Thursday, July 29, 2010
I am hoping this will help if you are trying to find a recipe I posted in the past or other information that you got here.
It is not connected to the web,it only searches my blog.
Let me know if this helps out!
Or if you have any other opinions about my blog:)
Have a super day!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Just darling Itty Bitty Knitty's.
This last Baby Shower I was invited to really threw me for a loop.
Last minute projects are not fun for me,certainly since this time of year I don't have any minutes to spare.
So,I said to myself "Self,you need to figure out how to have gifts like this on hand"
So,I looked up some simple patterns for Baby Hats and Bibs.
These are such darling and easy little gifts to make!
Also,quite fast to whip out,so even though I only have a few minutes a night to knit,I can finish one of these in just a couple of nights and still feel like I am accomplishing something!
The bib is taking a little longer,but its going to be cute.
I am knitting the bib out of 100% cotton yarn (or what I call "washrag yarn")
So,which ever Mama I give it to,she can just throw it in the wash when its dirty.
Please excuse the pictures,its very hard to show these off when I don't have a baby to model them.
But,hopefully you get the idea;)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I have this quirk that I have to find the best of something.
Even if it is simple.
Years and years ago,I was determined to find the best biscuit recipe.
I couldn't just make Biscuits,they had to be flaky,buttery biscuits,so I made every biscuit recipe I could get a hold of till I found this one.
This one proved to be the best one I have come across.
Sky High Biscuits
3 cups flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup of butter (no subs!)
1 cup of milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Combine first five ingredients; cut in butter till mixture is course and crumbly.
Add beaten egg and milk,stir till just mixed,DO NOT overwork dough,(overworking the dough will make a 'tough' biscuit)
Turn out to lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
Roll out to a 1 1/2 thickness and cut biscuits,place on ungreased cookies sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Nothing like a warm biscuit with jam in the morning or nothing goes so well with soup or chili then a biscuit:)
Life has been so hectic lately,but I am hoping to have a minute to post my "little" knitting projects I have completed!
Hope your week is going well!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
There are other recipes that are certainly a close second.
Unsalted butter,for ramekins/gratin dishes
3/4 cup of sugar
12 oz rhubarb,washed,trimmed and cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup flour
2 large eggs,plus 1 large egg yolk
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Butter 6 five and half inch gratin dishes (1 inch deep),dust with sugar and arrange on rimmed baking sheet.(you may also use 4 inch ramekins,2 inch's deep)
Toss rhubarb with 1/4 cup of sugar and divide among dishes.
Cover each dish,first with parchment paper then tin foil and bake until rhubarb has softened and released its juices,about 30 minutes.
Take pan out of oven,but keep oven on.
Puree milk,cream,flour and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar,eggs and 1/2 teaspoon salt in blender till smooth.
Bake,uncovered,until just set,about 22-24 minutes.Let cool for 20 minutes.
1 cup of flour
heaping 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter,softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups finely chopped rhubarb
Mix together crust ingredients,it will be a stiff dough.
Press dough into a 7 by 11 inch glass pan(you can use metal,but the glass makes a nice crunchy brown crust)
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
While crust is baking,prepare filling.
Beat eggs,add sugar, flour and salt,gently fold in rhubarb.
When crust is done,spoon filling over hot crust and bake for an additional 35 minutes.
Cool completely and cut into bars.
Here is a yummy drink that you can make out of Rhubarb:
6 oz Rhubarb Soda (See recipe below)
1 oz White Tequila
about 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
Serve over Ice.
(which is yummy on its own and very attractive beverage to serve guests)
1 1/2 cups of roughly chopped rhubarb
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups water
Place Rhubarb,sugar and 1 1/2 cup water in a saucepan,Bring to a boil,then down to a simmer.
Cook for 15 minutes,until the syrup is bright pink.
Turn off the heat and allow to cool.Strain syrup into large jar.
To make each soda,measure 1/4 cup syrup into a glass.
Add sparkling water to make glass 2/3 full,stir and add ice.
Monday, July 5, 2010
What is a Farmers' Schedule like?
I will answer: What Schedule?
I am a planner,I do not like surprises(even good ones) and I like to know not only what I am doing today or tomorrow but have my week planned out.
Then I married a farmer.
You will get up in the morning,not knowing where you will be or what you will be doing later on that day(or even an hour from then).
My Manly may leave the house with a kiss on his lips and an idea that he will cultivate the beans today,then an hour later I get a phone call that the tractor is broke down and we need to drive to Timbuktu to get the part.
A few hours later I find myself in a Tractor Junkyard (yes,there really is junkyards for tractors) in Oregon,wondering how in the world I went from doing laundry to the place I currently am in.
A farmers schedule is dedicated to the dirt and to grease and farm equipment.
It doesn't matter if its my birthday , the hay has to be baled.
It doesn't matter if its Sunday,the beans have to be cultivated NOW.
My husband TRIES to take Sundays off(after my pleading and begging) but,occasionally that doesn't happen.
He normally works 6 or7 or 8 in the morning till God knows when (he doesn't even come home when its dark sometimes,because you normally bale the hay when the dew first sets on it,that can be at midnight or 4 in the morning or never,he has set out in the field all night and the dew never came,only to get up at first light and go to work on something else)
And this is 6-7 days a week.
Its not always easy on a marriage,let me tell you.
Also,ladies have you ever tried to make an edible dinner for someone that has NO estimated time of arrival?
So,either it is a crock pot dinner or something that can be whipped up in 20-30 minutes (he calls me when he is on his way home)
After 2 1/2 years of marriage all I really want is to cook a dinner (a normal dinner: Homemade Pizza, Lasagna,whatever) and when its ready to have someone there to eat it!!!
That hasn't happened as of yet.
But,when he does come through that door,covered in dirt and grease,looking exhausted.
All my anger dissipates,because even though its not the easiest job and life can be very hard,I know he is doing it for us.
And I married that sweet hunky farmer boy,for better or for worse.