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, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

I realize it's been too long since I last posted and it wasn't something I plan this mini vacation but I did want to take a moment to wish  everyone the best for the holidays.
So here's to a very 
Merry Christmas 

And I'll be writing more soon so thank you for sticking with me during this dry spell I have been in. 
I will explain more in the next time I write.

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Christmas "Chicken" Tree

My "Chicken" Tree 

I had made all this last year for Christmas
and to be in full disclosure, I haven't taken it down. It stayed up in the corner of the living room all year. That is how much I love it

I had found a crochet pattern on Ravelry for these rooster ornament. I ended up only making one a rooster (love machine) and the rest to be my flock I have

If you leave off the tail feathers they look like hens.

 So I made them to look like my flock of girls.

Then I added these fake eggs I found at Hobby Lobby,
except the ones in the wooden box at the bottom of the tree, they are real.

 I put the rooster at the top, looking over his hens.

 For garland I use a boa of white feathers.

 I took these pictures on my I-Phone using the camera + app I have.
Sometimes I get some really good pictures

And sometimes I forget to check my photos, a little out of focus.
Close up of one of the hens

Here is the flock
Now that I have them on the tree, I believe I could use a few more.
They are easy and really do not take long to make.

I am reposting this one and adding a backlink to a 
Christmas Tree Party

So many beautiful tree to see.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

New recipe to try Pear and Zucchini Soup

I have had an abundance of vegetables this years so I have been doing a lot of canning, freezing and drying of my bounty. But in addition to that I have been busy surfing the web looking for new recipes to try. Most have been very good but every now and then I've made one that is just awful no matter what I change. 
This recipe I questioned but I was looking for one that I could use up some of the last of the zucchini. I've made bread, muffins, casseroles, baked it, fried it, steamed and saute. But I hadn't tried a soup that was mainly zucchini and not just the side veggie.
What also peaked my interest was that it also used pears. Heaven knows I have a ton (ok just 165 lbs) of them at the moment waiting to be put up.

Found this recipe at the Food Network website. I can find some really good ones at that site, one of the many I visit.
Here is the page for you who can access it

And here is the recipe for those who can't.
All I can say is that it is so good. I wasn't sure about it seeing how I have never used these ingredients together before. Even "the Man of the Place" liked it.
Tonight I think I'll make Irish Soda Bread to go with the leftover soup.

photo is courtesy of Food Network, (prettier than the one I took)

Pear and Zucchini Soup

Recipe courtesy The Corn Exchange

Prep Time:30 min 
Prep Time: -- Cook Time:30 min
Level: Intermediate
Serves: 6 servings

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
6 medium zucchini, diced (I used 2 very large, deseeded instead)
2 small pears, peeled, seeded and diced (preferably Anjou or Forelle)
1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, cut into ribbons (I didn't have fresh so I used dried)
5 cups water (I used half chicken stock and water)
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
1/4 cup heavy cream (I used half and half)
Freshly ground black pepper
Bread or croutons, for serving
In a medium stock pot over medium heat, add butter and olive oil. When the butter melts, add the onions, celery and carrots and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Add the zucchini, pear and sage. Cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water, potatoes, and 1 teaspoon salt.

Place a lid on the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer until the vegetables are fork-tender, about 30 minutes.

Remove the soup from the heat. With an immersion blender, puree the soup until smooth. Stir in the heavy cream. More water can be added as desired if the soup is too thick. Bring to a simmer and season with salt and pepper. Serve with bread or croutons.

* Professional Recipe
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/recipe_print/0,1946,FOOD_9936_30249_RECIPE-PRINT-FULL-PAGE-FORMATTER,00.html?oc=linkback 

I'm still on the search for more pear, sweet potato, beet, turnip and acorn squash recipes. 
You guessed right I have abundancy of these veggies too.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Week in Photos on the Farm

It has been a very busy past couple of weeks for me so I haven't been online much. The weather has been too gorgeous to be in the house but with the harvest almost completed I have had to be in some. But here are some beautiful scenes from around the farm. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, October 14, 2013

What's Up or in my lap

This month on my Get-R-Done list was to get the binding on at least one of my Christmas quilts so that is my plan for today. I decided to do the plaid scrappy one because I just love this one and looking forward to seeing it out for the holidays this year.

Especially since I started this quilt almost 2 years ago. I was looking back to see where I had pictures and that's when I realize how long. It seemed like just last year that I did this quilt and posted how I went about making it here

I'm a hand quilter but I now know that I'll make far more quilts than I can quilt. So when I need to have one of my favorites machine quilted, I like it to look similar to one that was hand done. I know it won't look exactly like it's hand quilted but close is good.

Decided to have this one done in a pattern called a Baptist or Methodist Fan. I've quilted this pattern myself and it's one of my favorites plus I like how it looks on this quilt. Doesn't the  pattern show well on the back. I have a thing for a simple, solid to the most part, backing. How about you, do you have a preference to what is on the back of your quilts? 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Finally a Slow Sunday

It has been a few weeks since I can say that I am able to enjoy a little sewing. So I think I'll finish the Crazy Cat 

I have all the crazy stitching done, now all needed is to sew it together.

Besides a little sewing, I think I'll enjoy a little reading on the back porch and take in the beauty of fall.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

This Week in Pictures (but not of the farm)

Our anniversary was this week and for this years trip we went out to the pan handle or "no man's land" here in Oklahoma. I have never been out there. So we decided we were going to visit some of the State Parks, seeing how the government shutdown closed the National Parks and wildlife refuges.
I found it amazing the diversity of ecoregions that are here in this state. When I moved here from California my impression of Oklahoma was that of what I had learn from about the Dust Bowl. It nothing like that, especially where I live. It's called Green Country for a reason. But traveling around the Northwestern part of the state reminded me of other states, which are nearby like New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Wyoming and Nebraska.   
So here are a pictures of Gloss Mountains, The Little Sahara, The Great Salt Plains, Dinosaur tracks out in Black Mesa, Boiling Springs and a couple historical site, 101 Ranch and the last sod house built by a homesteader in Oklahoma.
I found it to be quite beautiful and wish we had more time to spend out there. 

Great Salt Plain, its a national refuge, this is as close as we could get.

From the top of Gloss Mountains

North Canadian River in Boiling Springs Park

Dinosaur tracks near Black Mesa

Petrified Trees in Black Mesa

Sand dunes in The Sahara Park

Inside the sod house. Just part of one of the two rooms

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