Saturday, October 31, 2009

Still Halloween!!

I only got about 10 trick or treaters?? I need more cause there's too much candy!!

Tee hee this picture alway's cracks me up!!!

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This is what I did with the leftover Fillo dough. Spinach, mushrooms & montery jack cheese, yummmmm

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Dinner tonight! 3 1/2 lb. pork loin browned in the dutch oven. Then added OJ, honey, oyster sauce, seasoned salt. Put the lid on turned to low & cooked about 1 hr. Tender goodness!! Yummmm Needs more honey!! I put half in the freezer for another day too!

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Happy Halloween!

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So I found a craft show to do for next Saturday!! Hubby & I took a ride up there yesterday in the rain. Got lost asked for directions 3 times & still lost! Finally asked at the police station & it was a round the corner! 1 LOL So I paid for my spot & met the Mayor!! I'm going to be busy this week getting a few more things finished!
We stopped at a thrift store on the way back & I found snowmen salt & pepper shakers a stainless steel steamer than goes over a pot for a buck! Than I found a cute black purse for 2 bucks want to see if I can make a pattern out of it!

Hope y'all have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!



Saturday, October 24, 2009

Which Fabric Do You Desire?

Go here & help a girl out! Needs help in which fabric to go with! You might be the lucky winner of a jelly roll but hurry it ends tomorrow!!

Challenge Recipes

Tango's yummy Cabbage Rolls
1 head cabbage core removed
2 lbs. ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion shredded
6 baby carrot shredded
1 celery stalk shredded
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1/4 cup of tomato juice
1/2 bottle tomato juice

Cut the core out of the cabbage but leave it whole. Place it,in a pot of boiling water. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Cook the onions, carrots, celery and saute them for a couple minutes until they are soft. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, transfer it to a bowl and let it cool a bit. Mix in the meat, rice, eggs and 1/4 cup of tomato juice and season again with salt and pepper.

Drain the head of cabbage. Pull off large leaves, cut out the large vein if the leaf is very large. Roll about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of filling in each leaf and arrange in a casserole dish. Pour in juice, cover with foil & bake @350 for about an hour.

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I turned the oven down so they would stay hot till hubby came home. So it stayed in a`warm oven about another hour.
Super yummy, moist & filling!


Apple Strudel

10 sheets of Fillo dough
3 Honey Crisp apples
1 1/2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
about 1 cup fine bread crumbs
Lots of melted butter

Peel apples, core & slice fine. Put in a medium bowl. Add brown sugar & lemon juice. Toss to coat. Place one sheet of Fillo dough on a dish towel brush with melted butter & sprinkle with bread crumbs. Do this 4 more time. Add half of the apples to one long side & keep edges free. Fold end edges in than roll up & place on a jelly roll pan.Seam side down. Brush top with melted butter.
Repeat for second one. Bake @350 for 30 minutes.
Mine the juices oozed out & the oven started smoking LOL but it's really good!

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Sweet potato candy was a flop so not going to even go there!

Challenge pictures

Cabbage Rolls

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Apple Strudel

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Flopped sweet potato candy

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Happy Saturday!

Good morning
I got up with the chickens! LOL
I got a lot done yesterday but not all I wanted to do! I went to a friend's she had some t-shirts & denim shirts she wanted to see if I wanted them. Cool most of them still have tags on them!
Than I went to Joker's to teach him how to copy & paste, let's say that was amusing!! LOL

I made stuffed cabbage for dinner as part of the challenge. yummm I've made it one time before & it was icky. I made sweet potato candy but it's a flop. Today I'm going to try & make apple strudel. I used to help my mom make it when I was a kid but have never done it myself. I'm kinda nervous about it!

So for your enjoyment: BREAKFAST IS READY!! LOL DH has to work. So I made scrambled eggs, fried ham, rice, fresh baked biscuits & red eye gravy!!
Y'all come hungry!!

Hey any of my Bakespace beeps that read this PLEASE don't "squeal" on me yet!! LOL



Friday, October 23, 2009

So it's Friday!!

So I wasn't so busy with hair yesterday, one didn't show up & my color decided she wants to let her grey grow out. So we cut it boy short! Looks adorable on her!
She ordered 2 checkbook covers Sweet! Another one wants me to design her a purse??
She wants 3 compartments, 2 zippers?, pockets in & outside, made from blue or black denim. I'm not convinced I can do it? Oh & about medium size.
Than I got another sewing order! SWEET!!
So today I'm going to try & make a pattern & see if I can make it work!
Than on Bakespace they have in the forums, every month a cooking challenge. So this month's challenge is to use produce local to your area. So I want to look at a few recipes that are challenge worthy!!
Than I have one of the baby quilts on the frame. I need it done so I can donate it to our church bazzar on Nov. 14th.
I want to try Green Fairy's swirling circles, she did a video on it a few days ago.
I have watched it like 25 times!! LOL I want to get the machine ready to go & watch it again. Hopefully I can do it with the short arm machine!
So I better get cracking!!




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Time is just getting away??

Well time has just gotten away from me!!
Our weather has turned crazy?? It's cold & I don't like it!! Like right now is 39 & supposed to get up to 78. Tell me that's not crazy!

I'm feeling much better just a cold & it's settling in my chest. Coughing has got to stop! LOL

I went on Saturday to my friend Joker's, than went next door to the salon & boy the drama over there!! 3 of the girls left?? So there's only 2 in there now she's looking for a few more to replace the 3. Than I went to the store where I had my totes on commission & picked them up. I was reading the paper I got from them & there's no date on mine & for the life of me I can't remember when I took them?? I should look & see if I blogged about it??! But you only get 30 days than you can renew or take them out. Or they do whatever they want with them? So crazy & I panicked that they were going to do whatever!! LOL Than I found a hardware store over that way & got the fuse for the garage!! Yippiee I have power in the outlets again!! Than I had bought 2 family packs of chicken thighs so I browned them up in the dutch oven, than baked them. Froze some, ate some & going to make something with them tonight for dinner. We had leftover roast & veggies last night. I have this thing where if I make gravy & there's a five gallon bucket of it it's icky. But if there's a cup of it it's really good???
So of course there was a cup of gravy from the roast. So I googled made from scratch gravy & I found this one & it's really good!! Only next time I will cut it in half, I didn't really need 8 servings!! Oh well you live & you learn!

Basic all american brown gravy
Makes 8 Portions of Brown Gravy
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 quart cold beef broth (as high-quality as possible!)
salt and black pepper to taste
Preparation:
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until the mixture is golden-brown and smells like cooked pie crust. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in a cup of the cold beef broth, and then add the rest of the ingredients, except the salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer, whisking, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

It's Friday!

Thank you Pat for checking up on me!! Sorry if I worried you!

I'm still sick but feel better than crap LOL!! I had a burst of energy yesterday & got the borders on the other 3 baby quilts. All before my hair clients yesterday afternoon. Than today I had to meet a girl at the gas station around the corner at 7am?? She was buying a steam cleaner from me & didn't want to wait till Tuesday night to get. She wanted to use it this week end.
It's cold, dark & rainy too :( I then went to Food Lion they had sirloin tip roasts on sale for $1.99 a lb. So I put that in the dutch oven around 3 yummy!!

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Than I had printed out a Martha Stewart recipe for Boston cream Pie Cupcakes. Only I had to find it again cause it uses 2 more recipes?? Why didn't they just put them all together?? So I made those too!! Again yummy!!

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Here's her recipe! I'm telling ya it's a whole party in your mouth explosion!!

Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

Makes 18
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for tins
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole milk
3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for tins
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour standard muffin tins. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Warm milk and butter in a saucepan over low heat.
Beat eggs and sugar with a mixer on high speed until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Beat in dry ingredients.
Bring milk and butter to a boil. With mixer on low speed, add milk mixture to batter, and beat until smooth. Add vanilla. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each halfway. Bake cupcakes until light gold, about 15 minutes. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. Let cool.
Using a serrated knife, cut each in half horizontally. Spread 1 tablespoon vanilla cream on each cupcake bottom. Sandwich with top. Spoon glaze over each, and serve immediately.
From Martha Stewart Living, February 2009

Vanilla Cream
Ingredients
Makes 1 1/2 cups.

2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
Whisk yolks until smooth. Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes.
Pour 1/3 of milk mixture into yolks, whisking constantly. Return mixture to saucepan, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in vanilla.
Pass vanilla cream through a fine sieve into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour, or up to 2 days.

Chocolate-Ganache Glaze
Ingredients
Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

2/3 cup heavy cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Directions
Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add chocolate and corn syrup. Let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, and let cool, stirring often. Use immediately.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Awwww

Poor Tango is sick:( Don't know what I got?? Head cold, sinusitis or what?? All I know is I feel like crap!
Dh did work today & I made no peek chicken cause it was easy & I didn't really feel like cooking! Oh & some steamed cabbage! He was happy!
I did get the one baby quilt with the borders all quilted & binding on.
Worked at the computer shop Sat. from 10 till 2.
Cleaned out the garage on Friday, took 3 trips to the dump to get rid of junk!! Had a fire in the burn pit along with getting a permit to burn! Sweet!! Should of taken before & after pictures, but hey I was on a roll!! I can't believe we can really walk all around out there!! Plus the wall sockets haven't been working found out it's a fuse!! Yippie don't have to have a electrician come out or his prices!!! So I have the blown fuse in my purse & will get to the store to replace it soon!
With that I'm going to go get a shot of NyQuil & go to bed! Hopefully feel better in the morning!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October already??

Wow has time flown by!!

I got Mom's quilt finished yesterday! Yippie

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Than on Thursday I had hair clients all spread out so lots of free time. My 4 1/2' shoebox of squares was over flowing. So I got 4 baby quilts out of them. Two mild & two wild!! LOL One has borders & ready for the frame. Need to find border fabric for the rest.

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We have Homecoming at Church today. I'm bringing Ritzy Potatoes/Funeral Potatoes.


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funeral potatoes

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6 potatoes -- cooked, peeled, and grated or cubed (6 to 8)
1/2 c. minced onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pint sour cream
1/2 c. grated cheese
3/4 tsp. salt
optionally:
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 c. crushed cornflakes

Spread potatoes in a buttered casserole dish. Heat soup, sour cream, and onion in sauce pan, then pour over potatoes, but DO NOT STIR. Sprinkle cheese on top or mix the cheese, butter, and cornflakes together, and then sprinkle them on top.

Bake at 350 F. for 30 minutes.

I use a 2lb. bag of frozen hashbrown the cubed kind. And I do stir it all together. I think it's a great dish to bring cause it makes a lot & it's good!