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, September 29, 2012

Seeing Purple

Last week on my way back from stitch I stopped at Ranalli Farms on the west end of Tontitown, Arkansas, on Hwy. 412. I always find good fruits, produce and plants there. Well this time I came home with a bushel of apples and 1/2 bushel of Mars grapes.

 They are a seedless grape,  color like concord but smaller. Which are very tasty. I also did not realize that a 1/2 bushel of grapes equal 18 lbs. That means I was searching for more than just a jam recipe. I first made Grape Catchup, this recipe is from one of my favorite blog, Foods In Jars. It is a sauce that is really nothing related to tomato catchup. It's more in the way of a plum sauce.  It is sweet and tangy with a kick of spice, very good. Suggested that it could be used as a dipping sauce, or a cooking sauce to put on chicken or pork. I think that is what I'll try first.

I have so many grapes I decided to make a double batch, boy I believe I have enough sauce for a while.

Then today I made Grape Jam. Beside going online looking I have a lovely Cookbook just for jams.

So I took a recipe in her book but did it my way. Tweaked  the amounts and how I made it. Since I was using a seedless grape I figured why did I need to go through the process of taking the skins off and cooking the pulp. The main purpose I could tell was to get the seeds out of the grapes. Cause once the seeds were removed, in the recipe it tells to put the skins back in with the cooked pulp. Well I decided to just skip that step and add one of mine own. I took half the grapes with half the sugar

 and ran it through the food processor till it became thoroughly pureed.

Then did the other half and put the puree in a pan to cook with the lemon  and orange juice plus the orange rind. Simmer, uncovered until it was able to pass the thick consistency test.

(I did not keep track of time maybe 30 minutes but I think it was longer)
The addition of orange is a wonderful touch, love it

You'll need
4 pounds grape
4 cup sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest from 1/2 orange
1 tsp. fresh orange juice

Makes 4 pints or 8 half pints

I forgot to say that you process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes

I wanted to share a quilt I had made some years back. Which is one of my favorites. At Ranalli's one year I had seen an old quilt, done in this pattern, on the back of a chair in their store.  I fell in love with the simple pattern and the colors in the fabrics that were so soft and faded. So I went home and found the pattern. Commonly called 4-H, simply because that is what a 12 " block is 4 - 6" H's.

 The H's are from 2 1/2" strips. Great way to use up your scraps.

Jump over to The chicken chick site for more

Clever Chicks blog hop

Friday, September 28, 2012

I've Been Converted, to Sauerkraut

So after all the nice, concerned and very helpful answer to my plea last week to know whether or not my sauerkraut was any good. I want to thank you.
So this is what I decided. 
See how it was discolored near the top. 
I had never made my own before so I have no experience on what is good, bad, right or wrong. So with what I've read and the answers I received, I decided it was safe to eat. So I removed the discolored kraut and ate what was below.
That was yesterday and we are here, fine  and  that was the best sauerkraut I have ever had. I have had only store bought in the past and did not like it. If I had know how yummy it was, I would of been making my own years ago.

At stitch group the other day, Debbie was telling us about the sauerkraut she made for Joann and her husband. Joann had said it was so good. I made it last night and it was.
You ought to try it.

Here is Debbie's Recipe

(She used a can of store bought)

I used 3 cup of my sauerkraut, rinsed 
1 apple peeled and chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup white wine (I used White Zinfandel)

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and cover. Simmer on low for a couple hours. 
Oh and how scrumptious.

I am making more sauerkraut tomorrow

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New List, just have to

I have a new look for my Things To Do List
I find this one so much easier to do and read. Reminds me of being at school and how our assignments would be up on the chalkboard for us to do. And you had to do it or you'd get a bad mark, well I still do not want a bad mark, you know what I mean.

I did not tell you how I did on last weeks to do list. With all the errands I had to attend to, that I forgot about it and posting this next weeks to do's also.

Well as far as last week goes, I did get most of what I wanted done. 

  1. Finished planting fall crop done
  2. Freeze potatoes and onions- did onions but still need to do potatoes
  3. Start repairs on hen house did that by getting supplies needed
  4. Decorate front porch What do you think

       6.  Find and buy apples done
   7.  Get a hair cut done but no photo for this,  PLEASE

I was also able to get some other things done that I just did not have on the list but that always seems to happen. I can so easily get side tracked, I'll be working on something and then I'll get an idea or remember something I was suppose to attend to and there goes my plans out the window. 
I was able to to make Chicken broth from some whole chicken I bought, cut up and freeze, then the broth.

Then I went to the nursery while in Tulsa and had to come home with these, now I need to prepare a bed and plant.
Plus the cleaning of my dutch oven I posted about a few days back.
See what I mean.
So now I'm on to this week.
Wish me luck.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Latest Knitting News

So I am one who gets bored working on one thing for an extended period of time but I am able to complete a good portion of projects started eventually and this is one project I have completed. That is my Color Affection Shawl.  

I am happy with how it turned out and I can not say that I am with everything I have knitted. I admit it is probably around a third of what I've made that I am not happy with how it turned out. on this one thou, I plan to make another one.

Now on to what it is I reading or should say listening to right now. I love listening to books, I do this while sewing and driving. When I drove to California this summer I was able to listen to 4 books.
So far I am really enjoying this book, if you get a chance, check it out.
Here is a copy of the Publisher's Summary

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, a maze, an aristocratic family, a love denied, a mystery - The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric, and a compulsive listen about the past, ghosts, family, and memories from best-selling author Kate Morton.
Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.
But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace Rutherford - the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early 20th century - as well as a cliff-top cottage on the other side of the world, Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell, on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
©2008 Kate Morton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

Now for what I'm knitting are dish clothes, that will become part of kitchen set, that will become Christmas gifts. I'm going to try a different pattern for each dish clothes.

I still want to make the boys these stuffed giraffes using this yarn I had leftover from making socks and hats for the "little dudes"  

Cute isn't it, I found it here on raverlry

There are a lot of giraffes patterns to pick from

Now a little picture that I hope puts a smile on your face and that is my cat Pete watching TV, he loves watching the weather man. I think it is all the hand gestures

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Kick in The Hiney

That is just what I need when it comes to sewing. I have done very little and not often. I know of a couple of quotes that can sum it up;  
Life happens and  A day late and a dollar short.
So when I read about Kelsey's challenge she has put out there to anyone who's interested. It is what she calls the 100 Day Hustle

I am so in the need to have to have something to reinforce my goals I have.
With now 97 days left, I will put it all out there for you with my list of projects I would like to have done by the end of the year. Some of this will be off my UFO Challenge list and then a few new ones I would like to have done for Christmas.  

  1. The binding on Sunflower Quilt
  2. The binding on Ruby Red Dots Quilt
  3. Finish the William Morris Quilt
  4. Quilt Christmas Round Robin
  5. Stockings for the boys 
             Now the new projects

  1. Bibs for the boys
  2. quilts for the boys
  3. 4 clotget h books for the boy  (starting to see a pattern)
  4. Kitchen sets
  5. Blog Hop projects
  6. Knit sweaters for boys
Now if I can a good part of these done I will be doing the happy chicken dance.

Till next time

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Egg Recipe #29 Zucchini-Potato Pancakes with Eggs

Zucchini-Potato Pancakes with Eggs
These crispy pan-fried cakes showcase zucchini and potatoes topped with fried eggs.

Oxmoor House MARCH 2010

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pancake and 1 egg)
Cook time:13 Minutes
Prep time:4 Minutes

2 cups  shredded hash brown potatoes (I used potatoes I grew)
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small)
1/4 cup Italian-seasoned panko (I used plain)
4 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
4 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh salsa (optional)
Light sour cream (optional)

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; heavily coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon about 1/2 cup potato mixture into 2 (5-inch) circles in pan. Cook 5 minutes; turn and cook 4 minutes or until potato is tender. Remove pancakes from pan, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture.

3. Reheat pan over medium-high heat; heavily recoat pan with cooking spray. Crack 4 eggs into pan; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and coat tops of eggs with cooking spray. Cover and cook 3 minutes or until whites have just set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard or until desired degree of doneness. Slide 1 egg onto each pancake. Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Serve with: Spinach Salad with Strawberries

How to Refurbish Your Cast Iron Pots

I am so excited to be a feature on the Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest

Thank you

I cook with cast iron cookware, mainly right now skillets and a grill pan but someday I hope to have a nice set of enamel cast iron cookware. I love cooking with it, the even heating it has, the heat retention and the durability. Just can't go wrong.
 A little history here, I had read that it was not uncommon for women over a hundred or more years ago, would consider their cast iron pan to be of value and would will them to a daughter or granddaughter at their death. Now I'm not sure if my daughters would consider them as valuable as that but you can't beat a well seasoned pan.
And speaking of which, that is what I'm going to write about. I have to admit I have my favorite pans, which are in the house and then I have a couple that I use only for campfire cooking. That being my 12 qt. dutch oven (with legs) and a my 15" (13.5 lb.) skillet.

It's a biggie.
Compared with a 10' and 6" skillet
 You can fry a whole fish in that pan.
It has been a couple of years since I have done any campfire cooking so needless to say I forgot about my oven that was in the garage all this time. Well being out there I guess with the humidity we have, it caused it to rust some, but it's savable.

 If you have one that is in worst condition then my pan, it might need to be sandblasted. You might have seen pans in this condition at garage sales or flea markets and maybe passed them by thinking that it is an old rusted pan. But a good quality made cast iron pan is worth a lot so if it is a decent price I would snag it up. And to get them back in cooking condition usually just take a little elbow grease and a good seasoning.
That's is what I was able to do to the dutch oven.
I took a S.O.S. pad

and scrubbed like a mad women.

Now if you have a willing husband or a teenage son or daughter you can get to do it, go for it. But seeing that "the man of the place" was out and no kids here, it was for me to do.

This is after first attempt
 I use to be able to scrubbed a lot harder and quicker 20 years ago but I got it done.

Then after scrubbing, rinse it well and dry it off with a cloth. Normally when I clean my mine, I dry them on the stove (I have gas) but seeing how you need to be able to handle your pan for the applying on the oil it needs to be cool.

You'll need to coat the entire pan with an oil, vegetable oil not peanut or animal product like lard or such. If you have shortening that works wonderfully and that is what I have used in the past but I did not have any today so I used canola oil.

Then you will put you pan in a 350* oven on the the rack upside down, with a cookie sheet lined with foil on the rack underneath. This catches the hot oil that will drip from the pan. Being upside down is so the oil does not accumulate inside the pan. It will stay in the oven for one hour. After it has cooled then you can repeat the process again. Recommended that you do treat it at least two times, preferably 3 times.

Now it is ready for use

For more info on use and care, is a link to

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's Soup Time

Oh last weekend we had a taste of autumn and we will again this weekend. 
Plus tomorrow is the autumnal equinox and my favorite time of the year for me. I love the colors, the smells, the crispness in the air and the way the sunlight looks in the pastures. It is also my favorite time for making all those comfort foods, with soups being top on the list.
That is what I made this pass week, first soup was Vegetable Beef and Barley and then Split Pea.
Then you add biscuits or corn bread and I call it a perfect meal.

Now Karen over at Sew Many Ways is having A Souper Douper  Linking Party on Saturday 22, so if you have a soup recipe too that you would like share, I hope you'll jump on over there. It's will a great way to find new soup recipes. 

Here are mine 

This one came from Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly

Vegetable Beef and Barley Soup

1 lb lean stewing meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/2 cup cut green beans, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
4 cups fat-free, low sodium beef broth
2 14 1/2-oz cans low-sodium V8 juice
2/3 cup pearl barley, uncooked
1 cup water

1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on high 5-7 hours, until vegetables are cooked to your liking

Split Pea Soup

1 cup dry split peas
4 cups chicken broth
1 - 1 1/2 lb ham bone or smokey pork hocks
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion

Rinse peas. In a large saucepan combine peas, broth, meat, marjoram, bay leaf and dash pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover, simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally. Remove meat. When cool enough to handle, cut meat off the bone and coarsely  chop. Discard bone. Return meat to saucepan. Stir in carrots, celery, and onion. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover, simmer for 20 - 30 mins. or till vegetables are crisp-tender. Discard bay leaf. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup today.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall Decorations

The pass couple of days I have been digging around looking for items I could use to decoration the front porch. I found things I forgot I had. 

I love to do holiday decorating. When I lived in California our home was in a cul de sac. A few of the neighbors would go all out, almost a competition but a friendly one. I thought it was a lot of fun and so neat to see. So now that I live in the country and off the road, no one see our house. But I still want to decorate, "the man of the place' just doesn't understand, he said no one but us will see it. 
That's OK
So I'll show you, its like you are out for a walk and checking out my house. 

It has been fun and I will probably keep rearranging items for awhile. I have a habit of doing that. And I like the fall decorating the best because I will be able to leave it out till Thanksgiving.

Of course, Pete the cat had to check it out, in fact he ended up knocking some of items off the bale of straw and the chickens also had to do some pecking at the straw. Wasn't able to capture them on the camera.

I can check this off my "things to do" list.

Till next time

I've share this with
The Farm girl Friday blog hop
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...