Monday, September 26, 2016

In The Round/ Missouri-Made Mondays

Thinking of a quick gift idea? Many times we think of bath items for someone. I mean, you never have enough items for you skin care, right??
Paired with a special scented soap, bath salts/bombs and lotion, this creates a very nice basket combination. 
A new baby will love the tag-free softness.
Pampering never felt so good!

These also work great 
*as a drink coaster
* displayed in a dish on your counter
*as teether biscuits 
*and are wonderful for little hands in helping with dishes.

More colors will be coming soon to Katy Trail Creations on Etsy!
Check back each Monday for more Missouri-Made items.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I Do Not CArrOT All/Tasty Thursday

One item that has been illusive on our store shelves is tomato soup. Let me clarify.....Gluten free tomato soup. And once we found a decent brand(in another town), it was high time we used up a pepper or two from my latest harvest for a family favorite side dish. This one is perfect for the latest round of extra warm weather we've been having. 
Carrot Salad or Penny Salad. Whichever you prefer to call it is the one dish I haven't cooked up in the years we've had to avoid gluten. Until now.
And it was lookin' purty good.
And this happened.
The green of these flowerets stared back at me.
So in they went. The whole bag. 
New recipe name suggestions??

Monday, September 19, 2016

Autumn Greetings/ Missouri-Made Mondays

Craft Booth September 17, 2016
I blogged a little about the Green Ridge Park Day on my other blog's regular Sunday Sampler feature yesterday. 
But I didn't share what lovely treasures my mother surprised me with.
It's inside the bag of course.
These were quite the bargain and mother never let's those pass her by.
Kerchiefs for $1 apiece, already hemmed and ready for use.
The one on the left is a medallion pattern that resembles a giant chrysanthemum.
The right kerchief is a Dresden Plate in lovely autumn colors.
I have a plan to alter these.....just a little.
First I'll be cutting them into triangles.
After hemming the cut edge, I'll add some trim.....

In the form of crochet with ties. 
Too much wind or sun is hard on the hair. These darling hair accessories keep it in check and are very pretty on little girls in their Sunday best.
Hope you'll be back again for another Missouri-Made Monday!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Walk-n-Talk /Tasty Thursday

This Tasty Thursday, we're taking a lil Walk-N-Talk. Not to be confused with a 'knock-n-talk'. Wives of law enforcement officers will understand. Let's just say my version will not lead to any arrests. But you may be dazzled with my cool food-related finds from the 2016 Missouri State Fair. 
Here's a line of table runners quilted and ready for display above the cases of other handmade items. Wouldn't you love to have one of these beauties on your table this coming holiday season??
First glance you can pretty much tell this has some detail you shouldn't ignore.
 I love, love, love the play kitchen sink. It really deserved more prominence in the display.

The cookbooks could have some long lost ideas in them. Never toss out Grandma's books. 
I can't tell you what the cards are saying on this shelf, but that orange is back in style, again.
And every year there are vegetables on display with unique color, shape and weights. 
I don't have any 400 pounders, but I Do have a lil patch of goodness this year....
Watermelons: 7
Pumpkins: a crop of 9 at press time :)

To see the page for the hostess of this blogging event, click here.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Basket Making/ Missouri-Made Monday

If you need a way to store your stuff in something that goes with your decor, you may consider a fabric basket. The sizes, colors and themes are pretty much endless. I've sold a few....

This Small version was created with upcycled jeans and leftover fabric from my stash.

This one may return in a future time. I still have some of this fabric :)

This one went to the daughter's apartment and will be a mail catch all.
Maybe keys too.

And sometime today, this one will be available in the store.

Basket storage is great for:
 toddler sorting toys,
napkins at the dining table,
bathroom and toiletry items,
sewing/craft catch-all,
baby care items
house-warming gift container,
candy dish for upcoming holidays,
 and so much more.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You Don't Know Jack/Tasty Thursday

Friday night we began our Labor Day Weekend with a drive to Lawrence, Kansas to pick up one daughter and brought the other one along. As with any longish road trip, food has to be in the plan. Especially when the trip has to start after 5:30 pm.
Our choice in Overland Park, Kansas was 
Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue.

 I love how I have all 3 of them in this shot with the mirror helping me out.
So great seating is a plus for them to begin with.
The Gluten Free option Rachel shared with her dad was called The Round Up.
Sampling of Sliced Beef, Pork, Ham, and Pork Spare Ribs. 
Sides of Cheesy Corn and Baked Beans. 
Definitely enough to share.
Kirsten picked out the Arkansas Topper after much deliberation. 
 "Boneless chicken breast topped with barbecue sauce, cheddar and jack cheese, and your choice of barbecue meat." straight from the menu.
No complaints and the fries were a huge score!
This comes from my Hamburger connoisseur.

My dinner pick was something I wouldn't normally choose.
I like a little spice and this one fit the bill pretty good. Not too hot but definitely had a bit of a kick. And you never go wrong with bacon. Just my opinion.
"Pepper jack cheese, bacon and side of chipotle ranch."
Served on a whole wheat bun but I mainly ate the meat portion with the fries and was totally satisfied. 
Hunger. Gone.
This is not a fly-by BBQ joint. It's a firmly established part of Kansas City Barbecue tradition having been around since 1957. 
If you haven't tried Kansas City Barbecue, 
You Don't Know Jack!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Mushroom In My Heart For You/Tasty Thursdays

Tasty Thursdays

This is a basic pan-fried beef burger. 
Sauted onions and mushrooms make it a Special if you work in a restaurant.
Once Upon a time, in a far, far away time, there was Griff's Burger Bar.
Story for another day.
And the thing that can make the Special even better is this.
Just one slice of this goodness will make it melt in your mouth.

Taste-O-Vision needed.
Happy Thursday!