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Jan 18, 2017

Mini Wednesday

Whew!
I can't believe it's 2017 and mid January already.
It's been ages since I've done a mini.
This time I chose something that means a lot to me and my small community.  I chose to make the "Firefighter's" badge or shield. 
Here where I live, it's a very rural community with 3 volunteer fire departments. Any time there's a fire one or all jump into action to save lives, homes and property.

I found an image, blew it up and retraced the parts I will be using.
Notice that everything if already backwards so when I trace the parts onto my Steam-a-Seam, iron that onto my fabric and cut the parts out, all will be right side up.
Only a few letters to trace off.

These are the pieces with will make up the Maltese Cross which is an 8-point configuration.

The helmet, I high-lighted with a black Sharpie marker.


So far, so good.


Here's the finished piece (not quilted yet). If you're wondering about some of the objects, here's a bit of trivia. The bugle behind the helmet was used in the early years to issue orders to the firefighters.  Some badges like this one show a pike pole, axe and ladder. This collection to elements are called a "scramble" and are always located in the center of the Maltese Cross.
I salute all fire departments!!!!!
 






Jan 8, 2017

Coffee or Tea

I'll bet you thought I'd be asking you the question "Do you prefer coffee or tea?" But, nope, that's not what this post is about.
Pork or beef roast is what it's all about.
If you are unsure of how to cook a roast, just season it well with your favorite seasonings then brew a pot of coffee or steep a couple of bags of tea pour that over your roast & bake at 325 degrees for two & a half hours. 
This process tenderizes & add a wonderful flavor to the meat
When done the roast will fall off the bone & the taste.....to die for!!
Enjoy!!!!

Jan 6, 2017

Exciting Lemons 3

Ok, so my friends Gene,  Angie and a few others have brought up some thoughts about my experiment using Kosher salt so I decided to do another process.....just to be fair, of course.
Lemons in a sugar jar mixture......I'm smiling big because I'm always up for more experimenting!! It's the science teacher in me.
I instructed Mr. Cowboy to purchase more lemons. He thinks I'm a bit crazy and he's right but isn't this fun!!!!!!
I sliced lemons fairly thin but didn't worry if some were a bit on the chunky side then placed them in a quart Mason jar with sugar layered between. I didn't bother measuring how much sugar, I just pours some over each layer until I could see the lemons and at the top of the jar, I pours in more.
Looks yummy already and smells divine but I will wait until February 5th to taste them for the first time.
Stay tuned.  BTW, every other day or so I will turn the jars in the frig so that the syrup has a change to permeate all the lemon parts.


Jan 5, 2017

Exciting Lemons 2

It's been about 24 to 36 hours since Step 1.
I might have forgotten the lemons for a bit........sorry.......life and all that!!!!
Time for Step 2 which is the longest part of this experiment.
Place lemons in mason jar using a spoon or fork to help with placement and compaction. See the syrup or juice the lemons have already made? This is a good thing, I think.

Make sure to pack them tightly then pour liquids over all & seal well. Place in frig for several weeks to months.
I'll be checking on the lemons on February 5th, so stay tuned!! At that time I'll open the jar and do a taste test. With all that salt I don't know what to expect but it is fun just thinking about it.
Mr. Cowboy is in the background with raised eyebrows and is about to go out to the back forty to "kick" so dirt.......LOL!!


Jan 4, 2017

Exciting Lemons

Yep, lemons.
I was watching a cooking show when someone mentioned cooking with lemons that had been "aged" for 6 to 9 months. And how much zingy-er recipes became when you added some. Also, with aged lemons, you can use all parts. You don't want to throw out any piece of it.
WOW!! I immediately looked up some recipes. 
So in this new year, I want to share my lemon journey with everyone.
Mr. Cowboy was instructed to go to the grocer's to buy a bag. He rolled his eyes but bought some, then wanted to supervise the process. He's so cute......but no, I don't need him hanging over my shoulder at this point.

Step 1
 
Of course this is a whole lemon.

Cut off both ends.
 
 
Slice into each lemon just enough to allow it each to open but not fall apart.

Place each in a bowl or container.
 
Mix 1/2 cup Kosher salt to 1/4 cup sugar.
 
Sprinkle over and into each lemon, cover and refrigerate overnight. This will allow the lemons to marinate in their own juices making a syrup.
Stay tuned for the next step.







Dec 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!!

To those who celebrate the birth of Christ, Merry Christmas!!
For unto us a child is born.

Dec 18, 2016

Really!!!!

See this sky??
At the time I took this yesterday the temp was 72 degrees. In a matter of four hours the temp dropped 50 degrees. For us here in Texas it's known as a "blue norther." In grand dad's day this was the first hog killing weather. 
I've got to dig out my winter coat, don't know where it is at this point but believe you me, I'll find it. If you're enduring this type of weather, hunker down & keep warm!

Dec 4, 2016

All I Want To Do Is....

All I want to do lately is look at nature, enjoy the changing season & visit with family. I'm sure my Janome is wondering what's my problem. To that I haven't an answer.
I'll be back one of these days. To everyone who celebrates this time of year, Happy Holidays. I'm off for a time!! 

Nov 25, 2016

Pie.....Yummy!!

 
I know this isn't a good photo but it's all I took before the family pouched on it. This is a "frig" pie that I found on the Internet here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12181/no-bake-peanut-butter-pie/
It's very easy to make and goes quickly once it sets up so be warned.

Nov 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

2016 is nearly gone & the fall & winter holidays are here. Mom & dad use to ask what we kids were thankful for. We'd swing into a list of things. I've never forgotten those time. So this year I wanted to do a small bit of my thankfulness.
I am thankful for:
Knowing that I am a child of God!
For my mom
For my little people
For my Mr. Cowboy
There's more but I'll share that when we gather for Thanksgiving dinner!
I hope everyone who celebrates this time of year has a wonderful time.



Nov 16, 2016

Mini Wednesday

It's deer season here in Texas. We have plenty of the critters roaming around the pastures & lake along with wild hogs, some ducks & a couple of beavers Mr. Cowboy is attempting to trap (hunt)!!
This mini is in honor of the deer which we do not hunt.
I've traced the design onto adhesive.
Here are at least two fabrics I'll use.
Here love cut the silhouette & placed it on the wrong side of the dark sky fabric.
The next few photos are of placement. I've also added a background batik fabric.

Here's the finale. I added a tree that's leaning on the others just for a bit of interest. It measures 10 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches.








Nov 9, 2016

Mini Wednesday

Whoooooo!!1 You guessed it. This is the beginnings of an owl.

Here, I used a gold fabric and colored orange crayon stripes over it.

Now, I've placed the eyes over the feathered area. He's coming alive.

Adding white feathers in key areas makes the owl pop.

Finally, just before trimming I added a gold leopardy fabric.....Love it!!!




Oct 31, 2016

Mini Wednesday On Halloween!!!

Hi everyone. I'm posting early so that my little grands can see a bit of Halloween stuff.

Making a Jack O' Lantern into a scarecrow is the idea here.

You've got to have a body.

I decided to throw in all kinds of birds who aren't afraid of the scarecrow. All of the birds came from novelty fabrics and fussy cut to fit.

Disregard the strand light source that appears in the final photo. I'm sure it was something that I did....hehehe!!




Oct 29, 2016

Orange Giants

Can you believe the size of these carrots? Look at them compared to the teaspoon. Cousin Clark brought a batch to me the other day. I had to scramble to get them peeled, chopped & into the freezer.
They will be great in stews during the winter!!

Oct 26, 2016

Mini Wednesday

Mr. Cowboy and I went fishing the other day, didn't have much luck but did hook one beauty. He got away but I was again inspired to try another mini.  I dug thru my stash and found a great spotted green.

For the gills and mouth I used an off white then detailed them with crayons and black marker.

Adding back fins and a bit more detail then pressed the bass together on my non-stick pressing sheet.


Now comes the fun part, the background. I decided to try my hand with the splash of the fish coming out of the water and also some reflections. Notice my tiny dragonfly about to be eaten!!!

Finally, I used a mottled pinkish/purple sky. I call this one done!!





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