Wednesday, October 28, 2015

                                             Cooler days and time for projects

                                                             October 28, 2015

These seemed to simple and easy to make that I gave it a try. We have young ones in the family that could use some extras. The kids loose these so easily that is a good thing to have extras.  Below is a photo of how it's made.  After I did the sewing on one side and in the bottom I will turn inside out and use a small piece of the same material to tie the whole fringe together and voila!!  Sorry the quality of the photo.  It has been cloudy in here and I took these outdoors but still the photo looks dark. We got our first snow of the season today but it melted upon hitting the ground.                                           
Crochet hats for our nephew's little girl.

 This decorative apple tree is in front of the church in a nearby community and they told me that the birds eat them when Spring come. It stays in the tree the whole Winter and somehow it must ferment and the birds act funny after they eat them, that is what a lady from church informed me. That is extraordinary I thought. They look like tiny pumpkins growing in a tree. :)
 Here is the whole tree - decorative apple.

Our gray skies in North Dakota.

 Hope your Autumn has been cozy and wonderful!!


Monday, October 19, 2015

How The Day goes

 Drinking lots of warm tea and enjoying the cool weather.

The trees behind the house.

I now know for sure that my three favorite teas are Masala Chai, Camomile and Cinnamon Spice.What are your favorite teas? One of the ladies from church brought us an apple cake that is pretty delicious! I will ask her for the recipe.


Someone I know loves to be on tops of beds!! Problem is mommy doesn't like cat hair all over!
 Lately I have been in love with chai tea! Our daughter who is living in India gave us this marvelous chai and also the tea pot. The tea came in a very beautiful package with a cloth around it. However for easy handling I placed it in this small ball jar with one of the labels attached to the jar. This tea pot is made from a special type of stone that has healing properties. The tea inside the teapot will absorb the healing properties. They grind these stones and make the tea pot from the grinded stone. I would hope to see something like this at some import store in the US someday.  I hope never to break this one, but disastrous like I can be ...

 A close up of the tea pot made of stone , from India.

These leaves got so dark that I prefer to call this tree a Halloween tree. This is right behind our house in a small park the city has there.

I love this story
I also love Andi and her beautiful knitting.

Wishing you a great week !


Tuesday, October 6, 2015


It has been a good Autumn!

We got a few foggy days then the fog lifted and it has been so nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

I made some pesto with all that basil we had. I'm sure that I could eat pesto three times a day. Basil is very good for your health. It offers DNA protection, it has anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory and it also helps the cardio vascular system.

 The recipe is from  . I used sunflower instead of pine nuts. It's much more affordable.

My husband likes it with a slice of his homemade whole wheat bread.

Autumn is also a time for festivals and I went to one with a lady from church. We had fun and even purchased a few things. The food was great.

This booth had soy candles that smelled pretty delicious. I do not like it too strong and they had some that were a bit more toned down. Pumpkin spice was actually very nice and so was the vanilla. The fragrance that had more of a presence was from these potpourri. 

They had cappuccino scent in those smaller scent cubes. My friend is checking them.

 These garden decorations were sure pretty to look at.

 Recycle big time! Made with plates, candle holders, saucers, etc.

 Lovely crochet!! I wanted them all of course.
 Beautiful hand made cards! We both got some of those cards and the price was less than 2 dollars which was a bargain.
 Another booth had these earrings made from wedding glass beads from Mali. They're 100 year old. It is opaque glass. The artisan and her husband bought the beads that came sort of dirty and really looking old. She cleaned them and made the earrings. I got these yellow ones. Sadly she doesn't sell online.

I needed to get out, I am new in this state and it's just fun to just get out and be with a new friend. Make memories and refresh the mind.
I had a few more things to share but I will save it for the next post.
Wishing you a lovely week!



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Late Summer! Baked scones and made dill pickes!

Saturday late afternoons are good for baking sometimes.
I made scones.  I have also prepared a soup wich I had not done in a while. The evenings have been cooler and so nice.

It felt wonderful outdoors today. Both cats enjoyed being outdoors for a bit.
I made a pan of scones to take to church tomorrow. It is an easy recipe. The recipe is from I just modify it by not using raisins and instead I use dried cranberries, one can use any type of dried fruit they wish. Also this recipe does not say this but I do place the pan in the freezer for 9 to 10 minutes before baking. That is another modification I made to this recipe. I like to do it this way.

I placed the butter in the freezer the night before.
I place the scones in the freezer for 10 minutes before baking.

I prefer not to place a glaze over the top and only place just a bit of large crystals sugar. I should had placed them before baking though. A glaze works pretty well with other types of scones like orange scones for example.


Simple scones

2 Cups all-purpose flour                           
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

1- Oven on lower-middle rack and preheat to 400 degrees.

2-In medium bowl, mix flour, 13 cup sugar. baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture. Use your fingers to work in butter . Mixture will be coarse. then stir in the cranberries, raisins or whatever fruit you prefer.

3-Whisk sour cream and egg in another bowl till smooth.

4- Use a fork to stir creamy mixture into flour until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (Dough will be sticky in place, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)
5-Lightly flour the counter top and pat the dough into an 8-inch circle about 3/4 -inch thick. Sprinkle the large crystal sugar on top. Use sharp knife to cute into 8 triangles,place on a cookie sheet  (preferably lined with parchment paper) , about 1-inch apart. Bake until golden , about 15- to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature
If you want to drizzle anything over it go ahead! They are your scones, I mean the ones you are making not these here :)

Then I decided to learn to make pickles since a lady from church gave me a few cucumbers and she also gave me some dill. I don't eat pickles because I don't  like them but my husband, son and daughter all like them. I have enjoyed some sweet pickles before but never got used to the flavor of dill pickles.

Hope you are all enjoying your cooler afternoons now in late Summer!

We have been watching Merlin and both me and hubby really enjoy it. I give a 5 star to this show.  We're also watching Parks and recreation, I don't give a 5 star to that show but it's half way ok . I would give 3 stars. :)   I thought about placing images here of the show but I fear they might have copyrights that do not let us use the images. :(  They should let us all use it since we are promoting them, for free too! :)

Are you watching any series? 

Keep well and enjoy your Summer or what is left of it. Around here it starts to look like Fall will be here soon.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Recipes that freezes well

Casseroles that freezes well !

I have been looking for recipes that freezes well. This one was a great one. The flavor was intact after being frozen for a few days. I find myself in the kitchen a bit too much when we have company so I thought why not try to freeze food ahead of time? We live in a rural area and it takes 25 minutes to get to a grocery store so it is wise to have things made ahead.
Do you have a favorite recipe that freezes well?? I would love to hear about it. Share the link if you wish.

Mission Casserole

1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
1 large onion diced
 1 can cream of mushroom
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 8oz cartoon of sour cream
1 can of mixed vegetables
1  8oz package of noodles, cooked
1 envelope of dried onion soup

Fry ground beef, (I added a bit of vinagar and seasoned salt.)
Add the onions cook till onions are transparent then add the rest of ingredients. 
Cook at 350 - for 30-40 minutes.
I have replaced the can of mixed vegetables for frozen vegetables (1 and 3/4 cups)
I have used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. It worked well.
When ready to serve pour over some bread crumbs. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in frying pan and then add about 1/2 cup bread crumbs , let it get a golden color and place over the casserole before serving! 
Also...what do you think....leave the paper towel displayed in the kitchen counter or hide it in the pantry???
Yes, that is one very old pan...but it works so well to place it in the freezer. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dicovering the beauty of Iowa. The lake was so pretty and looked so peaceful. May you have a blessed Summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Back with some recipes

I will keep some recipes here because I think it will easy to come back to it whenever I want.
We had a marvelous year so far. Hope the same has been true to you as well.    "Easy Banana Muffins." To see the recipe click on the link.

I finally lost the fear of making Angel Food Cake and went ahead a made one. Ok, it was a mistake to take away all the fear because I forgot and sprayed the pan and thus the reason it didn't raise well. It did however tasted pretty good with the straberries.

We had a couple of cooler days a few days ago and so I decided to make Cauliflower soup. I absolutely love soups.
I got the recipe again from   Here is the link for you:

I noticed how bad these photos are. The light in the kitchen at night doesn't help with photography. I apologize.
Hope you have a great end of week.