Wednesday, August 31, 2011
What's been fun about this weaving project, is changing the colors of the weft for each towel. I am liking this combination too.
This draft (pattern) does really weave up quickly, and most weavers would be finished already, but you know me-gotta bounce around from one creativity to the next lol acutally I am not able to sit and weave for more than 30 minutes at a time, and just haven't stuck with it cause my bear wall hanging was getting all my attention. But I got a bug last night to weave off the second towel and then started up on the second towel last night as well.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I just finished this piece except for sewing on a hanging sleeve on the back, but wanted to share photos. I am really happy with this piece, my first in a series of bear fiberart pictures.
I always welcome feedback, and opinions-thanks
Monday, August 29, 2011
A couple of you have asked me to help with your pages-
I really have no clue on how to do much with backgrounds, what little I do know I have learned by asking friends here.
if you want to change the background with your own photos-click on customize my site, then when the top opens up click on choose a theme and then click on custom colors. that will open up for you to put in your photos, and change the color theme, I also learned that you can put in your colors too-there are different sites that give you codes for the colors and then you just play around by copy and paste into the slots for your background, headers etc.
if you find someone that designs pages that you like, they will give you instructions first on what theme to choose-most seem to choose avlak theme so you need to first click on customize my site-then click on the theme they tell you to use that will take you back to your home page. then you need to open up customize my site again-and click on custom css-that will open up a page that you paste the css code that the designer gave you to copy. hope that helps a little.
Those of you that are more knowledgeble-please fill free to offer any helpful advise for designer our pages
Found some nice ideas: here, cost cutting tips here, more here
some nice ideas here with no sandwiches great for older school kids or for a packed lunch going to work
(photos found on google)
If you do a google search for brown bag lunch recipes-there are lots of choices from Martha Stewart to the Food Network-so make yourself a fun, delicious, healthier packed lunch
Friday, August 26, 2011
I have been searching for gluten free recipes that are not based on a mix-those mixes usually carry too much sugar and I can adjust that from a "made from scratch" recipe
Here is the flour blend that this author is using http://www.food.com/recipe/gluten-free-flour-blend-208061
and here is her cake recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/one-bowl-gluten-free-chocolate-cake-209764
I like this recipe cause it only uses one egg, not alot of oil, and I can adjust the sugar to 1/2 cup or use splenda or I just got in xylitol.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Cheese And Rice with Herbs
Chives Prawn and Avocado Salad with chives and parsley
CorianderSpicy Minty Salad with Cilantro
Dill Dill, Herb Potato salad
Fennel Smoked Turkey with Fennel
MintSpicy, Minty Salad
Cooling Cucumber, Mint and Yoghurt salad
Cucumber, tomato and red onion salad with mint
OreganoHerbed Feta and Oregano Salad
ParsleyMushroom and Beanshoot Salad
RosemaryRosemary potato salad
ThymeAutumn Fruit Salad with Thyme and Ginger
Tossed Green Salad with Herbs here
Growing Salad Herbs here
and how to grow a one pot herb pot in your home here
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Found this fun video with instructions here
Here is one that takes a little more work here
And found this etsy video on how to make a hammock here
Here's one a little more involved here and another one like this with photos here
photos found on photobucket
Monday, August 22, 2011
photo found on flicker
We are in for another hot week-100s by wednesday again-sigh This morning I am catching up on laundry and hanging it on the line-great exercise for me-since the line is a good walk from the house-and good for stretching too.
I started to quilt the latest bear picture, I backed it with a piece of my hand dyed onion skins cotton-blends in so nice with the rust dye piece in the front.
I am cleaning up all of our leathers too-needed to get into this big trunk, decided I wanted to turn it for more room-so that meant emptying it-good thing-cause the mink oil we put on the leathers came to surface-so need to rub out all the white stuff-and discovering my chaps don't fit anymore-sigh-but then I was a 105 pounds when these were bought-and now I am closer to 130-so I need to get serious about losing some inches again-although I definately don't want to get that thin again.
making wild turkey soup today with rice noodles, and probably work on some other domestic stuff that needs to get done.
Enjoy your new week!!--discover something new, read a new book, give someone a big hug, and smile when I get down about stuff, I remind myself-I am alive and living in a beautiful place-
Sunday, August 21, 2011
mmmmm Spinach Dip here
Potato Salad here
Popeye Smoothie here
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Raisin Yogurt Cookies here
Saturday, August 20, 2011
There are so many fiber artists worldwide to inspire us.
In the felting world-wow so much is really going on, from sculpture, felted wools, and needle felting.
I found this link with lots of felt artists to explore here
Gorgeous works here
More really cute animals needle felted here
Be sure to visit the art sunday tour with our host nemo
Friday, August 19, 2011
Big Big storms passed thru this morning early around 2 am, high winds, close lightening to the house, lots of hard rain: but this morning shows no damages and it's a gorgeous ozarks day
|Your Iris Says You're Very Spiritual|
Even when you've been challenged in life, you have faith that everything will work out.
Your feelings run deep, and you are a very grateful person.
You are very effected by the world around you. You are thankful for the life you lead.
|You Are a Carnation|
You tend to be more traditional than trendy.
Your confidence gets you through anything.
People trust you and are very loyal to you.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I am so excited, my fiber art picture has taken on much improvement today, I am really loving it so much better now.
I asked for help from one of my artist-(painter) friends, Loretta, and I loved her suggestions for my water-I think it looks much more real now. Not sure yet, I may still try to add a little needle felting to look like rock behind the waterfall.
I also colored in the little log cabin, added lots more white to the water, a litttle more greenery, which I may need to add just a little something in the area behind the bear, but my Apples and a Bear has come to life
I am already thinking about pumpkins and a bear
Sunday, August 14, 2011
camp fire coffee
Traditional Campfire CoffeeThere are numerous instructions and recipes for making coffee in a plain pot over a campfire. You may have to try a few varieties to see what suits you best.
1. Bring two quarts of water to a good, rolling boil. Take it from the fire and add 2 handfuls of ground coffee (fine grind). Since 'handful' is hardly a precise measurement, whoever makes the coffee will alter the results. Steep for 4 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of cold water to settle the grounds and then serve.
2. Add 6 teaspoons of ground coffee into the pot, and pour 3 pints of cold water over the grounds. Put the pot on the fire and bring to a boil. Take it off the heat and let steep for 3 minutes. Again, add a bit of cold water to settle the grounds. This makes 6 mugs of coffee.
3. This is the 'Canadian' version. In this recipe, you are supposed to use coarse ground coffee rather than fine. Use as much water as you want coffee, and use 2 heaping tablespoons of coffee for each cup. Add an extra cup of water, and an extra couple spoons of coffee 'for the pot'. (I'm not sure what that's supposed to mean). Sit this pot on hot coals, not open flame. Bring it slowly to a boil. When it boils, remove from the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Add cold water to settle the grounds and serve.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
|You Are Wise|
You are educated or at the very least knowledgable. You have a perception that most people lack.
You've learned to be vigilant in your life. You are pretty much always on guard.
No matter how old you actually are, you are quite seasoned. You are experienced and worldly.
|You Are Freedom Loving|
You believe that there is a lot to still be discovered in this world, and you're hoping to find some of it.
You are blessed with an enormous amount of self-confidence. You love who you are.
Structure and rules bore you. Even worse - they make you feel stifled.
|Your Spirit Flower is the Iris|
You are a natural healer. You can make almost anyone cheer up simply by being around.
You take time to reflect on the beauty of life. You have your own private rituals that you draw strength from.
You are a wholesome person. You live a low-key, low drama, and healthy life.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Although weapons, clothing and shelter were of the greatest importance to the soldiers, food was a necessary element of survival. Here you will find recipes and cooking techniques that the Civil War soldier used to help him get by during his struggle to survive.
- Beef Jerky
- Chicken Purlough
- Substitute for Coffee
- Eggs on the March
- Hardtack Corn Chowder
- Hoe Cake
- The Use of Pepper
- Plain Irish Stew for 50 Men
- To Roast Any Small Birds
- Scrap Stock
- Swamp Cabbage Stew
- from here
Civil war recipes and food here
Civil war recipes here
Food During the War
As the war continued, Southerners began to feel the pinch of food shortages, especially in the cities, where residents did not produce their own food and had large concentrated populations. As the Union established more and more blockades, farmers were less able to transport food into the cities. While rural areas felt the shortages as well, most rural residents were farmers and were used to hunting or growing their own food.
Some popular dishes in the South included fried ham with red-eye gravy and biscuits, Hopping John (a stew made with bacon, peas or beans, and red pepper). Vegetables included tomatoes (Ruffled Yellow), lettuce (head, leaf, and romaine), beans (Great Northern Yellow Eye, Jacob's Cattle) and snap beans, sweet corn (Black Aztec), cabbage, potato (Early Rose and Irish potatoes), cucumbers, pumpkins, melons and beets.
Men on the field often ate canned food, as storage was more difficult since soldiers would travel from camp to camp every day. Some of the labels are surprisingly familiar:
� Underwood Deviled Ham>
� Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce>
� Borden's Condensed Milk>
� Van Camp's Pork and Beans>
� McIlhenny Company's Tabasco Sauce>
Thursday, August 11, 2011
- 4 cups Cinnamon Chex� or Rice Chex� cereal
- 2/3 cup chopped dried apples
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, apples, almonds and cranberries; set aside.
- In 1-quart saucepan, heat butter, corn syrup and brown sugar over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
- Pour over cereal mixture in bowl; stir until evenly coated. Using buttered back of spoon, press mixture firmly in pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to cut.
- For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store covered at room temperature up to 1 week.
That got me to thinking about herbs and such during this time period.
I found this article for the civil war kitchen garden here
Civil War Medicine at Home here this is an excellent find with several pages of information of herbs and their use-even includes a page of wive tales
An article on Civil War nurses here
Interview of a confederate surgeon and the herbs he used here
and comfrey was used to dress and heal wounds and broken bones
Searching for information for this post, I ran into many books on this subject as well
and if you live in the New England Area there is a Garden in the Woods at Framingham, Ma with herbs planted that were used during the civil war here This was one of several that I ran into, all commemorating the 150th anniversary of our Civil War
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Found this fun video for someone just learning
Here is one on how to make a needle felted pumpkin
This is an informative video on wool
and here is a how to instructional on needle felting basics http://knitting.about.com/od/felting/ss/needle-felting.htm
In my opinion, there is no need to get alot of money involved in supplies. I have learned a perfect base to work on is a thick foam piece-find a reclaimed one, or purchase one in the craft section. This is so much cheaper than the "special" foam they sell just for needle felting, and can be as large as you want it to be too.
I started out with a single needle and I really like it the best so far. I found a good price for them at the Woolery
and for the wool sometimes you can buy little bags of it at garage sales or resale shops, craft fairs can be a good place, also there are lots of choices over on etsy-just put in needle felting in the supplies category.
I ran into this site http://www.needlefeltingfans.com/ with lots of information and links too.
So go have some fun with needle felting
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
These were made from the recipes I recently posted, the hot pepper relish I made with cabbage instead of onions, and it turned out much hotter, but still great flavor
Here is the bbq chicken recipe from the Barefoot Conessa
Barbecued ChickenCopyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, All Rights Reserved
- 6 servings
- 2 chickens (2 1/2 to 3 pounds each), quartered, with backs removed
- 1 recipe Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows
Heat the coals in a charcoal grill. Spread the bottom of the grill with a single layer of hot coals and then add a few more coals 5 minutes before cooking, which will keep the fire going longer. Place the chicken quarters on the grill, skin side down, and cook for about 45 minutes, turning once or twice to cook evenly on both sides. Brush with the marinade as needed. The chicken quarters are done when you insert a knife between a leg and thigh and the juices run clear. Discard any unused marinade.
Serve with extra barbecue sauce on the side.
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 large onion)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup tomato paste (10 ounces)
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup honey
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
Yield: 1 1/2 quarts
I can't do two batches per day any more, as it has been taking me about 6 hours to get all the peppers, onions, and tomatoes prepared to make into salsas and relish and then can. We are just loving the results though.
This is the best salsa I have made to can, the cilantro, lime juice, and the hot banana peppers just really made the recipe and after canned-still tastes like a fresh salsa-so this recipe is a keeper. (recipe in my recipe file)
I have made two batches of the salsa now and one batch of the hot pepper relish so far and I still have lots of peppers left. I am splitting all the batches with Mr. L as he bought half the peppers and tomatoes for me. Today I will be making more of the hot pepper relish but instead of the onions will use shredded cabbage to mix with the peppers. Makes a little different relish that way, and the cabbage is really good in a canned relish.
I have decided my bear picture is finished now, just need to locate a frame and will search first at the resale shops. I really wanted to seal it all down with the mistyfuse and tulle, but have decided with all the different layers-thin cotton next to a thicker wool-that it probably will not fuse down well, so will put this one under glass instead. I was thinking of doing a sample, which I may still do, but hate to waste the materials on a sample-but then I could design a card that could be used after the sample test I am thinking as I am typing-lol
I have ordered another bag of silk noil in fall colors, so am going to work on some pictures to sell in my etsy shop, with autumn leaves, deer and such.
I wish I could share this awesome weather week with those of you still so much in need of rain and a break from the high temps. We are actually in the 60s now early morning instead of 80s, and yesterday it rained almost all day again and stayed in the 70s. This whole week shows cool temps and rain chances every day--this week feels like fall is coming for sure now.
Mr. L gave me two very awesome rocks that he found years ago here, so am anxious to get those set in my rock wall. Haven't been back to rocking with all the canning.
That's about it here in the ozarks, I am off to take my walk with Nikita. and wow a gorgeous morning for enjoying a cup of Hot tea
Have an awesome Tuesday
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
|You Are Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream|
|You Are Soft Serve|
You are easy to please, and you enjoy letting others do things their way.
People might be surprised to know that you're experimental and funky - at least in your own mind.
You are open to wherever life takes you, even if it's very unconventional.
|You Are Peanut Butter Gelato|
You are the type who spoils those closest to you. You are a natural giver.
While you feel more at ease when you're being the generous one, you have no problem accepting generosity from others.
You think everyone deserves to feel like a king or queen for the day, including you.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
|You Appreciate All of Life's Moments|
You have a very balanced personality. You know how to moderate yourself when you are feeling extreme.
You love everything about life, including the sadder and darker parts. You appreciate every emotion.
You are energetic and downright hyper. All sorts of ideas and opportunities excite you.
I have gotton lazy, but I love the results, and this was Larry's recipe. Take a glass decanter, fill with cold water, add tea bags, number goes according to your taste and size of container, then place in the frigerator-and in a few hours you have effortless ice tea. No more boiling water and then steeping, and then pouring over ice etc. this simple method makes wonderful clear iced tea. I don't like sweet tea, so I don't add any sweetners, but I do like to add a dash of lemon to my glass of tea.
recipes for healthy iced tea here
recipes for iced teas, frozen, lattes, fruits etc here
recipes for southern sweet teas here and here
Garlic Brown Sugar Crock Pot Chicken here this recipe uses lots of sugar but it looked really good otherwise, and one could always cut that sugar to 1/2 cup instead
Whole Chicken Crock Pot Recipe here
Kathy's Crock Pot Chicken What I like to do is take an organic whole chicken, rinse well with cold water, then stuff fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme in the cavity, place in crock pot that had a couple tablespoons of water added.
Then sprinkle some olive oil all over the chicken and squeeze a fresh lemon all over the chicken too, and add some cracked pepper maybe a little additional spice of choice.
Roast in your crock pot on medium til fully done-and enjoy. No added heat in your kitchen during these hot spells
and don't forget to drink plenty of liquids-a good day for some fresh brewed ice tea