Flowers from my youngest son. Love both boys so much!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Oh my! I am such a sucker for a good biscuit and have made a few that I thought were good but this one knocks them all down. The ingredients are very surprising. My friend, Steph, told me about these today. A recipe she saw on Pinterest by plainchicken.com.
Bisquick 7Up Biscuits
2 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. Sour cream
1/2 c. 7 Up
1/4 c. Butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. I also preheated my cast iron skillet but the recipe doesn't use one of these. Stir sour cream into Bisquick then add 7 Up and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very soft. The recipe says to flour your board with more Bisquick and pat out the dough then cut out biscuits but I didn't do that either. I took my hot skillet out of the oven and melted my butter in it. Then I used a large ice cream scoop and dropped the dough onto the butter. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. This made 8 biscuits.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Pressure cooker pork roast
2 1/2 to 3 lb pork loin roast
1 pkt ranch dressing mix
1 pkt Italian dressing mix
1 pkt mushroom gravy mix
Pat pork roast dry & season w/salt & pepper, garlic & onion powder & brown in oil in your pressure cooker. Mix dry mix packets with 1 1/2 cups water and our over pork loin. Cover and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 170 degrees.
Serve with garlic & parsley mashed potatoes & your favorite veggie!
Monday, April 15, 2013
I love storing my onions in panty hose with a knot between each onion. When I need one, I'd just snip off the bottom onion. The panty hose allows air to circulate around the onions, which keeps them fresh longer. What does one do when they have a few onions and no panty hose? If you're me, you crochet a solution! It works for potatoes as well.
Start with a circle of 12 dcs and increase 12 sts in each round of the next 3 rounds for 48 sts total. To make the mesh portion start with a ch5 (counts as 1 dc + ch2), sk2 sts then dc in next st. Continue to *ch2, sk 2, dc* around then join in the 3rd st of the ch5. Work to desired height. I worked 25 rounds then worked sc all the way around the top, ch6, sk 2 mesh squares & join with sl st then turned and worked 10 sc to reinforce the loop.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I adapted a biscuit recipe I found on the back of a Crisco can to make a great scone. I have changed it up so many ways by substituting different extracts, adding fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. Whatever I add, I usually use about a 1/2 cup. This recipe makes 8 or 9 scones. Here it is:
Friday, March 29, 2013
I am absolutely obsessed with frothed milk. I have a Breville espresso machine which makes great froth but since I've been using the Keurig more, I don't want to turn it on just to froth my milk. I have been using an inexpensive hand held wand-type frother that I bought on eBay and it works well but when I saw how quick the Aerolatte froths (thanks YouTube) I had to have one. I decided on the stainless steel version with stand from Amazon.com. I am in love! It makes easy work of my other new love, So Delicious Barista Style Coconut Milk Creamer.
Friday, March 15, 2013
3 egg whites, aged in fridge 3 days
180 g powdered sugar
100 g almond flour (Bob's Red Mill)
I filled with cream cheese frosting and jam or cream cheese frosting and Nutella.
Please follow the video for instructions.
I'm really excited because I was led to believe these cookies were hard to make. They were not.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Monday, January 07, 2013
9 - thin sliced pork chops, cut into pieces
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced thin
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 diced tomato
3 Tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp chicken bouillon
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp flour
Heat oil in large caldero or chicken fryer over medium to medium high heat. Trim excess fat from pork chops and cut into 3" pieces. Salt and pepper the pork. Brown the pork in oil in batches and set aside. When all of the pork is removed from the pan, add the onions and saute until translucent. Add garlic and tomato and saute for a couple of minutes. Add the pork back to the pan with the water and chicken bouillon. Set the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Once pork is very tender and onions are nearly disintegrated, add flour to sour cream and add approximately one cup of sauce to sour cream/flour mixture to temper and pour over contents of the pan. Mix thoroughly. Serve over nokedli or spaetzle. I'm sure rice or egg noodles would work too!
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 c milk or water
Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Using a spaetzle maker, drop dough over boiling salted water. Cook until the dough rises to the top. Drain but don't rinse. Serve with paprikash on top. Yum! I also like to make spaetzle and after it has drained, I will saute in some lightly browned butter and top with Parmesan cheese. YouTube has many spaetzle/nokedli videos. I bought my spaetzle maker from Amazon.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sorry for the cell phone photos but these are all I had of this headband/earwarmer.
I am not a good pattern writer but this seems straightforward to me.
Worsted weight yarn held double throughout
Size 11 US knitting needles
1 button 30mm
M1 by YO
CO 5 sts and knit across. You will be increasing in the stitches before and after the center st so you may want to mark it.
Row 1: K2, YO, K1, YO, K2 = 7sts
Row 2: K2, purl YO through back loop (PYOBL) throughout so as to leave no holes, P1, PYOBL, K2
Row 3: K3 (from now on K3 selvedge sts on each side on every row), YO, K1, YO, K3 = 9sts
Row 4: K3, PYOBL, P1, PYOBL, K3
Row 5: K3, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, K3 = 11 sts
Row 6: K3, P1, PYOBL, P1, PYOBL, P1, K3
Row 7: K3, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, K3 = 13 sts
Row 8: K3, P2, PYOBL, P1, PYOBL, P2, K3
Row 9: K3, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3, K3 = 15sts
Row 10: K3, P3, PYOBL, P1, PYOBL, P3, K3
Row 11: K across
Row 12: K3, purl across to last 3 sts, K3
continue rows 11 & 12 until there are 31 garter row bumps (along selvedge edges) ending with a row 12.
Knit side: Work opposite of increase rows by K2tog before and after center st.
Purl side: K3, purl across to last 3 sts, K3
Decrease until 5 sts remain then BO leaving 12" tail
Use tail to crochet 3 chains and attach to opposite side. Weave in ends. Sew on button and accessorize with a crocheted flower of your choice.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
I didn't waste any time making this cozy for my tea bottle. After brewing some green tea in my bottle, I realized it was too hot to handle. I crocheted this cozy using a size I hook and some Lion Brand cotton yarn. Round 1: ch4 then dc 11 in 4th ch from hook. Sl st in top of 3rd ch of beginning st to join. Ch 3 & turn. Round 2: Make dc in same st as ch 3 then 2dc in each st around. Join w/sl st. Ch 3 & turn. Round 3: 1 dc in back loop of each st around. Join w/sl st. Ch 3 & turn. Rounds 4 - 10: 1 dc in each st around through both loops. Join w/sl st. Ch 3 & turn, except for round 10 where you'd end w/sl st. End off & weave in ends.
Whilst shopping at my local Albertson's tonight, I spotted this tea. I was originally drawn to the heavy glass bottle but the flavor, mojitea, is what made me buy it. It is a combination of lime, mint tea, and pure cane sugar. This turned out to be some of the worst tasting tea I've ever had! I couldn't even finish the scant 13.5 ounces. Hopefully, my $2.99 will not be entirely wasted and I can reuse the bottle as sort of a travel tea tumbler for green tea. I'll bet if I put the tea leaves into one of my reusable drawstring tea bags it will work. Cross fingers!
Friday, September 07, 2012
Salads in jars! Why is everyone doing it? Because they're freaking awesome, that's why! My first attempts are pretty boring but still great. I made these on Wednesday and ate one the following day. The lettuce was so crispy, as were the mushrooms and golden cherry tomatoes. I added ham, cheese, and Greek Feta dressing. Yum! They're supposed to last at least a week. I made 3 all together and the other two still look great as do the strawberries I jarred on Monday. Oh, I vacuum seal them as well. I have a FoodSaver machine ($$) but I also bought a little hand-held model for $20 at WalMart that works very well. If you want to keep the jar lids intact, you'll need to get a wide mouth jar vacuum attachment. If not, you can puncture a hole in the lid with a thumb tack, lightly cover with a square of electrical tape, then place the hand-held vacuum sealer over the tape and seal. Listen for the change in sound and you might even hear a slight "pop" as the lid is sealed.
Crochet hook size I
Worsted weight cotton yarn held double throughout. Make color changes as desired.
Rd 1: Using magic loop method, make 6 sc in loop. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1 and pull closed.
Rd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.
Rd 3: *Work 2 sc in next st then 1 sc* around. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.
Rd 4: *Work 2 sc in next st then 1 sc, 1 sc* around. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.
Rds 5-9: *Work 2 sc in next st then 1sc, 1sc, 1sc* around. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.
Rds 10-11: *Work 2sc tog in next st then 1sc, 1sc, 1sc* around. Join with sl st in 1st sc, ch 1.
The decreases in these last two rounds create the lip of the disc. Fasten off and sew in ends. Done! Go fly a disc! Beware, you can't make just one!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I have a container that measures 8.5"L x 5.5"W x 3" H. I figured that I wanted it a bit more than 2x taller than my container. My pattern pieces measured 15" W x 12" H with 3" notches cut out at each corner. You can get instructions on how to customize your bags here. Besides making my fully lined bag, I also made a matching napkin and a sleeve for my chopsticks which ties shut at the top. I love it. The colors are so bright!
The pink and blue set were my first attempts. I don't know what I was thinking when I cut the fabric. I only had enough for one side of each color! Doh! So it's unlined and half is pink print and half is blue. It also was meant to be like the black one, taller and with a drawstring, but I didn't realize how short it was until after I cut out the corners for the boxed corner and knew I had to add height, which wound up being 4x the height measurement of my container. I altered it to mimic another bento bag I saw online with the ties. It's still cute, just not what I wanted. It's all good, though. Now I have two kits!
My friend, Steph, and I are going to a couple of Asian markets tomorrow and I'm going to keep my eyes open for more bento accessories.
When I was a kid, going on a field trip for school meant taking a bento lunch. They weren't the cute things you see on the blogs. They consisted of a bed of rice sprinkled with furikake (toasted seaweed with sesame seeds), maybe ume (pickled plum), teriyaki beef, a piece of fried chicken, and a piece of Spam. It was perfect because it didn't need to be refrigerated and would keep until lunchtime. Add to that a can of fruit punch or passion-guava juice that I froze the night before and it was great! Almost better than the field trip itself! I felt so sorry for the kids who brought sandwiches! My field trip days are over now that my youngest son is in middle school. Boy, I wish I had thought of this earlier! Maybe I can persuade him to take a bento for lunch?
Friday, August 10, 2012
I saw this idea in Pinterest. There are several fruits/veggies you can grow this way by putting a slice, pit, root end, etc in water rather than throw them away. I think we all did this with potatoes, avocados, or beans when we were kids, right? I bought these green onions at a local farmer's market three weeks ago and have already cut them down three times!