Thursday, August 29, 2019

Couldn't help myself...

I also made a new dress for the 1 year old granddaughter's birthday.  :) I had the fabric and supplies on hand.  This fabric is cotton/polyester and very smooth and soft at the same time being a little crisp.  Perfect.  I bought it, a few years ago, from

Saturday, August 24, 2019

A friend for the new dollie....

I made the doll for a little granddaughter.  Her brother is having a birthday very close to hers.  I made this bear from some white terry cloth that I dyed with RIT dye.  I'm very happy with it.  Here is a link to the pattern I used.  It is free.  I was pleasantly surprised how nicely this turned out. His eyes and nose are "safety" so they are not a choking hazard, except to maybe the family dog.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A new dollie....

Our youngest granddaughter will be turning 1 year old soon.  I made a doll for her.  Here she is. :)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Salsa re-post!

Just in case you are overrun with tomatoes, I thought I would re-post this:

13 years ago, August 9, 2000 I invented my own salsa recipe for canning.  I've tweaked it various ways through the years.  I call it ~

Millennial Salsa

That jar may look enormous, but actually it is only a pint jar.

Here is a picture of all of the ingredients after I mixed them together.

That is a two-gallon soup pot, and that amount filled 13 pint jars.  13 years, 13 pints jars.  I was quite surprised when I looked at the date on the recipe card and saw I had written it exactly 13 years ago.  Boring to the rest of the world, but it made me feel happy.  Here is the recipe, as I made it this year.

Millennial Salsa

About 1/3 bushel tomatoes - I had a mixture of large tomatoes and some paste - type tomatoes.
4 jalapeno peppers
4 onions
1 Tablespoon sea salt
2 cups vinegar ( I use white, distilled )
4 small cans tomato paste
4 large garlic cloves or two teaspoons garlic powder 

Wash, blanch, peel, and core the tomatoes.  Cut them into pieces and use your thumb to take out the seedy/juicy part of each one.  When they are all prepared, chop them briefly in a food processor.  Alternately, you can do it with a knife. Prepare enough to fill your pan a little over half full.

Cut the stem end off of the jalapeno peppers  and dice them finely in the food processor (including the seeds.)

Peel the onions, cut in chunks and chop them up in the processor also.

Put all the ingredients together in a heavy bottomed and stir thoroughly.  Stirring often to prevent scorching, heat to boiling.  Turn off heat.  Ladle into jars.  Clean rims.  Apply hot caps and rings.  Process in boiling water or in a steam canner for 45 minutes.

This is a "medium heat" salsa.  Do NOT eliminate the tomato paste.  Two things will happen.  One is, the salsa will be too runny.  The other thing is, it won't have enough acid to make this salsa safe to can with boiling water.

Friday, July 12, 2019

A Very Rainy Year... 2019

In case you are wondering why I've not been sharing any garden pictures this year, I thought I would mention that we have had so much rain that our garden is ruined, for the most part.  I am getting little bits of things... kale, a few carrots, and am still hoping the sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes will give us something, but other than that, we've pretty well given up.

On a happier note, and for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of our 4-year-old grandson at the airport.  :)

And now I can make a case for always canning and/or freezing more than you need, if you have the storage space.  I cleaned and reorganized the canning shelves yesterday, and can see that in fact, I really don't need to can anything this year.  I did do some baked beans and some store-bought cabbage recently. I have plenty of everything else.  I'm amazed and grateful.

I hope that if you grow food, your weather has been better!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tiny tip - sprinkling spices

This morning I put a whole chicken in the oven to roast.  I wanted to sprinkle some "Poultry Seasoning" on it along with the salt and pepper (I rub it with extra-virgin olive oil first).  It's always a problem, unless you have every single spice and ground herb in it's own shaker...  I finally came up with a solution.  You see, I buy most of my seasonings in bulk, and a few I grow myself.

Here is what I came up with... Behold the magical tea ball!  ;)

This is used for making herbal tea, one cup at a time.  Do you have one?  It is very nice.  Well, if you open it up, it looks like this:

I scooped up a small amount of the spice and then I used it to gently sift the spice onto my chicken.  I put the excess back in the jar easily.  No waste.  No struggling to get it spread around. Voila!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

EPP pin cushion...

So, I took that English Paper Piecing patch and
made myself a pin cushion!  I kind of had
to hold my mouth just right to figure out how
to put it together, but it finally worked. 
I stuffed it with wool fleece. 

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