Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The quilt will be constructed of Star Blocks. When I think of stars I think of the flag so I decided to make my blocks from red, white and blue calico fabrics. I love working with calico fabrics, there are so many pretty designs and colors to choose from.
When working on a quilt block I love how putting together the pieces is like putting together a puzzle.Here is my first completed block; this quilt along is going to be so fun!
Monday, April 28, 2008
This peach tree is loaded with small peaches! I hope the birds and wasp will save a few pieces of the fruit for us to enjoy.
Elizabeth loves animals; here she is with Hally, short of Halloween. Hally was given to us as a kitten and was the ugliest kitten I had ever seen! Now he is pretty and gentle and a wonderful pet
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Bright and early the next morning I began cooking the sausage, 4-pounds at a time. I turned this into gravy and set to the side to cool. I then started the next 4-pounds of sausage to cooking and continued this until I had cooked a total of 3 batches. As the gravy cooled it was put into zip lock bags for the freezer.
When it is time for breakfast I put the biscuits in the oven to cook.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
What I like most about this particular thrift store is the bargains you can get. One time I found 5 blouses and paid less than $3 total.
Well, today I found the ultimate bargain…
Today I found an American Girl Doll!
She came with a skirt, sweater and white panties.
The only thing wrong with her was the hair; it is still shiny and soft but someone cut it to the shoulders. She weighs 1 ¾ pounds and she was 65-cents per pound so I paid only $1.14 for her.
Oh how I love a bargain!!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
So, what does one bake on a cool day? Cookies! After mixing up the dough and putting them on the cookie sheet ...Bake for 10 minutes in a 375* oven.
Now cool on the pan and then cool on the rack….
Now get your tester ready, what will she think? Perfection!!!!!
Want the recipe?
Just check out the back of the package.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I wasn't sure I liked the pants since they reminded me of a pirate and they also remind me of pajamas, but after the outfit was finished I think I like them after all.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Yesterday after church I was able to purchase marked down hamburger meat at $1.15 per pound. I ended up buying several packages to put in the freezer for future use. This morning I discovered the freezer door did not close all the way and I had several packages of meat and a chicken that needed cooking right away! So, today I have been cooking taco meat and boiled chicken.
For the taco meat I simply added all the hamburger meat into a stock pot with a little water until it was browned. After draining the meat I added water, jalapeño peppers, onion, tomatoes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper and salt and let it cook down for a couple of hours. Once the meat was cooled I put it into zip lock bags and labeled them for the freezer.
The chicken was boiled in water with onion, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes and salt until tender.
Once cooled I took the meat from the bones, strained the broth and now I have cooked chicken for enchiladas this evening. I sure am glad I discovered the freezer before anything had a chance to go bad; now hopefully I can get into the sewing room and start on Elizabeth’s outfit.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
I began with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.
I took the jeans, which I purchased at the Goodwill for $1 and cut the legs the length I liked. I next added a ruffle at each leg using Alexander Henry’s Apples and Pears from my scrap box. Once the ruffle was added I next appliquéd some of the apples and pears on the pant legs.
The first thing I did with the t-shirt, which I had purchased on clearance for $2.50, was to cut about 5-inches off the bottom and added more ruffles; next I appliquéd two green apples and one pink pear to the front.
This entire summer outfit cost me $3.50!
You just can’t beat the savings when you make it yourself or the excitement Elizabeth had when the outfit was finished!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
“What is that ugly tree in your blog header photo”.
Because I needed to resize my header photo to fit the template I had to crop some of the photo.
I have always loved this windmill frame and so do the birds. Several of them have nests throughout it and at the very top is a nest I think may be as old as the frame itself.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The plants have grown so quickly that they are taking over our porch/greenhouse! But that's OK, we are already eating fresh tomatoes and will be for quit some time.
And a variety I am not sure of but from the taste I think they may be a tomato used for tomato paste.
If all goes well we should be moving the plants to the great outdoors very soon.