Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Glass Etched Flour Canister


I like to bake bread and not just plain white bread.  I have a lot of different kinds of flour ranging from whole wheat, multigrain, rye, buckwheat, graham...the list goes on.  I use a lot of whole wheat flour and I needed another canister to store it in.  While rummaging around in the basement I came across a couple of huge, gallon+ size, glass pickle jars.  You know...the kind that food service and vendors have that their pickles and condiments come in.  That's when I decided to upcycle the jars into flour canisters.
 

The clear glass was perfect for trying my hand at a little decorative glass etching.

 
For the lettering I cut out my own lettering stencil to spell our FLOUR in a fun script.  Then I used a Martha Stewart floral design stencil beneath the word FLOUR.  I taped the stencils to the glass jar and applied the Martha Stewart Glass etching liquid with a foam brush over the letters and design.
 
 
Then being very careful, I removed the stencils, washed away the excess etching compound and...
Voila!
I created a canister for more flour. 

 
The lid is looking a little shabby covering the pretty jar so I think perhaps I'll cover it with either a pretty fabric or I'll paint it.  It's fun giving new purpose to discarded 'junk'.
 

Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer
 

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Wave From Mama

I received an Advance Reader's Copy of A Wave From Mama in exchange for an honest review.



A Wave From MamaA Wave From Mama by A. Robert Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Wave from Mama is the second novel in A. Robert Allen’s series, Slavery and Beyond. An historical fiction novel that begins in the year 1863, following the Draft Riots, in Weeksville, New York where former slaves find refuge in the camp where they found refuge and yearned to start a new life. It is a history lesson in post civil war tense relations between Blacks, Irish immigrants, gangs and police corruption and incorporated in the story is the historic importance of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The reader is immediately introduced to the central characters, Venture Simmons who is a socially awkward and physical small but very agile boy who witnessed the rape and murder of his mother, and the man, Moses Brown, who would become Venture’s confidant and best friend. Venture promises his Mama’s memory to all with the shouts, “You killed Mama, and you’re all gonna pay!”

The story of Venture is touching with the love and friendship of the people who would become his family who take him in as their own family (Esther, Thomas, Mabel and Horace Washington), his friend Moses, the young girl Grace who would eventually become his wife, and John Singleton and most importantly Venture’s love and devotion to his Mama’s memory. This love and friendship all in the midst of the tumultuous time in history.

A Wave from Mama is a history lesson of events that I wasn’t aware of; that is the Draft Riots, the clash between the Irish and Blacks and the history and significant importance of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. I was immediately drawn in to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thank the author, A. Robert Allen, for teaching me about these aspects of post civil war history and slavery that I knew little about in a most captivating novel.

Historic fiction is my favorite genre of fiction and this novel did not disappoint.

Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer

Friday, September 9, 2016

Infant and Toddler Summer Sun Suit Rompers

Someone very special to me had her second baby girl this summer.  The newborn has a 2 years old big sister, so I thought it might be fun to make the little girls matching Summer Sun Suits.  

 
 I just love browsing digital sewing patterns on Etsy and I found this darling pattern that would fit sizes from Newborn to 24 months at My Childhood Treasures Etsy shop.

 
 The pattern does have a ruffle pattern piece, but I decided to use up some of my lacey ruffles, satin ribbons and satin rose buds and embellish in my own way.

 
These were so fast to sew up and I had just the best time making them. 

 
 Nothing more sweet than seeing little girls in ruffles and bows, ribbons and rosebuds.

 
 For the infant romper, since it was so tiny, rather than using three rows of the wider eyelet lace, I chose to use five rows of a narrow lace.


Of course I had to match the satin ribbons and rosebuds to the big sister version of the sun suit.

 
The fabric is from Tanya Whelan.  I just love her romantic fabrics. 
 
 

Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer
 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Art...Soul...Life



It's been ages since I've inked up stamps and made a card or two and I've really missed it.   I decided to take advantage of this week's Mojo Monday #464 card layout shown below:




I was cleaning and putting away supplies in my craft/sewing room and discovered some very old supplies.  Do you remember the FASCINATOR stapler?  It was all the rage about 10 years ago.  I decided to put it back in use to attach the ribbon tape.  And the Designer Paper is some very, very old Anna Griffin paper.  I always have loved Anna Griffin supplies and this floral paper was one of my all time favorites.  I had a scrap just large enough to use for this card.  And the Sentiment Stamp I've had for years and years and....well, YEARS!


Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Hampton Arts
Ink:  Versamark, Versacolor in Green Tea, and Color Box in Cranberry
Designer Paper:  Anna Griffin
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Fascinator Stapler and Staples, Nestabilities Square Die cut and Embossing Folder



Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Surplus garden bounty? Make Gazpacho!

 
This summer has been excellent for my garden and I will bet for yours too! We've had the heat, the rain, the humidity and now my garden is producing a bounty that is hard to keep up with. But what do you do when you've made all of the pickles you can use, made salsa, sauce, frozen vegetables and have run out of ideas what to put up next in your larder for the winter? I have the answer! Make Gazpacho!

Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base. Gazpacho originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.  And, Gazpacho is the perfect solution to the question, "What do I do with all of these fresh vegetables?".  

It always seems too, that when you are doing the bulk of your canning and preserving, the temperature soars to the 100+ temperatures...or at least feels like it.  Once again, Gazpacho will bring welcome relief to meal planning because it is a cold, fresh soup that fills you up without heating up the kitchen.

This is how I make Gazpacho:

Gazpacho
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 lb tomatoes, peeled, cored and seeded (about 6 medium)
  • 1 lb cucumbers, peeled, seeded, chopped (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped onion  (about 1 large onion)
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Optional.  You can also add hot sauce or cayenne pepper)  
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped.  (I used a combination of fresh parsley and thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Directions:
  1. COMBINE all ingredient in a large bowl or stock pot.
  2. LADLE soup into clean jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Place lids and band or plastic storage caps on jars.  Twist on lids and label.
  3. FREEZE up to 1 year.


That's it!  That's all you do and you can enjoy your GAZPACHO today and also once the snow begins to fly and you have a craving for fresh vegetables in the winter.  All  you'll need to do is pull out a jar or two from your freezer and thaw.

I LOVE GAZPACHO with a grilled cheese sandwich.  That sounds like year round comfort food, doesn't it?

ENJOY!!


 
Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer
 
 

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Monday, March 9, 2015

My first ducklings

After what was beginning to feel like an endless winter the seasons and weather appear to be taking a turn.  Ahhhhh...SPRING!  We've been working as much as possible throughout the winter on our little farm preparing the barn for the arrival of our planned "livestock."  This past Friday I got my very first ever ducklings.

I'm pleased to introduce you to Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter and Howard (The Mister named "Howard", in case you might not have guessed.)


The are so C+U+T+E !!  I don't know the gender of the ducks.  I'm hoping for girls as I'd really like to be able to gather duck eggs one day. 

These three ducklings are American Pekin Ducks.  When mature, they'll look like the duck on the Aflac commercials.



Ducklings grow really quickly.  Just since Friday they've nearly doubled in size.   They are in their brooder for the next several weeks.  They're so much fun to watch.  They are very curious and quite comical in their antics. 

In other news, the baby chicks will be arriving around the 20th of April.  Then in May we are hoping to have the horses transported here from Canada.   Besides the animals, I'm getting seedlings started for my vegetable and herb gardens.  So it is a very busy time of the years...and I'm loving every second of it.

Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I'm dreaming for SPRING

Just like most everyone else in North America, I'm more than ready for SPRING to arrive!
 


It's taken me a few months, but I've finally set up my craft and sewing space and ready to get back into crafting and sewing.  This week at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge blog the card theme is SPRING, using a House Mouse (Happy Hopper or Gruffies) image.  This wee mousie snuggled under the spring violet sings spring to me.
 
It's definitely been a while since I've done any stamping and/or card making so I needed some layout inspiration and I used this week's Mojo Monday 387 layout challenge.

 
It really felt good and was fun to get my fingers inky, to color and try to remember 'how do I make cards?'   It is true that if you don't use it, you lose it!  So I look forward to joining in more challenges as time permits.
 
Let's all keep positive thoughts that this last little blast of winter we are having will be the last and that spring is finally on its way.
 
Until next time,
Cheers!
 
Jennifer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peanut Butter Center and Peanut Butter / Chocolate Drizzle


I am a Peanut Butter and Chocolate fanatic.  I love the combination.  I actually crave it so much that I began searching for a peanut butter and chocolate cake recipe.  Of course, Pinterest features a wide selection of various types of cakes and fillings.  For this cake I combined a little of this and a little of that from several recipes and came up with this cake.  The Mister and I loved it!  I should add we actually liked it best after it was a few days old.  It was still quite moist and the flavors seemed richer and more flavorful than the first day we cut into it.  The peanut butter center is more cake-like than cream filling.  I like that too. 

Would you like to try this?  Here is my recipe combining elements from other recipes I found.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Peanut Butter Filling

Cake Ingredients:
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of strong-brewed coffee
1 cup buttermilk

Peanut Butter Cake Filling:
1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (caster sugar)
1 large egg
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Drizzle:
2 Tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 - 3 Tablespoons cream
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar (Icing sugar)
pinch of salt

Chocolate Drizzle:
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
 
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a bundt pan with vegetable oil spray.  In a small saucepan, melt 2 ounces of the chopped chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly.  Scrap the chocolate into a medium bowl and let cool slightly.  Whisk in the oil and sugar until smooth, then whisk in the egg.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Add half of the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture along with 1/2 cup of the coffee and 1/2 cup of buttermilk; whisk until smooth.  Add the remaining dry ingredients, coffee and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
  3. FOR THE PEANUT BUTTER CAKE FILLING:  In a medium bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth.  Add the sugar and mix until combined well.  Add the egg and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in the flour and salt.  Add the cream and stir to combine.  Mix until flour in completely incorporated.
  5. CAKE ASSEMBLY:  Add half of the chocolate cake batter to the prepared bundt pan.  Spoon the peanut butter cake filling on top of the chocolate layer, distributing the peanut butter batter evenly.  Now spoon the remaining chocolate cake batter over the top of the peanut butter batter.
  6. BAKE for 50 - 60 minutes at 350 degrees F, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Let the cake cool in the pan for a couple of minutes before unmolding.  Let cake cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
CHOCOLATE GLAZE:
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer (Do not allow it to come to a full boil, it will curdle)  In a heat proof bowl, combine the remaining 4 ounces of chopped chocolate with the corn syrup and butter.  Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it stand for a couple minutes to soften the chocolate and then whisk until smooth.  Let the ganache glaze cool until it is thick, yet still pourable,  about 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the chocolate glaze (the ganache) over the cooled cake.  Let the cake stand until the glaze is set, about 30 minutes.
PEANUT BUTTER DRIZZLE:
  1. Stir together sifted powdered sugar, peanut butter and salt.  Add the milk and stir until smooth.  Add additional milk if the glaze is too dry and stiff.  It is too runny add additional sifted powdered sugar.  Drizzle the peanut butter glaze over the chocolate glazed cake.
ENJOY!



Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer



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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pugliese


The Mister has been whining politely asking me to make bread, or as he says, "I want some good, chewy, crusty bread!  Something with bite and chew."    So....what else could I do but make a loaf of bread.


A year or so ago I purchased THE BREAD BIBLE written by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  Truly a bread recipe book if you want to know how to make and bake good bread.  I handed the heavy tomb (it IS a big and heavy book) to the Mister and asked him to pick out any bread he would like and I'd give it a go. 

The techniques and baking process Ms. Beranbaum uses are explained well in step by step format.  The Bread Bible contains a huge variety of different types of breads, rolls, pizza crust.  The ingredients are simple but it is the process...both in the making of the Dough Starter or Biga, as it is called as well as the method of baking.  This bread starts out baking in a 500 degree F oven for 5 minutes and then the temperature is lowered to 450 degrees F for another 20 minutes.  Prior to putting the bread into the oven at the preheated 500 degrees you put ice cubes on a tray of the oven floor and then put the bread in on the lowest shelf.  This creates the moisture in the very hot oven needed to create this fabulous bread.


Pugliese bread is very much like  Ciabatta or Focaccia breads.  Chewy, big air holes and flavorful.  It is a fairly small loaf; about 6 inches across and 3 inches high.  I don't think it will last through the day at the rate The Mister is eating it so I should get back in the kitchen and see what other tasty recipes I can find in The Bread Bible, by Rose Levy Beranbaum.  I highly recommend this book if you enjoy making bread.


Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer



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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Blueberry Chevre Custard and Basil Pie (I call it Chess Pie)


 
Do you love Chevre as much as I do?  The pure creamy goodness of this delightful goat cheese is truly one of my guilty pleasures.  I've only ever eaten goat cheese on salads or in pasta recipes, so imagine my delight when I was reading The Beekman 1802 blog and saw this recipe for Blueberry Chevre Custard and Basil Pie.  OH!!  EMM! GEE!!  I had to make it!  And the chevre goat cheese wasn't the only aspect of the recipe that caught my attention.  BASIL was also a key ingredient.  I love Basil and why not pair it with blueberries and chevre in a dessert.  Josh and Brent (the Fabulous Beekman Boys) are geniuses!

 
Just look how pretty blueberries are with the bright green chopped leaves of the Basil (above photo).  Truly art worthy.  Then when you mix the Chevre, eggs and cream to create a custard on top, you'll have a pie made in heaven...or a heavenly tasting pie.  *smiles*

 
You know you want to make it so let's go!  Here's the recipe:
 
Blueberry Chevre Custard and Basil Pie
 
Ingredients:
  • Single pie crust from your favorite pie shell recipe or store bought
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 ounces Goat Cheese (Chevre)
  • 12 fresh Basil leaves torn into little pieces
For the simple crumb topping:
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your pie plate with your favorite pie crust recipe or store bought.  (I used my recipe that I usually use found HERE.)
  3. Pour 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) into the pie crust.
  4. Top blueberries with 12 basil leaves torn into small pieces.
  5. Mix together 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 eggs, and 8 ounces of Chevre cheese.  Pour over blueberries and basil in the pie crust.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar and flour.  Cut in butter with a fork and mix just until the sugar/flour/butter mixture is crumbly.  Top your pie with the crumb mixture and sprinkle the oatmeal over the top.
  7. Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees F) for 50 to 55 minutes, until the custard is set.
  8. Serve pie chilled or at room temperature.  Pie may be topped with whipped cream (or English custard is good too!)
Recipe from The Fabulous Beekman Boys website: Beekman 1802


Once again, we've had another snowstorm blow in.  The pups and the Mister had a fun morning walking in the woods this morning.  Now everyone is settling in for the big game this evening.
 


 
I hope you are warm, well and in the arms of family and friends.

Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer



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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Albondigas Soup



For tonight's "SOUP'S ON" Saturday #2 I've made
 Albondigas Soup. 
 
Albondigas Soup is a classic Mexican soup made with meatballs (albondigas).  I love this soup for its flavor and also for the ease with which it is to prepare.  You can change ingredients to suit your own taste without losing the flavor of the meatballs and vegetables.  And, the aroma of the soup while it is simmering in your soup pot is wonderful!
 
Albondigas Soup (Mexican Meatball Soup)
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
  • 3 quarts of beef stock OR chicken stock.  (I used beef stock today but I have used chicken stock when I've made it in the past and it is good too.  The meatballs will add their own flavor to the stock)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 large leafy stalk of celery, diced
  • 1/2 pound of green beans cut into 1 inch pieces (I prefer green beans but tonight I didn't have green beans so I substituted one can of black beans.  Use whatever you have on hand.)
  • 1/3 cup of white rice
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (you can use a couple teaspoons of dried mint if you don't have fresh.  You can also use cilantro if  you prefer it).
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • a dash of cayenne (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen or fresh peas
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, crumbles
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro to garnish
Directions:
  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).  Add the garlic and cook a minute more.  Add the broth and tomato sauce.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Add the carrots, celery and beans.
  2. Prepare the meatballs:  Mix the rice into the meat, addition the mint leaves and parsley, salt and pepper.  Mix in the raw egg and form into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Add the meatballs to the simmering soup, one at a time.  Cover and let simmer for 1/2 hour.  Add the peas towards the end of the 1/2 hour so as not to over cook.  Add a few pinches of oregano and sprinkle with salt and pepper, and a dash of cayenne if desired.
  4. Garnish with Chopped fresh cilantro and serve.
Yields 6 - 8 servings.  Left over soup freezes well.



Like so many others, we are gearing up for tomorrow's predicted snowstorm.  They say we should get about 12" of the white stuff with a lot of blowing and drifting.  I'll be glad to have leftover Albondigas to warm us over the day or two.

Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine Themed Kitchen Linens


I belong to a very fun sewing group on Facebook called the SEWcialites.  Each month there is a themed swap in which you are assigned a secret partner and you make a little something for your partner following the theme.  In December the theme was PIN CUSHIONS. 

This month the theme is St. Valentine's Day.  We can make anything we'd like as long as it has a Valentine's Day theme to it.  I chose to make my secret partner a pair of pot holders and coordinating tea towel.  Of course Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without chocolate too so I'm enclosing a little bag of chocolate treats too.

I had just one fat quarter of the Michael Miller Lovebirds print in my stash and a wee bit of the polka dot print.  I thought they looked cute together so I added some lace and buttons and ribbon and created this Valentine kitchen linen set.  I hope she'll like it.

Until next time,
 
Cheers!
 
Jennifer

Monday, January 26, 2015

Homemade Bird Suet


One of many things that I've loved since moving to my little farm is watching birds!  Where we used to live I rarely had the chance to observe so many species of wildlife and especially the feathered friends variety.


My bird feeders are hanging just outside my kitchen window.  Since I don't have a dishwasher, I've discovered that there is a lot of entertainment to be had just watching birds while I go about my daily chore of washing dishes.  It is hard for me to admit this but...I actually look forward to washing dishes...just because there is a wonderful feathered show in store for me.


Just as many of you have had, we've had some very frigid temperatures lately. The birds NEED extra fat and protein to carry them through the winter. I feel fortunate to be able to enjoy watching the birds and feeding them and I think it is my responsibility, once I began the feeding the birds, to be sure that they continue to have sustenance available at my feeders through the winter months.

 
"MY" birds love suet blocks and go through the suet blocks every week.  Last week I decided to see if I could make my own suet and happily discovered that it is very simple to make.  So the next step was to see if my homemade suet was to my feathered friends liking.  I'm delighted to say, YES!  They seem to love it.
 
Here is my recipe for homemade Suet:
 
 
Homemade Wild Bird Suet
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups lard
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup birdseed
  • 1/2 cup raisins
Directions:
  1. Melt lard and peanut butter in a large pan.  Once melted combine the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  2. Pour mixture into a 13" X 9" pan and allow to cool.  I set mine in the freezer for an hour or two.  It's perfectly fine to put the pan into the refrigerator too..
  3. When the suet has cool cut into blocks to fit your suet feeder.  

  4. If you don't have a suet feeder that uses blocks don't worry!  Once your suet has cooled enough to handle, form into ball and place inside mesh bags that you get oranges/apples/onion in and hang them from nearby trees.
 
 
I would be remiss if not to add that store bought Suet is cheap!   I will also admit that probably my recipe costs a bit more per suet block than the ones you can buy ready made.  That being said, I enjoy the satisfaction of making the suet myself for my bird friends. 
 
Feel free to vary this recipe to your heart's content.  I think next time I'll reduce the amount of peanut butter.  I will probably add more cornmeal and perhaps  add peanuts.
 
What is most important is to have a high fat source of energy for the birds in the wintertime.  They need the fat.  You can also save and use bacon, beef and pork fat.  Bacon fat is fine but use it sparingly since it also contains nitrates and chemicals that the bird don't need in great quantities. 



Until next time,
Cheers!

Jennifer



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