Sunday, October 16, 2016

By the light of the silvery moon

Hello everyone!

Last night I decided to try another dish.  
This time using ribeye steaks. We like the flavor. 
But you could really use any cut that you like.

Using my ancient pyrex dish, a skillet will work too, add about 1 tablespoon butter.
Let it melt.

Slice a good sized onion or two.

Add onion to the dish.

Cook until they start to get soft.

Then add your meat.  
I season mine with sea salt and cracked pepper.

And the fun part is to now cover your dish and let it simmer for an hour or two until the meat is nice and tender.  

All ready to serve.

Mashed potatoes work for this one.  Rice maybe?

And last night, what a moon, right?

And some time to spare.  It's finished!  Now for a good soak.

Until later...

Friday, October 14, 2016

It's all in the pan-again

Hello guys!

Tried another recipe yesterday.  
My own this time.
I love to use a mandolin for a lot of different foods.  
I wish I could afford a professional stainless steel mandolin.  
Maybe Santa will leave one for Christmas.
Potatoes are one of the favorites I love to slice thinly.  

So with my new cast iron grill (on top of the stove) (love it, love it) use a little olive oil and some butter.  I cooked them until they were on the crispy side and it didn't take very long.  Season to taste and sprinkle with paprika.

After your potatoes are done, wrap in foil set aside, and prepare two pork chops (cut of pork is your choice).  
I love using "Panko" this is so much better than regular bread crumbs.  I used garlic salt/sea salt, pepper to taste.  Make an egg wash with one egg.  Dip your chop into the egg mixture and coat with Panko.  There should be enough egg that you can do each chop twice.  Place in the pan and let it go!

Once the chops are done on one side, turn.  
 I'm a great believer of a thermometer probe.  
When they reach their destination, you're ready to eat.  

Using "Panko" makes them so wonderful and crispy.  
They were so good that the dog even had some. LOL
Still working on my quilted pillow.  
Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow!
Until later...

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Whole cloth quilting

Hi guys!

Happy Sunday


Well, I surprised myself.  
Since the purchase of  two whole cloth pillows from the Missouri Star Quilt Company and everything went together like butter, I love hand quilting. Amazing!
I've decided that you really need a high quality fabric (muslin or otherwise) and the best quilting thread you can afford.  Quilt sandwiches should be composed of top and backing and the use of "excellent" batting. 
Lesson learned.
I had to stop the quilting on my wedding ring/friendship quilt, quilting was not working very well.  I'm half tempted to take the dreaded quilt apart and save the arcs and get some high quality muslin and better thread.  But I put it away.  I banished it to the shed. LOL

Okay !!
First pass!

This one was sent to the moon.  When it lands I'll try and do something with it. LOL
(Hint, hint)

I think the second pillow I'm going to hand baste it because I hate to have the pins getting in the way.
But, this one is okay for now.

I'm trying to make equal stitches and have noticed that every now and then I get a few out of line.
I'm not perfect. LOL

So I am so excited that this is working well, today I ordered a Christmas tree skirt to use as a tabletop for my dining room table.  This time, the cloth will be in a natural color and I'll be using a cranberry color  quilting thread to go with our decor.  
I know that it's going to take a while, but I really enjoy the rhythm of hand quilting, especially when you have great material and great thread! But the nicest thing is I love it because it's all marked for you !!
I can't use a hoop and I'm very unconventional with the quilting stitches process. (No thimble) As long as it's basted and can't move around, who cares!  LOL

Watching football and stitching!  All day!

Pizza in the oven, a roast later....Yum, yum
Until later...

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Hi guys!

I found the greatest website called the sprout people.  I've had a lot of fun with these sprouts and found a great recipe on the net.  These are actually mung beans.  I really love how plump they got.  The first batch (test) I let them go too long and the sprouts sprouted leaves.  I wasn't too sure if I ruined the batch but I was told it was okay to eat.  They were delicious!
But these look a lot better.

This next piece I have been using as a warm-up quilt sandwich and I've tried to make my stitches all the same, but I'm not that good at it yet.  I can't use a hoop/frame.  I've tried the rocking needle.  Nope.  I tried the stab stitch.  Nope.

So the other day I ordered two pillow tops to quilt.  Put the first one together today and away I went!

The (washout) blue design kinda makes it hard to see how my stitches are lining up.  I guess, in 100 years no one will notice. LOL

So I'll be working on this, watching football over the weekend.
Until later...

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hi guys!

You know, it's really great when your grocery store offers a penny sale.  Buy one and get one for a penny.  I really wish I had a chest freezer.  You can't get much better than that.  So tonight I'm making another dish with pork chops.  The baked potatoes are in the oven and after a bit I'll be making pork chops with a mushroom gravy.  I am drooling all over.  LOL

So I gave up with hand quilting for a bit.  
What can I tell you.  It has been very frustrating. 

I just can't decide what I want to do.  Soooooo then I went back to Ballet to try to see what color combination I can come up with for the next round.  I'm not very good at selecting what goes with what.  Maybe I should take all the colors and put them in a bag and pull out one by one, go on, and don't worry about it.

Until later...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A rare day!

Hi guys.  
Okay, started messing around with this pattern AGAIN.  I like how this pattern looks.  For the sides I thought I'd do a tight feather design.  I have no idea yet. LOL
I can't make up my mind.

I have no idea how this will turn out, and I may change my mind.
I'll keep going until I hate it LOL.  Then rip it out again.

Then for another story (I may have told you before):

Basic routine for me is going to bed about 10p.  The dog from hell gets three treats on his pillow and sleeps on the bed.  Okay he eats them, I fall asleep and usually wake up between 6 and 7 am.  No biggie.  DH is a night person and usually sleeps mornings, noon, etc. LOL  However if his internal clock just happens to register 11 am he is out of bed to watch his show. "JEOPARDY." This definitely smacks of old age, doesn't it?
Okay, in between all of this going on, I'm so lucky and I'm smart enough to be really quiet or I get the chance to take out the dog in the morning. 
If the dog from hell licks his skin off, DH yells at me to take him out.
Okay out with the dog. Lucky me.
This morning things went according to plan.  However...I observed the dog who was still on the bed that he was "eating" his biscuits that were left over from the "hotel "that puts his mints on his pillow every evening or so I thought.
I noticed the dog this morning going on with gusto.  I really wasn't sure what he was doing.
UNTIL I went to get him off the bed.

Ugh!  He was chewing on my retainer that stops me from grinding my teeth.  If you have ever had one of these made for you, it's expensive and you don''t want anything to happen to it.
I must have flung it out of my mouth when I got back into bed.
Thankfully he didn't do any damage. 
That's all for today!
Until later...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It's in the pan!

Hi guys!

The other day DH bought me this square, top of stove, cast iron grill.  I've been using a very large and heavy cast iron pan for just about everything.  You can't beat it, cook it on the stove and/or shove it in the oven, use a rack or bamboo steamer.

Walmart, our local Brookshires Grocery Store and Bed, Bath and Beyond carry them and they are online as well.

My DH and I went grocery shopping the other day and he stopped, looking for another probe thermometer  where all the gadgets were and there - OMG - were 2 of these pans marked down to 10$!!!!  PERFECT
I should have bought them both, but I thought I had a real find!
This sucker is really heavy, just like my big one, and I can hardly lift it.  After using both I should  develop some muscles not to mention it's a good weapon. LOL

Anyway, I was surfing around and found a really great recipe to break it in!

Two thick pork chops with pockets  Will try a bone in next time.  I think it offers a really good flavor.
Crumbled bleu cheese
Salt, pepper
Olive oil
2 apples cored and thinly sliced.
Add special spices that you love.  I can't because my DH can't eat anything green (vegetables or herbs) because of his clotting time.

Okay, stuff pork chops with bleu cheese 
(I may try stuffing them with both cheese and apples the next time)
I also thought a nice stuffing would also work with the bleu cheese and apples.
Sprinkle w/salt and pepper
I also used my trusty meat thermometer for the pork. Let them cook, doesn't take very long.
Cut up apple slices add some butter in this pan and coat them.  Let them brown a little bit.
They were soooo delicious!
We decided that it really did grill on the stove top.  It was amazing. (We like to grill out!)
Of course the cast iron grill takes a little care - no soap - use a brush - wipe and wash and then coat with some olive oil.  Heat and let cool and you're done.  It gets nicely seasoned use after use.

After the great dinner I pulled out the dreaded quilt. 
 I pieced this one very, very long ago. 
 I think if I go back a bit I might have showed you the px.
Anyway I have had a hard time trying to determine what kind of quilting pattern to do.
I can't seem to settle on what I should do.
Any suggestions?

I used Solvey first, however it began to pucker and then it was very hard to get the needle through because of the gunk on the sticky side.  Forget it.

Then I thought what about just echo?  I admit I'm not a very good quilter.

Then I tried a stencil.

Another stencil.

I don't know what to do :)
Thinking,  mmmmmm
Until later...