Today was the 7th annual cookie bake/exchange with Noel farm ladies. This year my dear friend, Karana, was absent since she is days away from having a little one. We missed you this year- but sure do understand that you needed to stay home and take care.
To view previous cookie baking days click on the year.
My Grandma Shank makes a delicious cranberry salad. If you are wanting something red and festive to grace your Christmas table try this. It's the real thing- and it's good. No canned cranberry sauce in this recipe.
Refreshing it is.
Grandma's Cranberry Salad
12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 sm. boxes of raspberry jello
2 cups hot water
3 cups cold water
6 apples, grated
4 oranges, cubed
2- 20 oz. cans crushed pineapple
1/2 cup celery, chopped fine
In a saucepan cook cranberries, sugar and water until cranberries pop open and mixture slightly thickens. Dissolve jello in hot water then add cold water. Pour into cranberry mixture and mix well.
Fold in apples, oranges, pineapple and celery into cranberry mixture.
Chill overnight until set. It makes almost 2 gallon. Great recipe for family gatherings.
Celebrate the joy of winter and the warmth of the holidays in a renovated Mill tucked away in a tiny farming village. Gather around a table filled with bundles of foraged greens, berries and natural elements to tie into festive holiday arrangements. Learn how to use nature's inspiration for wrapping gifts to give away. Come away with a little something to adorn your tree, a wreath to hang on your door and perhaps a garland or two that we created together during a continual flow of conversation, sweet treats and hot spiced cider. As the afternoon winds down, a spread of hearty savory offerings invite you to linger a little longer then planned.
Hosted by Hope Helmuth and Amy Showalter from Spring Creek Roller Mills,
Katie Schmid of The Pinwheel Collective, and Sara Christensen from The Lady Jane Shop Visit Kinfolk's website to purchase tickets.
Last week my sisters came over to make Christmas arrangements. We have an abundance of pine on our property so it's handy to make them 'onsite'. We are in the middle of remodeling our living room so it was hard for me to decide whether it was worth decorating for Christmas. I decided to create a few pine arrangements to set amongst the dust. We will call the drywall dust and sawdust 'snow'.
All of our creations.
The few I created to brighten our home.
Charity and I made Jam for gifts.
I am so happy to be back!
Blogger decided to let me load photos this evening.
Yes, I'm still alive. Alive and well. Our computer decided to kick the bucket, and we were without it for a whole two weeks. It was good for us and good for me. Yes, I can survive without one, but do miss blogging. I hope to be back soon. Until then, enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation and don't eat too much turkey.
I made dinner tonight with ear plugs in. My husband is putting down our hard wood floor and the stapler noise is above loud. He started this evening before I had my ear plugs in place and I screamed at the first staple.
Cooking with ear plugs sure is interesting. I had to take them out twice to taste something. I had to hear the sizzle of the pan to get the whole taste. Kind of like my Grandma I guess- she cant talk on the phone until she finds her glasses.
I was craving thanksgiving food so I made fried ham with a simple cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, creamed limas and spinach salad.
I am sharing the simple cranberry sauce recipe with you. It sure is tasty. I caught Josh eating it by the spoonful. This could be used on various meats.
Cranberries make me happy. I love their flavor and color.
Simple Cranberry Sauce
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. salt
zest of one orange
12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, salt and orange zest.
Bring to a boil, stir in cranberries return to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer until 3/4 of berries have popped open.
Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to serve.
Because I like fall and all my readers, I am giving away some fall baking supplies. A nice sturdy cookie scoop, a flour sack towel that's great for covering baked goods while they cool, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, and a pint of local sorghum molasses.
Let the fall baking begin!
To enter just answer the following question.
What's your favorite fall food?
The cookie scoop and flour sack towel are supplied by Kitchen Kupboard, my mother-in-law's specialty kitchen store. It is a local store with
friendly help. Go to her website for more information.
The spices are from my Auntie's store, The Cheese Place. There you will find tasty cheese and bulk foods of all kinds. She has an extra special worker, my Grandma Shank, who I like visit when I stop by.
Deadline October 23.
No shipping outside
USA and Canada.
Winners will be selected using www.randompicker.com. One entry per person. Winner will be announced on my blog page Tuesday evening. Please include your email address so I can contact you. If
you feel uncomfortable leaving your email address be sure to look at my
page Tuesday evening and you can email me your information for
Funny title, but it's a thought that comes across my mind often when blogging or posting on Instagram.
Some days I wonder why I blog and post on Instagram- Is this all about me? Grandma didn't post a photo of her three layered cake every Christmas. But then I think of how many people have inspired me through blogging and Instagram. Some blog posts leave me feeling refreshed and ready to tackle my house again. It's just the nudge I need at times. God wants us to be creative and to use the gifts He has given us. And that's what keeps me going. While a blog may seem glorious with photos and words- It's been stretching for me. I am a quiet person that is not good at expressing my feelings in group setting. I have finally tackled the ever present worry about people taking me wrong- and just blogging about what I love to do.
So if my Grandma had instagram... she'd have 5,000,000 followers. But she doesn't have instagram and so not everyone knows how awesome she is. But what matters is that God knows it along with her family and friends who deeply appreciate her for who she is. So 'be' who you would be without instagram or a blog to post on. Be the godly, caring, intentional person God has created you to be.
Savor each season of life just like you savor an apple dumpling in the fall- for it may not last long.
I decided to paint pumpkins with my two nephews last week. I was imagining orange pumpkins with symmetrical polka dots of blue and green. Something their mother and aunt would love to set on their porch.
Well it was two boys with an endless supply of paint. We started with a sponge for each color. Sawyer took a liking to the smallest sponge and proceeded to use it for all colors. At that point I gave in and let them go hog wild- and that they did.
Once there was no more surface area on their pumpkins to paint,
they moved over to their hands and arms.
Their mother photographed this as she was quietly smirking.
I had to get the water hose out to clean up the aftermath.
It was worth it though.
While painting Sawyer exclaims, "this is so much fun I can hardly believe it!"
I think he could hardly believe he was able to make such a mess.
I used sausage instead of ground beef and added more tomato
juice and less pasta. Go easy on the salt since sausage is seasoned.
Revised recipe below.
Pasta de fagioli
1 pound sausage 1 small onion, diced (1 cup) 1 large carrot, julienned (1 cup) 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans (with liquid) 1 15-ounce can great northern beans (with liquid) 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1 Qt. tomato juice 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1/3 pound (1/3 pkg.) ditali pasta
Brown the sausage in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat.
Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and saute for 10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour.
About 50 minutes into the simmering, in another pan cook the pasta for 10 minutes or just
until pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain.
Today was a delightful way to start fall- with a community event such as the barn sale. There were a lot of vendors this year so it would be hard to post a photo of everyone- so I thought I would share a few photos of our booth.
After a busy weekend- today was a wonderful day to be Labor Day. I helped host a KinfolkWorkshop on Saturday, for a documentation go here.
This afternoon I headed to mom's to hang out with my sister and her two boys. We made apple turnovers, cucumber boats and created picture collages out of magazine photos. To top all of that- we headed to cook out for the evening. Did somebody say work tomorrow?
Boys can bake too.
This boy melts my heart.
Many hands make light work, you know. Not to mention the mess.
Cucumber boat launch.
The second meal this weekend cooked by the campfire cooking master, Chris.
What he does is an art. Art comes in all kinds of ways.