March 17, 2012

Picking Pumpkins

This is one of my Jarradale Pumpkins from a previous season. Also, my granddaughter Lauren Ava. She got to pick her own pumpkin from Grammie and Grady's  Garden

March 14, 2012

Irish & Linen Stitch

  1. I have had this pattern for awhile and it is looking like time to start on it. I am still collecting some koigu yarn ... enough for three separate scarves. One in green, another in blue and also plum. The scarf is worked entirely in a linen stitch and can be knitted from almost any stash of odds and ends. You can find this pattern at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.   Oh and Happy St. Patty's .... I've shamrocks in the window and on the table and I have been planning my;
St. Patrick's Day Menu 
Chicken Sausage
Scalloped Potatoes & Spring Peas
Irish Soda Bread 
  Irish Coffee &  Oatmeal Cookies

The Irish Soda Bread Recipe came from a very dear little Irish Grammie who makes the bread for the Irish festival at the Hagley Museum every year.

Irish Soda Bread
3 c. flour
2/3 c. sugar
1 t. salt
2 T melted butter
2 eggs
1 T. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 c. raisins ( I like golden)
1 3/4 c. buttermilk
1 T. caraway seed (opt.)
Sift all dry ingredients. Stir in raisins and caraway seed. Combine beaten eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork till just moist. Don't over stir. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from pan immediately.

A Victory Garden

I have harvested seeds from last years Jarradale (Blue)Pumpkin. I shared about half of them as winter feed for the squirrels and planted the rest. They are above, enjoying a sunny window sill. I harvested butternut squash too but the rest of my seed has been ordered from Victory Gardens. I will buy my eggplant and peppers from Leon's Garden Shop and I do expect last years tomatoes to come up on their own

... All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, And all things wise and wonderful;The Lord God made them all.
 ~Cecil F. Alexander

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