Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

July 29, 2009

I must confess I’ve never been a fan of choc chip pancakes. I’ve seen them on the menu at breakfast places, they didn’t appeal to me. Too much like eating cookies for breakfast. Well, what the heck is wrong with eating cookies for breakfast ?!?!?!?!?!

I read a post on a BB about making Choc Chip Pancakes. They used a pancake mix and then sprinkled a few chips on the pancake before flipping it. Well, to me that looks like semi-burned chips on the bottom of my pancake.

So, I made my pancake batter extra thick with just a regular pancake mix and water. Then I gave my choc chips a rough chop before adding them to the batter. This was perfect! The batter was thick, so the chips didn’t sink to the bottom. The chips were various sizes – you could get a lovely chocolatey mouthful or just a little taste! Totally yummy.

Oh… did I mention we had them for dinner? Yup, we did. And I make a lot extra, because the leftover cold pancakes are Just Like Eating Cookies for Breakfast, except they’re pancakes so it’s totally allowed! How’s that for finding a loophole in Breakfast Law?

Minestrone Soup

January 21, 2009

I love the minestrone soup at Johnny Carino’s… except for the lima beans. (blekky) We ate there the other night and I ordered the soup for dinner. Combined with the yummy bread, it’s a great dinner! My first bowl had ONE lima bean! it was delish πŸ™‚ So, I ordered another bowl. It had over 50 lima beans. Yes I counted! I was scooping them out and putting them on a bread plate. I know it’s not good manners, but I couldn’t get a bite of soup without at least 3 lima beans in my spoon! By dinners end, I had a nice little mountain of lima beans. We considered asking for a partial refund but thought that would be tacky. πŸ™‚

I would love to have a good recipe for Minestrone Soup. Do you have one? Will you share? πŸ™‚

thanks for all your wonderful comments about Lucy πŸ™‚ She’s a funny kitty, as they all are, and seems to be relaxing a bit.

Back to normal….

October 3, 2008

I’ve wrestled the blog back from the hijacker.. lol…

It’s Fall πŸ™‚ a slight chill in the air, a pot of minestrone soup simmering on the stove… I love Fall.

So, yesterday we did celebrate my birthday. After all.Β  It was quite a day actually. The day before, the car didn’t start. Probably just needs a new battery. Roger came over, he and Mike worked on the car. Battery was find, everything was fine, but cables needed replaced… so they did that. Then,Β  Mike was home yesterday and doing stuff around the house, when he decided to pull the car around and clean it out. Didn’t start. argh.

Really all it needed was a jump, and some driving around to charge the battery. And then we were going to go out to dinner at Red Lobster.

Nearly hit a train. Ok, not really, but neither one of us saw it, and when it sounded it’s horn…!!!!! Of course, it was one of those trains going thru a neighborhood at 2 mph. Pulled about 42 cars and then stopped, and starting backing up. argh again. So, we pulled out of the line of traffic and went somewhere else.

Headed out to the country, where we happened on an accident minutes after it happened. They’d already called 911 and no one was injured so we kept on our journey.

Got back into town and happened on another accident, minutes after it happened!!!! 911 was on the way, so we kept going. Went through an intersection and heard screeching brakes and squealing tires and little car sped past us after speeding through the intersection in the center lane. Good grief!!! We’ve got to get off the road before we’re killed!!!!

We do eat a delicious dinner and go home to watch the vice presidential debate. We got home without being injured.

Thanks for all the wonderful birthday greetings. I do believe in birthday weeks or months πŸ™‚ I’ll celebrate my birthday for as long as it takes!!!

Laundry and more laundry…

March 3, 2008

pink-lily.jpgI know I’ve been MIA. When we got back from Idaho, the basement was flooded. It was a few days before we could get a plumber out here and I couldn’t do laundry until after that was fixed. Well, you know how the laundry situation is after a week long trip. Dire! Plus, what we already had here, and Riley’s laundry for a week. Three days later the plumber came and fixed it. Then, the weather changed and fibro flare up and wow… laundry was last on my list!

However, we ran out of clothes. So… gather the laundry, separate it all – covered the kitchen floor – and 3 DAYS later – right now in fact – I have the last load in the dryer. Oh. My. Gosh!!!!! I never want to do laundry again!

Mikes new cooking project: Tamales! Oh boy, I can’t wait! He’s bought all the stuff. Wednesday I’ll cook the meats, and Thursday he’ll make tamales. I’ve figured out he loves the complicated recipes just like I like to tackle an interesting knitting or quilting project. It’s the challenge!

The March issue of Cotton Spice is nearly finished… it should be online later this week. It’s so pretty πŸ™‚ I always say that.

So, what do you think of American Idol this year? I can’t think of one guy I like, except perhaps Michael Burns. Too many little boys. What gets me is the judges say “Be yourself!” Well, at that age, they have no idea who they are, how can they sing something that is authentic to themselves? In the women, I really like Asia (I know that’s not how you spell her name) and not because she’s from Joplin! πŸ™‚ I like her anyway. I love Brooke, and that’s about it.

Well, we’re in the middle of ‘weather’. Snow, wind, freezing rain.. you name it.

I got some new projects coming up you might be interested in. They’ll be announced in the March issue, and I’ll put them on here too.

Have a great day! πŸ™‚

The Trial Dinner

December 3, 2007

Do you practice your Christmas Dinner? Mike does. We usually have prime rib anyway, but yesterday morning we watched Bobby Flay cook an incredible dinner for Christmas with prime rib as the main course. It all looked so good, Mike just had to cook it! Here is a sneak peek at our Christmas dinner –


Here the recipe for the prime rib and the Cauliflower Gratin and the Trifle

On Christmas we’ll be adding baked potato’s and a bread of some kind, and probably a green salad, but we already know how to make those. The trifle will be much prettier in a glass bowl, but we didn’t have one big enough. I’ve never been a fan of trifle, but this one is Delicious!!! And we have prime rib leftovers to make some French Dip sandwiches tonight! YUM!!!

Mike went to the grocery store yesterday morning and came home with all the fixin’s. He plays in the kitchen like I play in the sewing room. And best of all, he washes dishes as he goes, so there isn’t a huge mess to clean up afterward. Have I told you what a wonderful husband he is? πŸ™‚ I’m telling you, that trifle is going to be a problem for me all day long!

Ok, my comments on your comments! πŸ™‚

Vickie said the scarf was beautiful but too advanced for her. Nope it’s not!!! Here’s the patternΒ  it’s very easy, and fun.

Shelley asked about the fabric in the first picture, it is Moda, but it’s from the Chocolat line by 3 Sisters. It’s gorgeous, I love it!

Today, work is interfering with Etsy work, so maybe tomorrow I can get those finished and up in my shop.

Remember, comments on this post count toward the Giveaway, which will be held on Wednesday. If you don’t know about the Giveaway, scroll down a few posts and read all about it.

Happy Thanksgiving, the first snow and catching up in general…

November 24, 2007

geraniums.jpgHow was your Thanksgiving? We had a wonderful time. Ours was small – 5 people, and that was just the perfect amount. Quiet and peaceful, just enjoying each others company. I have to tell you how wonderful my husband is – he cooked the entire dinner. He sent me to the sewing room to play. The dinner was delicious and I was relaxed. He loves to cook, so I tried hard not to feel guilty for playing while he was slaving over the hot stove. I did do the dishes, although he still put the extra food away and cleaned up the rest of the kitchen. He gets the Best Husband award for this and so many other things.

So, what did I do with all that time in the sewing room? Well, I decided it was time we had a beautifully decorated table for our meal of Thanks. So, I made some napkins –


and some name cards –


and some chair-back decor –


for a beautiful table –


I added the ‘good’ silverware, my green glass goblets for ice water and of course the food, but by then, I’d forgotten to take more pictures.

I did take Wed, Thurs and Friday off. I started my GAAA…. no, I’m not choking… Great American Aran Afghan! Click on the thumbnail for a nice big picture! I’m so thrilled with this! In the front of the book it lists the 5 easiest and the 5 hardest. I started with the first one on the 5 easiest list. (this is the easiest!?!?!?!)


And we did wake up to a little bit of snow. I took the pictures from indoors, I wasn’t about to peek any part of myself OUT THERE where It’s COLD!!!! Here’s the backyard –


and the rambling rose bush on the side of the house –


And the front porch. All these pictures were taken from my sewing room windows. I do have lovely views!


Have a wonderful weekend? Did you venture out yesterday for the 4am sales? not me… I was snug in my warm bed snoozing away! πŸ™‚

So, what now?

November 19, 2007

geraniums.jpgGosh, now we’re back to my life, which isn’t the most exciting life in the world. No travels to tell about. No new inventions. Just me and my everyday life, which revolves around my husband, my home, kids, grandkids and Cotton Spice. So….just what have I been doing for the past 2 weeks?

Well, aside from a couple panicky days when we went out to get groceries and on the way I remembered I hadn’t posted the new project, it’s been mostly the same.

Write and work on the Dec issue of CS. Knit in my spare time. Laundry, cooking. Not much cleaning. Nothing seems to be skulking at me from any corners.

I am absolutely loving my time at It’s an amazing place. When it opens to the public you’ll see what I mean. They have hundreds of groups, covering just about any interest you could possibly name. I started a group called Frugal Homemakers. We are all trying to get out of debt, pinch the penny till it hurts, find ways to save money and generally support each other during what can be a stressful time. This is the shopping season. But we really aren’t going to shop. We’re going to make what gifts we can, maybe recycle some things into gifts, and in general try to be creative in what we give. There are no $9.99 perfume sets here! Aren’t those just the worst? It’s says, “I have no idea what to get you, so here. It was on the aisle on my way out of walmart/kmart/target and it was my last hope.” If you’re giving a gift, you should know them a little bit better!

I’m participating in a Winter Wonderland Swap at My person lives in England, and I’ve had such a good time visiting with her. After a few chatty emails, I came up with the perfect thing to give her. And since she doesn’t know who I am, I’m perfectly free to talk about it! There’s a new book out called ‘Cool Girls Quilt’ by Linda Lum DeBono and it has the neatest projects in it. The perfect yarn bag – and I’m making it for my little English girl. well, she’s 22… she’s little! πŸ™‚ Maybe young is the proper word πŸ™‚

I finished my Branching Out Scarf and my Booga Bag. I need to take pictures of them.

Saturday night we had some grandsons over to spend the night. We made pizza and I made some soda cracker candy. Mike took the last of the candy to work this morning πŸ™‚

Today, I’m going to finish the Ho Ho Ho quilt and wrap up the magazine, hopefully by tomorrow.

have a great day!

The Cotton Spice eCookbook is finished!

October 28, 2007

geraniums.jpgGet your cookbook HEREΒ  It’s 71 pages of yummy recipes, ingenious and clever decorating tips and ideas. And it’s a great deal! Download a copy for $9.95 or purchase a CD copy for $14.95.

I compiled all the reader contributions into chapters, and did the illustrations in the recipe part of the book. My sister, Kris Lammers illustrated the second part of the book filled with decorating tips and ideas. The book is rich and vibrant, and you will love it! cookbookcover.gif

Italian Bread

October 21, 2007

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geraniums.jpgIt was finally cold enough to bake bread. I made a big pot of lentil soup and this Italian bread. I’ve never seen a bowl of lentil soup that looked appetizing in a picture, so I’ve spared you that. But I’m sharing the bread!


Our First Autumn Dinner

October 16, 2007

geraniums.jpgYou’re thinking soup simmering on the back burner, crusty home made bread? Nope, but something equally yummy.

Pumpkin Pancakes! There was a lovely recipe in the first issue of Seasonal DelightsΒ  and it was finally time to try it. Oh. My. Goodness!!!! They were delicious and definitely a keeper!

The soup and bread will be coming, but it has to be colder outside. We’re still getting into the 70’s some afternoons, and that’s not bread baking weather.

I haven’t done any stitching for awhile, but that will resume once the December issue of Cotton Spice is done. I still have curtains to make, and trim to finish painting (yeah, no kidding… the amount of woodwork in this house is amazing), lots and lots of knitting to do!

I finally received my Ravelry invitation and boy has it been fun! It’s the coolest knitting site/community ever invented and it’s still in beta testing, but it works just fine by my book! You can go and get on the waiting list, I’m not sure how long it will be before it’s open to the public, but it is an incredible place. I’ll talk about it more later.

Not only am I getting the December issue together, I’m putting together the eCookbook. This cookbook is really turning into something fantastic!!