Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyway, all I am saying is "I love this" and I am going to have it framed.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I then scooped the apple butter into 8 ounce jars that had been boiling in a pan for about 5 minutes. Placed the lids and rings on the jars and inverted them onto a clean towel to seal everything. This is not an official method of canning so the jars had to go in the fridge after they had cooled completely.
I got the main recipe from the The Farmers Wife and I did a little changing to suit my taste buds.
CROCK POT APPLE BUTTER
16 cups peeled and cubed apples
1/2 cup B grade maple syrup (you can get this at the health food store)
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
Of course I took the nice customers that gave us the tasty apples a jar of the apple butter.
It is the dogs 1st birthday! She is having squirrel shaped dog treats. Let me tell you they were a big hit, she jumped up and took it out of my hand, guess they are tasty or something.
Peanut Butter Puppy Treats
2 cups whole-wheat flour
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I got A nice big mug and matching coaster for coffee, organic chocolate, 2 great magazines, fluffy socks, pretty pack of tissues, pineapple lip balm, a pretty little ornament for the tree and the sweetest note. Thanks so much to Leah and Crystal! How nice was this. Join a swap, it is fun!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Poor napkin holder you are too kitschy for your own good. Don't worry I will keep you and love you for all the days. Now dry your eyes with one of your cutely folded napkins and cheer up.
This little cutie is a napkin holder. It holds ten 5 inch paper napkins. The napkins are super easy to fold so you can reuse it as many times as you like. It will be perfect for baby or wedding showers. I want to share it with someone. Just make a comment and I will draw names out of a hat on friday.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have a tiny kitchen with only two drawers, and they are small. One for the silverware and the other for measuring cups and bulky utensils. Something had to go on the wall and this seemed to be a good solution. I use all these items often and now they are right at hand. I did replace anything that was not silver or black, otherwise it would have bugged me all the time. I actually use the hand beater. Really, get one, you will use it.So you are now saying, what is the point of this post? Well the point is... think about the things you choose to have in your home. Before I leave the store, flea market or yard sale I ask myself, "Will I use it or will it sit and collect dust?". Also use your everyday things as art. I generally do not buy expensive items because I realize that in my house it is going to get used, abused, painted or slip covered if it sits around long enough. I am not the type to save things for special occasions. Use the good towels and the fancy soaps while you can because the soap will go bad and the towels will soon be out of style. If you have pretty china, use it at least once a week, even it is to have soup when the kids are down for a nap. Wear your grandma's aprons and use her hand beater.It is the not only the memories you remember but it is also the memories you make that count. Oh and make it pretty.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Walnut Maple Banana Cream Pie
3 cups whole milk
4 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 T butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 baked and cooled 9 in. pastry shell
4 medium bananas
2 T reduced maple syrup
Separate room temperature eggs in a small bowl, Beat egg yolks lightly.
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
Gradually stir in 1 cup of the hot filling into the yolks. Return all to saucepan; bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
Stir in butter and vanilla.
Layer bottom of pastry shell with three tablespoons chopped walnuts. Pour half the hot filling into the baked pastry shell. Top first layer of filling with sliced banana. Gently add remaining filling over banana layer. Let pie cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
Pour maple syrup in a small saucepan and bring to a light boil. Boil until is the consistency of corn syrup. (I cannot tell you how long it takes because I have never timed it.)
Top cooled pie with remaining sliced bananas and lightly chopped walnuts. Drizzle maple syrup over top to your liking.Cover and chill to store. Makes 8 servings
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Today was a great day for an early walk too. I got up threw on some clothes and took off to walk along the Mount Vernon Trail and listened to the "Prairie Home Companion". I walked fast enough to get my heart rate up but allowed myself to stop and snap some pictures. I am sure I looked crazy walking down the trail with a camera in my hand and on occasion laughing out loud to the radio program that only I could hear.
Friday, November 7, 2008
The floors are medium-dark hardwood.
The walls are staying white for now.