Monday, September 26, 2011

Well, I guess I'm ready for my Trip

I am packed, but I keep going back to elimate more and more, so my bags are not too heavy. I pack light anyways, but with a bad lower back-everything is too heavy. I am not even going to take my purse with this time either, just use the carry on small bag for odds, food, and my id-lol

I made up my 5 gallon pail of laundry soap this morning. I had used up the very last of it yesterday so I wanted to get this made before I left. I just love this process so much. So simple to make, saves soooo much money, and no plastic to recycle. Just love it. My recipe is in the photo section on my home page. I would suggest not using fels napha bar soap for this, but rather a pure old time soap if you can find it. Here we have Kirks which has been made since the 1800s. The Fels Napha is really strong and actually was developed for stains. Alot of recipes online push this soap but it is really too harsh for every day laundry use. I do have bars around that I grate into a dry detergent for very heavily soiled laundry-like mechanics clothes.

Well I am off to take a walk with Nikita

Pumpkin and Chicken

Who knew?? that pumpkin and chicken go well together in a recipe. I did a search, and wow lots of ideas.
This will be one of my last posts before my trip, so thought I would share chicken for tuesday (yeh I know it's monday lol) with pumpkin.
pumpkinchickenchiladas Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas
Gluten Free Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas recipe here
Spicy Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole Sauce
Spicy Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pumpkin Mole Sauce here
Chicken with Pumpkin seedPumpkinseedChicken8 Pesto & Buttrnut Sauce here and here for step by stop photos

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Healthy Mondays Pumpkin

It's that time of year again, when pumpkins and such will be coming available. I love the little pie pumpkins for the best flavor.
I have been posting some delicious looking pumpkin recipes, and decided to expand into Healthy Mondays.
Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. This humble backyard vegetable is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes.
The plant is a "vine", creeps on the surface in a similar fashion like that of other members of the cururbitaceae family such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes...etc. It is one of the most popular vegetable that is grown as commercial field crop all over the world including in the USA. from here
more information here

If you do a google search for pumpkin healthy recipes, it comes back with pages of recipes-so lots of ideas available.
Pueble Pumpkin Soup caught my eye-sounds really delicious here
Spiced Pumpkin Cookies-looked really good too here these are always so moist.
and Roasted Pumpkin with Shallots looked delicious too here
so go find some pie pumpkins, process it down, and enjoy Good Eats!

Good Morning

AUTUMN/FALL
Have a relaxing Sunday

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Just My "Doings"

Yesterday turned out to be a busy day. I made the jam first thing and then I drove into town to get my hair trimmed-I grow it long and it had gotton so bad just had to be done-especially since I am taking my little trip to Indiana.
Needed a few groceries in town, and they had lots of meat marked down, so that took time to break and down, wrap and get in the freezer.
Talked to Mom and I think she is almost done with all her packing and sorting-she keeps telling us that she is too old for this job-its our job after she passes. and I said no this way when you and brother hold a big sale in the spring you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.lol Signing is tomorrow and saturday the big move. It's all happened and fallen into place so smoothly for her that once she gets moved this weekend-she'll have to take a deep breath and then she'll realize it all. I'll be there early wednesday morning.
I also have been working on sewing the blocks for the quilt I am making for our newly wed friends. I finished sewing up all the blocks last night, so now they need pressed and layed out to decide the placement of the blocks and sewn together into a top. I may just get it finished before I leave.
This morning I decided to make another jam for Larry. I just cut up the second pineapple, and we had a huge bunch of grapes that were on the edge-so I went thru those last night and those are going in this jam too-cause we won't be able to eat them fast enough before they spoil. and right now they are very sweet too.
Raining this morning, I guess it will rain off and on today and then move out and be gorgeous for the next week. I keep checking on the coral mushrooms here in the woods-and still no luck. was hoping to be able to can up at least one batch before I leave. Perhaps sunday we will see some since we are getting more rain today.
I forgot to buy a brush to use for sealing the rock shower yesterday when I was in town, so after the jam making will look around the house and see if I can find one.
I have Larry all set for food in the freezer so he can find it easily, he is so bad at looking around in the freezers and deciding what he wants to make for himself. I designed some crock pot meals for him, and I was going to make a homemade pizza before I leave so he'll have left overs of that. now to get me packed-which I haven't started thinking about yet. usually I am all packed the week before leaving. I am going even lighter than usual this time, especially since Mom will now have a washer and dryer in her new home. she will feel spoiled as there are all new kitchen appliances and a dish washer too. her and I have never in our life time used a dish washer. something I have never wanted-but she now says I think I just may like that-lol
Oh and those of you that get the Food Network channel-have any of you caught Chef Irvine's Restaurant Impossible? after you watch a couple shows it's pretty much all the same format-but I find it fascinating what he and his team can accomplish in 2 days with only 10,000 dollars. and what an eye opener what some of these families get themselves into-they pay too much for the restaurants that usually does not include the buildings-that really amazes me, and some of them the kitchens were soooo dirty that Chef Irvine refused to cook in them til they were totally scrubbed up and clean again. an interesting show, and I am glad they are showing how to decorate with hardly no money.
Enjoy your thursday!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hump Day Handmade Cornhusk Dolls

This is another project I always wanted to try. I'll have to see if I can locate some cornhusks.
I really like this tutorial here from snowowl and another tutorial here and here too all three sites have great pictures and instructions.

Corn Husk Dolls


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kettlecorn

MamaBear posted a recipe on this. I love this stuff-never thought of making it at home though-usually find it at events and fairs in the summer. I agree, this would be a tasty fall snack too.
So I had to get online and find some more recipes for making this at home.
Kettle Corn
DawnVGilmorePhotography, Flickr
Kettle corn is a great summer snack and it's quick and easy to make at home! I love kettle corn for its sweet-and-salty taste. But, better yet, it tends to have less fat and sodium than other flavored popcorns. So, grab some vegetable oil, white sugar, and unpopped popcorn kernels and you're well on your way to enjoying this delicious treat.

1. Cover the bottom of a high-sided pot or kettle with vegetable oil and place on medium heat. Put 3 kernels in the pot. When they pop, the vegetable oil is hot enough for the rest of the batch.

2. Remove the 3 pieces of popcorn and add the sugar (about 1/4 cup for evey 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels) to the pot. Stir the pot and when the sugar melts, add the rest of the popcorn. Don't forget to put on the lid!

3. Shake the pot constantly to prevent the sugar from burning. When the popping slows to almost nothing, remove the pot from the heat and pour into a large bowl.

4. If you like, add salt, making sure that it mixes with all of the popcorn.

5. Let cool and enjoy!

from here
A little different recipe:

One of my Art Swaps Completed

 

I had three art swaps-these are always so much fun, and I received my first one today.
Here is a close up here and here is what I sent Mel

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicken Tailgate Style

Tailgate food always looks so inviting and fun. I don't have the opportunity to do that any more.
Tailgate drumsticks here

Picture of Lime Chicken Tequila Tailgate Recipe
Lime Chicken Tequilla from food network here
Picture of Tailgating Asian Wings Recipe
Asian Wings here another recipe from Guy Fieri of Food Network
Of course you can grill these recipes up in your backyard-I actually love fall the best for cooking outdoors.

Healthy Mondays Apples

I just posted a link for some fabulous looking apple pies, tarts and more--so now for apples a little more on the healthier side-lol Although you can make any recipe healthier-by upgrading the flour from white flour to a whole grain pastry flour, lower the sugar a bit or use a healthy sugar substitute, and for fats I rarely use butter any more but use a good quality oil instead.
From Eating Well several recipes and tips for healthier apples here Such as their roasted apple and cheddar salad
recipe here
Healthy Apple Recipes from Food Network here
Recipes from Cooking Light here
mmmmm here is their Cinnamon Apple Cake note I think the sugar is a little high in this one, I would cut in half and also use some stevia or splenda with organic sugar
Cinnamon-Apple Cake Recipes
Better yet if you have access to a u pick orchard near you, have fun and go pick some apples and other fall goodies with friends or family a source to check here


photos found on google search

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Art Sunday Football

Tis the season for all of us that are devoted football fans-me being one. My college team that I grew up with is Notre Dame out of South Bend, In. and my pro team since '67 is the Green Bay Packers. Who's your team?

tailgating at MSU here
and face painting is big too at the games



from here

from here

from here
To close here is a link to the top 10 college tailgating foods
brats

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Beautiful Morning Here

This should be the last of the really hot and humid days for a bit, as we have storms-more rain, and a big cool down coming-I am ready for it-lol Lows in the 40s and highs in the 50s and 60s after friday.
We did our trip to town yesterday, started early and got back late-but with the price of gas, and when you live in the woods-a trip to town, means brings your list of needs and to dos-and get it all done when you there.
I picked up a couple more plants. I found a nice heirloom tomato, basil, and rosemary, and picked up another really pretty little flower. I wish my rosemary would winter over-but it just gets too cold here in the winter months. I have tried potting and bringing in the house-but doesn't work well. If we had our greenhouse up (another project) I could winter over alot of things like this and grow food too.
Was such a nice and cooler morning that I got those planted, things planted, took Nikita for our walk already, and now I need to refill the hummingbird feeders. I may also try to spray some weeds this morning too-as this will be the last warm day now-and so far not too windy.
I posted in my links several really nice green living recipes and video from Mountain Rose this morning. The newsletter this morning was filled with excellent useable information. I really liked the tooth powder recipe-may give that a try.
Well, I am off for the outdoors til it gets too hot for me. Enjoy your day. Any plans???

Kathy's Doings-Cakes-Quilts-and Miso and a Cake Meme


It is suppose to rain and be a little stormy all weekend, and has ended up being cool and raining all day today. We really need some rain here, so this is good.
I had everything ready to make angel food cake for Larry last night but I was just too tired, and it does take time to make, bake, cool etc, so actually somthing good to do first thing in the morning, and it puts a little heat in the house too, as we are not running the woodstoves for heat yet.
So I made the cake for Larry this morning, one of his favorites, using unbleached organic white flour with sugar-the splenda makes the cake crash so that's no good and angel food cake is pretty low in sugars actually compared to other cakes. I also took out some frozen strawberries to thaw-so he can have those over the cake tonight.
Well, I need a cake for me too-lol so I checked and I still had a box mix for gluten free chocolate cake which is really really delicious too, so I made that and tried out my new glass pan-this pan is perfect for this! I cut out some parchment paper to put on the bottom of the pan, so hoping that will help the cake come out of the pan easily-it is still cooling upset down-love those little glass feet-lol.
Last night I decided since Larry went to sleep early (he has been splitting lots of wood), I would go ahead and check my cotton shirt fabric stash and cut out another Turning 20 pattern quilt. One of our Wisconsin friends that comes down every November for deer hunting, got married last friday. I have been wanting to make both guys a quilt, so will make one for the newly weds first. I thought I still had alot of the blocks cut already, but I had forgotton I used just about all of them in Mr. L's quilt last spring. So this has been what I have been doing too yesterday late and today-sorting colors, and ironing all the pieces, and cutting them out for the quilt. I need 20 different shirts for the quilt. If I get this all put together before my Indiana trip, then I can put it on the frame and tie it like I did the last time. It makes it quicker for me to put together, and makes a comfy homey quilt. Time seems to be passing much too fast since we got out of the 100s here.
I usually don't eat breakfast or lunch, but was really hungry today, didn't really have anything around, and I wasn't in the mood for a protein smoothie today. Then I remembered I still had several varities of miso-it is amazing to me that these never go bad in the refrigerator. This was a staple for me during my vegetarian days and also when I was going thru the time period figuring out why everything made me sick-til I figured out I had celiac (gluten) and miso is made from many different grains so I buy ones that are gluten free-they have alot of nutrition along with B12 which has to be added to your diet when you are eating vegetarian. I love adding fresh greens from the garden to this, or this is a great way to add little chunks of tofu too.
So I cooked up some brown rice pasta, and made me a broth from the red miso I had-and voila-a nice hot soup. I forgot how much I liked this. More information on miso here


You Are a Marble Cake

Eclectic, inventive, and peaceful.
You are never willing to accept what's "normal." You live to push the envelope.
You find it hard to make up your mind. You prefer to have everything you want, right away!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Over on Blogger

Those of you that have a blog there, do you have trouble with their site?? I haven't been able to get around over there for over 6 months, actually its probably a year by now.

They seem to have no customer service, any question is put to a forum and you look for the answer. I finally got help on why I couldn't sign in or comment over there, they have been having lots of troubles with that and still not fixed. the told me to resign in every time, and to uncheck the remember me box-when I do that then I can at least sign in and comment on my page and others that I read.

Tonight I thought I would play around and find a fall theme over there-I can't even get to their templates, since they upgraded, I can't find where to edit any more either so I can add tags to my posts. I would just delete everything over there, but I have a few readers I would hate to lose. but that blog just doesn't work for me-I post by cross posting from here to there. I am not that knowledeable on the computer workings-I just use them-for me it is so customer unfriendly there. sigh

and I do like reading other blogs over there on lots of things-crafts, art, food etc. so its like a library over there for me, but it just does not work for me if I want to do something over -oh well no one listens over there so posting here-lol

My Glass Angel Food Cake Pan is Home


Let me take home a vintage kitchen piece and I am a happy happy person. lol Larry had to go into the town where the resale shops are, and I said wait I am coming with, I gotta get my pan out of layaway.
I love the little legs on this piece too-for cooling the cake when it comes out of the oven. I think this will be perfect for baking fruit breads-it looks a little small for my angle food cake recipe, would also be perfect for a chocolate cake and such too.
I felt even better when I picked it up. The store was really busy, so I walked on down to where the owner was at a register. When he came back he said wow! this is heavy and definately not made in China is it? I said no way, that's why only buy vintage pyrex and glass kitchen stuff. I opened it up and showed him what was in the bag and he said-you did good, these pieces rarely came in. I said Monday I didn't have any cash on me so I put this on layaway cause I knew I would regret not getting this. and he said I am glad you got it. So that made me feel good, someone that realized what this was. A piece our grandmas and moms would have used in the kitchen-I love that.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Brisk Morning = Chain Saws and Splitters


photo found on the web-not mine this time
A beautiful brisk, sunny, September morning. Hung a load of laundry out, and needed to grab a down vest for my walk with Nikita-I actually needed a light pair of gloves too-must be in the 40s out there. However, a perfect morning to cut up downed trees for firewood to keep us warm.
Mr. L came over to cut wood for his home, and Larry is out with the log splitter-the starter rope just broke so hopefully it will be an easy fix. I cab also hear some of the neighbors with their chain saws going too.
I still can't handle the wood right now cause of my back, so Larry has two piles finished, not taken up to the house yet to be stacked-they need to finish drying a bit anyways. We are so behind on this project this year, as are most people in this area-can't cut wood when its 80 degrees at daylight-lol
I think I will see if my muse is with me this morning for setting more rocks. I think a cup of my hot cocoa is in order first-lol

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Time for BogThings-So much Fun-lol

You Are Sweet Potatoes
You love comfort foods, and for you, there's nothing more comforting that Thanksgiving dinner.
In fact, you've been known to have Thanksgiving favorites all fall... and possibly all year. You've got to have your sweet potatoes.

There's no one who cooked as well as your mom or grandma, but you're not too bad at whipping up a hearty dinner to please a crowd.
You believe that food is love. And just like you have plenty of love to go around, you also have plenty of food to go around.
You Are Conscientious
You try to stay on top of everything in your life, and it shows. You present a good face to the world.
You are detail oriented and meticulous. It bothers you to let anything slide.

You sometimes end up picking up the slack for other people, but you don't really mind. You like being responsible.
You are extremely independent and competent. The world would be a better place if more people were like you.
You Are Minestrone
You are a spontaneous person. You don't make or follow rules. You just go with your gut.
You're eager to go wherever life takes you. If something doesn't work out, at least you've learned.

Nutrition and eating healthy is very important to you. You eat your veggies.
That being said, you're not a picky eater. You like all foods.

Monday, September 12, 2011

We've got Cornbread-off the fire



This was not perfection-but it's not burnt either, it's cooked thru-nice and moist not dried out. But, tonight I guess since I didn't put a fire in the smoke box too I couldn't get the fire up to 500 degrees like I wanted. So my skillet did not get super hot-I should have placed it over the coals to get really hot and then move it over to the center-now I will know. If the pan is super hot-with the oil in there-when you pour the batter in-it sizzles nice-and puts a nice crust on the bottom-next time.
When I bake over a fire I always put the coals around the cast iron not under it, and a lid on top with hot coals too.
The fish is taking too long too, cause the fire is now so so-but the cornbread is good, and nothing got burnt-lol Everything was very tasty-I would definately try doing more baking this way. However, next time, I will put a few coals in the smoke box too with a little hickory or oak, this is a smoker after all and I think the whole unit will work better that way.
Next up Pizza? I haven't done one of my pizzas on a grill for a long time-

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Art Sunday Autumn Leaves

As summer fades to autumn-I just so enjoy the autumn leaves. A few leavaes are turning here already, and we have an abundance of wildflowers scattered here and there.
Over on Etsy I made a treasury list of autumn leaves here

from here

from here

from here
Autumn Leaves
from here this last piece is an art quilt

Thank you to our host Nemo for hosting art sundays for us

Friday, September 9, 2011

9-11-2001


I will always remember where I was this day, as I also have never forgotton that day President Kennedy was shot. (I was in 7th grade and we were all crying and hugging each other in the halls-we were all so scared, we were so young that day.)
In 2001, being an operator with the phone company-I can still hear the calls I received and the calls the operators behind me were getting-none of us believed it til more calls began coming in, we were all crying this day as well, trying to remain calm and brave for our customers, as we took the phone calls that day.
09-11-2001 I know all of us that lived thru this will never forget.
I really love the new memorial-The National September Memorial and Museum
Visualization by Squared Design Lab
more here

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hump Day Handmade Dye with Goldenrod

I have posted about this in the past-love the results, and no goldenrod is not the same as ragwood, so will not aggravate your allergies-lol
It is just beginning to bloom here, which has me thinking if I can squeeze in a couple days for dye-one for mordanting the cotton, and the next day to dye.-so much fun!
I found several articles online too:
Goldenrod
Goldenrod is one of the favorite plants of natural dyers. The plant grows up to six feet tall with leaves two to five inches long, and clusters of small, bright yellow flowers on top. Goldenrod is plentiful in most parts of the country from late August until the first hard frost. Best colors will be obtained from plants that are in full flower. Collect goldenrod by cutting just below the flower head (watch for bees). Goldenrod, water, and alum produce a golden yellow dye. Replace the alum with iron for a dark olive-green dye. found here
HOW TO DYE WITH GOLDENROD
Supplies:
1 ounce of Alum
1 gallon of Water
Two non-reactive pots
Goldenrod blossoms broken off at the top of the stalks (for more pure yellows just use the blossoms)
Use equal weight goldenrod to fabric.

Dissolve alum into one gallon water. Add wet fabric, simmer for an hour. Allow to cool while you pick flowers.

Crush or bruise the blossoms then add to another one gallon of water. Cover and simmer (don't boil) for 1-2 hours. Then remove from heat, strain blossoms, and allow dye bath to cool. Add fabric and simmer for an hour or until the fabric is just a shade darker than what you want. It will dry a shade lighter. Allow the fabric to cool in the dye bath, this will set the color better. Rinse fabric when it is cool enough to handle and allow to dry. from here
and here is an article from one of my favorite bloggers that I read regularly
from here
also I have written several posts on goldenrod, so if you do a google search for kathyinozarks goldenrod you will find them easier than going thru my tags heres one

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chicken Stir Fry on a Tuesday

I love stir frys, especially when I have veggies from the garden, not the case this year, so will be using frozen veggies tonight when I make my stir fry.
Since its tuesday I thought I would share a chicken post.

Chicken Stir-Fry

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Serves:
6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 package shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Serving suggestion: Hot, cooked rice noodles

Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oils over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, pepper, and onion and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the water chestnuts. In a small bowl, combine broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and cornstarch. Add to chicken mixture and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium to medium-low, and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve over hot, cooked rice noodles.
I don't make many things from Paula Deen mostly because her recipes are overkill on fats, salt and sugar, but this recipe looks really good, with healthy ingredients and low on fats etc.
I also found this site with many chicken stir fry recipes to pick from-enjoy!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Art Sunday Rust Dye

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do this morning, but decided on rust dye-with friend Loretta in mind.
I first tried this technique in 2008 and just love the process-its simple and fun-and green-cause you use found rusty items, use vinegar and water, and I dyed many pieces from reclaimed fabrics-men's cotton shirts, linings from wool coats, silks, and more-just check your old clothing stash or visit your resale shop. I also love to use interior decorator samples, or rust over printed fabric for stunning results. Here is a video I did back when I first started.



Above photos all came from here with many more pages to view
Below are some of my pieces, with my most recent-apples and a bear
Apples and a Bear  Mixed Fibers Quilted Wall Hanging
Rust Dyed on Country Stripes 7
Sun Painted Over Rust Dyed on Cotton 3
Rust Dyed on Butterfys 9
As always please take the art sunday tour with our host Nemo

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