Thanksgiving 2014 – Pie Crust

Pie Crust 2 1/4 cup flour pinch of salt 1/8 t chai tea spices 1 cup lard up to 5 T ice water mix the dry ingredients by pulsing in a food processor bowl add the lard and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal incorporate the water until the mixture just comes together…

Thanksgiving 2014 – Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Filling 1 sugar pumpkin 1/2 cup brown sugar cut in half scoop out seeds and slime add 1/4 cup brown sugar to each half wrap in foil bake at 350 degrees until soft (about two hours) 1/2 cup brown sugar 16 oz cream cheese 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 1/2 t dried ginger…

Thanksgiving 2014 – Apple Pie

Apple Pie Filling: 2 pounds Granny Smith apples (4 medium) 2 pounds Newton Pippen apples (4 medium) 5 medium 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon granulated sugar to finish 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest, from 1 medium lemon 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1 egg…

Finally Back to “Normal”

We’ve finally finish most of the repairs to the house.  We just need to fix the apron on the master bath and pant the hall upstairs.   The pantry has bright new paneling and hooks for coats and hats.  This was pretty easy to install and the hooks are much more sturdy than they were…

Update – a long, dry, spell…….

I haven’t posted anything for a really long time.  Things around here have been in such an upheaval that everything else is just not happening.  I thought I’d post some photos now that the light is finally showing through then tunnel…. Next Week – the adventure continues – – floor sanding and finishing, paneling in…

Here we go…….. Again

On April 22 we discovered that, once again, we had a broken CPVC pipe.  This is our third pipe breaking resulting in damage to our home.  This time it was under the powder room on the main floor  – two 1″ hot water pipes and a 1/2″ pipe all had been leaking for months. The…

In like a Lion – March 2014

We’ve had a cold rain storm blow in this weekend, so much rain that our old nemesis, the leaky kitchen window, has started up again.  We don’t have the time to mess around too much, nor the money to have someone else mess around so we come up with a solution to hopefully keep up…

Hat Number Two – Feb Knit & Purl

After the striped stocking hat, I decided to try another hat to see if I could improve my technique. I love these circular hat because there is so much less counting than my scarf sampler. I used a teal wool (primary) that I purchased with a coupon and alternated it with apple green wool (secondary)…

Knit and Purl: February

This moth I decided to try to knit a hat on circular needles.  I also learned how to do K2Together as my stitch of the month.  Not very difficult, but when combined with the circular needles, knitting in the round and finishing on double point needles it was plenty for me.  I need to work…

Knit-Purl Knitting

I am a beginning knitter.  I can cast on, knit, purl and cast off.  Over the course of this year I hope to choose a new skill each month and add a new pattern each month.  My goal for the year is to make each of my boys a hat for next Christmas, fight now…