30 September 2013
We could not possibly have asked for a better fall weekend for this festival this year! What perfect weather, such fun and talented people to spend two days with, and the food items were yummy. Santa makes a mean beef veggie soup in a big black kettle, I'll tell you that.
These are a few shots of my booth and the things I've been up to lately.
Speaking of glass, I'm on the lookout for wooden window panes. If you have any you would like to part with, and you're in the Central PA area, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great Monday!
27 September 2013
I'm sure I'm not alone with my Lego problem. There are never the same number of head compared to bodies. Or the head is the wrong color, which does not bother me in the least but I am told
by my little boy you can't do that. It's a crime against humanity apparently.
I did however, cure our mis-colored head problem but getting out the trusty Sharpie.
No more headless droid.
Please don't remind him there are still five heads on the table and no more spare bodies.
Big weekend coming up! Fall Fest at Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax Pa. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by for some yummy food, good wine and browse the 30 or so vendors that will be set up. I can almost guarantee the weather will be better than the Spring festival.
Remember that one? Rain all day Saturday, the Dorothy, Toto, and the Kansas winds all day Sunday? Fun stuff, right there.
26 September 2013
New cases on, pillows in place. Pretty!
....and yes, I am still completely in love with the red and white quilt. I have fantasy plans of making pillow shams with some of the same fabrics from the quilt to go on the bed also, but the time hasn't seemed to materialize for me yet. Where they add another hour or two into the day, someone will have to message me to let me know.
24 September 2013
It is my belief that the best sauce is a simple sauce. The fresh tomatoes do not need to be dressed or overpowered by a dozen herbs or spices to bring out their perfect flavors.
To make my sauce, I start with a big pot of boiling water. I fill a second large pot with tomatoes and pour the boiling water over them. If I'm making sauce, I'll let them sit for 15-20 minutes or so with the lid on to steam off the skins.
When the water is cool enough to put your hands in, the tomato skins are slipping right off the ripe tomatoes.
I add nothing more than garlic, onion, and maybe a red pepper if I have one I can pull out of my garden. A little salt, pepper, or a small pinch of basil if you have it.
After I've slipped the tomatoes out of their skins and removed the cores, I give them a good squeeze before adding them to my sauce pot. There is a lot of remaining liquid in the pan so I poured off a bit of it to make some tomato soup for my daughter and I for lunch today before adding my tomato pieces to the onions and garlic.
Simmer for 1-2 hours. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth if desired.
That's it. That's my sauce recipe. You can can these and process according to your altitude directions to put up for the winter. You can let it cool and put it in ziploc bags to freeze flat. Or you can move onto dinner with a yummy veggie lasagna (which is what we did)
23 September 2013
Let's see if I can get this new blog schedule rolling as we head into fall. I've been working like a loon around here lately; heading back to school (the job) and back to college (the degree), working on a few quilt commissions (two t-shirt quilts through the Etsy shop plus one more local, vintage feel quilt), putting together my graduate art show works, plus I've been prepping for another Fall craft fair. And I can't forget getting the garden harvest to put up for us to use all winter. Oh, the tomatoes! I canned 10 quarts of whole tomatoes this weekend and I still have a mini-mountain of the ruby jewels on the counter top.
(not a picture of whole tomatoes, instead a photo of a few pints of my sauce)
A few years ago I used those scraps and a picture frame I had in my basement to make this for my kitchen window. It was propped behind my herbs for a bit but hoisting it up to the center of the large window did wonders for it's display, and for the herbs too. They like a bit more direct sunlight.
(photo taken from below the table)
I'll adhere the glass to the window with 100% silicone and grout over the pieces with a gunmetal gray colored, un-sanded grout to finish it off. The strength of the window frame will support the weight of the extra glass but I'll still add heavy duty eyelet screws and framing wire to hang it.
Hopefully, I'll get back to it tomorrow and have it grouted on Friday for the Saturday Fair day. Hopefully. Best laid plans and all......
I'll be back on Tuesday with a recipe to share.
Have a creative day!
05 September 2013
How can I wrap up an entire summer's worth of activities in one post? I just can't. So here's some photos of what you may see coming up in the next few weeks.
I'm working on a more consistent posting schedule, I truly am. Let's see if I can stick to it!
For now, here's just some of the fun. Recipes and directions to projects will follow. Happy September 5th!