Monday, November 28, 2016

The Long Project/Missouri-Made Mondays

I've survived Craft Show Season 2016. And now is time for the Long Projects.
By request, I have official approval for this color combination.
Calling it The Green Palette.
Ignore that bit of purple over on the left. It's just hangin out.
And this sampling is called a Star Stitch. I began this project with the variegated yarn called 
Aspen Print. In a future post I'll try for a better picture to show the blues, greens, and browns in the yarn. 
From Missouri, wishing you a wonderful Monday!



Monday, November 21, 2016

Missouri Wine Country/Missouri-Made Mondays

Did you know that Missouri has a history of wine-making that dates back to the 1850's? In fact until Prohibition, it had developed a sophisticated image during those years. Prohibition ended it for a time but it was reborn in the 1960's and is increasingly winning national acclaim.
I present for the Missouri-Made Mondays, a little Grape/Wine theme Microwave Baked Potato Bag.

And now some images of the winery at Rocheport, Missouri.
The Vineyards

Overlooking the Mighty Mo.
I need to revisit on a clear, sunny day. Taste-testing is in my near future.
From Missouri, wishing you a wonderful Monday!!






Friday, November 18, 2016

Rice Is Nice/Friday Flavor

In the cookbook corner of my kitchen counter is this little helper.

Turning to the Rice Pilaf recipe, I see a variation that could prove pretty useful in using up that garlic.
Why I bought so much is beyond me.
But it is that time of year to make the kitchen smell good.

There are also a good bunch of these to use up.
Does anyone else have trouble with green onions staying good very long?

Sticking to my guns, I did NOT stir the rice once the liquid was added.
I used chicken broth instead of water by the way.
Much better, trust me.

After 'the stir'.

Have a great weekend everyone!




Monday, November 14, 2016

Do You Have Anything Smaller?Missouri-Made Mondays

This message came to me from Etsy last Thursday. So a plan came about to show some fabric samples I have on hand, choose a favorite and start creating the 'smaller' version of a kerchief. The request was specifically for an 18 month old.
Neutrals were the request, but I speculated for a little girl, there needed to be some flowers.
Here were some choices.
Once the great debate was finished, I began the creating. (Favorite part😁)

I love how this one turned out.
 I may have to make a 2nd one just because I know it'll look so adorable.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Warmin' the Walls/Missouri-Made Mondays

My seemingly endless pile of scrap fabric was dented a little this weekend.
The frugal penny pincher in me saved these batting pieces, and tacked them together.....
Pardon the strings attached, but you won't see them inside a quilt.
And I may or may not have ever mentioned one of the greatest inventions ever in a sewing machine......
The Walking Foot. I will explain more later on this add-on that didn't come with my machine.

There are still things that are best done by hand.......
Like basting together the layers. I love it best when I have a small enough quilt that I can do this on the table rather than on my knees. Too many knee surgeries make for much tenderness when you have to crawl around to baste. Just sayin'.
Maybe my quilter friends out there will give a miraculous suggestion on saving the knees??
Masking tape helps guide my stitches when I don't feel like drawing lines with quilter pencils. And I can reuse the tape a few times when transferring it to the rest of the quilt. 

Binding tomorrow evening while waiting on the election results.
Please remember to Vote! 

In the words of Missouri's own Mark Twain:
"Politicians and diapers must be changed often,
and for the same reason."


Monday, October 31, 2016

Versatility/Missouri-Made Mondays

Many accessories are out there for keeping us warm in the great outdoors. Both in stores and online you can find just about anything that suits your fancy. To keep up with new trends, I decided to change up one of my most popular items and create a scarf with a bonus attribute. This is my newest item for sale in the Katy Trail Creations Etsy shop.


Infinity scarves have long been popular. Not to mention they are pretty helpful when the wind is blowing. Who in the world wants to worry about their scarf blowing off.
But making it a little larger this go-round gives you a little extra for evenings out where you need a little shoulder coverage.
Or what about keeping grammy warm in church? Beats trying to hold up her coat on her shoulders.

Come back next week for another Missouri-Made Monday to see what's new in the shop.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Gonna Make This/Friday Flavor


It's not too often I blog on a topic twice, but this is one that had double duty for me. Over on WordPress, I had the priviledge to enter my Thursday Doors post using a set of photos from last weekend. This is Part 2 using the rest of my pics.


Port Fonda is what was once a restaurant in an Airstream trailer turned into 2 restaurants of very classy "Inventive Mexican Food". One in Lawrence and the other in Westport, Mo. 
I have to admit I played it safe and tried the Chorizo Fundido. But Only after I inquired on the level of heat those poblano pepper strips carried. This Was All Mine! Sorry, I  had already dug in to the skillet. 
The view to my left.
The Bar behind me.

Note to the chef/owner, Patrick Ryan, (who by the way is doing the Midwest proud with some pretty outstanding awards)
I am going to attempt my own homemade version of your dish.
Thanks for the inspiration!