Jul 6, 2015

Words aren't necessary

because we have all seen the remarkable antique wallet on Pinterest, and there will never be another.  We can't have it!  But we can pretend.

No pinning please.
 
 
 




 
 
 
  This post will self destruct in the near future.
 
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Onion sauce correction

I thought there was missing something!  Obviously there are two sauces, one is sweet onion and that's what I made.  Can't vouch for the other but it sounds good too.  I updated the recipe on the other post.  Instead of looking for my recipe note, I went to Food Network's site and thought it would be the same.  I plan on trying the original too - not sweet - more spice - but you know I prefer sweet!

Sweet Onion Sauce

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced (or coarsely chopped)
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Add honey, chili powder and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water, the ketchup, hot sauce, salt and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened and the onions are very soft. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature before serving.



Original Onion Sauce (Bobby Flay)
 
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Add 1 cup water, the ketchup, hot sauce, salt and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened and the onions are very soft, adding more water if needed, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature before serving.

Jul 5, 2015

Color choice

Hello everyone.  How was your holiday weekend?  We had a nice time at Carole's and I made both pie and cake.  Couldn't get the elderberries out of my mind so out of the freezer they came and damn that pie was good.  So was the cake.  And I tried a new recipe for a hot dog topping that we loved.  I found it in Food Network's magazine.
 

 

Sweet Onion Sauce

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Add honey, chili powder and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water, the ketchup, hot sauce, salt and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened and the onions are very soft. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature before serving.
 
Next time I will coarsely chop the onion instead of slicing.  To me, just easier to eat.  There is a grilled pepper relish that goes with it but the potato salad, baked beans, pie, and cupcakes were selfishly demanding all my time.  We were also using the cordless power drill with its very heavy battery pack, which was knocked off the counter, chipped the soapstone, landed in front of my left foot and then fell onto the right.  The one that is still painful and swollen.  And hard to believe, but the tiny little screws that hold the cupboard hinge, actually made marks when they fell 15" and landed on the soapstone.  They are as light as a potato chip!
 
So here's the color choice.  I followed the chart (316 used with the red) and didn't care for it, so the first change was to a similar shade, 3727.  Still not happy with it, so now it's either 754 or 758.  I preferred the 754 until I put the white paper behind it and now I see it's too light.  So if I wouldn't have posted this and added the white for the photo, I would not have seen that.  But I will probably line it with muslin, not white, so now I'm confused.  I better do 758 just to be sure.
 
We've had three days of sun.  I sure hope it continues.  Our June was a total washout.  Budman is enjoying the weather on his throne.  I had to move the potted flowers around because the deer were eating them.  The Vicks and mothballs aren't working now, maybe because of all the rain.
Hope your week gets off to a good start!
 
Thanks for visiting. 
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Jul 4, 2015

A spider in my pants

Yep.  Stupid fricking spider bit me in my pants!  I sat on the sofa after getting a drink, and it felt like I was sitting on a button, magnet, something small and hard.  So I reached up the leg of my loose knit shorts to grab it and OMG it was a spider.  Already bit me and when I realized what was between my fingers I threw it on the floor.  The little bastard was already dead from my fishing him out. You know how I feel about arachnids.  The bite just looks and acts like a mosquito bite - believe me, I'm very familiar with them.  Upper outside of my thigh, right above the saddle bags.  Will keep an eye on it but it happened a day ago and no change so far.  I was working on Ann at the time so every time I see that sampler I will remember my scream.  I doubt the neighbors heard me but today, the 4th, I sure am hearing them.  They are setting off  ???? fireworks - no sparkle, no color, just noise.  It sounded like a sonic boom, and shook my windows.  Over and over and over.  I sure hope the deer didn't run out onto the highway.  Then there's the go carts and 4 wheelers that the little ones have, up and down the road at high speeds all day.  I would love to hitch a ride but doubt my long legs will fit in.  Years ago, we were continually surrounded by large 4 wheelers from a neighbor and his friends.  Drove me nuts.  The sad thing is that each of them ended up running away or put in detention.  Mom's boyfriends were a problem, the guardian grandfather was hitting another, another with a mom on drugs.  No one really wanted to give up anything and devote time and attention that these teens needed.  There weren't bad kids but ended up with so much anger and resentment, which I think was sadness and despair from not feeling important or wanted.  My neighbor was the last one sent away after the divorce.  I have no idea what happened to the four of them after a few years.  Wow I really got off track.  It's funny how certain things trigger memories.  I wonder where they are.
 
I wanted to show you the color choice for the sink base after months of this that and the other.  First reds, then grays, then greens, now this.
 Sherwin Williams old Curio Gray.  Finally.  The colors just stood out too much in this small space.  This neutral color is a change from the other cabinets, but a subtle one. 
 
Will distress quite a bit with red showing through.  May even use the cabinets' color over it and show both through it.  Should be done in a few days.
Sunday we'll be taking hot dogs and all the sides over to Carole's for the 4th, my birthday, and Chris's birthday.  He can't eat chocolate so I always use the vanilla box cake for cupcakes.  Never liked yellow but the vanilla is really good.   Mark mentioned to my sister that I clean, I've bought her clothes for years, paid off cards, we're giving her a car, the yadda yadda family stuff, and she has never baked a birthday cake for me.  She snapped back that I didn't make one for her 70th or 75th.  I guess all the other years don't count.  So this year, I got cookies.  Close.
 
I'll make my favorite scratch sponge cake at the month's end for my brother's birthday.  Nothing like it!  Wonderful texture.  Mahogany chiffon is good too, both from a very old Betty Crocker and Softasilk flour booklet.  Still buying the grocery store's whipped cream icing because I can't duplicate it.  Mom's whipping cream recipe is good, but this is ready to frost, freezes so there's always some on hand, and everyone's favorite.
 
 
Damn.  Last time it was pie, now I want cake.  Unfortunately, I've never craved a vegetable. 
 
Hope your weekend is spectacular!
 
It's July.  I need to keep repeating it to believe it.  But we had sun for two days and Sunday will be also.  Finally.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Jul 3, 2015

A rant for the 4th

 
Wishing everyone a safe and fun filled 4th.  Independence day.  The land of freedom to have beliefs, faith, opinions.  To live your life as you feel correlates with your ideals and values.  Not hurting anyone, just quietly exercising the rights of this country, given to all.  But no longer.  Whether politics, race, gender, faith, if you don't believe what some do, you are chastised, spit on, ridiculed.  They have and demand rights, but ignore and trample on those of others.  Hypocrisy is rampant, the country has never been more divided, and people are called haters by those that are filled with it.   Called racist because of one idiot holding a flag.  Media only reporting incidents that incite and follow their personal narrative.  Grow up.  Quit acting like a bunch of babies on the playground.  Act like Americans, multi-cultural, multi-beliefs, multi-values, multi-religions.  One large group of free people that should be able to talk, to debate, to express, to accept, to respect, to honor, to celebrate their traditions and culture.  Stop teaching that people are haters because they don't agree with your views.  Differences do not constitute hatred, but if you believe that disagreeing makes people haters, then look in the mirror because that's you.  Whether your opinion is valid or not, respecting freedom of opinion and beliefs is the issue.  That's what should be taught.  We may one day face a great tragedy that will need us to be together and helping others.  Will we ask what you believe before we offer each other a hand?
 
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Jul 1, 2015

Think it'll rain?

Greetings buds.  Just want to show my progress on Kitpin.  I didn't follow the graph for the satin stitch.  The photo looked kind of like this and I thought....what the hell?  Let's do it.

For photographing, I usually put a white paper beneath the linen, otherwise the weave makes a crazy photo.  You can see where it ends and how sheer the linen is.  Alice sent a tip about the carry over threads.  Instead of using little muslin strips or fusible facing, she uses bits of acid free tissue paper.  Much thinner and easier to slip under your thread, even if you need it doubled.  
Thank you Alice, I will definitely use your tip.  I've been a carrier overer for decades.
I also noticed the change of blue in the chart's photo, probably from fading, and started the 312 used in the bottom sooner than I should have.  Would prefer softer shades of the blues but decided to keep the bold for a change.  Because of the linen's thicker threads and slubs, the satin stitch isn't very nice but that's OK.  Stitching the border as I go instead of all at one time is helping me deal with my borderitis.  Love seeing them, hate doing them. The large flower is next but I want to catch up on the border details first.
 

This was yesterday afternoon, again, buckets and buckets.  There is no way to walk in the garden, it's like quicksand and the walkways have been flooded for weeks.   My petunias' leaves are all yellowed and the ones that can be moved have been protected from the sudden and continuous rains but they are still soaked.  No way to dry out without warmth from the sun.....or the sun itself!  The tomatoes all have a blight from the dampness so we purchased a few more and put them in pots, but they are already a month behind for the short season.
The hostas' huge white spikes are usually well into the window, but not this year.  All stunted and the deer have decided to do a taste test.  All around crap summer!  I only get three months and lost one already - crabbier than ever.  I can't even slug hunt. Vickie's tip of pouring salt on them works almost instantly.  I don't want anything to suffer (except for rotten people) and they don't.  They actually melt very quickly.  Weird.  Very effective when they are on a plant and you have no other way to stop them.  The mosquitoes are so terrible, you can't open the door without being attacked.  We have three sets of twin fawns and they are just shaking their little bodies constantly because of the bugs. Tried all the tricks for repellents but nothing is working. 
 Mark's golf course is closed because of the water.  This time, the clubhouse is also flooded. 
 
I guess as long as I am still here to bitch, it's a good day.  So I should shut my pie hole and accept it.  Hmmm.  Pie.  I still have elderberries in the freezer.  OH!  That reminds me.  A company on the highway from my house has quite a bit of frontage, all filled with natural plants and many large elderberry bushes.  Been there for years and the safest area to pick.  They had chainsaws come in and cut it all down.  What an eyesore of stumps and sticks instead of the natural hedge.  My berries are gone.  Been a great summer so far.  Pie hole....shut.
 
Hope your day was/is/will be a great one.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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