Saturday, January 24, 2015

Project Update Saturday

Today has been very strange weather wise for this time of year. We have been enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny weather for the last week. That ended abruptly today. I woke up to the sound of rain on the roof.... It is January and not the time of year that we usually get rain. This rain continued steadily until 4 or so this evening and then changed to large flakes of snow. The snow did not last long, however the temperature will drop to below freezing tonight causing very icy road conditions.

It was the perfect day to have this.

A large mug of hot chocolate and a bit of time to work on my various projects.

Just a few updates on projects that I have completed or worked on this week.

Look at how my angel is progressing.

Isn't she beautiful!! Still hoping to have her finished, washed, pressed and ready for framing by the end of the month.

I then sewed up some little mittens.

I had a skein and a few small balls left from another project and think I can get 5 pairs made. One pair is still on my needles.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frugal Friday

It has been rather a quiet week here on the old homestead.

Of course, I have been doing my usual frugal habits. Keeping the heat down, turning off lights in rooms when no one is in said room, and turning the heat off on our really nice days (and we have had a few of them).

However that being said I did make one great frugal move this week.

As you all know we are painting our living room and dining room and in doing so cleaning and decluttering. I put our front, lined drapes into the wash, washed and rinsed them in cold (as I do for many loads) and hung them up to dry.

Harvey had complained that even though they were lined and insulated the gaps between the panels were allowing the cold air radiating through the window to enter the living room. Hmmm, I did not want to go to the expense of buying new drapes so I decided to sew the panels together leaving the center open.

It worked great, no more openings between panels when we close them at night. Just have to wait now and see if this makes a difference.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday Tid Bits

I have spent much of today cleaning out cabinets getting ready for the next painting spree. Not many of the items on my to do list for today have been crossed off, however there is always another day.

I managed to pack up all I wanted to keep in boxes, and bagged many items to be donated. I am now up to 263 items either bagged up or tossed because they are no earthly good to anyone.

Here is my latest bag session.

This is the first session of going through items.

Here is the second.

The silk plants are a bit dusty so I will be giving them a shaking outside before packing them in my car to take to the donation bin.

I also tossed this aloe plant.

No matter what I did, no matter how many times I tried to get it to grow straight up, it wouldn't. I may try again as I love using the gel from the leaves on burns and cuts.

I believe I have now managed to clean out two rooms..... I am considering a couple of vases however. They could be the next things leaving the house.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recipe Wednesday

Tonight I made Ham Pasties for supper. One of my favorite things to do with leftover cooked ham.

Here is a picture of the filling.

This was set to simmer for awhile to thicken up and then cheese was added.

Here they are going into the oven. I made them much smaller then usual.

The finished product.

For some reason they split open a bit I guess being made smaller they are harder to keep sealed when baking. I may have to go back to making them a bit bigger.

Here is the recipe.

Ham Pasties

1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper (I used green pepper as I did not have red)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp curry powder
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked leftover ham
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup finely chopped peeled potato
2 tbsp fruit chutney (mango is best)
1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup shredded old cheddar cheese
1 package of frozen puff pastry thawed
1 egg
3 tbsp milk

Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan on medium. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often. Add curry powder and heat, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Add next 6 ingredients. Stir. Reduce heat to medium low. Cook uncovered, for about 30 minutes, stirring every so often until potato is tender and sauce is slightly thickened.

Stir in cheese. Let stand until cool.

Roll out 1/2 the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into two 7 inch rounds. Keep pastry circles covered with a damp towel. Repeat with remaining pastry.

Combine egg and milk in a bowl, Brush edge of pastry with this mixture. Divide and spoon filling onto top half of each pastry circle. Fold bottom over and pinch edges closed to seal. Place the crescents on a greased baking pan. Brush with remaining egg mixture. Pierce tops of crescents 4 time with a fork.

Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until golden.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Monday

Ahh, another week, another menu. I actually did very well sticking to my menu from last week. Here is hoping for the same results this week.


Fresh Honey Garlic Sausage, pasta and carrots.


Leftover Ham from the fridge freezer. I am thinking of something along the lines of a pasty type meal. Think I will use pie dough rather than the dough the recipe calls for though.


I have a clean out the fridge night planned. However I am not sure if I will do this on this day or in fact today (Monday). I am working until 4 tonight and there is plenty in the fridge to clean out.... Could be a switch here.


We have not had a roast in so long that I think I will make one today. Make lovely mashed potatoes, and green beans to go along.


Perogy meal coming up.


I have an abundance of chicken wings that I would like to try doing up in my Actifry. I am sure I can find a recipe for them some where.


Roast Pork and all the trimmings.

Everybody have a wonderful day.

God bless.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Ramblings

This is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Church calendar.

Today the readings were all about listening for the Lord. Sort of, as Father Brian said, becoming introduced to God. Samuel heard God's voice and thought it was the voice of his master Eli. However Eli realized it was the voice of the Lord and told Samuel just to say "Here I am Lord, I'm listening." In a way Eli introduced God to Samuel.

Father Brian likened this to introducing our family to those we might know and they not know. It shows how important our family is. In this way God wishes to be introduced to us.

As usual Father Brian ended with a question. Today's question was "Who introduced you to God?" Very good question. I have been thinking about this most of the day and my answer would have to be my Mom first, my husband next and then of course the priests that I have worked with over the years. Truth be told almost everyone I have met in my life have introduced me to various aspects of God and our Savior. After all we are made in the image and likeness of God.

We taped the crown molding, chair rail, base board, windows and door today. Hopefully painting will continue tomorrow. I do have to work so I am not sure how much painting I will be able to do. Harvey will more than likely leave the chair rail for me.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday Project Update

I am surprised, though I shouldn't be I guess. With the house being in such disarray I couldn't do much in the area of cleaning so I sat and worked on my various projects.

Look at how much of my cross stitch has been accomplished over the last week or two.

I am working on the wings right now, but once they are done I can back stitch the bird and the angel's face. An end is in sight!

I got a message on Facebook from a good friend asking me if I could knit her daughter a scarf. G is barely a year old, and such a sweetie I could not refuse. J sent me pictures of the winter snow suit she would like me to match and I came up with this.

I am perhaps half way done and if I work very hard I could be finished it by tomorrow night.

Then I sat and sewed a few seams on items I want to put up for sale.

These were made from some of the yarn I bought at our church rummage sale. A pair of pink mohair mittens, a head band and some fingerless mittens.

I had an extra ball of cream roving left after knitting a scarf (which still needs a bit of work) so I made this.

A hooded cowl suitable for a child from 2 to 3 years.

All these have been made with leftover skeins and balls of yarn. Boy am I glad that I save my leftovers from other projects!! Cost to make is minimal this way.

I am still working on a few items that I will hopefully finish this week. Now just to figure out prices.

Everybody have a wonderful evening.

God bless.