Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cranberry Sauce

How do you make your cranberry sauce?  Do you buy it canned or do you make it from scratch?  Do you like it jelled, or with berries?  In the past I have used orange or nectarine slices.  Cumquats are my favorite fruit to add to my sauce, but they are not in season at the same time.  A little nutmeg or cinnamon also adds to the flavor.  This year I cooked the usual cranberries, water, and sugar.  Then I added apple chunks.  My most favorite ingredient of all time is is...................................................

brandy.  Yes you heard me right, about 1/4 cup per bag of cranberries.  It mostly cooks out, but it adds a lovely flavor.

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How was your holiday?  I miss spending the holidays in the country with family.  I didn't realize I missed that until I looked outside today and I saw my chickens and the fall colors in the grass and trees.  

I'll visit with you soon!  Dawn 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


The 2 cards next to the yarn are new business cards I am experimenting with.
I have been dying wool and spinning.  I had some Border Leicester X wool to wash and dye.  I used two blues and a pink for dying in a somewhat rainbow method.  The wool turned out to be a lovely shade of blue.  There was some yellowing in the wool and that area became more of a teal once dyed.  All together the varied tones make for a more interesting yarn to me.  I made 2 plies and for the second ply I added 3 colors of Mylar with the wool. (silver, light blue, dark blue)

I also put bakers twine and yarn strings on a few price tags.  It seems that my price tags do not stand out enough for people, so I am trying the larger tags in varied pink colors.

The boys found a possum in the chicken coop.  We lost 2 chickens in this last week.  We live in the city so it is a little unusual to find a possum in our yard.

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What have you been up to lately???

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!  
Thank you for your service veterans!
Thank you all fallen veterans and your families for your sacrifice!

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Vendor Cart

Do you ever make a purchase and hope it was a good decision?  I love the look of vendor carts.  I purchased one at an on-line auction sight unseen.  It was a great buy and the delivery was not expensive either.  The kids cleaned out the garage to make room for my new purchase.  It was too tall to fit in the garage.  LOL  I could take the wheels off, but I will tarp it until I get a garage/barn put in.  I guess I will get it put in sooner than originally planned.   I plan to paint this and put my logo on it, but here it is:
  I think I could sell my wares from this.  I still have my pink awning in case it doesn't work.  The sides pop down and they become shelves.  There is lighting inside too. 

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I asked one of the kids to change the granddaughter.  I meant her diaper.  The kid brought my granddaughter in the living room a few minutes later and she had new clothes on her.  I didn't think anything about it until I heard that kid tell another kid that I told her to change my granddaughter's clothes.  I guess I have to be specific.   How was your week?  Dawnie