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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingrediants needed:
1 Stick of real butter cubed
5 tablespoons shortening
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl and then sift. Add the butter and shortening and using a hand held pastry blender cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture until the butter bits are about the size of peas. Place the bowl with the flour mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes. Once butter shortening and flour are frozen take out of the freezer and create well in the center and pour the buttermilk into the center. Stir together until just combined. Flip onto a surface to knead together until it forms a loaf that holds together (kneed 3-4 times). Flatten the loaf into a sheet 1/2″ thick and cut biscuits. Re-kneed leftover dough to form more biscuits. Place of a cookie sheet. Brush the tops with heavy cream. Place into a pre-heated 450 degree over for 5 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 400 for 10 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My baby is all grown up.

It seems like yesterday that this wonderful little baby came into my life.  He has been the blessing from God I never deserved.  I often wonder why I was so blessed with such a wonderful son.  I hear so many horror stories of the terrible twos, the crazy teens etc. and I never lived through any of those things.  My son has never given me an ounce of pain.  The only pain I have ever felt was when something went wrong in his life, such as his divorce.  I cried for days and didn't want to get out of bed as if it were happening to me.  I'm still heart broken about it.  He's moved on and is doing great!  He's met a wonderful girl who he's been dating for almost a year now. He's bounced back but I haven't...weird huh?
Now my baby is going to purchase his first home, can you imagine...(I am sure you can)  I am so over the top excited for him and so is he.  He started looking and today went on his first couple of home viewings and invited me to go with.  I feel like I am the luckiest mother in the world.  He visits me at least once a week, and now he's asked me to come along to help him find a home.  I can tell you this, I do not deserve it.
I am so proud of him, he is so focused and worthy.  I pray he finds something like he dreams of....
Not sure why I needed to post this but I did.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A new discovery Yonder Way...

Even though I'm not fit, and I never diet enough or get enough exercise I do try to only eat whole foods.  I like to get organic and natural where ever and when ever possible.   I figure out how to make things like beef stroganoff hamburger helper but all from scratch using the best ingredients I can get my hands on.  I joined a organic vegetable co-op a while back and have been enjoying the heck out of it.  I also am growing my own veggies as you can see from my picture below.  You might be able to talk me into making you a couple of these counter height gardens, you never know.

I have found a few farms that sell organic, all natural meats from grass fed free roaming farm animals online and have ordered from a couple and have been pleased so far.  But to my surprise I found a local co-op delivery for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Eggs, Raw milk etc that is like almost walking distance from my home.  I am so excited about this and have placed my first order for pick up on the 16th.  I've ordered eggs and raw milk and cream along with my meat purchase.  I am so lucky to live in an area where I can get these things.  Even Costco's carries organic flour and sugar!  I feel so good about the food that my family is putting into their bodies...we are so abundantly lucky!
Here is the website for ordering and local pick up.  Look at the calendar for local delivery locations.

Your Heritage is important.

Sometimes I wonder what things were like for my ancestors.  I read about the American Indians, I watch documentaries but really these only give the bits and pieces.  I know my tribe was a peaceful people, and I know they did some extraordinary things with what they had.  They were spiritual people and made the most of the land.  Because I wanted to bring some of my heritage into my life I've learned how to hand build pottery and also how to weave.  I love both of these crafts and when I sit down to do either one I imagine what it might have been like for my ancestors.  What I mean is...the weavers and pottery makers were important to the tribe, thought highly of.  Today artisans aren't really held in such high regard even though if we didn't exist this world would be so boring...<S>.  Because my core being is artistic and I couldn't live without having this creative outlook I often ponder how it would be to be important because of  this gift from God.   
About 12 years or so I decided to be a part of keeping the art of weaving alive.  I decided to make and offer some weaving tools at very reasonable prices to help with the start up cost of this beautiful art.  I think I have managed to help 100's of people begin their journey with weaving.  I go by the name Handywoman in my shops, I have a shop on Etsy and Ecrater I also have my own website and a few other less busy sites.  But I also love to weave!  I don't get the time to weave often but I love making scarves and dish towels. Once I have that loom warped you'll find me sitting in front of that loom till the warp runs out!   For Christmas I looked up the tartan pattern for my husband's family name and designed scarves using this pattern.  I made a scarf for his mom and dad and his brother and sister In-law. Not much more trouble to make four as it is to make one, I just warp the loom with enough warp to cover it all.  Here they are on the loom and also some of the weaving tools I make.  Hope you enjoy seeing my creations.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Charity Bee...Oh what fun it is!

I've made some more of those sweet little owl pillows for charity bee and a few of the block of the month.  I think the owls are so much fun to make and take so little time.  And of course what a great cause!