If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.William Morris.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March UFO Challenge

I tried to get this month's challenge done but I just did not stitch fast enough. I was able to get half of it done and I still have 6 month of  blocks to embroider. They are the cutest blocks and you can still get the pattern from Little Miss Shabby
I'l just keep stitching away.

Making Mozzarella Cheese

Over at Sustainable Eats Annette had written a book called The Urban Farm Handbook
and she has a challenge going on this year. And this month challenge was dealing with Home Dairy.
Now I have chickens, I have a veggie garden, I have fruit trees and we even raise are own beef but one thing we do not have is a dairy cow or goat. Part of the challenge was to try to find somewhere local a dairy producer.
Well we have lots a dairy farmer around here but I do not know of one that sell from their farm. So I need to keep looking.
So to make my cheese I get my milk from Braum's Creamery. They do have really good milk.
I make Mozzarella cheese from their milk and I will share how I make my cheese but there is also other sites out there that give very good instructions. The cheesemaking supply company gives great instruction and that is where I have ordered what I needed.
Here is a brief summery of what I do.

 I start with a gallon of milk, I use 2%.

 You need to let your milk get to a temp of 55, which take a little while once out of the frig.

 Once the milk reach 55 degree you add citric acid that had been diluted in water add it, to the milk. Need to heat the milk up to 90 degrees.

 Remove the milk from heat and add the rennet that also been diluted in water. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. The milk will start to curd up, look like custard.

 When it does you will cut the curd into 1 inch squares.

 Now heat the cheese curds to 105 degrees stirring very slowly at times.
When it reaches the temp you will remove the curds from the whey (liquid) and put in a colander to drain more of the liquid..  I make mine the way the cheese making company shows by putting it in the   microwave to heat to a temp of 135 degrees. That is where you will pull and stretch the cheese until smooth
You can have it shaped  as a ball or log. You can also make small balls of cheese.
You can also add Lipase Powder to give a good flavor. I purchase that from the Cheese Making company also. 
Have questions may have the answers here.

So that is it in a nut shell.
It isn't hard at all and I enjoy making cheese. Someday I would like a dairy goat and doing more.
To see others who posted  something they did on the challenge.

March NewFO

This is a pathetic start on my little houses. I had full intentions of trying to get caught up, because the is to make a house a day, total 365 or 366 (leap year)  and as you see I have 360 to go.
I am posting this because this was my New UFO for March and over at Cat Patches she has links to others who are posting a new start that they did this month.
I have been working hard on trying to finish some of my older UFO's and have been trying to resist starting a new thing. But as you can tell that doesn't last long.
Till next time

Friday, March 30, 2012

Easy Crochet Basket

I do not crochet much but when I do I like projects that are easy and this Giant Basket is one of those kind of projects. It maybe took me 2 hours to make

 I used yarn made by Lion Brand Yarn that I bought at Walmart. Because it wasn't as thick as the pattern suggested I double it up

Now I could not find a size S Hook so I used a  size Q
Work just as well I thought.

Till next time

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Good resources for patterns

I wanted to share a couple of website for free patterns for knitting or crocheting.
I have found quite a few myself, so maybe you'll find some patterns to make.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vegetables that make you smile

My ex-in-laws made these for me many years ago and I had them packed away. I just found them the other day and plan on using them in the garden this year.

Don't they just put a smile on your face

Happy Gardening to you,

Monday, March 26, 2012

What's Up, Monday

Boy with the weather turning out to be just a perfect spring day, I will be outside most of the time today. But I do need to work on at least the block for tonight's Bible Study. This is what I have so far (minus last times block) my Sister's in Scriptures quilt. 

  And then I still have up My Little Birdie Stitches.

This is what I was able to do this past week. I finished the one on the left top, completed the January (snowman) and have most of April done. 

Just a little more. But I am nowhere going to this UFO challenge done in time.

But for now I need to get out into the garden and try to do some catch up out there.
I should of had some of this planting done a couple of weeks ago. I just hope that having an early spring doesn't mean we are going to have an early summer. That will not work with planting some of my spring veggies on the end of the planting season.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Egg Recipe # 13



    • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
    • 1 large empty sterilized glass jar
    • 4 cups vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 medium onions, sliced1/3cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon pickling spices1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon celery seeds1 clove garlic


  1. Put the peeled hardboiled eggs in the large jar.
  2. Boil the remaining ingredients together for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour over the eggs in the jar.
  4. Cover; leave on counter overnight.
  5. Keeps in refrigerator for weeks, in theory.
  6. In reality, if you love pickled eggs, these will disappear.

    Learn to dye eggs naturally at Mother Earth News

    I thought that Easter will be here in a couple of weeks that I would give recipes using hard boiled eggs. This recipe and Recipe #11 used hard boiled eggs, plus the next two will also. I remember when my kids were young we would have a lot of eggs and at that time I did not know that many dished to use the eggs, we ate the majority of them as just eggs, so hopefully I can give you a new one or two and maybe some inspiration to look for more recipes.
    And if you have one of your own and would like to share it, I would love that.Till next timeKat=^..^=

     Linky up to a new Simply Sensational Tuesday Linky Party  Check it out. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Poor Me, boo-whoo

Look how green and pretty it is starting to look, the temp. is 70 and calm, plus it is sunny. And what am I doing. Sitting in the house, feeling sorry for myself cause I would rather be outside in the garden then here near the phone because I do not want to miss a call from the satellite repair person. They were schedule between 8-12 this morning but here it is 1:15 and I'm still waiting. Did call twice to let me know they are running behind. Your saying, that's to be expected. So I'm having a little pity party.
Well I've cleaned, and cleaned and just tried of cleaning so I thought I would look up a few things on the computer. And lo and behold I came across a couple of sites on how to make a bag from an old T-shirt. You might of have seen this before but it's new to me. I like it. I had cleaned out part of my closet and had come across some old T-shirts. Perfect.
This is what I made in less than 20 minutes.
 This is from a child size small.

This is from an extra large adults.
You see the bag is big,
Big enough to carry all of this.

 This is a top, backing and the batting, ready to go to the quilter.

So you want to know how, easy-peasy.
 Find an old (or new) T-Shirt

 Cut the sleeves off.

 Now you want to make the opening at the neck larger. One site suggested a plate or large bowl as a guide. I thought the plate was too small for this shirt.

 So I found a platter, oblong in shape and bigger. I liked this.



 Now turn it inside out and sew the bottom of the shirt together. I used my serger but if you do not have one just sew on you sewing machine and do 2 stitch lines. That will help reinforce it.

 You can round them off.

 Or square.

 I like the rounded look myself.
Now your done.

 I did leave the collar on like one site said and this is what it looked like.
But after finishing the large T-shirt, I decided I would cut the collar off this one too.

OK, it's now 1:45pm and still no repairman.
This is starting to sink. Now what am I going to do. 
I'll see, until
Next time

Friday, March 23, 2012

Welcome Friends

Karen from Sew Many Ways is hosting a linky party as a way to meet new friends.
If you are here for the first time I want to welcome you and invite you look around.
Maybe you'll become a new friend.
I would love that.

Thank you for stopping by

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Some Really Good Days

I have had a couple of good and productive days here on the farm but they had little sewing involved. More in the way of getting ready for when the rain stops and I can get back out there in the garden 
So I started my sweet potatoes, I have wrote about how to start your own plants last year here.

 I did not plant my potatoes last weekend because I figure the weatherman could be right about the rain  we're to receive and they were right. We have had 8.5" in the past few days. So I'm getting my potatoes ready by laying them out in the light, this is called "chitting" or "greening". This will lead to a stronger plant, earlier harvest and heavier yield. What you do is a week or two before planting, spread  your seed potatoes in a shallow, open top box or I just used newspaper. Lay them in a warm spot that has bright light but not direct sun. The warmth will cause the eyes to sprout while the light keeps them stubby and less prone to breakage. You do not want to cut the tuber before chitting or the pieces will shrivel. I think egg shape tubers are perfect if you can find them that size.

I made a batch of laundry soap and for the recipe go here

Then I was able to get some pints of pinto beans canned. I had ran out and needed to have some more in the pantry. I also have some sweet potatoes left from last year that I need to get canned. Maybe tomorrow.

I also made some mozzarella cheese. I plan to post on how to make your own here in the future. It has been a while and wasn't sure if my rennet was still good but as you see it was. I had to replenish our yogurt supply so I did that yesterday.

 Finished this scarf.
Isn't it the prettiest.
 It was knitted with this yarn that was purchase at a yarn store in Claremore OK. I had a eye doctor appointment the other day and I figure I might as well go to the store since I was there and just had to get this one and a couple of other balls. Plus it was right next to nursery where I did purchase some rhubarb plants, strawberries and some herbs. 
Love the texture.

I have done very little sewing this week.
I thought with all this rain the past 4 days, that's all I would want to do.

 I made this months Stash Bee block

 I did get the Michele Hill BOM prepared for appliqueing.

 And finish another Birdie Stitches block.

 I did make a few more G-Diaper cloth inserts. My daughter is going with cloth diapers and I guess these G-Diapers are the newest thing, at least new to me. Seeing how she is having twins, she is going to need twice as many. They are very easy to make and there are a few sites out there where you can get directions and pattern if you need one. 
Then while doing nothing I would get online and see what else I could find.

I found this pattern at The Guardian.
I found some flannel in my stash, now I need to make some bias tape and I am ready to go.
Till next time

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