Monday, August 29, 2016

Barn Shawls/ Missouri-Made Mondays

I'm beginning a new feature on Stephanie's Stuff called Missouri-Made Mondays. Featured here will be Hand Made items made by myself or a member of my Etsy shop,
  Katy Trail Creations.

Waiting for the Autumn and Winter chill to arrive here in Central Missouri. It hasn't happened yet, but it will. One item I crochet has done pretty well in the shop.
Homespun Yarn by Lion Brand has a super soft texture and appearance that has made these shawls irresistable both online and at craft shows. I can't tell you how many folks have to stop and feel these shawls while on display.
This is the latest version done in 'Clouds' with painterly colors of medium and dark gray. Soft and thick yarn will keep you cozy on those quickly approaching Autumn evenings.

A helpful hint in working with this style of yarn:
This sort of yarn you have to really 'feel' the stitches. It will blend together flawlessly. If you aren't experienced with this technique, try a few practice swatches and use a stitch you are very familiar with before starting a major project. The results will be much nicer.

Give me a shout out from your 'made' location!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Purple Haze/ Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday

In preparing a favorite meal last night, I wanted a little more color than the typical green and orange peppers. Luckily our garden has just the thing.

Notice the inside of that pepper is white. Pretty cool. And it's a nice sweet flavor. No flames for your mouth. 

Another successful evening meal with some Black Beans in the corner bowl. 
And remember,
Cooking is Love made Visible.
Happy Thursday!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Then There's This /Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday

Breakfast one day last week apparently was pretty good when Ron sent me a photo of it before finishing it off.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread conformed to French Toast last week. This is before syrup and butter were added. But guess what. It's not French.

What I'd like to do is share a list of French Cuisine I'd like to make in the future.
Here's a beginning list. 

Crème brûlée
Éclair(These first 2 speak on their own)
Macaron (not to be confused with Macaroon)
Ratatouille (I hope you know what this is)
Hachis Parmentier (French Shepherds Pie)
Gigot D Agneau Pleureur
(translation: Lamb cooked over potatoes)
Tartiflette (Potatoes, bacon, melted cheese, onion. Enough said)
Quiche Lorraine (the French like bacon)
For the record, we've already made Cordon Bleu. No pictures. sorry. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Baked Veggie Bites/Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday

 Tuesday, we tried the recipe above, Veggie Bites.
Zucchini fresh from the garden was our vegetable choice.
Love breaded zucchini. 
Love pretty much anything breaded.

Assembly line for the young chef.

Not quite sure how these were supposed to be edible. 
I even sprayed some extra butter on them, turned them once again, (actually 4 times) and still they were gritty and mushy. 
Breading was non existent.
Definitely not a keeper. 
We had Doritos instead for snack. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Another Brick in the Wall/Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday

While on his laptop last weekend, my husband sent me a link after I'd just been commenting about needing to use up my canned apple from last year. Tip Hero was his go to for that day.
This is a glutenous version of German Apple Pancakes.
Time to try out the gluten-free variety.
Our baking mix of choice has the leavening agents already included.
Cast iron skillet is a must. So many good reasons to use that I could do another post just on that topic.
Maybe later.
Powdered sugar topped off and doused while still warm. 
Did I mention it's a little messy?
You can't have your pudding if you don't eat your meat keeps repeating in my brain when I view this pic.
Happy Tasty Thursday!
Make it a good one.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thank You Tax Dollars/Tasty Thursday

Tasty Thursday
The year is 2008 and the Spanish class is doing a "Hands-on" cooking activity. Memorized from that class moment, she replicated a delicious meal for her father and I. I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday and my eldest made this for us for supper on Sunday evening and has not made it since that Spring of her freshman year. She's now entering Grad School. Proof that cooking with your kids is a memorable experience. I highly encourage you to Brave those dirty dishes and mess potential.
Now that I'm off my soap box, here's the event in pictures.
I present:
Chorizo Con Huevos y Nopalitos (Eggs with Chorizo and Cactus)

And no I couldn't stand idly by and let her do All the cookin.
My lil contribution from the garden......
Sauteed zucchini w/minced garlic in butter and olive oil.

Warming some corn tortillas. No butter or oil.
And don't forget the hot sauce. (not being paid to promote this brand. Pick whatever you like)
Ta Da!! Topped with some shredded cheese is how I completed my plate. You could add some sour cream or guacamole if desired. 
As for those tax dollars, well I'm pretty happy how things panned out. Pardon the pun. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Philly in Missouri

Tasty Thursday

The summer goodness of my garden is getting in full swing in the last week with fresh zucchini, cucumbers, Japanese eggplants, beets, green beans, green peppers, and tomatoes. All before July 4th!! This is a record year for sure. Peas were just the beginning.

But we enjoyed something a little different last Thursday and I'm sharing a couple pictures here.

With a recent trip to Columbia, Missouri, Ron and Rachel returned with a delicious sandwich alternative for the gluten intolerant in our household. These little baguettes were enough for the 3 of us to have some homemade Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. Udi's did a remarkable job with this bread version. You could not tell the gluten was eliminated in its flavor or texture. I highly recommend these! (not paid to endorse)
Now.... to do some experimenting with sandwich fillings :)