Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Very Busy Indeed

  So, it seems I still haven’t been able to keep up with my posts.  That’s because I’ve still been busy.  No, not crafting, although I have been working on my Project 30 quilt (hopefully it will be done this week Samantha!).  I have been making weekly (and sometimes bi-weekly trips to the farmer’s market.  I was hoping to buy a bunch of veggies to can, but don’t quite trust my skills yet.  So some of theses goodies were put in the freezer.  And some were eaten. 

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But those peaches got made into this!  Peach Butter!  My first time canning by myself ever!  And it’s delicious. 

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I decided to go back and get more peaches, but don’t you know it in the middle of canning the power when out from one of those delightful summer thunderstorms.  When I tried to start up again, I scorched the peaches.  Did I mention that my first attempt was with a basket so I decided to try a bushel.  Yes.  I scorched a bushel of peaches.  So, I picked up some more Saturday.  Hopefully, this next back will turn out as good as the first.  So if you don’t hear from me for a while, it’s because I’m knee deep in peaches!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Felt Board with Pocket

Here is a project that I have been meaning to share. It’s my version of a felt board for a kids room.


Here is the my version part, a cloth pocket on the back! Perfect for those little pieces of felt.

Here is what you need
Cheap Canvas – I used a size 20” x 16”
Felt – from a bolt in the fabric depart not the craft section
Fabric – for the pocket
Wrights Jumbo Ric Rack or other trim
Alleene’s Tacky Glue
Hot Glue
Staple Gun

First you lay the canvas on top of the felt, and fold it around the canvas and trim off excess felt. Then glue the felt to the wood using Tacky Glue. Felt absorbs some glue oddly, making it stiff so don’t glue the felt directly to the canvas. For extra support staple the felt at the corners. Starting at one corner, hot glue the ric rack to the edge. Pull a little if needed to get the ends to match up together.


You could end here and have a nice felt board, but I decided I wanted to have a place to keep all the felt pieces with the board. The first step is to decide how big you want your pocket to be. My finished pocket measures 20” x 8.5”. Fold down what will be the top of your pocket 1” and press with a hot iron. Then turn down another 1” and press again. Then sew across with a straight stitch ½” from the top. Do one more straight stitch across ¼” below that. ( you can make these folds smaller if you wish depending on how much fabric you have.) Next fold and press the sides and bottom and do a single stitch around. This makes the square that you will attach with hot glue to form your pocket. If you aren’t a sewer maybe try hem tap instead of sewing the top, and then attaching the sides with hot glue and use ric rack to cover up the raw edges. Make sure the glue is fully dry before the littles play with it to insure a strong bond.


There you have it! If you decide to try this project, please come back and share a link! I would love to see it.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beets

I was going to link to this post on my last post and then realized I never put it up.  Woops.  It’s a few months behind, but I loved the recipe below for baked beets so much that I paid the lady double at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday for all she had.  And I can’t wait.  Yum!

I am lucky enough to have a local restaurant that tries to serve locally grown organic foods.  I love eating going there because it makes me feel less guilt about eating out.  I actually feel like it is probably better for the family than the meals I make at home, . . . and  it makes it easier to enjoy their decadent cheese cake! 

Well a few weeks back we decided to stop in for lunch, and the special for the day happened to be a black been burger with greens and a side of roasted beets.  Well, I’ve never been a beet fan.  Until, that is, I started having the salad at Provinos.  I actually asked a waitress during one visit, how they were prepared, and she let the cat out of the bag.  They are from a can folks!  Well, I went right to the grocery store and bought some.  They are super good after you rinse them and douse them with Paul Newman Light Italian salad dressing.  Still not the same though. 
Anyway, so I thought I would be  adventurous and give roasted beets a try.  They. Were. DELICIOUS!  I was so impressed!  Why was I thirty and trying this for first time!  It’s not like I haven’t been around farms and homegrown produce.  My family (before I was born) use to own a produce stand for Pete’s sake! 

Well, when at the the local Home Depot picking out seeds, I decided to try our hand at beets.  The package said that you can grow them through out the year, so I thought this would be a good thing to try.  Well, they are coming in folks!  At least I think it is them, and not the carrots. 

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I decided that I couldn’t wait long enough for ours to come in (which we know know didn’t because they were eaten by rabbits shortly after this.  Boo!), so I decided to pick some up from the grocery store.  I really want to try and make the simple roasted beets just like at our local restaurant.  I searched online, and although I found many delicious sounding recipes, none were the simple recipes that I was looking for.

The closest Roasting 101 by Martha

Here are some that I found:
Baked Beets by Rachel Ray -  these are from a can though
Beet Chips by Martha

Here the beats are wrapped in parchment and then aluminum foil. 


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Here they are after the skin was removed.  Oh delicious.  Even if you don’t like beets, I would recommend this recipe.  It might change your mind.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A good day: A-Team and the Farmer’s Market . . . and a little Martha

It’s funny how somethings make you stop and think how luck you are.  Today it was watching A-Team Season 2 while sitting on a Darth Vader Beach towel playing with Captain America and eating boiled peanuts with one of my favorite guys.  Ah Heaven!

The boiled peanuts came from the mondo trip we made to the Farmer’s Market this morning.  I bought a ton of peaches, tomatoes, okra, beans, grapes, cucumbers, and one bell pepper.  Not to mention what I have left from our trip on Saturday.  I’m trying to stock up our freezer.

Here is our hall from Saturday.  It’s peaches, okra, corn, and beets.  I got more today.  Way more.

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Sadly our little garden didn’t produce much this year.  I’m really sad about the beats we planted.  We have garden raiders by the names of Rascal and Roscoe apparently.  Yes, we have rabbits, and I have forbidden my husband to shot them.  I don’t really believe in killing animals unless you or going to eat them (snakes and house rodents not included).  Although they have been feasting on our garden all summer, the rabbits are so small so what’s the point.  I would much rather watch them in the yard.  I think we are just going to have to build a better fence next year.

I was able to get a few more rows done on my blanket for Project 30.  Not enough to share yet, but I will again soon. 

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I did want to report that last week I made a trip to Big Lots to look for Martha Stewart deals.  And I am soooooo proud of myself!  I only bought one thing.  Can you believe it?  Me neither!  It was a ruler for $4.  What a deal.  Maybe I’ve taken control over my addiction.  I’ve accrued so much Martha that I might have to do a Martha themed giveaway soon.  How does that sound?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Project 30

I’m really excited to be participating in Project 30!  What is that you ask? 

It’s a great idea for a great cause.  It’s Samantha’s (of The Life and Times of the Smith Family) goal to collect 30 blankets for Project Linus, a charity that gives handmade blankets to seriously ill children.  While I haven’t had experience with this charity, I know how special it is for someone who is hospitalized to receive a handmade blanket. 

Go here and read about it!  Hopefully you will decide to join in with me!



This is the start of my blanket.  I decided on crochet because I can do that super easy (and quick).  Samantha hosted a Make-A-Blanket Day/Weekend, and although I am way too far away, I decided to join in.  Well sort of.  The only thing I was able to accomplish on Sunday was  the realization that none of the patterns I had were going to work.  Even though I gauged a couple of different ones, the weight was just too big.  I decided to do what I knew best, a giant Granny Square. 

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This is what I was able to accomplish yesterday in a couple of hours through the day.  I figured I had to make up for the weekend.  This is also one skein.  I was hoping that I could make it through another one today, but was only able to add a couple of rows.  Even though it looks like it in the picture, the blanket doesn’t really look like  it points toward the middle.  I really excited about how it’s turning out.  I decided to go with cotton after reading the charities requirements (even though they do accept acrylic).  I picked Bernat’s Cottontots in Wonder White because it’s clean, delicate, and super soft.  Perfect for either a girl or boy.  I know that I want to do a decorative edge, but haven’t decided what yet.  Maybe a little yellow or green.  Or not.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Project Runway Season 8

I totally missed the premiere!  I didn’t know that it was coming on yet.  I was thinking I had lots of time before the next season and then Wham-O!  If it hadn’t been a heads up from Made I wouldn’t even know that’ it’s on.

I decided to watch it today.  I love the beginning.  Trying to decided who you are going to like.  Who is going to be the first one off.  I love one of the designers said that they were going to be afraid they were going to be rooming with an old woman who didn’t know anything.  Then you meet Peach who is 50.  I liked her right away.  I hope me saying that isn’t the kiss of death for her.  She said that she designs for Ladies who Lunch.  That’s me!

I love watching this online, because I don’t have to watch all the commercials.  And what an episode!  All I have to say is Yikes!  If you want to watch the episode for yourself stop reading here.
I don’t understand why they gave Peach’s toile pants such a hard time.  I think they were called something rural.  Why is that a bad thing?  Is that not most of America?  I thought that was a very elitist statement.  Everything doesn’t have to be deconstructed, or modern, or whatever hip term they use.  I really hope rural kicks some h*!! to the A!

I have an idea for a special Project Runway season.  Why not have a competition against the designers that were kicked off first?  I always wonder what could  they have done.  Maybe it was just the first design was bad, and then after that it would have been complete amazing masterpieces.  Not surprisingly I think they made the wrong choices.  Why is is that the keep the designer that showed the least modesty? 
I’m also a little sad that it doesn’t seem like they are doing the fantasy game this season!  Boo!  If you watch Project Runway, who is your favorite (or least favorite) designer?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Pone to pick with Paula Deen

After our long hot day at the Savannah zoo,  we were starving for some lunch.  I decided to drive toward Tybee Island and stop at the first restaurant I could find.  It just so happened that I passed Uncle Bubba’s, the seafood restaurant of Paula Deen’s brother Bubba.  After a U-turn and a short wait we were in.  I was excited and STARVING!  This was going to be great!

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You see, Paula Deen is usually my recipe go-to gal.  I know!  You guys thought it was going to be Martha right?  Well I pretty much gave up on Martha’s recipes a long time before Everyday Food came out.   My little rural grocery store never carried half of the ingredients.  Yet, Paula’s recipes are straight forward and familiar.  Prefect for the family get together.  So in a way I had come to rely on Paula.  I had developed a sort of trust.

So when they brought out the appetizer corn muffins, I just knew they were going to be delicious and just the thing to put off our grumbling tummies until our entree's arrived.  I cut into one and slathered on the butter Paula style, and then bit into the soft flaky muffin . . . and got a totally shock.  There was SUGAR in the cornbread!



Ok I guess I have to explain.  Us southerners do NOT put sugar in our corn bread.  If there is sugar in it, then it’s Yankee corn bread.   There isn’t much else that Southerners take such offense at.  Well, there are things, but I tell you this goes right up to the top of the list . . . possibly under . . . well quite frankly I can’t think of what it would be under it’s that high on the list.

Now, I know that it’s Uncle Bubba’s and not The Lady and Sons, but I’m sure Paula is partial owner and as older sister the recipe checker for her brother’s restaurant.  I mean how could she not be?  How could this happen?  Paula was suppose to be the figure head for southern cooking, and she lets sugar corn bread sneak by?  How could she? 

I had to double check her recipe  and I found this one online.  As you can see sugar is not listed as an ingredient.  But Mrs. Paula is on probation.  And if I ever get to talk to her in person, lets just say I have a pone to pick with Paula Deen.

Fort Pulaski Savannah Georgia

Here are our last set of pictures from our trip.  Yes I drug my family to two forts in one day . . . on Easter no less.  I’m just crazy like that.  But aren’t these interesting?

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Look!  A moat!

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These holes were made from cannon balls that were fired miles away on Tybee Island.   

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah, Georgia

Do you remember the post about the zoo in Savannah?  The one were I asked if anyone knew what this was? 

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No one even guessed!  I guess it was too hard.  It’s a sugar cane press.  There would be mules attached to both ends of the long horizontal pole, and as they walked in circles the gears would turn and sugar cane would be passed through squeezing out the juice.  Sugar cane is yum! 

Here are some more pictures from our trip to Savannah.  This is what I drug my family to do on Easter.  I know.  Totally not traditional, but when you are in a strange town during a holiday what else is there to do.  For me it’s fill in as much educational stuff as you can.   

So without further adieu, Old Fort Jackson.
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I’m not even going to make anyone guess on this one.  It’s the potty!

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