Thursday, May 31, 2012

Latest with my Crazy Quilt Block

I decided this block turned out too nice just for practice-so wanted to make something with it, I think I decided on a pillow.
    The yellow fabric is one of my hand dyed cotton pieces-I am thinking with mimosa leaves. For some reason I really like the yellow with this. I may add some cotton strips around the block and embroidery it down then decide what else it needs. There will be cotton batting underneath to give the cotton more body to match the wool.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Very Hot Today, but a Nice Afternoon w/ Friends

We have been attending this bbq gathering with friends for the past several years now and it is now down to just a handful of people. Which sometimes I think is nice too because a small group of people actually have better discussions.
Our friend lives down the road in the woods too, so there was plenty of shade to sit under. One thing I have learned that down here in Missouri, even though the temp is in the mid 90s or higher if you are in the shade and there is a breeze-it is actually not too bad heat wise.
I brought my bbq'd beans that I made from scratch-and they were sooo good. I had been given an old bean crock from the friend who's place we were at, so I heated that up with very hot water and then put the hot beans in-amazing how long they held their hot temperature. I will post my recipe soon.
I also made and brought a really good tasting coleslaw-Mr. L had given us one of his cabbages and it was pretty small so after shredding it I remembered I had been given some fresh grown turnips from the amish that were sweet-so I shredded a couple of those up too and mixed together-for the dressing I mixed white wine vinegar with organic sugar to taste, added some celery seed, dry mustard, and little black pepper-very very good.
I had one of my pints of canned pineapple left and for some reason I decided I wanted to make a gluten free version of pineapple upside down cake in my cast iron skillet and on top of the stove too so as not to turn on the oven. We had that for breakfast-very good too.
So now after watering my veggies and a few flowers I am super hot, so off to make a big glass of ice water and watch a little food network.
Hope all is well on your end.

Art Sunday Grandma Moses

I was in the mood for Grandma Moses this morning.

Quilting Bee
Beautiful World by Grandma Moses
Beautiful World

Hoosick River Summer

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Song Saturday Dia Frampton

I really like Dia Frampton, she was on the Voice last year. I think she is touring now and has a album.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My Onion Project So Far

This is my onions so far, after about eight hours in the slow cooker. Actually this is pretty much what they look like when I use these in my french onion soup. I decided to turn off the cooker for now and when I go to bed tonight will turn it back on real low.
I don't think this will give me much more than three pints if I can it. Mr. L is suppose to bring me about twelve more large onions tonight, if he does will start up a fresh batch tomorrow, keep this one in the frig and then decide if I want to can or freeze. Heidi is doing an experiment on freezing for me to see if it ruins the texture or not.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Pretty Day Here in the Ozarks

I am so delighted to see my mimosa tree with flowers. Last year there were none, but this year my tree is loaded with flowers. I love their beauty and their perfume too. Now I can collect their leaves again to dry and use for a beautiful yellow dye again as well.
The grandpa otts morning glories are beginning to bloom as well

I talked Larry into taking me in to town today, he needed a few things too. I wanted a little bag of lime for this new garden area, which sits between oak trees and also has alot of composted straw and sawdust from some horse manure we got probably 5 years ago now. I also wanted a couple more bags of top soil and miracle grow's garden soil. The clerk informed me I just missed the sale on the miracle grow that was over the weekend-Oh no I said cause I have been waiting all spring for that to go back to the $5.00 sale price. We were in town saturday too, but my friend was fighting not feeling well so I didn't want to add another stop on saturday.
I also wanted to pick up a bag of cracked corn from the mfa store, and there I finally found some dipel too-an organic pesticide to control all those pesty worms that gets on tomatoes and cabbage plants etc. worked in all the lime already and watered it in as well. My lower back said no to more heavy work for right now-I did that 3 days in a row now-so need rest up my back. We got a steroid shot when he had our doctors check up last month and I think it really helps me from getting really down.
Remember those wonderful brass water nozzles? perhaps I am really aging myself here, but I love those-they work so well. I don't know why I ever switched over to those awful plastic ones. Well I have been watering my potted plants with a long greenhouse type nozzle which is really nice but it does not spray-and that's what I needed.
So after testing the plastic sprayers I had around that no longer worked I remembered that I knew I saw the other day a couple of those brass ones. Reason I quit using those I suppose was because it needed a new rubber washer-that's an easy fix cause Larry had one in his shop-yah!! So I was sooo happy to be using that again-love these simple little pleasures in life.
Mine is no longer shiny like this one since it is way over 30 years old now
Orbit 58044 4 Inch Brass Adjustable Water Hose Nozzle but these are just the best and never break either.

I also had one more container to fill that is in mostly shade. I checked out the plants and found french tarragon that said it likes the shade-so I will plant that after supper. I have never grown tarragon. How do you use this in cooking?? something I have always heard about but never used.
Any plans for memorial day?? We usually go to a small bbq here. This is one holiday I don't care for a major party affair but is nice to gather with friends.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Nice Day in the Garden Today

I woke up really stiff and sore, and thought I had definately over done it-cause my lower back was not feeling so good.
I decided not to do an additional day in a row doing the physical labor stuff-however---the weather was perfect here. No sun this morning, cool, and a constant breeze-how could one not work in the garden?? lol especially since they say we will be mid 90s by weeks end.
So I planted my sweet potato slips, and I had a small bag of heavily sprouted red potatos that I was saving, so I planted a row of them. I had enough room left to plant our favorite winter squash the sweet dumplings, a ring of japanese cucumbers, and another ring of zuchinni. By the time I get the rest of the area cleared with the weeds-there should be plenty of room for everything to spread out and grow.
This is the area that I took a photo of the other day, I love this little spot, it stays shady til noon and then the sun is on it in the afternoon. and it is close enough to the house for ease of hand watering. so I am excited and hope things will grow. Watering everything is up next after I post this blog. I have found that it is working out really well to really soak everything after we have supper-the sun and heat are down, and the soild is damp come morning so the plants are ready for the hot sun.
My little thrush is off her nest and hopping around outside my computer window. I started scattering cracked corn and seed there so it brings the birds up close to view.
catch ya all later on-off to water
The civil war quilting book arrived today and I was soooo disappointed in it that I wanted to send it back-but by the time one adds up the shipping both ways, and adds the delivery confirmation I won't be saving much-so decided to sell it instead-I put it in my etsy shop and also in my yahoo quilting flea market group too. I think I am used to Barbara Brackmans books and this one just did not compare for me.

Healthy Mondays Yogurt Smoothies

This is the time of year I especially enjoy making a healthy smoothie. We are in for hot summer temps this week-so these are perfect for me, nutrition while still eating light and enjoying something cold too.
This is where I may also add a scoop of whey or rice powder for added proteins, and also a spoon full of konsyl.
I was looking for a yogurt strawberry smoothie recipe this morning, and found this great photo tutorial by King Arthur Flour for making homemade yogurt and then turning it into a strawberry smoothie.

recipe here
When I was food shopping over the weekend, I picked up a gallon of organic fat free milk along with an extra carton of greek yogurt-so I could make up a big batch of homemade yogurt for us. Larry enjoys fresh yogurt as pick me up snack on a hot day.
Happy Monday

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Art Sunday Fiber Art

Yesterday my neighbor friend and I went to a local outdoors art show held by the local art guild. I didn't want to say anything first but I was soooo disappointed in the quality of the art, it was like everyone was just learning-nothing wrong with that at all but I was expecting better.
I used to attend several arts and crafts shows and outdoor fine art shows all the time up in northern Illinois and the quality was superb. My friend is an artist in paints, pencils, and more and also in the needlecrafts; she said you know all these years that I have lived her now, I never thought I was good enough to be in the local art guild. and I was thinking of course you are good enough, and you could also teach as well.
That comment actually surprised me at first cause my friend excels in what she does, and then it got me to thinking more-is art - art if not shared? So good for all these artists that were proud of what they did and were happy to share and talk to people in this art exhibit.
So this was a good lesson for me--Art is what you make of it for yourself, and everyone interprets art in their own way-so next time I will work on not being so critical.

This morning I decided to share more fiber art, especially since I am enjoying my first crazy quilt block so much.

from here

from here you can get close up at this link too

from here

from here

Friday, May 18, 2012

Butterflys on Lavender & Gardening

  I was so happy to see this visitor again, (the first butterfly posted) so I ran in the house to get my camera. This is a very shy butterfly compared to alot of my other butterfly visitors.
  It took many trys to get a photo with the wings opened up. This one is so pretty does anyone know the name of this butterfly??
   I did work on my new little garden area, and I am going to love it. It over looks our ponds to the right and straight ahead. A little make shift road comes around on the left and to the back that we use to get to the back areas of our property. The middle section is about finished, but there are still some areas with weeds yet to pull.
   I checked on my conpost pile and was thrilled to have collected 5 large wheel barrel fulls of the "black gold" so far. This pile has been composted and added to during the last 5 years. I had given up on the large garden area we set up, due to all the wildlife enjoying my garden too-lol It needs a fence definately, and it also needs lots more top soil-and compost, manure etc. I don't have the back for it anymore, especially if I don't have a fence to keep out the deer and other visitors.
  So during the last 4 years I have been adding more large tub containers for my tomatoes, peppers etc. Larry built me a couple raised beds inside our fenced in area in front of the house-so this year I was able to plant a few more veggies. This added area I am working on now will be perfect for my sweet potatoes, and I am thinking winter squash and melons too may like this spot.
   I was happy to be actually gardening again like I am used to (I am from the upper midwest where we have excellent gardening soil)

Is it Really Friday Already?

This week seems to have really flown by.
This morning's project is to get an area ready to plant my sweet potato slips. I brought back some of the potatos in September when I visited my Mom. Her cousin Charlotte has one of the best varieties I've tasted so I saved back one to start the slips. I ended up with lots of slips, will share some with Mr. L too.
Yesterday I went out to what once was our large garden area and started spraying all the thick weeds and grasses to see if I could manage to get an area cleared. I ended up with lots of chigger bites in the
Then Larry had the idea yesterday to use this spot across from the front of the house near all the ponds, gets partial shade, and is where we once had a huge huge pile of horse manure mixed with straw. It is now broken down into compost. I have used alot of it so far in my container gardening. I think it will be a perfect spot-and will be faster for me to get ready to plant too.
So I thought I would work on that this morning, so its ready to plant early sunday morning. Tomorrow I will be gone all day with my neighbor friend-a big flea market, and at a garden center there will be an art show, and food shopping. So long fun day.
We are to be very hot today and tomorrow, and then a slight cool down sunday and monday with a slight chance of rain-so sunday will be a good day to plant the sweet potatos.
The house still has that bad odor from the Thompsons water seal-I thought the house wasn't too bad this time-but when I closed some of the windows-yep the smell is still here-something that had to get done though, and we are running out of those cooler days now as we get into summer.
Last night on the national news the national weather service predicted a very hot summer for the western states and southwest areas including most of Missouri.
The next area in my crazy quilt block I am adding a spider web with metalic threads-looking really nifty so far.
Have an awesome weekend everyone

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rock Shower Update

It was in the 40's early this morning with no humidity, so I am thinking-perfect for getting the second coat of sealer onto the rock shower project. We don't have a good way to ventilate the odor out of the house well, so this was a great time to do this. Don't the rocks look wonderful? The sealer really brings out the colors. This will need at least one more coat perhaps a fourth, so next cool down will do this again.

The top photo shows progress so far in the tub area. Getting close now. The objective  is to get the shower finished so we can use it, and take out the tub for refurbishing and so I can finish the rocks in this area and get it sealed---looking good so far, can't wait.

When I finished up with this project I went outdoors and sprayed roundup. I really avoid this as much as possible, but living in the woods, the poison ivy and poison oak is just getting too close to the house and buildings, and it is growing really fast this year too, I think do to the lack of a real winter.  Actually alot of things are growing better with warmer temps.
Always feels good to get things accomplished. Love that. Now I can get back to something fun-like my crazy quilt block. Next up is a spider web on this first block.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wood butter for your Utensils

I love this recipe-great for all your wooden utensils and bowls in your kitchen

100 plus everything to make with blueberries

If you love blueberries this is an awesome link for recipes with blueberries

Link for Sugar, Sea Salt & Oatmeal Scrubs

Just got this awesome link from tipnut-great recipes and tips for making these scrubs.

Our Miss Calico Kitty

   We moved here to Missouri fall of 2003 and we were given Miss Calico probably 2005. She was dropped off by someone, and the person that found her thought she was pregnant so gave her to us.
    She was definately not pregnant cause she was fixed, and I think she was someone's house kitty. She is such a charm to have here with us, we enjoy her so much.
    Thru the years we have had probably up to 3 additional barn kittys that came and went  but Miss Calico was always here. We always played with her away from the house, and she was not to come inside the gated area where our Nikita stays when she's outdoors. She even survived that horrible ice storm and bitter cold winter we had 5 years ago.
    This past winter we lost our wild kitty Blackie-he just never returned one day, and my found kitty Autumn went missing too last year, so Miss Calico was by herself. One day she just decided she was going to live in the gated area with Nikita. They have actually always played together thru the fence and during our walks, so they get along pretty well.
   One storm last winter they were sleeping together near the wood pile-too sweet.
anyways she comes and goes over the fence whenever she pleases now, and she finds little spots to sleep. She has slept in a box, and she found this vintage mini trunk that I had opened and was airing out., she also likes to sleep on that old blanket that I put out for her.
    So this morning I decided to bring down the mini trunk from where it was, add the blanket to it, and place it near the front door where sometimes there is a box. She jumped right in-I thought I would get a photo with her curled up and napping but she heard me, so woke up just as I was taking the photo.
  and added bonus; since she is the gated area she has caught lots of mice and little rodents-so I now no longer hear them in walls and the attic-yah!
   Our animal friends are such a joy and make me happy

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Finished up this Last Section with Silk Noil

I love needle felting, so I decided that is exactly what this section needed. I used silk noil, I also added in a little bunny button-definately working out to be folk art-love it so far.

I pretty much only purchase my wool roving and especially my silk noil for needle felting with Cathy at her shop Cashmere Bunny over on etsy-

My etsy shop link is in the right hand column and there you can also see my first fabric art piece where I used my own rust dye cloth along with wool appliques and lots of needle felting.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Back to Crazy Quilting

I am going to start bringing over favorite posts and recipes from my other blog. That's why I just posted alot of canning and gluten free recipes.

Things are changing over there, so no one knows what will happen in the near future. We went thru this already when yahoo 360 went under.

Don't want to go thru that again-so working on being a little prepared if that should happen, and this will be my main blog. I am working on getting familiar again on how things work here- am not real computer savy-so I have a difficult time setting up backgrounds etc here.

anyways--- I think I am finished now with the section that I put a little fence into. I am liking this crazy quilting alot. I was having trouble with some stitches I wanted to learn so just played around with some other ideas instead. I like how the sun turned out-I used chained stiches for it-and just did them in a circle-fun! I may add a little needle felting to this too-I have lots of colors of wool roving and silk noil.

Gluten Free Gravy

You know all these years going on 20 now learning every year about gluten free baking and cooking, I had just quit making gravy for the holidays. I never have eaten much gravy, but sometimes it's nice for the holidays. But how do you make it, what flours to use??
So doing a google search, I actually found several posts.
  recipe and photo from here
Here is one using sweet rice flour
Here is a recipe including a video too, using sweet rice or sorghum flour or both
checking on what sweet rice flour is I found this:
"If you remember our advice from last year, it’s to use sweet rice flour as a thickening agent. Be aware that sweet rice flour is NOT the same as rice flour, and it’s also not sweet. It’s just got a neutral flavor and a texture that works perfectly as a thickener for your gluten-free Thanksgiving gravy"  recipe here
and this too: 
"Sweet Rice Flour is made from glutinous rice (it does not contain the gluten fraction that is prohibited to the gluten intolerant). Often used as a thickening agent. Sweet rice flour is becoming more common in gluten-free baking for tender pies and cakes, It has the ability to smooth the gritty taste" from here
I am glad I looked this up, as I never would have thought sweet rice flour being the flour of choice here for gravy. I found recipes using cornstarch-but I don't really like that, and I have thickened up things with arrowroot starch too-but just not the right end product for my gravy.  so I think I found a new flour to be useful for me in my gluten free cooking.

Gluten Free Flour Blend-General Baking Mix

Thru the years I have tried different recipes for making my own blend, and recently have purchased different ones. I am not happy with the purchased ones I have tried mostly because you get less than a pound usually, is way out of my price range, and most have no nutrional value because they are based on white rice and the starches.

The latest blend I have tried, I am very pleased with, and this is also very nutrient and protein rich as well.

I baked cookies, belgium waffles, banana bread, and fruit cake with it this month to great success. I also like this blend because it does not have the xanthan gum already in it. I like that because depending on what you are baking the amount of the xanthan gum is different. If you do a google search on xanthan gum for baking you will find charts on amounts needed for cookies or cakes, muffins etc. I also posted a link here to one also.

and a note one can also use guar gum instead of the xanthan gum

Kathy's new flour mix:

2 cups brown rice flour
2 cups sorghum flour
2 cups cornstarch
2 cups almond flour
2 cups tapioca flour

mix well and store in freezer til ready to use.

the brown rice flour and almond flour can be made at home with powerful blender, or if you have a flour grinder can make the brown rice flour in there. If you have access to an oriental grocery store you can sometimes find good prices on the tapioca flour. I stay out of most health food stores cause they are just too expensive-major grocery stores are also offering these flours and starches too.

Happy baking

Kathy's Gluten Free Onion Rings

I developed this recipe-its sooooo good

Description:I read thru several books to get ideas on a tempura batter. I combined ideas from these and developed the following recipe

First I want to share the gluten free bread flour blend that I used for the flour:
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup millet flour
1/3 cup instant mashed potato flakes
whisk all these flours together and store in airtight bag or container in the freezer til ready to use

My tempura batter

2 eggs-divided
1 cup of above flour blend
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon baking soda

one large fresh yellow onion

In a wide bowl (great for the onion rings) whisk the egg yolks, then whisk in the cold water
add the gluten free flour blend with the baking soda. I used a whisk to blend in the potato flakes well.
Beat the egg whites til just stiff, fold into batter

I used a combination of peanut oil and canola oil bring the temperature up to 300 degrees f

note: this recipe makes alot of batter, next time for the two of us I will cut this recipe in half.

This batter was an excellent tempura batter-would be awesome for veggies, mushrooms, and more

Gluten Free

Here is a link to gluten free girl-great site for recipes  gluten free girl 

Links to lots of Jams & Chutneys, etc

Link here  from Tigress in a Jam

My Strawberry Mango Jam-low sugar

I had very over ripe fruit that needed to be used up, so made this jam.

Need 4 cups total of fruits.
Clean and slice the strawberries, cut the mango up in small pieces.
1/8 cup organic sugar
1/8 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup liquid
3 tablespoons Ball's no sugar/low sugar pectin

Prepare the fruit and mix well with the sugar, cover and let rest in the frig overnight This method should give you lots of juice depending on the fruit.

Next day measure the liquid and add water if needed to make it equal 1 cup
Add to pan, stir in the honey and vanilla extract and bring to a boil. add the pectin in slowly and stir till well mixed.
bring back to a rolling boil that can not be stirred down If you get alot of foam add in a sliver of butter.

Have ready your water bath canner and jars and lids and rings. Follow proper canning procedures and process for 10 minutes.

Sun Dried Green Tomato Pesto

Haven't tried this yet-sounds delicious

Serves 12.
Note: Adapted from "Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant."
• 3/4 c. packed sun-dried tomatoes
• 1 c. packed fresh parsley
• 3/4 c. pitted black olives
• 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
• 1/2 c. pine nuts or walnuts
• 1/2 c. olive oil
Coarsely chop dried tomatoes, then pulverize them in a food processor. Add parsley and process until it is cut finely.
Add olives, garlic, nuts and olive oil, running processor until it's all puréed. Serve over pasta or green beans.
Pesto may be stored in the refrigerator for a week or two, or frozen. To freeze, do so in ice-cube trays and then bag the cubes to make ready-to-use portions for later use.
from here

Tomolives Canning

Here is a link for pickled green tomatoes-they are to taste like olives

Kathy's Bread and Butter PIckles-Canned

There are so many versions of this recipe thru the years, but I thought I would offer mine as well.

I combined ingredient ideas from the Ball Canning book and from the Farm Journal canning book. I usually settle on the Farm Journal recipes but didn't quite like it the way it was written. I also usually like to add a bit of mild honey to my sweet pickle recipes.

4 pounds of 4 to 6 inch cucumbers cut into thin slices
2 pounds thinly sliced white onions
1/3 cup canning salt
4 cups vinegar
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 to 1/4 cup mild honey
2 tbsp. mustard seed
1 tbsp. celery seed
1 tbsp. ginger (powdered)
2 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp peppercorns-I had penzeys 4 color peppercorns so used that

Combine cucumber and onion slices in large bowl. Layer with salt (may need a little more salt than recipe calls for) then cover with ice. Let stand 1 1/2 hours drain and rinse.
You can also do this in the evening-cover with lots of ice and set in frig. rinse really really well to get the salt out-start early in the morning next day so not sitting any longer.
Place remaining ingredients in large sauce pot and bring to a boil. Add drained and rinsed cucumbers and onions and return to just boiling.
a note here--I start filling the jars as soon as it starts to bubble-so the pickles don't get overcooked while you are filling the jars
Pack hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. remove air bubbles, adjust caps.
Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath

the photo was taken august 2010, this batch, I mixed young and tender yellow and green zucchini, and young cucumbers, added a few rings of sweet pepper for color

Kathy's Jalapeno-Apple-Green Tomato Relish-canned

I created this recipe August 2005, and has been one of Larrys favorites.
A friend of ours that always drops off items from his garden brought us a flat of tomatoes, big bag of fresh jalapenos, and some gorgeous large bell green peppers this morning.
Larry brings them in, and says "is this all you need to make the apple relish I like?"
So I finally find my recipe, is nowheres where I thought it was, but I did finally find it, and I had forgotten it takes lots of green tomatoes. So Larry is off to our other new friend-who loves hot stuff-to see if has the green tomatoes-if so will make enough to share.

1 gallon green tomatoes-hand chopped
2 large onions-hand chopped
1 large bell pepper-hand chopped
30 good sized jalapeno peppers-seeded and hand chopped (I am going to leave the seeds in this time-I won't have burnt hands that way-lol)
4 pie type apples-peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups dark honey
2 1/2 cups vinegar

Boil all together about 20 minutes-want it to be cooked thru well, but don't want the apples to tall apart

waterbath can 5 minutes
makes around 7 pints

We opened up the last jar just recently and still was as good as the day I canned it-this is winner of a recipe

Canning Watermelon PIckles

These are excellent-like candy

This is the recipe I always use, they come out like candied fruit-wonderful as a condiment with chicken or pork

This recipe comes from my Farm Journal Freezing and Canning Book 1964-my canning "bible" along with Balls canning book

rind of one (20 Lb) watermelon-I like the yellow diamond watermelon for this
1 gallon cold water
2 tbsp. salt
2 cup vinegar
7 cups sugar
1 tbsp. whole cloves
2 or 3 sticks cinnamon

Choose a melon with thick, firm rind. Trim outer green skin and flesh, but leave a very thin line of the flesh. Stamp out rind with small cookie cutter or cut into neat squares

soak overnight in brine made of cold water and salt. In morning, rinse in cold water and let stand in ice water for 1 hour.

Drain, cover with boiling water and simmer until tender.

Prepare syrup of vinegar, sugar, spices (spices that have been tied loosely in a cheesecloth bag). Add the drained rind to the boiling syrup. Cook gently until rind is clear and transparent. Remove the spice bag. Put rind and syrup into a crock and let stand 24 hours longer.

Pack rind in hot sterilized jars and pour syrup which has been brought to a boil over the rind. Seal at once. Process in boiling water canner for 5 minutes

an excellent recipe-and well worth all the work involved

Canning Pickled Bing Cherries

This recipe is sooooo good.
I found this in a book last year, and I think I may make this next week, when we pick up my big box of bing cherries that I ordered from the amish store.

This recipe is per pint, so depending on how many pints you wish to make, recalculate the ingredient amounts

2 cups firm bing cherries with stems
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
boiling water

wash the cherries with warm water and place in a clean hot jar along with the spices.

heat the vinegar and sugar until sugar is disolved

pour over cherries. Pour in enough boiling water to fill jar with 1/4" headspace.
remove air bubbles
process 10 minutes in boiling water bath

let sit at least 2 weeks before using

I found a similiar but different recipe here: (inludes lots of pretty photos)

Canning Blubarb Jam

Recipe from my 1964 Farm Journal Freezing and Canning Cookbook-if you run across this book-excellent recipes!!

My Mom has always made this jam since we were little kids at home. I will give you the original recipe along with my version

3 cups finely cut rhubarb
3 cups crushed blueberries
7 cups sugar
1 bottle liquid fruit pectin

my changes: my rhubarb was frozen in 2 cups per bag so I used 4 cups chubarb and 4 cups fresh picked blueberries, zest of one lemon, 1/2 cup of Sun Crystals (which is pure cane sugar and stevia that equals 1 cup) and one box of Ball no sugar pectin-i love this pectin, and this year they are selling it in jars-so much nicer.

Combine thubarb and blueberries in large saucepan, add sugar, mix
Place over high heat, bring to a full rolling boil and boil harad one minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add pectin. Stir and skim for 5 minutes. ladle into hot jars. cover at once with thin layer of paraffin. makes about 9 half pints.

I added the rhubarb and blueberries to the pan, added the zest and sun crystals and brought to a rolling boil as well. I used a potato masher and smashed the blueberries a little bit. After it boiled for a couple minutes, I slowly added the no sugar pectin and stirred in. this is important to do, other wise this pectin will turn lumpy on ya. I did not have to skim, didn't make alot of foam. I ended up with less product-cause I didn't use 7 cups of sugar.

I took this photo just now, as the buzzer went off while I was typing this up-to take the jars out of the water bath.

Note: It is no longer advisable to can homemade jams with paraffin any more, only can in a water bath-usually jams say 10 minutes in the canner,much safer. I remember my moms and my grandmas jams always had jams oozing thru the top of the paraffin and we had to scoop off the mold-when I started canning in the 70s I always put them in a water bath canner.

Canning Kathy's Salsa

This is the best I have made so far-love the lime juice in this instead of the vinegar the recipe is a keeper!!

I just was not happy with my salsa last year, it was a recipe I had used before but I just wasn't happy with the results. I didn't like the vinegar taste in it, and last year the tomatoes had no flavor-which was a big part of it too.

I searched online for another recipe, and found this one-uses lime juice instead of the vinegar-so much better tasting (note have to put an acid in each jar when canning salsa by water bath method)

I will post the actual recipe with my changes

4 quarts of diced plum tomatoes-seeds removed, I like to leave the skins on if nice

3 large onions red are good--I used yellow onions
2 heads of garlic--I used 2 large cloves of garlic
1 /2 pound jalapeno chiles
3 large mild green chiles peppers I used 1/2 pound of the hot banana peppers and I used 1 very large green bell pepper

3/4 cups minced cilantro I used 1/2 cup dried cilantro--really liked this
1/8 cup cumin seed ground--this was new for me to add in salsa but I liked it
3 ounces tomato paste--this was new for me too, but I liked this in here-gave depth of flavor to the tomatoes
per pint jar add 3 tablespoons lime juice

Prepare the tomatoes-diced, and then place in strainer over a pot while you prepare rest of ingredients. I didn't get that much liquid in this batch of plums, and I actually needed to add the juice back in as it was too dry-so this depends on how juicy your tomatoes are

Then chop or dice up rest of veggies add all to the pot. add in rest of ingredients and bring to a boil, I let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Have ready your water bath canner, jars and lids, follow home canning procedures.

As you fill each jar-add first the lime juice, and then when I took the tool to get the bubbles out I stirred it a bit.

Process in canner for 20 minutes, you will have two batches.

I am really really happy with the results of this recipe-loved the cilantro and cumin and I especially loved the lime juice.

Canning Wild Turkey Stock

I love wild turkey, no game flavors just wonderful flavor. This makes awesome turkey and noodles, or turkey and rice, or as a soup base.

1 wild turkey-cleaned breast meat removed and enjoyed on its own
large stock pot
cold water to cover
your choice of herbs and such. I use celery chunks, minced garlic, onions or wild onions, a big handful of my own thymes, a tablespoon of black peppercorns

Put all together in the stock pot with lid and bring to a boil. I then bring the temp down so it simmers. I usually simmer for at least 6 to 8 or so hours-like around 8 or 9 am in the morning to about 3 in the afternoon.

Strain out the stock to another large pot cover with lid to keep hot.
Take off the meat and reserve for jars.
I get enough meat for the 7 quarts (if a large wild turkey) with a little stock left over.

Follow directions in Ball canning book for canning. This MUST be canned in a pressure canner.

I took the photo with the jars hot out of the canner

a note-if you are like me and after a whole chicken or a turkey dinner like to cook down into soup stock-cook down the carcus and can up the stock for later.

More Stitching on my CQ Block

  This is was what I stitched yesterday afternoon-fun! 
For some reason I have not gotton the feather stitch figured out, and I am thinking of using that stitch as fill in along the borders in this area. Last night I found better photos and directions in a different book that I have, so will give that a go today.
   I am loving this avenue for creativity for me-so much more rewarading than the  postcard and card making swaps I have been doing in recent years.
    We are in for a warm up this week-was really enjoying the cool down, especially in the evenings-keeps the house cool. I need to do more mowing of grass this week, and also get back to my rock shower project-I need a couple more coats of sealer in the shower area, and then put up more rocks on the walls in the tub area-I sooooo want completion of the bathroom by years end.

    Enjoy your new week!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Beautiful Butterflys

This was my treat while mowing today. I spotted them and had to stop the mower and run into the house for my camera.  The colors are just so striking.

I Worked on my First Crazy Quilt Block Last Night

  I decided to take off my ceramic bunny button, since this is my beginner block and save it for another block that will go into the quilt I want to make.
  Once this block is finished and gets all squared up, I may just sew it on to one of my market bags so I can enjoy it.
     I did make the mistake of not needle turing the edges down on a couple pieces of velvet that are in this piece. One person on my crazy quilt group suggested that she uses a fray check on pieces of velvets used this way. She also told me that when she designs her blocks with wools she machine stitches down the edges first and then embroiders over them (pieces laid on a muslin foundation) I think thats a good idea too.
  I have not learned much embroidery at all in my past, actually something I was never taught and my Mom and her Mom embroidered alot-so now that I think of it, don't know why it never came up-as I learned how to cook from scratch and how to sew my own clothes when I was growing up.
   I had that vintage lace in my stash, and I had picked up a little package of swarovski jewelry making pieces that picked up the colors of the threads and looked nice here.
   Anyways, this has been fun creativity for me, a chance to explore new things and create something in the process that I can use-and of course for me I love to recycle materials into new again.
   I am not sure if my little bug looks like a bug so need to work on that, I am thinking perhaps of embroidering a fence in that wide blue wool section, and teach myself some new stitches again too.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pretty Day Today

  It's one of those really nice days here in the ozarks-in the '70s sunshine and a little breeze too
  Now to decide what I want to do-mow lots of grass, put more rocks on my bathroom walls, add another coat of thompsons water seal to the rocks in the showere-or play with my creativity-haven't decided yet-I think my allergies are kicking in again.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Lavender

I am so thrilled with my lavender this year. I had just about given up trying to grow it when I was able to get two well established plants. Now they keep getting larger every year. This one gets the most sun so it does the best, my other plant gets more shade so not as big and slower blooming.

I love lavender-I bring some in every day as the flowers begin to open and dry them on a large cookie sheet.

My Very First Crazy Quilt Block

  I have a couple of my crazy quilt books out and learning some stitches. This is one of those projects that have been on mind for years so I have collected lots of things for this; silks, wools, velvets (mostly reclaimed from clothing), all sorts of threads, buttons, laces, a few ribbons.
    I have always been a little intimidated looking at all the vintage and new cq's-they are so lovely with all of their embroidery and embellishments-but it will be creative and fun for me to learn how.
    I love wool so I decided on my first practice block to use wool and velvets. Once the seams were embroidered down I just had to stitch on a couple embellishments-next up is to decide what stitch I want to learn next-and where to put it

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Recipes I Use for my Laundry Supplies

Laundry Time

I wanted to share with you which recipes I have made so far-and how I like them.
For the liquid detergent I chose this one, as it looked more concentrated and I also added in glycerin
1 quart boiling water
2 cups bar soap-finely grated-this is important (this time I used Kirks pure castile soap)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing soda
2 tablespoons glycerin
add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted-this is very important at this step to make sure All the soap is totally melted-as it won't melt later-ask me why I know-lol
pour the soap water into a large clean pail-I chose a 5 gallon bucket-perfect- and then add in the borax, washing soda and stir well until all is dissolved.
add 2 gallons of water -use very hot tap water-and stir until well mixed, at this point I also added in the glycerin.
cover the pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. stir the soap each time you use it as it will gel.
(I thought I would like this recipe better to add to saved laundry soap bottles and use that way, but after seeing what it does, I am going to keep it in the bucket so I can stir well before using, I will decide after this batch if this is the way to go and the soap stays clean)
I used this for the first time on a load of towels, and I also used my fabric softener that had lavender essential oil added. They just came out of the dryer-and very nice-just a hint of lavender, soft, and so clean.
For the dry detergent I used this recipe.
1 cup grated bar soap I used kirks pure castile soap, still looking for bars of fels naptha soap which would be ideal if you have sensitive skin.
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
Stir all together and put in air tight container. use 1 tablespoon for light soiled load and 2 tablespoons for heavy soiled loads.
and for tips they suggested:
liquid detergent can be used to pretreat stains-(soak in a bucket of your homemade liquid detergent)
ivory soap, or any bar soap of your choosing can be used-finely grate all soap
essential oils can be added to soap for a bit of fragrance if you choose.

I really like this soap for heavily soiled clothes along with my fabric softener. I have done a couple loads now and really really like this one.
Bleach substitute
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
12 cups water
store in a labeled plastic jug. add 2 cups per load
they suggest to hang your clothes to a dry on a clothesline. first of all saves energy, prolongs the life of your clothes and will keep whites brighter. line drying in the sun also kills bacteria.
This one worked so so on a load of whites. I may experiment with this as a soak first on dirty white socks, and I think the line drying makes the lemon juice work better afterwards
Fabric Softener
You need a very large pot as the mixture will foam up at first
add 1 cup of baking soad to the pot
add 1 cup of water-don't need to mix yet
slowly add 6 cups of distilled white vinegar. this will cause the chemical reaction with the baking soda and the mixture will fiz up. Let fiz and do its thing for a few minutes.
now add 6 more cups of water to the mixture. this will stop the fizzing process. stir to properly mix all the ingredients.
store in saved fabric softener bottles-may add some essential oils of your choice. 10 to 15 drops at first and see if you like the results first.
Add 1 cup to the final rinse

I really really like this alot and know I will continue to make this one for sure. I split this in half with 2 bottles and left one with no essential oils, and put 12 drops of lavender essential oil in the second-I love it
 I also wanted to mention again, in case you did not catch my updated updated blog from a couple days ago-that the best thing I really like about all this is the huge reduction in lint. Our Nikita causes soooo much lint in the wash-and the vinegar I think took care of this-really amazing to me.

Cool Down in the Ozarks

   This cool down feels soooo good after those near 90s this past weekend.
I have been cleaning and reorganizing these past few days.
   Our house here is still under construction-as one gets older harder to get these things completed-so my house always seems like it is in caos-hopefully one day it will be more complete.
   I live in the woods in the ozarks-so we always have the songbirds and wildlife to enjoy. We really love that.
    My newest creative outlet is try my hand at crazy quilting-so far its been fun-now to learn some more stitches, which is a wonderful challenge for me as well.


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