Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today is Monday and I'm going to try and:
Go to town
Entertain my kiddos
Work on business stuff/finances
Keep the house from turning into tornado alley
Try and stay sane
What do you have planned for today?
Sunday, January 24, 2010
2 c heavy cream
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c parmesan cheese
Melt butter in saucepan. Add garlic and cook on medium heat for 1 minute. Add cream, cook for 5 minutes. Add cheese and stir until thick.
Yep, that's it- who knew it could be so easy?
1 1/2lbs chicken, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
16oz mushrooms, chopped
1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 egg, beaten
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown chicken in 1 tablespoon oil. Remove and set aside. In the same pan, saute mushrooms in remaining oil until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the egg, ricotta, 1 1/2c parmesan, mozzarella and seasonings.
Drain and rinse pasta with cold water; stuff each shell with about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture. Place in a greased 13x9 dish. Top with chicken and mushrooms.
Pour alfredo sauce over the casserole. Sprinkle with 1/4c Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly.
I went through my stash and came up with this:The hard part was that I wanted it to be flannel. Apparently my stash does not runneth over with flannel. This was all I had. And I had to piece it to make it work because I didn't have enough of a single fabric.
This is a whole 'nother issue:
My poor roll is dwindling and I have a feeling that I'm going to have to spring for a new one in the next few months. Batting is one thing a quilter can't do without.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
And there's this one:It's smaller and tea stained.
Here's a close up of the tea stained one.Which should I do?
Really, I'm no seamstress. Aprons are about as far as I get toward clothing. I would like to start sewing more for Timber though and maybe a skirt for me? But since this is sort-of clothing and I am a quilter, I made the apron tie patchwork so that I could incorporate some type of quilty look. I'd love to make an entire patchwork apron someday, ya know, like when the kids are 20!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I think I'll make a child sized one. Maybe 35x45.
It turns into 58x72.
I decide to go with the rail fence pattern.
After sewing all the little rail fence blocks I decide that I don't really like that and have to figure something else out.
The border I had in mind is not the border I end up with.
Pretty much the entire finished quilt top is something completely different than what I had planned.
Does that ever happen to you?
And um, the oatmeal has to wait, I did a stew in the crock pot instead. Sorry about that.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The last shot is my favorite.
We've had quite a bit of rain and some very windy weather!
1. Did you know that if you could give up one item that you usually buy at the grocery store that isn't that healthy for you (i.e. those Chips Ahoy cookies, those bags of cour cream and onion chips, those granola bars, that sugary cereal, etc.) you could afford to buy something organic? Like a gallon of milk or some butter?
2. Did you know that you could probably find organic produce for the same cost, if not less (or just slightly more,) than conventional produce? Case in point:
Safeway Fuji Apples- $1.49/lb....... Safeway Organic Fuji Apples- $.99 (on sale)
Safeway Organic tomatoes- $3.99/lb .........Health Food Store Organic tomatoes- $.99/lb
Safeway 5lb bag of Russet Potatoes- $2.50..........Health Food Store Organic Russet 5lb $2.65
If you do some searching you actually CAN eat healthier for less! :)
3. Here's what I'm working on right now......
Hope to have this top done by tomorrow.
4. I'm ordering my seeds from here next week. Gotta start thinking about gardening! Do you know that I only have 90 days until I start planting??!
5. Cuteness on a couch.
6. I made these the other day and they turned out good. Not great but good. I did use WW Flour though so maybe it was just a little too heavy. I used 6 of them and made a great Eggs Benedict Casserole (which I forgot to take a photo of.) Next time I make it, I'll take a photo and share the recipe! It was super easy and yummy!
7. Today I am, making bread, baking cookies, doing tax preparations, quilting, laundering, and hanging out with my family.
8. I made an Oatmeal in the crock pot last night and we ate it for breakfast this morning- yum! and oh so easy. I'll share that recipe tomorrow!
9. I'm making a list of the way we are self sufficient/green living already and a list of what we could do to become more.
10. Baby chicks will be here in less than a month so I need to get on figuring out their temporary accommodations (i.e. get Gavin to build me something.) We haven't had chicks that didn't have a mommy hen, in 5 years so we'll have to come up with something. We're getting 6 Buff Orphingtons
Well, that's about as random as I get today! :)
Friday, January 15, 2010
4 3/4 c bread flour
3 T white sugar
2 1/2 t sea salt
2 1/4 t dry yeast
1 c warm milk
2 T butter, softened
1 1/2 c sourdough starter
In a large bowl, combine 1c flour, sugar, salt and dry yeast. Add milk and butter. Stir in starter. Mix in up to 3 3/4c flour gradually. (I used about 3 1/4c flour)
Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 mins (Now that's a good arm work out!)Place in a greased bowl and cover. (I cover mine with a warm, damp dish cloth.) Allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm spot. It should double in size.
Punch down and let rest 15 mins. Shape into loaves. Place on greased baking sheet. Allow to rise 1 hour, or until doubled. A good trick for rising bread, if your house isn't super warm, is to turn your oven on for a couple minutes, then turn it off an allow your bread to rise in the oven. If you can comfortably place your hand on the inside of the oven then it's not too warm.
Brush tops with egg wash (1 egg, beaten) and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. I don't have one of those brush things to use for "brushing" so I just use my fingers.
Maybe I should rename my blog, "Mountain Home; Quilting and Baking at the Homestead" ;)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Here's the recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar (optional)
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) of active-dry yeast
2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
Mix the flour, sugar, and yeast together in a clean, 2qt capacity container (I use glass but you could also use crockery to hold your starter. No metal or plastic.) Gradually stir in the water and mix until it forms a thick paste (don't worry about any lumps, as they will disappear.)
Cover the container with a dish cloth and let it sit in a warm, 70 to 80 degree, draft-free place.
Once your starter starts bubbling, then start feeding it daily with flour and water.
Daily remove one cup of starter (use this starter in a baked item or give it to a neighbor) and replace it with one cup of warm water and one cup of flour.
Or you can keep it refrigerated. Your starter should be fed daily if left sitting on the counter. Every other week, if refrigerated.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Now I get to nominate my favorite 10 blogs! These are the rules of accepting the award.
•Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
•Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
•Link the nominees within your post.
•Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
•Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
1. Carly of Quiltville (because Carly always has the cutest quilts!)
2. Fish Fam (because Jerilyn has fun stuff to read every Friday!)
3. Jabez Farm (because Kim has a fantastic sense of humor in her writing!)
4. Making More with Less (because how could you not love a blog that tries to live up to it's title?)
5. Quilting on Turtle Hill (because Cathy is on of the most generous quilters I know!)
6. Thistle Cove Farm (because Sandra is just a downhome sweetheart!)
7. Why Not Sew? (because Erin is wonderful and super creative!)
8. Life with 4! (because Lisa is one of my greatest "internet friends!")
9. Jo's Prairie (because Bobbie Jo's kids are adorable and she's a sweetie!)
10. Cluck Cluck Sew (because Allison is a quilting mom that blows my mind with the things she gets done!)
Now these blogs were both easy and hard to choose. I have a very few select blogs that I actually follow. I'm kinda picky and really don't want to waste my time filling up my list of followed blogs with stuff that doesn't interest me or things I don't really read. So from the list of blogs I do enjoy, I selected these as my top 10! Check them out- I hope that you enjoy them too! :)
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Mason is getting so big. We had his 2 month appt yesterday and he is 14lbs 12oz. He is in the 96th percentile for weight and the 90th for length. He's got a couple nicknames already but I think we could certainly add "Moose" to the list of them.
While my parents were here I did get some quilting done. I finished this quilt for my friends little girl. I completely cheated on this one because although it does look like patchwork, it's just a print. But such a cute print that I have more of it to make one for Timber! Remember this quilt? (I know, it's been a while.) Well, it's amazing how quilting, binding and washing a quilt can make it grow on you! That never ceases to amaze me. Here it is, finished and ya know what? I actually like it! :) I was going to list it in the shop but my mom "stole" it for my cousin who is due to have her first baby next month! I also got to finish the top of Mason's little quilt using the Goodnight Monkey flannel fabric I bought. My kids always end up with a quilt for their beds but they have to also have one of those "blankies" that they tote around or always have to have when they sleep. This one will be Mason's. As soon as it's done I'll share some photos!