Thursday, August 28, 2014

In the kitchen, deep fried

my male hummer at the kitchen window :: pasta in process :: the pasta maker :: angel hair :: tomatoes from the garden :: wide noodles with shrimp and garlic butter :: swedish rosettes :: plus sugar :: making donuts :: table ornament from the yard

So, I think this was the un-healthiest week on record here in my kitchen. We might has well have gnawed on sticks of butter all week. Thanks to some really productive yardsale-ing, we had a donut batter dropper ($.50), a rosette maker ($1.00) and a pasta maker ($2.00) to try out! What's even more crazy is that they all worked perfectly, once we got the hang of it.

We tried pasta both skinny and wide. When in doubt, add more flour. We ended up with a few trial noodles that didn't pass inspection and we didn't know what to do with them... so we deep fried them, too.

The donut recipe is here. I used both the orange and the old-fashioned. We agreed that the texture of the orange was perfect, but the flavor of the old-fashioned was best, so if you make them, use the orange recipe, add the old-fashioned spices, and sub out milk for the OJ.

For the record, that is the first time I've even come close to getting a hummingbird in a picture this summer. AND I abuse that dahlia every year by tossing it in the garage through winter and only bringing it out when it is fighting for life, and still it rewards me with the most perfect blooms year after year.

What's happening in your kitchen??

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

{Yarn Along} in Fabric

One of our local quilt shops is going out of business! Happy retirement to Jenny and happy stash bash for me! I picked up some of the prettiest prints today for $3 a yard. I've got my heart set on making a twin sized quilt with them, likely a periwinkle quilt or an album quilt with a periwinkle component.

In the same vein, I'm taking a break from the knitting needles for a short time so I can get a jump start on my quilting project, my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. The original quilt has 111 6-inch blocks and believe you me, I'm not a long-haul kind of girl. So after staring at the book for over two years, my aunt finally convinced me to pick my favorite twelve blocks and do them at 12 inches. Whew! Good thing there are people out there who are more in touch with creative liberty than me! {Why didn't I think of that before?}

So I've been trying to do one block a day and except for two bad days, I've stayed on that course. One block a day? Yes. Only one. That's because I also decided to stitch them all by hand. I want to piece the blocks, piece the top, quilt and bind it all by hand throughout the winter. I'm half way finished the blocks so by this time next week, I hope to be ready to get something back on the knitting needles. Here they are. (I'm using my instagram photos so some of the colors are not completely true.)

Which is your favorite?

As far as reading is concerned, I've got so many books in the queue that I don't know where to begin. I need to take the car to the shop on Thursday, so undoubtedly a book will go with me, likely Between, Georgia. I'm wrapping up the last little bit of Jayber Crow, and oh my, it is so complex and rich. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out.

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams - what are you reading and crafting?

*Stay tuned for a fun post tomorrow about what's been going on in my kitchen this past week!*

Thursday, August 21, 2014


always more iced coffee :: acorn squash, already :: elderberries :: 
breakfast for two :: boiling maple syrup :: maple cream

This week has been a bit slow in the kitchen. We had our friends over, two couples and five kids, for dinner Sunday night and it seems like we've been coming down off that high ever since. There have been a few things of note, though. For starters, there are chokeberries.

Have you any experience with chokeberries? They are also called aronia berries and are pretty good for you but there is not much out there (and by out there, I mean on Google) about how to deal with them at home. They are so high in antioxidants that in Russia, they are grown commercially, juiced, then the juice is made into gummie vitamins. I got these from picking them off a bush in my neighbors yard... then I learned more about them... then I dug up the neighbor's bush and moved it to my yard. {Really, I did. But he was getting rid of it and told me if I wanted it, I could do the digging instead of him.}

Also, there was maple cream. This is a new thing for us. Basically, you boil maple syrup and stop just short of candy stage. You stir for, oh, about 19 minutes longer than when you lost the feeling in your arm and it becomes whipped up, like butt-ah.

Linking up with Heather @ Beauty that Moves - join us there!