Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Macaroni and Cheese

Lately I have been having a hard time coming up with food to serve at mealtime. While searching for ideas I came across a recipe for macaroni and cheese.

Back in 2009 I posted a recipe for macaroni and cheese that I found in a magazine. This recipe is wonderful but today's recipe is equal to or better than the first.
I forgot to take a photo before we started eating :O)
Here is a link to the newest macaroni and cheese
I omitted the pepper and added 1 1/2 cups milk instead of 1 cup so the macaroni would be runny.
The leftovers are warming up in the oven as I type; it's going to make a great lunch!

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Past Sewing Project

Earlier this year I made Elizabeth a skirt set; and for some reason I kept forgetting to take any pictures. On Sunday this set was what Elizabeth wore to church and thankfully I remembered to take a picture before we left the house.
The skirt is a standard tiered skirt that we both love very much. But the top is my favorite part of this set. I used a woman's size small sweater.
 The neckline was very low cut so to solve this problem I added a piece of leftover fabric from the skirt.
In order to spruce up the fabric insert I stitched some lace over it before stitching it to the sweater.
It's wonderful to have a daughter who still likes skirts and dresses.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Canning Without a Garden

 I officially gave up on my garden last week; too much kept going wrong. This decision had me wondering how we would survive without home canned green beans. 
My current supply, from 2-years ago, is almost gone.
Thank goodness for Sprouts, a local grocer/farmer's market store that offers wonderful produce at nice prices. I so love shopping at this store!
Elizabeth and I worked all afternoon and evening preparing the beans and red potatoes for our canning session. With a joy it was to have a helper who can now truly "help" :O)
 Notice I did not use my Tattler Lids?
The reason for it has to do with my abundant supply of metal lids. I have had and used these lids for years but recently decided I should start using them up. 
I wouldn't want the rubber seals to dry out causing the lids to go bad.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Playing Little House

 Years ago I purchase this vintage butter churn at an antique store. During Thanksgiving and Christmas it's fun to bring out the churn to make butter that will be served at the meal.
 My kids have grown up churning butter so it surprised me when Elizabeth asked if she could churn some. This came about while she was reading Little House in the Big Woods; she thought it would be fun to follow along with the Ingalls family as they did their weekly chores. So last week I bought some heavy whipping cream for the big day; Thursday was when Ma would churn butter.
 It didn't take long, about 15-minutes, for the cream to change into butter.
 This morning I bake some whole wheat rolls to go with our supper; we will be using Elizabeth's butter to go with the bread.
 Of course Elizabeth didn't want to wait for supper so she had a roll with some of her butter right away.
 Along with our butter we now have some buttermilk.
This will be used for biscuits in the morning.

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