Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
With the remaining afternoon I am going to bake some multigrain bread, walk the dogs, and get some supper together...hot, hearty beef stew seems like a good choice for such a cold day.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here is the cover
Here I am.....page 131.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I thought I would show you how those sprouts are coming along. I have just simply rinsed them and drained them....allowing them to stand in about a teaspoon of water...two or three times each day.
Friday, January 16, 2009
What a simple process: milk heated to boiling, cooled to lukewarm, cultures added, jars place in yogurt maker. Four hours later: fresh homemade yogurt....ready to be flavored with whatever is on hand. I suppose we might add some of my homemade blueberry/lime preserves. By the time the year is over we will be growing and preserving our own fruits, vegetables, chicken, eggs, and honey. We are planning to grow lettuces year round under grow lights, bake our own bread, make yogurt, grow sprouts. Self-sufficiency is a bit of work...but highly rewarding, and so much more healthy!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Here she is.....my egg-laying Rhode Island Red....and no coop to clean!
Today was an extremely cold one! I ran a few errands and was so happy to once again be snuggly warm at home. I lost a good friend today...no, nothing serious, but my embroidery machine went kaphlooey...so I had to run it to my favorite quilt store for service. Thank goodness for back-up machines!! Oh, and while I was at the quilt store, of course I found some yummy fabrics.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thanks, Bonne, for getting me started. Of course by the time she reads this post, she will have finished at least 10 dresses!
Longing for gardening and playing in the dirt prompted me to try my hand at growing sprouts. I had no idea how easy it is to grow these tasty, excessively nutritious little seedlings. I used organic broccoli seeds, soaked them in water for about 6 hours, rinsed, and then placed them in about a teaspoon of water in this jar. Across the jar's opening is a piece of mesh that will serve as a strainer for the twice daily rinsing that these will get over the next 4 days. In about 4 or 5 days I should have edible sprouts! I will let you know how they turn out. You may want to try this yourself!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
The challenge is this......Join us in making the switch from paper to cloth. I can supply you with blue towels for the price of shipping only if you will promise to stop buying paper towels.
Reasons to switch:
- Paper towels contain formaldehyde and dioxin...both of which are a health hazard both to you and the environment (when you burn or throw them away).
- Help to reduce paper bulk in landfills.
- Reduce amount of harvested trees for use in paper products. (If we don't buy, They won't produce as much)
- Reduce medical waste (OR towels) that ends up in landfill....Recycle! I must add...these towels were never used...they were extra and if they don't get used, they get thrown away.
I feel so passionately about each of us assuming responsibility for our environment. Years and years of carelessness has brought our earth to a crisis point. Only a dedicated change in our behavior can restore the health of our planet. Please join me in doing this one little thing that can have far-reaching effects. I will continue to collect these towels and make them available to you if you will commit to buying no more paper towels.
If you are interested (and I hope that you all are)...please email me and I can send you some towels. I ask only that you help me with the shipping cost....and of course that you refuse to buy any more paper towels.
e-mail me here
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Yesterday while visiting with some old friends at MaryJane's Farm, I happened to overhear a discussion about tea cozies. It seems that a few of the gals are getting together for a swap. Since I did not join in on the fun in time, I decided to try my hand at making a tea cozy from scratch. I used the little bits of fabric that I had left from yesterday's tea time quilt and fashioned an appliqued, quilted little bag to keep my favorite teapot warm. Here is the finished cozy...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I used the decorative stitches of my Embroidery machine as part of the quilting of this project. Then I filled up the white spaces with a wandering stitch on my quilting machine. A coordinating quilt tape around the edge finished it off and it is ready for our tea time.
Enjoy your tea and scone....and please stop by anytime...my door is always open!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Grilled Chicken with Mango/Pomegranate Salsa
1/2 cup chopped,fresh pineapple
1/4 cup chopped,fresh mango
1/4 cup fresh pomegranate
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped serrano pepper
salt and pepper
juice of 1/2 lime
Combine above ingredients and serve on top of grilled chicken. I marinade my chicken first in a local Greek Dressing and then cook on my Cuisinart griddle/grill (works like a George Forman grill....locks in the juices). I served this with a spinache salad with avocado slices, pomegranate, almond slices and dressed with sesame seeds and a fresh French Herb Vinaigrette. Paired with Simi Russian River Chardonnay....this dinner was fabulous!
French Herb Vinaigrette
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 t. sugar
salt and pepper
2 cloves of garlic....minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. fresh parsley
1 tsp. fresh chopped rosemary leaves
Enjoy......this meal is so fresh and bursting with flavor and anti-oxidants....yummy and healthy, too.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Well, since I had enough extra fabric to make two sets of canning jars, I have decided to have 2 winners. Hubbs pulled two names from the hat (drumroll please.......)
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I thought I would add a quick tutorial at this point.
I drew a template for my mason jars on a piece of graph paper. You can do the same and make your jars any size or shape that you like. I will give you the measurements that I used, in case you would like to copy.
There are so many ideas for this jar quilt. I have seen it done up adorably using all sorts of insect fabric...like bugs in jars.....so cute! You could use fabric with sewing notions to make a quilt for your sewing room....oh there are so many possibilities!Here are the measurements for my template:
A (veggie fabric) 6 " by 8 1/2"rectangle.
B (black) 1 3/4" squares
C (black) 1 1/4" squares
D (grey or gold) 1 1/4 by 4" rectangle
E (black) 1 1/2 by 4" rectangle
F (black) 2 1/4 by 2 1/2 " rectangles
G (black) 1 1/2 by 8" rectangles
Sashing (wood print or brown) 1 1/2 inch strips of 44" wide fabric
Start by sewing squares B onto A in the top corners (right sides facing) diagonally across square. Fold corner to outside and press. Repeat the same with squares C onto lower 2 corners of A. With right sides together, sew G to each side of A.
Assemble top rectangles by sewing D to E (right sides together) and then add F to right and left side.
Attach your jar lid piece to your jar piece to complete block.
Assemble blocks in a row and add sashing between rows.
Finish by adding sashing across top of top row and down each side.
You can then add a border around the whole thing and complete by quilting and adding bias binding.
All seams are 1/4 inch.
If you have any questions feel free to email me!
PS: The secret to accurate quilt piecing is accurate cutting....nothing beats a cutting wheel, and a 1/4 inch presser foot. These presser feet have a little straight edge on them that guarantees a perfect seam every time!