October 29, 2013

Finally a Finished Crochet Project

There's nothing like a self-imposed deadline to get me to finish a project.  I made this vintage airplane blanket for my grandson's birthday.  The party was October 20, but I didn't finish it in time to give it to him at the party, which was pretty much my whole point.

This is the birthday spread at my son and daughter-in-law's house.  The theme was "Come Fly With Me", and if you look closely, you will see an airplane in the background suspended from the light fixture.  I took a picture of it last month with my iPhone and went from there.

I crocheted mightily trying to get it done in time for the birthday party, but alas, I didn't.  I had to release my angst over this and move on.  He wouldn't like it nearly as much as his "humpDAY" camel!

My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was very young, too young to remember.  This is my first finished crocheted blanket since I made one my senior year in high school.  

This is made by making three-inch granny squares.  I used I Love This Cotton from The Hobby Lobby and a size F crochet hook.

It is very soft, and I am very happy with it.  I already have two more granny sqaure blankets in the hopper and one knitted one.

This is the Mitered Cross Blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting.  I only need to put it together and add a border.

And more awesome squareness.  



October 22, 2013

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Here in southern Illinois, apples are grown, harvested and shipped all over the Midwest.  We recently bought a bag of red delicious and golden delicious.

We had guests for dinner recently and watched the Cardinals in a play-off game.  We had steaks on the grill, baked potatoes, wedge salad, and for dessert, Apple Brown Betty with vanilla ice cream.

Here it us in the oven alongside the baked potatoes.  And that's the last picture I took of it.  I got too busy and forgot!  Anyway, my company loved it and wanted the recipe. 

This is Dutch Apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream.

And lastly, I made a Caramel Apple Pie.

I found all these recipes on the internet.  Our favorite was the Dutch Apple Pie, next the Apple Brown Betty, and lastly, the Caramel Apple Pie.  The recipe for the Apple Brown Betty called for whole wheat bread.  I would use white bread next time I make it.   Neither my husband nor I cared for the Caramel Apple pie, but it photographed beautifully!


October 3, 2013

Mama's Chicken Soup

My mother is a wonderful cook.  She used to call me and say you've got to try this recipe.  She would sometimes eat something in a restaurant she liked, and she could pretty much duplicate it at home.  Years ago, she and my stepfather would watch Mr. Food on the local news every day and try his recipes.  This, of course, was way before the internet where thousands of recipes are literally at your fingertips or the many cooking shows on television today.

Sometimes she would just make recipes up.  Long story short, this is one of her originals.  I do add pasta to my version because, well, I like pasta, a lot.

It is quite simply delicious.  

Mama's Chicken Noodle Soup:

2 bone-in chicken breasts
1 box chicken broth
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1 box Denali pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Cheese Whiz or Velveeta Cheese

Boil chicken breasts in chicken broth.  Do not discard broth.  Debone chicken.  In a small sauce pan, melt two tablespoons of butter, stir in two tablespoons of flour, and one cup of milk.  Stir constantly over medium heat until thickened.  Melt in a few tablespoons of Cheese Whiz.  Strain broth and return to pot.  Add in cheese sauce, mixed vegetables, half box of pasta.  Cook on medium heat until pasta is done.  Add in chicken.   Simmer.  Add cracked pepper to individual bowls.  Serve to family and friends!