Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Congratulations to all the NaBloPoMo survivors out there!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Acorn Hill Cont.

Here's a quick pic to show my progress on Acorn Hill. As you can see, I've been working on the house. The roof was done by blending two different colors and I think it turned out pretty nifty.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


That about sums up how I'm feeling right now. I've been going through my various boxes of stash and I can't find a single thing I'm looking for. I know I have a bunch of charts from Homespun Elegance somewhere, including the annual Christmas ornaments Sandra does every year. I had the charms and fabric and even the fuzzy stuff for Santa's beard and now it's nowhere to be found. And what about the All Dolled Up series of ornaments from Little House Needleworks? Nope. Those are missing too.

I've also managed to misplace a 7.5 foot prelit Christmas tree. Either that or we gave it away because we didn't want to move it which makes me want to cry because have you seen the prices of these things?!?!?

I know 'tis the season to be stressed out, but I think some serious re-combobulating needs to be done around this house!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Acorn Hill Progress

Finally had a chance to sit down and work on Acorn Hill a little tonight, but all I kept thinking about was how I need to start working on some Christmas projects. It's been pretty cold here lately so it may just be time to pack up the fall stitching and pull out my winter projects.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Crazy January Challenge

Have you heard about the Crazy January Challenge 2011?? The idea is to start stitching a new project every day from January 1st to January 15th, and then finish each of those 15 new projects before the end of the year. I'll need to go through my stash and see what I can come up with before committing, but it does sound like my kind of fun.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

The First Thanksgiving
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

P is for...

Pizza, Puzzles, Pictionary and Plenty of laughter with People I love.

Hope everyone is staying warm on this Thanksgiving Eve.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Good to Go!

Hooray! My thread and fabric arrived for Acorn Hill! I can't wait to get started!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Village

Thought I should share a picture of my VoHRH since I mentioned yesterday that I'd be working on it while I oh so patiently (not!) await the thread and fabric for my next project. It's not much of a village yet with only a church (missing it's windows!) and a city hall, but I have plans for a blacksmith's shop and a gristmill, and I hope to start on a boarding house soon.

We have beef and barley soup simmering in the crock pot (I finally found it!) and Chex Mix toasting in the oven so it's smelling very fall-y here in our little home. Nice to have such a cozy feeling on an overcast day. We've been working on our menu and grocery list for Thanksgiving, and I can't wait for the turkey and stuffing!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday as much as I am! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Next Up

I've decided my next project will be another from Little House Needleworks. This time it's Acorn Hill. I've ordered the thread and fabric I need and with any luck they'll be here before Thanksgiving. In the meantime I think I'll resurrect my Village of Hawk Run Hollow and see if I can't finish up the block I started so long ago.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Friday Night Finish

Season of Plenty
Little House Needleworks
stitched on 28 count Antique Ivory linen with DMC

And here is a group shot of the three seasons I have completed so far.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

One House Short of a Finish

Still plugging away on Season of Plenty. It'll almost be a shame to finish this one, I'm enjoying it so much. I'll have to go through my stash and see what other Little House Needleworks fall-ish patterns I might have.

One more week until Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? And I'm so happy I'll be able to celebrate it in my own home!

Thanks for visiting! I'll be back tomorrow with a finish!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Quick Progress Post

Whew! Cutting it close tonight to get my post in before midnight, so here's a quick pic of my progress on Season of Plenty. Shouldn't be too long before this one goes in the Fuppie Box!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I had a request from Staci for our flatbread recipe so today's blog post is brought to you by my son, Evan. Enjoy!

This is a recipe for Indian-style flat-bread called roti. roti is a lot like naan, however roti is chemically leavened and naan is leavened with yeast. This makes roti much quicker to get on the table, however some time should still be set aside and work out your schedule before starting your meal.


12 & 3/4 ounces (3 cups) unbleached, all-purpose flour (if you have a kitchen scale USE IT! it's much more accurate and efficient than measuring flour by volume)

1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

6 to 8 ounces (3/4 to 1 cup) water (start at 6 ounces and work your way up to achieve a proper dough consistency)

-In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add oil and water. mix on low using dough hook, or by hand with a wooden spoon or your bare hands to create a soft, but not sticky dough, adding water as needed (your dough will feel dry and be crumbly if you need more water.)



-Let dough rest for 30 minutes, then cut into 8 equal pieces (scale helps again here too) and cover with a clean towel and let rest again for 5 minutes (don't skip this part, it allows the dough to relax so it rolls out easier)

-Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, roll the dough balls out into 6-8 inch circles (helps to have a helper do this while you cook the roti... but that's just me)

Brush or spray griddle or skillet with oil (brush dough with oil too if desired) then place roti on the griddle or skillet and cook until the top begins to blister.

Flip and cook roughly one minute more, then remove to plate. Repeat with remaining dough.

(Don't take these instructions at face value, you may need to play with the heat or cook the roti a little shorter. It doesn't take long, and may be better to just go by sight. nice dark spots and a bumpy blistered texture are what you're going for.)

I like to have my roti with curry, but they're also very good for sandwiches too. The roti will stay warm if stacked on a plate and tented with foil for about 30 minutes, but they can be kept in a warm oven too, and re-heat in the microwave nicely. You're lucky if they make it to the table at all though, I'm always catching myself tearing off bits and snacking as the remaining ones cook.

And that's lunch!

Thank you, Evan, for being my very first guest blogger! I hope you all enjoyed his recipe and give it a try sometime soon!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dryer DIY

We haven't been working on many projects around the house since we moved in, mainly just unpacking boxes and clearing a trailer full of brush out of the yard while the weather held out. But there was one Miss Fix-It project I wanted to share with you that I'm particularly proud of.

Meet Frank (short for Frankenstein):

He is an electric dryer we bought off Craigslist because the one we had was gas, and I've done the whole clothes line thing before and didn't want to go that route again. (First gravy and chili dogs, and now this non-green behavior! Whatever are you gonna do with me!)

Frank used to be known as the Mean Green Machine, but Frank had issues. You know what it sounds like when you're drying tennis shoes? Well, that's how Frank sounded all the time. A quick examination with a flashlight revealed the problem to be a busted drum roller. Now luckily our old dryer is also a vintage Kenmore, so it has become our Donor Dryer. The part we needed was extracted from our donor (may he rest) and skillfully transplanted into Frank. I am happy to report that after a short period of recuperation Frank is back to work and operating at 100%.

Here's a photo of the offending drum roller (center). The real problem turned out to be a broken tri clip (that triangle thing) which allowed the roller to slip and wobble and eventually wear down. Bonus: I found exactly $1 in change when I cleaned out the dryer's insides, plus a guitar pick. Woohoo! The two washers and nut were what was leftover once we had the machine put back together, but we're not going to talk about that!

(Doesn't everyone have leftover parts after putting something back together??)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Sigh Heard 'Round the World

I thought I'd made some decent progress on Season Of Plenty tonight. And then I realized I'd used the wrong color green for the top part. Siiiiigggghhh! I sat there for a good 15 minutes contemplating ripping it all out and re-stitching it, but ultimately decided no one would ever know. Until I posted it on my blog of course, but then I know you guys will never tell, right? Mum's the word!

Daughter Sarah came for dinner and a movie tonight, so son Evan whipped up a delicious chicken curry. I'm glad he has the patience to follow one of those multi-stage recipes, otherwise we'd be eating one dish casseroles every night. He even made flatbread which I had to eat hot out of pan to the point where I was burning my fingers, but I swear that's when it's best!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Next Project

I got started on Season of Plenty from Little House Needleworks tonight. I've already stitched Season of Hope (Spring) and Season of Rest (Winter) so after this one is finished I'll only have one more to go. I'm stitching with DMC on 28-count Antique Ivory linen and it's such a nice change from the 35-count Weeks linen I'd used for my last project. I tell you, I'm loving every stitch!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Finish

Pumpkin Patch
by Knotted Tree Needle Art
stitched on 35-count Weeks Straw linen with WDW fibers

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Down By the Riverside

We've been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather here this week. It's been great for getting the last of the yard work done, but everyone knows all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So we put away our tools, grabbed the camera and took a walk down to the river. During the summer it's too overgrown with grass and bullrushes for it to be a happy little ramble, but this time of year it's easy to just follow the critter trails on down. Unfortunately, it doesn't make for very pretty pictures.

Speaking of critters, we found this chewed up tree close to the river. It looks like the work of beavers but I don't think there are any in this area. Groundhogs or squirrels maybe?

Once the weather gets cold and snowy here I'll take another excursion down to the river for some winter pictures to share. And if I wimp out I'll at least take some from the bridge or down at the park.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a couple hundred burrs to pick out of my shoelaces.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dinner Time

We pulled out our copy of America's Best Lost Recipes and made runsas for dinner tonight. It's a slightly sweet bun stuffed with a filling made of beef, cabbage, and onions. Not much to 'em but, boy, are they delicious. I doused mine with brown gravy because I do find them to be a little on the dry side and, hey, any excuse for gravy is a good one!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Pumpkin Progress

I've made some decent progress on Pumpkin Patch. There will be a third pumpkin on the left so I'm hoping it helps to make the one in the middle look less like a blob.

I grabbed a picture of the finished piece from the Silver Needle site:
I must confess to losing my initial enthusiasm for this piece. The fabric is a 35 count linen from Weeks and I'm not finding it to be very stitcher friendly. I know I should have started over on another fabric but, doggone it, I paid too much for the kit to be tossing it's bits and pieces. Silly me, pulled in by those pretty fall colors and gosh! I love pumpkins, but I swear I will never buy another overpriced kit!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Hot Diggity Dog

I've been obsessing about the Tex-Mex foot longs they have at Sonic, but that monster weighs in with a little more fat, calories, and sodium than I feel I should consume in one sitting. So I did the next best thing and made my own abbreviated version. It was quite delicious, and I didn't end up in the emergency room.

I've been busy working on Pumpkin Patch so I'll have a progress picture to share tomorrow.


Sunday, November 07, 2010

Fall Back

Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks back if you haven't already! What are you going to do with your extra hour?

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Start

I bought this kit from the Silver Needle in Tulsa, OK a couple of years ago. They did a conversion for the chart using Weeks Dye Works and I'm a sucker for those fall colors. I don't have a good picture of what the completed project looks like so you'll just have to stay tuned here, haha!

Friday, November 05, 2010

It's a Finish!

Witch Hazel
from Tis Hallowe'en by Blackbird Designs

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I Must Be Crazy

But I really want one of these...

It's the Tex-Mex Footlong Quarter Pound Coney from Sonic. A foot long hot dog with chili, cheese, Fritos, onions, and jalapenos.

And 1130 calories!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Witch Hazel

As proof that I still stitch...
I was hoping to finish this little stocking tonight but as usual I overestimated the speed at which I stitch. I am a pokey little puppy. With way too many distractions. But I did finish my leafy labor today so that's one big job I can cross off my to do list. Our weather is supposed to be cold and rainy the next couple of days so I'm happy we got it done while it was still relatively nice outside. Tomorrow we'll be back to unpacking boxes and looking for things like the remote for the DVD player and my crock pot. Cold rainy weather demands that something be cooked in a crock pot!

I'm off to Bedfordshire! Good night and may God bless!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

All the Leaves Are Brown

One benefit of last week's windstorm was that it blew most of the leaves out of the trees in our yard. We spent today raking and hauling and piling them along the curb for the city to come by and pick up. Definitely not my favorite part of fall!

Monday, November 01, 2010


It's that time of year again! Time for the daily extravaganza that is National Blog Posting Month! The last time I participated was two years ago when I was foiled by an internet outage. This year I have Comcast on speed dial and I won't sit around until 11:00 at night going, "Gee whiz! The internet's still out?"

Not much has been happening around the ole homestead this past week. I spent a couple of days in bed with a perfectly lovely sinus infection, had one semi-good day of unpacking boxes, then back in bed for two more days with one of my brain crushing migraines.

Despite feeling like crud, we did manage to have a fun and festive Halloween. Sarah came over and we carved Texas Rangers pumpkins and made a 'Yankees Graveyard' to set up in the front yard. (I think we were a little premature in adding a few Giants to the headstones.)

Trick or Treating was on Saturday here. I've never lived somewhere where the city decides when you can take your kids door to door, but from 5:30-7:30 it was an absolute mob scene on our street. We ran out of candy twice, and I was on the verge of handing out cough drops and marshmallows on toothpicks before we finally called it quits. We hauled in the pumpkins, unplugged the lights, and hid in the dark for the last 15 minutes (along with half our neighbors, I'm sure!).

We're still root root rooting for the Rangers in the World Series. They're down three games to one, and it's not looking very good for our team. Tonight is Game 5, and potentially the last game of the series. I'm not quite the ball of nerves I was when they were playing the Yankees, but that may be due to the Cherry NyQuil I sip from a cordial glass every evening. I tell ya, we're livin' large here!

I don't have much to share of the stitchy nature. I've worked on one of the little BBD stockings here and there but not enough to warrant posting a picture. In the midst of my migraine delirium I kept muttering that I was missing Fall, so today's agenda must include some stash diving! What a tragedy it would be to miss an entire season of stitching!

Have a great Monday, y'all! (And say a little prayer for the Rangers!)