Culinary creations

Today I decided to try out a new bread recipe.  You can find it here.  I used my kitchen-aid mixer and did the rest by hand. Next time I think I will bake each loaf in it’s own pan… maybe.  I am worried that it won’t quite be done where it touches.

It looks so good!  I can’t wait to eat it tonight!  Ooh we need some honey!  I love honey on fresh bread.

I’ve been able to try out some new recipes lately and it is so fun!  I have a recipe book that is from my mom’s mom’s family.  I am going to start going through those and trying out some of those recipes.

My first real cookbook, that I have used for 30 years, was a Betty Crocker Cookbook that I got at a garage sale, so this baby is old!  The recipes are great though!

I have a cookbook that the county I used to work in put together.  That is a fun one to use too!

The best source of course is always mom’s recipes.

What are your favorite recipes?  Where did you get them from?

The dreaded…

Today I finally decided to give in and have a mammogram.  I know it’s not that big a deal, but I have heard such horror stories.  I’m 50 so I figured it was about time.  It really wasn’t as awful as I had heard.  I little squishing this way… a lot of squishing that way and voila your done!








I called my hubby and told him that I was done.  He asked questions and I told him that they just took a few pictures and that was it.  There was a moment of silence on the phone then… “Wait a minute, you won’t let me take pictures of them, but the doctor gets them.  I see how it is!”

What do you do with a guy like this?  He makes me laugh!  Guess I’ll have to keep him.

(P.S.  My apologies to my mother-in-law if she reads this!  LOL!)

In a Jam!

We have been canning since July!  This last week I did 21 quarts of pear-apple sauce.  Yesterday we made tomato jam!  If you have never had it, you are missing out!  I have to say that it is my favorite jam we have made so far.  I like it because it isn’t as sweet as some of the berry jams.  So good!

We planted different kinds of tomatoes this year.  One is a yellow tomato.  It is so good!  I would take one of those tomatoes over a red tomato any day.  I love roma tomatoes but these are even better!

I’ve decided that Oregon has two seasons… wet and dry.  It has been dry for months now.  The lawn is brown.  We have to hand water the garden because it costs too much to just let the sprinkler go.

It has been a good summer though.  I have really enjoyed canning and watching the shelves fill up with food.

So I’m going to show just how yummy the tomato jam looks and our delicious yellow tomatoes.  Too bad you can’t taste it.

This is the recipe we used:

Red Tomato Jam

6 Cups tomato pulp

2 pkgs pectin

2 tsp lemon peel grated

1 tsp salt

4 tsp lemon juice

7 Cups sugar

Combine tomato pulp, pectin, lemon peel and lemon juice.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.  Add sugar stirring until dissolved.  Return to a boil.  Boil hard for  one minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat.  Skim foam if necessary.  (We didn’t have any.)  Ladle hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Place two piece caps on.  Process 10 minutes in boiling water canner.

Yield 5 pints

Feeling crafty

I have been working on my craft room.  It is finally painted.  It is a sunny yellow.  It took a lot of work to get it looking like it does but it is so worth it!

Back in the day I was a tole painter.  I had a craft booth in two of the biggest craft fairs in town.  Oh I love painting!  Craft trends change like all things do.  So I’ve been looking into things that I can do.  I found the coolest website.  Almost as fun as Pinterest.  It is called Random Tutorial.  Find it here. 

It leads you through all sorts of crafty websites.  I even found one on tatting.  I remember my aunt saying that too many of these arts were going to be lost if the next generation didn’t learn them.  I never learned to do tatting from her.  I wish I had, I still have the chance to learn it though!

My daughter is an amazing cake baker and decorator!  She has made cakes like you wouldn’t believe!  Cake decorating seems to be a fun new trend.  It’s funny because I remember my mom learning how to make frosting roses.  She was really good at it too!  Since trends seem to kind of recycle, I am hoping maybe someday one of my grandkids will want to paint with me.

I have all the makings to start doing homemade cards.  I have a ton of ideas too.  I bought some alcohol markers and some water markers.  It should be fun!  I also have several tubs of yarn and crochet hooks.  Plus an amazing amount of beads and jewelry making stuff.  Miss E and I should have fun with that!

I also have my beloved paintbrushes and some paint.  So many ideas of things to paint!

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?  Do you read?  Do you do something crafty?