Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lemon Meringue PIe-Dutch Oven Style

Earlier this morning, I decided I wanted to challenge myself to make a lemon meringue pie in my dutch oven .
   How hard could it be??  I baked the pie crust in the dutch oven, made the filling indoors (it was just too hot outdoors to do that) and then I browned the meringue in the dutch oven--I am sooo thrilled with the results-and it tastes super delicious too.  Had to share with you all.

First two photos getting set up  (all photos will enlarge just click on them)

Pecan nut pie crust baking

 Crust baked and ready

Homemade lemon pie filling added

Meringue and lemon zest added on top

I baked this just til the meringue got browned-coals on top none on bottom

This was actually one of my best meringues I will be doing this again soon. we had a small piece with lunch-soooo delicious I can't even describe it 

T Stands for Tuesday and Fibers

  Good morning, T stands for Tuesday 
      To join the party just click on the button in my right hand column to visit our hostess Elizabeth and Bleubeard-where we all share a beverage inspired post.

      Despite our extreme heat here in the ozarks I have been keeping myself busy. It is still so hot and humid here that I have to do outdoor projects early and be in the house by 10 am. The a/c works overtime in the afternoons and doesn't seem to catch up til about 4 am in the mornings now. 
   My little veggie garden all things considered is not doing so bad considering I planted late this year. I have blossoms on some of the beans now, the summer squash plants so far look amazing, but that wilt has gotten to most of my cucumbers hoping enough survives for a little canning of pickles and relish. My tomatoes looking pretty decent too-but again I see many of the blooms are not getting pollinated. I would like to get enough tomatoes to can up a batch of salsa. Yesterday I laid out the soaker hose as we missed the last rain that was in the area and no rain in sight for awhile.
   My big bag of the cheviot wool is now almost all spun up-I will be finished this week--I see a dye pot in the works soon.

   Last weekend was the annual Fiber U event in a town near me. The last two years I took classes, this year I decided not to-which ended up to be a good thing as my husband's sister from Chicago decided on a last minute drive down. So we had a nice visit on Saturday. 
   Sunday I drove in early to go shopping!  I  never wanted to do things like this in the past by myself but now that I am older I don't mind as much. My one friend was busy making baby blankets with her church for charity and my other friend was out of town. 
    Sorry about no photos of the event-I did bring my camera but ended up not taking photos. I went early so I was the only one wondering around the vendors.
    I do feel bad for the vendors in this event as it is never crowded. Most of the vendors teach a class also so they get shoppers from the students but they don't seem to get many people in just shopping which I find sad. Many of my favorites were not there this time.

   I did bring a shopping list-lol  

         The buffalo fiber I have is so soft but not being a pro spinner I was having a difficult time with it so decided to mix it with alpaca. I have seen it being sold either blended with merino wool or alpaca. The lady at Whirlwind Ranch helped me with the right alpaca-she suggested baby alpaca as the softness and texture matched the bison well-so I think that will be my next spinning project-to get out my blending board and blend the buffalo and baby alpaca fibers together. I wasn't sure about the beige-white color since the bison fiber is a light brown but she assured me it would fine.
   The first photo is the baby alpaca up close and the second photo is her show special of three bags (in back of photo) our choice of colors for $12.00 which I pick up most years.      The vendor I also get good deals on alpaca from was not at the event this year.
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The next item on my list was to look for more spinning fibers that were Yellowstone inspired colors. I had several rovings already that I have collected since last year but I needed that blue especially- the one seen in the springs at Yellowstone, also a little pink and I needed a nice grey and what ever else I could find.

I fell in love with the gorgeous long wool you see in the first photo. It is from the breed Gotland. The fibers are long, luxurious, and will have a bit of a shine when spun. bred in Sweden. This one is also known as Stansborough grey I asked the vendor if she knew more about this wool and she told me that the producer of the Lord of the Rings film saw these sheep and loved the shine of the wool so much that he bought all the fleece and had it spun and woven into the cloaks for the fairies for the movie-thought that was fun to know. I have a breed book at home so when I looked it up it mentioned this movie and several others that used this wool to make into garments.

     In the second photo I found these three rovings-it has that blue I was looking for and the other one has the pinks and greens.

These are some of the rovings I already have that I bought to reflect Yellowstone

My plan is to weave a couple scarves and I would really love to weave an artsy piece to hang on the wall. I am now anxious to see how these spin up-I may need to tone down the shine in some of them we'll see.  This grouping needs a rich dark brown added as well, and a bit of white showing for the snow.

At Fiber U I also learned about a new fiber arts guild that is near me that I think I will check that out next month. I also talked with a vendor that has a new shop in town near me driving towards the lake-mostly for crochet and knitting but she is also getting into rovings for spinners.
    I love gnomes and I had read about a vendor that makes gnome felted sculptures-allot of the wool she used was the navajo churro which I love. She also had gotten into pottery making so I picked up this new mug--loving it. I just filled it up with chicory-dandelion root that I brewed early this morning.

This week I dug out my handmade Russian spindle and played around with a little churro wool-I had to give this up a couple years ago too cause of my hand injury--but I didn't do too bad with it-although I needed to refresh my memory on how to do it. lol  More challenging for sure but one can get a finer yarn with this spindle.

Have an awesome Tuesday! 

    Note: since our internet provider does not play nice-I am visiting all of til 8am my time, and any of you that post a link later I will visit early tomorrow morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Good Afternoon Every One and Happy T Day

Wow I have really missed all of you!  

    We live rural enough here in  our woods in the Ozarks of Missouri that our only internet provider is satelite-very expensive, not fast at all-so no streaming, wifi, watching too many you tube videos, uploading-down loading things as we are also timed for our useage.  
    We do not usually run into a problem of running out of time useage, but I down loaded from camera and then uploaded several hundred photos to shutterfly to get them off my computer-I thought I was using the "free" time 2am to 8 am but turns out it is not really free- the time just goes further during those hours. 
  So, anyways over a week ago we couldn't go anywheres on the net after 8am-all time used up sigh  I also discovered or just realized that when I visit all of you with lots of photos that eats up my time useage too-so I guess a double whammy for us this month lol  I will need to remember to visit you before 8am my time from now on. We won't be starting the new month of useage for several days yet.

   I am not hooking up to the T Party as I won't be able to visit you all again this week. and I can not upload any photos here either on this post-sigh
  Just wanted to drop in and let you know-I really do enjoy your blogs and visiting you all.

I have been busy-washed up the last 4 bags of navajo churro fleece, spun up lots more yarn can actually almost see the bottom of my bag now, and over the weekend I dug out the 12" dutch oven and baked up a wild blackberry chocolate upside down cake-it turned out soooo delicious. I will share a photo when I can  I have also been getting outdoors very early to work on pulling weeds-it is too hot and humid for me after 10 am here. my veggie garden is looking pretty good considering I got a late start this year. and the japanese beetles are enjoying my bean plants-ugh  for those guys I use 7 otherwise they will destroy my crops completely. I had just enough to shake on to all the beans and cukes.

Happy T Day everyone  and have a good week!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Second on the 2nd

  Today we share a link to a past post on the second of the month. Click on button in right hand column to join in with our hostess Elizabeth

  I wanted to share a past post about an art journal I made-totally out of my norm-but I loved it.  I had the guidance of my online friend Shroo-whom I miss as she has not posted in over a year now, she is in England. She gave me a tutorial on how to take an old book-tear out the pages-leaving in enough paper on each page to then stitch on a new page. This was quite fun. I bought a stack of handmade papers-I hadn't start making my own papers at the time- and then used embroidery threads and ribbons etc to stitch them back into the book.  I also sewed back in some of the pages from the original book, made pockets even-I was quite proud of myself.  I am using this journal to save samples and information of my hand dyed yarns and fabrics.

and here is a link  to my second on the 2nd  this post came out a bit distorted when I brought it over-easier to read if go to the link. 
      also just a note Sir John and Izzy were a pair of Canada geese that nested in one of our ponds and returned each year til this year.

I also had made an album at that time on photobucket that shows more photos   go here  to view

Sunday, May 25, 2014

 Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Art Journal and Sir John and Izzy with Youngsters Have Left

Happy Sunday,
    This past week I have started back on my handmade journal. I had taken a break to finish up that memory quilt and then later to work on the veggie garden.
   We have had a few rainy days so good time to get back to this-as I really want to complete it.
   I have had my photobucket since yahoo 360 days but have not used it much for several years now-it has really changed allot. I used to make my own slideshows over there but could not find that feature-so if it's still there let me know where to find it please if you use them.
   I have really enjoyed this creative process. I tore out most all of the pages in the Time Life Sewing book that I picked up for this purpose. I then went through and chose colorful pages from the book to embellish and resew back into the book, I also made pockets or envelopes from these pages too. These are alternated with the handmade papers I purchased from papermaker Gayle on Etsy
   I had purchased papers from two different paper artists and their work is totally different. The papers I purchased that fit the size of this book were very thick-which I had asked for-and much more expensive so I only bought one set and it won't be enough pages for this project-so I decided to save those for a different journal-they can stand on their own with just covers-so need to learn how to sew that together.
   The papers from Gayle that I am using I had bought with another book in mind but decided I love these Time Life books better-so with these papers being a bit to short I just tore a piece in four strips to then hand sew onto the handmade papers to make the right size-adds texture and whimsey so I love it.
   I am now needing to make 8 more pages and then sew in around 16 pages, and I had left the table of contents pages in tack at back of book-so am going to sew those into more envelopes-or pockets . I will end up having over 25 pages total or around 50 if I count both sides of the pages. So plenty of room to enter in my hand dyed samples of yarns and cloth. 

  Well, I wanted to bring my photobucket album I made to here but  can't get it to work-and I did make this album public-I added the link and it still won't work-sigh  so will bring over a few photos instead

  Yesterday morning Sir John's family was in the pond closest to the house-I saw them there when I was filling up the hummingbird feeders-but later when I went outdoors they were gone. I checked all the ponds and even walked about a mile to the fence line of a neighbor that has a big pond-and still no geese-sigh-so hoping they will stop by and visit us again as I miss them already. On another note, my Mom fell again and broke her other hip-but thank goodness not as bad as the one she broke a year ago-It's just about exactly a year since her first fall and the worsening of her dementia. I hope the scientist find a remedy soon for this horrible dementia disease. 

Loving my journal so far photo 018-2.jpg Handmade paper photo 003-3.jpgI sewed back in pages from book photo 005-2.jpg Handmade paper photo 007-2.jpgHandstitched pages into book photo 008-1.jpg  photo 010-4.jpgAdded in silk ribbons,buttons, beads photo 011-3.jpg  photo 009-1.jpgMy rust dye fabric on reclaimed lining with butterflys photo 004-1.jpg More handmade papers to go into book photo 017-2.jpgMy little work space on the coffee table photo 019-1.jpg

My Saturday

  It was cool this morning, so I got myself outdoors early to start the task of pulling weeds-and are there ever so many out there.
   I started with the area that I had weed sprayed a couple weeks ago which is around the carport and to the right and back of my outdoor firepit-dutch oven cooking area.
Miss Calico always cracks me up-she was sound asleep in the middle of the dead weeds so I just pulled weeds around her-she ended up moving to here-had to grab the camera cause she looks so cute and comfy.  She has been sound asleep in that same spot for at least 4 hours now.

  Yesterday a couple friends picked me up and took us to meet an elderly lady who has lived in the same spot for 40 years and has gardens of flowers everywhere-a very magical place. Sorry no photos, I did remember to take my camera and then left it in the car-and didn't get back to get it. Hopefully we will visit her again soon.

   Yesterday I grilled out supper-hamburgers, leeks-sweet peppers-elephant garlic, and french fries.  I keep the french fries in the freezer and then just pull some out place on foil and place over the coals-love the smoky taste they get.

I may just bake a pie or cobbler in the dutch oven tomorrow morning.

I learned about Shutterfly this past week and decided to make up a hard cover photo book with photos from my Yellowstone trip-my book turned out soooo nice-much better than I had expected. It arrived in the mail today. I happened to catch them when they were having a big sale too-which made a big difference. I ended up adding 10 extra pages. It was difficult to decide on which photos but I think I captured my favorite moments. Here is a photo of the front and back covers. all the pages were very thick paper like a heavy cardstock-loving it

Happy 4th of July for all of you from the States.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy T Stands for Tuesday and Catfish Dinner

Good morning everyone, 
    Happy T Party where we all share a post with each other along with a beverage photo. Click on button in the right hand column to take you to our hostess Elizabeth.

  Not allot new going on this past week but we did enjoy a catfish feast at our friends, I am still sewing my hexagons and am on the fourth focal "flower" and then I will be cutting and basting up more hexagons.  Still spinning with my drop spindle working on finishing up that bag of cheviot wool roving. Got another skein finished. 
     I started back on the rock work in the bathroom yesterday-and sigh I discovered my bag of mortar that I have been working with this year has gone bad-sitting too long and had absorbed moisture-although covered up and in a bucket-some of the rocks I have already done may need to be done over-sigh hoping not too much. This happened to me already on one of the walls in the shower where after I finished it I discovered that the mortar was not right so it would end up crumbling away-so of course I am not pleased and frustrated. My new bag and these are heavy at 80 pounds went bad too and turned hard so I needed to break that down and get it outdoors. My back is not feeling so great this morning-and I did break down the bag-oh well-such is the way of things.

Photos: Our catfish dinner-we were invited over to our friend's home-the one that built the huge gorgeous log home, and whom is just a really good friend-one of those people that is always there for you. The guys went out fishing a week or so ago in hubs new boat and they caught a huge huge catfish and several smaller ones-soooo good eats-enough for a few more dinners!  (photos will enlarge just click on them)

In the background above photo you can see their fun loving dog-Hattie-she is a sweetheart

Of course plenty of sides as well, I brought the bean salad and the pineapple upside down cake, and a jar of grilled pickled zucchini-which were really good-found those at Aldi   When we sat down to eat I noticed only one bowl of catfish-oh no I was so bumbed as he always makes a batch of gluten free for me. (and I am used to going to picnics like this in the past where there is nothing I can eat)  So hubs says just take off the batter-no I can't do that I say-so he asks our friend what flour did you use for the catfish? he says oh everything here is gluten free-instead of making two batches we are all going gluten free today even the pasta salad is gluten free as well--so of course I dug right in to the catfish lol   I should have known that he wouldn't forget me.

and for my beverage this week-my new found drink is a mule-which I had never heard of before. I had purchased a bottle of huckleberry vodka on my trip that was distilled and bottled in Bozeman. I looked on their site for drink recipes and found their huckleberry mule and I love love this-ginger beer (which is not beer at all no alcohol), splash of lime, and vodka. So this is my go to vodka drink now. This one is made with Tito's gluten free vodka. I am searching online for a diet ginger beer though-the one I bought has way too much sugar.

In the background is my next skein of spun yarn, my bag in the back is the wool I am spinning, the newest Ply spin magazine, and if you look in the background you can see my loom and my sheep-that I have had since the late 80's-the wife of a friend at work at the time was making these at Christmas time and I had to have one.

Happy T Day

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Friday Everyone

  It has been another hot and humid week here in the Ozarks, but a cool down is coming in later tonight-Next week looks awesome with much lower temperatures.  Perhaps I can get more weeds pulled in the garden next week.

  Yesterday I went into town and picked up the photos I had framed. On facebook I have been following a photographer that I really love
Thomas Szajner ,  I messaged him and asked if he sells his photos-he does so I bought two. One was taken with three bison females and a gorgeous backdrop as the sun was setting back in February and the other photo was a spring snow in April.  When I get them up on the walls I will share their photos as I love the frames.

  I will hang these in the living room so I can really enjoy them.

    I also needed to pick up a few items in town and ran into this Lodge cast iron square grill pan. I have been really wanting-needing a larger size grill pan than what I have so I snatched it up. Lodge is usa made though new they still make good heavy cast iron pieces. My favorite pieces and most of what we own is the vintage pieces by Wagner and Griswold but Lodge still makes good pieces. I saw one by the Pioneer Woman that was made here in the states too but not nearly as heavy and I liked the design and feel of this Lodge much better.

I found this photo online-I like that it is deeper than what I have and large enough for two pieces of meat. I like to get this super hot and then grill steaks etc-just like cooking over a fire outdoors but over a gas flame indoors.

We are going over to our friend's for fried catfish dinner. Last week hubs and him caught allot of catfish so tonight we will enjoy their catch. Our friend makes the best fried catfish-he has a fryer that gets super hot so that makes the difference-never greasy  and he makes a batch gluten free just for me-so I need to decide what I want to make and bring tonight. Perhaps cast iron cornbread not sure yet.

Have an awesome weekend everyone

Update: new photos
    I decided this morning to re season my go to cast iron pieces that I use all the time-about 10 of them. The new Lodge says they are pre seasoned but I still washed it up and re seasoned anyway
    First photo is the new pan on the left and to the right is my old vintage grill pan

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy T Day & a Catch Up Post

Good morning everyone,
    On Tuesdays I enjoy joining in with Elizabeth's T Party where we share our week and a beverage. Click on T for Tuesday's button in the right column to learn more and join in.  (I am posting early as I am enjoying free time this morning)

  Not allot happening here. It has been very very hot and humid so I am not outdoors much in this kind of weather. We have gotten some rain which the veggie plants needed. My tomato plants are doing pretty well especially the ones that got yanked out of their pots twice now. lol We believe it is the deer doing it and not the raccoons. and surprise the impatients they ate down to the roots are beginning to show some leaves again which made me smile.

  I have been tired and also have lack of energy lately. Blame it on getting older, the extreme heat indexes here and allergies-which have been difficult since last fall for me. So I have been doing more reading, hand spinning, and the other evening I picked up my basket of civil war hexagon pieces to work on too. I also am planning to start cutting and sewing my newest quilt project very soon-see last post, I just need to finish up some things in the bathroom and get started back on setting rocks as well-which is actually fun for me to do.

     I have been taking the Boswellia and Turmeric Curcumin for a couple months now and it really has made a huge difference with my left hand which I had injured in a fall a couple years ago. These herbs have really taken away the swelling allot and helped with the pain. 
    I wanted to see if these herbs improved my hand function enough to hold and hand stitch the hexies again. And it has made a huge difference. Just can't go overboard hand sewing for more than an hour at a time,  which I tend to do with my craft projects.
    I wish I would have started this quilt project before my hand injury. I love these civil war reproduction fabrics so much and also the pattern--- that I am just going to continue on and see what ends up-It may not be the queen size quilt but something else 

Those blocks with the turkey red centers will be the focal point of the quilt-placed in the middle of the quilt and then different color combinations of the civil war reproduction fabrics for the rest of them. I will be using a light beige around each block and then a chocolate brown for the rest of the "filler" hexies.

   As I had mentioned in a past post I was trying out a new method for gluten free bread-my first attempt was the best the rest of the breads in that batch were still just too gummy inside but the wildlife enjoyed all that bread-they ate it up right away-there were allot of whole grain flours in it  
    So to make me feel better about baking I made hubs a sourdough rye bread that he says was perfect. I had ordered in a more sour rye starter from Austria for these breads-so it reminded me I do know how to bake. Gluten free bread baking is just difficult-and pie crusts I still have not gotten that right yet for gluten free.

  We were invited yesterday to a grill party at a friend's house. His parties are always fun lots of food as everyone brings a dish and he knows so many people that we get to meet and visit more of his friends.
   I usually bring a pie as the other typical sides are covered. and I do love baking fruit pies learned from my Mom and Grandma so they are country style pies with loads of fruit and the men all love them. I decided to make cranberry-blueberry this time I also made a batch of gluten free brownies and baked them in some mini cupcake liners and served them on a plate with some of my handmade dark chocolate bark placed in those same liners- I had made a huge batch of the bark last winter and just keep it in the freezer for times like this.

For my drink to share this week-we had purchased a watermelon that was a bit over ripe last week-especially in the center. This makes into excellent watermelon margaritas though-so I made hubs and I a batch one evening. Delicious and refreshing!

Happy T day everyone!