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Thursday, October 08, 2015

My easy catnip mousies

I use recycled felted wool fabric from yard sale or thrift store purchases. I wash them in hot water & dry them in the dryer to make sure that they have felted. I then cut them into 2.5" strips. With 2 strips held wrong sides together, I freehand cut shapes like this:

Leaving the pairs of mousies together, I insert a piece of rickrack about 4" long & sew the curved side. I usually make several dozen up to this point& then,without turning, I put 6-10 pellets in & sew the straight edge. Finished product:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicken & slippery dumplings

Chicken with slippery dumplings 4-8 servings

(depending on how hungry you are.)

4 Chicken leg quarters (or equivalent)
3 ribs celery
1/2 lb carrots in bite sized pieces
1 med-large onion cut up
2 qt water
1/2t tumeric
salt & pepper

Cook in pressure cooker for 20 min or boil for 1 hour. Let cool & remove bones & skin. Skim some fat if desired.

For dumplings:

3c flour
1.5t baking powder
1t salt
2 eggs
Chicken broth

Put dry ingredients in food processer & give it a whirl. Add eggs & enough chicken broth to make a non sticky dough. Knead a bit & then use a pasta machine to roll it to # 5. dusting with flour as you go. Cut into approx 2" squares. I usually do them a little ahead & refrigerate with waxed paper between each layer. Freeze half for later. Dump them into boiling Chicken & stock & cook until they are almost done. Thicken broth & serve. When cooking the frozen ones, do not thaw.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, July 01, 2013

Fruited bread pudding

I came up with a new recipe tonight. It got rave reviews:

Fruited bread pudding

mix 1.5c milk
3 eggs
1t vanilla
5 pkts truvia-or your favorite sweetener
pour over 6 slices of cubed Pepperidge farm blueberry swirl bread (Or cinnamon bread)
Let bread soak 10-15 min add fruit-I used about 2/3 c black raspberries, 2/3c blueberries & 1 diced peach. Bake at 325 for about 45 min.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Kracken Foreplay tentacle tickle

I don't always name my pieces, but as I was doing this one, 2 names jumped into my brain- "Kracken Foreplay" & "Tentacle Tickle".

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zentangle revalation-you don't have to use every color in the box

2 new tangles. The first has too many colors for my tastes, so for the second, I limited myself to 4 colors-red, blue, black & metallic gold. I like it much better.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Latest zentangle

I've been laid up due to an infected cat bite (My fault-I stepped on a sleeping cat's tail) This is my latest.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The last snake in Ireland Diptych

I finished these tonight-a diptych to be framed separately & hung together (5 X 7" each). The snake, weaving through the loops reminded me of celtic knots and so brought to mind the myth about St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland. In my version, the last snake was too tangled up to leave. The bright yellow in the loops scanned as white. Non photo yellow?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I finished this one tonight. 8X10" It has some metallic colors which don't quite come across in the scan.


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