Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wheat Berry Salad (Recipe)

Wheat Berry Salad

1 1/2 cups of wheat berries
4 1/2 cups of water
Pressure cook on high for 30 minutes.
Let pressure drop naturally.
When pressure has dropped, drain the wheat.
Let wheat cool some.
When the wheat is cool chop the following:
a cucumber
a carrot or two
a sweet pepper or two
a handful of cherry tomatoes
Mix up a dressing with olive oil, vinegar
and your choice of seasonings.
I prefer Italian seasonings personally.
Toss this all together and add salt/pepper to taste.
Serve at room temperature and then serve
leftovers cold from the refrigerator.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Feeding the Freezer

In keeping with my goal of us
making everything from scratch that we can,
we mixed up a double batch of cookies
and baked just enough to go with tea.
All the rest went into the freezer....
a large bag of balls and 2 rolls of slice and bake.

We used our freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour to make
these and they were a great hit.
I also took the opportunity to use up a hodge podge of things
and we have peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and walnuts
added to the dough.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Girly Christmas Present

Last week I worked on a gift for my oldest nephew and this week's project has been practically a total opposite.  One of my niece's is the same age as my nephew within a few days of each other.  I've been working on her Christmas present.

She isn't a little girl and isn't a "big" girl either.  While she no longer plays with baby dolls in quite the same way I think she is at the age to appreciate a rag doll.

Sorry the photo is blurry.
The dress is a simple dress with a gathered waist.
The pinafore has ribbon ties on the sides and the back.

The jacket is made with a light denim and has the same pinks
as the dress and the pinafore.

I picked the colors of the print on the dress
to use for the embroidery detail.
Now for the amusing part --
I made the clothes first and then realized
I didn't have a doll pattern that they would fit.
Yeah -- so next on my list is figuring out
how to make a doll to fit these clothes.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Link Love

I rarely share links to things I haven't tried,
but I have several I'd love to share.
After our talk of doughnuts I had a friend send me a link to this recipe for
Guess what I'll be making in the next week or two?
I want to try making this Kimono Jacket by SewCaroline.
The pattern is free, the jacket is simple and kimonos are always a great
wardrobe piece.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Decor (Free Pattern Link)

Saturday proved to be an odd day for me.
I didn't have any major chores to do.
I spent the morning working on a little bookkeeping for hubby
and then I had several hours free.
I decided to work on this fall themed table mat.

The original pattern is by Elizabeth Coughlin.
I did make a few changes to keep this project frugal.
I used items I had on hand.
I substituted craft store felt for wool felt because I do have
two in my home who are allergic to wool.
I used a dark green background because I don't care to work with black.
I picked colors of felt I had leftover from other projects
and pulled through my embroidery floss to find matching colors.
(The stitches are simple -- back stitch, running stitch and blanket stitch.)
I opted not to make Jack o Lanterns of the pumpkins
because I intend to use this right on through November.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Finished Quilt

For my winter preps I had a list of four things.  I've hit a snag on two of them, but one is actually complete!

The quilted curtains for the living room and for my bedroom are on hold.  Hubby isn't excited about me putting them downstairs in the living room. His reasons are valid.  Our living room only has two windows and he doesn't want to darken the room.  We do get beautiful sunlight in there most of the day.  He says that because we have new energy efficient windows that I should leave it be.  I'm still working on whether we wouldn't be better to just close them at night.  He also doesn't want me to darken our room too much.  So we will see on those and I just haven't decided about the bedroom.  The same thing about the windows applies and I do already have drapes in there.
The rug is still slow go, but I hope to steal an hour or two to cut more strips this week.

However, he is quite pleased with the finished project and so am I. 
I took advantage of a day of travel and a morning in the hotel to finish up our quilt.
(I've since brought it home, washed it, and it is waiting for our first cool night.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Sale Finds

I'm sure this won't come as a shock to anyone who reads about my rambling thoughts and projects, but I love cookbooks!  They are one of my many "one weaknesses."

As I've mentioned one of the things I love about being back in town is that we have access to a good library.  Not only do they have a great selection of books, but they have a wonderfully helpful staff and a lot of programs.  Like all libraries they never have quite enough money to do it all and the Friends of the Library do fundraisers throughout the year.  This past weekend they had a book sale.

I picked up several books for schooling and several for Christmas gifts, but I also couldn't resist a few for me, too.  At 50 cents each I felt like they were good buys.

I admit up front I am a sucker for Amish and Mennonite recipes.  The older cookbooks don't use a ton of convenience items and they are perfect for the kind of cooking I like to do.

We've already tried one of the recipes from this book.
My usual pudding recipe uses flour, but we tried the chocolate recipe
that used cornstarch.

Then of course, there is baking.  I couldn't pass up this bread book.  I didn't find a single recipe in it that I wouldn't like to try  and that is rare.

And more baking ....  fall themed baked goods.  What's not to love about that?

The herbs books isn't a cookbook per say, but next year I want to expand my herb garden and while I have been researching online I much prefer a book in my hand. 
On the school front, while I did pick up some books for daughter
I haven't photographed them and today I am feeling too lazy to round them up.
She has seven nice literary works -- five are contemporary and two are classics.
I also found these two dictionaries for daughter in law, who
is taking German this semester.