Sunday, September 24, 2017

YOP Week #13

If you recall last week I was having problems with my sewing machine....well......I fixed that.....I bought a new machine!  Some of you who visit me during the week have seen some of this but for the people who only come to YOP on Sunday I am reiterating it...........I apologize for the repetition if you've seen it before....
So........I sewed!  I got the 'quilting in the ditch' done on the first I Spy quilt and I did it without even using my walking foot....this machine is a dream to sew on!
This is the can see the quilting lines better.........
 I watched several You Tube videos to refresh my memory on how to bind and even one on 'scrappy' binding.....I have red gingham in my head but we'll see.  It won't be a wide binding.  There's also a binding that is completely machine hand stitching.  Have any of you ever tried that?
I finished sock #1 of my Paton's Kroy Sock...........I used a rounded toe but after 2 pairs of these with the rounded toe I am going back to the Kitchener toe.  It fits me better.  I am going to write out my own pattern which is a combination of Susan B. Anderson's "How I make My Socks' and Sandra Paul's (Cherry Heart blog...both of these gals are on my sidebar) pattern.  Susan uses DPN's and Sandra has directions for both DPN's and Magic Loop.  I prefer Magic Loop. 
I ordered some Chiagu 32 " cables for sock knitting and I started using them on sock #2 and LOVE!!!  The cable doesn't twist and the points are 'pointier' than my Addi Turbo which I also love but their cable twists.  I haven't gotten very far on the cuff yet.
I thought I'd be done with my cross stitch this week but being out of town and tired meant it didn't see much love until last should be done soon though as I only have the letters 'o,s,t' and the word 'the' left and then my snowflake buttons (still have to order them!), washing and framing and I should have a new Halloween project to decorate with in time for THIS Halloween!  Amazing for me although this project is years old! LOL!  BTW, I really like the new frame but it is hard to get those handles off.  But still much better than the wooden hoop with the metal screw plus it's gentler on your stitches.
 A couple more acquisitions besides the sewing machine and the new needles and hoop...........
Whenever I'm at Wally World I check out the yarns and this time they had these 2 new colors which I grabbed.  I'm always doing wash cloths and it's nice to have a variety of colors on hand.  
A new book I've been wanting ever since Joyce of Ruby Moss Cottage talked about it and showed a doily she was crocheting from has a wonderful array of projects from a variety of designers.  I'll be making everything!  LOL!
I hope you've had a good week and that you are looking forward to Fall (one of my fav seasons...once it cools off down here! LOL!)  Enjoy your 'making' and Happy Trails!!!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun Friday and shopping!

I actually did go to Walmart today but I have also gotten an Amazon order in this week too!  I'm starting to order some groceries 'online' and this time I ordered coffee........I have Amazon Prime so it is free shipping and they have a great selection of Keurig K-Cup coffees.........
I got Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice and their Wild Mountain Blueberry both are very good!  I usually get Carribou coffee but Tim Horton's was rated higher so I thought I would try it and it is good but I like my Carribou the best!
I also got a DVD/CD external drive for my pc which I have been wanting.........
a new Bible of the New Living Translation............
some 32 inch cable 2.75 mm Chiagu needles for sock knitting with the cord that doesn't twist!  I'm not finished with sock #1 but I had to cast on sock #2 to see how these needles feel....I've only cast on so I really can't tell yet but I think I am going to like them a lot!  I love my Addi Turbo's but the cord twists and turns.
I also got this book that Joyce of Ruby Moss Cottage mentioned and I love many great projects by a bunch of different first project will be the doily that Joyce was making!
As for what I got at Walmart...............I had to upgrade my candle and meltie supply with fall scents...after all, today was the official first day of fall................
Some cotton yarn in colors I don't have.................
the Fall issue of Pioneer Woman............
and I think that about does it for Fun Friday!  I'm going to kick back and veg out!  The groceries are put away, it is hotter than a firecracker in July here so it doesn't feel like Fall but I have power and AC and food and water and I am blessed!  Have a wonderful Friday night!
Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday - A dinner that says Fall to me and it's famous!

I fix this meal at the first sign of Fall every year and I think it's wonderful but I'll let you be the judge if you make it.  I used to travel on business several times a year and the company I worked for always put me up in the finest hotels.  One time I was in Chicago and I ate at a restaurant called Ed Debevic's.  It was a popular restaurant with a lot of the Chicago sports stars and I was hoping I might see some of my beloved Chicago Bears....alas, I did not, although their pictures were all over the restaurant.  What I did get was one of their famous recipes......Ed Debevic's Pot Roast.  When I had my farm and the kids were still at home I would fix it when the surrounding farms started harvesting.  The leaves would be changing and falling and the windows would be open and the smell of fall filled the house.  I always fixed a nice Sunday meal and this was a favorite!  So without further ado I give you

Ed Debevic's Pot Roast:
1 3-3 1/2 pound beef chuck arm roast (although I can't seem to find the word 'arm' on them anymore so I just buy a chuck roast. Bone in is the best for flavor but good luck finding that too!)
1/4 cup of flour
2 Tablespoons of oil
1 large Spanish onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 large cloves of garlic, sliced
1/2 bunch of celery, thick sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons , dried crushed thyme or 3/4 cup fresh sprigs
4 bay leaves
3 Tablespoons tomato paste
3/4 cup burgundy or dry red wine
2 cups of Aujus prepared from an envelope mix (I could not find it here so I ended up having to use beef broth)
1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (cayenne) ( I do not use that much cayenne as it can be really hot!  I think I use about 1/8 teaspoon as I do not like things too spicy but you be the judge)
For the gravy:
1/4 cup of flour
1 1/2 cups of water

Trim the fat off of the meat, season with some salt and pepper, coat with 1/4 cup or more of flour ( I mix the flour and salt and pepper in a pie dish and dredge the meat on both sides).  In a 4-5 quart dutch oven (I use my La Creuset dutch oven) brown the meat on both sides in hot oil.  Remove the meat to a plate and add the onions, garlic, celery, thyme and bay leaves to the drippings in the pan.  Cook and stir 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Stir in the tomato paste and wine, simmer and stir uncovered for 5 minutes.  Add the aujus, salt, pepper, and red pepper.  Bring to a boil, add the meat back in, cover and bake at 325 degrees F for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.  Remove the meat from the pan, discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.  Mix 1/4 cup of flour with the 1 1/2 cups of water.  Stir into the pan.  Cook until thick and bubbly, cook 1 minute more.  Serve with the meat.

 This meal will fill your entire house with the most luscious smell!  It is best served with mashed potatoes over which you can put some of the gravy.  I don't have the best pictures but trust me....I think this will become a family favorite!  I don't eat a lot of meat any more but I do make allowances for this special meal.  The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork!
  mashed potatoes for sure.................
Any side will go with this but I happened to have 1 little summer squash left so I baked it in a greased casserole dish and sprinkled it with cheddar cheese.............this is before I baked it.....I think when dinner was ready I was so hungry I just 'had at it' and forgot about taking pictures! LOL!
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as my family and I have for many years!
BTW.....I got a little harvest of beans! LOL!
Also, as an aside, I don't always have milk in my house as I use Almond Milk or Cashew milk now a days but I usually keep some sour cream as it lasts much longer.  So when I make my mashed potatoes I use butter and sour cream when I mash them but you could also add a little water to the sour cream if you needed more liquid.  I also have a Kitchen Aide mixer but I find the old fashioned potato masher works best and I only dirty the pan that the potatoes were cooked in! 
That's all for now!  Bon Appetite!
Happy Trails!!!