Thursday, March 30, 2017

A little leaky but the roof is still on! LOL!

What a storm last night!  Not a very restful night but no tornado or loss of power or need to go to the basement.  It hailed like crazy though and that's enough to wake anyone!  It was about marble size when I looked out but the lightening was never ending and really bright!  As for the porch, there was some moisture but no dripping and it was much less than before so I called them and they will be by before the next storm for sure.
I had a few local errands to run today.  I'm making  a master grocery list in my bullet journal and will probably head to Wally World tomorrow as I am running low on staples....not the metal ones either! LOL!  
I've been working on secret (only on YOP Sunday) Easter projects and just doing household chores that seem to keep me from getting to the projects I really want to work on!  I have been adding lots of great websites to my sidebar also so check them out!
Tonight was meal making so the potatoes are boiling to be mashed and the chicken fried steak and gravy are done...........I only have one burner that works....a small one can you tell?
 but they're cooked..............
 The gravy is so good!  Yes, I had to taste it to season and it is the best gravy I've ever made or ever had.....this is going to be the greatest comfort meal of all time!  Oh, did I mention the mashed potatoes not only have butter in them but cream cheese too!  If you don't see me out in blogland you will know that meal was more powerful than my statin pill could handle!  In my defense though...this was the Valentine's Day dinner I never got. 
It will be early to bed tonight and I am sure everyone here in town will sleep well!
I hope you do too!  Oh, I am having whole kernel corn for a vegetable to go with the chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and gravy......and lemon cake for dessert....BTW, the Italian Fresh Cream Cake was okay but nothing to write home's THE BEST lemon dessert...........I've made this many a time and it never disappoints!

The American version of the famous English Lemon Drizzle Cake
I used my Kitchenaide stand mixer for mixing this up.  It makes one loaf pan that I lined with parchment paper.  I baked it for 30 minutes or until done at 350 degrees.
1/2 C butter (really soft)  (1 stick)
3/4 C self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
the rind of one lemon grated (I use a micro plane and just the yellow skin...the white is bitter)
1/2 C superfine sugar
2 eggs
3-6 T milk

After whipping the butter, I added everything else and whipped it for no more than 3 minutes and much less really.  I wanted it incorporated well but also whipped it to get the eggs nice and fluffy. I poured it into my loaf pan and baked it for 30 minutes although it said 30-40 mine looked great at 30.  I had previously mixed up the syrup to pour on top which is merely the juice of 1 lemon mixed with 1/2 C superfine or granulated for the "frosting".  I looked at so many recipes and not a one of them were the same! LOL!
I used the superfine also for my frosting.  I just mixed it with a fork in a small bowl and poured it directly over the cake after it came out of the oven while it was still hot.  Some recipes I looked at later said you should poke holes in the top before pouring the frosting mixture on top but I didn't do that but I might next time.  You then let it cool and I took it out later and sliced it like pound cake
P.S.  To make 'sueprfine' sugar just pulse regular sugar in your food processor (if you have one) and you will have 'superfine' sugar!

As for crafting.........look at this cute little number.....and yes, I printed it's a free pattern from the Temecula Quilt Co. which is now on my sidebar!  Happy baking, cooking, sleeping, eating and crafting!
American Patriot Collection

Marcus Brothers new line American Patriot Collection
is here and just in time to get something done for the
4th of July. This project is really simple.
Enjoy this free pattern.
Crayon Box Quilt
Finished Quilt - 20"
Fabric Requirements
39 small scraps of dark ( red and blue )
1/3 yard light background
1/4 yard middle border and binding
2/3 yards backing
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Cut: 39 ** 3 -1/4" x 1 -1/2" rectangles from dark scraps
Piece these together in 3 rows of 13.
Cut: 2 ** 2-1/4" x 13-1/2" strips from background fabric
Piece center section alternating background
strips and rows of "crayons"

Add borders by measuring your quilts side lengths
and cutting borders as follows:
First Border ** 2-1/4"
Middle Border ** 1-1/4"
Outer Border ** 1-1/2"
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Quilt as desired *** Bind *** Enjoy

Happy Trails!



  1. Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy! YUMMY! That's my kind of meal. And lemon anything is divine. Love the quilt too. Great post!

  2. What a fun post. I'm glad he storm didn't do more damage but sorry you still had moisture. That meal sounds wonderful. One my favorite meals is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. The lemon cak is just the "icing on the cake "!!! Beautiful quilt too!
    You'll be happy to hear that my PT is very happy with my progress. I even got over 7600 steps today on my Fitbit. He does still want me sitting quite a lot though while the bone finishes healing. However he gave me some new exercises. Yay! Maybe I really will be well soon.

    1. Oh Betsy! I am SO happy for you and you will be well soon...just in time for lake weather! There are some days when I wish someone would tell me I had to sit! LOL! Enjoy it and your handwork! Blessings to you also!

  3. Hail seems to be common these days. My NY boy said a friend got caught in a surprise storm last week and was pelted with huge hail that left a bruise on her arm. Then a friend in TX had her skylight blown out from the hail. Yikes! Our weekends lately have been filled with clouds and rain and that seems to be the case again. Happy crafting! Happy Friday!

    1. Hail usually indicates a really bad storm so when it hails I pay attention. when I had my farm I was just coming home from work during a serious storm and I had a new car. I was in such a hurry to get it in the garage before the hail damaged it that I scraped the side of it! LOL! When I went in the house I found the hail had blown out a window and there was glass all over. Very damaging stuff and 'ouch' if you get hit with it. I always feel for the animals that are out in it. Happy crafting and happy Friday to you too!

  4. Hi Sam :)) Your food looks SO COMFORTING...just up my alley!! :) That gravy looks divine. Thank you for noting the not-so-special lemon cake because I was going to try it this weekend, but maybe I'll think twice now! I'm so glad you're safe and that the roof is better than it was before. We must have had some kind of ESP going because last night I made BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes and corn for myself lol...Comfort Food Sisters!!! :)

    1. I would definitely make the Lemon Drizzle cake...I guarantee that one is a winner! Yes, to say "I pigged out" last night would be an! It's funny because my son fixed barbecue chicken at my daughter's house...he loves to cook and is really good at it but they are watching their carbs so there was no mashed potatoes!

  5. That sounds like good comfort food! We are going to grill hamburgers tonight and I made potato salad to go with it. Enjoy your weekend! Love that quilt design! Hugs!

    1. Yes, grilling season is here too. I need to clean up the grill and get ready for summer foods! Yum! Enjoy your weekend too.

  6. Chicken, mashed potatoes and corn - now you have my stomach growling for that dinner. It looks delicious.

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