Sunday, March 31, 2013

Update: This Pie out of the Oven Now---Happy Easter Sunday and Pineapple Meringue Pie




Pineapple Meringue Pie

 Pineapple Meringue Pie
One of my dad's favorite pastimes was making this pie. You never left his house without a pie or two to take home with you.—Lyn Benedict, Dexter, New Mexico











Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir
  • in pineapple until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2
  • minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Gradually stir 1
  • cup hot filling into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring
  • constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice. Keep warm.
  • For meringue, in a bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar on
  • medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining
  • sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Pour
  • hot filling into pastry shell. Spread meringue over hot filling,
  • sealing edges to crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour; refrigerate for at least 3 hours
  • before cutting. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.

recipe comes from Taste of Home


I have made all kinds of pies threw the years-and I have been baking since I can remember-and I have never heard of a pineapple meringue pie before. I ran into a photo over on pinterest a few weeks ago, so I picked up a can of the crushed pineapple.  Larry says he has had this pie in the past-and loved it. so I am going to make this for us today.

also on the menu I took out a ham that I had in the freezer a couple days ago. found a recipe for potato kugel to add a passover dish (I know doesn't go with ham but Larry eats everything lol) and perhaps brussel sprouts, and a shredded carrot salad

Have a beautiful day everyone-the ozarks is to have sunshine and be in the upper 60s today-awesome--we will enjoy today as winter returns tomorrow 





Changes I made to the recipe: I made a graham cracker crust and instead of butter I used grapeseed oil  for the filling to make it less sugar for Larry I used Splenda and when I added in the lemon juice at the end I also added a pat of butter-something I learned from the recipe I used for my made from scratch lemon meringue pie.  for the meringue I used sugar-cause otherwise the whites will collapse if using a sugar substitute, and added in two more egg whites for a higher meringue.

next up is the potato kugel which calls for eggs so can use the extra yolks in that-a new recipe for me too  I think I am going to take a walk in the woods this morning-


Saturday, March 30, 2013

Gloomy-Cold-Raining & Weaving




It's cold and gloomy here-again-lol and raining all day so far too.  I am goiing to need to break down and get some heat in the house with building a fire soon.
My friends from Multiply may remember this project (also check my labels for weaving for more on this)
When I started my soap business, this project stopped. Decided this weekend a good time to get back weaving this off. I have 3 towels woven now and am on the 4th If you remember I had allot of trouble with this warp, so instead of throwing away all this yarn I managed to get it untangled and onto the loom. I will be thrilled to get the 4 towels out it, and anything after will be a plus-so will see how it goes. There is enough warp for another 3 or 4 towels.  I have had a couple broken threads already, so just seeing how the warp behaves.
These can be kitchen towels or bathroom hand towels. Each towel has a different color weft so they will all match but be a little different. I am using an old Viking era weaving draft for this project.

Today I am linked up with Pigtales and Quilts It's a Saturday Sharing Day   click here to visit or join in

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sharing an Awesome Giveaway from 2 Bags Full

 I wanted to share another awesome giveaway. I love giveaways don't you? lol

   A few months back I was referred to Vicki's blog threw a friend you had purchased one of her birds nests-they are knitted and very special. Soon after that Vicki hosted the blog party to get to know new readers. I had been here on blogger for years and just was having a difficult time finding friends, so I am forever greatful to Vicki for introducing me to many of you-my new friends here in blogger blogland.

  Vicki is giving away these gorgeous Vera Bradley bags.






To enter the drawing visit here  and be sure to leave your email information as well, if you are a no reply blogger (allot of my readers here are set at no reply threw email)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last Show and Tell For a Bit-I Promise-lol


I am always amazed when I first try to work up colors etc on my soaps it takes me pretty much the whole day-I have over 8 hours in these two sets of soaps which seems crazy.
The flowers in the watering can took the longest-and for some reason when they got unmolded I lost allot of the color of the watering can on two of them, and the brown migrated up into the flowers a bit too-They are still pretty soap but was dissappointed. Need to prpbably pour a thicker layer of soap next time if possible-need to experiment. They smell awesome though-I mixed hydrangea and jasmine for a nice floral these are shea butter
On the calla lilies I checked photos for ideas and most showed a black background. So I thought ok I will try it. allot of the black mixed in with silvery white but I think they came out stunning. this one has calyx for fragrance-I like it, and is also in shea butter


Well, I did get my new soap base in today-the buttermilk-oatmeal-calendula-honey-sounds nice, was designed for babies. My kit for making the nest egg fizzies were back ordered though. 

As always input appreciated. do you have another color suggestion for the lilies?



New in my Etsy Soap Shop


This week I have been busy getting Larry's 119 drawers all cleaned out and put in place-so he can fill them up for his business. That project is finished on my end. So  now he can actually be more organized and find what he needs when he is repairing scopes for clients.
The rest of the week I have been making up soaps for my shop Made the kids soaps and more butterflys. I was able to put more color on to the fish soap so listed that set, and will be thinking of different colors for next time. I still have a few more soaps to make in new molds for spring, so hope to work on those this week too.
Butterflies in the Meadow

this butterfly turned out really pretty, the base is a soft green that does not show up in the photo, and I used flowering herbs for the fragrance.
Kids Soap-Gators and Turtles-oh my

these gators are turtles are my favorites-lol
More Kid's Kritter Soaps
and mr lion shows up a bit more with black eyes-but I will be changing up all the colors in this set
Butterfly Soap in the Rose Garden
and thanks to a referal I sold all of my butterflys with the rose garden fragrance so I made another set but with the colors a little different.
Up next is a bar with calla lilies and I have a fragrance to go with it, and I have a mold with flowers sitting in a watering can that I need to decide how to color. I bought hemp base soap I need to use and I have the buttermilk base coming in. Working on getting lots of new soaps in place before mothers day.

We had a gorgeous sunny day yesterday, so watched the snow melt off. Most of it is gone now. Today a little warmer in the high 40s with 60s finally by the weekend but with rains and clouds moving back in-so hopefully by the first of april we will finally have more spring like weather.
Happy Wednesday everyone

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I Treated Myself to Something Pretty

Glass & Stone Chip Bracelet


I fell in love with this bracelet as soon as I saw it, called to me to have it; so I waited til this morning to see if I still loved it--and I do.
I found it on etsy made by Lisa here is a link to her shop  She is out of Scottsdale, Az. She made this with the focal stone and also glass and stone chips. Can't wait to wear it now.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sharing a Link to a Gorgeous Handmade Giveaway that also benefits African Women

  This is such a worthwhile project and such a lovely handmade gift as well. Go here to enter the giveaway-and tell her you stopped by from Kathyinozarks.

Good Morning Monday




Brrrr one would think today is the middle of January cause we are in the 20s with wind, and still slightly snowing. The house is quite chilly today as well. So as a result I am slow moving this morning and not getting things finished up that I need to.
Still no sunshine here, perhaps a little tomorrow, so can't take good photos of soaps to put in my shop so that will come later.
I brought all of the drawers inside up near one of the woodstoves to wipe down well for Larrys new cabinet-so I am about to get back into that-have about 60 more drawers to clean.
I also just finished up taking the Art Sunday Tour hosted by our Nemo. What a very diverse tour of art-really enjoyed it. I got threw all the posts, and tried to comment on most-if I did not comment on yours I did read and enjoy, Thanks to all that participated, as I really enjoy viewing and learning about the different art that was selected. Happy for all the participation too-kinda like it used to be back on 360 days.
Here is hoping no one has lost their electric during this storm This was a crazy storm as it started out with high winds and rains and then turned into snow with more winds. Ours melted down yesterday, but now its all nice underneath-so we are not attempting the drive out of our long bumpy, hilly, and curvy driveway to the post office today.
I took out beans and ham that were in the freezer and those are now in the crock pot. Last night I took a cooked venison loin and shredded it with onions and peppercini peppers-excellent-put mine over a bake potato with cheese, and made Larry's into a sandwich with a toasted whole grain bun, cheese and the meat-so we can have that with our beans and ham for supper. So don't need to do much cooking today.
There has not been much of interest for me on tv to watch lately-but tonight I am looking forward to The Voice  which is my favorite reality show, and Revolution is coming back too-that show kinda "grew" on me last year.
On another note I am still very unhappy with the new changes of Pinterest. I wrote them about it, so am hoping to hear from them  The way it is set up now with their new look-changed all the pins I had and the new pinning. all you get now is the photo-it no longer takes you to the source where the recipe, quilt pattern is or whatever you pinned. I even tested it out on my etsy board-pinned one of my items-and it would not take me to my item-rather all of etsy--so this is useless to me now. will give them time to see if this is a glitch or if this is their new pinterest. 
Stay warm and safe everyone! I am thinking today is a perfect day for some homemade hot chocolate.
    


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Photos: Kids Soaps & Still Snowing Here


Would love your opinions on this next set of soaps. These were harder to highlight with colors cause of the deep shape of these soaps. My fish did not turn out the color I was going for. So do you like this set of 4 soaps with the 3 different shades of browns and bronzes and the green frog-or do you think I should change up the color on the fish, or I was even thinking of giving the dog spots which make him different too.

It's just after 2pm here and it is still snowing pretty good. These photos were taken around noon so most of the grass is now completely covered-we probably have about 5" of snow so far.





Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Kids Soaps Unmolded



I  unmolded these last night, and they made me laugh so figured you all might like to see them.
These took me several hours to make these yesterday afternoon, usually takes me longer the first time to work out the colors-and then I never know if it will turn out til they are unmolded.
I like them what do you think? It was dark outdoors and these were sitting on a table right under a ceiling light-so the colors and sparkles are showing up more intense then they are just looking at them.
I decided to make up a second batch of these this morning, along with more butterflies and more kids soaps



Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Friday


Was nice to wake up with the house not real cold for once. For a few weeks now we have been in the 20s at night-just getting into the 30s really makes a huge difference when heating only with our two wood stoves. Loved that.
  We ended up right in the middle of the storm again. Above us got 7" of snow, and below us got 11" or more of snow. Most of it will melt off later today and tomorrow-before the next big storm comes threw saturday evening into sunday. This storm we ended up with around 3" of snow, and the town we shop in just 20 minutes aways got 5 or 6 inches of snow.
  I think we will miss most of the snow again on the next one coming threw. Above us where we shop at the resale shops-will be getting most of the snow this time, we will probably get around 3 or 4 inches that go around too-so not bad at all for us. We will be having very high winds on sunday-so not good for those getting lots of snow. Can't change mother nature-so just need to be prepared and go with the flow. 
  Have not decided what I want to accomplish today-I may set up the kitchen and make soap-more butterflys, and I got new kids molds in too so may make soap in those. I did just order the bath fizzies supplies that I need to make for the bird nests fizzies. I also ordered in a new soap base that sounds wonderful. It is designed for babies but I think it will be really nice for anyone that has sensitive skin. Here is the ingredients list:
 Baby Buttermilk Melt and Pour Soap Base is DETERGENT FREE and LOW SWEAT. Contains BUTTERMILK which is high in triglyceride content making it an excellent natural moisturizer. This soap also contains OATMEAL thought to pamper dry skin, CALENDULA EXTRACT thought to be moisturizing and sooth delicate skin, and REAL NATURAL HONEY thought to be very high in natural antioxidants with potential anti-microbial benefits. 
  So I ordered in a couple small trays to try it out.
Yesterday it was so cold outside that I did not check the propane gas gauge-I need to remember to do that today, so I know if I can spend a day baking. The propane prices do not come down to affordable prices til end of april into may-so I conserve til then when I can refill.
I have more flowers opening up on the amarylis bulbs this morning, and I am enjoying the vace full of daffodil blooms too. 
What are your plans for this friday??

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deer in the Snow



The snow was pretty for the hour or so that it came down. Springfield, Mo and south of us are getting most of the snow. So far we just have 2 inches of snow so I like that.
After I fed the critters, lots of birds came up to feed on the corn and seed, and so did these regulars-the group of 4 deer that visit us often.

Allot of our daffodils are in bloom now, so I decided to pinch several to fill a pretty vase full for our dining room table.

Those of you on Pinterest


 I went on Pinterest this morning to look for some edible flower recipes. When I logged in-up popped click here for the new Pinterest.
I do like the new look, and it loads faster now too-but when I want to pin something-I go back to where it came from so I can look at the recipe to see if I want it, and if it is to make something I want to see if it is something I want to make. I also like to go back to the source cause allot of times there is nothing there but a photo.
Now, unless I am missing something, you can not go back to the source of the pin. what happens is; when you try to go back it just takes you to boards where others have pinned that pin.
this is useless to me then if I can not get to the recipe or whatever.
am I missing something?  how do I get to the source? have you tried out the new pinterest??

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Before the Storm-Blooms in the House & my Ozark Doings Today


I have had these amarylis bulbs for about 10 years now. I also have a red one that has not shown a bloom yet. One of these is the main bulb I purchased, and the other one is one of the baby bulbs. I also got a surprise-each pot is sending up another bloom stem-one out of the same bulb, the other from a "grandbaby" bulb-awesome!



For our StPatrick's day dinner on the 17th, I decided to make me a gluten free Irish soda bread. I added in yellow raisins, carraway seeds, and sprinkled sea salt on top before baking-turned out really delicious. You can find the recipe on Karina's gluten free goddess blog


My neighbor friend and I decided to go into town today and do a couple errands and get a few groceries. We don't usually shop at our small Aldi store, but she said the ad looked like it would have some really nice fresh produce. We did exceptionally well there, most of the produce was even grown in the USA which is a plus for me, and everything was so fresh. We each bought extra so we could blanch and freeze for later.
When we got home I brought up to the house more firewood, fed all the critters, and I put out suet cakes for the birds too-as most of the seed will be hidden once the snows come.
The weatherman is still predicting lots of wintry weather-and it will not melt soon either which is usually the case here in March. We are still in the band to get 6" to 9" of snow, looking more like springfield and south will get the foot of snow-and springfield is about an hour away from us. Once the snow stops they are not sure if we are getting more snow or ice, or rain on saturday. but they are saying on sunday and monday another snow storm. so this will be interesting to see what develops lol  Only thing I will be praying for is that trees do not come down or no electric comes down-as this is to be a very heavy snow with huge flakes, coming down an inch an hour.
We are always prepared for stuff like this, but living as we do in the woods-so much easier if we keep our electric. I am thinking positive that we will.
A couple days ago two large long furry kitties came strolling down our driveway. Many persons around here just dump their animals to survive on their own-I so dislike people like that. We watched them walk around the property and then they left. Last night we saw them again, and they came out of Larrys shop building. I am sure they could smell that we had kitties in there before. Our Miss Calico stays up by the house now inside the gated area. Larry has such a kind heart, he tells me before I leave for town this morning to get a bag of kitty food for these two new kitties-as they look like house cats and he doesn't want them to go without food-he is such a caring person.
I have been trying to catch Miss Calico asleep in her suitcase which sits on top of an old vintage trunk under the overhang of the front of our house. But she always wakes up just as I want to take a photo lol Just as I was getting ready to snap the photo she crawled out of her little "bed" she looks so content and cute up there. She is such a cutie, we have had her since moved here to Missouri-I love her eyes.
Hoping I can sleep threw the night Want to get up and if not snowing yet tomorrow early I have some last minute cleaning to do, fill big pots with water etc.  Need to remember to check the gauge on the propane gas so I know if I can do lots of baking during this wintry spell. I have lots to keep me busy-weaving, rug hooking, quilting, reading, baking etc etc lol

Monday, March 18, 2013

Brrrrr it is very cold outdoors today & opinions please on bath fizzies

We got some much needed rain over the weekend. Probably about 2" which helped to fill up our two deepest ponds a little more, and we got a really good soaker of a rain which is good for the soil here and the water table. We have been in a drought for 2 years now so this was good.

Saturday when I was out in town with my friend I splurged and bought me a new movie; Life of Pi. Something about this movie I just wanted to see it. Where we live we do not go out to movies, and when the economy crashed we did too financially so I have not purchased a dvd in probably 5 or 6 years now, plus I think they charge too much money for these too.   At first I didn't think I would enjoy this movie, but by the end of the movie I was glad I watched it-very thought provoking and gorgeous photography. I haven't read if the tiger was real or not, so if the tiger was animated that was excellent. If you watched this movie what did you think? I felt it was definately worth my time, and will watch it again.

Yesterday evening I finished up with the book I was reading on the civil war On Shattered Ground. If you are interested in reading about what really happened during 1861-1865 this is an outstanding read. Everything in the book was actual writings from this time period, first hand accounts of the events. It was put together in chronological order. I really learned allot more than I knew about the war. Next up for reading is the Civil War Diaries of a Southern Woman by Sarah Morgan which will take some time to read thru, and I also will be reading a new book for me by Nicholas Sparks.

I am up to the wool threads and embroidery for my crazy quilt block I am making into a pillow, anxious to get it finished so I can start on my two 1800s quilts. It is just sticking to that project. lol

My weaving is calling to me too, as I have a couple more kitchen towels to get woven off, since this will be a cold dreary week a good  time to work on that too.

Today it is really chilly outdoors, I just came in from feeding the wild birds and critters, and bringing in some firewood up to our woodstoves. So I am happy to stay indoors today-lol

and opinions please. I have never used bath fizzies and from reading threw recipes from my soap supplier-sounds like they are quite popular. I am thinking of making some for spring, and to go into the big Mother's Day Giveaway basket-so opinions please-have you bought them?, do you like them, would you buy these? I think these have a nice look to them-two bath fizzies shaped into blue eggs sitting in raffia to look like a nest.

   I think these would be perfect for spring and for a mothers day basket. Bird of Paradise is the fragrance, but I can always change that up.

So how is your Monday going??
                               

Sunday, March 17, 2013

And The Winners of my Giveaway Are:

I had 17 entries this time for my handmade pillows giveaway:

Last night I put all the names with numbers on papers folded and placed in my old fashioned dish pan, this morning I had one more entry and added that name in. Shook it all up really well



The first drawn is number 9 Karen Canada 

I am so thrilled with this one, cause when I was setting up the drawing and taking photos I realized that the blue pillow with the birds fabric on the back might be nice for Karen as she helped sew together blocks for Sea Nymph's quilt which included a piece of the birds fabric--so as fate should happen she won her choice (no I did not cheat or peak at the names lol)

The second drawn is number 2 Donna Heber and she will receive my other little pillow that uses sun dyed fabrics on both sides.


My next Giveaway Drawing will be a really really nice one so put this one on your calender and spread the word if you like. On May 1st-May Day I will post the drawing and the details.  

This will make a nice mothers day gift to keep or to share with all the important mothers in your life. It will be a basket filled with items from my soap shop on Etsy and also knitted wash cloths, mini wash cloths, and soap bags from my friend Rita at Sticks and Stones on Etsy

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Busy Friday and Saturday and Last Chance to Sign Up for my Giveaway

 Go here and comment for your last chance for my giveaway-I will draw two names tomorrow March 17th

Friday was a gorgeous day here in the ozarks; 80 degrees and no wind-soooo I was outdoors setting up my raised beds, and bringing in some larger pots to put in eggplants, sweet peppers, etc. I planted some red and yellow onions along with lots of seeds-the ones that are cold hardy-beets, carrots, kale, lettuces, etc.



those rocks are for putting on the bottom half of the house around the front


I also worked on the little mini garden area that I set up last year. It sets in front of the house between oak trees and the ponds. It needs a fence as the deer have found it already. It also needs all those weeds removed too. I brought up some old sears gates and things from the old garden. We have several big wheels like the one shown-and we will be setting that up for the fence, along with fencing behind it.



While looking around for things that I can turn into containers for gardening, I ran into this very cool stainless steel sink-I forgot about that-so I am thinking this would work out perfect when I am rinsing out hand dyes-as I do my hand dyes outdoors in the summer time. So I dragged that up to the picnic table where I usually work, and set it on an old bed frame for now-the bed frame I have used in the past for drying black walnuts. It just needs scrubbed out, and I need to measure the drains to see what size plugs I need-cool!


A few spring flowers and thyme, the daffodils are beginning to bloom as well.



 Friday evening after working all day I took a few photos over the ponds.



While I was working on my gardens, Larry worked at getting his cabinet home. Our friend had it and sold it to him. This will be perfect for his business. Over 100 drawers. Only problem is; this frame is sooooo sooooo heavy. He barely got it home. Next problem is finding someone to help him get it in the house and into his work space. So hoping we can do that soon, so he can get his business better set up.


  Today was the big garage sale at the local civic center in a nearby town. This is a huge event and starts the season for many garage sales from now til it's too cold to have a garage sale lol  This area loves it's garage sales and resale shops.

   My friend and I usually come away with at least a few supplies for our creative projects. It was much colder today than yesterday, and the temps dropped all day long. We ended up in the 50's.
   We did not come away with lots of items, but I did find some pretty vintage buttons, two brass stencils, several plastic stamps which I have not used before, tapestry needles from Japan-(good needles are hard to find new nowadays as most are now made in China), a pretty wooden rubber stamp on wood, and I collect vintage cookbooks too-so I picked up this Swan flour recipes for cakes booklet.

  We went to lunch and then checked out the library's book sale. I was happy to find this beautiful garden book by Tasha Tudor, and a very old weaving book.



When I got home, Larry and I were off to the annual bbq with friends. They hold this every year around this time. It was so cold by early afternoon that we were all huddled up near the fire. Good food and friends though.

Just listened to the weather report and we will be back in the 20s at night and in the 50s during the day, along with lots of rain starting tonight. Good thing yesterday I replenished the wood rack.


Wow proof reading this blog post-I was really busy the last two days-lol

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