Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall!!!

It's finally here officially!  My favorite season! I wish I could say this was the view out my window but is still air conditioning weather here but it will come eventually....meanwhile...I pretend

A poem by George Cooper............
I wish my front porch looked like this!  Isn't it just the cutest and coziest?  I did have a porch very similar to this on my farm and it was screened in.  My screen door was almost exactly like that one too.  I'm homesick!
Here's a cute wreath for Fall.....
And guess what comes next in the Fall............
I hope you had a great "first day of Fall".  I'm going to go out tomorrow and check out some garage sales, maybe the thrift store and get my ingredients for some Fall drinks like pumpkin latte and hot spiced cider...oh yeah!
Happy Trails!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Mama Dip's Family Cookbook

Remember when I posted about Mama Dip and her cookbook and how I was going to make her Grits Casserole?
Well....I did.....
prepped, put together and baked..........
It was delicious!  I had it last night for supper with a couple pieces of my organic whole wheat sprouted bread toasted.....yummo! 
Here's the recipe from Mama Dip's (Mildred Council) Family Cookbook.  Her story alone is worth the price of the book!

Grits Casserole
This is good served with fruit and muffins.

4 1/2 cups water
1 cup yellow grits (I couldn't find yellow so I used white)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated  (I used 2-8 oz packages of shredded sharp cheddar)
1 stick butter or margarine  (I used butter)
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup milk
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled  (I would use more next time 1/2 pound)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Put the water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Stir in the grits and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until thick, stirring frequently.  Add the garlic salt, cheese, and butter and mix well.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs together with the milk and add slowly to the grits.  (Stir while you are adding the eggs slowly else you will have scrambled eggs).  Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the bacon over the top.  Serve hot.

Serves 8

Bon Appetite and Happy Trails!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Toast to Tuesday and Happy Birthday to Connie!

Yes, it's Connie's birthday today (she has the blog Far Side on my blog list).  If you have a moment, stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday! All the best to you, Connie and I hope you had a great one!
I finished the spider cloth.......I enjoyed doing the 3 Halloween cloths but they are not t.v. watching projects.  Not for me anyway!
I was able to use the cord from the cloths for my cozy memory blanket which is really nice...the wooden needles and cord I was using were really too small and the wood was slowing me up.  I love my Hiya Hiya needles for this.   The square I'm working on now is really yellow but it looks like cream in this photo. 
2 of the 3 books I ordered from Thrift Books came today............(still no yarn)

The third one is All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful in one volume.  These are all books I want to read before I watch the movies and/or series.
When I went to the local grocers today they had these huge pots of mums with three colors in them for $5.00 so you bet I grabbed one.  Seasonal items don't last long in this town so when you see something you had better grab it!
I decorated my kitchen table for Fall with gourds and my Honey Crisp apples and  a few oranges.  The table runner is a tea towel that belonged to my Mother that she got from a neighbor who was from Wales.  There are Welsh recipes on it.  More recipes to try!  Speaking of Breakfast Casserole from the Mama Dip's cookbook is in the oven....yes, breakfast for supper! LOL!  I'll let you know how I like it.
BTW, I was able to listen to the Chicago Bears football game against the Philadelphia Eagles last night on Free Football Radio   So now I can at least listen to football games.  I had to give it up about 9:30 as it was time for me to call it a day.  They lost...I can't remember the score but the Bears were winning when I first started listening and it went downhill after that.  See?  I think I am a jinx!
I hope you had a great day and that your week is going well!
Happy Trails!

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's Monday.....what are you reading, watching. listening to?

Happy Monday all!  I am reading some awesome books at the moment and even though I haven't read that much of them they grabbed me from their first pages!
AMAZON: "A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, astonishing, and deeply moving." —John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil The emotional, incredible true story of Neil White, a man who discovers the secret to happiness, leading a fulfilling life, and the importance of fatherhood in the most unlikely of places—the last leper colony in the continental United States. In the words of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, White is “a splendid writer,” and In the Sanctuary of Outcasts “a book that will endure.”
This book is very hard to put down and he is a great writer.....this book is simply unbelievable....almost!  Truly enjoying it and I look forward to it each night when I go to bed.  The type of book you wish would never end.
 AMAZON: "For many anguished months Ben and Sarah Cooper's daughter has been on the run from the FBI, wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism.  But when Abbie's body is found embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek, the family's devastation deepens into mystery. How did she die?  And what was the trail of events that led this golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?
 In a journey of discovery and redemption that takes us from the streets of New York to the daunting grandeur of the West, The Divide tells the story of a family fractured by betrayal.  It explores the pain we inflict on those we love the most and charts the passions and needs, the dashed hopes and disillusionments, that connect and divide all men and women."
This is sad but good as all Nicholas Evan's books are.  It is not going to give you bad dreams though.  He is another great storyteller especially when it comes to people's emotions.
I keep forgetting to read The Magic Of Tidying Up because I am not used to reading from a tablet.  I have got to write it on my todo list!
This book (finished) is a delight with it's beautiful illustrations and photos from the authors own home, life and childhood.  Mostly it takes one season and shares how to make the most of it!  There's recipes and traditions and lots of entertaining ideas and menus.  There are definitely some I will try.  I love the fact that I have this book....I could browse it's pages over and over for a "feel good" feeling!
 I also read this magazine from cover to cover and if there is a subscription I am getting one!  LOVE this magazine but if you can't afford it just go to King Arthur's website
 It is also wonderful and so informative if you love to bake!  Their recipes are top notch!
I finished listening to this funny audio and it was truly enjoyable....
 Now I'm listening to this one................these were shows on PBS if I remember correctly and his wife is the famous "she who must be obeyed". LOL!
This is a 2011 September issue of Real Simple so the "fashion" might be out of date but then so am I so it won't matter.  At least it is the September issue.........I haven't started it yet. 
As for watching this week....I've listened to Knitting Pipeline podcast, a few Bakery Bears and I started watching Mad Men on Netflix after looking for James Herriot episodes with no luck.  Does anyone know where I can find them?  They were British and a few years back.  I like series and the first Mad Men was interesting since I grew up in that era as a 1967 high school graduate.  The clothes and the decorating are interesting and all the smoking....whoa Nellie!  We all smoked back then!  So far so good although there's always female nudity but no strange.  Not that I care for either but at least lets be fair.  I'll see how long I last watching this one.  It may be too "adult" for me! LOL!
If you're not familiar with Mad Men, it was a very popular HBO series about Advertising executives in Manhattan, N.Y. during the 60's. 
 That's all for this week!  I'm going to try and listen to a Chicago Bear's game tonight on Free Football Radio
Saturday I used it and was able to listen to the Iowa Hawkeye game which, unfortunately they lost to the North Dakota Bisons.  I hope I'm not a jinx!?!? It was their first loss.
Happy Trails!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

YOP Week #12

Slow week here on the YOP front.  Remember last week when I said I ordered from Love Knitting?  Well, they are in the U.K. so hopefully I will get my yarn this week.  I need to order supplies weekly to keep  up with my projects! LOL!  I did manage to stay busy though.
I'm almost done with the last of the Halloween cloths........
I finished the heels on both socks and started the gusset on one but I need to review my circular needle videos on gussets because I am confused right now with the needle placement.........she's got me putting like 9 stitches out on the cord and I don't remember ever doing that before but we'll see.
Say a prayer as I don't want to rip a sock out at this point....
My Giant Granny was my t.v. watching/audio listening project that is on hold since I ran out of yarn (again) so I decided to start a Cozy Memory Blanket!  I've wanted to but heaven knows I have not knit enough socks to have leftovers for a blanket but I do have a load of acrylic worsted so that is what I am using.  I am using a U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle with a 16" cord....too small but I'm  making do  until I can order some new needles.   I made a mistake on attaching the 3rd square but I've ripped it out and got it going in the right direction since I took this is a wonderful watching/listening project and a good way to use up my stash of old acrylics plus I need a good sized blanket for my bed.  But that might take awhile. LOL!  Meanwhile, it will keep me warm while I am working on it.  The squares are about 3inches.  I am using this pattern on Ravelry
She used DK weight with size U.S. 6 needles and most of the podcasters are using sock yarn so you can use what you have and adjust your needles accordingly.  There are crochet ones out there also which I may make next with a white or off-white border in between each hexie or square.  The one I saw was on Stitched in Sweden  and she was using hexies.  Bakery Bear's Kay Jones used regular granny squares.  Any method you choose will be a delightfully fun way to use up stash.  Somehow they all end up looking gorgeous like a patchwork quilt.
I hope to finish the spider cloth today and get back to the socks.  I'm sending in another order for yarn for some Bankhead hats
for Christmas gifts and matching fingerless mitts for my sons and SIL
I also heard, on Knitting Pipeline audio podcast, about a cowl that looks like a shawlette.   I put it in my favorites and I want to make it, Zuzu's Petals.
I've been listening and catching up with Bakery Bears podcasts and Knitting Pipeline.  Paula, of Knitting Pipeline, was a friend of Elizabeth Zimmerman and also took many classes from her.  She has all kinds of wonderful knitting tips and techniques and is a designer of many patterns herself.  Her patterns have been featured on Quince & Co.  She also mentioned a great wool shop, The Woolen Rabbit
They have beautiful yarns and along with Quince & Co. she recommends them and has loved knitting with them and the finished products they produce.  What a selection of hand-dyed yarns!  Fairly reasonable too.
That' s all for this week...still waiting for Fall here in the Ozarks!  Enjoy yours!
Happy Trails!