all but the oats to a boil for one minute. Then stir in the oats, form into balls, let set til firm enjoy!
These turned out very delicious-and now I have a little sweet for the week.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sigh This blog still has major tech issues

   For the past several months now, things just keep getting worse here-technically speaking. It started out that when I am at your blog and want to favorite it-I can't-I have to copy and paste to my own dashboard.
   Now, I can't comment on your blog or my blog, I can't stay signed in-I sign in it takes me to dashboard-tells me I am signed in-so I go to my blog-and nope not signed in again-and it continues.
   I miss signing up for giveaways-cause I can't comment any wheres-and mostly not being able to comment on my blog-thats pretty bad.
  I have looked over the site here on blogger and can't find anywhere to contact someone.
   any ideas??? on how I can get my blog fixed so I can actually enjoy using it again?? thanks all

I am Sooo Excited my Handmade Book I ordered is on its Way

A few months back I posted a link to a shop over on etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/beautifulplace that I just fell in love with, she makes gorgeous items from handspun wools, handmade papers, knitted, felted and such.

The item I love the most from her shop, are her handmade books. So awhile back I ordered a book to be made that would be the journal to go with my great grandma's quilt. I sent her photos for inspiration, and she just now finished the book.

I asked for acid free handmade papers and she was able to do that for me as well.

I can't wait to get the book now, and start writing in all the historical information about my great grandma's quilt. These are her photos, just couldn't wait to share.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Just Doings and Some Cool Down Treats

Well, I bit the bullet last night and unwove about 6 inches or more in my latest towel. Last saturday when I posted a photo and blew up the photo to larger-wow a big mistake staring right at me. Since that warp has been so difficult to work with, I didn't want to take it out, but I knew that would bug me-so I got it all unwoven, and will start again. I had taken out a small area before, but now I figured out, that I must not have taken it out far enough-so that's the way it goes.
We are in for our hottest week so far, the weatherman tells us-now when I see a tomato, and there are very few out there, I take them in so they don't get blistered and burnt up, my bell pepper plant is going thru the same-the sun is so hot that the peppers are totally blistered on one side. sigh
gotta go to town for Larry's yearly check up, I am going to see if I can get him to stop for an ice cream treat afterwards.
but in the mean time here's some cold treats for all of us

recipe for this one here and its made with stevia

recipe here

recipes for sundaes

or sometimes just a scoop of your favorite ice cream in a cone is good. I wish they would come up with some gluten free cones though, haven't had ice cream in a cone for years and years, and I loved those waffle cones the best.
Stay cool!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Taking a break-and a blogthing for fun

Got the rest of the peppers all chopped and some into rings, and packed up in the freezer-thats a good thing to have on hand, as I never can afford the peppers off season.

I am just really tired of the extreme heat, but I did manage to move a bunch of downed branches so they can get burned-they were too close to the neighbors fence so moved em to burn area we have been working on. we had soooo much damage from those 07 and 08 devasting ice storms-large and small limbs down everywhere-just about finished cleaning up the piles finally

You Are Driven
You can be unforgiving toward people who fail you. You have high, but not unreasonable, expectations.
You are strong and a force to be reckoned with. You don't back down easily.

You would never be accused of taking yourself too seriously. You are able to lighten up when needed.
You are one of the most determined people around. You can dig deep when you need to.

Taking a break-and a blogthing for fun

Got the rest of the peppers all chopped and some into rings, and packed up in the freezer-thats a good thing to have on hand, as I never can afford the peppers off season.

I am just really tired of the extreme heat, but I did manage to move a bunch of downed branches so they can get burned-they were too close to the neighbors fence so moved em to burn area we have been working on. we had soooo much damage from those 07 and 08 devasting ice storms-large and small limbs down everywhere-just about finished cleaning up the piles finally

You Are Driven
You can be unforgiving toward people who fail you. You have high, but not unreasonable, expectations.
You are strong and a force to be reckoned with. You don't back down easily.

You would never be accused of taking yourself too seriously. You are able to lighten up when needed.
You are one of the most determined people around. You can dig deep when you need to.

Taking a break-and a blogthing for fun

Got the rest of the peppers all chopped and some into rings, and packed up in the freezer-thats a good thing to have on hand, as I never can afford the peppers off season.

I am just really tired of the extreme heat, but I did manage to move a bunch of downed branches so they can get burned-they were too close to the neighbors fence so moved em to burn area we have been working on. we had soooo much damage from those 07 and 08 devasting ice storms-large and small limbs down everywhere-just about finished cleaning up the piles finally

You Are Driven
You can be unforgiving toward people who fail you. You have high, but not unreasonable, expectations.
You are strong and a force to be reckoned with. You don't back down easily.

You would never be accused of taking yourself too seriously. You are able to lighten up when needed.
You are one of the most determined people around. You can dig deep when you need to.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pancakes--Made from Scratch-of course-lol


(photo from here)
I had a taste for pancakes this morning, so I made them with blueberries too. I have always made them from scratch, so simple and you can totally control the ingredients to be what you want or need.
My favorite recipe since I bought this book in 1970 The Tassajara Bread Book, I have adapted down to one serving, so I can make a batter for Larry and one gluten free for me. Soooo good.
#47 Whole Wheat Pancakes (page 92)
The original recipe serves 6 people-here is my version for 1 serving-so just compute how many servings you need.
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour and for me gluten free flour blend
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
if adding 1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 tablespoon brown sugar or honey--or whatever, I used stevia
1 egg seperated
1/2 cup milk I use no fat organic milk, or a soy milk
1/8 cup oil canola or a lite olive is a good choice
It says to sift but I don't do that, I just stir the flour baking powder, salt, sugar, if using a liquid sweetening add to the milk.
Beat milk and oil into the egg yolks. Combine this yolk mixture with the dry ingredients only til just blended-do not over mix.
Beat egg white til stiff, then fold in, grease an iron skillet or gridle and cook any size pancake you like.
note-if adding fresh fruit, stir in just before adding the stiff whites.
experiment with any flours of your choice. so delicious, this recipe makes the pancakes so light and delicous, and of course I always have real maple syrpup on hand-since I don't add any sugar to the mix we can use a little real syrup enjoy!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Art Sunday Larry Wall

I did a google search for paintings of oceans and found this artist.
Northern California surf oil painting
TROPICAL BEACH SUNSET Oil Paintings by Larry Wall. Ocean Wave, Seascape, Marine, Scenic

KAMAOLE BEACH SUNSET by Larry Wall
more of his gallery of paintings here

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