Saturday, June 30, 2012

Art Sunday John Trumbull-artist of the revolutionary war

John Trumbull his biography here





My inspiration for choosing this artist-I just finished reading a book about George Washington, which talked about the personal side of him-I really enjoyed it. I will do a review on the book tomorrow.

Making Giner Ale This Morning

I decided I wanted to make some homemade ginger ale. I have all nautral candied ginger on hand so I am using that instead of fresh. I cut the sugar by using xylitol and I decided to double the recipe.

Following the one from Alton Brown that posted earlier

Ginger Ale

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2008

Serves:
about 2 quarts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces finely grated fresh ginger
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 7 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

Place the ginger, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the water into a 2-quart saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour.

Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing down to get all of the juice out of the mixture. Chill quickly by placing over and ice bath and stirring or set in the refrigerator, uncovered, until at least room temperature, 68 to 72 degrees F.

Using a funnel, pour the syrup into a clean 2-liter plastic bottle and add the yeast, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water. Place the cap on the bottle, gently shake to combine and leave the bottle at room temperature for 48 hours. Open and check for desired amount of carbonation. It is important that once you achieve your desired amount of carbonation that you refrigerate the ginger ale. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, opening the bottle at least once a day to let out excess carbonation.

Song Saturday


Thursday, June 28, 2012

I am in the House Now to Stay Put Now

I went oudoors as soon as it was light and took Nikita for a walk-early early this morning. Then I worked on my sweet potato patch-brought in a wheel barrel of my composted dirt and mixed it with some miracle grow soil and covered up some of the runners with this dirt so they would make even more potatos hopefully, and weeded too. This is turning out to be a really nice little spot for growing a few things-its small for one, and it is shaded most of the day-which I think is needed in a hot summer like this year.
I watered everything else well, watered my neighbors plants-she is out of town, and waited for the supreme courts decision-
I was so upset over the outcome and I couldn't go out in the woods for a jog or a hike cause it is in the 90s already, so I started making more frozen yogurt instead-lol
I had made yogurt from a gallon of organic milk and a tub of greek yogurt, then we got in our foods this week a huge 5 lb. tub of low fat peach yogurt-I would have just made that whole thing into frozen but it had way too much sugar in it per serving for us-so I have been using just a cup of it in the recipe with 2 1/2 cups of plain yogurt along with fresh fruits and no added sugars-coming out pretty good. I made a blueberry one first and now I have in the freezer machine chocolate bits made for ice cream-they are softer, and I had a fresh pear that needed used up so diced that up and put that in too-then I remembered afterwards that pears do not freeze well-so will see how this works out-and just eat it this one first.
So from a gallon of milk and a tub greek yogurt I got lots of homemade yogurts-then from these a little peach yogurt, almond milk, and fresh fruits I made 4 1/2 gallon batches of homemade frozen desserts-I still have more ingredients left that I could make up 2 to 3 more frozen desserts-so that turned out to a good bargain and fun too.
I was working on my frozen yogurt, heard a knock on the door and it turned out to be the ups man with my soap order of supplies-yeah! Now to get some sales from my endeveors-lol
a friend just brought over kfc chicken-in a little bucket-wow I haven't had that in years-of course I can not eat the breading (celicac) so will just eat the meat-I am thinking no cooking for me today-we can eat early today and eat frozen yogurt for supper-lol we do have some left overs.
well enough chatting--off for lunch-oh and the peach-pear chocolate chip frozen yogurt-is delicious

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rust Dyeing in the 100's & Veggies







  It's high 90s here already and heading to top over 100 degrees today. Fire warnings are out for my area too (we live in the woods) no rain so very dry-no humidity, windy, high temps-yep sounds like a fire waiting to happen-keeping fingers crossed-no fires.

   I froze up a batch of fresh kale this morning, got a batch of collards ready for supper tonight, made peach blackberry frozen yogurt, and decided this is really the perfect weather for rust dyeing.

   The one photo shows my pile of collected rusted objects, the other photo shows fabric wrapped in rusted objects-this in the full sun in our back yard-you can see how dry the grass is when it gets no shade.

  I need to go out every hour and re dampen the fabric with vinegar water-as I know they will dry out pretty fast-then surprise-we will discover what happens. I am out of sun paints by pebeco or I would be out under a shady tree sun painting too.

  My other photos are a couple of my potted veggies. Those tomatos are the nicest ones I have-they are heirloom purple cherokee, and this year I was able to purchase a white eggplant and the japanese eggplant-we have already enjoyed two of the japanese eggplants-I love these much better than those big ones that are more common. These are mild tender and very tasty.

   I got my new business cards in for my etsy shops so need to type up ingredient lists for all my soaps

Stay cool and safe everyone

I guess it won't be getting cooler here any time soon

I went oudoors as soon as it was light and took Nikita for a walk-early early this morning. Then I worked on my sweet potato patch-brought in a wheel barrel of my composted dirt and mixed it with some miracle grow soil and covered up some of the runners with this dirt so they would make even more potatos hopefully, and weeded too. This is turning out to be a really nice little spot for growing a few things-its small for one, and it is shaded most of the day-which I think is needed in a hot summer like this year.
I watered everything else well, watered my neighbors plants-she is out of town, and waited for the supreme courts decision-
I was so upset over the outcome and I couldn't go out in the woods for a jog or a hike cause it is in the 90s already, so I started making more frozen yogurt instead-lol
I had made yogurt from a gallon of organic milk and a tub of greek yogurt, then we got in our foods this week a huge 5 lb. tub of low fat peach yogurt-I would have just made that whole thing into frozen but it had way too much sugar in it per serving for us-so I have been using just a cup of it in the recipe with 2 1/2 cups of plain yogurt along with fresh fruits and no added sugars-coming out pretty good. I made a blueberry one first and now I have in the freezer machine chocolate bits made for ice cream-they are softer, and I had a fresh pear that needed used up so diced that up and put that in too-then I remembered afterwards that pears do not freeze well-so will see how this works out-and just eat it this one first.
So from a gallon of milk and a tub greek yogurt I got lots of homemade yogurts-then from these a little peach yogurt, almond milk, and fresh fruits I made 4 1/2 gallon batches of homemade frozen desserts-I still have more ingredients left that I could make up 2 to 3 more frozen desserts-so that turned out to a good bargain and fun too.
I was working on my frozen yogurt, heard a knock on the door and it turned out to be the ups man with my soap order of supplies-yeah! Now to get some sales from my endeveors-lol
a friend just brought over kfc chicken-in a little bucket-wow I haven't had that in years-of course I can not eat the breading (celicac) so will just eat the meat-I am thinking no cooking for me today-we can eat early today and eat frozen yogurt for supper-lol we do have some left overs.
well enough chatting--off for lunch-oh and the peach-pear chocolate chip frozen yogurt-is delicious

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Tuesday

Woke up to temps 10 degrees cooler than what they have been lately, and we will have a high today of around 92 instead of around 100-so I guess this is the "cool down" they were talking about last night-lol
I am doing laundry this morning and hanging it out on the line, so this makes the task of getting it on the line much nicer-since its cooler-I like that. I checked out the berries when I was hanging up the first batch-and sigh they are pretty much burnt up now I figured they would get done in. I do have enough fresh out to make another batch of frozen yogurt-so I think I will do that-it was sooo good last night. Larry even came in and said wow I think that's the best homemade I have ever had-it was really good I think the almond milk "kicked it up a notch"
I really need to get back on my bathroom project, but I had gotton side tracked with my soap business. I made up about 2 1/2 dozen bars with what I had on hand, so now waiting for my new supplies. I won't be able to ship these out though to my mother in law til we get back in the 80s. So my goal is to get back working on the bathroom this week.
Last night I went thru some fabric samples that I had gotton a few years back. Our god daughter was going for her interior design degree and had lots of these-instead of throwing them out she asked if I could use them. I saved all the cottons and linens. They all have this sticky stuff on the back of them that I am trying to get off-they had heavy glued thick paper stock on to the backs. I may need to try soaking them off. I thought I would play around with these and rust dye and sun paint over them. Always fun and I need some new items in my creative fibers shop on etsy. I am out of sun paints and they keep being on back order-hopefully next month I get some in.
Today just may be a good day to grill-I think I will try french frys outdoors on the grill along with hamburgers-sounds good to me.
what are you all up to today??

Monday, June 25, 2012

Oh Wow!! Frozen Blackberry Yogurt Dessert Anyone??



This turned out amazing--and I left the blackberries whole not crushed--now to let it ripen a bit-off to make supper in a bit-I got the dessert made though-lol

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Healthy Mondays Frozen Desserts

Hot days= frozen desserts-per Kathy-lol
Since I plan on making up a batch of frozen blackberry yogurt for us tomorrow with my own homemade yogurt and I think I am also going to use almond milk with the fresh picked bllackberries; thought I would search and share some healthy frozen desserts for healthy mondays. I will post a recipe after I decide how I want to make it tomorrow.
Found some good recipes at Eating Well here Their melon and apple granita looking really refreshing Melon & Apple Granita Recipe recipe here
Eating Well also had several frozen yogurt recipes here
Chocolate raspberry pops here

Frozen yogurt from Food Network here this looked like a good base recipe except for the corn syrup-I would need to change that up with another sugar or perhaps agave
Summer gives us lots of fresh fruits so mix it up into a frozen dessert-and enjoy and cool off

Wild blackberries and Chatting with Mr. Dragonfly

I knew we were going to have exteme heat today so when I woke up early this morning I took Nikita out for a walk first and then went blackberry picking. Past posts here on blackberries with photos and recipes
With Nikita we went over and checked on the berries to see if there was still some to pick-and Nikita enjoyed eating them off the bushes-lol. She also played with a little frog for a bit too-so she enjoyed a nice walk.
I grabbed my grandma's aluminum pale with wooden handle and headed back out. This year picking berries is hard work do to the high temps and no heat. The berries are already drying up on the vines or are over ripe from the hot sun. I was careful what I picked so I would not need to go thru them again in the house. It took me over 2 hours for a pail full, but I glad I got some more again.
The first picking we enjoyed and just ate. This batch I will keep some to eat out fresh-love them with my yogurt, and will freeze most of the rest. When it is not so hot here, I can go back and make up some batches of sugar free jams for Larry.
I am going to make up a fresh batch of yogurt today-and thinking of turning that into homemade blackberry frozen yogurt tomorrow-sounds so good I want some now-lol
If I would have had the camera with me, I would have taken a photo to share this most handsome dragonfly I visited with. He just flew in onto the blackberries near me, and he was so striking I just started talking to him. He stuck around for about 5 minutes or so. He was very large and was a gorgeous dark chocolate brown. I talked with him as "Mr" cause he was larger than most I have seen here and such a handsome color.
I also had another visitor that stayed with me for at least an hour or more-Miss Calico kitty. We always call her miss supervisor cause she likes to be with us when ever we are into a project outdoors. I was out picking by 6:30am maybe earlier so there were lots of birds singing away, and I believe I also heard one of our little bobcats call out just inside the woods.
So a very nice sunday morning here.
I need to do some kitchen things this morning-make yogurt, get the blackberries frozen, and decide how I wasnt to cook up the wild turkey breast I took out of the freezer yesterday.
I have a jar of pesto in the pantry so I think I am going to spread that all over one side-these are large and thin, and then roll up and tie. Will either put in the slow cooker, or on the grill. I don't enjoy grilling when its high 90s and 100s so will probably put it in the slow cooker.
I also need to unmold 5 trays of soap and wrap them up-so I made 15 bars of soap yesterday.
I wanted to get used up what I had on hand before I started on the fresh soap bases. Those should arrive this week-I am thinking perhaps friday. I am really excited over my new soap molds that are coming in too. here is link to where I chose from I ordered the fairy-which I have always wanted, arabesqe mold, hummingbird, wave1 and gone fishing
I don't remember seeing the gonn fishing soaps I think those will be really fun to make up for guys. What essential oils do you think our guys would like in soap??
Need to get busy on getting some tasks done. Happy Sunday

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Art Sunday John Henry Twachtman


I was looking for waterfalls and ran into this artist, I really like his works. John Henry Twachtman 1853-1902
October



biography
John Henry Twachtman was one of the most original and modern artists of the late nineteenth century. Trained in Munich and Paris, and a member of the most advanced American artist groups of his day, Twachtman was at the forefront of the American avant-garde throughout his career. The work of his Greenwich Period, for which he is best known, was influenced by Impressionism and Tonalism, yet Twachtman's stylistic synthesis was unique. Often compared with Claude Monet and James McNeill Whistler, Twachtman developed an experimental technique and explored innovative compositional means to create subtle and poetic images that anticipated directions in twentieth-century abstract painting. more here
more of his paintings here
I am really happy to have run into this painter

Friday, June 22, 2012

Song Saturday on a Friday-Ocean Waves

I really felt like hearing the ocean waves-its been since the 70s that I was near an ocean.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Remember that Beautiful Flower Pendant I Purchased??

Thank you to my friend Mel-artprevails that designed and made this necklace for me. I purchased the flower pendant from an artist on etsy, and mailed it to Mel-and I just got it back today-I love it sooo much. The first photo should enlarge

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Frog in my Beets

For the last week now when I water my veggies and flowers after supper, I find this pretty frog in my beet plants. He was not there this morning when I was harvesting veggies but he was back again tonight.
I will see if I can get a photo of him, but I went on our conservation site and I think this is close to what he looks like

I don't think I have seen the yellow stripe on the inside of his legs though, this one is a pickerel frog. information here This article also states that he lives in the caves during the hot summer where it is cool and moist-perhaps he got lost and that's why he likes to live under the beet leaves-shady there. I will take a closer look at his markings tomorrow.
So Danny if you see this post, would we have this frog in my area-it says he lives in the southern half of the state.
I was able to harvest alot of fresh greens again today from my mini garden-beet leaves, swiss chard, a european mix of greens, and I love the salad leaves I planted they are a bronze romaine-and handle these hot temps well. I also picked two small heads of broccoli, a beautiful japanese eggplant, a sweet pepper, and radishes.
When Larry went to the amish farmers auction last week he also bought a box of gorgeous large tomatoes. So for the side dish tonight I sauteed together, sweet onions, mushrooms, my pepper, my eggplant, and tomato-delicious.
A very hot today, so didn't do alot-was glad it worked out to can the first batch of pickles yesterday afternoon-they turned out just like my grandmas-mmm good lol
I may try to mow grass early tomorrow morning-we are suppose to get our one chance for rain next week on monday-so I think tomorrow would be a nice day to mow. when we get into these 90s I don't like to cut the grass real short-as all is does is burn up then.
I had some bars of irish spring bar soap-very very strong fragrance-and decided to grate that all around my sweet potato patch-in hopes the deer do not like the smell-I had read that somewheres-and since it is what I have on hand now-decided to use it-so far no deer-but then deer don't visit the same spot every day-but every week or so-When I walk up to that garden patch-I can still smell the fragrance-I think that is why I bought this soap a few years ago as I found it in my garden stuff-the smell is so strong I would personally never use it on myself.
That's about it for now-
Directv turned on for free this weekend a couple movie channels for us-and this afternoon I got to watch Knight and day with tom cruise and cameron diaz-it was fun to watch that I viewed it twice on two different channels-I had missed the first 20 minutes-so when I found it running again I as going to watch what I missed and ended up watching it again-yes I thought it that was good-but I really both of these actors.

Song Saturday


Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy Monday


It's been kind of a slow moving day here, which is nice cause we are up in the 90s again. The house is still cool today though cause we had a cool evening last night. All that insulation that got put in the attic last year has really made a big difference. We can go about 4 days now of 90s and high evening temps without being too miserable. and lucky this year for us-just when we start getting too hot in the house we get a nice cool down-so thankful for that.
We have been having a young deer visitor every day now for a bit-just outside the computer window. I have been scattering cracked corn and wild bird seed on the ground near the window-to draw in the birds closer for viewing-but never thought about it also bringing in the deer and racoons-which we have a big one that visits now too-lol
I think that deer might have chomped on one of my large corner tubs that had a beautiful yellow heirloom tomato growing nicely too. I have been inspecting every day now for those dreaded large horn worms that seem to devour tomato plants down here-that is one bug I have never encountered before moving here to Missouri-they come in and destroy your plants in nothing flat. I think the deer did this damage cause one large branch was bent pretty bad, at least I have not seen any sign of those worms.
This morning, I went thru my craft room's book shelf and pulled out a dozen or more books I am going to put up for sale. These are all quilt books this time.
I love books, and since the library is inconvenient for us-especially now with no dependable transportation anymore, I look for books on sale thru amazon books, my craft book club, and my quilters flea market group on yahoo. One's interest changes too, and when my two long book shelves are full, I pull out the ones I don't think I will use and sell them, making room for new books-which right now are crazy quilt and embroidery books, and civil war quilt books and history.
I put up some more rocks on the wall again today, almost in line with the tub on that wall now. I am also getting low on rocks again too, so when it cools down again need to have Larry take me down to the river to look for some more rocks again. I usually run out of a variety of large flat ones with color and textures.
I pulled out the baby back ribs that were in the freezer-Larry's most favorite food-and will make those in the smoker for our anniversary dinner tomorrow. Haven't decided what to put with it yet for sides. We have been enjoying fresh salads every week now from my mini garden-so I know I can still put together a nice fresh salad.
I also started sewing down my crazy quilt block onto the hand dyed piece. I found a beautiful batik that matches the colors really nice, so am now sewing that down to frame the block. I am trying out my silk sewing thread, used for applique, for the first time on this. Sews really nice. It is very fine and very strong, if it wasn't so expensive I would consider using it for hand quilting.
That's about all the happenings here. Oh, Larry did get the chance to go along with the guys to this huge flea market and swap meet saturday. I have gone now a couple times with my neighbor friend Sandy and it is alot of fun-lots of walking. They had the perfect day for it, since it was in the low 80s instead of the usual mid 90s.
He brought me back a nice jar of local grown honey, and some warp threads for my weaving.-he always finds me such neat "gifts" when he goes to these things. I was so happy he was able to go this time, was good for him to get out of the house and do something different.
He has been working really hard in his scope repair business. This is something he was trained to do back in his 20s. It is really hard on one's vision so he gave it up and sold all the equipment years ago. He got back into it again for some spending money for himself, and his business keeps growing. He needs an apprentice or to teach me-cause there are only a handful of people that do this kind of work any more.
Have an awesome new week everyone!!

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