Monday, August 25, 2008

Country Primavera

Last night I wanted something warm for dinner. The grill at the store had already closed. So I went into the kitchen and pantry and found everything for my meal. In a little while, I will post the recipe.

For this made from scratch concoction I used:

1/2 cup chopped white onions
1 thinly sliced squashed
1/2 thinly sliced zucchini
1 slice of bacon chopped
1 small can of mushrooms...fresh mushrooms could be used depending on what you have available
1 can of tomato sauce
2 small tomatos chopped
2 cups of egg noodles
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
2 dashes of italian seasoning
salt and pepper

First, I cooked my egg noodles. Then in a large skillet, I fried the chopped bacon with the onions, squash and zucchini until they were cooked. I added the salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and italian seasoning. Then I added the mushrooms and tomato sauce. After the tomato sauce was in, I then added the fresh chopped tomatos. I added the rest of the italian seasoning. I then finally drained the egg noodles. I put the noodles in a bowl and put the vegetables on top of the noodles. I eventually put mixed the remaining noodles with the vegetables.

This recipe would be a great vegetarian meal if you left the bacon out.

Also, I've been picking wild plums for my grandma and I to make wild plum jelly! So far I've picked two big bowl fulls and the tree still has plums that are falling. I've also found a wild peach tree!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Getting a Little Organized

I got a new book case. It's about 6 feet tall and I love it. I've put my scrapbook paper box, ribbon box, miscelleneous box, embroidery bag and other things on it! This is what I needed for a long time. Now all of my crafts aren't all in the floor or in some huge cardboard box. As you can see, those organization classes for LIS came in handy after all!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bucking Horse Fabric Silhouette

The other day I was looking at one of the Martha Stewart Living magazines that I had brought to work. There was a project for a painted fabric silhouette. I thought that this would be an awesome project. I would put a new twist on it by finding a bucking horse and painting that on the fabric canvas. I chose to use red fabric and black paint for my silhouette. Since this was my first time, I was just going to do it and give it to my mom. It's not the best picture, but it does show my project. I'll take another picture when my mom hangs the pictures on her wall.

This project was inspired by Anna Marie Horner who had made one of these painted fabric silhouette's on the Martha Stewart show. I really like this project because you could choose any type of material or outline that you wanted.

I didn't staple the fabric to the back of the canvas tight enough, so when the mod podge dried, there were bubbles in the fabric. If you hang it up on the wall, you can't see the bubbles from far away.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Country Frittata

This morning I was starving. I like breakfast but breakfast usually doesn't like me. I ran out of waffles yesterday, so I could make some toast. It was Sunday morning and toast is too little for such a great day. I asked my grandma if she would eat the rest of the fritata for lunch and she said she would. I actually had all of the ingredients!

This is how I made my country frittata.

1 zucchini cut into 1/8 inch slices
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup diced onions
dash of salt and pepper
4 eggs (beaten)
pinch of oregano
1 tsp. of grated parmesian cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or whatever type of cheese you have

Before I turn on the fire on the stovetop, I turn the oven to 350 degrees to preheat the oven. In a greased skillet (I used canola spray), I put in the diced onions, zucchini and mushrooms and also added the salt and pepper. I let the vegetables cook while I scrambled the eggs. In the eggs, I added the oregano and parmesian cheese. I took the vegetables off of the fire before I added my eggs to the vegetables on the skillet. After I poured the eggs on the vegetables, I put the frittata in the oven for 20 minutes. Halfway through cooking, I added the grated cheddar cheese.

I had made this before and told my mom to eat it with the soft Swiss cheese spread. She really liked my suggestion!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Christmas in August

Back before Christmas, William Sonoma had a rose wreath. This rose wreath was the inspiration for our Christmas wreath. The wreath that we had before for a couple of years had been white flowers with white snowflakes. We wanted something bright and colorful, so we chose red roses. The picture shows the wreath, but it was unfinished. This was the first step in developing the wreath.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Boots and Stars Pillow Case

This is what I made for my friend's wedding present. The couple are are cowboys and cowgirls. I knew they would like something different and unique. I designed the pillow case myself and it didn't take long to finish.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Hello. I'm Christine and I'm Crafty! I've been interested in arts & crafts along with cooking and gardening since I was a very person. All through school I was in 4-H and one of my big two projects was arts & crafts and food preparation. That experience helped me gain confidence and knowledge in areas that are still used today.

The areas of arts and crafts that I'm interested in is photography (that's the art part) and embroidery/cross stitch (the crafts part). There's other things that I can pick up such as jewelry making and anything else that I can get my hands on.

Talking about photography...I recently won the "Best of Show" award from my employers "employee art show." I'm still stunned that my photograph won "Best of Show," which was voted on by fellow employees.

I'm a better baker than cook. I'm known for my apple pies and peach cobbler. I can definitely whip up a pecan pie. When I cook, I love to make lasagna rollups, which happen to be a family favorite.

This year, I don't have an "official" garden. It's more like here and there. I have about 8 or 9 squash plants that are still producing, 4 canteloupe plants, 1 watermelon, 2 pumpkin plants, and several tomato plants. I planted some green beans, but my grandma planted some morning glories and I think the morning glories killed the green beans. :-( She said next we're only going to plant the green beans and no morning glories. I did grow some corn, which was too late to grow, some okra that I never planted but was still growing but no actual okra on it, greens, and cucumbers. All of these plants never made and I think it was never meant to be.

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