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Archive for October, 2010

It was promising to be a busy day and one in which the kids would have more work then fun, I decided to start their morning off on a bright note by making Apple Turnovers.  These can be used by using store-bought croissant rolls and canned pie fillings or jam, or you can make your own fillings. I prefer to use pie crust rather then croissant rolls personally, but have made my own croissant rolls as well.  While I have many recipes for pie crusts and fillings, I must say for this one Paula Dean makes the perfect combo with just enough sweetness to make it a perfect breakfast treat.

 

Turnovers (Apple)

First make your crust. These can be prepared ahead of time and stored in refrigerator or freezer.

Paula Deans Flaky Pie Crusts (2 Crusts)

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking powder

12 tbsp cold unsalted butter

1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cold

3 tbsp sugar

Cut your butter and shortening into your flour, add rest of ingredients and mix until it resembles cornmeal in texture.  Divide into two balls and place between parchment sheets. Roll until 1/8 inch thick circles.  Chill until ready to use.

Paula Deans Apple Pie Filling

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp cinnamon

nutmeg to taste

7 medium apples, peeled and sliced

1 lemon, zested and juiced

Combine all in bowl and mix well.

To make Turnovers place your pie crust on cookie sheet or cutting board.  Spread your in center working to outside.  Using a sharp knife of pizza cutter cut into wedges.  Roll the wedges as you would a croissant roll and put on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Icing

2 cups confectioner sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2-3 tbsp water

Combine and stir well until a thick liquid icing.  Place in ziploc bag with tip cut off one edge.  Drizzle on top of turnovers.

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A Busy Weekend.

In addition to the laundry room, I also laid down a new floor in house (still need to seal the seams), painted walls, built a bookshelf, painted the exterior doors and cut the lawn.  I also repaired my ceiling fan lights, but that was a minor undertaking.  I’m tired, but it feels good to have accomplished things.

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My poor laundry room has to be the most disrespected room in my house.  It does a lot of work and gets little pampering for it’s efforts.  The bland and “much need of help” walls along with the small space made me really just want to get in and out quickly.  As part of my home remodeling I decided one of the first projects I would tackle is that room in hopes to brighten it up and in such lift my own spirits.

Rather then wall paper or paint I opted for laminating paper. I wanted something easy to clean off with soap and water, wouldn’t hold crayon and other stains my children would most likely put on them, and that could cover the flaws on the walls.  To assure the humidity wouldn’t be an issue I chose to use adhesive spray capable of handling the moisture and heat.   Here is the before and after, I am rather proud of what I accomplished and am pleased with the results.  The walls were a pain to work with as they held bumps, ridges and nail holes from the previous owner, lets not even get into the strange glue spots that look like someone wiped their trowel off in center of them.  But all in all and despite obstacles I now have a laundry room I enjoy.  A cherry on top, I can say I did it myself.  One of the beginning of many home improvement projects.

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New Toy

As my last cell phone is 10 years old, I figure it might be time to upgrade.

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Mommy’s mess

I decided today I needed to clean out my spice cabinet. I was more then tired of the stuff falling on my head.  Using $1.00 a dozen stackable mini storage containers, my spice cabinet is now heading for neat and tidy..much to my son’s dislike of me changing things in -his- kitchen.

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Like Christmas!

A neighbor cleaning out her home donated these fabrics…to me…to see what I could do with them.  So many plans, ideas, dreams…now just to find the time.   And this is only 1/2 of the bed that is now buried in them.

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My missing brownies.

This is the aftermath of a lost pan of brownies that had not yet found its way into the oven.  To think , when I asked her if she ate the brownies, she dared to look at me like this and said. “No!”.

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I admit it, I am addicted to steamy, creamy bowls of oatmeal on cold mornings.  Something about it just starts the day off right.  With the kids and I, buying it at the stores in pre-packaged bags can get costly and it doesn’t need to be.  Making individual single-serving baggies of instant oatmeal is amazingly easy and the cost savings adds up over time.

To make your own Instant Oatmeal Packets you need:

Instant Oatmeal Packets

1 box snack baggies – Ziploc style

1/4 cup oatmeal – Quick fix.

1/2 tsp sugar

1/8 tsp salt (optional, I do not use it)

to the above starter mix, add the following based on your flavor preferences.

Cinnamon Raisin – 1/4 tsp cinnamon + 2 doz raisins

Blueberries & Cream – 1 tbsp creamer + 2 dozen dried blueberries

Brown Sugar Raisin – 1 tbsp brown sugar + 1 tbsp raisins

Brown Sugar Cinnamon – 1 tbsp brown sugar + 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon – 1 tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp dried apples.

To make simply pour the baggy contents into a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 cup water and microwave for 1-1 1/2 minutes.

*If you like thicker oatmeal, powder some of the oats first in blender and add 1-2 tbsp of powder to each bag.

**Excellent “take along” meal for work.

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They say that nature provides, and this is very true, yet in the modern day we forget of the glorious colors which nature also provides for us.  With the fairies of fall touching upon the lands around us, folding and weaving their magic in hue’s of green, yellow, oranges, reds and browns it seemed a perfect time to reflect on the generous array of colors offered throughout the year for our use and enjoyment.

Oranges

Bloodroot – (orange – reddish orange)

Sassafras – leaves

Onion Skin – (yellows)

Lichen – gold

Carrots – roots (orange)

Lilac – twigs (yellow/orange)

Barberry – (Yellow Orange)

Turmeric – (Orange, Red if dipped in lye)

Butternut – Husks/Seeds (Orange)

Pomegranate – (Yellow to Khaki if treated with alum)

Browns

Oak Bark – (Tan to Oak Color)

Sumac – Leaves

Dandelion – Roots (Brown)

Walnut – husks (Deep Brown)

Tea bags – (Light Brown)

White Birch – Inner bark (Brown)

Juniper Berries

Coffee Grounds

Acorns – boiled

Hollyhock – petals

Beet Root – (Dark Brown)

Pink’s

Strawberries

Cherries

Roses

Lavender

Purple

Red Cabbage

Mulberries – (Royal Purple)

Elderberries –  (Lavender)

Grapes

Blueberries

Cherry – (roots)

Blackberries – Fruits (Dark Purple)

Hyacinth – flower (blue)

Raspberry – (Purple/Blue)

Red Maple – Inner Bark (Purple)

Red

Beets – roots

Crab Apple – bark

Rose – hips

Chokecherries

Black

Iris – roots

Sumac – leaves

Green

Artichokes

Tea leaves

Spinach

Sorrel – roots (dark green)

Foxglove – Flowers (apple green)

Lilac – Flowers

Snapdragon – Flowers

Black-eyed Susan

Grass – (yellow/green)

Red Onion – Skin (forest green)

Yellow

Red Clover – (gold)

Onions – skin

Alfalfa – seeds

Marigold – blossoms

Willow – leaves

Queen Anne’s Lace

Celery – leaves

Golden Rod – Flowers

Dandelion – flower

Daffodil – flower

Sunflowers  – flower

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