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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tortilla Soup

The weather is starting to get cooler it's time forone of my all time favorites tortilla soup.

1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef meat
2 -16 oz cans pinto beans
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can whole kernel corn
1 pkg taco seasoning
2 cups water
2 cans 14.5 diced tomatoes with juice
1 can tomatoes with green chilies
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1- 4 oz chopped green chilies
1 package dry ranch dressing

Brown and scramble ground beef. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Cover, and simmer soup for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Serve with tortilla strips fried in oil,  tortilla chips,or  chili cheese Fritoes with shredded cheddar cheese.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Redo Old Wooden Canisters

I found these old painted canisters, I decided to up date them to match my kitchen.

This is before...

Sanded and sealed.

What do you think?

Canned Homemade Salsa

It's tomato time again, this is what my husband likes the best homemade SALSA and chips. this recipe makes 8 quarts.

Supplies: 8 canning jars I prefer large mouth
8 lids, with rings.
large canning pot
thongs for lifting hot jars from water
pot for boiling the sauce 8 quart size

40 medium size tomatoes
2 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
2 cups of fine chopped onions
2 cups of fine chopped bell peppers
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
4 teaspoons salt
6 fresh jalapeno peppers chopped fine, depending on how hot they are you may need more or less, I find that my home grown peppers are much hotter that the store bought ones.
Place all chopped ingredients in large pot bring to a boil.

Wash jars squeaky clean, place in oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes to sterilize them.

 Place lids to simmer in separate pan with water to simmer, it's  not necessary to hard boil lids. A simmer will soften the seals.

Pour the homemade salsa in the hot jars. Using funnel.

I use a wet paper towel to wipe the rim, followed by a dry towel. This keeps the rim clean, which will help the jars seal properly.

Tighten the lid, I tighten until it is snug, I don't wrench it extremely overly tight.

I do a hot water bath at a simmer boil, not a rolling boil for 20 minutes to process. I found when I boiled too hot my jars would break, or my lids would crimp in half spoiling the sauce.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Simple Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Victorian Roses

This is a simple hand painted rose. It makes a wonderful Victorian Christmas Ornament, or decoration for a Victorian Style home.

Supplies: paints are buttermilk, lisa pink, seminole green, cactus green, boysenberry pink, and white. Heart shaped wood. eye screw, 1 large pearl, 1 small pearl, pin wire, eye hole wire, round needle nose pliers, regular need nose pliers, wire cutters,  ribbon, and  hot glue.
 Brushes #4 square, #4 round, # filbert, #8 flat, liner brush, brush basin, and paper palette.

Base coat heart with cactus green, after sanding.

Watch the video to see how I painted the roses.

Glue pearls with hot glue.

Add pearl through eye hole pin, bend forward around round needle nose pliers.
Slip on to heart pearls.
Repeat with smaller pearl. Make bow hot glue to front of heart, add ribbon through eye hook to hang.

Make several.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Quilts on Parade

I just wanted to share some of the quilts I accomplished this year.

                                                                Baby owl quilt.

My dragonfly quilt was at the Mountain Top Quilt Show 2014.

My daughter in love, likes owls so I couldn't resist.
I made this one for my grand daughter.

I made this one for the bright colors which I have an attraction to.
This is my first applique quilt.
I have a grandson who is a Raiders fan.

This scrappy quilt was made with vintage style material for my grandson in Oregon.
I'm thinking that I will catalog all the quilts I make for my own record here.

My grand daughters Hello Kitty quilts.

Made this baby blanket for my grand daughter.

This one I made for my son Dany and his wife Angela.