Saturday, November 26, 2022

Recipe: Apple Pan Pie

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This unique idea of baking an Apple Pie in a sheet pan worked great to feed a crowd at Thanksgiving.  I prepared the apples a day ahead of time using an Apple Peeler Corer.  Preparing the apples ahead allowed for a delicious Apple Pie that did not have a soggy crust.  And leftovers tasted great!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Recipe: Meatballs

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I basically followed this recipe from Gimme Some Oven for meatballs with a few variations.

I make the meatballs with a combination of seasoned bread crumbs and Panko and sometimes omit the ground pork and red pepper flakes.  Form the meatballs with the help of  a cookie scoop.

I do not bake my meatballs but just pop them into the sauce which adds flavor. Refrigerate sauce and remove any fat that forms.  You can also freeze extra  sauce and meatballs for future use.  

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Recipe: Spaghetti Sauce

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This recipe makes a large batch of sauce which freezes well. Measurements are approximate and to taste. 

SPAGHETTI SAUCE
1-2 pounds ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 large diced onion
4 sliced cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
4-5   28 oz cans crushed tomatoes 
1 can of water used to rinse cans and added
1/2 to 1 cup wine

Brown onions in olive oil in large pot.  Add seasonings and garlic.  
Add beef and cook until done. 
Add Worcestershire sauce and sugar.
Add wine.
Add canned tomatoes and water.
Simmer, stirring occasionally for an hour or so.  
Add fresh basil and parsley at end.
Meatballs can be added as sauce cooks. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Recipe: Corn Muffins

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These Corn Muffins from Ina Garten are made with medium corn meal.   
The recipe makes about two dozen muffins.  
I use a thumb press ice cream scoop to place the batter
 into the paper liners which results in fairly uniform muffins.  

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage

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This Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is delicious anytime of the year, not just on St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Needlework: Holiday Hats


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These festive hats are a perfect gift for the holidays!
They are based on two Lion Brand patterns which I adjusted 
for size, varying the number of stitches. 

The solid color hats pattern can be found here.  I did not use two strands of yarn and I used size 10 needles, casting on 70 sts. then changing to size 10 1/2 needles after ribbing.

The stripe hat direction can be found here.  

Friday, August 13, 2021

Recipe: Pappardelle with Sausage Ragu

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I simplified this recipe by purchasing fresh pappardelle at the supermarket. The sauce works up quickly and the end result is very good. Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Needlework: Cable Knit Afghan

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With about 48 ounces of worsted weight yarn, cast on 230 stitches using size 10 1/2 circular needles Work a seed stitch for four rows and then begin knitting six stitches and purling six stitches across the row, maintaining four seed stitches on each side. Twisting a cable stitch on the knit stitches every eighth row, continue the same until desired length is reached, ending with four rows of seed stitch. This afghan is 46" x 55".  

The pattern book can be purchased on amazon.com: Easy Afghans - Art. J16 - #0122 - Knit and Crochet Afghans Pattern Booklet - Coats and Clark (Paperback)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Recipe: Savory Oven Baked Chicken

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This Land O Lakes "Savory Oven Baked Chicken" is delicious!
Try it, you'll like it!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Needlework: Knitted Afghan & Pillow

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This afghan was made using another ombre yarn, "Scuba",  from Red Heart 
and the Basketweave pattern below.  
The matching pillow is made
using a pillow insert from 

Stitch Explanation:
Seed Stitch (over an even number of sts)
Row 1: *Ki P1; rep from * across
Row 2: P the knit sts. and K the purl sts.
Rep Rows 1 & 2 for Seed st. 

Circular Knitting Needles: Size 10
Approximately 6 skeins of 4.5 oz yarn or 3 Jumbo skeins of 10 oz. yarn each

BASKETWEAVE AFGHAN:
With one strand of yarn cast on 140 stitches
Working back and forth in rows, work in Seed st for 8 rows.

Next 10 Rows: Work in Seed st over first 6 sts. *K8,P8; rep from * to last 6 sts. work in Seed st over last 6 sts.

Next 10 Rows: Work in Seed st over first 6 sts. *P8, K8; rep from * to last 6 sts. work in Seed st over last 6 sts.

Rep last 20 rows 6 more times or for desired length of afghan
Work Seed st for 8 rows.
Bind off. 
Finished size approximately 36" x 60"

For the Pillow: 
Cast on 70 stitches using size 7 needles
K10, P10 across for 10 rows
P10, K10 across for 10 rows
Repeat until yarn is finished - about 12.5 sections of  10 rows. Size will be
determined by how much yarn is left over from the afghan.  
Fold in half lengthwise and stitch or single crochet edges leaving one end open
to insert pillow form.

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