Try it Thursday: Knitting

Have you ever tried to knit? Have you ever wanted to learn to knit?
I love to knit; however, I can only knit one blanket pattern. It’s so easy and just as easy to change sizes. When I first started making them, I was making them for the babies of coworkers; I had one mom tell me she called it her daughters “crack” blankie, as she absolutely loved the blanket and wouldn’t give it up. I was absolutely addicted to the blankets, I found any reason to make them and they were great to work on when there was down time on the job, and it’s always made me happy to give these blankets.
Then I ran out of babies. So, I tried bigger ones for adults; LOTS of work with those and very heavy to carry into work; and it seemed, they were not as appreciated for the big people as they were by the little people. I was sad. I continued to make them though, running to every yarn sale at the craft stores, changing colors, sizes, yarn types:  just making them makes me happy. I ended up with about 25 I sent to the victims advocacy program and then 25 went to a church ministry. NOW, I have a boat load of partial yarn skeins, so I just use them up. Start with these two colors, one ends, change colors and move on.  Are the blankets perfect? Absolutely not! They aren’t meant to be. But, they are always made with love and I  pray the person getting the blanket can feel that love that’s tucked into each knit and purl stitch.
I have been lagging on knitting, instead always finding something else to do. Then, I got a new baby to knit for. My granddaughter. She’s not here yet, so I have time to make (try to make) a new pattern.
A New Beginning
Granddaughters Blanket Don’t tell her mom about it.
Besides working on the granddaughters blanket; I have challenged myself to start making scarves to leave in the parks for those in need. Yes, I am still making the blankets too, I always feel better after I’ve taken some time to knit, think and pray.
What is this amazing knit pattern? It’s all over Pinterest sometimes in this color or that color, but it’s like the most popular easy blanket to do.  I do make mine just a bit differently; instead of just one color of yarn, I use two complimenting colored yarns of the same weight. If you make it with a larger and smaller weight, it becomes wonky, and you don’t want wonky. It does cost a bit more to do it that way, but I believe, it’s a bit warmer with the two strands instead of just one.
Try it out, let me see yours. If you knit, show me some of your knitting.
Knitting not only relaxes me, it also brings a feeling of being at home.
Magdalena Neuner
DK
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Try it Thursday: #KindnessMatters T-Shirts

I gotta say, this summer has flown by so very quickly, sometimes I don’t know if I am coming or going. Today we have the Sisters Craft Day.
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Awhile back I saw a photo of a #KindnessMatters t-shirt on Pinterest I wanted to get, however, it was just a bit outside of my price range, so I resorted to the most resourceful person I know, my sister. She has a Cricut, not the bug type, but the craft thing. We had discussed making my t-shirts awhile back but like I said, the summer and the days flew by. Finally, she had time, I had time and it was girls day out. First we went out to lunch at a neighborhood restaurant, it’s the diner type of food, you know, the large portions, the great food, the cheap prices? Sister got a grilled cheese and french fries and I got two eggs, two pieces of bacon and one (HEAVENLY) biscuit with gravy! Food was marvelous, however, the waitress scared us both a time or two. But, we talked, ate and had some girl fun.
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Off to the Dollar Store after we checked out the Estate Sale shop. I have to say, it’s a good thing I have no room and on a budget, I found so many items in the Estate Sale shop!! Sister and her hubby remodeled their house over the past few months and decided to add chickens to the mix, so she was on the lookout for a decorative chicken, not a real one. Sadly, we went home without a chicken.
Off to the Craft Store. We had COOPNS! Good coupons along with some pretty good sale prices too! Found me a couple of t-shirts in colors I love and found some glittery vinyl to compliment the t’s with the hashtag #KindnessMatters on them. While she’s checking those out, I’m checking out paint for painted rocks. Truth be told, I love going to the craft store and love to look at lots of stuff and therefore, hard to keep track of.
Back to the story!
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Sister being crafty and working hard.
Who knew there were so many fonts to choose from! We found a couple of different ones we thought would look good and away she went. Setting up the system, creating the wording, printing them off, then she did something called weeding (you will notice, there are no weeds in the house and it was 95* outside, I was so glad she didn’t mean we had to actually go outside and weed). Center the wording. Measure twice, cut once, wait! we aren’t cutting anything. She did trust me with the chore to keep the iron on and hot, she must not have heard about my fights with the glue gun.
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No worries though, I didn’t let it turn off, fall off or burn me. I had a successful day!  

Once the transfer was on the back, we decided we should also add the #bekind to the sleeve. However, #bekind looked a bit off so it was changed to #BeKind.

So the T-Shirts turned out awesome! Huge thank you to my Sister for helping me! Who knows what Girls Craft day will be next time!

 

“You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts. You need her, as she needs you…”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

DK

Try it Thursday: Lazy Peach Pie

In case you have missed it, Peaches are a pretty big deal around these parts. I mean, Palisade is known as the Peach Capitol of Colorado. I would say the world, but I don’t know that I’ve had fresh Georgia Peaches.

 

One of my most favorite desserts EVER!!! Is Lazy Peach Pie. I got this recipe from a friend back in the early 90’s (1990’s not, 1890) as it was so darn delicious, the recipe is so stinking easy, there really is no reason not to have it every day of the week. I love it best when it comes out of the oven, but WARNING! It’s HOT! And I have such a time waiting for it to cool enough, 90% of the time, I burn my tongue and it doesn’t even upset me. It makes for great left overs too! However, most times, there are no left overs. I may have to start making them in secret! 
Lazy Peach Pie
Ingredients:
1 stick of butter (can use margarine, but why?)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of All Purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 quart peaches or other fruit, undrained
***I used my freshly picked peaches from the trip to Palisade the day before. 
I used 5 large peaches, skinned and sliced
1/8 – 1/4 cup sugar (brown or white, I used brown this time)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice 
Mix all together and let set for at least 2 hours. 
(should have taken a photo of these, but I didn’t..whoops)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chop up butter stick into smaller cubes and put in 9″ x 13″ baking dish, then into the oven. (**This will melt while the oven is heating up. If you forget to throw it in the oven, no worries, just melt it in the microwave.)
Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and milk in a bowl, until everything is blended.
Remove baking dish from oven and pour the batter into the pan.
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Place peaches on top (I like to arrange them nicely) of batter
Pour juice from the fruit on top of the peaches.
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Bake 1 hour or until golden brown.
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Let cool at least 30 minutes before digging in otherwise, blow on it!! It’s HOT!!!
Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or by itself
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August brings into sharp focus and a furious boil everything I’ve been listening to in the late spring and summer.
Henry Rollins
DK

Try it Thursday: Christmas in July

OK, I know it’s not July still, but I thought about doing Christmas in July too late. So, I will be doing some more random ones through the rest of the holiday season.
Today we do another tree. I already had the form so I was saving money. Right?
I found several different instructions and since I am working with a budget, I found I really liked the one with buttons. I LOVE to collect buttons, I have some of my grandfathers, some new ones, some from the store, but I had to purchase some gold(ish) ones for the look I wanted. I didn’t use any of the fancy buttons of my grandfathers, saving those for something else.
Off to the hobby store to find some gold or Christmasy buttons. B was in the car with me, in fact he was driving, so he also got the pleasure of taking me to the hobby store. I have to say, he is not one for the hobby stores, but he does make times fun. I’ve learned  to play WITH the shenanigans instead of against them. Usually we end up with lots of people laughing with us, which is better than laughing AT us…which that happens too.
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Yes, I LOVE going to the hobby store
Anywho Back on track.
I had my tree form, buttons, stick pins and glue gun.
Glue gun wasn’t in the project, however, when I got to pinning, there were gaps and instead of the pin heads on the teeny tiny buttons, I just glued them on.
Start from the bottom of the form and work your way up, I found it easier to use bigger buttons on the bottom and then different sizes on the way up. Make sure you secure the button with a stick pin (and maybe even a splash of hot glue). I choose the pin heads with a white pearl color instead of just a white; I wanted red, but didn’t find any. I found a small box of the pins for just $4.99 for 150, my buttons were on sale for 50% off (regular price was $5.99 for 32) for just $3.00; the cost of the tree, just about $10.
Randomly add your buttons all the way up, took me about 45 minutes to complete. May have taken just a little less if I hadn’t decided to hot glue a button to my finger. Yes, it stuck, yes it burned and yes, it blistered. I know, I know, I gave the PSA about using HOT glue guns, which makes this even worse to tell. Once I started, I thought of all kinds of other things I could do to this, but I just didn’t have the buttons I really wanted.
Since I had a Christmas back drop, I took a “family” photo of the trees
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Hope you enjoyed the Tree Series. Next week, Peaches!!! It’s harvest time!
“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.”
― Madeleine L’Engle,
DK

Try It Thursday: Peach Pie

So
The reasoning behind the name  “You Said There Would Be Pie” is I like to relate it to life. Life can be a piece of pie. It can be a pizza pie. Even a mathematical equation. Every piece of pie is different. You can make the pies square or round or whatever you would like. Think outside the box!
This weeks pie is all about Peach Pie.
I don’t like to make pies, I struggle with the crust making, even if it’s store bought. Nevertheless, if you live in Grand Junction or really anywhere in Colorado, you know Palisade Peaches are the best. They are sweet and jam packed with juice which runs down your chin and gets all over your face, clothes and hands. Palisade or even the Grand Valley for that matter, have hot days and cool nights which are perfect for bringing out the natural sugars in the peaches. California peaches, by comparison seem dry, mealy and tart because they are picked green for shipping and once you pick them, the sugars no longer develop. There are two kinds of peaches you can find in the local stands and farmer’s markets: early season cling peaches and freestones. The names “cling” and “freestone” refer to the peach pits. A “cling” peach will stick to the pit (which is the variety I bought today) and a “freestone” is not securely attached to the pit, even when they are fully ripe. Freestones are larger, juicier, sweeter and easier to work with and had I known that, I may have waited for them to ripen. But, it’s all a learning process.
Therefore, Peach Pie it is!
So I searched Pinterest for the “best and easiest” pie, remember, I am terrible at making pies. So I found a recipe called EASY PEACH PIE, well great! I like EASY!! So we gathered the ingredients at the store and we even went picking lavender, so I purchased a cute bottle of Sprigs & Sprouts of Western Colorado; Culinary Lavender “Ms. Katherine”. I thought just a touch would do, something different.
I dug into slicing the peaches, not quite as easy as I had planned for that, but again, a learning experience. Peaches cut, I mixed the crumble mixture next. All Purpose Flour (Check), white sugar (check), brown sugar (check), cold butter (check), cornstarch...uh oh, I kid you not, we used the very last drop of cornstarch last night and I didn’t realize I would need any for today, so…Google, what is a substitution for cornstarch? Google gave us quite a list: flour, rice flour, after which I stopped listening and started thinking…oats? Mom said that wouldn’t be so good! I saw a box of unflavored gelatin, thought, worse comes to worse I could use this, but I decided on the flour. So for the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch needed, I substituted 3 tablespoons of AP flour.

The dreaded pie crust was next. I was going to attempt to make it from scratch but decided I didn’t need that kind of pressure today and I already had store bought crusts so…Score! Bottom goes in, mind you the crust design is not at all pretty and I’m OK with it.

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Next up, dressing the peaches. Cinnamon (check), nutmeg (not a fan, didn’t use), fruit fresh (Wait…what????). I had NO Fruit fresh, so, I subbed that with juice from 1/2 of a lemon and nutmeg was subbed with just a small pinch of the lavender. I didn’t know how it would taste, so I started small. Peaches dressed, 1/2 of the mixture into the pie crust. 1/2 of the crumble mix. then the other 1/2 of the peaches and then topped with the last part of the crumbles. Top of the pie was to be lattice, so I think I did that pretty good, for a first time. Egg washed and then into the 450* oven for 15 minutes. Then 350* for 30 minutes. THEN turn the oven off and let set for 90 minutes. OK, it said easy, didn’t say it was quick.
2 1/2 HOURS later, the pie came out looking like a gem! And yes, I used the wrong sized pie pan.
Test came when B and mom were ready for their piece. The pie sliced nicely, didn’t run (figured with no cornstarch it would), it held up in the cutting process and topped it off with some frozen whipped cream. It was delish!!! I kid you not, everyone loved it. I don’t really know about the lavender, I’m still on the fence with that.
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Here’s my rendition of the pie recipe:
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Fruit, fresh
  • 2 1/2 lbs Peaches, fresh pitted and sliced
  • 1/3 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1 double 9″ pie crust

Instructions

 

~Mix together flour, sugars, cornstarch and butter until it is at the crumb stage.
            If you don’t have cornstarch, you can use 3 T of AP flour and add that into the crumb stage.
~Combine peaches with cinnamon, nutmeg and fruit fresh.
             I used 2 T of lemon juice instead of fruit fresh
             And just a pinch of lavender (I’m sure you could also use lavender sugar too)
~Place one crust in the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate.
~Add half the peach mixture and then half the crumb mixture on top. Next add the last of the peaches, then the last of the crumb mixture. Lightly tap on the counter to settle the peaches.
~Roll the remaining crust into an 11-inch circle. Cut into 1-inch strips. Lay 6 strips over the top of the pie filling. Weave the remaining 5 strips to form a lattice top. Using a pairing knife cut off the                 excess dough. Press the ends to the bottom crust and crimp with a fork.
~Using only the whites of an egg brush across the lattice top.
            I evidently messed this part up too, I used the whole egg and then sprinkled the sugar on top
~Place on a lined cookie sheet to catch the drippings. Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes. Drop the temperature to 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the pie there for about 90 minutes or until fully cooled and set.
~Top with whipped cream (frozen or not) or ice cream
If I had to change anything (besides the lavender), I would add a bit of sugar and more cinnamon to the peaches. I have included the recipe for the original pie in the hyperlink above with the name of the pie.
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Don’t miss the 2017 Palisade Peach Festival! I’ll be there, will YOU?
Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
Alice Walker