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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Egg Recipe # 25 Sponge Cake

Sponge Cake

 Original Recipe Yield 1 - 9 inch tube cake


6 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon extract-I omitted this and the zest and replaced it with 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt


Separate the eggs. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon colored. Beat in sugar gradually. Add water, lemon extract and lemon rind. Beat in flour.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Then add cream of tartar and salt. Beat mixture until whites are stiff, but not until they are dry. Fold this whipped mixture into yolk mixture.
Pour batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for one hour, or until done.

Till next time

Friday, July 27, 2012

Egg Recipe #24

I have been wanting to make this cake but just haven't had the time lately, plus I am also on a restricted diet. My triglycerides are too high and I have to limit my sweets and fat intake. You know how hard that is when you have a sweet tooth like I do. I'm doing good, so this recipe I will just pass along this time. If you make it I would like to know what you thought of it. 
I am so far behind on posting egg recipes that I'm going to have to double up.

Cake of Egg Whites
When you have a recipe that uses only the egg yellows, this is a great quick cake to make with the whites that you are left with. Photo from:"Kolac Od Belanaca/Egg White Cake." La Casa De Vainilla.
Yield: 10 servings
Prep time:30 Minutes
Cook time:20 Minutes


6 egg whites
1 1/4 cup powder sugar
3/4 cup flour
3 1/2 oz. walnuts chopped
grated peel of 1 orange

1. Whip the whites in a firm mixture

2. Add the sugar and whip until thick

3. Add the rest of the ingredients

4. Bake in any kind of pan you like

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 or until a stick comes up dry

It is a lot better if it has some time to rest and become for soft. It is especially great the day after.

This recipe is a personal recipe added by ZaShen and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.
This is where I found this recipe.

Monday, July 23, 2012

What's up Monday

It's been a couple of weeks since I have posted my list and what I am working on. If I would only stay home some, I would get more done and as I write this, I'm off to Tulsa again later on today. We bought a new mattress and after almost a week of sleeping on it "the man of the place" find it a little too soft for his liking, so I'm off again to find a replacement.
What I have been working on is a Christmas stocking for one of the boys. My daughter loves snowmen and to go along with that I'm making each of the boys a stocking  that will have a snowman on it. This is the first one.

 I love working on this, not hard just a lot of time involved. But it will be something they could have all their life. I have to purchase another one of the other little dude. I haven't decided who is getting this one yet.

Then there is my to do list.
I do not have time right now to go over my last list I posted but I believe I was able to get most of it completed. I know this one looks long but I think is it manageable, so I'll do my best.
That's if I get to stay home more this week.
(It should say clothes not cloth.)
 Till next time

Friday, July 20, 2012

Some Progress Cleaning

Well I don't know how much you pay attention to what I write or keep track of things I say I'll do but I try to be honest and follow through with what I write down. Ask my family they'll tell you I'm always writing down on my Thing To Do list on my clip board. I'm lost without it. So one of those tasks that I said I was going to do a while back was to clean out the freezers. You see I have 2, one large frost-free upright and one smaller upright that is not frost-free.

As you can see it really needed to be defrosted. In fact  those items in the freezer had been frosted over so bad, they were embedded in the frost and I could not get them out.
That is bad, and I am ashamed that I let it get away from me.
So when I started cleaning it out I found many bags of tomatoes that I had prepared with the intention of canning later. Well it's later, lot later. So I gather all the bags that were still good, 

did lose a couple to frost but to the most part had a good amount to work with. Since I had waited so long, I knew the taste would not be as fresh as I would want for just canned tomatoes so I decided to make Spaghetti Sauce.
I put all the tomatoes into my roaster and just started cooking them down on a low temp.

It took a while because I had to start and stop the batch many times. I have been on the go so much and to stay home long enough did not happen until yesterday. And this is my results for all those bags. 

Have 8 quarts of yummy spaghetti sauce. Now there is no meat added, so if I do want to add it, it will be at the time of cooking. Now I do not know if you know this but unfortunately it is not recommended to can homemade sauce. Now I know some will say they do but because tomatoes are a low acid food you normally have to add lemon juice to your tomatoes but because onions, garlic and other things are added it lowers the acid level even lower. So water bath is out of the question and I know if meat was added it could be canned in the pressure canner and I suppose some have tried just the sauce. So to be on the safe side I just freeze mine in my canning jars.
So there they sit in the nice defrosted freezer.

Then my cat Pete was out in the garage with a baby snake that he had caught. I just love how a cat has the need to bring you what they catch, at least he didn't try to bring in the house this time. Now I would of just freaked out if he tried. 

 Till next time

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gone MFB

I have been gone, Missing From Blogging, for a week now and boy what a week. 

I live about 55 miles east of Tulsa and in the pass week I have been to Tulsa 4 out of the past 7 days and on Saturday  "the man of the place " and I went on a day long road trip. Like I hadn't had enough traveling lately. So needless to say the two days I was home I was so busy trying to keep up on all the chores and cleaning around here, I didn't have time to blog. And that consists of more work because we are in a drought again this summer, but at least its not as bad as last year so far. But it means a lot more watering of the animals and plants, and "the girls" are bearing through it but it is rough on them. The biggest challenge is helping them stay cool. I do not have a misting system like some so I just make sure they have plenty of fresh cool water and a cool treat sometime in the afternoon.

She is so hot everything is droopy on her.
Then on top of that for the past 6 weeks I have a set of hens that have decided that they needed to brood, and no matter what I do they will not give it up. And to think they will stay in the hot stuffy hen house and sit on those nests. I don't get it. You would think they would do in the spring time. I think of spring time as the season of births and nicer, cooler weather.

 Except my Buffy  here decided last week she had had enough but then another hen took her place. Crazy birds 
I have 8 nesting boxes but when you have 22 hens and 3 of the boxes are occupied, the girls are patiently waiting for laying space.

 This old girl has been brooding the longest and boy let me tell you, an attitude goes with that look. Whats funny is that they go from nest to nest to lay on the eggs because I steal them everyday. But when I go to see if there any eggs to gather under them,  I have to wear leather gloves because she bites hard. This old girl is very protective of these eggs.

Then there is these two, they have been bunking together for the past few weeks. It's the funnest thing, I have moved one of them many times and the next time I check, there she is. And most of the time it's like the picture, all you see is her tail feathers.
Goofy birds. 
So that's a little of what is going on here on the farm and I just found out I need to go back to Tulsa tomorrow. Hopefully that will be it for a while.
Till next time

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Tuesday Treasure

Over at The House on the Side of the Hill she has a linky party where you share a treasure and mine I'm sharing is one of my egg cup holder. It is right now, one of my favorites. 

This is a vintage 6 egg cup holder I call My Monks, these are Weiss Pottery Monks, so it can easily chip. I have not had them appraised so I going to give a guess on age but I was told at the time I bought them they were from 1930's. 
I think they are just so happy and they put a smile on my face every time I look at them. Love them.
So this is my treasure.
Till Next Time

Monday, July 9, 2012

How to Make a Cool Car Trash Bag

This is my trash bag but it was not an original ideal, I saw it over at Meridian Road  awhile back and realize that this was something I needed bad. You see I am notorious for throwing my trash into the back and would forget about it. Now that I have my new car and not the farm truck, I wanted to get out of that habit. What made this bag stand out for me was the fact that you can seal the bag shut so trash won't fall out and will keep the smell in and not in your car.

Doesn't it look sharp, now the one I saw was made from an old money bag, I do not have an old money bag but I thought this ticking fabric would look good. Very easy to make and I'll share how I did mine, you can also see how she made her at her blog too.

Start with a large Zip Lock bag and cut out 2 pieces of fabric about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch longer around the sides and about 1 1/2 inch at the top.

 Sew the side seams, I had a fold on the bottom so I didn't need to sew the bottom but if you did not have a fold on bottom sew that seam also.

Fold twice the top edge about 1/2 wide. Gives it a nice clean look.
You will top stitch it at the bottom edge of fold.

It should look like this.

You will need to cut a piece for the loop for the bag to hang, now  I cut  a piece of fabric that is 16 x 4 1/2 inches. The bag I saw had a medal ring to use for attaching. 

Fold in half and press.

You will fold in half again each side and press.

Will look like this.

Now you need to press a small fold on each end.


Now top stitch on each side, I did it about 1/8 inch from edge.

Fold the strip in half and attach at one side.

Now it's time to insert the bag. Just slip it in there as far as it goes and you will sew around the top of bag

Like so

It will look like this, and you are ready to go.


Till Next Time

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Egg Recipe # 23 Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake


1/2 pound unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt ( I used my yogurt)

Prepare a large tube pan or 2 loaf pans with butter and flour. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In a large stand mixer combine butter and sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, again mixing in well. Add vanilla and lemon extracts.
In a small bowl combine the flour, soda and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture and sour cream or Greek yogurt, alternating.
Add the batter to the tube pan or 2 loaf pans.
Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before carefully inverting onto a plate.
This cake also freezes well. Wrap carefully in air tight plastic before freezing.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Egg Recipe # 22 Eggs in Clouds

I have had this recipe pinned on my board for quite sometime now and have meant to make it since then. It is one of  Rachael Ray recipes but I did not have all the ingredients on hand, even thou it called for only 4. I did not have Pecorino-Romano cheese so I substituted it with some Swiss Cheese I had. And I didn't have chives either so I just cut some of the green tops off of the onions I have growing out in the garden.

Eggs in Clouds

4 eggs
1/4 cup grated pecorino-romano ( I substituted Swiss Cheese)
1/4 cup chopped chives or green tops to onions
1/4 cup crumbled bacon


Separate eggs, putting whites in 1 large bowl and yolks in 4 separate small bowls. Whip whites until stiff peaks form. Fold in cheese, chives and bacon. Spoon into 4 mounds on parchment-lined baking sheet; make a deep well in center of each.

Bake at 450 degrees for 3 minutes, then add 1 yolk to each well; season with pepper. Bake until yolks are just set, 2 to 3 minutes.

Comments;  "The man of the place" liked these a lot, said it reminded him of dessert, it was light and yummy.
I believe this recipe will be one that I will make again, "the man of the place" would like it if I did. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

How to make a gnat trap

Yesterday while relaxing with "the man of the place" , he was watching Band of Brothers, I was on the my laptop just looking around when I came across this idea on someones board on Pinterest.  I thought it was Sarah Roe's board but I couldn't find it this morning when I went back. I should of pinned it, so I'm sorry I can't give credit to where credit is due.
It was such a simple idea I didn't think it would work but I had the few simple items needed and what could it hurt to give it a try.
I keep at time my harvested fruits and veggies on the counter and I also keep scraps and trimmings to put in the compost bin outside in a container on the counter next to the sink and no matter how well covered or sealed my container is, I still get these pesty bugs in my kitchen. YUK
I wish I knew how they show up ever year.

As you can barely see in this photo some of the over dozen gnats/fruit flies in the jar.

What you need is 
a sheet of newspaper
masking tape
1 quart jar
apple cider vinegar
a piece of banana 

What you do is put about a 1/2 inch of vinegar in jar with the piece of banana. Take the sheet of newspaper and roll it into a funnel shape. It will need to be big enough at the wide end that the fit is snug at the mouth of the jar. The pointed end should be close but not touching the vinegar. Tape all the edges of the funnel and you will also tape around the jar top where the newspaper touches, Make sure that there is no opening or cracks so the little pest can escape.

In a matter of a couple hours there they were, trapped inside the jar. 
For some reason they can find their way in but not be able to find their way out.
I haven't done this yet but according to the other site it was suggested to put the jar in the freezer and freeze the pest dead and then just put back on the counter. Suppose to be just as effective as in the beginning. I'll have to give an update on that part.

Till next time

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday.

I'm spending mine at home with "the man of the place" and just relaxing as much as possible.

Did picked up a couple of fireworks

I just don't know if I can fire them up thou, I sort of liked them.

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