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Jul 22, 2014

Grape Jelly

 Here's a quick recap of my Mustang grape canning escapades ....
After fermenting over night. The smell is wonderful.
After boiling & simmering for an hour or so.
Here's how the grapes look after I pulverized them a couple of times.
Final results - 4qts, 8pts, 4 half pts.
There are loads more grapes on the vine but do I have the energy to pick and process them. Only time will tell but this old girl is tiring!!!!!!!
While I was canning my Cowboy came in from golfing with his buddies & had changed into his work boots to begin cutting in the hay fields. He decided to leave the golfing attire on. I just had to snap this photo.

Jul 21, 2014

Vitis Mustangensis

Nope, it's not a sickness, it's grapes. Wild grapes, that is.
Mustang grapes are all over my fence this year. The birds have been munching on them for a couple of weeks so my Cowboy suggested that I really needed to get out there before all was lost.
Among the grapes are lizards, spiders, a snake or two & my favorite.....wasps!!
I dawned my hunting gear (minus the shotgun), a pair of shears and some wasp spray to harvest the grapes.

Here's how much I've cut off so far. I'll be canning jelly &  my Cowboy wants to dabble in some wine.....we'll have to see if that pans out.
Now I've picked all the stems off & will pour sugar over top & allow to sit over night.  I'll add a little water and Pectin and pretty soon we'll have grape jelly!!
There are tons of wonderful jelly recipes on the Internet to try out, this is just one of many.

Jul 20, 2014

In July?????

This was the skies in my neck of the woods for the past several days.
Overcast & 69 degrees.
Then this morning I woke up to this.....
Fog! Oh my word.......fog in July.....in central-ish Texas.......it's nearly unheard of and fascinating to me. This next week is scheduled to get back to the "normal" sunny, 95 to 100 degrees.......so I'm thinking what a nice change this as been for the month of July in central-ish Texas.
I hope where ever you live that you're enjoying the weather.

Jul 18, 2014

Out of My Mind

The hay process has stopped for the moment due to all the wonderful rain we are having here in central-ish Texas. I say that because this type of rainy weather is unheard of in the middle of July in Texas and the temp is 70 degrees but nobody that I've spoken to is complaining.
Anyway, I decided to get in some machine embroidery but first I'd have to load the CD on my new computer. Of course I have forgotten how to do that so I pulled out my trusty Janome Handbook, got out the CD and started to read the instructions.
Aren't you proud of the fact that I actually was reading the instructions!!!!
I got to the part where it mentioned that I'd need to insert the "dongle" when prompted.....
......omg......where is my dongle. This is not something that can be easily replaced.
I couldn't remember where I'd put it and if the handbook hadn't shown a picture of it, I'm not sure I'd have remembered what it looked like. This was like losing my MoJo..........omg.......
So, I started searching. I knew it couldn't be in too many places.

1. Looked the my Janome carrying case......not there.
2. Looked in my Janome front storage panel......not there.
3. Looked in several thread drawers under my Janome........not there.

At this point, I began to panic but was still hopeful. I started a more serious search.
I poured out all of the drawers under my machine......btw, that's eight of them and thread, scissors, needles and other sewing paraphernalia were everywhere... (sorry I didn't get a photo of that mess because by then I wasn't thinking clearly....as in hair standing on end, glasses askew, rumpled clothing and frayed nerves)

Have you ever heard that you can't see for looking????
That was me because after ten frantic minutes or so where I'd overlooked the "thing," I found it..........can you say WHEW!!!!
Here's what the dongle looks like. I thanked the Heavens, kissed my dongle and happily had my computer identify it.
By then, I was totally out of the mood to do any machine embroidery.
FYI.........put your dongle where you can easily find it.

Jul 14, 2014

Monday, Monday

I finished the borders and machined "The Duke" last week. Some of you aided me by voting on your favorite setting, 1 or 2. I went with #2 because it was the last one laid out and I just didn't have time to rearrange it back to #1....who has been in that situation...I was just too lazy tired to rearrange.  The last border was done from the leftover strips and last bigger pieces from the kite fabric, which, BTW, is one of my all time favorite fabrics. Why I didn't purchase several bolts of that fabric, I just don't know (LOL).
The quilt measures 36 inches square and will be given to my help hands ladies.  I was determined to get this one finished even though I was canning and baling hay, (Oh, I'm the helper in the hay baling process but it's still takes up a lot of my time).  If it doesn't rain again any time soon, we'll just do a couple more weeks of baling. I can't believe I'm hoping for no more rain in the near future. It's been unseasonably rainy and wet here in central Texas......don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining one bit.
I've scheduled this post to appear on Monday and I hope it works. It's Friday now and I'm off to do more canning and mow the yard plus a few more chores that have to get done.
Make sure to stop by our wonderful hostess, Judy to see what other are doing in the great month of JULY!!
Near our hay fields some of the cows were grazing. We rode over to give them some cookies (range cubes) and I spotted this little heifer, a tiger stripe. She stands out in the crowd with her coloring and boy, can she run.

Jul 10, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

The winner of Froggy is #15 Lefuntz. 
Congratulations to you!!! Just leave a comment so that we can talk!!

Wow, my summer is in full swing what with gardening, canning, cutting and baling hay and many other happening that life has thrown my way so I'm going on a hiatus from Mug Rug Thursday for awhile but I'll be back after life settles down. I should be able to post once a week but who knows!!

I hope everyone is having a great month of July. I say that instead of "summer" because some of my blogging friends are experiencing fall and winter in other countries. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends who bring a smile to my face each time I get to sit down for a few minutes to read your blogs.

Anyone else busy with life's wonderfulness????? I'd love to hear what you are doing.

Jul 7, 2014

Monday, Monday

Make sure to visit Judy, our hostess for Design Wall Monday!!

Most of you remember John Wayne from THIS post .......at the time I made this one, I had no idea what I was going to do but as the 4th of July company visited on and on my mind began to wonder....don't get me wrong, I love family but after all the laughter, BBQ, potato salad, beans, pies, and iced tea.......I needed some down time.
I tipped-toed to the sewing room to ponder and pulled out some cowboy type fabrics. I squared up John by sewing strips around him and trimmed to 12 1/2 in. square.
I chose one of my favorite fabrics as the "kite" design. Normally, the kite would be a square piece of fabric (a foundation, if you will) with the "kite" drawn in, then sew varied size strips of either side.
Here's a sample of each block. I love the look of it. I added the rawhide/cowhide fabric to opposing corners.
First audition arrangement....BTW....this is a fractured diamond design.
Second audition arrangement.......which one looks better, do you think??

Jul 2, 2014

Goodness in a Jar

Can you believe it's already July....OMG!
These are peaches from our local farmers market. They are sweet & I can't stay away from them. 
I decided to pickle this batch because my Cowboy said he remembered is mom's pickled peaches from childhood. That melted my heart so off to the old Internet to find a good recipe, I went. There were several to choose from and it took me a couple of days to gather the necessary ingredients before diving in. The following are what I used. There are tons of recipes out there, you just have to choose for yourself.
  • White vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Pickling spices in a bag
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Fruit Fresh
  • Mason Jars

I placed a cinnamon stick & a few cloves in each jar before processing them. Let me just say that I save everything I can because you never know what you'll need or can use in another recipe.
The syrup leftover from the canning is divine. I can't tell you how delicious it taste, so of course it went in the frig to be use in a meat dish.....AKA.....pour a cup of it over a ham before baking or over a pork roast and bake or a fourth cup in a cobbler before baking.....I need to stop cause I'm getting hungry.
I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July. I'm already planning for ribs, roasted corn on the cob, potato salad and apple pie (with some of that peach syrup baked in)....oh, and cracker pie. Yes you read it correctly.
Take care!!!

Jun 30, 2014

Monday, Monday - Going Wonky

It's Design Wall Monday - pop over to Judy's to see what others are up to.

After getting the fractured diamonds out of my system, I've now gotten into making log cabins. However, I decided to make the blocks askew or wonky.
I made the blocks 7 1/2 inches so that I could trim them to 6 1/2 inches by tilting the square ruler 30 degrees. Didn't that sound intelligent. Actually I don't know what degree I used. I just eyeballed it.
Here's the first little quilt - 36" square.
And here's the other which is also 36". No borders on either at this time.

Jun 26, 2014

Mug Rug Thursday

I can't believe that June is almost gone. We're having unusual rain here in central Texas. Yesterday, in a matter of three hours we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. My garden loved it.

Speaking of gardens, I've already picked my first batch of cukes (AKA - cucumbers) & made 9 pints & 2 quarts of sweet pickles.
Now for drawing for the birdhouse. 
The winner is
Congratulations to you. Just leave a comment so we can talk.
The next mug rug in the give away is "froggy".
Leave a comment to be counted.
I'll announce a winner July 10th.

Jun 23, 2014

Monday, Monday

Remember to pop over to Judy's for Design Wall Monday to see what other are up to!!

I've been stuck on the fractured diamond  for a week. All the possibilities were circling around in my head.
This first one was made from the above "kite" type template which is very easy to make.
This next one is my favorite because the diamonds are floating free. I made another template making the square a half inch larger which lends for a wider space at the bottom of each block. When all  blocks are sewn together, you see more of the background fabric.

Notice the square in this template and the width of the pointed wedge at the bottom of the photo. This kite is not as wide as the others. This will allow the diamond to become more distorted and will float each diamond, as well.

All three of these will go to the helping hands ladies after I've quilted them. Each is about 36 inches which is ideal for their needs.
Hopefully, the fractured diamond thingy is out of my system for awhile and thankfully a large portion of my scraps are gone.

Jun 21, 2014


No, not that kind of "huntress"......hehehehehehe, but I have been known to go a-hunting for snakes in the yard.

I'm talking about hunting in the garden, of course.....hehehehe
I have a very small garden this year, so much so that all the cucumber vines are entangled as they run together. Believe it or not, I love poking through all those vines looking for cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers every day. It's rather cathartic.
 Those cucumbers grow quickly and tend to hide out under the shade of the leafy foliage.
I have a fence around my little garden to keep the rabbits out. Every morning, we go
 through the same routine.....I walk out the back door, spot two rabbits nibbling around the fence
 and start the chase. Around and around and around we go until I get dizzy and the rabbits
 make a break for the bird feeder to harass the poor birdies and eat their seeds
 that has fallen to the dirt.....sigh
It take me a few minutes to catch my breath before I start picking veggies. You'd think
 I'd be able to stop myself from chasing them but, alas, I've not broken myself
 from this habit.
These days I'm into canning the cucumbers into sweet pickles which take about 3 days
 but it's well worth the effort.
There are many recipes on the Internet that are inspiring and I have tried a couple. 
Mom and Cowboy love the pickles and so do all my neighbors.
Well, I'm off to rinse the cucumbers and begin the next step in the process.

On another note: I'd like to thank everyone who participated in my "big give-away." I didn't get to respond to all the comments yesterday so this is a great big THANK YOU ALL.
I'll be doing another give away in the fall, so stay tuned for that. 

Jun 20, 2014

The Big Announcement for the "Big Give Away"

Oh boy, it's finally here. The big announcement of the winner of my "Big Give Away!"
I'm so excited, I'm nearly jumping up and down.
 (No photo of that but I'm sure some of you felt a quaking sensation)
 Now back to the excitement.....
Ayden is excited!!!
Austin is excited!!
Buzz & Woody are excited!!

Is she going to go on and on until the cows come home? Goodness Ravelly,
 get on with it already!!
Alright, alright.....due to some technical difficulties with my blog and Random Picker, 
I've had to do this the old-fashion way...................
And the winner is.....
A Nudge!
Congratulations to you.
 Let have confetti thrown and the band playing for A Nudge!
Just leave a comment so that we can communicate via email.


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