Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pecan Pie ! ! !


Okay, so I used to make pies all the time but since the kids have all moved away I don't even remember the last time I baked a pie. SO, since we will have 20 people here for Thanksgiving I decided I'd better practice. The first one I made wouldn't set up. I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it nearly 20 minutes longer than it said and it still didn't set up. Into the trash (but I saved the pecans cuz they are DANG expensive). Just about decided not to make another one but was determined to overcome FAILURE. ;-)

I didn't make a homemade crust this time because if the filling doesn't work out then I have wasted my time so I used a Marie Callendar deep dish pie crust from the local market's frozen foods section. The crust I use that always works for me is:

FOOL PROOF PIE CRUST


4 c flour
1 3/4 c shortening
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg
1/2 c water
Directions
1. Mix first four ingredients.
2. In separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.
3. Combine the mixtures, stirring with a fork.
4. Chill 15 minutes before rolling out. Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to 3 days or it can be frozen until ready to use.
It comes out perfectly every time. This crust needs to be baked before you put the filling in; otherwise, it cooks up into the filling and you end up without a bottom crust. Bake it at 350 degrees with a sheet of tin foil over the top (so it won't brown too much) for 11-12 minutes. Take it out and set it aside.

SUPER SIMPLE PECAN PIE.....FEW INGREDIENTS!!!

1 c sugar
1 1/2 c corn syrup( i use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light)
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c pecans coarsely broken and whole ones
1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
1/4 c butter softened
Directions
1. In a sauce pan boil sugar and corn syrups together for 2-3 minutes, set aside to cool slightly...
2. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly, and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly!
3. Make sure its smooth..
4. Stir in the room temp. butter( if you need nuke it not to the melted point just so its soft.) and the Vanilla stir it in as well.
5. Pour into the pie crust
6. Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until set!!


I think the success really was in the boiling the sugar and corn syrups together. This pie was easy and set up perfectly. Using regular sugar and half dark and half light corn syrup made it not so sweet. Much better Pecan Pie recipe in my opinion.

Things have been kind of slow in the crochet world. I've made a lot of dishcloths for friends and for myself and a couple of shawls for the local nursing home. Our crochet/knitting group is doing a special project for a program called Forgotten Seniors. Getting old is the pits all on its own without having to do it all alone.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Baby Girl Dress Finished

I've been working on shawls and scarves for our Forgotten Seniors project (our crochet/knit group). I've got a TON of yarn used up on it and hope that they will be used. I didn't take photos of them all but do have some I can post later. I'm getting ready to send this cute little thing to England. My cousin's son gifted her a new granddaughter (her first!) about a month ago and I wanted to do a little something for her so I decided on this little dress. There is no pattern. I just "winged" it so hope it will fit at some point. I do hope I get a return photo of her in it. Want to get it mailed off tomorrow.



I chose white and red because I'm thinking the baby will be able to wear this around Christmas. What do you think? I used some of my mom's vintage buttons. I'm really happy with it. I used Red Heart Luster Sheen yarn. It's been discontinued but I found some on Etsy. I love it for baby clothes and even for shawls. I'm so disappointed in yarn companies when they make a really nice yarn that is good for so many things, launders well and it easy to work with and then they go and discontinue it. I hate that! 

As per usual, I want to add a recipe we tried the other day. It's a pizza crust made with eggs and Parmesan cheese. Seriously!

PIZZA

Beat 4 eggs until well blended and add 6 oz. of shredded cheese (I like the Italian blend you can buy at the market but any kind will work). Stir that into the eggs until mixed really well. Pour onto a parchment sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Take it out of the oven and top with 3 tablespoons tomato sauce (I used catsup cuz I didn't want to open a can and only use 3 tbsp.), 1 tsp. dried oregano, another 4 oz. cheese and pepperoni (which I don't like but The Hubster does so I only put it on half). Put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the pizza has turned a golden brown color and the cheese is melted. 

Serve with a salad. It makes two servings and they are nice sized. You can pour the batter so it's like two big circles or just one large crust. I think it's even better the next day. (Half is usually all I can eat when served with salad.) Low carb. Only 8 g.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blogger Hiccups and Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

For three weeks I have been unable to post via my Kindle. My PC decided to start having LOTS of problems so while waiting for the new PC I tried everything to publish but Blogger wouldn't let me. This morning when I was finally able to log in on my new PC, it took me to an OLD OLD blog. The first one I had started about 8 years ago or so. The reason I had stopped using that blog was because Blogger inadvertently "deleted" several and mine was one of them so I had to start a  new one. Isn't that the weirdest thing? Anyway I am back and trying to learn Windows 10. UGH!

Not much going on in the crochet front. I hurt my wrist about 5 weeks ago and have only recently been able to crochet at all. I made a few dishcloths for a friend because she asked but other than that very little progress has happened with any of WIPS.

I do have a recipe I want to share with you though. It's called Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie:


Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls    

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey  

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

OMG! SO DANG GOOD! It's the perfect dessert and easy as PIE.

ENJOY!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Baby Blanket Finished!!!!

Hooray!  Hurrah! The pink baby blanket for my friend's new grand baby is finished. It was a fun pattern called It All Started With A Square.  I didn't make it as large as the pattern called for. I'm a very loose crocheter so by the time I got about 2/3rds done it was large enough for a baby. My friend wanted pink and as you know, new moms "now-a-days" aren't keen on the pastels so I threw in a little of the variegated to give it a bit of pop.


I just added the little beanie cuz there was plenty of yarn left over.

I am having one of those weeks where I'm just dragging. I don't know what's up with me. I feel like I'm on auto-pilot.  Don't wanna do anything anywhere anytime. Maybe I'd better up my vitamins? LOL!

(The new floors are nearly finished. You can see them under the blanket. I'm very happy with how they are turning out but cannot wait to get them finished. Hopefully within the next couple of week. It taking three months to get them done might be part of my blah attitude.)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Yes, I admit it --


I'm addicted. I try not to purchase more but I have this "sale" mentality. If there is a yarn that I love to use and it comes on sale my brain whispers to me, "Buy it while it's on sale. Think of the money you will save." You know, eventually that kind of thinking gets you into serious trouble. The Hubster is starting to give me the Evil Eye.


My goal is to work from the yarn that I have and not buy any more for a while. I did that the first of the year and actually got my yarn supply down to a manageable level. I've decided as I empty a container that I'll get rid of the container. That way I won't be tempted to fill it up again. (Right?)

I did make this cute little sweater while on a road trip the other day. We had quite a drive to the dentist (4 hours each direction) so I took this along:


It's a slightly modified pattern from www.justcrochet.com. Heather has so many beautiful baby outfits to crochet. Hers did have the bow on it but I'm not convinced that I like it. I might take it off and either do a smaller one or maybe some really small flower for up on the yoke.

The weekend is fast approaching. I hope everyone has a lovely one!

Carry on!!!! (and don't buy too much yarn)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pattern Post: Sweet Abella Cardigan

SWEET ABELLA CARDIGAN

Original Design by Bev Matheson,
One Yarn After Another,


SKILL LEVEL
                Beginner/Advanced Beginner
SIZE
                Up to 6 months
MATERIALS
                Lion Brand Baby Soft, 1 skein each in colors
                                Main Color (MC): Lilac (#143)
                                Alternating Color 1 (AC1): Pistachio (#170)
                                Alternating Color 2 (AC2): Lemon Drop (#159)
                                  or colors of choice
                                1 skein if doing solid
                Crochet Hook size G
                Three 1/2" buttons
                Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends
STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
                Chain (ch)
                Extended half-double crochet (ehdc)
                Fasten off (fo)
                Right Side (RS)
                Single crochet (sc)
                Skip (sk)
                Slip stitch (sl st)
                Stitch, stitches (st, sts)
                Wrong Side (WS)
GAUGE
                13 ehdc = 3 inches
                8 rows = 3 inches
                Grannies for cuffs and fronts = 2-1/2 inches
                Grannies for collar = 2 inches



INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING GRANNY SQUARES (Make 10 large and 6 small grannies.) Note: Instructions for small granny squares can be found in italics at the end of Row 2.


Ch 4, sl st in first sc to join.

Row 1: With MC, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in center of ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring ch 2, two more times in ring. Sl st in beg ch 3. Finish off.

 Row 2:  : With AC1, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, in next ch 2 space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.  (Stop here and finish off for collar grannies. Finish off.

Row 3:  With AC2, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space) repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

CARDIGAN BACK

Foundation: With MC, ch 47.

Row 1: Work 1 ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work 1 ehdc in each ehdc across, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-24: Repeat Row 2 (back should measure approximately 10" long). Finish off.

FRONT (make 2)

Base: Sl st 2 large grannies together. (Note: It doesn't matter how you position them.)

Row 1: sc across 23 sts, ch 2 turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 23 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 3-16: Repeat Row 2 (front pieces should measure the same as the back (10")).  Finish off.

SLEEVES (make 2)

Base: Sl st 3 large grannies together.

Row 1: sc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-11: Repeat Row 2, finish off.

CONNECTING

Front and back: With WS facing you, sl st shoulders together 2.5" from outside edge

Sleeves: Center sleeve with shoulder seams and sl st together.

Sides and bottom of sleeves: Sl st together.

COLLAR

Sl st together alternating colors of small grannies (6). With WS up (facing you), sc collar to neck opening. (Using a sc it helps to not only secure the collar but helps it to stand up a little better.)

FINAL TOUCH

Sl st around the entire garment (including the collar and sleeves). Sew your small buttons where you would like them, keeping in mind that the ehdc will be your buttonhole.

When my friend, Cat, opened her yarn store in Payette, Idaho, I designed this little sweater as an exclusive for her shop. She has since closed her shop so I am offering it here for your use. It's really a cute little sweater on and the color combos are endless. I hope you'll give it a try if you need a little gift or want to make something special for your own little one.

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Things here are moving along. The Hubster is making progress on the floors. It turned into a much larger project than he anticipated and wishes now he'd not tackled it on his own. But, that's the way it works, right? The best intentions sometimes aren't the right choice but he IS doing a great job on them and I'll be happy when they are done and I can clean up the mess. The dust has been horrendous from the breaking up of the old tiles and pulling up the old carpet as well as then grinding the floors to get all the old adhesive, etc. off of them.

Here's just a little chuckle for you to start the week off with: