Thursday, January 31, 2008
24 small brussels sprouts
1 T. olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice
Wash the brussels sprouts well. Trim the stem ends and remove any raggy outer leaves. Cut in half from stem to top and gently rub each half with olive oil.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in your largest skillet over medium heat.
Place the brussels sprouts in the pan flat side down (single-layer), sprinkle with a couple pinches of salt, cover, and cook for roughly 5 minutes; the bottoms of the sprouts should only show a hint of browning.
Once just tender, uncover and cook until the flat sides are deep brown and caramelized. Toss them once or twice to get some browning on the rounded side. Season with more salt, a few grinds of pepper, and a dusting of grated cheese.
9:21 25 snowy degrees, (probably already 3 inches)
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
trimmed the Forsythia bush and hauled away some cedar limbs from the ice storm.
Bentley enjoyed running with the 4 wheeler, then we BBQ hamburgers and enjoyed the almost spring like weather. I made a quick salad to go with the burgers and a pitcher of ice tea for BT. He had been working in the blacksmith shop most of the day.
We ate dinner and then we crashed!
7:28 PM 53 degrees.
Pumpkin Praline Muffins
1 c. whole wheat flour, 1 c. flour, 1/3 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder, 1 t. baking soda, 1 t. pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 t. salt, 2/3 c. canned pumpkin, 1/3 c molasses, 1/3 c. canola oil, 2 eggs, 1/4 c. milk, 1 t. Vanilla
Topping: 3 T. butter, cut into pieces, 1/3 c. flour, 3 T. light brown sugar, 1/3 c. chopped pecans. Combine in a small bowl, using your fingers to run them into a crumbly topping. Set Aside.
Heat over to 400 and grease the bottoms only of 12 standard muffin cups.
In a large bowl, whisk, flours and sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together pumpkin, molasses, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients just until batter is blended.
Divide the batter among the muffin cups and sprinkle on the praline topping. Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 1 dozen.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
It was a hoot, Grace has the best sense of humor and always keeps you in stitches.
I fixed a big pot of Gumbo and grilled sour dough bread for dippin' Our dessert was healthy Carrot cake. If you want that recipe, I posted it several days ago. It was great, moist cake.
After dinner we retreated into the living room and did a lot of catching up.
Monday, January 21, 2008
One morning at work, Julie opened the night deposit box and retrieved the payment envelopes left over night. One #10 envelope had attn: Patti on it. I wondered what customer was complaining to me now. Instead I found 3 pictures and a note from an old friend of my late brother.
Danny had worked with Wesley for many years, in the note he said he found the enclosed pictures in a cabinet at work and thought I might want them.
You see Wesley passed away in 1998 at the young age of 51. I don't know the story behind this picture, but I'm pretty sure, Wesley never owned this car. It looks like the pictures might have been printed in 1992, if that's the case Wesley would have been 44 when then were taken.
I'm just glad Danny shared it with me. thanks Danny!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
My mission was to scrub the kitchen, mudroom and down stairs bathroom and then sew until I had to go to work at 12:30. I got a phone call from an old friend that I hadn't talked to in months. 45 minutes later, I was scrubbing. It cut into my sewing time, but I still enjoyed the humming of the machine.
In fact I used the old Nechhi machine in the basement. It was a gift to me from my mother in 1966. It still did just what I needed. One of the linemen had me do some sewing on a new pair of gloves he got. The gloves had long cuffs which he didn't like so he cut them off and asked if I could bind the edges. Day before yesterday I took care of the first pair, when I returned them he asked if I would mine doing another pair.
Linemen at my office are notorious for teasing. I just had to give them some fuel for their fire. So after I hemmed the edges together today, I searched my scraps for a nice piece of dainty lace to finish the edges off for him.
I made it to work ahead of schedule. It was decided to wait until tomorrow to give the gloves to Matt, that is until all the co-workers are present. I will keep you posted on the show.
Yesterday I bought this cabinet off of craigslist! (Thanks Cousin Mindy for the introduction).We will pick it up Saturday if it's not raining. (Forecast is a low of 7 degrees for Saturday, so it maybe snowing or sleeting, but I don't think rain is a possibility.) Pretty neat isn't it? It still has the original wavy glass in the doors, along with casters on the bottom.
Today I sold this one and will put the new one in it's place.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
May the works of my hands be pleasing in Your sight, O God.
Lord, bless my work today.
As I choose materials and patterns, may I be reminded of the uniqueness You blessed us all with.
As I cut each length of thread, may I be reminded of the doors that must be closed in our lives so that a new and stronger door may be opened.
As I twist each knot, may I be reminded of a bond of love so strong, nothing will break it.
As I run the thread between my fingers, may I be reminded of the times You have touched my life, my heart, my soul.
As I sew each stitch, may I be reminded of the healing power of Your grace in each of us.
As I concentrate on my craft, may I be reminded of the love and care You put into each of our lives.
As I add my last stitch, tie my last knot, cut the final cord, may I be reminded of the completeness with which You commanded in each of us before we were ever given to this life.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." (Ecclesiastes 9:10)