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Monday, October 27, 2014

Apple fritters

These are delicious!

Use the recipe for " grandma's cottage cheese pancakes" ...to make the batter.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter!
Core and slice 4 apples ( one for each person) slices about 1/4-3/8 " thick. Dust with corn starch which makes the batter cling better. I love Honey Crisp or some other semi-tart apple variety.


Fry with coconut oil in a skillet.....several minutes on each side!


Drain on paper towels, serve with honey and more cinnamon!

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Back from Idaho....baking...Dump cake ---- gluten free, pumpkin.

I spent the weekend in Boise, Idaho visiting my son and his family!


Here we are at a super outdoor restaurant in downtown Boise Friday evening! What perfect weather!




While there, we did something outdoors everyday....not just sitting and eating! LOL!

We hiked through the green space in town, along the Boise River. Cottonwoods and other hardwoods...the maples are turning, were at their peak, I think....reds and oranges! ..there were lots of small locust trees with yellow leaves!

 I did not take any kind of camera...just wanted to BE!
Sunday afternoon, we hiked a footpath in the steep, arid foothills just north of town.....




The ground slopes dramatically down (and up!)from the footpath, below is a dry creek bed with shimmering aspen trees. Lots of bushes of Idaho sage brush lend a wonderful fragrance as we brush past them.




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Later that evening, I got to read a bedtime story to my "boys"!
this was "Bring the Rain to the Kapiti Plain", which I used to read to Andrew!



[We are sitting on Wes's "big boy bed" on a quilt which I created for him!]

A short wonderful visit, lovely Mary took most of these photos....so I didn't get one of her...but here is the family when Steve was visiting a few weeks earlier!




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Coming home to my birthday...and more great weather! Out for a lovely b'day dinner at Emelia's.


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Today is try to bake a dump cake day! this recipe is HERE!

...and many more online! So I went for it! Using gluten free cake mix!




I baked it in several smaller pans so that I could freeze and enjoy at different times!




In a ramekin, I baked my sample serving! It was great! But the cake mix, being GF, didn't created a nice sponge.....I think GF cake mixes, with xanthan gum, need some mixing to make things "springy" and not gritty....to dissolve the sugar and to let the xanthan gum start working. Sprinking it on the top, dry was not a total "wow"....but it was still great! Especially with whipped cream???

Monday, October 06, 2014

A wonderful week ahead! Knitting, travel and art.

Preparing for a visit to Idaho to be with my son and his wife and this darling grandson, WES!

 

I am working on a sweater...will finish it for Wes while he watches!


The free pattern is on Ravelry a Scrap cardigan by Tracy Hudson! It uses scraps of knitting worsted to make the most wonderful, colorful sweater for grandkids or for charity knitting! Knit from the neck down, doing the sleeves last. The sleeves will be what I knit in Idaho!

 


Just finished 2 sweaters for Wes's cousins, the twin girls!

 

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I'm planning another quilt too!
This one is soft florals, and the block is easily made from 5" squares. I found lots of things in my stash which should work for this!

 
 
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Tomorrow is my art class again! I will, maybe, work in a painting of hollyhocks.....based on this photo, amount other things!

 
 

Now off to work...buttons are half price, so I will pick up buttons for the sweater!

 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Paintings this week, and more

Great weather this time of year has made our flower garden SO happy!

Here the late afternoon sun yesterday makes drama as nearby shrubs cast shadows on the Black-eyed Susans!

The echinacea or purple cone flower is really putting on a show, too!

Snapdragons, above, and petunias are just glowing in the light! Some extra light is reflected from the light colored gravel too!

My painting class, 3 hours a week is still wonderful! Last week I worked on a landscape, and then finished it at home. "Autumn at the Lake" is 22x24 and for sale. $200.00. Acrylic on canvas.

Yesterday, I used my big brushes, stayed very loose and used a limited palette. The canvas was first prepared using a monoprint background...then I added my quilter. The quilt in the painting is also a good place to do a bit of collage with interesting papers....as is her sweater and the background.

I really love this one! 16 X 20, acrylic and collage on canvas. $300.00.

I have another quilter in process.....will post again when she is finished!

In addition, I have basted another low volume quilt top and have it ready to machine quilt on my antique Singer....back later with photos of that!

I have two great library books this week! Very different styles of writing, but both are wonderful!!!

 

 

 

 

Life is good! Now, where are those workmen who are supposed to be bring our new garage door???? The old one quit working (and was very noisy and creaky)....just when I was rushing to work on Friday!

 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Handwork lifts depression....so I have decided to keep making quilts!

I found this inspiring blog post (recommended by our Quilt Guild president in her newsletter)....which reminded me that I am seldom despondent or hopeless, or stressed when I am planning and making quilts!

So yesterday I took four blocks made last year and made them into this quilt top. Today I pieced the batting and the backing. I may machine quilt this one, because .....

...I am already hand quilting on this nice little pastel quilt.....surely for a grandchild one day.....We have 5 grandchildren already and there may be more to come.

Meanwhile, other family members received these quilts this week. The top one, called Bento Box, used family scraps from our childhood + more. It went to my sister, Elaine. The scrappy string pieced star quilt went to my cousin, Judy.

Making quilts is a lifeline for me, finding homes for them is usually not hard!

Working today on this small flag wall hanging .....and LOVING my new Sew Easy cutter ruler!

 

Handwork lifts depression....so I have decided to keep making quilts!

I found this inspiring blog post (recommended by our Quilt Guild president in her newsletter)....which reminded me that I am seldom despondent or hopeless, or stressed when I am planning and making quilts!


So yesterday I took four blocks made last year and made them into this quilt top. Today I pieced the batting and the backing. I may machine quilt this one, because .....


...I am already hand quilting on this nice little pastel quilt.....surely for a grandchild one day.....We have 5 grandchildren already and there may be more to come.


Meanwhile, other family members received these quilts this week. The top one, called Bento Box, used family scraps from our childhood + more. It went to my sister, Elaine. The scrappy string pieced star quilt went to my cousin, Judy.

Making quilts is a lifeline for me, finding homes for them is usually not hard!

Working today on this small flag wall hanging .....and LOVING my new Sew Easy cutter ruler!

 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Cooking and baking....first a painting

Holding my finished painting from last week so that Nadine could get a photo! This one is for sale in her gallery at The Art Location, here in Fayetteville.

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Today I am baking. First an eclair cake, gluten free.

Heat 1/2 c. Water and 1/4c. Butter in a sauce pan until boiling.

Remove from heat and quickly stir in dry ingredients...1/2 c. Flour (gluten free) , 1/2 t. Salt, 1 t. Sugar.

A dough ball will form. Move this to a mixing bowl and beat in, one at a time, 2 Eggs and 1t. Vanilla.

Spread into a small baking pan, prepared with cooking spray.

 

Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Dough will puff...

Remove from oven and cool.

Top with filling made with 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding, combined with 2 cups coolwhip and 3/4 c crushed pineapple. Leave some juice in the pineapple!

Spread over cooled eclair.....chill until ready to serve!

 

 

 

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Cornbread in an iron skillet, following directions on back of War Eagle Mills organic stoneground cornmeal.

I used buttermilk for the milk! I forgot that I like unsweetened cornbread, and added the honey before I remembered! I guess I need another cup of coffee to wake up! However, it will not be very sweet, so we will just eat it and like it!

Ready for the oven.

 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today, cooking and planning a painting!

We had extra blueberries which "needed" to be used in a dessert! So, I found this 'best blueberry cobbler" recipe and made it this morning.
I used my gluten free flour mix and so added 1 egg, increasing the baking time to 35 minutes! It is really good...warm with vanilla ice cream?


More kitchen goodness....!.....

Last night a Facebook friend, JeanAnne, showed up on FB in this photo taken of her by her hubby while she was cooking shrimp and grits! So CUTE!
She could inspire a painting!....and I LOVE the red teakettle!

 
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However, I am still enchanted from recently watching the movie "The Hundred Foot Journey", which had lovely French countryside scenery! Here, a scene by a river, she with a bicycle and he a fishing lure....

 
 

I think I will paint her, in a French farm yard with chickens...YES!?

That is the plan for today's art class! Back later with results....maybe on my painting blog!

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[three days later...]. Here is the painting I am working on, I may still make a change or two....will try to glaze and change the shadow on her face.....

 

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