Saturday, November 24, 2018

Day #24 NaBloPoMo

I don't have too much to show because it was Craft Day here on the homestead and most of my crafting is for Christmas so it's 'top secret' except for tomorrow on YOP post.  But I thought I would share a few tips on my turkey stock from yesterday.  I simply added the carcass to my stockpot, plus 2 onions quartered, 4 celery stalks chopped so they fit, and 4 carrots peeled and chopped so they fit.  Fill the pot with water to cover and a bit more.  Add some peppercorns and bring to a boil.  Once it comes to a boil turn it down to simmer and let it simmer all day without a lid until it is about 1/2 the volume you started with.  I actually mark the outside of my pan with a magic marker (it comes right off my stainless steel pan).  I let it cool overnight and then get out my quart ziplock plastic bags and mark them with the date and amount (2 cups in each) and what it is.
The trick is getting it out of the pan and into the bags so here's my method.........I first empty the pan with the stock into a pitcher.  I place the bag inside a container that will hold it comfortably and allow me to fold it over the rim.  I then use my 3 cup plastic measure and pour 2 cups from the pitcher into it and then from the measuring cup into the bag.  It may dirty a few more items but it is well worth it as I have made some big messes in the past trying to bypass the previous steps!
2 cups per bag allows some airspace so they will lay flat and you can freeze them.   They take up less space in your freezer and once frozen you can actually stand them up if need be and slide them on the side of your freezer so they're easy to grab.  I was able to get 4 bags for a total of 8 cups of stock just from a turkey breast carcass.  I was happy!

Since I can't show you what I am spending most of my time on...I did relax last evening with my mindless cozy memories blanket..............that I can show you although you're probably sick of seeing it! LOL!
 It's getting so big I can't fit the whole blanket in the picture.....that's a good thing!
Before I leave you for the evening I thought I would share some more Thanksgiving humor with you.  I know I have a sick sense of humor but my favorite thing in the world, I think, is laughing and this one made me laugh!
Happy Trails!!!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Day #23 NaBloPoMo

 Well, I got the mashed potatoes done and the turkey yesterday but that was about it....the Bears started at 11:30 so it cut into my cooking time.  I didn't starve though and the potatoes and turkey were great!  Even today I am still behind..... but I took a bath, changed sheets, did laundry, ironed and de-boned the turkey, made gravy and I have been simmering turkey stock all afternoon.  It smells like the turkey is cooking all over again! LOL!  I had a great turkey sandwich for lunch with homemade whole wheat bread and my bread and butter pickles.  The stock will get frozen along with quite a bit of turkey.   
 Yesterday I did start my turkey cross appropriate on turkey day...........this is another cross stitch where I could not locate the pattern to buy so I am  'hoofing' it......

That's all for today folks...........I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving....I did and now it's time for...........

Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Day #22 NaBloPoMo

I can't believe I am keeping up with this!  Day #22!   And.........
I also have to print out this one every favorite reminder to those who would like to stop immigrants from coming to our country.............
Now I have a real 'funny' for you this Thanksgiving.......this morning when I was getting ready to make my mashed potatoes in the crock pot.....BTW....they're still not in there........oh well...I'm taking it easy...........I was reading the recipe that I printed off and the recipe must have been a bit bigger than the standard printout and this is what I got................I had a great laugh!
It's supposed to be in the 60's today and is already beautiful out......Nitty is enjoying it......
Miss Peeps was at the door looking to see if any of her feral relatives might stop by...........
I didn't get to watch the parade as you have to have cable or satellite....I remember when I was young that T.V.  programs were free and everyone got to watch the parade.  I guess now it is just for those who can pay for it.....everything has a price nowadays...........even tradition.....oh well, most of t.v. isn't worth watching so I'm fine with that.  I can afford it I just don't think it's worth it.  I will get to see the Bears game though!  Go Bears!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful and fulfilling (in more ways than one) Thanksgiving and that you have much to be thankful for..........I know I do!
Happy Trails!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Day #21 NaBloPoMo

Here I am .....busy little homemaker!
  I was up baking my whole wheat bread first thing this turned out great and was very tasty and toasted great too.  All set for grilled cheese tonight!  I found a great new podcast called Jenny Can Cook and she can!  She's funny and cute and has great recipes and shows you how and you can print off her recipes......very interesting....I enjoy those types of shows as opposed to regular t.v. programs which are mostly for men with their violence and 'shoot 'em up' immature!  LOL! 
I did a lot today.  I vacuumed and washed my kitchen and laundry room floors as I needed to cook and I couldn't stand the sight of it anymore!  I also cleaned off driveway and sidewalk and washed Annie's bed and blanket and srcubbed pet spots as she wet her bed last night.  She can't help it so I try as best I can to stay on top of it with my spotbot and my Resolve mop.  I also brushed Nitty as it was such a nice day....any excuse to be outside! It was near 60 and sunny.  I sat outside and knit a bit and watered my greens in my greenhouse...nothing yet!  I finally made the frosting for the molasses cookies and frosted them...........there were a lot!
I had every counter covered and you have to let them 'harden'...the frosting that is but it was a drippy mess!  I doubt if I'll ever make these again.  I don't think much of them or the 'frosting'.  A lot of work for something that doesn't taste that great.   It's a Susan Branch recipe...I'm making her cranberry sauce so if that doesn't turn out I won't be making anymore of her recipes.  I think it's maybe a regional thing?    These might be recipes they grow up with on the East Coast?  If I remember any molasses cookies in the Midwest growing up they were called molasses crinkles and they were not soft or frosted. It probably brings back memories for her and a lot of people in that area.
So, I didn't get my side dishes prepped today but that's's just me and the girls but I do want to watch the parade and the Bear's game!  We'll see what I get made.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you...even if you don't celebrate it!
  Happy Trails!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Day #20 NaBloPoMo

 I like to have chopped up things ready to go.  I find if I always have some chopped onion and green pepper available and ready I will use them in a variety of dishes.  This  morning I had an egg dish where I threw it all in a bowl....eggs, green pepper, some diced black olives, some leftover provolone cheese and some leftover corn.  I added some almond milk and mixed it all up and cooked it like scrambled eggs which in was.  Delish!  It's like soup,,,you can't go wrong no matter what you add.....or else I've just been lucky.   Leigh, from 5 Acres and A Dream (on my sidebar) had a great post last week about how to make Scrap Soup and you really need to read that post if you want to utilize your scraps and leftovers to the fullest.  She has tips and techniques that really help reduce waste and give you delicious add ins for your soups.  That girl is so knowledgeable!  Well, duh, she's written books about it so I guess she does know what she's talking about!  
Today was chilly but sunny so I washed a load of rugs and hung them outside..............

I also watered plants and to my surprise my Christmas or should I say Thanksgiving cactus was blooming...............
I'm waiting for some whole wheat bread to rise so I can bake it off.  I was going to have grilled cheese and tomato soup tonight but at this rate it may just be tomato soup!
I hope you had a great day!
Happy Trails!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Day #19 NaBloPoMo

Holy Cow!  I almost forgot to post today!  I had so much going on and I was sitting in bed with my feet elevated eating my pizza and watching the news tonight when I remembered I  had to blog!  So glad I remembered although for all the 'doing' today I don't have much to show for it.  I had calls to make for car, propane etc. and I don't know what else but the day went by in a flurry!
Yesterday I defrosted pizza dough that I made using Rain's great recipe (Rain's Garden.....on my sidebar) and it turned out great.  She has all kinds of ideas for different types of toppings too.  Okay, so maybe it's a little rustic looking but it tasted great!  Here's a picture and please stop by her website and take a gander at all her wonderful recipes and gardening and artwork and cheese making!

 The girl is a true Wonder Woman!  I made cookies yesterday but never even got them frosted today.  Tomorrow is car in and bread making and more laundry and yada yada yada but life is good!  I did work on my Merry Monday project but forgot to take a picture so maybe tomorrow.  I hope you all had a great Monday!
Happy Trails!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

YOP Week #21

and Day #18 of...........

 YOP 2018-2019

Finishes so far:
1.  4th of July xs pillow
2.  Hitchhiker shawl
3.  Felici Hibiscus self-striping socks
4.  Felted wool loafer slippers with leather soles for me
5.  washcloth (extra large) and back scrubber for Christmas or birthday for SIL
6.   Iowa Hawkeye hats for Sam and Grayson
7.  Techniques learned so far this year: a) knit cast on, b) reading a knitting chart, c) lace work, d) inserting and using a lifeline e) charting a graphghan
8.   dishcloth(s)...I need to count them

  This was not a craftily productive week as I was 'out and about' but I did finish a dishcloth which is just like the one in the advent picture below.

WIP's (works in progress) for this week:
1)  A Cub's hat for Uriah......sorry about the's very dark outside as it's getting ready to rain so I had to have the lights on.  I like the brim on this one and it's much easier because it's knit a whole round and then purl a whole round as opposed to the other ones which were K1P1 for every round of the brim.


2.  Cubs ornament for Uriah: This is my Merry Monday project...not too much work this week......but some progress..........
3)  Advent Calendar - my daughter and I are exchanging Advent gifts this year but we have decided to just do The 12 Days of Christmas instead of 24...........whew!   Here's what I have so far..........

I  have ideas for a pin cushion and I need to revisit my Secret Gifts board on Pinterest.....I need 6 more gifts....I thought I had more than this....oh well...carry on!
I need to be focusing on Christmas presents now both bought and made but this week of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S. I will be working on some of my projects just for me......hopefully next week I'll have more to show you.
 Please share any quick, easy and inexpensive gift ideas you have as Christmas is coming and I'm sure we can all use them!
Acquisitions:  I bought this size 13 crochet hook and need knitting needles both DPN's and circular in the same size for some Super Bulky projects that I see in my future!

 MISC:  My neighbor feeds the birds but the line to the feeder starts in my yard! LOL!  So I get the benefit of her visitors............please id if you know...I'm the first one a Cedar Waxwing?
Not a clue but I like the little bit of yellow under the wing on this one.............
This one was in the obvious ground feeder...................very unique looking with a ruff and yellow 'eyebrows'..........

Molasses cookies are finally being baked but probably won't get frosted until tomorrow.  These are cake like cookies....I actually like them plain....
Vegetarian pizza all prepped...okay I might put the leftover bacon from breakfast on it which would eliminate the vegetarian part..............there's also 3 cheeses, black olives and mushrooms and sauce.......I think I'm getting hungry!
That's it for this week!
I hope you had a wonderful week and enjoyed working on your projects.  Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S.  Please stop by and see all the other fantastic projects that other  YOP'ers are working on.
Happy Trails!!!