Apr 1, 2012

What I've been doing

Hello everyone.  It's a beautiful Sunday and I woke up ill so things I planned on accomplishing today will not happen.  What a week.  One good thing - one of the five cats that my brother rescued (he neutered and found homes for three stray litters), came home injured after a week of absence.  Peanut is his favorite and we thought the little wild girl was gone for good.  She looks like a round brush, long hair stands straight out in all directions, with legs WAY too short for her body. one of which is broken.  You can barely see them!  She will be fine and we are happy, but one of mine - the big male that I can't trap - is not doing well. 

On the stitching front, I finally finished the Algerian eye alphabet on the left side and will start on the top right now instead of continuing the left to the bottom.   This stitch wimp can't wait to return to the basic X's!  I also worked for days on creating a few new labels.  Nothing painted yet, and not sure when or if they will be listed, but I was in the mood to play on the computer and here's a preview.  The smoke detector hasn't gone off for a while so you know the edges haven't been scorched yet. 

Remember the oranges I am drying?  Here's a snap showing their progress.  Five are already hard and I poked holes in the stem to help the inside dry completely.  The others are still soft but I poked those too.  You can see how some are perfect, some are misshapen, and some will be mottled.
And I've been cooking.  One of my favorites - kugel.  SO easy.
It's kind of like cottage cheese pierogis or blintzes, but not.
Low-fat cottage cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and a little cream cheese blended and mixed with yolk free cooked noodles and baked.  I held back on the crushed graham cracker/butter/sugar topping.  OMG.  TOO good.

We have so many of these noodle recipes, another favorite is with cottage cheese, egg, crushed pineapple, and walnuts.
The next is the standard with fresh fish - macaroni and cheese.  Another very easy dish to make from scratch and great because you can use your favorite cheese.  White cheddar, cheddar blends, swiss and hot pepper, Jack, anything.  Hub likes buttered bread crumbs on top.

You just melt 2 -3 Tbsp butter with 2 - 3 Tbsp flour in a saucepan, cook for a minute, add 2 cups milk (any), whisk, and add at least 8 oz of the cheese of choice, cook till melted, pour over cooked elbows and bake.  We like cheddars mixed with Jack or hot pepper and I usually add more than 8 oz.

Speaking of whisks, am I the only one with arthritis that can't whisk well?  I have always used the tool in the palm of my hands and rolled back and forth like a beater to prevent the fatigue and pain in my hand.  That's it.  I was tied up most of the week so nothing happened with kitchen plans but hopefully this week will bring a decision.  A few other things - I found this thumb pincushion and think it is so neat for a sewer.  I also found a sampler pattern I plan on ordering - it isn't new - but I just found it!  Eliza Low Pumroy.  Long and skinny like I used to be.
Thank you all so much for visiting and taking the time to read.
Have a wonderful week, talk to you soon!


Margaret said...

Your Lucy Redd is so pretty! Nice to see you working on labels for boxes again. The food. Don't need to see food. :D Sorry the male cat isn't doing well. Good that the female was found though.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW! You have been busy--cooking, painting, drying, stitching, taking care of cats!

All of the above look great! Can you send me some of your energy?

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, are we allowed to 'claim" a set of labels for boxes! My favorite is #4 if you get around to painting. Or number 8 as second choice. Love how Lucy looks, I am always loved the sampler and may have to get the chart out and start her. Your macaroni and cheese looks so wonderful, that is my favorite comfort food.

Sweet Sue said...

Kugels look delish. Sampler coming along wonderfully, nice combo of colors. Have a great week to come, hope you're feeling zippy soon.

Barbara said...

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I hope you improve as the week goes by and you're back to your normal self. I love the idea of how you use your whisk. I also have arthritis in my fingers and sometimes that can be real painful to do. Will try your method next time.

Krista said...

Some yummy looking dishes there, Marly! I have never had noodle kugel but I definitely need to try!
Your new sampler is looking beautiful, love the blues.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh Marly! You've been so busy. You put the rest of us to shame. I just love all your labels!
Home made mac 'n cheese. YUM!!!
Pug hugs :)

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Your sampler in coming along great and the food looks yummy. Feel better CJ in OK ;-)

Sarah Beth said...

Hi. Will you email me those recipes. I will send you some in return.

Mouse said...

hope you are feeling a wee bit better now ... hope you manage to get the pussy cat and get him sorted ...
love the wee labels and that food looks yum :)
I can't use a whisk either ... I have to get some one else to do it for me ...lol
love mouse xxxx

Chris said...

I hope that you are feeling better Marly. I hope that all the cats are better soon. It is upsetting when they are not well.
The sampler is looking great. I feel the same way about those eyelets.
Thanks for all the cheesy goodness.
Have a great week!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Feel better soon! Don't you love that there's always something stitchy calling your name? Thanks for sharing the links!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Lucy Reed looks beautiful. Those Algerian eyes really make it!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Hi Marly, I am going to try your recipe for kugel ... since hubs LOVEs Pierogis ... I am sure we will love this too.
Mostly, I LUV your sense of Humor. Glad you are feeling better and have a wonderful day with much Peace, Fondly, Barb

Deb said...

You certainly have been busy with everything. Those kugels look so good. I haven't had those in years. I have to get the recipe for the pineapple one from you. Seems that since my MIL is still laid up the rest of us will be doing the cooking. That would be a good dish to make.

Anonymous said...

I love the label sets. Have you ever thought about just selling the label sets? I would be intersested in purchasing set 6 and 7. It would be less work for you with the boxes and individuals could do there own boxes.
Just a suggestion.
Have a great day and good luck with the oranges project.

Sandra Salinas said...

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Lanie said...

Hi Marly, happy to see you back! My sympathies on the death of your cousin.
Your Lucy is looking great! I love the eyelets but they do seem to take forever to stitch!
The mac-n-cheese looks yummy! I'll be making some this Friday when my daughter is home from college for Easter break. She says the out of the box kind just isn't the same as mom's ... she's such a sweet girl :)

Bertie said...

Lovely sampler Marly, and the labels look fabulous!!!! Tomorrow I will gift some boxes to my friend, she will be delighted I'm sure.
The food looks scrumptious, must give that a try, did not know you could cook with cottage cheese, I eat it out of the tub LOL.
Eliza is lovely, good choice!

Patty C. said...

You've been busy!.
Love your work.
Why am i hungry all of a sudden;) Yum!

Sherry said...

You really do stay busy. I love the labels. I had to laugh about the wisking because just opening a jar of spagetti sauce can frustrate me to tears when my arthritis acts up! lol.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ohhhh...you had me at noodles. Anything, anything pasta!!! But pineapple??? really??? I've never had "kugel" - sounds like it would be yummy, but you threw me off with the graham cracker/sugar topping....Is it sweet then? Hmmmm.... Might have to do some recipe research. Haven't met a noodle I haven't loved....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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