Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
is great to get these pressed, but later apples make better cider. We'll see.
I really love the Autumn. How it smells and how it looks. It makes me happy.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Below are the chairs that I kept forgetting to take pictures of. I have had these for years and finally this year they got re-upholstered. They date to the 1920's which is an era that I find really pretty, furniture-wise. My sisters had just dropped off the bedframe in the background, BTW.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I found this apron check fabric hiding today and decided to whip up a pinafore for Abby. She needs a whole stash of these so hopefully I can get her some more made up soon. I think she and Elisabethe are going to wear the same size aprons, which is good as they can share! I sewed this while Daddy was in Columbus this A.M. so when he got home Abby went out to meet him and he noticed right away that she had something new. He's *so* good that way; always notices the new things that the children get! ;-)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
- 2 cups cream
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups dried corn
- 1 cup diced onions
- 1.5 cups diced potatoes
- 1 stick butter
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon cracked pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Heat over medium heat until potatoes and onions are soft. Dried corn is preferred because the sugar in the corn carmelizes and makes a mouth watering treat, but if you must use store bought frozen corn then add some brown sugar to the chowder. My only other advice is please follow the recipe as closely as you can. You won't get a decent chowder using margarine, soy milk and tofu chunks! ;-)
The Cheddar Herb Picnic Biscuits are a recipe I developed to enter a recipe contest. They won first place and are a nice compliment to the soup.
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- .5 cup oil
Combine dry ingredients then blend in wet ingredients. This makes a very stiff dough. Form into balls and place on greased cookie sheet; bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes. Makes 3 dozen big biscuits. I get over 5 dozen gem sized ones.
After removing from cookie sheet dip biscuits in this mixture:
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian blend seasoning
- 1 stick melted butter
I finished Tabitha's pinafore after lunch. I used rick rack instead of bias strips so it isn't really period-correct but it is cute! I love little girls in pinafores!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Elisabethe and Abigail's brown dresses were first in line. Elisabethe's has a yoked bodice and bishop sleeves with shirring at the upper arm. Abigail's has a smooth bodice and coat sleeves. She also has growth tucks in the skirt. Right now these are their Sunday dresses.
Next, was Rebekah's 1840/50's fan front dress. I wanted to do a fan front after looking at Sarah Elizabeth Craft's dresses. The fabric is a reproduction fabric that dates from 1825-1850 so it matches the era I was attempting to replicate. It has flared sleeves with 2 self fabric ruffles and the skirt has 3 half inch growth tucks.