Silver White Winters….
and comforters (blankets) for comfort!
Wow! One week ago we had over a foot of snow. Today, there is no snow and Spring-like weather!
Winter gave me some good hobbies. Making some cozy comforters to provide winter comfort for my loved ones!
First was the blanket for Dad. Something to give him comfort as he sits in his recliner each evening, missing Mom.
I love making crochet afghans! I browse online and through pattern books for new patterns but I still love some of the old standards that are tried and true! The chevron pattern is a favorite. I like the ‘design as you go’ color combinations that you can create from leftover yarn. For this afghan that I made for Dad I came up with a simple crochet chain edging instead of the tassels that you would usually do for the edging. It makes a clean and simple…fuss free, no fuzzy tassels in your face finish!
And my daughter enjoyed the blanket too…
Okay…so you may be wondering…did somebody pull the fleece over my eyes…or wasn’t this post about fleece tie blankets?
And…there were more. I think I made 6 fleece tie blankets. The blankets for the grandkids were the cutest…and no pictures of those!
One of the greatest little tools, ever, made cutting the fringe SO MUCH EASIER! I made a couple of blankets without this handy dandy little tool…and it was very time intensive and back breaking! If you ever make one of these blankets you’ll want to have this tool. I got mine at Hancock Fabrics.
Once you have all of the fringe cut you simply tie the front and the back layers together. Tied right you’ll have each side showing fringe from the opposite side…a nice look (see above).
So now that our Silver White Winter is melting to Spring…time to pack up the blankets and get on with Spring!
With Spring approaching I’ll get back to work on some of my art projects…like this pastel painting…my boys. I saw a picture, in a magazine, of three boys in a field of flowers. It warmed my heart and I loved it so much! It reminded me of Spring, my boys…and now my grandsons. So…Spring brings opportunity for me to finish this up. I will pass it along to my daughter one day.
I have been thinking of all that brings me comfort. For me…there is great comfort in creating something for my loved ones to enjoy…and loved ones…that is comfort all by itself. To be blessed with wonderful parents, family, children, grandchildren, spouse and extended family…I am truly blessed! What great comfort that brings!
Until we meet again…
The promise of Spring,
The comfort of home and family…
All that warms your heart!
One of my favorite jellies to make was also one of Mom’s favorites…
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly!
If you’ve never had pepper jelly you are missing out on a quirky but tasty treat! The jelly pairs well with cream cheese and crackers. I had some Ritz crackers to enjoy my new batch of jelly on but my husband prefers this treat on Wheat Thins. For me…any cracker will do!
I have read that this jelly is an ‘Antebellum’, Southern treat! I can just picture those Southern Belles enjoying this spicy jelly on some fancy crackers! Pepper Jelly and Sweet Tea…yum huh! Mom loved both!
I had planned to make this jelly for a surprise gift for Mom this fall. Sadly…I lost my sweet little Mama this year in June. Making this jelly is just one way that I can honor her. Oh…this may seem a very small thing but I found some healing and great joy in the process. Okay…I had a small break down right there…onward…
One of Mom’s friends (and her manicurist) called Mom…‘Hot Little Mama’! She was…all that and more! My little Mama was “class n’ sass”!
I have made the green (Jalapeno Pepper Jelly) many times. The Spicy Red Pepper Jelly is a first for me. I LOVE it! If you think you’d like to try your hand at making some pepper jelly….go to either link below for the recipes. The Jalapeno Pepper Jelly recipe was one given to us by one of my husband’s c0-workers, years ago. The Spicy Red Pepper Jelly recipe that I used is from Epicurious. Both recipes are very easy to make. One word of caution! When making the Jalapeno Pepper Jelly…use gloves! The burn on your fingers from the pepper oils will burn, relentlessly, for a very long time! I’ve learned! The red pepper jelly is easier in that regard because you just use dried pepper flakes.
Both are pretty…and pretty tasty!
Use these links to get to the recipes for Jalapeno Jelly and Spicy Red Pepper Jelly…
This jelly and this post is for Mom! I know that she would want me to continue doing the things that I enjoy and all of the things that made her proud of me! I am returning to my blog after a very long break because Mom’s spirit and encouragement remain…always in my heart! She is still the light in the harbor…bringing me home on a churning sea. Weather a storm of sorrow, pray for the calm, call forth the joy in remembering her…all this I must do! And…make jelly!
Excerpts of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8…
To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under Heaven…
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance…
Fern Bushong Christiansen
July 17,1933 – June 6,2014
I am thankful for a Season shared with this wonderful woman…my Sweet Little Mama!
‘Til we meet again…
at Jesus’ feet…
God Be With You…
‘Til we meet again…
Rest in His love Little Mama!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This is an edited post from way back when…one of my first posts, worthy of a repeat.
I came across this recipe back then and have since then introduced the dish to several family members. We LOVE it! This is a classic Irish dish and although a great dish for St. Patrick’s Day…it should be enjoyed…anytime! It is a simple recipe, very hearty and flavorful.
|Irish Coddle…so easy and great for any meal!|
|Irish Coddle Ingredients|
12 – 16 oz. pork sausage links
2 large onions, sliced
4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
1/3 c. chopped fresh parsley (or dried but fresh is best)
pepper (and salt if you wish), to taste
2 c. chicken broth
How I make it…
Cook the bacon…
|Browning the Bacon|
Place bacon on paper towels to drain….start cooking the sausage in a small amount of the drippings.
|Browning the Sausage Links|
When the sausage links are nicely browned…place on paper towels to drain.
Peel and slice potatoes…thin slices.
Peel and slice the onions.
Chop the fresh parsley…chop lightly.
For the layers….
Into a 3 quart baking dish (9×13)…layer the bacon, sausage, potatoes,and onions. Sprinkle with pepper, to taste, as you go (also salt if you like…but I find the dish to be salty enough from the bacon), and sprinkle each layer with the fresh, chopped parsley. After layering the meat and veggies…pour the chicken broth evenly over the layers.
|Ready for The Oven|
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees until potatoes are tender (about an hour). Uncover and bake a little longer until lightly browned…about 30 minutes.
add some Irish Soda Bread (recipe to follow), …and enjoy! The flavor is amazing!
Irish Coddle and Soda Bread…a great combination!
Irish Soda Bread…
a hearty, homey bread, a bit like cornbread. Buttermilk gives this bread a very distinctive flavor…very good! Simple to make…even if you aren’t a bread baker.
|Irish Soda Bread|
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
To brush the top of bread while it bakes…1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer) mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. With a fork or pastry blender…blend in the softened butter or margarine until you have coarse crumbles Mix egg into buttermilk and add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead…or change to kneading hook on mixer…and knead slightly.
Then form into a round loaf and place on lightly greased baking sheet or pan.
|Kneaded, Shaped Loaf|
|Ready for The Oven|
Brush the mixture of melted butter or margarine and buttermilk over dough. Continue brushing this mixture over the bread as it bakes. Cut an ‘X’ into the top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 – 50 minute…or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Voila! Ok…that’s French!
Delicious IRISH Soda Bread!
|Ready to Enjoy|
Cool slightly….slice and serve warm…with your Irish Coddle!
This bread is best served warm…but still delicious the next day…and the next!
In Parting…me Darlins…
An Old Irish Blessing
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Stay funny Valentine…stay…
As the song says…
‘Each day is Valentine’s Day!’
So…even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone…I am posting some of my favorite things that I made for this Valentine’s Day. :)
I had some challenges with my new laptop and photo program and was unable to get it all worked out by Valentine’s Day.
But…every day is a good day to express love and make goodies, right?
I have been so intrigued with my heritage (both French and Danish) and have been exploring recipes and traditions from France and Denmark (see last post…French Cookies).
About a year ago, or so, I came across the Danish Heart. I love them! These hearts are traditionally made at Christmas time. Children make them out of paper and they are hung on the Christmas tree. I happen to think they are suitable for Valentine’s Day as well. The heart is woven together with just two pieces of paper (or fabric) and creates a basket that can be used for a piece of candy or a little trinket.
I made mine from fabric. To make them more sturdy I first tried fabric stiffener and found the best result from using an iron on facing. To reinforce the structure I sewed the sides together at the top and reinforced just on one side on the bottom. Then I attached some ribbon and embellished with buttons or tiny roses.
I love Valentine’s Day! Love should be expressed every day…but it is one of those times we can make it seem even more special. It just makes saying…
“I Love You”…a little bit sweeter!
And, of course, making something sweet for someone sweet…makes it even better! So…bring on the Cinnamon Rolls! I know…Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day for chocolate, right? Well…we had that too but the weekend before Valentine’s Day…Poppy helped me try out a new recipe for Cinnamon Rolls.
Yep…we had a week of Valentine’s treats! See…there are so many reasons to love the celebration of love!
I have been a lover of Cinnamon Rolls…forever! And…I have tried many recipes. I am told that my Danish Grandmother made some pretty fantastic Cinnamon Rolls. Sure wish I had her recipe! I found this one in my Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook….and it is definitely a keeper!
My husband (Poppy)gave me a hand with these because I had sore, cracked fingers from this frigid Kentucky weather. He was needed for the kneading!. He did a great job! The rolls turned out to be tender and delicious!
Such simple things…make me smile!
The comforts of Home…nothing better!
Here is a link that will take you to the recipe for some of the best Cinnamon Rolls..ever!…
‘Til we meet again…
Wishing you a happy heart each and every day…
filled with tender moments, sweet treats,
the comforts of home to make you smile…
And forever love!
Here it is already…2014!! Happy New Year!
I have been gone for so long again. Doggone it!! I miss this place…called blog!
I won’t go into long detail about my absence…only try to get up to date with some shares of some of my favorite things since I last checked in.
One of those very delicious favorite things is this tender little sponge cake that they call a cookie! They are called Madeleines.
I know I’ve heard of them before but when I saw them on a ‘Best Christmas Cookies’ and also a ‘Favorite Christmas Cookies’ list I had to try them. And this was, in part, in honor of my French heritage. I am also part Danish. Is it any wonder I have an attraction to all things pastry? I’m doomed!
These ‘cookies’ do require a special pan. After doing an online search to find a Madeleine pan I went to two stores that were supposed to carry the pan and had no luck. Nobody seemed to know what they were either. Now I am doubting the popularity of these so-called favorite ‘cookies’. I wasn’t willing to give up just yet though! Surely…Bed Bath & Beyond would have this specialty pan! I went to BB&B and could not find what I was looking for. I asked an Associate if they carried the pans and she looked at me with a very confused look on her face. Luckily…another customer, near by, explained what they were and said…’oh yes, those are delicious’! Ah hah…I said…I must have this pan! The Associate understood what I needed after the very helpful customer explained that they look like little fans. I was then directed to the right shelf where there was but one remaining Madeleine pan! The cashier was just as excited about my purchase as I was, thinking that he now knew where to direct the other customers that had been asking about this very special pan! But..ha I say…this pan is mine and there are no others! I felt blessed and I now believed the Cookie list to be accurate! OK…does this story sound at all like the narrative in A Christmas Story yet? No…I cannot shoot my eye out with this pan!
As I was doing some other Christmas shopping (yes, for others, now that I had my very special pan in hand), I was again lucky and blessed to find yet another pan, in fact two, at another store. The BB&B pan (a Wilton pan) definitely had a different shape than the other pans that I found at The HomeGoods Store. After trying them both I have determined that my preference is the pan that I found at The HomeGoods Store. The Wilton pan is deeper, narrower and my Madeleines turned out like little flying saucers…not the desired result. The Madeleines baked in the other pans…perfect! I wish I could tell you what brand the other pan is. I threw out the packaging and it isn’t marked on the pan. The HomeGoods Store carries them.
I’ve now made two batches. One batch makes about 22 cookies (even though the recipe says 24). I think the pan design has something to do with the yield.I am reluctant to confess…but I shall anyway…my husband and I can eat all 22 cookies in less than 24 hours. OK…he does eat most of them. And just in case you’re wondering if that was a fluke…nope! Second batch…gone in 24 hours!
I tested two recipes. I will share a link to the first recipe that I tried…
Ina Garten’s Coconut Madeleines:
And this link will take you my Google Sites recipe site where I’ve added my adapted recipe…
I am truly glad about being mad for these things! A new recipe for the New Year!
Wishing you a very blessed and Happy New Year…
a Year full of new and wonderful,
a Year that is blessed simply…
and simply blessed!
A wreath is a symbol of growth and of the continuous circle of life.
It is a symbol of God’s Love…Everlasting, yet ever new.
Each new day…His Love is there! Happy 2014! May God bless you and yours!
Remember Dolly Parton telling how to make a fruit cocktail dump cake in Steel Magnolia’s?
Hmmm…well this post isn’t about that!! But in the future I will do a…
Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O, Cup ‘O post on that yummy cake and share some photos of those beautiful Magnolia trees in bloom.
Nope…this post is about Ten Cup Cookies. Delicious cookies! I think of these delights as a ‘my cup runneth over’ cookie and they are a new fave at our home!
I have been absent for a while…again! Life has been quite full for several months. It hasn’t been so ‘Easy like Sunday Morning’ for some time now! It has been full…ten cups full and more!
One constant in life is change! I’ve had a change of job and industry which has required a lot of learning. A LOT of learning! My cup runneth over! I remind myself to see all of this change in that very light. I am thankful! I am grateful!
I am on a crazy diet now also…ANOTHER diet! My love for baking has been shelved for a while. But…oh no…where are the goodies? Ah…I made some of Poppy’s faves and some of mine as well…before diet day one! So…I have pictures. What…am I crazy you say? Hmm…yes, must be! Looking at these pictures makes me yearn for these scrumptious cookies! Ah well…can’t have my cake AND eat it too! Wait…what about a cookie?
I have made these Ten Cup Cookies several times now for Poppy and I and for co-workers and their families. They are addictive! Everybody loves them!
One of my fellow bloggers, Christie McGuire, awarded me this great Cookbook…Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook. This recipe was a definite winner and so…I share!
Remember…life gets full of…life! Enjoy it…each and every ten cup cookie at a time!
And when life gets scary…’high tail it and run!’