Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quilt Layout

 I came home from work and decided to play around with my Russian Doll Blocks.
 The best way to do this is to place the blocks down and take a picture. I always see something new that I don't see with my naked eyes. Oops......I said naked....tee hee.
 My main goal is to balance out the colors and spread them out.
Can't wait to have a block of time to put this baby together and I'm itching to buy some fabric for the back, although I should just go to the stash.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cook Book Reading

 We went to Barnes and Noble and I scored on some awesome cookbooks and they were on CLEARANCE. Wahoo!!!!
 I can't wait to check out all these books and try some new recipes.
October meal planning is going to have some new fun options

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Quilt and Doll Quilt Part 1

 I've started quilting again. It's so good for me. This one is very colorful and girlie. I bought the russian doll fat quarter set and then pulled lots of different fabrics from my stash.
 I've ended up with 30 -12.5 inch random log cabin style blocks
 Then because I couldn't waste this cute fabric, I used a few scraps of linen and sewed all the little bits together to make a doll quilt
 Now off to do some stitching.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Meal Planning

 Meal planning just makes life easier. I go to magazines and internet for ideas or past month meal plans. I keep a binder that I can go back to. Yesterday after the apples ,laundry, cleaning etc. I took a cool drink and my baby Jack out in the backyard, sat in the shade and planned away.
1. Potato soup, bread and salad
2.Pulled Pork sandwiches and cole slaw
3.Grilled chicken and sauteed veggies
4.Ham frittata and red potatoes
5.Grilled sausage (brats and beer)
6. BBQ pork chops, applesauce, broccoli
7.Hamburgers and fries
8.Dog class- out or take in
9.Bean burritos and mex.salad
10.Tortellini and veggies
11.Taco plate
12. BBQ chicken thighs and potato salad
13.Grilled Steak and salad
14.Pork chops and peach chutney, rice
15.Dog Class- out or take in
16.BLT sandwiches
17.Zucchini and pepper Frittata with bacon
18.Sloppy Joes
19.Pizza and salad
20.Roasted Chicken and root veggies
21.Meatball Subs
22.Dog Class- out or take in
23.Spaghetti, caesar salad, french bread
24.Grilled cheese and tomato soup
25.Oakie Nachos
26.Chicken Tenders
27.Grilled Ribeye
29.Dog Class- out or take in
30.Chicken pot pie

You'll notice there is no cooking on Mondays. Dog class is from 6-7 and is easier for everyone to just grab something on the go.

Apples Part Two

 Just had to show off our apple goodies. We each had a part of making this pie. I peeled, Avery chopped and Riley assembled. Served with vanilla ice cream and homemade carmel sauce. YUM
 We also finished the applesauce. I missed one very important step with canning and that is letting the air bubbles out so although my cans sealed I unsealed them and in the frig they went. Guess we'll be eating some applesauce the next few weeks. Good thing it was only two quarts. Nothing says fall like applesauce and our mornings are  beginning to feel like fall. Maybe french toast and applesauce....Hmmm possibilities.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apples Apples Apples

 It's down to this last box of apples, but it's a huge box. I am bound and determined to use it all up so I can start quilting again. So these are the cast of characters that are going to help me
 The dehydrator has helped me make a large freezer bag full of snack bag dehydrated apple slices- a good school snack.
The crockpot has helped me with 6 -8oz jars of apple carmel sauce and now  we are making applesauce. We also have an apple pie in the works.

Nana dog will no longer be able to grab an apple and take it to the livingroom. She guards them. Thank goodness she doesn't chew them up. That would make a mess and she's been saving that for rolls of toilet paper."Look mom confetti"That's what I got to clean up this morning. Good thing I love her.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pear Transformation

 One of the benefits of not being able to breath or sleep is I got all the pears processed in one night. I promise no snot made its way into these jars. Gross disclaimer but true. The crockpot did most of the work. I left the skins on, diced up the pears, put them in the crock added sugar and vanilla extract and some all spice.  After twelve hours of cooking I blended it and canned it up.It is YUM
                             Pear Butter