Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Tyler, Texas is the rose capital of the world and also known far and wide for our Azalea Trail.  
This year we went early and took pictures yesterday because we had terrific winds and rain today.  A really, really bad storm went through and we didn't think the flowers would be left !  I hope you enjoy them.  We have beautiful flowers and wonderful architecture.

Enjoy :)













Will be tatting for a few days...enjoy the pictures...catch you later.  Happy Tatting!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Better Late Than Never!

I happened to be thumbing through my huge collection of patterns that I have amassed and can't have enough of them, of course, and thought, I'd like to try a bookmark. Hopefully, to help me concentrate on making better, even  stitches.   Little did I know at that time, that I would go nuts to make them!  Ahhhh......

The first bookmark I tried was from "Learn to Tat," by Janette Baker which I have shown you above.  It was relatively easy for me to do and I'm almost done with it.  This was done in size 10 thread and for this size I used the Starlit Shuttle because it holds so much more of the 10 weight and I don't have to add threads.  It is not made with Lizbeth threads (just for practice I used an over the counter brand). Then I got silly.  Okay, here we go!

Still searching through all my patterns, I found one I pulled off the net, which I thought was really pretty and I followed it exactly and there were a few rows missing.  So I reinvented the wheel and since I like things that match and are even I created a new pattern and liked it so much I made two more!
Don't you love how they shade?  The middle one is an ecru.  The picture doesn't really do them justice. AND THEN.......

OMG!!!!  What happened next!
I saw a video on youtube regarding the Pelc shuttle and I was captivated.  I had purchased just about every kind of shuttle from www.hhtatting.com and this one, but I never used this shuttle.  I had no idea what it could do and boy, did I have fun!! WOW!
The threads are not Lizbeth as shown here.  My ball thread was green and then I incorporated yellow and orange in the "double" shuttle.  I was instantly caught!  My imagination has been running wild all day.  Even so...I had to order another Pelc just in case for my backup.  Wouldn't you?  Ms. Foster at Handy Hands must think that I have just about lost it because I order about once a week and  you have to have  F-U-N with what you do, don't you??!!!!  I thought, okay if you use the Pelc to introduce two colors why can't you have some extra shuttles or extra bobbins with different colors just waiting to be used?  I'm going to try this out and see what I get.  I'm having so much fun with this.  I never knew that I would be "consumed" by such a craft!  To each his own.  I hope you all enjoy your tatting as much as I do.

Happy Tatting :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lasagna


Lasagna

I tried a new dish!  It was wonderful.  It can be found at att.net search for  spinach lasagna rolls

Ingredients
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and well drained
  • 2 cups low fat cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 dried lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • Non stick cooking spray

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 14-1/2 ounce can tomatoes cut up
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Coat baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.

For filling:  in medium bowl stir together spinach, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and nutmeg.  Spread about 1/3 cup of the filling on each noodle.  Roll up jelly-roll style, beginning at a short end.  Place rolls seam side down in prepared dish.

Cover with foil.  Bake rolls in a 375 degree oven about 30 minutes or until heated through.

Meanwhile for the sauce, coat unheated 2 quart saucepan with spray.  Preheat over medium heat.  Add onion, sweet pepper, mushrooms, and garlic.  Cook until vegetables are tender.  Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, sugar, and ground black pepper.  Bring to boiling, reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve sauce over lasagna rolls.  Makes 8 main dish servings.

You can assemble the lasagna rolls and prepare the sauce as above.  Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.  To serve, bake the rolls in a 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes and reheat the sauce.

Observation:  nutmeg would be optional, could be prepared ahead and freeze rolls, make sauce fresh.  Instead of cooking spray, try pure olive oil, use already prepared favorite tomato sauce, I had filling left for 2 more (10)!.





Enjoy!  Have been working on something a little bit different to try and keep a good tension on my tatting.  It's interesting, AND I like how it's coming out.
Catch you over the weekend!  Happy tatting :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Well, I've added more goodies to the box and it's getting crowded.  I also want to show you that I've stopped on the ecru butterfly doily and started a new center.  I concentrated on making firmer stitches and trying to take my time.  Right now, it's on the board, trying to dry.  My next round will be split rings.  I am wondering if you can block it as you finish a round instead of waiting until it's all done.  Any ideas?


Till the next time, happy tatting.