Saturday, November 30, 2013
Do you do much of your food preparation for big dinners ahead of time. Today's images are a few snapshots of preparations the day before dinners at our home. Above is a pork tenderloin cut in serving sizes and ready to to be seasoned...
The house smells so wonderful. We just love eating at home.
For those interested, some of my recipes are here:
Enjoy all of those holiday meals! I love seeing all the recipes you are all publishing. Wow, such good food!
All the best,
Friday, November 29, 2013
Ah, soup and fresh bread. That's one of our favorite dinners when just the two of us are home on a cold winter's evening.
I made onion soup a couple of nights ago and just put it together as I went along. Above is about two cups of chopped onion, both red and yellow, in one stick of butter. I let it get very brown, added a tablespoon of brown sugar to help it brown even more and kept stirring to keep it from burning. As soon as it got pretty brown and there was a layer of brown in the pan, I added a cup of wine to de-glaze the pan. Any wine will do, but I used a light sweet wine. It had been a part of a bottle left over when we had opened it for guests. I had sealed what was left in a plastic container and refrigerated it until needed for cooking. I was drinking a half glass of the dry white wine that I wouldn't want to have to use for cooking. ;)
After all of that browning and de-glazing I placed it all in a large pot and added two large cans of chicken broth.
I added the fresh onions to the large pot, added a very little sea salt, and my secret ingredient, one table spoon of orange marmalade. OK, it's not a secret anymore.
I had another sip of the dry white wine while I brought the mixture to a boil.
I baked it in the oven at 350 F for ten minutes...
That is a cheese bread closest to the Cheesy Whole Wheat Bread recipe I published earlier. I didn't happen to have whole wheat flour so used all bread flour. I generally just go to the kitchen and make bread from what I have available. I need a trip to the grocery to stock up on ingredients.
I had a sip of dry white wine while adding a few items to the grocery list.
If you're interested in bread recipes, I have quite a few of them that I have published during the last few years. Click here.
I digress once again...
I had no idea what I would make for dinner that morning when I got up. This sure beat a trip to the store to get more ingredients when it was only 10 degrees F outside!
All the best,
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Here in the USA we are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. We hope you are enjoying the day of thanks with those you love as we are doing the same here in Cincinnati. We are expecting 19 people for dinner tonight so I'm on my way to go into action in the kitchen.
Today's images were taken a few days ago at our son's home Two of our grandchildren have November birthdays and this is the celebration. Above Alex is opening birthday presents and celebrating birthday number nine.
Grandpa and I loved seeing the kids open their presents a few days ago. Tonight they'll all be here at our home helping to bring the guest total to 19. Four of them will stay here for the rest of the weekend while their Mom and Dad try to find their sanity alone for a couple of days. ;)
Have a wonderful weekend!
All the best,
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Our daughter, Catherine, and her friend, Erica, were at a dog show in Zanesville, Ohio, last weekend.
Erica owns a motor home purchased just to be able to take the dogs to the shows. Catherine took this picture with her cell phone and sent it to me. This is the set up they have for (left to right) Tressel, Tilly, Erik, and Penny so they have their own space. Those canine athletes (and their trainers) sure do travel in style!
Thanks for the picture, Catherine.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I took the image above with my Blackberry Z10 telephone. I'm thrilled with the cameras on the phones now. Although I generally have at least my "baby" camera, a Canon Powershot SX260HS in my purse or pocket when I go out, I don't always have it with me around the house. I DO have my phone in my pocket most of the time.
The flowers were a "just because" gift from My Honey. ;)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Here's a quilt barn in the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky just across the Ohio River from our home in Cincinnati.
I love these barns! They display the quilt patterns of the resident quilter. What a beautiful way to decorate.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Mom was very busy at her computer when I brought her my tire toy.
Right after that Mom put down her camera and got on the floor with me to roll my tire so I could retrieve it. I gave her really big kisses all over her face and she laughed. We had a really good time!
Happy waggy tail,
Saturday, November 23, 2013
This has been a very, very busy month for needlework. Each month I publish this Needlework Update with the items I have finished since last month's Needlework Update.
Above is a crocheted Baby Girl Baby Blanket and Matching Doll and below is a Little Professor Elbow Patches Sweater in child size 4.
There is a demand for modest clothing for fashion (Barbie) dolls. I had several other outfits already made before this month that I photographed and added to the shop:
For "Formal Night" I copied the style of one of my own dresses with jacket.
Black Forest Costume
1890's Traveling Costume
Warm Summer Evening Lace Dress (includes panties)
Most of these outfits are still available in the shop in the Fashion Dolls section. They vary in price from $3 to $40 as listed. Some are outfit only, some come with doll. I can change listings to add a doll if you wish and have some shoes that can be added, also.
Most of the items you see above are available in our on line shop EvensensProductions.com where we have truly unique items for you and for gift giving. Come over and take a look if you would like to give a gift that you will not find in the big stores.
I hope you enjoy seeing what comes from my crochet hooks and knitting needles as much as I enjoy seeing what you are making as I visit so many of my friend's blogs here in cyberspace. There are so many talented people out there making beautiful items. What have you made for the holidays this year? Please tell us all about your projects in the comments section below.
And, now we return to our regularly scheduled blogging. ;)
All the very best,
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