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Month: March 2009 (page 1 of 2)

Saturday Supper- Amish Sweet-and-Sour Red Cabbage

Saturday Supper
Saturday Supper,
originally uploaded by Lakenvelder.
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This it a rather typical meal I prepare on Saturdays when I have the time to cook meals that take longer to prepare. The meal consisted of Oven Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuit, applesauce and a vegetable. Dessert was Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, Apple pie and Lemon Sponge pie. I am not a supper fan of fried chicken but do not mind preparing this Oven Fried Chicken recipe. It makes less of a mess and tastes rather good. If you have the oven hot enough when you place the chicken in the pan the crust will come out crispy and the center of the chicken will be moist. I use a Ziploc plastic bag and put the whole chicken in at one time and shake the coating on.

The vegetable side was a new one I tried for this meal. This Amish Sweet-And -Sour Red Cabbage was very good and will be prepared again. The addition of bacon gave the sweet and sour cabbage smoky undertones. You can prepare this dish in advance, if necessary. I really think this could be a nice dish for the New Year’s table but is easy enough to be prepared anytime.

Amish Sweet-And-Sour Cabbage

1/4 pound bacon, diced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 medium tart apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
5 cups shredded red cabbage (around 2 pounds)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

In a heavy sauce pan , cook the bacon, onions and apples over medium low heat until the onions are clear and limb. This should take about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook for another 10 minutes, uncovered until the cabbage wilts. Stir often. Add the4 remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. The cabbage should be moist, but not juicy. If liquid accumulates, remove the lid the end of the 20 minutes and reduce some of the liquid.

Adapted from:
Cooking From Quilt Country by Marcia Adams

Hobby Room




I still have not finished the hobby room but it is coming together. The computer was put in the room today.

Aromatherapy & Uplifting Shower Gel


I really like scented shower gels but really have to be careful on the contents of any of scented products in the stores with my sensitive skin. I started using aromatherapy to make my own candles, scents for the house and cleaners but have started making scented shower gels. So far I have not mix up my own batch of shower gel but that endeavor will likely take place after I have finished using up the gel that I have been using. Tonight I experimented with a few essential oils to make two very different shower gels. I wanted a flowery scented gel so I added a 2 parts rose essential oil :1 part lavender in one of the gel. This produced a lovely rose that is toned down a little with the lavender essential oil. The second scented gel was made with 2 parts Mango essential oil to 1 part orange essential oil. This made a wonderful mango orange scent. I almost cannot wait to take another shower. I now just need to decide which one I will decide to use first.

Big Pink Bear

Put one the eyes I had purchased for the bear that matched the two layer blanket. I am not happy at all with the looks of the eye. What a crazy looking critter it became with the eyes . So it is back to the drawing board. I may look in my stack for some felt or black fabric and white fabric to make much larger eyes or a Google search for some thing that will look more appropriate. I hope to make a child happy instead of uh…… cry maybe.

And Duchess was having major issues with the rearrangement of furniture. She would constantly decide to lie down on the path we had to take to move the furniture or walk only to have to be told to move.

Simple Cell Phone Charger Stand

I needed a place to charge my phone that would look nice and keep the charger, extra batteries and other chargers stored when not in use but did not not want to purchase one for the amount I have seen for sale at stores. This is the solution I came up with and I hope you might find the idea useful too .

First I looked for an appropriate box or container. I really wanted it to have a slanted top so it took some looking around to find something that would work. I finally found a wooden unfinished pine box that was really for recipes storage at a local crafts store. Perfect!

After you have found that perfect box you will need to drill holes where the cords need to come out of the box. In this box I drilled two holes, one in the back and one on the lid. The picture below shows the top hole already drilled and the picture below it shows where I marked the box for the back hole.

After you have drilled holes in the appropriate places you will need to sand the holes smooth and sand entire box. This box I had only needed to be lightly sanded except were the pencil marks were. I had to sand a little bit more so when you mark your spot do not mark too dark.

Now to the fun part .

Although I stained my box you can paint yours. I can think of all kinds of designs you could use for this project. I used a walnut stain on mine by dipping a clean cloth in stain and gently wiping the box. I then let then let the box dry until not tacky anymore.


Now that the box has been stained I put 2 layers of polyurethane finish to protect the box and give it a finished sheen. This was a quick drying clear gloss. The more layers I applied the glossier the box would had became.

The finished cell phone charger stand in now complete and I can put batteries, chargers and cords inside and have my phone on the top while charging.

Quinoa Stuffed Squash

I saw this squash at the grocery store and just had to try it. It is such a pretty looking squash I figured it would look nice stuffed. The squash was not marked at the store so it took a Google search and researching to find out what it was. It is a Winter Acorn developed by Rupp seed company called Celebration. I decided to stuff it with quinoa and it worked out very nicely.

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Quinoa Stuffed Squash

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1 tablespoon tablespoon butter
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water or vegetable broth
2 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 dash fresh lemon juice (optional)

Bring the water or broth to boil over high heat. Reduce the temperture to medium hign and cook for 12 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let set.

Saute the garlic and onion in the butter. Add the spices. Combine with the cooked quinoa. Fluff witha fork.. Add salt to taste and the lemon juice, if desired.

Serve as a side dish instead of rice or potatoes. A nice way to serve is stuffed in a baked squash.

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Pineapple Quilt~ 3 March 09


Pineapple quilt has gotten to the based stage. Next I will be doing the stitching.

Cross Stitich Bookmark


This is the usual project I like to do in cross stitch, Anything larger and I get too bored of the whole project. This is a bookmark I made a while ago.

Sewing for a Purpose


I learned to sew because I had a difficult time finding clothes that would fit and I could afford when I was a teen. Now I mostly sew for others or from something special. The rabbit above is help stop drafts in the door.

This rabbit protects my sewing machine with her skirt.

This lady protects my special machine embroidery threads. In the picture below it is opened to view the inside.

Ceramics


One of my hobbies I used to do a lot 10 years ago. There are two chickens I poured and painted.

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